Goodbye Markets

Goodbye Markets

The community markets in Northern NSW have been a part of our history and how we’ve gotten to know many of you over the years. While they have slowly been re-opening over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made the decision that Arianrhod Aromatics will no longer have a stall at any of the markets.

We’ve loved meeting many of our customers there and helping you choose the products that are the best suited to your needs, but in these difficult times, I believe that it is in both the best interests of you, our customers, and us.

If you haven’t joined us on Facebook yet, I’d encourage you to do so by going to our Facebook page here. Using Facebook Messenger, we’ve been able to help many of our customers choose the right product. Start a chat now by clicking here.

If Facebook isn’t your thing, you can also email us any time and we’ll get back to you promptly!

I hope that you will continue to shop with us online as we come to the end of an era and bid the markets a fond farewell!

All the best and stay safe,

Love all, serve all.

Is hand sanitiser starting to dry out and crack your skin?

Is hand sanitiser drying out your skin? Here's the solution.

How are your hands?

With all that is going on in the world at the moment, we are all being more cautious with our hygiene. Hand sanitiser is getting used more frequently than ever. The problem is, alcohol-based hand sanitiser has a side effect when used extensively:

Dry, flaky, itchy, cracked skin

Matt's dry, cracked knuckles and hand.

Our web designer, Matt, sent us the photo above of his hand after using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser regularly for the last few weeks. Ouch!

But what’s the solution?

We have to be cautious with our hygiene, but frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser dries out the skin. Taking the time to wash our hands with warm water and a soap that not only cleans your hands but moisturises them at the same time can help counteract that dryness. Our hemp soaps contain hemp seed oilolive oil and shea butter, three key ingredients that hydrate the skin and help to prevent dry, flaky skin.

So, make sure that you use warm water and a moisturising soap whenever you wash your hands. Try to keep hand sanitisers for use while you are out and use your moisturising soap to keep your hands clean while you are at home. If you prefer liquid soap to hard soap, try our Hemp Body Wash for sensitive skin or one of our liquid hand and body soaps as an alternative.

What else can you do?

Make sure to use a good quality moisturiser on your hands regularly. Men, this is especially true for you. I know, most men don’t even think about using a moisturiser, but using one on your hands will help prevent dryness caused by hand sanitiser.

If your hands are already cracking, like Matt’s, make sure to use a moisturiser that is designed to help your skin repair itself while being gentle on exposed areas. Our Sativa Repair cream is designed for hands and feet that are cracking and painful. The Kigelia and Tamanu ingredients help your skin to recover while also providing you with an extra line of defence due to their antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Use a Moisturising Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser doesn’t need to dry your skin out. That’s why we developed our natural hand sanitiser with the requisite amount of naturally-sourced alcohol combined with natural ingredients that help to rehydrate your skin and lock the moisture in!

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Is hand sanitiser drying out your skin? Here's the solution.
Is hand sanitiser drying out your skin? Here's the solution.
Is hand sanitiser drying out your skin? Try a moisturising soap.
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Kigelia Oil now available in glass packaging: but why not all our products?

Buy Kigelia Oil or Majik Oil Online - Arianrhod Aromatics

Taking care of your skin is very important, but it is just as important to take care of the environment. We know what an impact small changes can make, that is why we decided to offer you, our customers the opportunity to choose if you want glass or plastic packaging.

Now that Kigelia Oil is also available in glass packaging, you may wonder why we don’t offer this option for all our products. So we wanted to share a little bit about how and why glass is not always better than plastic.

In the beginning of our company, glass packaging was not as easy to obtain as it is now and it was impossible to locate the necessary combinations of bottles, jars and droppers or caps to suit them that we needed. As supply and demand changes, we do our best to listen to all the needs of you, our customers. We completely understand why more and more people would rather use glass instead of plastic, honestly, so would we. However, as we strive to give you the best option for you and the planet, that does mean sometimes we have to make the less obvious choice: 100% carbon-neutral plastic that only has to be transported 50km’s from the plastic factory to ours.

In theory, we all know that producing plastic has a negative impact on the environment, and that it leaves behind a giant carbon footprint. We do take into consideration that every small product that we provide for our customers may have a huge impact on the environment in the long term.

However, 90% of our plastic packaging is made with care for the environment by Ant Packaging, only 50 kilometres away from our factory in Murwillumbah. All their bottles are recyclable and they are the first carbon neutral plastic factory in the world.

With this, we don’t only take our packaging from a company that does everything possible to take care of the environment, but we also make sure that we do not pollute the environment by bringing the packaging from a long distance. Transportation is, always, a big pollutant, and by getting our packaging from so close, we protect the environment by reducing the carbon footprint caused by long transit routes.

