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How to determine what skin type you have and take care of it

Does your skin confuse you? Does it seem like some days it’s oily and other days it’s dry? Skin can seem like it is all over the place. Especially as weather changes can impact how our skin behaves each season, and as we age, our skin can change too. So, how do you determine what skin type you have right now and what key things should you be paying attention to with your skin? Let’s find out!

Otherwise, if you just want to know your skin type, take our skin type quiz to find out!

What are the different skin types?

There are five types of skin. These types are used to describe three key attributes of your skin: Oilyness, hydration and sensitivity. So what are these skin types?

  1. Normal – Middle of the road, a balance between oily, dry and not sensitive.
  2. Oily – Your skin has an above-average level of oil present.
  3. Dry – Your skin has a below-average level of water present.
  4. Combination – Some of your skin is dry and some is oily.
  5. Sensitive – Your skin might not be particularly oily or dry, but it is sensitive to what you put on it.
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A Woman With Normal Skin

Normal skin

Normal skin is not too oily and not too dry. The sebum production of your skin is balanced, producing just enough to keep your skin hydrated.

How to identify normal skin

  • Low pore visibility
  • Few imperfections
  • Not noticeably sensitive
  • Often described as a glowing complexion

How to take care of your normal skin

Normal skin doesn’t usually require any special care, but it is still important to look after it.

  • Avoid conditions that can contribute to dry or oily skin
  • Protect your skin from the sun and apply after sun lotion if you get sun burned
  • Take care when using cleaning products and don’t overuse scented products, normal skin can become sensitive skin from overexposure
  • Use a natural moisturiser and look for natural products in the rest of your skincare and haircare routine

Oily skin

Oily skin is caused by excessive sebum production and tends to change throughout the year and can become particularly more prominent during hot and humid weather when you are sweating more frequently.

How to identify oily skin

  • Large pores that are easily visible
  • A complexion that is shiny
  • Skin may have an oily residue on it
  • Frequent blackheads, pimples and other related skin blemishes

Factors that can contribute to oily skin

  • Genetics that contribute to excess sebum production
  • Stress
  • Puberty
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Heat
  • Humidity

How to take care of your oily skin

  • Wash your skin after you have sweated
  • Try not to wash your skin more than twice per day
  • Use gentle cleansers designed for oily skin
  • Don’t scrub your skin
  • Exfoliate very gently as excess oil can trap dead skin and contribute to acne
  • As tempting as it is, try to avoid squeezing your pimples.
  • Use a light, oil-free moisturiser designed for oily skin to help keep your skin hydrated while signalling to your skin that it doesn’t need to produce as much sebum.
  • Look for skincare products that are labelled as non-clogging. The technical term is “noncomedogenic” which means that it won’t block your pores.
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Dry hand

Dry skin

Dry skin is the result of a lack of sebum and can be caused by a lot of environmental factors including the wind and climate control systems, it also tends to be quite irritating.

How to identify dry skin

  • Very small, almost invisible pores
  • A dull complexion that has a rough appearance
  • The skin is often covered in a layer of flaky dead skin cells
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Patchy red spots
  • Skin lines tend to be more prominent
  • Skin cracks and peels easily
  • Tends to become quite itchy
  • If it is extremely dry it can become rough and scaly both visibly and also to touch

Factors that can contribute to dry skin

  • Genetics that contribute to lower sebum production
  • Medications
  • Soaps, cosmetics, cleansers and hand sanitisers
  • Exposure to hot water for extended periods, eg long, hot baths
  • Aging
  • Hormonal changes
  • The weather, especially the sun, wind and colder temperatures
  • UV radiation
  • Climate control systems, especially heating

How to take care of your dry skin

  • Use mild soaps and cleansers
  • Use mildy-fragranced soaps that derive their fragrance from an essential oil – sandalwood, geranium, and lavender are all good essential oils for dry skin
  • Choose hand sanitisers that contain ingredients to help retain moisture rather than dry it out.
  • Don’t scrub your skin when washing it
  • Don’t scrub your skin when drying it
  • Make hot baths and showers as short as possible and don’t have more than one a day unless essential
  • Keep your skin hydrated
  • Use a gentle body butter or moisturising lotion immediately after washing
  • If your dry skin is aging related, switch to washes and moisturisers that have been formulated to assist aging skin, like our Sativa Restore Moisturiser
  • Use a humidifier, especially during cold weather when indoor heating is operating
  • Keep indoor heating as low as possible
  • Avoid direct contact with harsh chemicals and use gloves when you are doing the dishes or using any cleaning products
  • For men, consider natural shaving lotion and aftershave that lock in moisture rather than drying your face out.

Combination skin

As the name suggests, combination skin can be oily in some places, dry in others and perhaps normal in others. The T-zone in your face is often used as an example of this where the T itself, your forehead, nose and chin get oily, but the rest of your face is dry. This isn’t always the case, but it is the most common way that combination skin manifests.

It’s also worth noting that combination skin may occur in larger zones around your body and not just your face. For example, your face might be oily but your have dry skin on your arms and legs.

How to identify combination skin

  • Pores in oily areas look larger than normal
  • Shiny skin in some places and dull skin in others
  • Blackheads in some places, but dry irritations in others

Factors that can contribute to combination skin

The same factors that contribute to dry and oily skin also contribute to combination skin. Your skin just happens to be more prone to those factors in some places than others. This can make looking after it a little tricky since you don’t want to add more moisture to oily areas but you do want to hydrate those dry spots!

How to take care of your combination skin

Care is much the same as oily and dry skin, but more topical. Unfortunately, that makes things a little trickier since you should not use the same products all over.

  • Don’t use heavy moisturisers on areas that are already oily
  • Use lighter, oil-free moisturisers on the oily areas of your skin, like our Sativa Clear Moisturiser for Oily Skin
  • Exfoliate gently to help clear clogged pores and remove dead skin
  • Avoid fragrances, particularly on the dry areas of your skin
  • Use soaps that help to lock in moisture rather than dry the skin out.
The T-Zone
Woman with sensitive skin applying moisturiser on her chest

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can be tough to manage. It will often get irritated at the slightest thing, including food. Most people with sensitive skin will be able to identify consistent things that trigger their skin.

How to identify sensitive skin

  • Redness with or without dryness
  • Itching with or without dry, flaky skin
  • Burning sensations
  • Dryness

Factors that can contribute to sensitive skin

  • Scented products
  • Harsh chemicals
  • Over-exfoliation
  • Excessive scrubbing

How to take care of your sensitive skin

  • Use washes that are formulated for sensitive skin, like our Hemp Body Wash for Sensitive Skin.
  • Use moisturisers and body butter with minimal ingredients that are intended for skin that is sensitive, like our Zero Tolerance Cream 
  • Avoid synthetic ingredients in your skincare – choose natural products
  • Avoid scented products, even if the scent is natural
  • Avoid scents and strong chemicals in other products too, like shampoos and conditioners
  • Look out for strong foods that might trigger your skin
  • Identify what triggers your skin
  • Avoid direct contact with harsh chemicals and use gloves when you are doing the dishes or using any cleaning products.
  • For men, as with dry skin, consider natural shaving lotion and aftershave that lock in moisture rather than drying your face out and that don’t have harsh chemicals in them.

So, have you figured out what skin type you are?

Do you know what skin type you have yet? Oily? Dry? Normal skin perhaps? Or do you have combination skin? Maybe your skin is sensitive? If you aren’t sure, take our handy skin type quiz to help you identify what skin type you have.

