The weather turning a littler colder, crunchy leaves underfoot and the leaves on the trees turning beautiful hues of orange, browns and reds. Homemade soups and cosy nights in by the fire.
Autumn is the season for letting go, the trees shed their leaves, the nights get longer and we start to slow down giving us a chance to pause, breath and take stock of any unwanted emotions or habits that no longer serve us.It is a time to release relax and unwind!
So what am I consumed by this autumn, Handmade Soaps using Essential Oils, I am just absolutely hooked and I am afraid all my work colleagues and close friends have been furnished with samples to see what they think!
Soap to me should always feel luxurious is should smell beautiful and remind you of wonderful memories, Coconut soap for instance reminds me of our holiday in Jamaica, lounging in a cabana with a Pina Colada, what could be better than that, Or Lavender, which conjure up thoughts of a hot candlelit bath on a cold night that relaxes you from the inside out instilling a deep sense of peace and calm .
My new Autumnal Soaps are full of warming spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon reminding me of baked puddings that are comforting and smell delicious. There are hints of Lemon to uplift and Cedarwood, peppermint and Cypress to invigorate like a walk along our Devon coast with the wind blowing all the cobwebs away.
Essential Oils are made by plants, and it is fascinating to learn that the benefits an essential oil has to the plant itself is often exactly the same benefit we can derive from using the oil ourselves.
Essential oils can be inhaled or directly absorbed by the skin and are renowned for their benefits on both our physical and mental wellbeing. When inhaled directly it sends a message directly to the brain, where memories are stored.
My favourite way of using Essential Oils are either diffusing where you blend a combination of oils which you diffuse in a room of your choice this has the added benefit of scenting your home with beautiful aromas. You can also choose to inhale the aroma which is the most effective way of benefitting from their healing properties.
I also enjoy blending oils for different ailments, states of mind, this can be as a blended oil which can be massaged in to the bottom of your feet or sometimes directly on the area of concern. I have also been blending oils in my soaps which I have had fun experimenting with. Our skin in the Autumn can start to feel a little dry and a beautifully blended oil can bring back your skins natural radiance and glow.
A few of my favourite Autumn blends include: Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, reminiscent of slice of warm pumpkin pie.
Autumn Breeze includes tangerine, cinnamon and clove, warming with a fruity top note.
Autumn Holidays includes: orange, frankincense, cedarwood, peppermint and cinnamon, this conjures up days spent outdoors in the fresh air with your family or close friends.
And for my more mature skin,(well honesty always pays!) a beautiful blend of Rose (great for mature, sensitive and ageing skin), Frankincense (Soothing, calming and regenerative), Helichrysum (Anti inflammatory, Calms skin conditions) and Geranium ( Effective on balancing all skin conditions). All essential oils should be blended with a carrier oil and for my own I blended Jojoba, Rosehip and Almond. Beautiful
My double layered natural soap with organic Rose Essential oil with a light middle note of Lavender smells divine and lathers beautifully, its reminiscent of waking through a fragrant rose garden.
And for the sexy man in your life a sensual soap blend of Bergamot, Lemongrass and Sandalwood, you will not be able to stop yourself snuggling up to inhale these sensual aromas (Any excuse right!)
Hope you enjoy this wonderful season despite the current situation we all find ourselves in. Keep safe, warm and healthy.
If you are interested in further information in respect of any of my natural soaps please do get in touch.