Clean Vs Natural

With the rise of organic, plant-based skincare brands launching across the beauty and wellness industry, these two terms are now banded around within product descriptions and beauty reviews on a regular basis. My clients often ask me the difference between the two terms, so here’s my take on what each stands for.


  • Free from toxic potentially-harmful ingredients.
  • Safe for the planet, sustainable and cruelty free.
  • Effective and stable from naturally-derived or nontoxic synthetic sources.


  • Can be toxic or harmful (e.g. Poison Ivy)
  • May come from endangered plants (e.g. Sandalwood) or animal by-products
  • Susceptible to climate and environmental changes, which can reduce efficacy.

I like to use a number of different brands within my therapies, cherry-picking from a wide selection of both clean and naturally derived products and ingredients. I’ve been working with brands such as Votary, De Mamiel, and Wild Source Apothecary, and love that fact that these companies embrace the ‘clean’, planet-kind movement, working towards being fully sustainable in the following ways:

  • RENEWABLE RESOURCES – Using renewable sources where possible
  • PLANET-FIRST PROCESSES – Formulating their products using the latest sustainable methods. No deforestation and developed in far proximity from rainforests. Low water usage.
  • CONSCIOUS PACKAGING – Fully recyclable and Forest Stewardship Council-certified boxes (FSC).
  • ETHICAL VALUES – 100% cruelty free, suitable for Vegans

N.B Not a paid post, no affiliations, just my own views!

Therapy time…

As I work on a bespoke basis, every treatment experience is unique to each individual person.  I now offer booking therapy time, rather than specific treatments, this allows for a very personal tailor-made therapy journey and clients can expect to experience some or all of the following modalities depending on their requirements:

Sound healing,  massage, face therapies, acupressure, shiatsu, reflexology, hot stone therapy, lymphatic work, reiki and craniosacral therapy.

30 minutes – £40:00

60 minutes  – £65:00

90 minutes – £95:00

120 minutes – £125:00

There are only a few spaces left in December before I close for the Christmas break, so please do get in touch if you want to book some deeply relaxing and healing downtime!

Little Boutique Retreat

It may be small and bijoux, but my cosy little therapy room, tucked away in the eaves of Ash Cottage delivers wellbeing in abundance for those looking to retreat away for an hour or two and experience healing, soul soothing treatments.

During my treatments I teach my clients how to breathe deeply into the abdomen, this technique has been proven to quieten the mind, detox the cells and release tension throughout the whole of the body.   I also use sound healing through each session; sound waves are the medicine of the future, with oscillating vibrations running through each organ, tissue and cell.  The power of touch enhanced by using a beautiful edit of curated, holistic skincare, full of wild crafted essential oils, probiotics and crystals takes my bespoke facials and body therapy to a higher state of wellness…

It’s finally here! Summer Facial Oil – Time To Flourish…


When the postman arrived this morning with a package under his arm, I felt a wave of excitement as I knew something very special was inside.. my latest delivery of de Mamiel Summer Facial Oil has landed!

Part of the set of Seasonal Facial Oils created by Annee de Mamiel, these beautifully crafted limited edition oils, are made four times a year to address the changing effect of the climate, the emotional aspects of transition and their impact on the body.  Full of carefully selected, precious, fragrant essences and skin plumping plant ingredients from the purest natural organic sources, the blends nourish skin, mind and soul to achieve balance and harmony.  The qualities of this oil are refreshing, uplifting and awakening and inline with the seasonal shift, I will incorporate using this oil within my bespoke face therapies from the Midsummer solstice and beyond..  It’s the blend of age-defying antioxidant-rich aromatic oils and flower essences that gives the complexion a rush of vitality and radiance. It warms skin and soul to keep you blossoming all summer long…

Please use the contact page for treatment availability, there is currently a 4 week waiting list for bookings.

 “Summer is a time for joy and celebration, it’s when we are at our most yang – the fire in our souls is ignited which gives us energy.  This up-lifting blend nourishes and protects our skin, balance our emotions and help sustain that sunny spirit so we can enjoy long days and restful holidays.” 
 Love Julie x

Best luxury sunscreens of 2018

Hello sunshine!  That warmth, the change in the light spectrum, lovely longer evenings spent alfresco with friends and family, and everyone generally feeling happier and uplifted…How us Brits love a sunny day, it makes us all feel so good!  The second a sliver of sunshine appears through the clouds, we dash off to the beach or out into the garden before it disappears again… Enjoying some time in the sun is great, but it’s important that you do it safely.  Here’s my personal pick of the best luxe sunscreens for 2018.

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1: Sisley Super Soin Solaire Tinted Sun Care SPF 30 40ml £114.50

Expensive… but one of the best on the market for facial protection. A moisturising and nourishing formula: the sun’s rays can damage the skin’s hydrolipidic film leading to dehydration and dryness and this sun care beauty combats them to perfection.  Shea butter oil, Camellia oil and Mango extract help to recover suppleness and moisture, also helps protect the skin from the effects of photo-aging (wrinkles, dark spots, dehydration and loss of firmness).

An ideal make-up finish in shades that perfectly suit different skin tones and provide an optimal coverage for a natural and luminous finish. The fluid is a silky and non-greasy cream that leaves the skin supple and water-resistant too.  One of the nicest creams I have used and being naturally scented with essential oils of Sage and Marjoram, just melt divine when applying.  Available in 4 shades: Porcelain, Natural, Golden, Amber.


2: Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF50 – £32

One for organic lovers, this screen is ideal to protect the delicate skin on your face with 70%+ certified organic ingredients and the micro mist is formulated with the safest clear broad spectrum UV protection. Packed with antioxidants that calm and hydrate the skin, this formula adds radiance and also finishes and sets makeup. I really liked the fact that it comes packaged in a convenient 2oz fine mist sprayer, so it’s perfect to take with you on the go for easy re-application throughout the day.  This sun cream is also fortified with green tea leaf extract to prevent burning and stop those wrinkles. An anti-aging sun cream? – it’s a yes from me!


3. Jurlique Sun Specialist SPF 40 High Protection Cream – £27.00

The Australians are experts when it comes to sun safety and this brand is among their best skincare exports. Extremely protective, yet completely natural, it offers broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays for face and body and contains a new Super-Berry Complex, a fruit extract blend that delivers essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to condition and protect the skin from the effects of environmental aggressors along with a lovely calming scent.  I’m always a sucker for a great aroma!

It also includes Inca Inchi Oil in its magic formula which is extracted by pressing the seeds and flesh of the fruit of the pracaxi tree which is native to the area surrounding the Amazon River.  Jurlique’s screen is also rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, along with a special blend of natural emollients and Shea Butter help to maintain optimum skin moisturisation during sun exposure for skin that looks and feels protected, hydrated and smooth.


4.  Perricone MD Photo Plasma Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – £53.00

A ‘New You’ beauty award winner last year, if you are prone to skin irritation and break-outs, particularly in the summer months, look no further. A light, oil-free, non-chemical mineral sunscreen that moisturises and protects even the most sensitive skin, as well as providing a lovely glow.

It’s a world away from heavy, oily alternatives that leave your pores feeling clogged, and perfect for under make-up or as a standalone option.  Photo Plasma is an oil-free moisturiser creates an invisible shield against environmental aggressors and protects skin against UVA and UVB damage with a Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Lightweight in texture, I love the way it glided onto my skin smoothly and evenly, leaving it soft, hydrated and radiant, definitely a keeper…

Note – These opinions are my own and all product review posts are unsponsored.