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How to start your own skincare business

Making skincare

Do you want to make some money on the side? Have you got an idea for an awesome new deodorant scent that compliments something else you sell? Or do you have an idea of how your business could leverage skincare as a unique value-add for your customers? If so, how do you start your own skincare business? Where do you even begin?

The idea of researching and investing in the equipment to manufacture your own line of skincare products seems like way too much effort and cost for a side hustle, but, it is possible to get started without all that time and investment.

You don’t need to know how to manufacture in order to make and sell a good product that people will love. There are a couple of options available to help you sell without having to know a thing.

But before you get started on selling, you need to make some decisions to help set yourself up for success!

Choose your niche and products

Now comes the fun part! Picking what niche you want to operate in, and subsequently what products you want to sell. Maybe you have already found the products, but you still need to know who is going to buy them (your niche).

Picking your niche

Picking a niche is a lot of fun, but it can be a challenge at the same time. If you aren’t sure where to start, I would suggest that if you’ve come up with a product that meets a need for you, you could look at yourself as the buyer.

Most of the time, we identify potential opportunities based on problems, or gaps in the market, that we have found in our own lives. So, that’s a great place to start.

Who are you? How would you describe people who are like you? Perhaps your niche is men aged between 20 and 40 who have sensitive facial skin and get bad razor burn. Maybe it’s women aged 35-50 who work in a corporate environment and get really dry skin from constant air-conditioner exposure.

Perhaps you are coming at this from left-field and have noticed that throwing in a bottle of skin-sensitive hand sanitiser is a great way to sweeten client deals and help close the sale – plus it means they are carrying your logo around with them all day long! 

It’s up to you, and there is a lot of research you can do on this, but the more specific you can be about who your skincare products will help, the more effectively you will be able to develop and market them.

Remember, an awesome, natural hand sanitiser that serves as a great marketing device is going to need different thought put into it than a product aiming at helping a customer solve a problem.

Finding your products

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If you aren’t sure what skincare products you want to sell, there are a few great places to look to see what is currently in demand. Have a look at current trends in search and buying behaviours on e-commerce marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.

Here’s some great places to check for buyer trends:

You can also explore trends in search behaviour on the Google Trends website. This can be broken down by country and regions within countries so you can really hone in on trends in the area you want to sell to.

Focus on products to suit your niche

Stay away from broad product categories and generic products. It can be pretty hard to compete for general terms and products that are intended for ‘everyone’. The only exception to this is if you happen to have some celebrity status or following. One crazy example of this is a plain white t-shirt. You can’t really compete with the likes of Kmart that sell these for just a few dollars unless you are Kanye West. Then you can sell a plain white t-shirt for $120 and it will sell out, repeatedly. 

If you aren’t Kanye (or Kim), it’s best to create very specific products that meet the needs and desires of your niche, and sometimes this is in the product, other times it’s just in the packaging. For example, instead of a moisturiser that looks like everyone else, you might have more success using branding and labels that feature sayings that people in your niche can relate to at the times they are most likely to use it. Giving someone a laugh can go a long way. There are some great examples of this on RedBubble, like this INTP sarcastic functions t-shirt. I would expect a shirt like this to appeal to most INTP people (like me) who are aware of their Myers-Briggs personality type.

Just be sure though that your product is in line with your brand and that if you are going for quality, your product represents that. Jokes might not be the right choice if you are going for a premium image.

If you aren’t sure what your niche is yet, but you have come up with a product you want to sell, look at what makes that product unique. Think about who is going to want these unique properties. Hone in on the details until you can identify very specific kinds of people. Make them your niche and promote the benefits that they want. If you can’t get that level of detail from your skincare product, it might not be a good choice for starting out. You need to know who it is that will want your product in order to make sure you get your product in front of them.

Think carefully about your product price

High-value items can be harder to sell. Generally speaking, people are less likely to spend $100 on an impulse purchase than they are a $40 item, unless that impulse purchase can solve a serious problem they are having. As a result, more expensive products will also get you more customer scrutiny. The higher the customer risk (the money they are letting go of), the more research they will do into the product, and into your store. They are more likely to check reviews and want to know how trustworthy you and your products are.

Quick sales are great little wins for you, but you need enough margin for the product to be worth selling, especially when you factor in running promos like free shipping. Look at products around the $30-$60 mark that are low-cost to deliver. This is cheap enough to still be an impulse purchase, but should still be high enough to give you a decent margin. Once you start moving your first product, then look at more expensive options you can offer to upsell your customers on.

Reselling or contract manufacturing?

Now you have some idea on your skincare products, should you go with reselling someone else’s products or start manufacturing your own products?

Reselling

Resale is what much of the retail industry is built upon. Reselling products is simply the idea of buying a product someone else has made, usually at a wholesale price, and then reselling it at a retail price.

In this model, you find a supplier for the products you want to sell, this could be direct with a manufacturer like Arianrhod Aromatics, or it may involve a middleman called a distributor.

Learn more about reselling Arianrhod Aromatics branded products.

In either case, you choose the products you want to sell from the supplier’s range, and order from them. Once they receive the order, they ship the product to you, and you then sell it. The products will always have the manufacturer’s branding on them and you will have no options to customise any products. You are buying products off the shelf.

This is a great model for getting started in retail as it gives you access to the reputation of a larger brand, typically the brand that makes the skincare products you are selling. Customers often already have a relationship with that brand and know whether they trust the product or not, so you don’t need to do any convincing on that front, you just have to convince buyers to trust your store to deliver the product.

Resale is also a great option for getting started since you have low investment costs. Typically, suppliers will require minimum order quantities in order to offer you wholesale pricing, but otherwise, there is nil cost.

The big trade-off though is that everyone else is probably also selling the same product from the same brand and so you are competing with them to get in front of customers and make the sale. Some big chain retailers have very deep pockets so it can be difficult to compete with them on the same product.

On the other hand, if you can find a boutique skincare brand that has products that fit the niche you are looking for, but is not sold in major chains, like Arianrhod Aromatics, you can get a little bit of both worlds: an established brand to leverage with much less competition.

Pros of reselling

  • Only upfront costs are the costs of buying the product to sell
  • Access to an established brand reputation
  • No product development time
  • Products are typically available to ship immediately

Cons of reselling

  • You have no control over the products
  • No ability to customise products
  • You are competing with everyone else that is selling the same product from the same brand
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Contract Manufacturing

Contract manufacturing

Contract manufacturing combines the knowledge, experience and equipment of a quality skincare manufacturer (like Arianrhod Aromatics) with the ability to order and manufacture products on-demand without even needing to leave your lounge. 

In other words, you discuss the type of skincare product you would like to manufacture with the experienced manufacturing company, and they do the hard yards. They come up with the appropriate ingredients, manufacturing techniques and even packaging to meet your requirements. Of course, you can have a hand in the process too, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. 

Learn more about contract manufacturing with Arianrhod Aromatics.

Once your product has been developed, you simply place an order based on the minimum quantity that can be manufactured at a time (usually low when you choose a boutique manufacturer like Arianrhod Aromatics that handles small batches). The contract manufacturer will go ahead and produce your skincare products for you. Before you know it, your skincare order will be at your fingertips, made to your specifications and with your own branding, ready to sell.

Awesome, right? Here are the pros and cons of contract manufacturing.

