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Titanium Dioxide: Friend or Foe?

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The benefits of Titanium Dioxide are widely known. It is found in almost every sunscreen produced, because of its high refractive index and its ability to absorb UV light. Most sunscreens designed for infants or those with sensitive skin are based on Titanium Dioxide as it is believed to cause less irritation.

Despite its harsh chemical-sounding name, Titanium Dioxide is actually very much naturally-occurring. It is the oxidized version of the element Titanium. It is a substance that occurs in nature and is as old as the earth.

However, in recent years, the debate about its toxicity prevails. Much like many things, the safety of Titanium Dioxide depends on how it is manufactured. The particles used in sunscreen have to be coated by silica or alumina, because in a photocatalytic reaction (exposure to light), titanium dioxide can create radicals that are carcinogenic and can damage the skin. Moreover, avoid Titanium Dioxide that is produced into the ultra-fine particle size (smaller than coarse or fine particle size), as some studies show this size allows it to penetrate the body better and may cause some damage.

What does this mean for you? This is the definitely the case of Caveat Emptor … Let the buyer beware!

You can use Titanium Dioxide safely, but you have to do your research. As buyers and users of products, we have the responsibility of researching what materials go into your products, especially those are absorbed through our largest organ, our skin.

Here at 1 Skin, we use Titanium Dioxide, but only as an option for those that choose to add it to our custom-made lip balms. You will be glad to note that the Titanium Dioxide we use is listed as a safe pigment, with no known adverse effects. It is not listed as a carcinogen, mutagen or toxin in any safety regulatory publication.

This does not end the debate, but rest assured, 1 Skin supports beauty that is “good for you”, and we endeavour to do our research prior to including ingredients into our line. 1 Skin absolutely insists on making pure, natural and simple choices to protect your health.

Tips for creating great lip balm – part 1.

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When you are creating a lip balm to promote your business you first need to look at your customer. Are they male or female? Outdoors types? Health conscious? Are they fashion and style conscious?

So firstly you will need to decide if your customer will want their lip balms to be tinted with colour or not. Obviously men will not have a need for deep red tinted lip balm (my favourite). If your main customer is male and spends a lot of his time outdoors then you will opt instead for a sunscreen such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. The added sunscreen also gives a nice opaque white colour to the balm. If using either of the sunscreens you would not need to add pearl white mica. If you add any of the coloured mica’s to either of the sunscreen it then creates a gorgeous pastel effect to the colour.

Woman love a tinted lip balm and we have a great selection of mica’s that can either be used in a low percentage that will just tint the balm and not stain the lips or we can use a high percentage so you get a gorgeous tinted lip balm. When ordering your balms and choosing a tint make sure you put a comment in the comments box stating what your desired outcome is.

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The Buzz about Beeswax

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Bees are hard workers, but did you know they even work hard to give you great skin? Bees have to ingest as much as 8 pounds of honey to produce one measly pound of beeswax! They even travel the equivalent of 6 early orbits to produce that 1 pound, according to the eHow article on beeswax.

For this, we should be grateful! We at 1 Skin use beeswax as one of the available wax bases for customized lip balms. We do so knowing all the great properties it provides.

Beeswax acts as a great moisturizer, because its natural properties act as a water repellent. It is even naturally sun-protecting. Finally, it combines other ingredients well and adheres more permanently to the skin surface, thus providing protection against harsh environmental damage. Think about it: bees use this wax for their home; it must provide superb protection!

Not only does it soften the skin, beeswax is also anti-inflammatory. It remains “biologically active” and thus remains anti-germicidal. The normal vitamin A it contains is retained even after it is processed; this is vital for cellular development. In fact, the world-renowned Mayo Clinic recommends lip balm made from beeswax for chapped lips.

We want to also clarify the misconception that beeswax clogs pores and encourages acne formation. This is simply not true! When beeswax is used properly in a natural fashion, beeswax should not irritate the skin OR clog pores, so make sure you do proper research into the quality of your skin care products!

