Perfume- the heady and elusive marriage of the essences of herbs and spices, wild grasses and flowers, barks and animal and tree is the engine of the universe.
From earlier times, people have taken pleasure in rubbing fragrant substances into their skin. Timeless and universal, scent has been a powerful force for ritual, medicine, myth and conquest- perfume has helped to pray, to heal, to make love and war, to prepare for death, to create.
To 'inspire' after all is literally to 'breath in'.
With gratitude to Mandy Aftel, from her wonderful book 'Essence and Alchemy'.
The Glorious Fragrance
As the glorious fragrance of wood smoke hangs in the air like a beautiful earth incense and the season changes from Autumn to Winter and the damp chilled air dances and whirls around us interacting with our bodies, which in turn manifest reactions answering in the form of head colds, sore throats, creaking joints and dry rough skin....
Well fortunately nature is rich with remedies to help soothe these visiting maladies!
I have always found the Dulcet Tones spray to work wonders on a rasping throat, as well as leaving my breath as sweet as a meadow...my neighbour who is an Opera singer swears by it.
Fragrant Warrior spray is always in use in my workplace when customers come a coughing, great to help combat air born bacteria, the blend can be dripped on a pillow to help reduce congestion, or used on a hankie the lurgy ...great for travel on planes or public transport.... also available in Bath salts.
Vitality Bath is another way to treat yourself for similar symptoms, infused with Thyme, Cinnamon, Lavender and Tea Tree as a preventative or strengthening daily bath.
This also comes as a body oil and can be used as a daily Aromatherapy Treatment. One of the products I really depend on is the wonderfully Aromatic and Effective Mobility Gel, when I am weary and aching from overwork or have sore joints from the clinging damp!! With Arnica and six different Botanical Extracts and Essential Oils, it brings soothing relief. Customers tell me how much it helps.
For me, Joy in a Jar is Lavender Body Milk at bedtime. It helps me let go of the day while imagining I'm skipping though the Lavender fields of Provence!
And for real luxury, sweet, deep, warm, floral, sensual Damascus Rose Body Cream...especially when my skin feels dry, rough and reptilian like, from being enclosed in too many clothes and no balmy breezes to caress my skin!
Just wanted to add a couple more recommendations for dry skin as there is so much to say about the wonders nature synergy and the amazing energy of plant oils .... if you have not yet tried the Rosehip and Borage Balm this is a fabulous all purpose wonder product that can be used as a protective barrier against harsh weather, to help keep the skin supple and nourished, massaged into the face promotes lymphatic drainage while at the same time oxygenating the tissues resulting in a brighter more luminous complexion.
Rosehip being rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA ) and vitamin C said to be effective on wrinkles and dry mature skin and Borage pressed from the seeds has a very impressive amount of GLA , the Balm also is rich in vitamin E and pure Rose, rosemary and sandalwood oils. A particularly useful preparation to travel with as it can be used as a cleansing Balm and lip balm.
The Rosehip and Borage night cream is a compatible companion to use along side the Balm, as it gently refines the skin during sleep helping to rid the complexion of that dull dry grey appearance.
Well by now you will have noticed that something AMAZING has happened that being a long overdue new website !!
No more passwords and ease of ordering ... a work in progress I understand from a very creative patient lovely web designer Dom .. I am delighted and hope you are too !
And to THANK YOU for sticking with me through thick and thin I am offering free P&P from the 14- 30 th November on all orders in the UK (if this does not show up at the check out don't worry it will on your receipt)
With gratitude and warmest wishes,.