Pros of contract manufacturing

  • Low cost way of starting your own skincare business
  • You don’t have to invest in equipment
  • You don’t need to learn any skills
  • You don’t need to purchase ingredients or packaging
  • You can have as much or as little involvement in the product creation process as you like
  • Your product gets developed with knowledge and experience that takes decades to gain
  • Your brand is on the products, keeping you front of mind
  • Products appear at your door, ready to sell

Cons of contract manufacturing

  • You are relying on another business to supply your product
  • If anything happens to the manufacturer, you may not be able to reproduce your product
  • Minimum order quantities may be higher than if you made it yourself (can be negated by choosing a boutique manufacturer that specialises in small quantity manufacturing)

Brand yourself

Ok, you have a product. You know your niche. Now who are you?

It’s time to think about how you are going to brand your business.

Choose a name

You can spend lots of time brainstorming ideas, running them by friends and family, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Some of the best names are made up, like Google, and other great ones are multiple words mixed into one word, like WordPress. In any case, your name should in some way represent your brand and appeal to your niche.

At Arianrhod Aromatics, our name comes from the Celtic stellar and lunar goddess of time and space, higher love and wisdom. It’s a name that we believe was written for us through destiny as essential elements within our product compositions have a strong connection with the lunar cycle and our products are handcrafted with love and wisdom. You can learn more about our name here.

If you can identify your product and the problem you are solving in your brand name, that can make it easier for customers to identify why they might be interested in what you are selling. Some examples for a brand that is exclusively selling deodorants might be: “Daring Deodorants”, “BO Busters”, or “Deodorant Central”. At Global Hemp Movement, you know from their name that they are all about hemp products.

You can see in the examples above that each name conjures up different images of what kind of deodorants might be sold, and BO Busters is the only one that suggests the store might sell other things besides deodorant, so make sure that, as random as your name might seem, that it does fit with your product and niche.

Also, be sure you aren’t infringing on any trademarks or you could get yourself into a lot of strife. Governments in most countries have trademark searches available. Just search for “trademark search ”, eg “trademark search Australia”, which will bring you to this site. Be aware, there are sites that will charge you to do trademark searches. Never pay for this. Trademarks can be freely searched in the official registries of each country.

Register your brand

Before you start selling, you will need to register your business. In Australia, you can start out by registering for a free Australian Business Number (ABN) as a sole trader. This means you are trading as yourself and any income is considered personal income for taxation purposes. Alternatively, you could incorporate a company. There are costs involved in registering and maintaining a company, and there is a lot more work involved from an accounting and corporate governance perspective, but a company does afford protections that sole trading doesn’t.

You will have to decide on the best approach for you. When I started my business, I started out as a sole trader and then transitioned to an incorporated company once my revenue was high enough to warrant it.

Where will you sell your products?

Are you starting a new business? If so, where are you going to sell your products? Should you open a store? Should you start a market stall? Start a website? Sell on an online marketplace?

All good questions!

Iamme at the Markets

Open a store

Opening a store can be a very expensive exercise, and commercial leases are often for many years. Often those leases also have rent increases built into them. Then there is the cost of a shop fit out. Right now, opening a store is potentially even more challenging with Coronavirus restrictions in place. I wouldn’t recommend this option as a starting point. There is a lot of cost involved meaning either a lot of capital or loans. If you do decide to open a store, make sure you know your products are going to move off the shelves quickly and that you have a solid plan! Some experience in retail management is also a very good idea.

Start a market stall

Market stalls are a cheaper way to get started with a physical store. There are still costs involved, such as your stall setup, but the cost of having a stall is typically much less than a store. Most markets are also on weekends, so you can run your stall while also holding down your day job!

At Arianrhod Aromatics, Iamme started with a market stall and grew to stalls at many markets and eventually opened our factory/shop in Murwillumbah.

A market stall is a relatively low-cost way to validate your products and see if people are interested in them. It also presents a way to test your branding. The downside is that there can be a lot of work involved in setting up stalls and then packing them up again each day.

Launch a website

Selling online can be both low and high cost. It’s possible to build your own website very cheaply, but it can be tough if you aren’t familiar with web design concepts. There are a lot of site builders around that do try and make the process easier, but I find that the overall user experience on these platforms does suffer with inconsistent appearance between pages that ultimately becomes quite costly to fix.

If you are looking to get started on the cheap, WordPress and WooCommerce often come up since they are free. However, there are a lot of costs involved with running a WordPress and WooCommerce store. The platforms are also complex to setup without a web design background. If you have just a few products, the best online store building platform, in my opinion, is Ecwid. I wrote an article here comparing WooCommerce and Ecwid for small businesses that goes into a lot of detail on why I recommend it, but the short version is that it works out much cheaper than running a WooCommerce store if you are just starting out, only have a few products, and just want to get up and running without any technical background.

At Arianrhod Aromatics, we are using WordPress and WooCommerce that run a lot of advanced functionality.

Once you choose a platform, you can get started with selling online. You will need to promote your website in some way to help people find it though. This could be via your social media, or you could invest in paid advertising. Hopefully people will find you in Google searches as well, but don’t expect this to happen overnight. Search engine optimisation is a very long, ongoing process that never ends.

Sell through online marketplaces

Online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon are extremely popular and very low cost to get started. You can start selling for free on eBay and just pay a percentage of your product sales, or you can pay for a low-cost store subscription to make your listings more prominent and give you access to better promotional and market research tools that can boost your sales efforts. Amazon is similar, but both have increasingly stringent requirements on what you can sell, and what information you must include, especially Amazon.

Besides low cost to entry, one of the biggest benefits of marketplace selling is that you have access to their existing audience immediately. We’re talking millions of people shopping on each marketplace all around the world. Of course, those people do have to be looking for what you are selling, but as long as your prices are reasonable, there is a good chance that you will start to sell things without doing anything besides entering accurate product information that is relevant to what people are searching for.

One other benefit of marketplaces is that they are doing a lot of marketing, all the time. eBay often runs discount promotions that enable buyers to receive discounts on their orders. Some of these promotions require sellers to participate and offer a discount, other promotions are funded entirely by eBay, so you as the seller still receive the full sale amount even though your customer got a discount. Nice.

The downside is that you may have to wait a while for sales and that you are competing against many, many other sellers who might be selling the same or similar products. Selling a new product can also take a lot of time. Don’t expect to sell things immediately unless you have a well-known product at a fantastic price. Like any sales channel, it takes time to build up consistent sales and you should be promoting it as much as possible. 

Our own eBay store gets very little promotion at the moment (I need to work on that) and as a result, sells much lower volumes than our website does. It still sells things, but it’s definitely not a set and forget sales channel if you really want to grow your side hustle into something big.

That’s it!

Of course, there is more nitty gritty that goes into it. Starting a business takes a lot of work and dedication, but it is possible to start your own skincare business on the side with low investment costs.

So, what will you sell? What model will you choose? What will you call your business? And where will you sell?

Can we help you launch your new skincare business? Get in touch with us today about reselling Arianrhod Aromatics branded products, or contract manufacturing your own range of skincare products!

The moisturising and anti-bacterial properties of Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil as an essential ingredient in your Winter routine.

Are you starting to feel skin dryness and irritation when you face the winter wind? Cold weather has some unpleasant effects on the skin.  To make the matter worse, dry indoor heat can also lead to cracked skin. Various inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, ichthyosis, and psoriasis may also show up more frequently during these cold and dry months in Australia.

So what can you do to take care of your skin this winter? To combat skin dryness and irritation, we recommend using skincare products that contain Tamanu Oil during the cold weather. Tamanu oil is considered to be one of the best natural ingredients for skincare.

A brief history of Tamanu Oil

Dubbed as the magic oil and beauty leaf oil, tamanu oil has its share of both ancient and modern skin healing stories. Traditionally used to combat a range of skin problems, this oil has been used by natives of South East Asia and the Pacific Islands for centuries.