Finally, if you suffer from allergic reactions to bee stings, you should err on the side of safety and avoid beeswax-based products. At 1 Skin, we offer 2 other wax bases (candelilia wax and petroleum jelly) and 2 butter bases (shea and cocoa) to allow you to customize your product. Keep reading our blog and we will feature these other wax / butter bases and their benefits, in the future, so you can select the one that fits YOU the most!


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When a skin care product claims to be ‘all natura’ what they/we mean to say (at best) is ‘nature identical’ or ‘nature derived’.

‘All natural’ should be the way it exists in nature or that it is extracted from nature without any chemical modification.

Here are a few of my favourite all natural products that can be great for you skin.

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) – is a great skin exfoliator. I use it a lot, either mixed into my cleanser of just mixed into a paste with water. Gently massage into your skin and rinse with luke warm water. Very effective! Sodium bicarbonate also has mild antiseptic properties so can be great for acne prone skin. It is also great in the bath to sooth itchy skin.

bakinf soda

Natural Yogurt - I heard of this one when I took a cosmetic chemistry workshop. The chemist who was taking the class told us that he was involved in a test where the panel was given a tray of different face creams and they were to choose what was most effective as a moisturiser. I can’t remember the exact numbers as it was a while ago, but a majority of them chose the yogurt over the other creams. The other creams in the trial were a selection of the creams you buy in stores. I have tried the yogurt as a night cream and woke in the morning to nice smooth skin! I have since looked into it and have found a lot of people also use it as a mask. It is high is lactic acid and beneficial bacteria which can be great for soothing cooling and hydrating inflamed and irritated skin.


Pure Honey – has anti septic, anti-bacterial and healing properties. It can be applied directly to help heal sores. Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbe properties and ability to absorb and retain moisture make it great to treat acne, either dabbed directly on spots or as a face mask, and has been used successfully to treat diabetic foot ulcers.


Aloe Vera – serves as a water-binding agent for the skin and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial qualities. The Aloe Vera plant is readily available to purchase in a lot of plant shops and is nice and easy to break off the succulent stem where the gel can be squeezed out. It is good for wound healing but the effectiveness is a little limited.


Sea salt and Epsom Salt – are both great wound healing salts when used in the bath. They also make great body exfoliators and aid in detoxifying and relaxing aching muscles. I love salt baths!!



Personally I love beautifully packaged skin care. I like the whole indulgent experience of it. But I also like to use these natural ingredients as part of my routine. Do you use any naturally occurring ingredients in your routine?


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Petroleum gets a lot of bad press and this bad press is based on fiction.


I like to promote health and well-being. My products are tested on me and not on animals. I do not wish to harm anyone with toxic products – that would not be good business!! I take pride in the fact that I take the time and care enough to research ingredients and produce high quality products. I want my customers to enjoy my products!

The following facts on Petroleum are based on Science, meaning there is scientific evidence to back up these facts.


FACT: Cosmetic-grade mineral oil and petrolatum are considered the safest most nonirritating moisturising ingredients ever found (Sources: Cosmetics & Toiletries, Jan 2001, pg 79; and Cosmetic Dermatology, Sept 200 pg 44-46)


FACT: Petroleum is a natural ingredient derived from the earth.

FACT: Petroleum can help the skin’s outer layer recover from damage, reduce inflammation, and generally heal the skin (Source: Acta Dermato-Venero-logica, Nov-Dec 2000, pg 412-415)

FACT: The confusion around petroleum is also caused by some cosmetics companies and misinformed people who use the information about non-purified mineral oil as a scare tactic. This is considered “fear mongering” and “junk science”!

FACT: Mineral oil and petroleum jelly used in cosmetic formulas is highly refined and purified.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and we all have the freedom to make our own choices. Personally when making a choice I like to know I have all my facts right. I love petroleum jelly. When I had fraxal laser on my face it was the only product I was allowed to use on my skin for an entire week. I am quite sure my doctor was not out to poison me!

Thank you for reading. You can also follow my personal blog where you can add comments and ask questions.

