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All About Essential Oils

Aromatherapy

There is a lot of misunderstanding about what essentials oils are. I often hear people assume that essential oils and fragrance oils are the same thing. Within the handcrafting circle I often see well meaning but misguided people using essential oils in products that simply shouldn’t contain them. In this article I discuss the basics of…

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Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt

Despite its name, epsom salt isn’t actually a salt in the normal sense. Instead, it’s a naturally occurring mineral named after a small English town where it first became known. It’s pure magnesium and sulfate and it has a long history of being a natural remedy for all sorts of issues. Even today it’s still…

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Sugar

Sugar

Society has used sugar for a long time. It’s plentiful and cheap now, but it used to be expensive and was a rare commodity. Because of this honey was commonly used as a sweetener before sugar became easy to access. The sugarcane was native to parts of Asia and modern day India. The sugarcane was mostly…

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Himalayan Salt

Himalayan Salt

Himalayan salt is rock salt which is mined from the Himalayan mountain region brushing Pakistan. It’s common for the salt crystals appearing in a reddish or pink colour, while some also having an off-white transparent colour. The reason for this alluring colour range is due to the high mineral count present. It’s commonly used in…

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Coffee

Coffee

We all know and love it as a drink. Coffee has a rich history with many cultures across the world dating back to as far as the 10th century. It also has a dark part of history too; after becoming widely commercially valuable slavery was used as a means to mass-produce crops during appox. 1500s – late 1800s.…

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Soy Wax

Soy Wax

Soy wax is a natural plant-based wax that is much better for the environment than traditional waxes. Often, and especially in the case of cheap candles, wax is paraffin-based which basically means it’s produced from petroleum/coal and other fossil fuels. Soy wax however is produced from the soybean, which means it’s a completely renewable resource.…

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Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E oil is an antioxidant which helps repair damaged cells and maintain general cell integrity. It is mainly extracted from sunflower, safflower, canola and olive oils, though it is also found in many different natural grains, nuts, and fruits. It’s had a long history of having great rejuvenation qualities, which is why it’s often a main…

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Rosehip Oil

Rosehip Oil

Think of rosehip oil as a multivitamin for your skin. It’s a pressed seed oil extracted from the fruit of the rose bush and related species, usually (but not always) from the southern Andes which is why it’s quite expensive. It’s had a quick rise to fame lately, becoming recognised as a ‘super-rejuvenation’ oil. It’s…

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Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter

Ah chocolate, the nemesis of womankind. The sweet dark cocoa bean can be harvested into some of the most tasty morsels ever created. However, it can also be harvested for something just as satisfying for your skin as it is for your taste buds. Cocoa beans can actually produce some of the richest and most natural…

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Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is the unknown treasure in skin care. Unlike the well-known coconut oil, olive oil and more recently rosehip oil, avocado oil is the up-and-coming rookie. It’s processed from the fleshy pulp that surrounds the large pit. Avocado oil is great, it contains a lot of protein & unsaturated fat which is perfect for…

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