In the 1900s, French researchers introduced tamanu oil to western countries to treat a range of conditions. One such example was French nun, Sister Marie Suzanna, who used tamanu oil to treat the symptoms of leprosy, including painful inflammation of the nerves (leprous neuritis). Scientists were impressed by the cicatrizing (or skin regenerating) properties of tamanu oil. Modern scientific studies conducted by Japanese researchers at Meijo University and a Canadian research team at the Université de Sherbrooke have both validated the traditional claims regarding the healing effects of tamanu oil on our skin.

Tamanu oil is 100% natural, derived from the nuts of the Tamanu (Calophyllum Inophyllum) tree through cold-press techniques. These trees are found primarily in tropical countries and islands of the Pacific like Vanuatu and Tahiti, where they grow wild and are naturally organic.

It contains a unique fatty acid called Calophyllic acid, a natural antibiotic called Lactone, and a natural non-steroid anti-inflammatory called Calophyllolide – a lipid which is not found in any other oil. Calophyllolide has anti-inflammatory properties that aid in calming and soothing skin conditions.

While there are many benefits of Tamanu oil, we will focus on how it can help you maintain healthy and glowing skin this winter season.

The American Botanical Council has provided the following benefits of Tamanu Oil to prevent skin conditions brought by cold weather.

 

Anti-inflammatory

Tamanu oil contains xanthones which are highly anti-inflammatory. The oil can provide reductions in rashes, sores, swelling, and abrasions with topical application of the oil.

Our Hemp Balm and MagHemp Joint Relief Lotion contain tamanu oil which is very effective in penetrating and soothing muscle pain such as cramps and leg spasms. Rub lovingly into the painful area and experience muscle and joint pain relief – even rub into your temples to relieve that persistent headache.

Antibacterial and antifungal

Tamanu oil demonstrates significant antimicrobial activity, as demonstrated in antibacterial and antifungal tests. The oil contains several powerful bactericide/fungicide agents, which demonstrate efficacy against various human and animal pathogens.

Cold weather is known to allow certain bacteria to thrive. We recommend always using a hand sanitiser containing tamanu oil to minimize your risk of infections and to help counteract dryness and skin damage that often comes along with hand sanitisers.

Anti-acne

Tamanu oil exhibits high antibacterial and wound-healing activity against bacterial strains involved in acne and is also very helpful in treating inflamed acne.

Using acne facial wash and kigelia oil with tamanu oil is highly advisable especially for people with skin prone to acne. Numerous biological studies have shown that tamanu oil has wound-healing and skin regeneration properties. It’s been shown to promote cell proliferation and the production of certain components of your skin — including collagen and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) — all important in the healing of scars.

Skin Moisturising

Tamanu oil demonstrates significant antimicrobial activity, as demonstrated in antibacterial and antifungal tests. The oil contains several powerful bactericide/fungicide agents, which demonstrate efficacy against various human and animal pathogens.

Our Sativa Fade Facial Moisturiser can be used as a daily moisturiser on skin affected by pigmentation. It includes 100% natural, cold-pressed tamanu oil for its healing and nourishing activity to help your skin recover from the cold winds and dry air-conditioning.

Sativa Repair is an amazing blend of pure Australian Hemp oil and Tamanu oil – combined with Kigelia Extract and Silk that has been created to deeply moisturise dry, cracked skin – for hands and feet!

Keep your skin healthy this winter

More than any other time, it is important that we keep ourselves and our skin healthy. Tamanu Oil has been proven to be effective not only for its moisturising effect on skin but its antibacterial properties – a perfect combination to combat the cold weather.

Explore our healing and specialty oils and balms containing Tamanu Oil.

At Arianrhod Aromatics, we wish you a healthy and peaceful life using organic products that have proven effective, both through history and modern research.

Body Lotion or Body Butter – Which one is right for you this Winter?

Body lotion or body butter? Which one is right for you this winter?

Does the thought of Winter make your skin dry out? Do you suffer from scaly, painful skin when the cold winds are blowing and the heating is running frequently? Unsure whether to choose a moisturising lotion or body butter to help your skin through the Winter? Winter has begun here in Australia, and it’s already started to dry out hands and feet all over the country. So, before your skin gets any more painful, let’s get into the differences between moisturisers/lotions and body butter so you can make the best choice for your skin.

While moisturising lotions have been around in some form for thousands of years, body butters are a comparatively new product that has seen an increase in popularity over the past decade. Body moisturisers and butters both play a significant role in nourishing and protecting our skin. Which one is the right choice for these cold moments though? 

First, let’s take a look at the key ingredients composing these two different types of moisturising products.

Body Moisturising Lotions 

Lotions have an overall lighter feel. This product is probably more familiar to most people and is more commercialised in stores. Hand creams can generally be considered a lotion as well, though they may have a slightly heavier or thicker feel than a lotion. 

Moisturising lotions are usually a combination of water and different concentrated oils that help your body to absorb the lotion when applied to your skin. Often, it will include amino acid and an emulsifier. Aloe vera is also a popular additive for its skin-healing properties, especially in after-sun lotions. Many manufacturers also add fragrance and some colouring to reach the finished product. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we only use 100% essential oils and completely natural ingredients in our moisturisers.

AB050B - Heavenly Body Lotion

Typical lotion ingredients

Water

Water is one of the most essential ingredients for any hand or body lotion, and for your body – your body is made up of 60% water, after all! Typically this is in the form of straight water or a floral hydrosol; in other words, a blend like rose water or aloe vera. We use water infused with clear quartz, rose quartz & amethyst. Read more about the benefits here.

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Cold Pressed Oils

Oil is another crucial ingredient in lotion making. Some lotions will use liquid oils while others will use solid oils or butter. Some of the most popular choices are jojoba, avocado, coconut, shea, and olive oils. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we use cold-pressed liquid carrier oils as the base oil in our range of lotions and butters in our range of moisturising hand creams. 

Fragrance

Many moisturisers will have a fragrance, and often this will come from artificial sources, particularly in cheaper products. The Arianrhod Aromatics range of moisturising lotions is blended with 100% pure essential oils to provide their aromatic qualities as well as added moisturising and rejuvenating properties.

Amino Acid

Amino acids play many important roles in your body and are often called protein building blocks1. Many moisturising lotions and creams will include some kind of amino acid. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we use silk amino acid as it has excellent moisture preservation properties and is known to naturally break down the build-up of melanin. Not such a big deal in winter, but breaking down melanin goes a long way in counteracting damage done by the sun’s rays. Not many companies use silk amino acids, and you will need to look at higher-end products to find it, like our Sativa collection

Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers help combine water and oil to make a smooth texture. We only use plant-based raw materials rather than the petrochemicals that are often found in products by other manufacturers. 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a popular additive to many lotion recipes because of its soothing, healing properties. This is an especially popular choice in lotions for sensitive or sunburned skin, and in winter, it is especially helpful for wind-chapped skin. You will find it in our Sativa lotions

Our popular moisturising lotions

Body Butters 

You will typically feel that body butter has a thicker texture than lotions, even thicker than hand creams, and it often doesn’t absorb into your skin as easily as a lotion or cream, leaving an oily residue on your skin. Iamme didn’t want that to be the experience for our customers though so she came up with our unique butter and rice bran oil blend that soaks into the skin without any residue

Body butters are dedicated entirely to preventing skin dryness. If you are prone to chap, dry or broken skin, body butter can help relieve itchiness and dryness more effectively than lotions.  

