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Ingredient Focus: Rosehip Oil

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Ingredient Focus: Rosehip Oil

Latin Name: Rosa Mosqueta What do Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton (yes, the Duchess of Cambridge!) all have in common? They reportedly use rose hip oil to keep their skin ultra smooth and healthy! But this isn't some modern fad. Thanks to it's amazing healing properties, rose hips have been used for thousands of years by the Ancient Egyptians, Native Americans and the Mayans, and during wartime Britain the oil was made into a syrup to give to children in order to help prevent infection.  Rosehip oil comes from the fruit left behind after a rose (grown predominantly...

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Ingredient Focus: Vegetable Glycerine

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Ingredient Focus: Vegetable Glycerine

Vegetable Glycerine Historically made as a by-product of soap production from animal fats, rest assured we only use vegetable-derived glycerine - a compound of fatty acids - from coconut oil (it can also be extracted from other vegetable origin including palm oil, rapeseed and soy).  Often found in a variety of skincare products, glycerine is an excellent multi-purpose ingredient (in food, cosmetic products and more!) and makes the ideal substitute for alcohol in order to extract botanicals, stops skin drying out when used in moisturisers (as it is a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture to itself) and helps...

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Ingredient Focus: Olive Oil

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Ingredient Focus: Olive Oil

Latin Name: Olea Europaea Olive Oil (also called 'liquid gold by Homer) has long been considered a staple for cooking with, but have you considered making it must-have in your skincare regime too?  Obtained by cold-pressing olives (traditionally from Italy), Olive Oil is packed full of proteins, minerals and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E,  AND fatty acids Oleic acid, Palmitoleic acid, Linoleic acid, Linolenic acid, Omega-3, Omega-6and very high Omega 7 - phew! By containing all these amazing vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids, Olive Oil is not only richly moisturising and nourishing, but also provides antioxidant protection - antioxidants, when applied topically,...

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Ingredient Focus: Flaxseed Oil

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Ingredient Focus: Flaxseed Oil

Latin Name: Linum Usitatissimum Also known as Linseed Oil, Flaxseed is a cold-pressed carrier oil which - fun fact - smells like melted butter! It contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc and, when taken internally, also provides approximately 50% more omega-3 oils (which the body cannot produce itself) than in a fish oil - perfect for vegetarians/vegans! Who is it suitable for? The high Omega content of Flaxseed helps smooth wrinkles by helping repair skin cells - therefore it is ideal for those with ageing skin. Furthermore it also aids inflamed and irritated conditions -...

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Ingredient Focus: Sweet Almond Oil

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Ingredient Focus: Sweet Almond Oil

Latin Name: Prunus amygdalus var Sweet Almond Oil is one of the most popular carrier oils (which are called so because they have the purpose of 'carrying' essential oils - which if used undiluted can cause extreme irritation or reactions - onto the skin), and is incredibly rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and the naturally antioxidant Vitamin E. Because of the vitamin E content, it is one of many natural oils which can help protect from skin damaging free radicals, and is also of great benefits to those with particularly dry or eczema-prone skin. It does not clog pores,...

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