Although in theory producing glass is not as bad for the environment, we are forced to take our glass packaging from non carbon neutral glass manufacturers in China. This means that the production of the glass is actually less environmentally friendly and the transportation of the bottles to our factory adds a significant carbon footprint. Many countries don’t have strict regulations regarding the production of glass, including China, and once you add the massive carbon cost of transporting it from China to Australia compared to just 50km’s down the road, it really starts to add up.

Does this mean that plastic is better than glass?

Of course not. We understand that more often than not, plastic is way more damaging for the environment than glass is. However, we are constantly reviewing the processes and environmental cost involved in all of our packaging to ensure that we are choosing the best option, not only for your skincare routine, but also for the world we live in.

Will we replace all the plastic with glass? Right now, no. However, we are constantly looking for cleaner and more environmentally sound suppliers. We truly hope that as demand continues to increase, a local option with a cleaner footprint will emerge in the glass industry. You can be sure though that we will be constantly looking until we can find the ideal solution that is both perfect for you, and for protection of the environment. Right now, that is actually plastic. Meanwhile, we hope that you continue to enjoy our products that are made with consideration and care for the environment right here in Murwillumbah.

If you would like to try our Kigelia Oil in a glass bottle, it is now available in both the 50ml and 100ml sizes here.

Release Your Inner Goddess This Valentines

Be a goddess this valentines day

Be a goddess this Valentines Day and turn heads with a uniquely beautiful scent from Arianrhod Aromatics.

Arianrhod Perfume OilArianrhod Perfume Oil

Arianrhod Perfume Oil, named for the Goddess herself, will carry you away to deep forests and mossy vales, full of the scent of earth and the spicy tang of oriental flowers. It will leave you feeling uplifted and aware of nature all around you.

  • Amber Essence
  • Clove Bud
  • Australian Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Patchouli
  • Ylang Ylang

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Sizzle Perfume OilSizzle Perfume Oil

The intoxicating blend of eleven aromatic oils delights the senses and relaxes the mind.

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Mandarin
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang

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Divine Perfume OilDivine Perfume Oil

Divine is as it says, just deeevine. The earthy Wild Chamomile is spiced up with a hint of cinnamon and a floral note is added with heady rose geranium and sensual ylang ylang.

  • Cinnamon
  • Ormenis Flower (Wild Chamomile)
  • Rose Geranium
  • Ylang Ylang

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Heavenly Perfume OilHeavenly Perfume Oil
Uplifting bergamot and grounding vanilla is hardly noticed as you breathe deeply the heaven sent aroma of angelic frankincense.

  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Vanilla

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Why use an aluminium-free deodorant?

Why use an aluminium free deodorant?

Did you know sweat itself doesn’t actually smell? Sweat is primarily made up of water and salt. Sweating is natural, it’s how we maintain our body temperature when we exercise or when it is just a hot day.

The smell occurs when perspiration comes into contact with the naturally occurring bacteria on our skin.

Antiperspirant deodorant works by stopping up the sweat glands temporarily with an aluminium compound. So in essence, you can’t sweat. This makes it difficult for your body to regulate it’s temperature and can increase the risk of overheating.

While there is conflicting evidence about the link between these aluminium compounds and breast cancer, is it worth the risk? By using an aluminium based antiperspirant are you not only increasing the risk of overheating but potentially also increasing your risk of developing breast cancer?

Put those two points aside for a moment and consider that you also have lymph nodes in your armpits and your skin is extremely adept at absorbing things placed on it. Antiperspirants are made up almost entirely of artificial chemicals with unrecognisable names. I’m not comfortable putting all those things that close to my body’s immune system, are you?

That’s why I developed the Arianrhod range of aluminium free deodorants. Rather than blocking up your sweat glands and pouring chemicals on your skin they work by using the 100% naturally occurring anti-bacterial agent, colloidal silver. This helps to remove the bacteria on your skin before you start sweating. I added other natural ingredients like the anti-fungal Australian hemp seed oil and sodium bi-carbonate to help keep you dry without the potentially harmful side effects of aluminium.

All the ingredients used in Arianrhod’s aluminium-free deodorants are 100% natural so you can be confident that you aren’t putting harsh chemicals on your skin. Just the way nature intended.

Nimbin Fragrance Aluminium-Free Deodorant
Nimbin Fragrance Aluminium-Free Deodorant

Arianrhod aluminium-free deodorants start at $13.00 each for roll-on or $14.00 each for mist and come in 5 essential oil fragrances:

Oiy It’s Hemp is changing its name…

Sativa Repair Hands and Feet

Oiy its Hemp range has grown up and is changing its name. Originally the Oiy Its Hemp was only going to be used for the Oily/Acne range which was to be used by young people with acne, or so I thought. It became apparent after only a short time that it was being purchased by women with hormonal acne in their 30’s and 40’s as well as young people. I was then asked to make specific products for specific skin conditions so the range has grown to meet these requests.