Body Butter - Lime and Coconut Group

At Arianrhod Aromatics, we are dedicated to providing our customers with only the highest quality organic products. As such, one of our best-selling moisturising products is body butter. 

Typical body butter ingredients

Aqua - Water

Water

Water, just like in lotions, is one of the key ingredients in body butters, and just like our lotions, we use water infused with clear quartz, rose quartz & amethyst in our body butter as well.

Butter or solid oil

Like moisturisers and creams, body butters make use of oil as it is vital to providing moisture to your skin and helping to protect your skin from dryness. While this is similar to a moisturising lotion, this is also one of the biggest differences. Body butters typically rely on solid oils, also known as ‘butter’. Since the oil is solid and there is a higher ratio of oil to water, it causes the additional thickness of body butters that creates the butter-like consistency they take their name from. 

At Arianrhod Aromatics, our body butter is hand-crafted using shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter as the base combined with rice bran oil to make our unique butter blend that doesn’t leave an oily residue on your skin.

As a bonus, rice bran oil is also a powerful skin protectant, rich in gamma-oryzanol, which helps to protect and replenish your skin tissue.  

Fragrance

Butters have their own mild scent, but you will find that most manufacturers add fragrance as well.

Silk Amino Acid

Amino Acid

Not all butters include amino acids. Due to the lower percentage of water and more expensive ingredients found in butters, amino acids are often only added to premium body butters. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we only add silk amino acid to our Sativa Lush Whipped Butter.

Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers help combine everything into a smooth, spreadable texture that you can apply to your skin. Like our moisturisers, we only use plant-based raw materials in our body butters and never use petrochemicals.

Our popular body butters

Arianrhod Aromatics body butter is made from food grade ingredients and nothing nasty, so you could eat it if you wanted to. Our unique blend and quality ingredients combine for a long-lasting effect that will keep your skin moist throughout the day, even in the varied indoor and outdoor conditions of the Australian winter. 

High in phytosterols, all our body butters are packed full of incredible moisture and anti-oxidants to help relieve itchy ‘alligator’ skin. Iamme chose ingredients the skin readily recognises, absorbs and uses to add much-needed moisture to your skin and repair damage that has already been done while improving elasticity. 

Our premium body butter, Sativa Lush Whipped Butter also incorporates silk amino acids and kigelia (sausage tree) extract. The unique blend of ingredients in this butter makes it a compelling choice with recent studies 2,3 proving kigelia is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and can even halt the spread of human melanoma cells. 

The verdict? 

Lotions are typically better suited for less sensitive skin and to use within your usual daily office work routine. For this winter, it is a good idea to use a quality, organic body butter to help protect you from skin dryness, itchiness and irritation. As you are likely to be inside more during the winter season, exposed to heating sources that tend to try the air out, applying body butter to your skin as part of your morning routine will help keep your skin nourished all day long at this cold time of the year! 

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References

  1. Healthline – Essential Amino Acids: Definition, Benefits and Food Sources
  2. Activity of Extracts of Kigelia Pinnata Against Melanoma and Renal Carcinoma Cell Lines
  3. The sausage tree (Kigelia pinnata): ethnobotany and recent scientific work

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.

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What essential oils are best for skincare, hair care and wellbeing?

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What oils are best for skincare, hair and wellbeing?

You’re binge-watching those movies depicting ancient kingdoms and wonder if women really had such flawless skin in real life. It turns out that depiction of princesses is actually, at least in part, accurate. Taking care of your skin started a very long time ago. The vast difference between the products used in ancient kingdoms, and those used today is the origin. Hundreds and thousands of years ago, people didn’t have access to the synthetic ingredients we find in most skin-care products today, so they used the materials available to them, and yes, these ancient skincare regimes were organic.

Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used olive oil, moringa oil and a variety of plant-based oils. Many other ancient tribes have left traces of evidence that they used rudimentary essential oils as a moisturiser for both their skin and hair. With the exception of some very dangerous ingredients that we now stay well clear of (like lead), all-natural skin-care products used for millennia have continued to be the best options. It wasn’t all that long ago that we discovered the connection between lead in skincare with issues like hormonal imbalances, neurotoxicity, reduced fertility, and other problems. The dangers of many synthetic products continue to become more apparent and some synthetic ingredients can be very damaging to your skin.

For thousands of years, oils have also been used for wellbeing. Diffusing essential oils for aromatherapy is an ancient practice, dating back at least 6000 years. Some organic essential oils can be beneficial to unwind and destress your mind and body while others can help ease upset stomachs, reduce headache pain and provide other health benefits beyond the simple pleasure of their fragrance.

In this article, we will talk about essential oils. These oils are plant extracts derived from flowers, leaves, bark or seeds. Some provide benefits that stand-alone, while some are blended together to achieve the desired outcome on one’s well being or skin. Essential oils can have many uses, we will categorise them based on suggested usage – skin, hair and personal welfare.

 

For Skin

Good things come gradually – this is an age-old secret. Achieving healthy and vibrant skin comes from your daily care routine. Let’s uncover the hidden gem of the ancients, organic oils. As various oils are used for different types of skin, let’s take a look at which oils are best to use on certain skin conditions. Look for these essential oils in the products you use for your skin care routine, or, if appropriate, consider trying them in a diluted form directly on your skin. Always consult with your dermatologist first and never use undiluted essential oils.

Essential oils for dry skin. 

Oils can provide relief as part of your moisturising routine for dry skin. Especially during extreme conditions like summer heat and winter wind. Some essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties to help your skin heal and reduce redness. Essential oils that are good for dry skin include lavender, chamomile and sandalwood. These oils may be best known for their ability to help you relax and sleep, but they are also natural hydrators that increase moisture and reduce inflammation.

Essential oils for oily skin

Some skin types produce excessive oil (known as sebum) through overactive sebaceous glands, especially in humid climates and hot weather. Hormonal imbalances can also cause your sebaceous glands to work overtime. A number of essential oils can assist in balancing out sebum produced to reduce the oily feeling on your skin: clary sage, rosemary, frankincense, geranium and neroli. Perhaps the most famous due to it’s Biblical references, frankincense is a tree resin from the dry mountainous regions of India, Africa and the Middle East. It has a spicy, woody aroma and can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled with a diffuser.

Essential oils for skin conditions

There are various skin conditions that essential oils can assist with, including skin rashes, acne, and age spots.  If you have acne-prone skin – lemon, lemongrass, cinnamon and tea tree oils might help remove excess oils while reducing skin microbes and inflammation. Lemon is known for its astringent antiseptic properties.

Some oils are known to alleviate itchiness and help battle atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. The following oils have pain-relieving properties and can assist your skin health – peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and patchouli. These oils have an analgesic effect and can help to cool down hot rashes.

Some tips on incorporating essential oils into your skincare routine.

  • Start by washing and gently exfoliating the skin.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to your moisturiser
  • Apply your essential oil infused moisturiser to your skin using a sweeping upward motion.
  • You can also blend 2-3 drops of essential oil with your foundation while applying makeup.

 

For Hair

Using essential oils in your hair care routine is starting to regain popularity, but like skincare, it isn’t a new idea. Essential oils are easy to use in your routine and can improve the health of your hair and scalp. Some essential oils can also increase hair growth, strength and shine. Essential oils can be directly applied and brushed onto your hair or mixed into your shampoo or conditioner. You can also choose a shampoo and conditioner that have the desired essential oils infused.

