Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:05

Take a Closer Look at Our Essential Oil Producers – The Peppermint Harvest, India

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,

Monday, 06 March 2017 16:20

Simple Sumptuous Face Oil Recipes for Different Skin Types

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 a highly moisturising non-allergenic oil. 

• 10ml Hazelnut oil - a very light astringent oil, great for balancing oily/combination skin and can help tighten pores and so limit the oil secretion for cleaner, clearer skin. 

• 2 Drops of Grapefruit essential oil (energising, toning and cleansing)

• 2 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil (antiseptic, stimulating and clearing)

• 2 Drops of Juniperberry essential oil (detoxifying and purifying)

Add the oils to a clean bottle and mix well (30mls might not sound like much but a little goes a long way - apply to clean skin). 

 

DRY SKIN:

• 30ml Evening Primrose oil – rich in unsaturated fatty acids and Gamma Linoleic Acid, both can be important for skin health. Has been known to boost circulation and help moisturise the skin. 

• 3 Drops of Frankincense essential oil (rejuvenating – excellent for dry and mature skin)

• 2 Drops of Rose Otto diluted absolute (relaxing and uplifting)

A good tip for dry skin is to apply your face oil straight after your toner while your skin is still a little damp. This will help to lock in the moisture. 

 

COMBINATION SKIN:

• 20ml Apricot Kernel oil – a light emollient oil, rich in vitamins and minerals.

• 10ml Avocado oil - absorbs easily into the skin and is transported deep into the tissue. A very thick oil, it can be a little too heavy if used on its own which is why we’re diluting it in Apricot Kernel oil at a 3:1 ratio.

• 3 drops of Neroli diluted absolute essential oil

• 3 drops of Geranium essential oil 

 

NORMAL SKIN:

• 30ml Rosehip Seed oil – known as the "Wonder Oil" - rejuvenating and regenerating, Rosehip Seed is a light, absorbing quickly into the skin and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It contains skin repairing vitamin A which can help reduce scars and wrinkles and is a good source of essential fatty acids.

• 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil (fruity, refreshing and cleansing)

• 3 drops of May Chang essential oil (de-stressing and relaxing)

As always, a skin patch test should be carried out before full usage of any natural product or blend. If irritation occurs, rinse face with cold water.

 

SENSITIVE SKIN:

• 20ml Sesame Seed oil - I have been using Sesame seed oil, one of our lighter carrier oils, which is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin.  Rich in vitamin A & E, it is a good choice for those with eczema as it has great healing properties and will help soothe itching, irritated skin. 

• 10ml Calendula oil – a soothing and softening oil, great for chapped or broken skin and gentle enough for all skin types.

• 3 drops of Chamomile Maroc essential oil (gentle, soothing and relaxing)

• 3 drops of Lavender essential oil (rejuvenating and calming)

It really is that easy!! 

Monday, 07 November 2016 10:54

Celebrate Your Face Fuzz this Movember!! – DIY Moisturing Beard Oil and Moustache Wax Recipes

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 or moustache in tip-top condition as we head into the winter months?  If so, Amphora Aromatics has the answer - a nourishing DIY Beard Oil and Moustache wax.  

As well as leaving you smelling heavenly and your facial hair feeling soft, beard oils and moustache waxes are intensely moisturising and can help protect your skin too.

For the Moisturising Beard Oil you will need:
• A 25ml amber bottle and dropper cap
• A glass beaker
• A glass stirring rod
• A mini funnel (to fit the top of the bottle)
• A carrier oil of your choice or a blend. I have chosen a 3:1 ratio of avocado oil to rosehip seed oil.
• 2-3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil
• 2-3 drops of Peppermint essential oil
• 1-2 drops of Lime essential oil
(OR Choose from a range of our essential oils. Here are some other suggestions for an earthy sweet smelling beard; Juniperberry & Pine; Bergamot & Rosewood; Frankincense & Mandarin)

Carefully mix the contents and decant into your container. Give it a good shake and you are ready to go.

How to use: Apply after showering/washing when the skin is warm, the pores are open and the beard is still damp -this will help to retain more moisture. Use 3-5 drops of the oil (a little goes a long way), rubbing into the hands before applying to the face. Cover the whole beard and massage deeply into the skin underneath.


For the Infused Moustache Wax you will need:
30ml glass jars or tins
• 100g of Beeswax Pellets (Soy Wax provides a great vegan alternative)
• 100ml of your preferred carrier oil - Coconut, Jojoba, Argan, Sweet Almond etc.
• 60-80 drops of your chosen essential oils, depending on how strong you want the aroma. I have used a refreshing and uplifting blend of equal parts Cedarwood and Lime essential oils (30 drops of each). The blend may smell quite strong at first but once you’ve added it to the beeswax and carrier oil the strength of the aroma will be diluted

Place the wax in a bowl and suspend over a pan of simmering water (or use a double boiler). Gently stir and melt the wax and then add the carrier oil. Once melted, take off the heat and then add your pre-mixed blend of essential oils, stirring all the while. You have to move quickly as the wax begins to harden. Once fully blended, decant into your containers and allow to set. This should take between 1 and 2 hours. 

How to use: Take a small amount of wax in your fingers, rub them together before applying to your moustache. Cover evenly first thing in the morning and throughout the day for a silky stylish finish.

Tips: It’s important to try and find the right oil for your skin. Different oils can be blended together to create a beard oil that suits. If you find your skin feels itchy or irritated once you’ve applied the oil or wax rinse thoroughly with cold water.