In time I began to feel uncomfortable with the name, it just wasn’t grown up enough for the wide range of age groups now using the products. All of the lotions and potions in this range incorporate the use of Australian Hemp Seed Oil and Kigelia (Sausage Tree) Extract, two ingredients that I believe to absolutely fantastic, as well as the magic of Tamanu Oil – an oil that needs to be used to be believed.

I have tossed around quite a few names for quite a while now with the clear favourite being Sativa (skin care solutions).

The Sativa line up is…….
Sativa Clear Facial Wash             (formerly Oiy Its Hemp Facial Wash for Oily/Acne Skin)
Sativa Clear Facial Toner            (formerly Oiy Its Hemp Facial Toner for Oily/Acne Skin)
Sativa Clear Facial Scrub            (formerly Oiy Its Hemp Facial Scrub for Oily/Acne Skin)
Sativa Clear Facial Moisturiser    (formerly Oiy Its Hemp Facial Moisturiser for  Oily/Acne Skin)
Sativa Restore                             (formerly Oiy Its Hemp Heavy Duty Night Moisturiser)
Sativa Nurture                             (formerly Oiy Its Rosacea Moisturiser)
Sativa Fade                                 (formerly Oiy Its Pigmentation Moisturiser)
Sativa Refine                               (formerly Oiy Its Eye Serum)
Sativa Hand Repair                     New Product

I thoroughly enjoy making this range of products, I know that it is amazing in its ability to help repair skin that is sun damaged, scarred, pimple prone, and so much more. It has already helped quite a few people who don’t mind singing the praises of sausage tree extract.

Scar Diminishing Oil

The Tamanu Tree

What an absolutely fabulous oil this has turned out to be.

I had been asked many times if I had anything for scars, or did I have rosehip oil. I started selling rosehip oil in a 15ml dropper bottle while at the same time I felt there was more I could do.

I had read about Tamanu Oil and had thus purchased a trial bottle which had been sitting on the shelf gathering dust. I was driven to make Scar Diminishing Oil using both tamanu oil and rosehip oil with hemp seed oil thrown in for its own anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, thinking that it could only boost the effectiveness of the tamanu oil.

Tamanu oil fades stretch marks with incredible results. It also works miracles on scar tissue, making scars look less unsightly.BioScience Laboratories conducted a study of Tamanu oil’s ability to improve the appearance of scars. Six subjects with obvious scars aged for one year or more participated in the test. Subjects were not allowed to use moisturizers on their scarred areas for seven days before the test or throughout the nine-week test period. Scars were rated for roughness, length, width and degree of difference from surrounding normal skin. Measurements of darkness and redness were also taken for scarred and surrounding normal skin. Digital photos of scars were taken prior to initial application and at the end of week nine. Tamanu oil was applied to the scarred area twice daily for nine consecutive weeks. There was significant improvement in appearance of scars after six weeks, and improvement continued through week nine. Scar length was reduced by an average 0.28 centimeters, and width was reduced by an average 0.12 centimeters!

Tamanu Oil is credited with being a remarkable topical healing agent, with skin healing, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties.

Tamanu oil possesses a unique capacity to promote the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and the growth of healthy skin. This process is known as cicatrization. For this reason, it is a widely used traditional topical aid. In Pacific island folk medicine, tamanu oil is applied liberally to cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and stings, abrasions, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, anal fissures, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, herpes sores, and to reduce foot and body odor. Tamanu oil is also massaged into the skin to relieve neuralgia, rheumatism and sciatica. Tamanu oil is employed by Polynesian women for promoting healthy, clear, blemish-free skin, and is also used on babies to prevent diaper rash and skin eruptions.

For Arianrhod’s Scar Diminishing Oil I decided to blend Tamanu Oil, with Hemp Seed, Rosehip, Avocado for it moisturising and skin softening abilities, Infused Carrot Oil for it Beta Carotene properties and natural Vitamin E as an added boost for the skin.

Although I had thought about this oil for a while I had felt no rush or inspiration to put it together until one Friday it became imperative. I thought as I made it “there must be going to be a person come to the stall on the week-end, needing this oil.”

Sunday night rolled around and I hadn’t sold any of it. Oh well, thought I, it is ready for when it will be needed.

You can imagine my gratitude that I had it ready to go when, on Tuesday morning, the phone rang and it was a customer who had done some serious damage to her leg on oyster shells. She was actually after evening primrose oil but I knew straight away that I had made the Scar Diminishing Oil blend for her. Below is a note I received from Loki.

