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Amphora Aromatics: an artist’s guide to the essential festival toiletry kit By Georgie Ward – pianist, composer and high-maintenance festival goer Fresh from the Glastonbury Festival, complete with heavy-head, overflowing inbox and out-of-sync body-clock,
Festival and holiday season is now in full swing! Packing all your toiletries when travelling can be a bit of a nightmare especially when you
Introducing… Therapist Focus! A new series of Q&A blogs with therapists who trust and love Amphora products. Each month we will explore a new therapy and get to know the person behind the practice.
Take a Closer Look at Our Essential Oil Producers – The Peppermint Harvest, India With its uplifting scent, potential to help improve mental performance and memory,
Simple Sumptuous Face Oil Recipes for Different Skin Types With the growing popularity of facial oils on the high street, we thought we’d show you just how easy it is to make your own - without the hefty price tag. OILY SKIN: • 20ml Grapeseed oil – easily absorbed and…
Beauty not only needs constant care on the outside, it also needs constant care on the inside.
Following the success of our plant-inspired shampoo range, we have launched 5 natural plant-inspired shower & bath gels. Featuring holistic, Ayurvedic herb powders to boost skin health,
Hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-guh’ is a Danish word for cosiness meaning making yourself comfortable at home. It is currently all the rage in the UK what with the cold and miserable weather upon us. Whether it’s making a coffee or cosing up on the sofa with loved ones, Hygge is being…
Celebrate Your Face Fuzz this Movember!! – DIY Moisturing Beard Oil and Moustache Wax Recipes Are you or do you know of anyone growing a beard for charity in ‘Movember’ – a month to help change the face of men’s health? Or, do you simply want to keep your beard…
Take a Closer Look at Our Essential Oil Producers – The Citrus Harvest, Southern Italy As we cosy up for the colder months, Amphora Aromatics’ Citrus essential oil producers in Southern Italy are getting ready for a busy harvest season. The beautiful bursts of colour amongst the well-manicured trees are…
Help skin stay soft over winter with seed oil moisturisers From harsh winds and cold air through to central heating, our skin can take a bashing over winter – often leaving it dry, irritated and flakey. This is when seed oils - vegetable oils taken from the seed of a…

So Fresh and So Clean!

14.10.2016
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Tomorrow is World Handwashing Day! ‘A day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives.’ – WaterAid. Many infections are spread when hands are contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses. In order to beat…

5 Reasons we Love Shea Butter

21.09.2016
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Shea Butter is one of the most wonderful natural ways of moisturising and hydrating both the skin and hair. It has been used for centuries in skincare, particularly across the Western region of Africa (in which its origins lie). It is rich and luxurious to use, with a subtle ‘chocolatey’…

New season, new face mask!

14.09.2016
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September is here meaning back to school and college for many of you. This time can be very exciting, but it can also be very stressing for some. With heavy workloads and the change in weather, it can really take its toll on your skin causing it to break out,…
Are you looking for natural skincare products that does not cost the earth? Then look no further. Here at AA Skincare we have just launched a brand new face toner that is 100% natural, yes we said 100%! Our fragrant formulation of refreshing Damask Rose water is combined with hydrating…

The Amazing Benefits of Face Masks

18.08.2016
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It’s safe to say everyone loves a good pampering session especially using face masks. One of the main advantages of using face masks is that they offer a wide range of skincare benefits in one easy application. You can use one to cleanse, clarify, moisturise or brighten your skin –…
‘Yogaromas' Essential Oils for your Yoga Practice There’s no doubt that aromatherapy and yoga compliment one another beautifully. Each offer us a useful way to practice mindfulness and relaxation, helping us reduce stress levels and deal with the challenges that life can pose. Here are some of our top tips …
School’s out for summer!! It’s a great chance to spend time with the kids and take a break from the usual routine (it is certainly a time welcomed by teachers across the country). Summer holidays can also pose a challenge for parents, left with the task of entertaining children on…
Summer is now in full swing. To keep cool and carry on in the heat it is essential to keep skin hydrated - and our new rehydrating and balancing Frankincense & Rose Face Toner does just that. Find out more below about this brand new vegan-friendly, rejuvenating toner and other…
3 Essential oils to help with Muscle Recovery July certainly seems to be a very sport centred month. Summer is in full swing, the Tour de France is underway and many of us are celebrating the success of the Wimbledon championships!Many of us may feel inspired at this time of…
With around eight million tonnes of plastic waste entering our oceans every year, there is a push for the UK government to ban plastic microbeads in beauty and personal care products - following the example set by the US and other countries around the world. Two thirds of Brits are…

Aromatherapy in the Home

08.06.2016
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Aromatherapy in the Home Its Aromatherapy Awareness week, so we’re celebrating the many uses of essential oils and how they can benefit our everyday lives. A great way to make use of essential oils at home is through incorporating them into household chores. They’re a great way of helping spruce…