Raylene xo




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We are pleased to present to you our new range of tinted lip butters.



  • Creamy texture with sufficient moisture.
  • Soft sheer colour that can be built up to vibrant glossy finish.
  • Delicious sweet flavours.
  • Easy to use for a casual look right through to a polished sophisticated look.



I have been working hard to create something that is easy to use. I love the look of lip stick but it is so hard to wear for me. I find it is drying and often cakes around the edges and corners of my mouth. Not very appealing. Gloss is great but can tend to be a little gooey and I can’t stand it when my hair drags it around my face – Yuk! It also does not quite have enough staying power. So I needed to create something in between with a little bit of something different and I have searched this earth high and low to find these flavours that I wanted in my 1Skin tinted lip butters.

Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Petroleum, Shea Butter, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Beeswax, Candelilla wax, F & C G Colour, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Flavour, Sweetener, Vitamin E, Grapefruit Seed Extract.

These tinted lip butters will retail for $14.50 but for a limited time we are offering an introductory offer of $11.50. That is a 20% discount. Please use the code 1skindiscount when checking out. We are still waiting for the images – the tinted lip butters are with our photographer at the moment and as soon as we have the images we will load them on the site.


From left to right: Almond Biscotti, Guava Lemonade, Strawberry Rose Champagne and Coconut Plum. For a detailed description go to the the lip products section on OUR PRODUCTS page.

My number 1Skin Super food

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I will have to admit I am a little bit vain….
When I was a personal trainer I was obsessed with super foods to obtain a beautiful body. I spent a LOT of money on supplements, books, nutrition courses and “special” doctors.
I think I have done pretty much every trendy diet plan.
When I started to become interested in the skincare industry I did the Perricone diet. A diet rich in salmon and berries (plus other highly nutritious foods) designed by Dr Perricone for aging skin and weight management. He also has a diet plan for acne management. I ate huge amounts of salmon and berries amongst other foods to promote healthy skin.
So…. After the last 10-15 years of my experience if I had to pick 1 super food that boosts my skin health it would be the avocado!!

for avocado oil

I must say I was not a fan of the avocado until a few years ago but now I love it in salads and on sandwiches. Especially on toast with Vegemite. I can honestly say within a few hours of eating avocado I notice my skin is a lot more radiant and softer looking.


Avocado is a fruit rich in monounsaturated fats (about 75% of the fruit). These are “good fats” that lower bad cholesterol! These fats contain omega 3, oleic linoleic and linolenic acids! Huge skin benefits especially if your skin is dry!

Avocados are high in fibre, potassium, b vitamins, vitamin e and c and vitamin k. Also antioxidants such as lutein and polyphenols – no wonder they are great for your beauty regime!

They help to prevent cancer, diabetes and also high blood pressure.

We offer avocado oil in our custom lip balms. Why would you choose it as an ingredient?

It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E and beta carotene. It is known to have regenerative and rejuvenating properties. It also has excellent penetrating abilities and natural sunscreening properties and last but not least is an excellent antioxidant.

Pass me the guacamole please!!

Make Time for Some Lime

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The disbelief that people still have for natural skin care products may possibly be due to the fact that many of the ingredients are just SO common. These common household ingredients can’t POSSIBLY make a difference, can they?

Take the ever-common lime. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who can’t draw or describe what a lime is, unlike more exotic ingredients like Jojoba Oil. How can something you’ve used for cooking, in your drinks and perhaps in your beer … how can the lime even be that effective for skin care?

Lime actually has 3 very specific benefits for your skin:

  1. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive database indicates that limes are great antiseptics. The high acidic content actually prevents infection by inhibiting bacterial growth.
  2. The very specific citrus scent produced by expressed lime oil also make them optimal as a fragrance component, which means artificial chemicals do not have to be included, in order to provide your skin care product with a fresh clean scent.
  3. Limes are also used to even out skin tones and discolouration, especially in susceptible areas like your knees or armpits. The natural juices have whitening properties that can be as effective as chemically-heavy products.

