January has been a time of contemplation, dreaming up new projects and breathing life into the business. Along with this we've been considering our customers, and how we can best serve them at every stage of life.
It was wonderful to speak with Nadia Achha a nutritionist who is blissfully with child, to enlighten us on her perspective on 'pregnancy beauty'.
A behavioural nutritionist within disordered eating, Nadia has a degree in Nutrition from the College of Nutritional Medicine, and provides health assessments at a local surgery; as well as coaching, therapy, and education at Counterpoise Wellness.
DOES YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGE WHEN YOU'RE PREGNANT?
I’m always drawn towards natural, gentle products so this hasn’t changed. However, products that support my skin through stretching (to prevent itching etc!) have been more of a priority. I love sweet almond oil, coconut, pure Shea etc!
Yes I am very mindful about the ingredients I use firstly and always check they’re safe in pregnancy. My skin has also been more sensitive so this has dictated what ingredients I choose, too. I have been lucky to not have much of a difference in my skin (oily/dry) through pregnancy but for some women this does happen.
I've applied products (mainly oils) to my body skin that I would usually limit to my hands or feet!
IS SELF-CARE AND BEAUTY RITUALS IN GENERAL MORE IMPORTANT WHEN YOU'RE PREGNANT?
Similar I would say, though pregnancy has brought on lots of conflicting emotions around my changing body; having a good self-care regime has been a really positive way to keep connecting healthily to my changing body.
I like to ensure I have enough relaxation time and breaks during the day - this has been essential. I eat well but also let myself enjoy a more indulgent snack or two daily with a cup of tea or decaf coffee, which I personally love and feels like an important part of my self-care! Journalling my pregnancy has also been a wonderful way to honour my body and experience.
On the whole pregnancy has been an enabler to feeling more beautiful inside and outside just through pure appreciation. Self-care routines for my skin are a way of me honouring this. In regards to beauty products, I still remain quite minimal and don’t wear much makeup (usually on weekends).
On the days I feel less ‘glowing’ and encounter more challenges with my self image (increasing body weight in areas besides my bump for example would have been an extremely big trigger for me a while ago and pregnancy has almost allowed these feelings to resurface - but very minimally and non invasively because I manage my thoughts well).
However in these moments, instead of putting more makeup on or buying products that I feel will make me feel better beauty-wise, I take a moment to reflect on why I feel that way, how interesting it is I can still feel that way after all this time
(Whilst knowing this is completely normal!) and remind myself of all the things I am, rather than focussing on my perceived perception of what I am not. So, for me personally, beauty during pregnancy comes from appreciation for your body, what it’s doing and is capable of, and prioritising self-care whether that’s building a skincare regime, a daily routine, daily movement, journaling, reflecting, self-talk, maintaining balanced nutrition etc etc. all of these things help re-establish and maintain a healthy perspective and allow me to feel truly wonderful inside and out.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NATURAL GLOW DURING PREGNANCY?
I haven't actually had a natural glow - but a good skincare regime has definitely made me look much more glowing than I feel some days!!!
WHAT BEAUTY PRODUCTS HELP YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE AS WELL AS THE OUTSIDE WHEN YOU'RE PREGNANT?
When I feel my skin is good and well looked after with my routine this automatically makes me feel good inside - my skin can become inflamed/red/ a little oily on my face and the Chamomile Cream I've been using has really made an impact on this.
DISCOVER MORE OF AMPHORA AROMATICS MINIMALIST BEAUTY PRODUCTS. FOR YOUR SELF-CARE REGIME!
Christmas Gift Guide
"Get that perfect Christmas feeling with an Amphora Aromatics pure essential oil aromatherapy kit! It smells divine and creates a relaxing ambience by diffusing aromatherapy oils. These oils are all natural and will help to keep you feeling nice and relaxed and warm!" @doctorseeta
HOMEMADE AROMATHERAPY GIFT MAKING
Christmas day is soon upon us.. and since we are all in festive decor mode and gift wrapping, why not experiment by creating some DIY Aromatherapy gifts. It's cost saving, and super savvy too. The 'Homemade' touch is always the most memorable and super sentimental too... thinking homemade Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas cards, cookies... and DIY aromatherapy beauty potions.
Stasia Buckle is a fabulous and fanciful interior designer who loves to create her own beauty products from her inspirational home in Bristol. AKA Instagram's @interior_vampire , Stasia says.. "I’ve been messing about with oils for years and trying to come up with the perfect winter formula so I can bring some life back into my ghostly face. I also love how just mixing a few different oils can really make the difference! What do you use in the winter?”
WINTER SKIN PROTECTING POTION
Watch the 'How To" video by clicking on the picture.
The process of creating the concoctions is therapeutic, whether it's for yourself or with friends and family in mind. "I like being a bit Witchy, putting my candles on and relaxing whilst mixing potions, I find it very therapeutic mixing and trying different ingredients whilst letting all the aromas fill the room! For this time of year I have been wanting a more festive oil to burn so I used the Amphora Aromatics Festive Blend in my ceramic burner, and it is MAGICAL!!!"
Here is Stasia's Winter Skin Protecting Facial Serum:
Jojoba Oil, for collagen synthesis and antioxidants
Marula Oil, to hydrate and nourish dry skin
Rose Geranium to tighten, brighten and remove dead skin cells
ALL RIBBONED & BOWED
Creativity is in the packaging as well as the formula itself... green glass bottles and pink velvet bows... ahh a dreamy combination.
