Post-Summer SOS


It isn’t usually like this. We get through to the end of August feeling like we need to add tanning drops to our moisturiser, spritzing BetterYou Vitamin D spray to make up for the sun we didn’t get during our British summer, and lamenting money spent on swimwear not worn.

And then along came ‘The Summer of 2018′ – to go down in history, like ‘The Summer of 1976′ (only this time we weren’t, alas, cruising London streets in the passenger seat of a Triumph Stag with the roof down…) Read More…

Fast Fixes For Winter Skin


This is a time of year when skin can look a tad washed out and you feel all ‘blah’. So we thought this month we would share with you some of our top tips for instant sparkle – and beyond that, some of our favourite quick-fix products.

  • Start by breathing – it’s the foundation of everything. It calms you down, peps you up – oh, and keeps you living. So if you want to be more alive, practice this simple, quick technique at least twice a day for five cycles – more is better. Unfold your arms and legs, sit, lie or stand loosely and close your eyes (if possible). With your tongue just behind your top teeth, inhale to a count of four down to your belly, hold for seven (without letting your shoulders rise), exhale through rounded lips for eight. Brilliant for stress control (and one of the basics of Tantric sex, you might also like to know!)
  • If you can, go for a 20-minute walk in the fresh air. If you’re stuck indoors, march on the spot, arms swinging, knees coming up, then speed up and downstairs. Try jumping up and down – or even some star jumps…

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February Newsletter


Welcome to the February newsletter where we launch the latest NIOD product (start getting very excited), a new product from Ameliorate, which I really, really love and we celebrate the second birthday of a life-changing product. We also take a look at an Italian brand which was created in 1821, I have news on Phylia and then we do health in the shape of some rather common health concerns. Before any of this I am going to begin with a touch of sadness:

Many of you are avid users of the fabulous products from Aromatherapy Associates. The brand was co-created by Geraldine Howard in 1985 and their first product launch, Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, remains their bestselling product, which is a testimony to the brilliance of the blends she formulated and their therapeutic benefits. Read More…

Must-Have Masks


Ancient Egyptians simply smeared mud all over their faces – an effective beauty ritual – but hey, what did they really know about fighting pollution and sun damage…? These days, the ingredients in masks are targeted at specific skin types and all manner of skin woes – from clogged pores to dryness, fine lines to dullness – that your regular daily regime may not address. They’re ‘fast fixes’: good for putting back radiance when skin’s got the ‘blahs’, and personally, I can’t live without them. Read More…