Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:37

Freshen Up for Spring with AA Skincare’s Plant-Inspired Shower & Bath Gel Range

Say goodbye to snow and hello to the first day of spring with our refreshing plant-inspired shower and bath gels.  With the Beauty Shortlist recently giving our Cedarwood & Peppermint Shower Gel the thumbs up in its 2018 awards, what better way to to boost skin health in for spring.


Featuring healing *Ayurvedic herb powders, the new shower and bath gels combine essential oils and natural extracts with rejuvenating Brahmi to help cleanse and hydrate skin, vitamin C rich Alma to promote skin health and Tulsi which works to calm skin and stimulate blood flow. The range is free from parabens and artificial fragrances and packaging is fully recyclable. RRP is just £5.95 for 250ml.  

Naturally effective and nutrient-rich the five, new shower and bath gels can be massaged in to damp skin in the shower or bath or added to running water to create a bath foam.  Choose from: Cedarwood & Peppermint Shower & Bath Gel; Rosemary, Burdock & Sage Shower & Bath Gel; Amla & Clary Sage Shower & Bath Gel; Peony, Bay & Brahmi Shower & Bath Gel; Ylang Ylang, Argan & Rosemary Shower & Bath Gel.

Comments Woody Evans, Director at AA Skincare, “Our new, dual purpose range is perfect for shower or bath and contains Ayurveda herb powders - time-tested, holistic ingredients that have played a part in healthy skin in India for more than 5,000 years - gently cleansing, nourishing and moisturising skin.”

The AA Skincare brand was created by Amphora Aromatics – one of the UK’s largest suppliers of pure essential oils and aromatherapy products.  Details on the new shower and bath gel range below:

Rosemary, Sage & Burdock Shower & Bath Gel – a nourishing, antioxidant rich body wash and bath foam with natural extracts. Rosemary and Sage essential oils work with calcium-rich Burdock to gently cleanse and nourish skin, giving it an antioxidant boost.  Basil oil helps stimulate circulation and Rose Geranium helps protect skin.

Amla & Clary Sage Shower & Bath Gel – a balancing and moisturising body wash and bath foam, with vitamin C rich Amla (Indian Gooseberry) to help promote skin health.  Clary Sage and Alma combine with balancing Lemon to cleanse and refresh skin. Grapeseed oil works to lock in moisture.

Peony, Bay & Brahmi Shower & Bath Gel – a hydrating body wash and bath foam, featuring Peony extract, a soothing antioxidant rich astringent.  Peony works with antioxidant and vitamin-rich Brahmi and Bay to cleanse and hydrate skin.  Holy Basil (Tulsi) helps calm skin and stimulate blood flow.

Ylang Ylang, Argan & Rosemary Shower & Bath Gel – a nutrient-rich body wash and bath foam featuring soothing and balancing Ylang Ylang.  Antioxidant rich Argan and Rosemary essential oils work with natural cleanser, Moroccan Clay, to help keep skin soft and smooth.

Cedarwood & Peppermint Deep Shower & Bath Gel – invigorating, naturally antimicrobial body wash and bath foam. Cedarwood Atlas oil works with Peppermint oil to purify and reduce skin irritation.  Murumuru Seed Butter and Brazil Nut oil help condition and protect skin.

*Ayurvedic medicine -- also known as Ayurveda -- is one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems, developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

Friday, 01 April 2016 14:19

Aromatherapy in the Garden!


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, share it with friends and family, plus it’s a great form of exercise and the perfect excuse to spend time outside and enjoy this gorgeous weather!


Did you know there are all sorts of ways that you can incorporate essential oils into your gardening routine to help support a healthy garden (and healthy gardener!)? The exciting thing about gardening is that there is always more to learn and all sorts of useful tips and techniques to share!

in this blog, we’ll be giving you some ideas on how to incorporate essential oils into your gardener’s world to offer various natural remedies to keep both yourself and your garden in tip top condition! 

(1) Natural Pest deterrent

It’s never fun finding that all your hard work, effort and tender loving care you put into your plants and vegetables ends up in the bellies of those greedy slugs!
If you want to find a non-toxic and humane way of deterring the pests, there are all sorts of natural alternatives to steer the hungry critters away from your beautiful plants!


There are many essential oils that are renowned for deterring insects. It is useful for bearing in mind however, that different aromas will effect various bugs in different ways. Just because lemon-grass and citronella repel mosquitos, it may not be the same for slugs, snails and cockroaches.


Here is a brief guide on which aromas deter some of the main culprits for munching on your vegetables!


• For Slugs: Hyssop: Cedarwood and Pine.
• For Snails: Cedarwood: Pine, Patchouli and Garlic.
• For Caterpillars: Peppermint or Spearmint.

You can use the same method of adding 6-8 drops of essential oil per gallon of water and pouring into the soil.


Alternatively, you can put drops of essential oil onto cotton wool and place them in small pots (perhaps old yoghurt pots) and create a barrier around your beloved vegetables. Strong smelling oils such as peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus will deter not only slugs and snails but help deter dogs and cats from er doing their business on your vegetable beds!