4 Essential Oils for Summer time

07.06.2016
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4 Essential Oils for Summer time Summer has officially arrived. June is a wonderful month for enjoying the longest days of the year and making the most of the beautiful sunshine. We’ve picked some of our favourite oils to use during the warmer months. Essential oils can prove really useful…
Aromatherapy for stress relief 3 essential oils for calming the mind Aromatherapy is often used to help reduce stress levels and to help us practice mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness is a combination of meditation, yoga, breathing techniques and bringing yourself into awareness of the present moment. It can be…

Happy Aromatherapy Awareness Week

01.06.2016
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Happy Aromatherapy Awareness Week 6th – 12th June 2016 This week is Aromatherapy Awareness week (6 -12 June) - a chance to celebrate and promote awareness of the wonderful properties essential oils have to offer. Our sense of smell is so intrinsically linked to our emotions, it is not surprising…
May is National Arthritis Awareness month. It is thought nearly 10 million people each year in the UK will seek help from their GP concerning arthritis related conditions. It can effect anyone regardless of age and gender. The symptoms vary based upon different types of arthritis; inflammatory arthritis is likely…
Have you seen our new Ooharr face masks? Treating yourself to a face mask is a great way to treat skin concerns and keep your complexion balanced and healthy. There are plenty of different formulas available, each designed to help certain skin types and we have recently launched our fun,…

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR HEALTHY SUMMER HAIR

01.04.2016
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Harsh weather and cold winter months can take its toll on your hair - leaving it dry, frizzy, and totally unmanageable by springtime. Now the weather warming up and humidity is slowly increasing, this is the perfect time to revitalize and moisturise your hair in preparation for summer. Hair trends…

Aromatherapy in the Garden!

01.04.2016
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Green Fingers and Gorgeous Smells! There have been some beautiful spring days so far (touch wood!), and it’s been the perfect opportunity to get out and about in the garden! Gardening can offer us so much; it’s such a great feeling being able to grow and produce your own food,…
 We made it – spring is officially here!! What better way to celebrate this beautiful time of year than with a good pampering session. Spring is the perfect time to take a close look at your skincare routine and get your skin radiant and set for summer. Here are our…
Give your hair a treat with five new plant-inspired natural shampoos from AA Skincare. Featuring holistic, Ayurvedic herb powders to boost hair health, this new range of nourishing shampoos will naturally cleanse and protect all hair types. Ayurvedic medicine also known as Ayureveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic…
Did you know? Only around one in ten of us are likely to achieve our New Year’s resolutions? Often this may because we set out to achieve too much or set unrealistic goals or too challenging - the idea of going out for a run every morning may not be…

Essential Oils for Sports and Exercise.

19.01.2016
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New Year, New You Getting active is often one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. It’s a great chance to work off the mince pies from the Christmas period and kick-start your year with a more active routine to help you achieve your personal goals. Whatever it is you…
Top 10 Skincare Tips - New Year, New Skincare Regime Drink water (around 8 cups a day) to keep skin hydrated and to avoid it becoming oily. Peppermint and Green Tea is also good for clearing skin. Daily cleanse – Cleansing gels are quick and simple to use in the…

3 Essential oils to help detox the skin.

13.01.2016
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New Year, New You If we’ve overindulged over the Christmas, our skin can often suffer and show the signs. The cold weather can also cause havoc and leave our skin in need of some serious TLC. Luckily there are lots of ways we can help revive and rejuvenate our skin,…

New Year, New You

05.01.2016
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New Year, New You Aromatherapy for Health and Wellbeing. January can be a challenging time of year – its cold outside and many of us are returning to work after a Christmas break in which we may have overindulged in food and drink. The New Year often brings with it…

5 simple homemade aromatherapy gift ideas

10.11.2015
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The idea of making your own bespoke gifts may seem daunting, but it really can be made so simple. There are many ways of creating unique, personalized gifts using as little as two or three ingredients. Making your own toiletries and cosmetics is a great way to get creative with…
AA Skincare launches Seasonal Gift Packs AA Skincare has launched a new range of ethically sourced, gorgeous beauty and skincare gifts, made from pure essential oils and classic natural ingredients such as Lavender, Frankincense and Sandalwood – and they don’t cost the earth. From beauty boosting face masks and lotions…

Autumnal Aromas in the Home

20.10.2015
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Autumnal Home Aromas Now that the colder weather and shorter days are drawing in, this time of year is the perfect time to create a warm and comforting environment at home. Simple things such as lighting some candles, snuggling up with your duvet and enjoying a warm drink or playing…
Look after your skin this winter with AA Skincare's range of naturally effective skincare products perfect to help protect and care for you and your family. During winter, the humidity in the outside air plunges while thanks to central heating, inside becomes even drier. These conditions tend to dehydrate skin…