The only thing people have to be careful of is that fair-skinned individuals can suffer some photosensitivity. A Japanese study published in Medline entitled “A study of the phototoxicity of lemon oil” has indicated that in the presence of light, lime oil can cause some sensitivity, but only in concentrated amounts. As long as you practice moderation in your application, adverse reactions can very easily be avoided.

Don’t fret! 1 Skin’s Lime Thyme Body Wash uses a gentle amount of lime to ensure that it does not dry the skin and allows fair-skinned individuals to enjoy the product, as well. Of course, we’ve done our research to ensure that the products we produce for you leads to a better, healthier you!

I have a friend named Lavender.

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There’s nothing she can’t do [Yes, obviously, she’s a woman!]. In fact, Lavandula angustifolia is her full name.

Back in the day, lavender flowers in tea are used to address digestive problems, headaches, anxiety and insomnia. It was even used as a disinfectant for combat wounds in World War 1 and in hospitals to sterilize the areas. Due to advances in technology that allow us to harness the essential oils, lavender very much still finds its way used the same therapeutic way, aside from its natural fragrance.

Did you know that lavender flowers even produce abundant nectar so it is a great plant to use for high-quality honey-making? As far as baking, Lavender flavouring is often paired with chocolate; talk about super-antioxidant!

However, you still have to be careful, as lavender is a powerful allergen, so consult your doctor before ingesting or topically using lavender while pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because  lavender oil is cytotoxic (cell-killing) to human cells that are inside the body (i.e. baby, endothelial cells). All you need is proper care and consultation, in order to make sure that lavender oil does not come in actual contact with your baby.

The real palpable benefit to lavender is in skin care. Imagine this: the soothing calming fragrance combined with the antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of lavender – ALL IN ONE! Make sure when you order 1 Skin products, inquire about the ones that include lavender. The question is not why. After all the benefits listed above, you should really ask yourself: why not? The only acceptable answer is really pregnancy!

Grape Seed Oil: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

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Did you know that the ever-popular grape seed oil is produced in abundance as a by-product of winemaking? Aside from encouraging our wine lover’s habits, there are many other benefits to grape seed oil.

Often used as the carrier oil (emollient) for bath and body product, it leaves a light thin glossy film over the skin. It keeps the skin moisturized, and has the most linoleic acid that other carrier oils. The easy reaction of the linoleic acid with oxygen in the air forms cross linking and the formation of this stable protective film.

Aside from the protective film, grape seed oil also contains the same antioxidant as the much-lauded green tea. It is called procyanidolic oligomers (PCOs). It is known to counter act free radicals in our skin that leads to aging. It is also known to have better skin restorative properties than Vitamin C and E.

Who bother scouring small-font ingredients list at the back of your industrially-produced skin products. You can choose Grape Seed Oil as 1 of 2 emollient oils in your custom-made lip balm and reap the benefits we just talked about! 1 Skin products are guaranteed all-natural!


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One of my favourite parts of my business 1Skin Solution is the Custom Lip Balm sector. I loooove creating and making lip balms and I also love all the positive feedback I get from my clientele. I am lucky to have found something that I love so much I can make a business out of it. This side of our business allows us to contribute to the growth of the Australian Beauty industry. It provides a very high quality product for B2B and then onto B2C. A business owner can customise a lip balm and put their business logo on the packaging.


I have a section on my website where a customer can go in and create their lip balm. Starting with applicator choice (pots, tubes, mini tubes) and quantity they require. The min order is 50 units and the pricing depends on quantity and volume of tube/pot. The customer can then follow the steps choosing from the ingredients range and then adding tints, flavours and extras like vitamins and sunscreen. They can choose as many ingredients as they like and I will then create from them the best formula with the ingredients they have chosen. Then they will send through thier business logo or personal label design and we will outsource the printing and apply to the lip balm once it has been made.

Why Custom lip balm?