Dear Iamme,
Thank you for making such pure and wonderful skincare. I am currently in awe of the diminishing oil. I first used it on a large open cut from oyster shells. My wound has healed beautifully. Some of the scarring is not visible at all. I also used diminishing oil for our tick bites. The tick spots with diminishing oil did not inflame redden or itch. Wow. I use it on my dogs post flea spots and he stops scratching immediately and sleeps. The diminishing oil was also amazing for my two girls as they battled chicken pox. No itching, no scratching, and no pox marks. The great thing about diminishing oil is that it took the itch out the pox for the girls. It is a wonderful and powerful elixir.
Loki de Jager,

Stokers Siding NSW

I originally thought this Scar Diminishing Oil was purely for scar treatment but this is not the case. It is brilliant for so many things. I have personally used it on school sores that my son contracted, on a wound inflicted with a sharp knife in the kitchen, it took the pain away and the wound healed within five days (I had taken the top layer of skin off). I have used it on cold sores, insect bites, embedded splinter….under the finger nail (ouch!!), it again took the pain away. Customers have used this oil on chicken pox, it took the itch away when calamine lotion irritated the skin and in one case healed the pox to such an extent that a young girl was able to appear in the eisteddfod.

I am frequently told stories of how this oil has helped, some of them are on the Testimonial page if you would like to read them.

Aromatherapy and Skincare, The Natural Partners


The use of 100% pure essential oils in skincare and other products offers a multitude of benefits to both mind and body. It is no secret that essential oils have been utilised in skincare, perfumes and cosmetics, since their discovery in early times. In this article we examine why this practice continues today and how using 100% pure essential oils in this manner contributes to health and wellbeing in so many ways.

First, lets take a look at the word ‘aromatherapy’. Dictionaries variously define it as “the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person’s mood or behaviour” and “the use of fragrant essential oils as a treatment in alternative medicine, often to relieve tension”. However, I think this word bears closer examination. One of the best-known ways aromatherapy works is with our sense of smell. But how does the olfactory nerve actually utilise and access the benefits of aromas?

The most obvious and best-understood way the nasal passage absorbs the aromas, is via inhalation of vapours that rapidly absorb into the bloodstream through the capillaries of the lungs, thereby imparting physiological benefits. A common example of this is the relief most people with respiratory congestion experience when they inhale eucalyptus oil vapour. In skincare, this offers a double benefit, as in the example of an essential oil scented body lotion that both nourishes the skin and is inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream.

However, there is also the psychological effect to account for. Two olfactory nerve tracts connect directly to the limbic system in the brain. This is the part of the brain is concerned with emotion and memories. Throughout history the folklore handed down to us has reported so many perceived effects of scents on our psyche such as rose, which has the reputation of being associated with love; beauty and spiritual depth. The associations between essential oils and the effect they have on the mind are now better-understood and often still ring true today.

But there is even more to aromatherapy and the therapeutic qualities of essential oils, we need not rely upon the nose alone. Essential oils also absorb into the skin and can enter the bloodstream via topical applications. The benefits of essential oils used in this manner include aiding circulation; relieving aching joints and muscles; boosting immunity, and clearing the respiratory system, just to name a few.

Plus of course, there is the therapeutic benefit essential oils impart to the skin itself, including but not limited to acting as an anti-fungal; anti-inflammatory; deodorant; antibacterial and parasiticide. Yet we have not even touched on probably best known use of essential oils in skincare: the soothing, hydrating, nourishing, cleansing and many other benefits they can impart to the skin.

The use of aromatherapy in skincare works on a myriad of levels. Psychologically to calm, harmonise, uplift and/or invigorate the mind. Physiologically to soothe, relieve, purify and boost immunity. Therefore, using pure essential oils in our skincare is one of the best ways to reap the advantages they offer on every level: you not only enjoy the aroma but also benefit from it. Plus you not only nourish the skin’s surface but the active properties absorb into the deeper tissues and circulate the bloodstream, where they can work their magic.

Skincare Retrospective: How did we get here?

Are questionable chemicals used in your skincare products?

Do you know anyone who was an adult in the 1930’s or 40’s? Things were a lot different back then. For one, our exposure to many of the chemicals commonly found in the household today were either unheard of or just beginning to come into the marketplace.

It was after the Second World War that domestic markets made the shift toward embracing the new breed of chemicals as so-called “miracle ingredients” in so many household and cosmetic products that claimed to make housekeeping and making one’s self beautiful for when hubby comes home so much easier.

This is where the story begins, but it would be years and sometimes decades before the effects of people’s daily exposure to many of these chemicals would become apparent.

Back to the original question: if you do know someone who was an adult in those times, ask them how common cases of eczema, psoriasis and asthma (just for example) were among children and adults in those days? I’m sure you will find they have a very different story to tell because cases of this kind were rare and often unheard of.

Because the effects of chemical exposure have often taken so many years to “present”, their insidious nature has allowed chemical companies to deny their products are to blame.