Amphora Autumn Skincare Tips

16.09.2015
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The summer months have been truly wonderful. Lots of time spent outdoors and beautiful sunny days (along with lots of rain of course). Although the sun has its many benefits for us, most notably providing us with a great source of vitamin D, it can take its toll on our…
With the hazy, lazy summer days behind us, now is a good time to take a look at your skincare routine to prepare for winter and make sure skin is in tip top condition for the colder months. Looking after skin in the summer is not always a top priority…
Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils there are. Over the past few blogs we've looked at its various uses in natural skin care and relaxation. But it is also incredibly beneficial for all its practical uses in and around the house. Here are just a few ideas…
Lavender essential oil is widely loved and renowned for being one of the most valuable essential oils to help us relax and reduce stress levels. Incorporating the use of Lavender oil into your day to day life can be incredibly beneficial in so many different areas. With the summer school…

Lavender and Skincare

12.08.2015
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Just one of the many versatile uses of Lavender is its great skin care benefits. It is highly praised for its ability to treat various skin conditions from outbreaks of acne, to eczema and even help smooth wrinkles. This makes it an excellent oil to offer great benefits to everyone,…

The Lowdown on Lavender

06.08.2015
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The Lowdown on Lavender It is undoubtedly one of the most versatile and renowned essentials oils in the world of aromatherapy. Loved by many for its beautiful floral aroma and its relaxing properties. Today it is used widely by aroamatherapists and home users to help treat anything from various skin…
Stay fresh this Summer with AA Skincare's natural deodorants. During the summer months, whether we’re running around after the kids, sunbathing by the pool on holiday or working hard in hot stuffy offices, we like to keep ourselves smelling and feeling fresh all day long AA Skincare’s new range of…
Look after skin with light, moisturising creams packed with natural ingredients. With summer upon us, it’s time to start thinking about the change in our skin and our summer skincare needs. From sweaty, greasy skin due to the hot, humid air to dry skin thanks to air-conditioning, our skin goes…
From insect bites to sunburn, whether you’re heading down to the beautiful beaches of Cornwall or jetting off to somewhere exotic this summer, here are some top aromatherapy tips using natural solutions and essential oils to help make sure your holiday runs smoothly. Bugs Away! Ah the great outdoors. Fresh…
Beautiful warm sunshine, bright mornings and warm evenings and relaxing holidays, summer is a fabulous time of year. But, it is important to take of our skin. Whether you are spending the summer months enjoying the beautiful British sunshine or jetting of abroad, there are certain natural skincare products that…
With Father’s day approaching this Sunday, we thought we’d give you a few gift ideas that are simple, unique and won’t cost the earth! The great thing about homemade gifts is that you can personalise them and create something that you know your Dad will love. What’s more, homemade gifts…
Rose essential oil is derived from fresh rose petals harvested by hand in the Bulgarian ‘Valley of the Roses’. Every year, at the beginning of June, more than 1,500 kilograms of oil are distilled from roses or ‘Rose Damascena’. One kilogram (kg) of rose oil is extracted from around 3000…

The Wonders of Rose Water!

27.05.2015
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What is it? Our bestselling floral water; rose water is a hydrolate meaning it is the water recovered from the steam distillation of rose oil. How can it be used? Natural Skincare As with most floral waters, Rose Water works wonderfully as a natural toner for the skin. Simply use…
It’s Rose Festival time!! We’re celebrating the rose harvest in the Bulgarian ‘Valley of the Roses’ where, in just a few weeks, more than 1,500 kilograms of oil is distilled from roses or ‘Rose Damascena’ – enough to supply most of the world’s cosmetic, perfume and aromatherapy industry. Our 100%…
Spotlight on Chamomile (Roman) essential oil. Soothing, calming, and relaxing. Renowned for its incredible calming properties (many of us may have turned to chamomile tea to help us get a good night’s sleep). Chamomile has been used in herbalism for 2,000 years and was recognised as being one of the…
Relaxing and calming Relaxing and uplifting Bergamot essential oil is a beautiful citrusy-sweet oil which can help boost the immune system. When it is vaporised, Bergamot creates a calming ambience and is one of the most frequently used oils to treat psychological issues, such as depression brought on by stress.…

Help manage exam stress with Aromatherapy!

22.04.2015
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It’s that time of year where thousands of students across the country are getting their heads down and studying hard for their upcoming exams! Whether you yourself are getting ready for your finals or you know someone about to sit their A Levels; we all know how daunting it can…
Tropical Lime & Coconut Salt Scrub Recipe – Ideal for giving your feet a spring time treat! I don’t know about you, but after this year’s winter my feet are definitely in need of some TLC to get them in shape for summer! This recipe can be used as an…
(2) DIY Lemon & Lavender Salt Scrub This winning combination is bound to give you an all-round relaxing and restoring scrub that you will really enjoy using. Salt scrubs are so easy to make and If you can get hold of some nice glass containers and gift tags, they make…
I think we can say spring is officially in full swing (hooray!). The sun is shining, the daffodils are out and the days are most certainly lighter and brighter – long may it continue! Spring is a time to celebrate new beginnings. It’s a great chance to get out in…
In my previous blog I went in to a little more details about our wonderful new Tea Tree & Lavender Skincare Range - great for oily, spot prone skin. This week it’s all about our gorgeous and very popular Frankincense & Rose Range and how you can help moisturiser, hydrate…
Last week I focused on our New Sandalwood & Palmarosa skincare range - great for dry, dehydrated skin. This week it’s all about our wonderful Lavender & Tea range and how you can help clear your complexion and nourish your skin with an easy at home facial using these fabulous…

