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.

CLEAN

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

NATURAL

  • 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

http://www.demamiel.com

http://www.wildsource.co.uk

http://www.votary.co.uk

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

Spring Yoga Weekend with Jeff Phenix 5-7th April 2019

Last month, I was delighted to offer my wellbeing treatments within a very special yoga retreat, run by Jeff and Jennie Phenix, both super experienced yoga teachers who offer classes, workshops and residential retreats both in London, throughout the UK and overseas.http://jeffphenixyoga.com

After such a wonderful weekend with amazing feedback from some very special yogis, I will be taking bookings for the next planned Spring retreat in April. I offer a mix of my bespoke massage therapy, wellbeing face treatments and reflexology, using a beautiful selection of the best skincare and essential oils. For enquiries about booking your place on the retreat, please click the link above and contact Jeff – to book any couch time, please contact me directly!

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…

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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

Brightening Cleanse & Exfoliate

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When I first used this product I was unsure about it, it seemed messier than one of my 4 year old’s mud kitchen sessions, and that’s saying something… But, I perservered, used less water, applied onto wet palms and spent time working the precious powder into a soft mousse-like paste.  Now after using it in my Wellbeing Face Treatment and seeing the results it brings, I’m a convert…

This is an ultimate skin fixer, a superfood powder for the face containing healing clays, plant and gem extracts to smooth and polish skin to reveal its natural radiance and glow. The wonderfully delicate rose aroma encourages deep breaths and relaxation.  I love the fact that it can be used to cleanse and doubles up as an exfoliant mask that can be left on for a little longer to boost effectiveness.

This week in my treatment retreat, I have had a ‘Facial Focus’ and all of my clients have left with a glow and radiance that this potent multi-tasker creates.

To book in and experience one of my bespoke facials, please do get in touch for treatment availability.

Best, Julie x