Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FACE & BODY OILS ~ THE ANTIDOTE FOR WINTER'S HARSH AFFECTS


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Fruit and nut oils not only hydrate, they also soothe and calm, nourish and restore, and are ideal for face and body skincare regimens.  They’re also great when used all year long, but are especially beneficial when used during winter's assault on the delicate face and body.  Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and has the greatest amount of exposure to environmental and climatological elements.  Take care of it on a regular basis…it’s the only one you have!

Following are a few recommended products I’ve tested that are ideal for face and body.  Each hydrates, soothes, calms, nourishes, and restores.  Many of them, while categorized either for “face” or “body”, can safely be used on both.  For hundreds of years, many global cultures have relied on different fruit and nut oils to take care of their face, body, hair, and even culinary.  Whether it’s olive, almond, sunflower, jojoba, shea, dilo, marula, kukui, or argan, all of these oils have been beneficial, especially when incorporated into one’s skincare regimen.

~ For the Face ~

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The delicate and fragile tissue on the face, eyes, and neck are especially vulnerable to the often-nasty attacks of winter’s frigid winds and chilling temps.  Since the tissue is more easily dried out, it needs extra TLC to combat the attacks and keep the tissue always on the ready, no matter what the time of day.  The following products offer added protection and relief during these challenging times.  And, don’t forget to use your sunscreen or products that include this in their formulation, since the sun’s harmful rays doesn’t take a vacation just because it’s winter.

Decleor Micellar Oil Micellar Oil ~ Micellar Oil debunks the myth that oil and water don’t mix.  Decleor has perfected the technology with this formula, which gently deep cleans without irritating or stripping the skin’s acid and pH levels.  Key ingredients include cold pressed almond oil and olive Squalane.  Micellar Oil becomes transformed from an oil consistency to a creamy cleanser once water is added; this product left no residue and imparted levels of hydration without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; it was gentle and non-irritating.  http://www.decleorusa.com

Fiafini 100% Marula Beauty Oil ~ Marula is a nut oil with numerous natural properties ideal for cleansing, rehydrating, protecting, improving cellular production and circulation.  The Marula Beauty Oil has natural antioxidant properties that help to diminish early signs of aging, including softening fine lines and wrinkles; it’s also soothing and anti-microbial.  A tiny amount will deliver outstanding hydration throughout the day, without leaving skin feeling greasy or tacky; quickly absorbed and ideal for all skin types; can also be used on body, hair and nails; non-irritating.  http://fiafini.com/

Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil ~ Jurlique has had a strong commitment to skincare based on natural and organic plant-based ingredients.  The Skin Balancing Face Oil delivered a depth of hydration that penetrated the skin quickly without leaving any tacky or greasy residue, while also being very gentle.  Ingredients include rose flower extract, rosehip oil, Evening Primrose oil, macadamia seed oil, marshmallow, avocado oil, jojoba oil and shea butter.  Quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue; this lovely product delivered hydration that was lasting; ideal when also used on dry cuticles; non-irritating, with a lovely aromatherapeutic natural scent.  http://www.jurlique.com/

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment ~ The skincare industry has seen many advancements in technology and substance, but those that have had the greatest amount of success have been tree and fruit nut oils (shea, Marula, Kukui, coconut, macadamia, Argan, etc.).  Dilo Oil (Tamanu oil) is the latest miracle oil to hit the industry scene; it’s been benefitting Fijians, Tahitians and Ni-Vanuatu’s for hundreds of years in firming, restoring and hydrating skin; it has also been prized for its healing and firming properties.  A little of this was all that was needed; quickly absorbed, without leaving any tacky or greasy residue.  A few of the key ingredients include Dilo seed oil, coconut oil, pumpkin seed extract, Vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, Plumeria (frangipani) flower extract, rosemary extract, jasmine and brown algae.  The product’s aroma is delicate and fresh.  http://www.katesomerville.com/

Marula Pure Beauty Oil ~ Marula Oil is one of the über oils, and in terms of antioxidants and Omega 9 fatty acids, is higher than Argan or grapeseed oil.  Marula Oil is an effective hydrator, and was quickly absorbed, without leaving any tacky or oily residue; its aroma is neutral; non-irritating.  Key ingredients include Vitamin C, anti-oxidant rich flavonoids and fatty acids (palmitic, oleic and stearic), which are all vital to healthy skin and cellular generation.  The Leakey Collection is aligned with the local rural women who harvest the fruit and who then process it for the Marula Oil; this is definitely a fair trade arrangement with production enabling the local women to have a sustainable economy and viable livelihood.  https://marula.com

