Natural Kisses Lip Balm

Hello again! How’s your January shaping up? Are you settling nicely into 2019?

This week Mum and I wanted to share with you why we love our lip balm! It’s a personal favourite of mine because when I first learned about aromatherapy, lip balm was my very first make! I must have only been fourteen or fifteen at the time because I remember writing about it in my business studies coursework! I wanted this kind of business even way back then!

Early Aromatherapy Business Plan
Back in the day when I was still in school!

Mum has developed a much better recipe than mine was back then thank goodness! So lets look at some of the ingredients we’ve used!

First of all we’ve got Shea Butter! This wonderfully nourishing butter is jam packed with fatty acids, vitamins, and healing properties. It also works really well as an anti-inflammatory ingredient! These properties are no doubt the reason so many cosmetics companies are using shea butter as a skin softening powerhouse!

Next up we have Beeswax! Now I love this because it forms a natural wall against the skin which locks in moisture and protects the skin against the cold weather and all the nasty bugs and dryness that come with it! Just like the shea butter, beeswax is a natural anti-inflammatory, and also has anti-bacterial properties too! And bonus… It won’t clog your pores like many petroleum based balms will!

Natural Kisses Lip Balm

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Product Feature – Sweet Dreams Night Cream!

Sweet Dreams Night Cream

Sweet Dreams Night Cream

So this time round we wanted to get a little more in depth with our Sweet Dreams Night Cream. Now I love a good night cream. I don’t know why, but I think it just feels nice right before I go to bed, to give myself a mini facial! Why not right?! Well it turns out there’s actual science to backup my randomness! According to scientists it’s actually beneficial to carry out most of your skincare routine at night rather than in the morning! Your skin will naturally repair itself while you sleep so giving it a little extra nourishment during the night is no bad thing!

 

Ingredients Matter!

So what have we put in it? Well, knowing that night time is the best time to feed your skin, our thoughts immediately went to Rosehip oil. If you’ve met us at an event, you’ll know just how much we love the stuff. It is quite literally a superfood for your skin! We also wanted to throw some peppermint in there too! Did you know that its great for helping to prevent acne?! Its true! Peppermint helps to regulate the skin’s oil production, and also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, making it a great addition to any skincare regime!

Our night cream is deliberately richer than our Fantastic Face Whip. Why? Because we wanted it to work for you while you slept. We used Shea and Coconut butters that will sink into the skin and really deeply nourish it. Plus if you have really dry skin, or your skin is suffering in the colder months, a richer moisturiser will work wonders! We might call it a night cream, but you can absolutely use it in the morning too!

Sweet Dreams Night Cream

Have you tried our Sweet Dreams Night Cream yet? If you have we’d love to hear from you! Drop us a coment or email and let us know what you think!

Happy Hands Cream!

So we thought we’d share some behind the scenes information on one of our newest product! Our happy hands cream!

 

Happy Hands Cream

 

So whats the big deal???

For us, having a hand cream in our range of products was essential. Mum has suffered with sore hands for a long time thanks, in part, to working hours on end in the kitchen when we owned a pub in North Wales. And my nails have been way more brittle since having my son (The joys of children, right?!)

 

Its something we’ve been working on for what feels like forever, but we’ve never been able to get a consistency we were happy with. We knew one of the base ingredient should be coconut oil. Because its just ace. And as with all our products, we knew we couldn’t add water to thin it out. But… the problem with coconut oil, as I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve used it yourself, is that it liquefies with the slightest amount of heat! Plus it solidifies again as soon as it cools! Nightmare when you’re trying to make a nice smooth cream!

 

Fast forward two years. We’ve played around with a few different recipes. Still haven’t come up with anything we’d be happy to let you guys use! Then, quite randomly, one of the parents at school asked if we made a tattoo balm! Ummmm no, but we could! (If you know me personally you know I tend to say yes immediately and then figure out how to make it work!) So we set about researching what bases and essential oils would work best.

 

Ingredients
Choosing our ingredients!

 

Then how to mix??? We hadn’t decided at this point if we wanted a cream or solid balm so we decided to try something we hadn’t attempted before… just a different way of combining the bases, nothing fancy… but it worked!!! I’m not kidding when I say it was like a scene from a TV show… Mum and I looked at each other and both practically screamed “Hand cream!” It was a proper light bulb moment!

 

So what next???

 

So… when we’d calmed down enough we let the experiment settle, and even put it in the fridge to see if it went solid. we put some more in a sample bottle… I literally sat with it under my armpit to try and melt it! It didn’t melt! Well that decided us! We’d only flippin’ done it!

 

Now keep in mind that this was supposed to be a tattoo balm! Not a hand cream! So of course we had to change some of the ingredients round to better suit its purpose, but once we’d done a couple more experiments we had the product you can now find on our website! It’s got a lovely uplifting fragrance, courtesy of Orange and Benzoin essential oils.

 

If you’ve never heard of benzoin before, its an amazing little oil that can help improve circulation, protect wounds from infection and can also help to relieve arthritis! powerful little sucker isn’t it?!

 

So that’s the story of how our hand cream came into being! When we say we research and experiment a lot with every single one of our products, this is the classic example! Almost two years in the making!