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Christmas is Coming

I know, it seems too early to be talking about Christmas, but we are getting ourselves booked in for Christmas events, so we need to get cracking on making products so that we’re ready!

We’ve been busy this weekend ordering supplies and thinking about new products. We love love LOVE cocoa butter, and as we always want to bring you a Caribbean skincare experience, we want to use more Caribbean ingredients, like cocoa butter, so we are working on developing a new skin balm/salve which will include cocoa butter as the main ingredient.

A harder butter than shea butter, cocoa butter is full of skin-loving essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in dry, eczema-prone skin. It is fantastic for healing and fading scars and stretch narks, and smells like chocolate…Watch this space!

March News

Make

Sorry, I’ve been really slack with writing this blog lately!

Latest news is that we have secured a place at the Chorleywood Village Day on Saturday 14th July! We had a stall at this busy event back in 2016, but unfortunately we were between some worthy charity stalls which were canvassing out in front of our stall, which meant most people avoided coming anywhere near. I did feed this back to the organisers and suggested that they keep charities separate to businesses in the future. Stall holders are asked to remain within their own allocated space, but I do find similar happens quite regularly. It’s always difficult with events like these and knowing where best to place people, but at least by giving feedback, there can be improvements in the future.

We have also been working on improving our labelling and packaging, and looking at what products to carry forward into this year, what to improve and what to perhaps discontinue. We want to simplify and work smarter, but we also want to put more emphasis on our strapline: “A Caribbean Skincare Experience”. Anyway, we’ll keep you posted on that!

Summer Skincare

I don’t normally buy Oprah Magazine, but this week I did (because the cover was bright and shiny!), so I thought I’d share some summer skincare tips I picked up courtesy of Oprah, mixed in with my own tips:

Breakouts

“In hot weather, your skin’s oil production tends to increase”

Like me you may find you get more spots on your face and body. To counter this, make sure you use a sunscreen. Instead of being tempted to over-wash your face with harsh oil stripping cleansers, I would suggest using the oil cleanse method to balance your skin’s oil production:

You will need a mixture of Castor Oil, Olive Oil (or Sunflower Oil) and Tea Tree Oil and a wash cloth. (Don’t apply neat Tea Tree Oil directly onto the skin).

  • Massage the oil mixture into skin, focusing particularly on areas with spots
  • Place cloth in steamy hot tap water and squeeze out water
  • Place cloth over face to let the pores open
  • Once the cloth has cooled, use it to gently wipe oil from face
  • Rinse cloth and repeat cloth application action a few times
  • If skin feels tight, use a little oil to moisturise

Dry Skin

“It’s usually the result of too much time in the water or chlorine”

You may even find that your skin is generally drier in the summer. Prevention: Try to shower only once a day and exfoliate to allow your moisturiser to penetrate the skin more effectively. Our Shea Body Butters are excellent for moisturising post-scrubbed dry skin. When you get out of the pool, rinse skin with a creamy hydrating cleanser.

Shaving Rash

“Those little red bumps”

You are probably shaving more often, so this can lead to inflammation of the hair follicles. Prevention: Avoid using rich lotions after shaving and cleanse with an antibacterial soap –  I would suggest our Tea Tree & Lime soap bar, which has excellent antibacterial properties. Also make sure you exfoliate regularly.

Hyperpigmentation

“No matter how careful you are with the SPF”

Too much sun exposure can cause uneven skin tone and darker spots, particularly from previous sun exposure. Prevention: Use a sunscreen along with a Vitamin C serum.

Heat Rash

“Things get itchy when sweat glands are blocked”

Blocked sweat glands trap the sweat beneath the skin and cause intense itching. I have actually had this a few times on the face from overheating at night. After this, I stopped sleeping with the duvet over my head!  Prevention: Exfoliate your skin daily with a mild body scrub. A cold compress will help calm the itch followed by a moisturiser containing calendula (such as our Soothing Skin Oil). The other thing I get from overheating is little water blisters on my hands. The only thing that works for me for taking them down is talc, and cooler weather!

From: Oprah Magazine, Jennifer Linder MD, Summer Skincare, July 2015

New Stuff

Ricky Week has begun and we are getting ourselves ready for the Little Fox Market which will be taking place in Rickmansworth this coming Saturday (16th May) at the usual venue of St Mary’s Church Centre.

It has been quite exciting this year to spend time developing more skincare products, and so we now have 3 oils in our range:

  • Soothing Skin Oil (100ml)
  • Revitalising Bath Oil (100ml)
  • Aching Muscle Oil (100ml)

The Soothing Skin Balm has been an amazing seller for us because so many people have found it really beneficial for their skin, and a few people have said that it has actually helped clear up their eczema altogether! That is pretty cool for a product with so few ingredients.

Soothing Skin Balm

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