Spring Cleaning - the Natural Way! Part 3

30.03.2015
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Day 3 – Spring cleaning the bedroom! Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore! Incorporating essential oils into your cleaning regime can make the process a whole lot more enjoyable. There are many that contain excellent anti-bacterial properties which make them a great natural alternative to conventional, chemical laden household…

Spring Cleaning - the Natural Way! Part 2

25.03.2015
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So we saw the spring equinox over the weekend! It’s now that exciting time of year when after the long winter months, the Daffodils finally emerge, the days start to get longer and the weather (hopefully) gets warmer. It’s also the great chance to have a good old spring clean!…
The cold winter months often leave our skin feeling dry and damaged. The combination of central heating, harsh winter weather and rainy days can really dry out our skin, leaving it feeling tired, dull and in need of some nourishment! Our hands are particularly vulnerable to this due to the…
Hi all, Sophie here with my lastest Natural Skincare Blog. Over the next few blogs i'm going to be introducing our new and exciting AA Skincare Essentials Range and how you can get your skin ready for Spring using the new range of Natural Cleansers, Toners, Moisturisers and other gorgeous…

Spring Cleaning - The Natural Way!

17.03.2015
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Spring Cleaning – the Natural Way! This Friday will be the first official day of spring! It’s that exciting time of year when after the long winter months, the Daffodils finally emerge, the days start to get longer and the weather (hopefully) gets warmer. It’s also the great chance to…
Hi all. Sophie here with the final Fabulous Floral Water Blog. In this blog I am going to be talking all about the stunning Floral Waters of Orange Blossom and Geranium. Recovered from the distillation of essential oils or an essential oil dissolved in water, Floral Waters are usually referred…
Hi all. Sophie here again with another Fabulous Floral Water Blog. This time it's all about the beautiful Floral Waters of Jasmin and Rose. As I explained in a little more detail in my previous blog, floral waters are usually categorised as either Hydrosols or Hydrolates. Our definition is that…
Our series of blogs looking at how natural ingredients can be used to counteract the stresses and strains of technology in modern life continues. Today we look at increasing the ability to focus and concentrate. There are ongoing and lively debates, particularly within the education system, as to whether the…
Continuing our blog series about how modern life can cause various skin, muscle and skeletal problems. This time we look at RSI caused by the overuse of mobile phones etc. Click to discover more. Another negative effect that can arise from mobile technologies can be repetitive strain injury (RSI). This…
Wherever you look these days you'll see people who appear to be constantly staring at and playing with various technological devices. If you haven't noticed this then you're probably doing it yourself! In this blog we look at ways to avoid the saggy or droopy skin caused by bad posture…
Hi all, Sophie here with my latest Natural Skincare Blog. Over the next few blogs I'm going to be talking about Amphora’s Floral Waters and how they can be used as gorgeous, natural facial cleanser and toners. Find out which one would best suit your skin - read on to…
Looking for something a little different for Valentine’s this year? Left it a bit late?! We’ve got some great ideas for you – they’re all ready to use straight out of the jar or bottle so couldn’t be easier! And, if you order before 2pm on Thursday 12th February then…
Our latest Blog series offers a variety of ways that essential oils and Aromatherapy can help to make sure your Valentine’s Day goes with a swing! In part 3 we have a more masculine blend for massage and vaporising. Click to discover more. You may be looking for a more…
Part two of our Valentine’s Guide features a luxuriously sweet blend that has a gorgeous combination of aromas to help encourage a sensual atmosphere. Jasmin, Vanilla and Bergamot all work together to boost the love! Click to learn more. The Jasmin flower has throughout history been associated with love and…
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d run a blog series on how aromatherapy can help to bring a little romance into your life. Part 1 is all about creating your own sensual massage blend. Click to learn more. At this time of year, thousands of pounds…

Balancing Chakras Day 7 - The Crown Chakra

30.01.2015
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We’ve reached part 7 of our introductory guide to the best essential oils to use when balancing the chakras. This final part looks at the Crown Chakra – click to read more. The roots of the chakra system lie in ancient Hindu texts of knowledge. Translated into English, chakra literally…
Hi all, Sophie here with my last blog on Amphora’s lovely range of Loofahs and Brushes. In this post I'll be explaining why using natural Loofah brushes is so beneficial to your skin. Click to learn more. I hope you have enjoyed my previous blogs in this series. This blog…
Heard of chakras but never quite understood them? Our 7 part guide aims to give you an introduction to this ancient practice and looks at how essential oils might be useful in helping to balance the chakras. Part 6 looks at the Third Eye chakra. Click to discover more. The…
We’ve reached part 5 of our 7 part series looking at how essential oils can be used to help balance and maintain our chakras. Today we look at the Throat Chakra – click to read more. The roots of the chakra system lie in ancient Hindu texts of knowledge. Translated…