  • They are unique and personal and make great corporate and client gifts. They also make great wedding favours/ bonbonniere.
  • Can used as giveaways at charity functions and in show bags.
  • They are cheap promotional material. For businesses      that may not have sufficient money for advertising, promotional lip balm      will get the job done without spending too much. When using promo lip balm, the advertising will last for a long time.      This is because a lip balm is not something that will become exhausted      within a week or two. Because it will last a long time, the advertisement      they carry will also last for a long time.


  • You can have your own label and sell them for profit.


Why choose 1Skin Solution

  • All of our ingredients are of the highest quality and they are fresh and natural. Your balm will be 100% Australian made with Love!
  • We are reasonably priced.
  • We will go the extra mile for You! Something you want that is not on the list. Let me know and I will endeavour to get it for you!

So if you own and business or just looking for something different to give to your friends and family for the holiday season this year take a look at our Custom lip balms

If you would like to sample some of our work we offer a sample pack of 3 different balms in different packaging.

lip balm samples

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In the future we hope we can collaborate with other Australian brands and create a lip balm where proceeds can then be donated to an Australian charity. This will bring greater awareness to both brands involved and help those in need. “Brand dating” is becoming a popular way for fashion, food, beauty and many other industries’ to collaborate together and target an audience in today’s cluttered market. We believe this will provide support to, not only the Australian Beauty industry but, to Australian industry in general.


Customized Lip Balms are the Perfect Holiday Gift.

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And I can prove it …

It’s personal, without being intrusive or assumptive. Don’t you hate it when you get a DVD or book as a present, and it’s a borderline-insulting assumption on your preferences? For example, you didn’t even like The Notebook, but because you’re a girl, people think, “She must like Nicholas Sparks’ novels.”

This is part of the reason why gift cards have been so popular lately. However, gift cards are impersonal and almost cold. It monetizes and removes the warmth of the gift-giving season. So what’s one to do, when you have a huge list of contacts for whom to show your holiday appreciation?

There are plenty of people on your list – co-workers, clients, managers, acquaintances – whose relationship you value. You want to give them a gift that is practical and personal.

Customized lip balms are unique; it will definitely not be compared to getting another greeting card for the holidays.

Customized lip balms are reasonably priced; prices are anywhere between $1 to $3.25 each, depending on the type and quantity.

Customized lip balms are useful; with sun protection and antioxidants, it definitely crafts a considerate message.

Subscribe to our newsletter and blog! In future editions, we go into detail on the 6 different steps to create your own lip balm. We will be talking about applications, bases, emollients, colours, flavours and the bonus all-natural additives that provide you with the highly-desired benefits of antioxidants and sun protection.

Until next time … Protect your body’s 1 largest organ; Protect your 1 Skin.


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This oil is one of my favourite oils because


  • it is lightweight and easily absorbed without leaving greasy residue
  • it is anti-bacterial, anti fungal and a herbicide
  • It can also be used as a food supplement to speed up your metabolism (Some studies have shown that MCTs can help in the process of excess calorie burning, and thus weight loss.)
  • Reduces protein loss when used in hair
  • Indefinite shelf life and very stable.
  • Anti septic and disinfectant properties


Capric/caprylic triglyceride is derived from the fruit coconut. Before the oil is even processed, it has very raised levels of saturated fat, with a content that remains around 90 percent. In its purest format, it has a milky color, though after being refined, it becomes clear (and is liquid at room temperature).


coconut oil



Why I use it in my products including the custom lip balms

This emollient oil is used to enhance the performance of flavour, fragrance and/or colour additives. In addition it provides emollients ‘to formulations and can help enhance the performance of skin care actives.


Using as a health supplement

MCTs are also seen as promoting fat oxidation and reduced food intake. Some studies have shown that MCTs can help in the process of excess calorie burning, and thus weight loss. MCTs are shorter chain triglycerides and contain only 8.3 calories instead of 9 calories per gram. The shorter chain structure is easier to digest than longer chain triglycerides, and MCTs can quickly be used as a fuel source just like carbs for muscle energy. It is a mild laxative and should only be taken in small serves as it can cause stomach cramps. It should not be used by diabetics and you should always consult your health professional before using any supplements. For more information on MCT as a food source see The Coconut Diet.


