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Focus on plant " base" oils ( Carrier oils )

Focus on plant " base" oils ( Carrier oils )

Plant "base" oils , or Carrier oils  as they have traditionally been referred to, are the unsung heros of Aromatherapy and natural skincare. They are best known as the oils which Massage Therapists and Aromatherapists use to " carry " the essential oils into the skin. The oil which has typically been used is grapeseed , which actually has significantly fewer nutrients and benefits than many of the other oils .

To simply refer to these beautiful oils as "carrier oils" and to limit the use to those oils such as grapseed is a tragedy.

The oils are fascinating in their own right, exotic  and varied. Each oil has its own spectaular set of nutrients and benefits such as soothing, nourishing or healing qualities. These mirror and surpass qualities of many synthetic chemical ingredients.

Emotionally the oils also enable you to connect to nature with all the mental profit that this provides.  Here are a selection of some of the plant based oils which we use in our products.

Apricot oil

A light thin and fresh oil. Skin softening and smoothing. Nourishing and revitalizing.  Antioxidant. Apricot oil supports the protective barrier function of the skin

Brimming with vitamins such as

Vitamins A , B1 , B2 , B6 , *B17 ( the  richest plant on earth for B17 ,  E

Traditionally cultivated in Greece , Persia ,Egypt and Spain

*B17 is heralded as a cancer preventive plant, although not scientifically proven

Macadamia nut oil

Extremely softening, smoothing , deeply moisturising and nourishing. Soothing.

One of the few oils rich in Palmitolic acide which protects from damage and oxidation.  Palmitolic acid decreases with age. It is thus a means of protecting the skin in later years.  Macadamia aids the skin barrier to retain moisture and regenerate cells. The following vitamins can be found in abundance;

Vitamin A

Vitamin B1

Vitmain B2

Vitamin B6

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Requires a sub tropical climate with low humidity. Originally from Australia and then Hawaii

Argan oil

Smoothing and softening . Antioxidant. Antinflammatory. Argan oil revitalizes saggy skin, it is anti aging, it reduces the appearance  of fine lines and reduces wrinkles. Its feminist…..All Argan oil today is produced by a women’s cooperative in Morocco

Packed with

Vitamin A

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B6

Vitamin c

Vitamin E ( very rich )

Rosehip seed oil

A perfect facial oil. Rosehip's vitamin A content increases elastin and promotes collagen. Vitamin C and E help delay the onset of ageing. Active in cell regeneration. Deep wrinkes , uv damage , dark spots and uneven pigmentation have been known to improve witH the use of Rosehip oil

Our Rosehip is harvested from the fruit and the seeds of French rose plants

Avocado Oil

Rich thick and luxurious.  Perfect for a decadent bath oil.  Healing Regenerating and protective. Deeply penetrating. Calming for the skin. Easily absorbed. Supports collagen structure. Bursting with vitamin A , B1 , B2 D and E. Our Avocado oil is produced in hot and colourful Mexico

Castor Seed oil

Rich and thick and used in our balms. Castor oil has magnificent cleansing properties it is antiseptic and antiviral. It is intensely moisturising and anti inflammatory. Castor oil penetatres deeply and helps the production of collagen and elastin.


Vitamin A ,B1 , B2 , B6 , Vitamin C and Vitamin E

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