Balancing Chakras Day 4 - The Heart Chakra

27.01.2015
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Continuing our 7 part Blog series looking at how pure essential oils can help to balance chakras via massage or diffusion. Click to learn more. The roots of the chakra system lie in ancient Hindu texts of knowledge. Translated into English, chakra literally means ‘wheel’ or ‘wheel of life’. Some…

Balancing Chakras Day 3 - The Solar Chakra

26.01.2015
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Continuing our 7 part Blog series looking at how pure essential oils can help to balance chakras via massage or diffusion. Click to learn more. The roots of the chakra system lie in ancient Hindu texts of knowledge. Translated into English, chakra literally means ‘wheel’ or ‘wheel of life’. Some…
Continuing our Blog series looking at how pure essential oils can help to balance chakras via massage or diffusion. Click to learn more. The roots of the chakra system lie in ancient Hindu texts of knowledge. Translated into English, chakra literally means ‘wheel’ or ‘wheel of life’. Some say it…
Over the next few Blogs we'll be taking a look at how pure essential oils can be used to to help balance chakras. Click to learn more about this ancient practice which helps people to find inner peace and tranquility. The roots of the chakra system lie in ancient Hindu…
Hi everyone – Sophie here again with my latest blog. I am going to be going into more detail about how useful our Wooden Cellulite Brushes and our Body/Brush Massagers can be in skincare. Click to discover more. Cellulite can be a terribly debilitating problem that can have a really…
To conclude our series looking at how to make Aromatherapy part of your everyday routine we have some great ideas for boosting energy the natural way. Click to learn more. Coffee & energy drinks will deliver an energy boost but because they’re packed with so much caffeine and (sometimes frankly…
We’ve been giving you lots of tips to help you easily incorporate Aromatherapy into your every-day life. Today – Natural Cleaning Blends for Home & Office. Click to read more. The more you learn about and use essential oils the more it becomes apparent that their potential uses are pretty…
Hello again everyone - Sophie here with another blog full of tips and advice for you. In this series of blogs I am going to looking in some detail at our range of natural brushes and loofahs and show how your skin can hugely benefit from using them. I’ll give…
In this series of blogs we’ve been looking at how straightforward it can be to benefit from basic Aromatherapy in your every-day life. This post looks at natural pain relief – click to read more. Another great way to utilise the great benefits essential oils have to offer is to…
There are many ways to easily incorporate Aromatherapy in your every-day life. Today we look at how straightforward it is to replace those chemical packed air fresheners and home aromas with beautiful, natural pure essential oils and other natural ingredients. There are countless air freshening and home aroma products on…
Hi all! It’s Sophie here again with my final Natural Nail Care blog. Today is all about cuticles, that tiny bit of skin that surrounds the nails. If they become dry they can peel and split, often causing painful and sore hangnails. Left untreated, this can even lead to infection.…
Last week we looked at how Aromatherapy can offer some assistance in achieving some of the most popular New Year goals. This week, we thought we’d take a look at how you can make choosing Aromatherapy and other natural options a New Year’s resolution in itself. It seems that every…
Hello again! Sophie here with my latest natural nail care blog. This time I’ll be detailing a blend to help nourish and grow healthy, hydrated nails. My previous blog was all about weak, brittle nails and gave you a gorgeous blend to help strengthen them. This time I’ve got a…
Hello and thank you for reading my blog. This week we've been giving you lots of tips and ideas to help with various New Year's resolutions. Today I have some great ideas for those of you who are starting a new exercise regime. Click to read more. If your aim…
Hello again and thanks for taking the time to read my blog! This week we've been giving you some great ideas to help you with various New Year's resolutions. Well, another resolution many of us may be setting ourselves is to try and lose a few pounds. You may have…
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions often involves giving up or cutting down on things we know are bad for us. The top 3 things to give up are probably alcohol, cigarettes or chocolate but whatever you’re trying to break free from, essential oils can help! There are…
Hi all, Sophie here. Happy New Year to each and every one of you :) My latest blog is all about strengthening your nails to help keep them looking healthy. I hope you enjoyed my previous series of blogs on natural skincare (Click here to see all of my blogs…
All of us at Amphora would like to wish you all a very happy start to the year! We hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for. There are likely to be many of us who are using the new year as a good excuse to give up bad habits…
Hello everyone! Sophie here again. My new blog shows you how to create a gorgeous all-natural serum for dry & sensitive skins. Click to discover more. Using a serum that is full of moisturising and calming essential oils can really help improve dry and sensitive skin conditions. Serums penetrate the…
Back to Work All-Natural Aromatherapy Mood Booster. 5 Essential Oils to lift the spirits and give you a Positive Mental Attitude. Many people have returned to work today after a lovely long break over Christmas. Of course, many people have had to work through it all. Either way, it can…
