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Rosehip Seed

Rosehip seed is a really useful, versatile oil in every day skincare with a multitude of benefits. The oil is extracted from the bright red hips left after the rose has flowered. Cold-pressed oil is best, as it retains more nutrients than oil which has been processed using heat in the extraction process. This is why all our carrier oils are cold-pressed.

Particularly effective for dry, sun-damaged & mature skin types, it is packed with a host of nutrients. It is one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C & high in retinoic acid which can help to eliminate fine lines and visible signs of ageing. Full of powerful antioxidants & omega fatty acids, it is excellent for restoring dull, lacklustre skin & reducing the appearance of stretch marks, sun spots & scarring.

Use at home every day in place of a facial moisturiser, or blend it with your choice of essential oils to create an overnight replenishing treatment oil.

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a fresh & cleansing essential oil known for its purifying, toning & stimulating properties. It makes an excellent detox aid, particularly useful if suffering from bloated bellies after the festive season! It is known to help tone the skin & tissues & is fantastic for the treatment of cellulitis & water retention. It is one of the main ingredients, along with geranium, in our award-winning toning & stimulating 'Purity' body oil which can be used daily to help combat cellulite & eliminate toxins.

Simultaneously, grapefruit also helps boosts the immune system, is fantastic for the treatment of congested & oily skin & is great for the circulation, muscles & joints.

Add 5-8 drops of the essential oil direct to a full bath or blend with a carrier oil to make your own refreshing body oil or skin rub. Check our blending notebook for body oil recipe ideas!

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In August, during the heat of the summer, many of the most highly fragrant plants are in full bloom. Here in Tuscany, the warm air is suffused with the richly perfumed scents of damask roses, sprays of classic lavender and mountain herbs such as wild thyme, marjoram and sage. I find it impossible to walk past the ancient rosemary bush growing beside my door, weighed down with its sprigs of sea blue flowers, without rubbing the tips between my palms and then inhaling their lively and invigorating aroma.

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Aqua Oleum supplies a very wide range of unique, hand-made floral waters, which are produced in our artisan laboratory in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. These light, aromatic aqua-based fragrances have been used since antiquity but are now enjoying a massive contemporary revival. Their sheer versatility makes them ideally suited to our modern urban lifestyle where we want our products to work as hard as we do! A bottle of flower water also makes the perfect travel companion to be used as a naturally revitalizing skin cleanser / toner, as a light perfume, or simply as a refreshingly cooling spritz for imparting instant moisture to the skin during long, hot summer days. All our aqua-sprays are suitable for the face and body, are 100% pure and natural as well as being entirely alcohol-free. Since each flower water has a range of specific properties and benefits, here is a quick guide on which flower water to use and when, as part of your daily routine.

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Sleep is vital to our sense of well-being. The amount of sleep we require is different for everyone. But one thing is certain: we all need adequate sleep in order to perform our daily tasks and to keep our energy levels and spirits up! Sleep experts suggest that most adults require between seven and eight hours of sleep per night and that in the longer term, sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on our mental and physical health. So it is vital to ensure we get enough deep sleep (the sleep we experience in the middle of our sleep cycle) since this can dramatically improve our quality of life.

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Quality control of essential oils is the single most
important issue for any reputable company
trading in aromatics.

- Julia Lawless

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