 

(2) Utilising symbiotic relationships between plants.

There are many plants which have fascinating symbiotic relationships; you can utilise this through growing certain plants next to each other to strengthen and encourage one another to grow ( for example, Basil grows well alongside a companion of tomatoes or peppers).


This companionship can work on various levels; taller plants for example offering shade to herbs and smaller vegetables that don’t require as much sunlight or beans and peas having the ability to fix nitrogen into the soil which in turn benefits other plants, making the soil more nutritious!


An alternative to planting companion vegetables together is to mimic their properties and chemical compounds through the use of pure essential oils!
This is really easy to do; simply fill up your watering can with warm water and add six (more or less as required) drops of essential oil to roughly two gallons of water (adjust ratios according to size and type of plant).


Here are a few ideas of how you can do this:


• For Carrots you can use Sage essential oil.
• For Broccoli, you can use Basil or Thyme essential oil.
• For Cucumbers, you can use Sage essential oil.


(3) Post gardening protection!

 

A flourishing vegetable garden and a perfectly kept lawn can come at a price. All that digging, weeding and lifting heavy sacks of compost – there’s no denying that gardening is an all over body workout! It’s a great form of enjoyable exercise, however it can sometimes be quite strenuous and leave your muscles feeling tired, sore and overworked.


Here at Amphora, we have a number of effective, ready to use remedies for muscle ease!


• We receive endless positive feedback from you lovely customers about our Muscle and Joint Gel. For those of you that haven’t tried it, it’s an all-round natural yet powerful treatment for achy joints and tired muscles. It contains a huge array of pure essential oils such as:


              Eucalyptus, Black Pepper, Rosemary and Camphor.


• For a truly indulgent experience or for extra sore joints, you can finish off with nice warm bath containing one of our pre-blended bath oils such as our Athletic bath oil which contains a warming and soothing blend of Pine, Thyme, Eucalyptus and Rosemary in a base of Sweet Almond Oil to help you revive and recover after all that hard work!


(4) Essential oils for tool maintenance!

 

Taking care of your garden tools can mean they have a longer life; avoiding rust and other forms of damage. Regular maintenance will keep your tools in good condition, meaning they will not become difficult to use (putting more of a strain on you!).


Using Lemon essential oil can work wonders on any stubborn stains on your tools.


Lemon essential oil is an excellent all round, incredibly effective and non-toxic household cleaner. It can be used for everything from cleaning your car windscreen, to cleaning the kitchen floor and maintaining your garden tools in good condition.


It is a powerful deodoriser and has the ability to get rid of tough stains and bring shine back to your garden tools!


When combined with baking soda, you can create a thick paste to cover rusty spots on your tools. Simply apply, wait a few minutes and then wipe away.
Similarly, you can create a soak for your tools after a gardening session. Fill up a bucket with warm water, add a cup of vinegar and 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil. Allow to soak for thirty minutes (be careful not to over soak – vinegar is very effective at eroding away rust but it can also erode your tools if left in for too long!

 

(5) Natural Herbicides

Conventional, chemical laden herbicides may be effective at killing off weeds, but they are also toxic to your surroundings and living things that may come into contact with them (including yourselves and family members!).


There are a number of natural alternatives that you can experiment with including utilizing the powers of essential oils to help tame the weeds surrounding your vegetables!


One incredibly simple and one hundred per cent natural recipe is to use a combination of coconut and vegetable oil.
What makes coconut oil an effective herbicide is that it contains a large amount of fatty acids which when applied to a plant, impair their ability to photosynthesise, thus debilitating them to eliminate waste through transpiration.


Cinnamon, Clove and Lemon oils are also great to use as a natural herbicide. They also blend nicely together! You can try mixing in a large watering can:


• 4 Litres of white vinegar (5% acidity) – Vinegar will dry out the weeds, eventually killing them off.
• 10 Drops Cinnamon
• 10 Drops Clove


Ensure you cover the neighbouring plants you don’t want to kill off with a piece of fabric before pouring your natural herbicide onto the weeds.
Spray the mixture directly onto the leaves of the plant (try to avoid the soil!).
Check the weeds in a few days’ time and see the results!

Thank you for reading and we hope you've been inspired to get out into the garden.

Keep up to date with more tips and advice, competitions and more from Amphora by following us on facebook & Twitter :).

 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 14:30

Amphora Aromatics’ top spring beauty and skincare tips

 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 top tips for how to make the most of natural ingredients for beautiful spring time skin.


(1) Exfoliate with Epsom Salts

Spring is a great time to exfoliate the skin, prepping it for the summer months to come. Exfoliating helps to stimulate circulation, detox the skin and leave it feeling soft and supple with a healthy glow.