Here’s one last Party Season blend - this one is designed to help you recover after you’ve overindulged at the dinner table. Click to read more. There’s one thing that the vast majority of us will be doing for certain during the Christmas period - consuming large quantities of food!…
Party Season – try this naturally reviving pure essential oil blend for the morning after! Click to learn how to make your own natural hangover reliever. In my previous blog I gave you an uplifting and energising blend which is perfect for when you’re getting ready for a night out.…
Hello everyone! Sophie here with another blog for you. This time I’ll be explaining how you can make your own all-natural face serum for oily, congested skin. Click to discover more. Serums can hugely benefit oily, blemished skin as well as helping to clear complexions and calm the skin. This…
Hello everyone! Eugény here with my latest blog. This time I examine some all-natural Aromatherapy options for helping to soothe sprains and twists. Click to learn more. A sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments have been stretched, twisted or torn - usually as a result of excessive…
The Christmas and New Year period means lots of things but you can guarantee that it will involve a party or two! So, we’ll be looking at how pure essential oils can help you to prepare, enjoy and recover from those parties. Click for more. The Christmas and New Year…
We’ve been looking at how pure essential oils can help to provide fabulously festive aromas in your house and office. Today we feature Frankincense. Click to discover more. Christmas is many things to different people. You might be looking forward to a quiet, relaxed time with family and friends or,…
Jingle Smells! Fab Festive Fragrances from Pure Essential Oils. Today – Clove & Pine. Click for more! Christmas is just around the corner now. This week we’ve been giving you some ideas for creating your own Christmas fragrances using pure and natural essential oils rather than man-made chemical synthetic fragrances.…
Jingle Smells! Fantastic Festive Fragrances - Super Spicy Seasonal Cinnamon! Click for tips and suggestions for this classic Christmas oil. If I had to choose a single scent to represent Christmas then I would have to go with Cinnamon. It seems ironic given that the spice originates from the tropical…
Hi all, Sophie here. In my next few blogs I’ll be showing you how easy and affordable it is to create your own all-natural serums starting with this simple blend for a hyper moisturising Mature Skin Serum. Click to read more. Serums are becoming increasingly popular but just how important…
With Christmas drawing ever closer we thought we’d highlight some of our most well-loved aromas for the festive season. Click to read more! The Christmas season is definitely a treat for the senses with the abundance of delicious food, the occasional drink or two (!) and beautiful decorations. Add some…
Itchy Scalp? Dandruff? Hair Lacking Lustre? Here’s how you can make your own protecting mask to help soothe and moisturise a dry and irritated scalp. Click to discover how. The dryness of winter has a tendency to suck the moisture out of our bodies, leaving our areas like our scalp…
Hi all, Sophie here! My latest blog is all about creating a lovely hydrating blend for dry, sensitive and cracked skin. Click to learn more. Dry skin is very common, especially around winter time with the colder temperatures. Skin becomes tight and itchy causing discomfort and can often become flaky…
Struggling to control your Static Hair during this colder weather? Try this intensely conditioning anti-static all-natural blend. Click for full details. These cold, dry days with little or no moisture in the air can lead to many problems – things like Static Hair can be a real issue during winter.…
Winter Hair Protection – All-Natural Restoring Hot Coconut Oil and Lavender Hair Mask. Click to discover how to make your very own Hot Hair Mask! This is a lovely mask to heat up before applying to your hair. Hot oil treatments are a popular choice due to its ability to…
One of the more surprising effects of a change in season and colder weather can be hair loss. Click to learn how natural ingredients can help to prevent and slow this distressing problem. Each season has its own unique threat to our hair, often the transition from one to another…
Hello everyone – Sophie here again with another all-natural skincare tip. This time I have a lovely moisturiser blend which is perfect for Oily skins. In this blog I’ll be giving you a gorgeous blend to create a moisturiser that is suitable for more oily, spot prone skin. As always,…
All this week we'll be giving you tips on how to keep your hair looking and feeling great through the harsh winter months using pure essential oils and other vegetable and carrier oils. Click to learn more. Going from the cold weather outside to a centrally heated house or office…

How To: Natural Aromatherapy Period Pain Relief

01.12.2014
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Written by Eugény Couture (Aromatherapist)
Our resident Aromatherapist Eugény Couture blogs about using pure essential oils to alleviate menstrual pains (dysmenorrhea). Click to read more. Hello! Eugény here! This week let’s talk about essential oils and painful periods – a big problem for many women every month. You may already use essential oils for all…

Winter Skin Protection - Winter Rescue Gift Box

28.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
All this week we’ve been giving you ideas for how you can protect and nourish your skin in the harsh winter weather. Today we highlight our fantastic Winter Rescue Gift Box. Click to read more! With Christmas just around the corner and winter settling in, here's a great idea for…