Look for these essential oils depending on your hair type:

  • Lavender – Lavender oil can speed up hair growth – it has properties that can generate the growth of cells and reduce stress.
  • Peppermint – Peppermint oil can cause a cold, tingling feeling when it increases circulation to the area it’s applied to. It can help promote hair growth during the anagen (or growing) phase.
  • Rosemary – If you want to improve both hair thickness and hair growth, rosemary oil is a great choice thanks to its ability to enhance cellular generation.
  • Cedarwood – It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can treat different conditions that may contribute to dandruff and hair loss.
  • Lemongrass – Dandruff can be a common ailment, and having a healthy, flake-free scalp is an important part of hair health. Lemongrass oil is an effective dandruff treatment.
  • Thyme – Thyme can help promote hair growth by both stimulating the scalp and actively preventing hair loss.
  • Clary Sage – Clary sage oil contains the same linalyl acetate that helps make lavender oil so effective in increasing hair growth. It can improve hair strength, in addition to boosting hair growth, making hair more difficult to break.
  • Tea Tree – Tea tree oil has powerful cleansing, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. When used topically, it can help unplug blocked hair follicles and increase hair growth.
  • Ylang-ylang – Ylang-ylang oil is ideal for those with dry scalps, as it can stimulate sebum production. As lack of enough oil and sebum causes hair to become dry and brittle, ylang-ylang can improve hair texture and reduce hair breakage.

 

For wellbeing

The aromas of essential oils are also good for your health and wellbeing. Diffusing oil in a diffuser, or other ways, has a range of benefits for both the body and soul. 

Essential Blends – Some essential oils compliment each other and increase their effects. Our blended essential oils are perfect for use in your office, living room and bedroom. All Arianrhod Aromatics 100% essential oils have multiple uses – in the bath, the shower, in potpourri by your bedside or, for the blends intended to help you sleep, within your linen for a restful night’s sleep. Totally relaxing – use some blends before bedtime for a wonderful, restful sleep or wake-up with a refreshed mind using Wakey Wakey. 

Below are some of our popular essential oil blends – my personal favourite is Sweet Dreams.

100% Pure Essential Oil Blend Peace – This 100% pure essential oil blend carries a spicy aroma you will find harmonising, calming and balancing as it contains bergamot, cypress, lavender, sweet orange and vetiver.

100% Pure Essential Oil Blend After Hours – You may like to use this wonderful oil after a long, hard day as this particular blend has a sensuously spicy scent to be welcoming, soothing and uplifting. Using aromatherapy principles, this blend was created to help you unwind and to help eliminate any airborne bugs you might have carried home with you.

100% Pure Essential Oil Blend Sweet Dreams – Totally relaxing! Use before bedtime for a wonderful, restful sleep. Breathe in this soothing aroma as you unwind. Welcome sleep within its aromatic environment. It is created for your bedtime with cinnamon leaf, clary sage, frankincense, mandarin and ylang-ylang.

100% Pure Essential Oil Blend Wakey Wakey – Need that extra energy when you have more to do but you don’t want to be drinking large quantities of caffeine or energy drinks? Wakey Wakey is designed for those times when you are studying or working late into the afternoon or evening. When a yawn or two comes while you are at your computer and you still have work to do. This creation has the answer for you. Walking outside is known to help stimulate your brain, so take a metaphorical walk in the forest when you need some extra energy from nature. Inhale this wonderful aroma for that extra boost you need at any time.

Don’t be overwhelmed

Now that you know some of the many uses of essential oils for body, hair and wellbeing. You might be overwhelmed by the many essential oils that are beneficial for you. If you aren’t sure, just get in touch with us. You can call, email or message us on Facebook with your questions and we’ll help you to pick out the right one for your needs. Once you begin to use essential oils, it won’t be long before you begin to notice their beneficial effects, both to your body and soul. 

At Arianrhod Aromatics, we wish you a healthy and peaceful life using organic products that have proven effective, both through history and modern research.

THE HEALING WONDERS OF KIGELIA AFRICANA

The Healing Wonders Of Kigelia Africana

WHAT IS KIGELIA AFRICANA

The Kigelia Africana, commonly known as the Sausage Tree, is a popular ornament and a typical roadside tree in Africa, India and most of Southeast Asia. Native to the drier regions of Africa, the Kigelia Africana is considered as a curiosity and garden oddity. However, this unique tree holds a myriad of medical wonders that are beneficial in treating various ailments.

Kigelia Africana is a tropical tree native to Africa which is the sole species of its genus (family Bignoniaceae). It is a hardy tree that can withstand frost and temperatures down to 4°C. This tree grows well in sunny environments and can survive droughts and intense 40°C heat. The Kigelia Africana tree grows to between 20 and 40 feet tall and bears fruit resembling coarse sausages (hence the name Sausage Tree). These brown elongated fruits hang down long stalks measuring a foot or two. They can weigh up to 22 kilograms and could fall on unsuspecting animals and have been known to occasionally fall on people as well. Ouch.

Flowers are large and their colour is a stunning deep and dark red-purple with yellow veins. Flowers remain in bloom at night and are strongly scented to attract bats for pollination purposes, feeding on the nectar and pollen – it is also open during the day like the photo of the tree below at Newstead House in Brisbane (though, it usually just lasts within 24 hours).

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MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic

Kigelia Africana contains excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Research conducted by Binutu and Namita discovered that salves with Kigelia Africana extract help soothe and relieve pain. In Africa, there are many different parts of the tree that are used in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Powdered bark, leaves, stems, twigs and fruits from Kigelia Africana are used to clean and dress wounds and sores. 
  • Topical treatments and infusions containing Kigelia extracts are used as antiseptic to reduce infection. 
  • The bark, stems, twigs, leaves, and fruits are infused and taken orally or applied as ointments to relieve rheumatism, sprains, hematoma, and bruising. 
  • Boiled Kigelia Africana fruit and bark is gargled to relieve toothaches. 
  • Kigelia Africana fruits, stems, leaves and bark can be rubbed on to some snakebites as an antidote. 
  • Decocted Kigelia Africana fruit is effective in relieving swelling and pus build-up of leg wounds.

Arianrhod’s Sausage Tree Gel is a powerful solution to common skin inflammation as it contains Kigelia Africana’s anti-inflammatory properties that relieve irritation, swelling and other skin complaints. Kath has nothing but high praises for this product in her review:

“I purchased this for my husband to try for his shaving rash and the skin irritation/inflammation he often gets as his whiskers are growing back. He loves it and he uses it all the time … which is a miracle in itself. His skin responds really quickly to all the healing goodies in the gel and you can actually observe the angry red blotches calming down. It’s brilliant. Thanks for making such an amazing product.”

Treatment of Skin Ailments

Kigelia Africana is a wonder in treating a wide range of skin ailments. Research by Owolabi, Omogbai, and Obasuyi claims that Kigelia Africana stem bark possesses antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that relieve fungal infections, boils, psoriasis, and eczema. The roots, bark, and leaves of the Kigelia Africana contain a concentration of beneficial kigelinone, vernolic acid, kigelin, iridoids, luteolin, and 6-hydroxyluteolin. Iridoids contain antibacterial properties.