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I love cocoa butter and here is why


  • Sweet chocolate aroma
  • Smooth velvety emollient quality’s
  • Natural anti oxidants
  • Nature identical ingredient

cocoa butter 






We also offer Shea butter in our custom lip balms and here is why




  • Rapidly absorbed into skin without leaving greasy feeling
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • Nature Identical ingredient
  • Protecting and emollient properties


shea butter








Personally I prefer cocoa butter. It has smoother application and a much nicer scent. Shea butter tends to be a little bit ‘grainy’ but it is less comedogenic and has good protective qualities. They are both excellent emollients that keep your skin supple, smooth and youthful looking.


Benefits of Vitamin E.

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Vitamin E is a great anti-oxidant with skin moisturising properties! Given it's free radical scavenging properties, it is useful in UV protective products. It also prevents oxidation of other oils in skin balms.

Topically, vitamin E is used for dermatitis and aging skin. High dose oral RRR-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin E) in combination with vitamin C protected against skin inflammation after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in two small, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies . Alpha-tocopherol acetate 400 IU alone does not seem to offer this benefit. In one study, topically applied vitamin E in combination with topical vitamin C and melatonin provided modest photo protective effect when used prior to UV exposure, but had no effect when used during or after UV exposure. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is naturally occurring in many foods including vegetable oils, cereal grains, animal fats, meat, poultry, eggs, almonds, sunflower seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Wheat germ oil is a particularly rich source of vitamin E. Maximum vitamin E intake from diet alone typically reaches about 60 IU per day.

Orally, vitamin E is used for replacement therapy in vitamin E deficiency, treating and preventing cardiovascular disease, preventing heart attacks, angina and hypertension. Vitamin E is also used orally for improving physical endurance, increasing energy, preventing allergies, for asthma and respiratory infections, swine flu, for protecting against negative effects of air pollution and preventing aging. It is also used orally for inflammatory skin disorders, aging skin, sunburns, cystic fibrosis, oral leukoplakia, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopausal syndrome, hot flashes associated with breast cancer, infertility, impotence, chronic fatigue syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Vitamin E is generally considered safe, even at doses exceeding the recommended dietary allowance (RDA); however, adverse effects are more likely to occur with higher doses. Always use supplements under guidance of a health professional.

Have a healthy day!! Raylene


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I love aroma therapy and essential oils. Every morning I like to randomly select (with my eyes closed) 2-3 essential oils from my collection and burn them in my oil burner. When I light the candle I like to take a moment to be grateful for all that I have in my life, I make a promise to do my best and be kind to others. I also make a wish for something that will be of benefit to my life and the lives of others. It makes me feel good!

We have added pure essential oils to 2 of our products and here the benefits you will receive from them.

Lime Thyme Body Wash

Lime oil


Lime oil is extracted from lime skin by cold pressure or distillation. Lime essential oil has a crisp, refreshing citrus scent that has been known for its uplifting and revitalising properties. The oil has been known to act as an astringent on the skin where it is reputed to help clear oily skin. Lime oil has a fresh, sweet and fruity citrus aroma.

Thyme oil


Thyme oil is considered a powerful antiseptic and tonic. It has been widely used in botanical therapy since antiquity for its warming, stimulating and cleansing properties. It is helpful for oily skin and also has antiseptic and wound healing properties. It strengthens and restores vitality and improves circulation. Thyme oil has a strong warm, spicy-herbaceous aroma.

Bath & Shower Crystals

Lime oil – see above.

Lavender oil


Lavender oil is considered one of the most versatile and best loved of all essential oils with a long list of properties, include calming, soothing, healing and balancing. Lavender essential oil has been known for its antiseptic, analgesic and cytophylactic (Protects the cells of the organism, increases leucocytes to fight infection) properties. It has also been known to have sedating properties. It is useful in all skin types. Lavender oil has a sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma with balsamic-woody undertones.

Do you love aroma therapy and essential oils?



Tinted Lip Balm




Bath & Body Range