Skin Authority Oil Nutrient for Face, Hair & Nails ~ The Oil Nutrient includes a rich formula of restorative oils that include Avocado, Rosehip, Grapeseed, Sunflower, Petigrain, Cardamom, Safflower, Jasmine, Sunflower, and Bergamot.  Quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue, this product delivers on lasting hydration throughout the day with a beautiful and uplifting aroma; non-irritating. http://www.skinauthority.com

Tata Harper Skincare Nourishing Oil Cleanser ~ This is another product that proves you can mix oil and water together.  The Nourishing Oil Cleanser can be used as a makeup removal, but it’s an ideal gentle facial cleanser that left the delicate skin hydrated without any irritation, or residue.  Key ingredients include sunflower seed oil, olive oil, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, jojoba seed oil, Argan kernel oil, camellia seed oil, and Vitamin E.  http://www.tataharperskincare.com

~ For the Body ~

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Drying skin, whether it’s on the body, hands, feet, or especially cracked heels, needs more TLC during this challenging time; exfoliation and moisturization are your best defenses against winter’s assaults.  The following are great for your winter-weather arsenal.

Aura Cacia Comforting Geranium Body Oil ~ This lovely Body Oil drenches the skin with key ingredients that include grapeseed oil, apricot oil, sweet almond oil, lavender oil, geranium oil, Rosa Damascena absolute, and Vitamin E.  Like all oils, very little is needed; this product was quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; hydration levels remain throughout the day; was also non-irritating.  The aromatherapeutic properties are uplifting and calming; ideal for all skin types.  http://www.auracacia.com

emerginC Scientific Organics Coconut-Argan Body Oil ~ This spray oil is more like a dry oil that leaves skin hydrated; it’s quickly absorbed and non-irritating, without leaving any tacky or greasy residue.  Key ingredients include sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, olive fruit oil, apricot kernel oil, Vitamin E and A, eucalyptus leaf oil, clove leaf oil, bergamot fruit oil and orange peel oil.  The delicate and fresh aroma is lovely.  http://www.emerginc.com/scientific-organics.aspx

G.M. Collin Body Treating Oil ~ This lovely aromatic oil beautifully hydrates the dry skin with ingredients like Eco-certified Argan Oil, Lupin Oil, and Macadamia Oil.  Added benefits also include calming stiff muscles, while improving elasticity and firmness; was also non-irritating, and quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue.  http://www.gmcollin.com/en/

Leonor Greyl Huile De Magnolia ~ The Magnolia Oil is part of Leonor Greyl’sBeauty Enhancing Oils”, and can be used on the face and body (two more parched areas that need attention during winter’s assault).  The Magnolia Oil is ninety-seven percent pure botanical oils; key ingredients include hazel seed oil, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and magnolia seed oil.  These natural oils protect, nourish and rehydrate; the product is non-irritating, quickly absorbed and didn’t leave any tacky or greasy residue; its signature magnolia scent is delicate, fresh and uplifting. I loved the way my skin felt after using the Huile De Magnolia (Magnolia Oil)http://www.leonorgreyl-usa.com

Red Flower Cardamom Amber Oil ~ This beautiful organic oil is one of the product mainstays of Red Flower’s Hammam Spa Treatment, but you don’t need to go to a spa to experience this warming, hydrating, and an aromatherapeutic product.  This product is a lavish formulation of nourishing and restorative oils that include apricot, cardamom, gardenia, jasmine, orange, patchouli, rosa damascena, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang, and Vitamin Ehttp://www.redflower.com

Weleda Arnica Massage Oil ~ I’ve been a huge fan of this line since the 1970s.  The Arnica Massage Oil does double-duty as massage oil and as an exceptional moisturizer, which left my skin feeling like I’d just applied a dry oil.  The product was quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue.  Key ingredients include sunflower seed oil, olive oil and Arnica Montana extract, rosemary and lavender. Very aromatherapeutic; calming, restoring, hydrating, and non-irritating.  http://www.weleda.com

~ In Closing ~

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Remember that your skin is your body’s largest organ and needs to be taken care of on a regular basis, regardless of the season, environment, or climate.  Face and body oils are great options to incorporate into your daily regimen for your skincare needs.  Fruit and nut oils naturally hydrate, heal, nourish, and restore.  Use formulations that are natural, organic, and pure, and recommended for face, body, or hair.  Take care of your skin…it’s the only one you have!