These antibacterial and antifungal ingredients can be found in Arianrhod’s Sausage Tree Cream. Jonathan Howell praises the cream’s healing properties in his review, “Have been using it sparingly on my psoriasis for a decade now and wouldn’t be without it.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Inhibitor

Research from Saini, Kaur, and Verma reveals that extracts from the stem bark and fruits of Kigelia Africana destroys melanoma cells and other skin cancer cell lines. The antibacterial activity of Kigelia Africana is related to the traditional use of its bark and fruit extracts to treat ailments caused by microorganisms and as a remedy against skin cancer. Iridoid-related compounds of norviburtinal and the naphthoyuinone isopinnatal are responsible for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Saini, Kaur, and Verma further claim that Kigelia Africana’s constituent known as lapachol is effective in treating solar keratosis (scaly skin caused by sun-damage), skin cancer and Kaposi Sarcoma (an HIV-connected skin disease). Dilutions containing ethanol and extracts of the stem bark and fruits of the Kigelia Africana inhibits four melanoma cell lines and a renal cell carcinoma line. These properties make Kigelia Africana an ideal remedy for sun-damaged skin and a possible inhibitor for some forms of melanoma and skin cancer.

Kigelia Africana in Cosmetics

Research by Dampeirou C. claims that Kigelia Africana fruit extracts contain steroidal saponins and the flavonoids luteolin and quercitin useful for developing the bust and firming breast collagen fibers. Another Hussain and Krohn claims that creams and oils made from the fruit extract remove sunspots on the face and the hands.

Arianrhod’s Kigelia Oil (Majik Oil) is a wonderful example of this oil as its high concentration of Kigelia extract relieves sunspots.

Kathryn M. raves about this product in her review: 

“This is the most amazing thing. I’ve had a sunspot on my nose that nothing seemed to help. I’ve been using this oil twice a day for a couple of weeks now and it’s actually starting to disappear. Can’t believe it. Majik indeed!”

Cosmetics and creams made from Kigelia Africana reduces wrinkle depth and smoothens fine lines leaving skin smooth and tight. These cosmetics lighten pigmentation, reduce skin blemishes, deep cleanses and eliminate skin impurities. Eye creams with Kigelia Africana tighten the delicate skin around the eyes reducing puffiness and darkening.

Kigelia Flowers

Digestive Benefits

Kigelia Africana is an excellent remedy for stomach-related ailments. Research by Peter A. Akah claims that Kigelia is an excellent laxative and emetic. In Africa, Kigelia Africana roots, bark, leaves, stems, twigs, and fruits are crushed and boiled then taken internally to treat gastric infections and chronic to acute digestive disorders. Concoctions and remedies containing Kigelia Africana fruit extract soothe constipation and relieve hemorrhoids. The leaves of the Kigelia Africana can be crushed and boiled then used as a general tonic to improve general digestive health. Traditionally, the fruit is boiled and prepared as a wash or rub to promote weight gain in infants. Got diarrhea? Kigelia Africana can help calm upset stomachs.

Treatment of Venereal Diseases

In Africa, Kigelia Africana is used to treat several venereal diseases. Further research by Akah and Nwambie claims that when applied externally, Kigelia Africana is beneficial in treating gonorrhea. Salves made from the roots, bark, leaves, stems, and twigs of Kigelia Africana can also be taken orally to relieve further complications of venereal diseases. In West and Central Africa, Kigelia Africana bark is dried and ground and taken as a cure for syphilis. Its decocted bark can also be used as a drink and wash to treat children with venereal diseases.

Treatment of Gynecological Ailments

Kigelia Africana is highly beneficial to women with gynecology-related issues. For example, the roots, fruits, and flowers of Kigelia Africana can be boiled and administered orally or made into a paste as a pessary to treat vaginal infection. The fruits and bark can also be used to reduce swelling and inflammation of the breasts of developing women. When taken orally, the fruits increase lactation of breastfeeding mothers. As needed, the bark and leaves are decocted and used as an abortifacient, much like a morning-after pill.

Considering its many medicinal benefits, Kigelia Africana has a bright future in the medical and cosmetic world. There is enormous scope for research and investigation in unlocking its uncharted potentials. Pharmacological investigation of this wonder plant is warranted, and more studies continue to reveal the many benefits nature has provided in this tree with it’s funny looking fruit.

For a complete guide on Arianrhod’s Kigelia Africana products, click this link.

Block Odour, Not Sweat – Why Aluminium-free Deodorant Is Best for Your Underarms?

Block Odour, Not Sweat - Why Aluminium-Free Deodorant Is Best for Your Underarms?

Changes in our body mechanisms are noticeable as we grow old. One such change is our body odour (BO) – which we usually only notice when it becomes an unpleasant smell. Healthline.com states “Changes in body odour can be a normal part of development, such as when an adolescent is going through puberty. During puberty, sweat glands and hormones become more active, which can cause BO. If you’ve been working out, excessive sweat may be the culprit. If you don’t wear antiperspirant or practice healthy hygiene habits, sweat can mix with bacteria, causing an unpleasant smell.” Usually, we blame sweating as the culprit for BO. But this is not actually the case. Sweating is our body’s way of cooling down as we become more active in our daily activities. “Apocrine glands work primarily under stress, secreting an odourless fluid. This fluid begins to develop an odour when it comes into contact with bacteria on your skin. These glands don’t start working until puberty, which is why that’s usually the time we start to notice body odor.1” Thus, sweat is not the culprit but rather the bacteria that is on your body during stressful activity. Besides, perspiration is a good indicator that our body is doing enough exercise to burn calories and that’s always a good thing.

So how do we avoid BO when sweating is such an essential part of cooling down our body?

Aluminium-based antiperspirants have become popular commercially in preventing excessive sweat, so much so that almost every antiperspirant you buy in a supermarket will contain aluminium. Typically, antiperspirants work by temporarily blocking your sweat glands and keeping you from perspiring. They also add a pleasant scent to cover up any existing odors. So, if you are working or exercising this prevents sweat and thereby blocks. While this product can help avoid body odour, it doesn’t do much about the real cause of the problem: the bacteria that is causing the bad smell. In reality, what these aluminium-based antiperspirants are actually doing is preventing your body from cooling itself down by blocking the natural mechanism of producing sweat.

Studies have found that aluminium in antiperspirants can be absorbed into the skin as part of the temporary plugging process and cause an oestrogen-like hormonal effect.2 While more research is needed to confirm the effects of aluminium, researches have suggested that aluminium does build up in breast tissue and could cause genomic instability, interference with oestrogen and iron metabolism, and oxidative damage to cellular components.3 Research in these areas is ongoing, but already there is more than enough cause for concern over the long-term impact of spraying aluminium onto your skin.

Arianrhod Aromatics has been addressing this concern with aluminium-based deodorant for over a decade by providing an organic, completely natural, aluminium-free deodorant that allows your body to sweat naturally, minus the potential unpleasant body odour. Rather than blocking up your sweat glands and pouring chemicals on your skin, the Arianrhod aluminium-free deodorants work by using colloidal silver, a 100% naturally occurring anti-bacterial agent. This helps to remove the bacteria on your skin before you start sweating. Iamme added other natural ingredients like the anti-fungal Australian hemp seed oil and sodium bicarbonate to help keep you dry without the potentially harmful side effects of aluminium. Australian hemp seed oil is well known to act as an antibacterial and antifungal agent, part of what makes our aluminium-free deodorants so popular. Even without the aromatic addition of the essential oils in our scented varieties, you will find that our aluminium-free deodorants work very effectively at preventing bad body odours.

Why should you use a natural deodorant? Mainstream underarm products use a combination of chemicals that may not be good to our body. In addition to aluminium, these chemicals may include but not limited to parabens (artificial preservatives), propylene glycol (neurotoxin), TEA & DEA (can cause allergic reactions) and triclosan (artificial antimicrobial chemical). Remember that what goes on your body can end up in your body. There are also questions about the impact of these chemical-based products on your skin in the long run. So while they might solve your BO in the short term, what might be happening to your body that you can’t see right now?