All Natural Mature Skin Moisturiser

27.11.2014
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Written by Sophie Rouse (Beauty Therapist)
Hello everyone! It’s Sophie here with another look at Natural Skincare. This time I’ll be offering some more advice on caring for mature skins. Click to read more. Mature skin is usually dry and lacking in oils and moisture. So, by adding essential oils that will moisturise and rejuvenate you…

Winter Skin Protection - Naturally Healthy Nails

27.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Winter Skin Protection! How to ensure your nails are kept healthy, strong and durable the natural way. Click to read more. The cold weather can have a terribly negative effect on our nails and cuticles. They can become dry and brittle and can develop even more serious problems if left…

Winter Skin Protection - Natural Defence

26.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
This week we’re all about Winter Skincare! As the cold weather and harsh winds batter our skin, find out how natural products can offer protection and nourishment. Click to learn more. These wet and windy days can be a real problem for the face. Red noses, sore lips and dry…

Winter Skin Protection - Shea Butter Moisturisers!

25.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Winter Skin Protection! Blends, tips and Amphora products to help keep your skin healthy and protected during the cold weather. Click for more. Yesterday we looked at keeping hands protected and in good condition. Today we travel a little further up the arm to the elbows (and take a trip…

Winter Skin Protection

24.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Winter skin protection! Tips on how to moisturise and hydrate the skin during the colder months. Click to read more. The wind is howling and the cold air is all around as winter makes its presence felt. This is bad news for our skin! Find out how natural ingredients can…

Daylight Saving Oils - Rose Geranium

21.11.2014
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Written by Lucy Reetooraz
The last in our week-long series featuring essential oils that can be helpful in relieving the depression caused by the winter blues. Click to learn how Rose Geranium can help uplift and balance your emotions. Rose Geranium is often used by Aromatherapists to provide evenness for the emotions and help…

Daylight Saving Oils - Bergamot

20.11.2014
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Written by Lucy Reetooraz
All this week we’ve been looking at essential oils that can help to lift the gloom caused by the winter blues. Today we feature Bergamot for its ability to uplift and reassure. Click to learn more. Bergamot is one of the most renowned oils in aromatherapy for treating negative thoughts…

Daylight Saving Oils - Lemongrass

19.11.2014
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Written by Lucy Reetooraz
The darkness of winter can often bring with it feelings of lethargy and depression, often described as the winter blues. Some pure essential oils can help to provide motivation and inspiration. Click to learn more. All this week we’re profiling essential oils that can help to lift the feelings of…

Daylight Saving Oils - Ylang Ylang

18.11.2014
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Written by Lucy Reetooraz
All this week we’re featuring essential oils that can be very helpful in combatting the winter blues. Today we look at the positive effects that Ylang Ylang can have. Winter Blues (the more severe form of which is known as S.A.D. – Seasonal Adjustment Disorder) is a common problem that…

Daylight Saving Oils - Jasmin

17.11.2014
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Written by Lucy Reetooraz
Daylight saving oils! Cheerful aromas to help combat winter blues. A week of uplifting oils to help you adjust to the darker evenings. The nights are drawing in. It’s dark before we leave work and the temperature is dropping too. Because so many of us leave work in the dark…

Dry / Sensitive Skin Oil Cleanser Blend

14.11.2014
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Written by Sophie Rouse (Beauty Therapist)
Hello everyone! Sophie here with another blog for you. This time I take a look at the best carrier and vegetable oils for sensitive / dry skins. In my last blog I focused on those Carrier Oils and Vegetable Oils that are most suited to cleansing oily skin. This time…

How To: Aromatherapy Massage

14.11.2014
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Written by Eugény Couture (Aromatherapist)
Hello! It’s Eugény here again with another blog. This week I have a basic introduction to Aromatherapy Massage for you. Why create your own massage blend? It’s a great way to be absolutely sure there are no nasty chemicals or additives in your blend. A lot of the pre-blended massage…

DIY Solid Aftershave Pour Homme!

14.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
All this week we’ve been giving you some great ideas for solid perfumes. They’re perfect as Christmas gifts. Today we have an aftershave version! There are many essential oils with a woody or spicy scent that make for a more masculine scent. Many of those pricey aftershaves that you see…

Exotic Ylang Ylang, Orange & Sandalwood DIY Solid Perfume

13.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
It’s really easy to make your very own solid perfumes at home. They make perfect Christmas gifts or you can just spoil yourself! Today we give you this beautiful, earthy, sweet combination which makes a perfect perfume blend. Ylang Ylang is a highly valued ingredient in many commercially available perfumes…

Oily Skin Cleanser Oil Blend

12.11.2014
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Written by Sophie Rouse (Beauty Therapist)
Following on from last week’s Mature Pure Skin Cleansing Blend, this week I will be focusing on those carrier and vegetable oils that are great for cleansing oily skin. As I explained in my previous blog, it’s really easy to create an all-natural blend that suits your needs. This is…

