29 Nov 2011 14:56 PM | Posted by Editor
Not exactly feeling festive? At this busy time of year it’s easy to feel more stressed than spirited, which is why it’s more important than ever to take some time out to relax and revive. Incorporating essential oils into your weekly routine is a quick, easy, affordable and effective way to help you relax, and boost your mood.
Take the Sunspirit Harmony essential oil blend for example. It has an alluring fusion of 100% pure essential oils of sandalwood, geranium, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, lavender, ginger, and ylang ylang, which helps create a peaceful atmosphere. This fragrant essential oil blend has a calming effect on the mind and body, making it especially great for the hullabaloo of the festive season. For the ultimate indulgence add 5-10 drops to your bath and allow your skin and senses to absorb the healing blend.
Want more info on aromatherapy essential oils? We chat to aromatherapist, Maria Mitchell about how to best use essential oils…
Can you blend essential oils to create your own ‘signature’ blend?
Yes, absolutely you can! For successful blending, I suggest you start with just two or three oils and add just a drop or two of each to start then adjust according to what you want to smell more. Aromas fall into groups such as citrus (lemon, orange, lime), woods (sandalwood, cedarwood), floral (rose, lavender, geranium), exotic (ylang ylang), earthy (patchouli, vetiver), and spice (ginger, black pepper). Combinations that can work well are citrus with spicy or wood aromas; woods with florals or exotics; and earthy with florals.
Can essential oils be applied directly to the skin? If not, what do you need to dilute them with in order to do so?
Some essential oils can be applied directly to your skin but its best to leave that to trained aromatherapists (which is usually unnecessary and expensive). You can DIY by blending oils into an odourless cream base or vegetable oil base. Add five drops in total to every 10 grams of cream or 10 ml of vegetable oil, blend them well, and enjoy.
The cream base is best if it is made with vegetable oils, as mineral oils will stop the essential oils from penetrating into the skin. Some herbal creams would be great to use as a base, an example is calendula cream as it will nurture and nourish the skin while allowing the essential oils to penetrate.
What are your top three essential oils for relaxation?
Jasmine - a very beautiful floral oil that is reputed to connect your crown chakra and your base chakra. It’s a great essential oil for relaxation as it helps to still a busy mind.
Mandarin - a soft, gentle citrus oil that helps connect you to your inner child. It reminds you that life is not meant to be all work, there is meant to be some play too.
Sandalwood - this Australian wood has a long tradition of being used in temples as offering to the gods, to make incense sticks and to enhance the meditative state. It has a great grounding effect to help keep you steady and centered when life is flowing chaotically fast.
What are your top three essential oils for energising?
Ginger - warming spicy and beautiful to use when you’re feeling exhausted and empty. It is a very nurturing energiser.
Peppermint - cooling, like a breath of fresh air when you’re feeling stale and woolly-headed.
Lime - a gentle, fresh energiser that opens the heart and helps you to see the beautiful things in life.
Win! To help celebrate the festive season we have four Sunspirit essential oil packs to give away. The packs are valued at over $60 and contain the Harmony oil blend and the Less Stress massage oil which embraces you with its calming mix of oils that help sooth tension headaches and release the stress from your whole body! For your chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section of this blog, how you make things feel festive during the holiday season.
Competition closes midnight Saturday 10th December 2012.
How do you make things feel festive during the holiday season?
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
Aromatherapy is an extremely interesting topic Deb, that I am rather passionate about and it's something I am always keen to expand my knowledge on. Glad you touched base on some of the important issues that so many people are not aware of, such as putting oils directly on your skin etc. Many people assume that because they are natural they are completely safe and harmless, however that is not always the case. Great work, enjoyed this and love the suggestions for oil blends to create at home. The Sunspirit pack sounds pretty awesome.
The way I make things feel festive during the holiday season, is to deck the halls with cheap and nasty Christmas deco's that are visually appealing and bring so much happiness into the kids surroundings. Teamed with some coloured flashing bulbs and a sparkling Christmas Tree, I think we have the perfect ambiance to coincide with the Christmas cheer :)
Posted on: December 03, 2011 (Dec 3, 2011 6:34am)
I usually don't feel festive until two days leading up to christmas, mostly because I associate December with being really busy at work. But once the festive spirit eventually starts to kicks in I watch all the christmas movies I use to watch as a kid- works like a charm :)
Posted on: December 03, 2011 (Dec 3, 2011 7:47am)
01 Dec 2011 11:58 AM | Posted by Editor
Fact: a girl can never have too much make-up.
Fact: a girl can’t always afford all the make-up that she’d love to have.
Fact: a girl would never say no to getting a great make-up gift (hint hint all the husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends out there).
Still haven’t got the message? Let me spell it out for you – get a girl the perfect make-up gift for Christmas and she’ll love you all year round (and maybe even longer!) Check out our gallery below for some make-up gift inspiration…
Australis Lip Tricks
MeMeMe Little Angels Collection
OPI Best of the Best
Benefit I’m Glam Therefore I Am
MAC Dazzlesphere Smoky Berry Ornament
MOR You Had Me At Marshmallow
Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Collection
Which make-up buy would you most like to find under the Christmas tree this year?
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
Those palettes are all gorgeous. Lately I've fallen in love with some Bobbi Brown stuff so, Fact: This girl would love anything in the make-up department of the Bobbi Brown products!! How cute and wearable are those Australis Liptricks though! So many beautiful things out now.