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach also includes Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, “Terry’s Second Helpings”.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, you can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

ROSES ~ SIMPLE PERFECTION

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“…a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…”
(Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”; Act II, Scene II)

Throughout the ages, the rose has come to symbolize perfection and love.  It has been portrayed and praised in religion, poetry, prose, music and art.  Roses have been coveted when used as culinary floral water for edibles, or in tinctures, tisanes, added to teas, or in fragrances or personal care products.  Its evocative aroma embraces the senses and imprints the psyche with a subtle and scrumptious fragrance that refreshes memories of a past life.  The perfectly formed petals and head are visually adored, whether living or when pressed dried as a memento.  Throughout history, queens and kings and commoners have known the rose. The rose has represented many things to many people, with most being awestruck over nature’s divine and perfect beauty.

The rose has been around for millions of years, has approximately 150 species, and is prevalent throughout the world, with each continent having its own variety.  The rose and its derivatives have been prized for personal care and skincare because of natural properties that include cell regenerating, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, high in Vitamin C (antioxidant), non-irritating, natural astringent, natural fragrance, toning and moisturizing. 

And, looking ahead to February, the month of St. Valentine’s Day, a day of love and for remembering those we love, it is also National Heart Health Month, which is also fitting for St. Valentine’s day, since the heart and cupid’s arrow in the heart also exemplify this day of love and remembrance.   Red roses have come to symbolize beauty, love, affection and romance, especially for St. Valentine’s Day, the iconic day of love and remembrance, but many also regard it as the epitome of love and remembrance all year long.

I chose the following products for this edition because of the purity of the rose-based ingredients, in addition to each product’s favorable efficacy.  I’m also partial to these products because I love the scrumptious rose aroma.  These products had a pure, subtle and non-irritating aroma that was calming and uplifting, making them very aromatherapeutic.  The rose derivatives (petals, essential oil, fruit) were also healing, while providing effective skin and body care.  Enjoy!


Jurlique Rose Shower Gel, Rose Hand Cream, Rose Body Cream, Rose Moisturising Cleanser, and Rosewater Balancing Mist ~ I love the aroma of rose and these products didn’t disappoint.  The Rose Shower Gel is highly concentrated and very little was required to create a rich cleansing foam that left my skin feeling hydrated with the delicate aroma of pure rose on my skin.  Both the Hand Cream and Body Cream drenched my skin with nourishing hydration that was quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue; both also left a subtle aroma of pure rose on my skin. The Moisturising Cleanser created a gentle and hydrating foam that deep cleans the skin without stripping it dry; it’s also rich in anti-aging antioxidants.  The Balancing Mist also hydrated the skin, while toning and refreshing the skin; it set the skin perfectly for my moisturizer; the Balancing Mist was also ideal used throughout the day to freshen the face; key ingredients include a proprietary blend of rose varieties that are equal to ten thousand rose petals per bottle, as well as marshmallow, aloe vera, glycerin, and grapefruit seed.  The rich dense aroma of pure rose makes all of these products highly aromatherapeutic.  Jurlique has been providing natural skincare for over twenty-five years, using organic and natural ingredients grown and harvested from their own farms and used in their product formulations.  http://www.jurlique.com

Ilā-Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance ~ This product has a predominant rose aroma with a silky luxurious feel to it.  Ingredients include Argan oil, rosehip seed oil, sandalwood, rose flower oil, and Vitamin E oil.  The product was absorbed quickly without leaving a greasy residue and was soothing and calming.  I preferred using it at night, although it worked well during the day. After using this product, my skin was brighter and healthier looking and felt deeply hydrated.  The majority of ingredients are certified organic.  Because it’s very rich, a little goes a long way.  http://www.ila-spa.com/