DIY Citrus Zing Solid Perfume

12.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
The great thing about using pure essential oils to make a solid perfume is that you can create something that smells beautiful and also has therapeutic properties! This means you can get really creative in blending oils to promote certain moods and emotions. Try this zesty citrus solid perfume blend.…

Sumptuously Sweet DIY Vanilla Solid Perfume

11.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
All this week we’re giving you suggestions for homemade gifts in the shape of DIY solid perfumes. Today – sumptuously sweet Vanilla! If you’re after something romantic, sweet and sensuous then this may be the recipe for you! This beautifully rich scent is made up of Vanilla Extract oil, Rose…

DIY Solid Perfumes

10.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
One way of keeping the cost of Christmas under control is to make your own gifts. So, this week we’ll be giving you some great ideas for DIY solid perfumes. They’re surprisingly easy to make and the lucky recipients will really appreciate the human touch when you hand over their…

Top 5 Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

07.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Lavender is the world's most popular essential oil. This is partly because it's so versatile. Here are the top 5 benefits of this beautiful natural product!

Essential Oils - The Basics

07.11.2014
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Written by Eugény Couture (Aromatherapist)
Here’s the first blog from our in-house Aromatherapist Eugèny Couture. Eugèny will be using her experience to provide blends, tips and recipes as well as keeping you up to date with the latest developments from the wonderful world of Aromatherapy. Hello and thank you for taking the time to read…

5 Amazing Uses for Essential Oils

07.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Always thought essential oils smelt nice and that's about it? Well, here's 5 amazing uses that you may not have come across before!

Aromatic Asthma Relief

07.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Asthma can be a serious condition which should first and foremost be treated by your doctor. However, pure essential oils can help too. Click to read more. Aromatherapy should in no way be used to treat an asthma attack, nor should it be substituted for medication. Having said that, it…

Citrus Oil Harvest Time

06.11.2014
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Right now there is a plant, fruit or flower growing somewhere in the world that will eventually provide an essential oil you’ll use sometime next year. Click to read more. I always enjoy the thought that at any given time of year the beautiful plants, flowers and fruits that eventually…

Mature Skin Oil Cleansing Blend

06.11.2014
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Written by Sophie Rouse (Beauty Therapist)
The first in a series of Aromatherapy skincare blogs from our resident Beauty Therapist Sophie Rouse. Sophie starts with this cleansing method for mature skins. Click to read more. In this blog I’ll be explaining how simple it is to make your own naturally effective skincare products at home. My…

Natural Chest Infection Relief

06.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Pure essential oils can help to ease the symptoms caused by chest infections and may even help to speed recovery. Click to learn more. The blend below can be used in a burner but is probably more effective when used in massage or a hot bath. The essential oils will…

Bonfire Night Pet Soother

05.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Bonfire night is great fun for humans but it can be a very distressing evening for dogs and cats. Essential oils can help to keep them calm. Click to learn more. Fireworks displays seem to be increasingly popular. Always a popular event for families, it's worth remembering that your pet…

Natural Sinusitis Relief

05.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Essential oils can be really effective in relieving the symptoms of sinusitis. Click here for an all natural blend to help clear up this horrible condition. Certain oils contain antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can make a real difference to the pain and discomfort caused by the condition and…

Breathe Easy the Natural Way

04.11.2014
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Written by Ben Orr (Aromatherapy Author)
Pure essential oils can make a big difference to our health at this time of year. As the temperature drops and colds & flu start to spread it's a good idea to regularly burn essential oils to keep those nasty bugs at bay. This week we’ll give you some blends…

Happy Diwali!

23.10.2014
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Written by Lucy Reetooraz
Happy Diwali! Today is the day millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world will be celebrating the festival of Diwali! Families will gather together to prepare food and watch the fireworks, street art and other live entertainment put on to celebrate the festival. Diwali is the festival…

Natural Immune Boosters - Ravensara

22.10.2014
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As the colder months draw in it’s important to ensure we keep our immune system in tip top condition. This helps us to ward off breakouts of colds and flu. Getting a decent amount of sleep, ensuring you’re getting the nutrition you need and staying hydrated are the key fundamentals…

Natural Immune Boosters - Tea Tree

22.10.2014
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As the colder months draw in it’s important to ensure we keep our immune system in tip top condition. This helps us to ward off breakouts of colds and flu. Getting a decent amount of sleep, ensuring you’re getting the nutrition you need and staying hydrated are the key fundamentals…
As the colder months draw in it’s important to ensure we keep our immune system in tip top condition. This helps us to ward off breakouts of colds and flu. Getting a decent amount of sleep, ensuring you’re getting the nutrition you need and staying hydrated are the key fundamentals…

Funky Fruity Lip Balms

22.10.2014
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Our lips often suffer the most during bad weather. Ensure you have a pot of lip balm to hand to keep your lips well-nourished and protected. We have a gorgeous selection of lips balms here at Amphora to choose from! Our funky, fruity Lip Balms all come in handy 15ml…