ESSENTIAL OILS … life force benefits!

May 1, 2013 1:45 pm

ESSENTIAL OILS … life force benefits !

In the plant world some essential oils are produced to attract insects to aid in reproduction and in others to deter their enemies
from eating them or other plants from invading their patch. Of the large amount of essential oils that are extracted only a tiny percentage is used in aromatherapy, with the majority used in food flavourings as well as in the perfume and pharmaceutical

They really are the very essence or the “life force” of plants. By using these precious oils in skincare products we are reaping all the benefits of the essential oil.

The essential oils we use help make up the active ingredients in our skincare products. Unlike synthetic fragrances that just smell and don’t contain any benefits to the product, essential oils have a heavenly aroma AND a therapeutic value.

When correctly blended they are highly beneficial in balancing and maintaining skin types and conditions. In fact essential oils can greatly complement each other by creating a synergy in which they are more powerful when combined than if they are used separately.

The essential oils used in our skincare products have all been extracted from plants without using any chemical solvents. Often steam is used to extract the precious oils or cold pressed in the case of most citrus essential oils.

Ever wonder why a certain smell/aroma creates an emotional reaction?

Our Olfactory system (responsible for detecting odour) is linked to our Limbic Brain – which deals with emotions & memory (amongst other things). So our reaction to smell is often influenced by childhood associations, people, places & events in
our lives.

Of course this is an exceptionally personal response! What you love – someone else may loath!

But there is no doubt about the beneficial addition that essential oils make to our skincare products!

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Spring Has Sprung

September 1, 2012 10:42 pm

Spring has sprung and we are feeling the excitement of a wonderful and warm summer…hopefully you are too!  If it’s still a little chilly wherever you are (or for our friends across the other side of the world perhaps the chill is just beginning!) here are some pictures to tide you over in the meantime!

We’ll be doing some posts on how to achieve your best skin for spring and summer very soon!

x the ellyb team

Images via googleimages, theyallhateus, oracle fox, gary pepper vintage, starring nobody