PINO Natural Spa Therapy Wild Rose Natural Spa Therapy Body Oil and Body Lotion ~ PINO Natural Spa Therapy first introduced its natural products to European spas in the early 1900s.  Products use only the purest forms of plant extracts and essential oils without any preservatives, synthetic or other toxic additives; products use organic ingredients that are environmentally friendly.  I’ve enjoyed the Wild Rose products because of their efficacy and aromatherapeutic properties.  The Body Oil reminded me of a fresh cut rose thanks to ingredients like rose fruit oil and rose flower extract; other ingredients included coconut and jojoba oils, sunflower seed oil and Vitamins A and E.  The Body Oil has a silky consistency that’s absorbed quickly without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; the product was effective on my body and my dry cuticles; gentle and rehydrating with a heady lingering aroma of healing and calming rose.  The Body Lotion also had a scrumptious rose aroma; ingredients included rose fruit oil and rose flower extract, plus coconut and jojoba oils, sunflower seed oil and Vitamins A and E, plus shea butter.   The Body Lotion also had a silky rich consistency and was absorbed quickly and didn’t leave any type of residue; it too was gentle, very rehydrating, soothing and restorative.  https://www.pinospa.com/
Shankara Sacred Essence Lotus-Rose Aromatherapy Oil ~ With the tradition of Ayurveda, Sacred Essence Lotus-Rose is formulated for all skin types (Tridosha) and is an exotic blend of rare sacred and pure essential oils that include the white rose (Egypt) and blue lotus (India); other ingredients include pure essential oils of jasmine, frangipani and sandalwood.  This exotic blend is to be placed on the pulse points and recommended for yoga or meditation.  I found the aroma to be very complex and strong; a small amount on the inside of my wrists was sufficient to transport me from the land of stress to the land of relaxation.  http://www.shankara.com/


Manifesto of Light Gorgeous Rose Collection, Pure Oil Serum and Body Cream ~ A phenomenally intense, rich and decadent pure rose essential oil products, Gorgeous Perfume Oil Serum and Gorgeous Body Cream is nearly impossible to describe without committing an injustice to them.  Both products contain the precious and highly coveted Rose Damascene Absolute and Rose Damascene Otto, and are artisan crafted by hand; the formulas contain no water, which assures the purity of the oils.  The Serum also contains Italian cold extracted hazelnut oil, Myrrh and Geranium.  The Body Cream also contains African wild harvested shea butter, Italian cold pressed hazelnut oil, Myrrh and Geranium.  Over the years, I’ve experienced many products that used pure essential rose oil in their formulas, but I can honestly state that with these exquisite and precious products, I’ve never experienced so pure, so nearly perfect rose formulas that touched my olfactory, transporting me to a dimension of calm and restoration.  Both of these products are dense with 100% essential oils from this cherished flower and as such, only a miniscule amount is needed to achieve sensory enjoyment; the purity of product also nurtures the skin and is an incredible super hydrator.  Products are signed and numbered, expiry dated certificates of authentication for both products; the Gorgeous Pure Oil Serum contains over one hundred bunches of real roses per bottle and is a double blended serum for intense authenticity; the Gorgeous Body Cream contains over thirty bunches of real roses in a double blended cream.  Both come are packaged in black glass containers, which are impervious to light degradation; each comes in full-sized containers and includes a handy refillable travel container, complete with a black suede embroidered travel pouch.  Exquisite packaging, presentation, and product!  http://www.manifestooflight.com/


Kat Burki Tubéreuse Essential Eau de Parfum is an elegant and heady scent, which elevates the aroma of rose to new levels; the scent is fresh, sophisticated, and never cloying.  Top notes of Bergamot, Peach Nectar, and Orange; middle notes of Jasmine, Lily, Rose, Neroli, Violet, Creamy Coconut, and Clove; and, base notes of Rosewood, Powdery Musks, Green Leaves, Woody and Spicy Nuances http://katburki.com/product-category/fragrance/

Crabtree & Evelyn Classic Rosewater Body Lotion ~ This rich hydrating Body Lotion is quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue, and leaves skin feeling silky and smooth.  The subtle scent of rose is fresh and clean.  Ingredients include sesame seed oil, shea butter, glycerin, Vitamin E, and rosa centifolia hybrid essential extract.  http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com

In Closing

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Don’t wait for someone to gift you with a bouquet of these exquisite blooms…get anyone of these featured products, and celebrate the rose every time you use them for their aromatherapeutic and restorative properties.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach also includes Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, “Terry’s Second Helpings”.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, you can email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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