Epsom salts are ideal for exfoliating.  From removing dead skin cells to promoting brighter, healthier looking skin, Epsom salts also work to detoxify skin, helping draw out impurities and flush away toxins. Keep a tub of this wonderful stuff in your bathroom and add it to baths, use as an exfoliator in the shower or even combine with your conditioner to create a volumising hair treatment.

To use as an exfoliator, simply take a handful of salts and combine with a tablespoon of carrier oil. Simply massage over wet skin and rinse off afterwards.

For a simple recipe on how to create your own all natural, ready to use salt scrub, check out one of our previous blog posts:

Invigorating Grapefruit & Peppermint Salt Scrub.

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/380-spring-cleaning-your-skin

 

(2) Switch to a Lighter Moisturiser

During the winter months, we’re likely to use heavy, intensive moisturisers and face creams to keep our skin protected from the harsh weather conditions. Once the temperatures start to warm up, it’s a good idea to switch to a lighter option (particularly if you have an oily complexion, as heavy creams can cause blocked pores).

Our AA Skincare brand has a gorgeous selection of moisturising face lotions which are ideal for use during the warmer months.  They are light, easily absorbed and yet will give your skin the nourishment it needs.

Choose from naturally anti septic Lavender & Tea Tree, ideal for oily or congested skin, or refreshing and soothing Bergamot & Chamomile, also beneficial to acne prone and oily skin. For the more mature skin types, there is a hydrating Frankincense & Rose face lotion or nourishing Sandalwood & Palmarosa, rich in antioxidants and vitamins. 

For more information, please visit our AA Skincare website through the link below:

http://www.aaskincare.co.uk/ourproducts/lotions-and-washes

(3) Summer skin prep

Ok so it’s not quite sunbathing weather, but spring is a good chance to help prepare our skin for the warmer weather to come. The sun can really dry our skin out so it’s important to keep it well nourished and hydrated before the summer months come around (as well as ensuring we’re wearing an adequate SPF protection for when things really start to heat up).

Virgin Coconut oil acts as a great all over 100% natural body moisturiser. It’s rich in Vitamin E which helps repair and regenerate the skin and its intensive moisturising properties can help to lock in moisture and keep the skin well hydrated.

Use on its own or blend with an essential oil choice for added properties. You can blend with Lavender to use on acne prone skin or Frankincense to help nourish the more mature skin type.

Coconut oil also acts as a natural skin softener and can work wonders on dry and cracked feet which will help prepare you for feet for sandal season in the summer months.

There you have some of our top natural skincare tips for this spring. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and stay tuned for more tips and advice to come.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:19

Give Dry Skin a Treat With Our New AA Skincare Essentials Range

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

Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:17

Give Oily Skin a Treat With Our New AA Skincare Essentials Range

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

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:50

Spring Cleaning - the Natural Way! Part 2

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! It’s a great feeling to get your home clean and free from clutter and ready for the warmer months to come! 

Although the end results are most worth it, cleaning can be a tedious task so why not make it enjoyable? Stick some music on and incorporate essential oils into your regime! There are many ways you can enjoy all the great benefits of essential oils whilst you clean! Not only this, but replacing conventional, chemical laden cleaning products with natural alternatives will benefit the health of you and those around you and have a much smaller impact on the environment.


Day 2 – Spring cleaning the bathroom!

• Get those bathroom mirrors gleaming with all natural Lime and Vinegar mix.

Take one cup on water, one cup of white vinegar and 10-12 drops of Lime essential oil!


Citrus oils such as Lime, Lemon and Grapefruit work wonders as part of a natural cleaning regime! Not only do they smell wonderfully fresh and uplifting, they help to cut through grease and stains and their anti-bacterial properties means they help keep surfaces clean and free from nasty bacteria.


Ideally combine the three ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and spray generously over your household mirrors.


• Peppermint oil for sparkling tiles.


Invigorating and refreshing! Peppermint oil’s energizing properties are sure to make cleaning the bathroom seem like a less tedious task! Its anti-bacterial and deodorizing effects.


Take two cups of water and two tea spoons of peppermint oil. Mix them in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and get cleaning! Spray generously over the bath and sink. Allow to sit for a few minutes then wipe away with a wet sponge. Enjoy the energizing and invigorating scents of peppermint whilst you clean and rest assure that the anti-bacterial properties are getting to work to leave you with a clean and fresh smelling bathroom
• Natural toilet cleaner with Tea Tree essential oil.


Conventional toilet bathroom and toilet cleaners can be incredibly overpowering and toxic. Luckily there are some incredibly simple ways to make your own natural alternative. A simple yet effective cleaner could consist of the following oh-so simple combination:


Combine one cup of white vinegar with half a tea spoon (roughly 35-40 drops) in a spray bottle. Give it a good shake and spray generously into the toilet bowl. Allow to sit for half an hour then scrub away. The tea tree oil will get to work on the nasty bacteria and odors, whilst the vinegar will help remove grime and stains.


*Handy tip – to enjoy the scent of your favourite essential oil by placing a few drops on the inside of a toilet roll!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:41

Spring Cleaning - The Natural Way!

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.