I am super fussy when it comes to Aromatherapy oils and the quality of ingredients that go into products. I have always been lucky enough to work with the best products found in the spa world over the years, and it has turned me into a total ingredient snob.
So, when I decided to create my own blend, (I have always wanted to put my Aromatherapy qualification to good use after all) it truly started with the below brief.
It is short but to the point, and always makes me laugh how basic it was - ignorance truly is an incredible gift when you are starting something new don't you think?
Have properties that truly helped soothe, protect and heal the skin before and after waxing.
Be suitable for preggo's, so there was no need for separate products
A smell that reminds you of the English countryside to be in keeping with my brand.
I really wanted the smell of fresh cut grass or hay in there to keep it on brand too (these smelled gross, so we definitely didn't use them in the end)
Going from brief to blend in one day
I teamed up with an incredible Aromatherapist called Sian. Her place reminded me a bit of an Aromatherapists version of Harry Potter. There were huge books and boxes of every type of oil you could possibly imagine. We had miniature bottles and pipettes and carrier oils of every kind you could imagine. We went through so many variations, but always came back to a few firm favourites for the base, these were Neroli and Lavender. The combination of these oils is truly something super special, the smell is divine and the properties that these bad boys have really are magical.
To get the grassiness that I wanted, we tried quite a few that were absolutely disgusting, but this is when Sian introduced me to Palmarosa. The benefits of this oil are everything that I was looking for, and it smells much better than hay that's for sure! It is a form of grass too, so gives us that undertone - but without being artificial or too farmyard like.
I have always loved Roses; my middle name is Rose and my Nans Garden is full of roses. Nanny Mo's garden was the inspiration for my salons, so it seemed right that we needed to include this in our blend too. However, after looking into the properties of the oils, Rose Geranium has much better properties than Rose itself, and it smells just as nice - so that was the next one sorted.
Now, we needed something that was really cooling, soothing and healing for the skin as it was for use in waxing treatments originally. I was thinking Peppermint, but Sian pointed out that Peppermint is really quite strong, and it is actually an irritant to the mucus membrane, so was really not the best to put in these products, especially when they are to be applied to intimate areas. We decided on spearmint as it has the benefits of peppermint and tea tree combined but not an irritant in any way, and smells so much nicer - winner!
So now we had our chosen oils. We spent the rest of the day working out the exact ratio of each oil and it wasn't too long before we had it.
I have loved this fragrance from that very instant, and I don't think I could ever get bored of it. If you walk into our salons, it is what you smell and there really isn't anything else quite like it. A lot of people describe this smell as spa-like and high quality, others just can't explain what it is but love it anyway. It is unique, and truly is natures perfume. No rubbish, no artificial anything - just what mother nature gave us - I absolutely adore it!
Here is a little overview of the incredible properties that each oil has. You can see from these why it is so perfect for waxing services, however in turn it has become the product range that can be used for absolutely everything, and is especially great on sensitive and irritated skin.
(Cymbopogon martini var. martini) Properties: Antifungal, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Astringent, Bactericidal, Calmative, Cicatrisant (Healant), Cytophylactic (Protects the skin cells), hydrating
(Citrus aurantium var. amara flos.) Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Cicatrisant (Healant), Cytophylactic (Protects the skin cells), Sedative, Nervine.
Properties: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Astringent, Deodorant, Nervine.
(Rosa damascena/Pelargonium Graveolens) Properties: Antibacterial, Antiallergic, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Astringent, Bactericidal, Calmative, Cicatrisant, Cytophylactic, Hormonal Regulator, Nervine.
Properties: Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Cictrisant, Cytophylactic, Deodorant, Fungicide, Nervine
Now can you see what all the fuss is about? This blend is in our CALM and SOOTHE products, and will be in our future CLEAN and BUFF products too - so watch this space!
Order yours now, you'll thank us later!