It is important to always carry out a patch test before using any natural ingredients you haven’t used before. Just apply a small amount of the blend to the inside on your elbow and keep an eye on the area over the next 24 hours. If you have blended a few essential oils together you may need to test each one individually to find out which is causing your skin to react.

 

And there you have it, two gorgeous everyday treatments for face fuzz that deserves a little TLC. If you have a lot of beautiful hairy people in your life, why not make a batch as Christmas presents and decorate the jars/tins.

[Photography by Andy Norman]

 

 


 

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:40

A Closer Look at Our Essential Oil Producers – The Citrus Harvest, Southern Italy

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 ready to be picked and transformed into our Lemon, Mandarin and Orange essential oils.

Using cold press extraction methods, our producers rely on the knowledge handed down over three generations. Their commitment to quality is evident from planting through to production. They have the ‘productive capacity to transform about three tons of fruit per hour’.

It’s no surprise these oils are some of our bestsellers. Citrus aromas have been used over the centuries because they are fresh and sweet and offer us uplifting qualities.

We will be taking a closer look at the fruits and the oils produced by our suppliers over the next few weeks…

 

Lemon Oil:

The Lemons harvested for our essential oil benefit from the warm Mediterranean climate. As a result, the production of fruit is almost uninterrupted throughout the year. The first harvest typically takes place in October and subsequently in March and June.

The fruit peel is cold pressed to extract the pure oil, which is pale to deep yellow or greenish yellow. Similar to fresh lemon rinds except richer and more concentrated, with a crisp and fresh aroma. Approximately 3,000 lemons are required to produce a kilo of essence.

                            

Products:
Lemon and Lime Lip Balm
Lemon and lime incense
Lemon Glycerine Soap


Mandarin Oil (Green & Red):

Three variations of mandarin are harvested for oils from the Citrus Reticulata Blanco tree – Green, Yellow and Red. At Amphora, we source the contrasting Green and Red Mandarin oils. The aromas differ due to the time the fruit is processed in the “Pelatrici” - fruit peeling machine.

Green= harvested in September and October - has a slightly livelier and younger note to the aroma.

Red= typically harvested in January – provides a more mature, sweeter and smoother aroma.

(Those of you who have purchased Mandarin from us over the years will have most likely been buying the red version.)

Products:
Mandarin, Lime and Basil reed diffuser kit + 20/40hr Pot Candles
Mandarin Essential Oil Candle


Sweet Orange Oil:

A familiar and refreshing scent - Oranges, from the Citrus Sinensis, are first harvested in November and can sometimes be picked as late April to create sweet smelling essential oils. Once harvested, the fruit will undergo the same cold press extraction method as the lemon and mandarin.

The volatile oil obtained by expression from the fresh peel of the ripe fruit of the sweet orange is fresh and energising, perfect for room fragrancing.

Products:
Orange and Clove Reed Diffuser Kit + 20/40hr Pot Candles
Orange & Clove Aroma Salts

 

Keep an eye out for the next essential oil producer story in the New Year!

 

Friday, 21 October 2016 08:06

Help skin stay soft over winter with seed oil moisturisers

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 plant – can help.  Seed oils work to protect skin, keeping it well moisturised and looking soft and glowing over the colder months.  Here are a few of my favourites:
 
Sesame Seed Oil
I have been using Sesame seed oil, one of our lighter carrier oils, which is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin.  Rich in Vitamin A & E, it is a good choice for those with eczema as it has great healing properties and will help sooth itching, irritated skin.
Often used in Ayurvedic treatments, a small amount of sesame oil (2-3ml) applied gently to the face after washing can help restore the skin. If, like me, your skin is naturally oily use just 1-2ml, applying oil to oily skin might seem unnatural but sesame oil can help balance natural sebum produced by skin.
If you want to, you can add 1 drop of a nourishing essential oil such as Rose Geranium (known to be cleansing and balancing) or Chamomile Roman (said to have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties).
 
Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is one of our best sellers and the number one oil for those with a nut allergy. Grapeseed is becoming ever more popular thanks to its relatively light consistency and its fantastic moisturising and regenerative properties.
I like to use Grapeseed oil when giving face massage but it also works as a daily moisturiser.
Rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, it is great to use on the face, particularly around the eyes, leaving your skin feeling nourished.
It is said Grapeseed oil has the ability to reduce pore size if used for a long period due to its slightly astringent properties. This is good news for combination and oily skin types.
Blend 2-3ml with a drop of healing Niaouli essential oil. Niaouli is said to be a natural antiseptic and has been known to relieve skin suffering from spots and acne. (source: Rosemary Caddy – the essential blending guide)
 
Rosehip Seed Oil
Known as the "Wonder Oil", Rosehip seed oil is great for all skin types and for use on the face. It can be effective for treating scars caused by spots or acne, burns and other skin blemishes.
Rosehip oil is rich in bio-retinol and so helps promote cellular renewal to significantly improve the condition of skin with scars.
Rejuvenating and regenerating, Rosehip is a light oil that absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It contains skin repairing Vitamin A which can help reduce scars and wrinkles and is a good source of essential fatty acids which help your skin to regenerate.
Rosehip Seed Oil is one of those oils which is fantastic when used on its own and doesn't really require the addition of essential oils to improve its performance. However, it's fine to add a drop of any oil you like even if only to improve the aroma.
 
 
As always, a skin patch test should be carried out before full usage of any natural product or blend. Make a small amount of your blend and put a drop on the inside of your elbow. Wait 24 hours. If you experience any swelling, redness, sensitisation or discomfort then you’ll need to establish which oil is causing the problem and replace it with another one. To do this you’ll need to perform a skin patch test for each ingredient.
 
Thanks for reading!