Posted on: December 02, 2011 (Dec 2, 2011 5:08pm)
Excellent gift ideas. I was just thinking.......what do bh staff want to find under their xmas trees?
Posted on: December 02, 2011 (Dec 2, 2011 5:51pm)
01 Dec 2011 11:01 AM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
When I saw that bh member TaraLeeCupcake was seeking an alternative to the red/pinky lip that she’s so used to wearing I have to say; I knew exactly what she was talking about.
Being a huge bright lip devotee, I’ve never really found my perfect nude lip shade. So I decided it was high time myself, TaraLeeCupcake and anyone else out there on the search for their perfect nude, got some answers…
I called on some help from my friends at Revlon, who sent in some shades from their ColorBurst, ColorStay™ Soft and Smooth, Super Lustrous and Matte ranges to help us on our quest for the perfect nude.
Check out my video above…
What is your favourite nude/earthy lip shade?
Although all of the nude colours are really appealing I think I will remain a bright lipped devotee. I still seem to look washed out if I dont have a bright lippy on, although after watching this I am tempted to try again.
Posted on: December 02, 2011 (Dec 2, 2011 12:08pm)
I lovvveee nude lipsticks - and not just because they are in fashion. My lips look strange when I wear dark lipsstick like overdone so I love the how understated a nude lip looks :) My fav is Creme De Nude by MAC sometimes I put a bit of light pink gloss over it to soften it up :)
Posted on: December 02, 2011 (Dec 2, 2011 12:50pm)
01 Dec 2011 15:32 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
I recently underwent a bit of a drastic hair change. Not only did I chop centimetres off the length (which was incredibly scary for me as a life-long long-haired person), but I also got a significant amount of bleach put through my hair. Followed by a permanent colour to make the blonde a bit less… blonde.
Suffice it to say, while my hair looked great, I knew I had a lot to worry about when it came to caring for the condition of my hair and making sure the colour covering the bleach would go the distance.
And, because I know I’m not alone in my efforts to keep my coloured hair vibrant and in tip-top shape, I thought I’d share with you my current (hair) life saviours:
Matrix Biolage colorcaretherapie ColorCare Shampoo and Conditioner – this power duo has been heroic in keeping my colour from fading and giving my hair a bit of a hydration boost. Plus, with all the natural ingredients, I know I’m only doing my hair good.
Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Color Save Colored Ends – a little goes a long way with this leave-in hair treatment that focuses on keeping ends smooth and making split ends a thing of the past.
Pureology Colour Stylist Fortifying Heat Spray - I have an unhealthy attachment to my hair straightener, and this gem of a heat spray has worked wonders to keep my hair feeling soft and keeping split ends at bay.
Do you have coloured hair?
What do you use to keep your hair in good condition?
Really keen to try the schwarzkopf..... ;)
Posted on: December 02, 2011 (Dec 2, 2011 8:08am)
My hair has been coloured so many times I actually forget what my natural colour is. I remember it being a dark brown but I couldn't pick it! I use all sorts of hair masks... But I'm thinking I might try the Schwarzkopf - I love a product I don't have to wash out!
Posted on: December 02, 2011 (Dec 2, 2011 9:23am)
01 Dec 2011 14:28 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
I think I’ve been pretty good this year. I’ve tried to triple my good deeds, be nicer to my sisters and share my most treasured beauty buys around (even more than usual) – all in the hope that you’ll drop by my chimney and reward me for being so sugary sweet.
Forget new clothes, forget accessories, all I want for Christmas are a couple of festive beauty gems I just can’t bear to be without! Shall I list them?
The first, Manicare's Glam Party Pouch! This little beauty has all the bits I need to well and truly shimmy into the party season, including Glamlips lipgloss in Is This Love, Glameyes Mascara in Love at First Sigh and Glamnails Nail Enamel in Tainted Love. It’s my ticket to Gorgeous-town this festive season!
Next, I feel I’m ready to start a new skin routine, and I’ve heard amazing thingsabout ASAP from my friends! So Santa, baby, I’d just love to find the ASAP Summer Lovin’ Gift Pack in my stocking this Christmas! What with the Sheer Tint Moisturiser, Soothing Gel, Lip Balm and Hydrating Moisturiser, it’s sure to see me through summer!
Finally, dear Santa – you know what a lipstick fiend I am, combine that with being a massive hoarder and you’re looking at one messy make-up bag! It’s time to simplify – and it just so happens I’ve had my eye on the Lush Snow Fairy Lip Tint, a positively perfect shade of pink in a too-cute tin, it’s set to solve my make-up bag woes, at least for a while…
Think you’ve got all that?
What are you hoping for most this Christmas?
I know a good day with out any problems is corny but it is ever so true...every year one of my family members end up in hospital :( but Santa along with that i would absolutely adore a festive feast and some well deserved perfumes and beauty products ;)
Posted on: December 01, 2011 (Dec 1, 2011 5:11pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
Thanks for listing you wants for Chrissy goodies! The Manicare Glam Pouch looks such a treat (I loooove put-together packs like this!) and the Snow Fairy li balm has me sold! What a pretty colour!
I haven't had a chance really to think about what I want but I'd love a new 'kini and new beach towel!
Posted on: December 01, 2011 (Dec 1, 2011 5:39pm)