HOMEMADE SHOWER GEL
To create your own aromatic shower gel simply mix:
Amphora Aromatics Shower Gel Base
Carrier Oil of your choice
We'd love to hear about your own homemade creations.. why not send us a direct message on Instagram or Facebook with your demonstration or recommendations.
Discover more about our Gift suggestions by clicking on each door below, of the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
1. Festive Aromatherapy Kit
8. I Love Lavender Gift Box
Autumn Aromatherapy with Marie Reynolds
Autumn the season of mellow fruitfulness; feast your eyes on the bountiful harvest of organic fruits and vegetables, and the tree canopy aglow with warm hues. Along with log fires, cosy knit jumpers. and toasted marshmallows; essential oils can help create an autumnal mood, plus offer an amazing boost for our heath.
SEEK THERAPEUTIC HEALTH & EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
We spoke with Marie Reynolds a complimentary health practitioner and celebrity facialist about her uses of aromatherapy around this time of year.
"For essential oils we need to look at the wood element, supporting the liver and gall bladder. The emotion around that can be a bit of depression but it can also be anger, frustration, or the sense of being stuck. It can also encourage coldness in the body, and this is the flu season so we need to look at essential oils, that are really good for immunity...
So Rosemary, Peppermint, Grapefruit, and also Frankincense is a good grounding oil. Frankincense is also good for what's known in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as the Shen Mind, so it can calm the mind" Marie Reynolds
The intense aroma of pure essential oils have medicinal and wellbeing benefits that are carried directly into the system through inhalation or when diluted for massage.
"The olfactory senses connect very early in brain wiring to emotional centres, so the distance from when a scent hits the nose to when it hits an emotion is very short" Leslie Vosshall Ph.D, a molecular neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University.
During Autumn, help to guard against coughs and colds with aromatherapy, as well as off set some of the gloom due to longer nights and colder mornings.
A global skin expert with an internal and external perspective and using the latest technologies; Marie's treatments are a favourite with beauty editors and celebrities. She is so down-to-earth and passionate about sharing her knowledge to empower others. Have a scroll on her instagram page, which shares the magic, joys and breakthroughs that happen at her Norfolk Clinic; from state-of-the-art facial devices, to acupuncture in action, and stress management tips.
"Roman Chamomile which is soothing and calming, and we need to think about the immune system with lots of viruses going around, so really falling back on Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is the one stop shop for me at this time of year." Marie Reynolds
Prevention is better then cure, and essential oils can surely become part of your self-care kit. Dip into Marie's blog for a deep understanding of personal wellness and maybe learn how to read your own body, chapter by chapter.
FIND COSY CONTENTMENT IN AUTUMNAL AROMAS
Create a cosy and warming ambience full of the magic of natures own firework display. Imagine the perfect fragrance like a symphony to go alongside a bright woodland canopy; and falling leaves transformed into fiery reds, bronze, coppers, and gold. Where will your next autumnal walk or adventure be?
Turn on your electronic diffuser, as the plume of aromatic mist rises, close your eyes, inhale deeply, and imagine being on a weekend escape in the countryside with a favourite companion. Staying in a manor house hotel or an enchanting shepherds hut, nestled in a woodland glade. The day-dream is complete with a wood burning stove, and a tempting hot tub alongside. Why not try this aromatherapy diffuser blend and observing these ratios of Orange, Ginger, and Frankincense essential oils, fall into a contented bliss.
Diffusers promote an aromatherapeutic ambiance in the home, and due to them being the perfect compliment to lifestyle interiors the global demand is expected to witness growth at a rate of 9% annually for the next few years, as found by Grand View Research. Reed diffusers and scented Candles are other ways to enjoy aromatherapy and are so pretty whilst chilling out at home. What's your favourite atmospheric autumn blend?
After the long carefree days of summer your skin needs renewal, and nourishment. Why not nurture your skin with an at home facial treatment using the new Organic and Natural Skincare range. Fragrant Mandarin & Patchouli uplift your senses as you boost blood circulation and radiance with the Facial Exfoliator. More is more, so follow with the Face Elixir and Face Cream, and as you relax allow the clinically proven natural ingredients to transform your skin.
Warm each formula between your fingers, breathing in the therapeutic and satisfying essential oil blend as you apply to your face in upwards circular motions. Trust in COSMOS Organic skincare, certified by the soil association, with carefully curated ingredients.
See the products beautifully demonstrated by Rafaella Ponce on her instagram page, the lifestyle guru and bubbly personality is so encouraging, an inspiration to embrace yourself with self-love, make the best of every situation with gratitude, and look effortlessly glamourous. https://www.instagram.com/rafaellahponce/
“I’m finally 8 weeks post partum and am now managing to feel my hormones getting back into ‘normal’ So I'm showing you guys a little bit of the new Mandarin & Patchouli range of skin care.
I am shocked with how smooth my skin got after trying for the first time! These natural ingredients give a natural muscle relaxant with anaesthetic properties, smooths out fine lines!
I also did a little bit of aromatherapy to relax and feel pampered! Let me know if you’ve ever used any products from Amphora Aromatics, and if you liked the results” Rafaellah Ponce
Do you feel like you need some extra TLC when the seasons transition? Let's embrace the wonder of Autumn together. As the golden leaves fall to the earth they make a special mould to enrich and fertilise the soil, it's nice to know that this warm blanket keeps the tree's toes cosy. Upon the rising sun be the first to tread the sparkling frost strewn across the earth like fallen stars.