Our aluminium-free deodorants are made using organic ingredients that are known to be very safe for use on your underarms. There is no chemical that traps the sweat, preventing your body from cooling itself. Instead, our deodorants prevent the smells by eradicating the bacteria that combines with sweat and causes body odour. Currently, we have five aluminium-free deodorants with fragrances to suit you!

Deodorant Fragrance Free Aluminium Free

- For the purist who doesn’t want any smell at all and just wants to block the BO. Grant, one of our customers, said "Been using this for years and haven’t had BO for the same time. Doesn’t stain clothes."

Deodorant Fresh Fragrance Aluminium Free

- For the person who always wants to stay fresh as the morning breeze. If you find yourself feeling flat during the day at work, our fresh fragrance will pick you up!

Deodorant Gentle Fragrance Aluminium Free

- Moms would love this as they juggle their work and daily chores but still want to keep fresh when they welcome their loved ones home.

Deodorant Oakmoss Fragrance Aluminium Free

- Hit the gym or feel free to sweat playing your favourite sports. Our most popular fragrance for men who want to be performing at their best but still smell great all day long.

Deodorant Nimbin Fragrance Aluminium Free

- Show off the confident woman in you. Kirsty personally loves this product and said "My all-time favourite deodorant. I’ve tried so many & this one smells gorgeous, works & is long-lasting."

 

Block odour, not sweat. Arianrhod Aromatic champions clean living with natural products that don’t break the bank.

Try our aluminium-free deodorants today.

Essential summer guide for healthy, vibrant skin

Skin Care Without Nasties - Your essential guide in keeping your healthy and vibrant skin this summer!

Are you prepared for the long-awaited summer vacation? Before you head to the beach, we have handpicked a list of essential items that will help protect your skin using natural and where possible, organic, products made in Australia. This blog is not just your “Instagram worthy guide to the essentials of summer getaways” posts. But also, the definitive guide for skin-worthy products you can use while having fun at the beach. Yes, we can have fun and be worry-free at the same time! Are you ready for a hot summer at the powdery white sand of Queensland’s Whitehaven Beach or pristine waters of Western Australia’s Turquoise Bay?

Protect Your Skin with Natural Sunscreen Lotion

We get it – nobody goes to the beach and hides under a tree forever. Whether it is to enjoy the cool waters, sun-bathing for the perfectly tanned skin or taking photos with your friends, you will be outside most of the time.

Your skin is your body’s first line of defence, and it is constantly exposed to the environment. Sun exposure can take its toll on your skin pretty quickly and can lead to different forms of skin damage, including cancer. One of the most common effects of sun exposure is premature ageing1, but perhaps the most concerning impact is melanoma and other skin cancers. Melanoma alone is the third-most-common skin cancer diagnosed in Australia2 and the number one most common cancer in under 29 year-olds3.

Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, and 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with some form of it, so protecting your skin while you are out in the sun is so important. The problem with traditional sunscreens, though is that they are full of chemicals that are harmful to your body4 and damaging to coral reefs5.

There are natural ingredients available like shea butter and silk amino acids that have natural sun-blocking properties6.

While there is no evidence to suggest these are a complete replacement to a broad-spectrum sunscreen, especially if you are out in the sun all day, it is worth combining them into your morning routine. On days where you will be out in the sun but perhaps not in the water, the sun protection these ingredients provide may be more than enough. 

Our Sativa Lush Whipped Butter has ultra-rich, moisturising properties and anti-ageing protection for all skin types – all year round! This ‘crème de la crème’ is made with richly moisturising ingredients such as sausage tree extract, hemp seed oil, cupuacu butter, mango butter combined with shea butter and silk amino acids that both contribute to moisturisation but also offer some protection for your skin from the sun. Feel the lushness of this therapeutic blend of floral and citrus fragrance which leaves your skin feeling like silk and smelling like royalty even under the hot sun.

Enjoy swimming with Recycled-origin Swimwear

It’s the bikini buying season, and we all want to have fun in the sun. An essential product, of course, is your swimwear. While popular brands might be on top of your list, check out these swimsuits made from recycled fishnets. You heard it right! And no – these products don’t resemble any fishnets you’ve ever seen.

Ghost fishing nets, which are lost and left in the ocean, make up 10 per cent of plastic waste in the sea and these nets take about 600 years to decompose.7

As the Seapia brand puts it “One of the biggest improvements in fashion these days is transparency and accountability – what price are we paying to look and feel good? Using a fabric produced from recycled fishing nets and other post-consumer plastic waste, designed and made in Sydney and using organic packaging and sustainable products throughout the process, our hope is to leave as small a footprint on our beaches as possible8.

Le Bun’s, another Australian swimwear brand, is famous for it’s no-waste attitude to manufacturing. It was featured in Fashion Journal Australia, amongst many others, on the topic of sustainable production9.

Your swimmers provide protection from the sun, for the areas they cover, and choosing an option like Seapia or Le Bunscan help make a difference for our oceans while looking after your skin at the same time.

Keep rehydrated with water!

Most mature adults lose about 2-3 litres of water per day from their internal body water supply. This water loss may increase, especially during hot weather or summer days.

As a large portion of our bodies are made from water, we must have enough of it to function at an optimal level. Our body uses water in so many ways! Water helps regulate our body temperature, remove toxins through perspiration and regulate bowel movements. Water is also vital for lubricating joints and protecting the brain. Drinking water plays an important role in our daily functioning. Keeping hydrated can relieve fatigue, naturally, relieve headaches and improve the skin’s complexion. It is believed that up to 80% of Australians are chronically dehydrated10.

Drinking water will keep you hydrated and promotes good skin circulation. If swimwear and natural lotions protect your skin from the summer heat, water helps you maintain a healthy and pro-active body.

If you love the beach, the pool or any other summer sports, you will need to remember that water is the most powerful resource to keep yourself active. Plus, water is a natural suppressant for hunger. Perhaps vital if you are trying to lose weight this summer and struggle with the temptation of sumptuous beach BBQ.

Avoid Lip Dryness with Rejuvenating Lip Balm

It is essential to keep your lips soft, smooth, hydrated and healthy during the summer and protect them from sun damage. Surprisingly though, 70 percent of beachgoers who lather sunscreen onto their skin will overlook one spot on the body: their lips11. Without protection, your lips can get burnt, crack and become very sore. Continually drinking water is vital to healthy lips, and applying a hydrating lip balm will help to keep the moisture in and soothe any soreness.

Dry, cracked lips can be hard to repair. They are one of the most vulnerable parts of our body, especially under the summer heat. You put on a hat to protect your head – don’t forget to put on lip balm for your lips.

Our Manuka Lip Balm is excellent for summer days – for those painful, dry, cracked lips you hate to have. It is a rejuvenating balm packed with jojoba oil and calendula oil. Keep those smooth lips all summer days. For vegans, we recommend our Vegan Hemp Lip Balm. A rich lip balm with water repellent properties to soothe and moisturise dry and chapped lips. Add gloss to protect your lips from any harsh environment and be sure of the quality. Again, look for ingredients that provide natural sun protection where possible.

Soothe your Skin with Natural After-Sun Body Lotion

Lip balms are essential for sunburnt lips, but what about the rest of your skin?

“We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. But what about the role of after-sun care? It gets far less attention – but it’s essential to healthy skin. And while using a broad-spectrum sunscreen is vital, we shouldn’t rely on sunscreen alone to give our skin all the protection and care it needs from the sun”, said Jurlique’s Ultimate Beauty Expert, Rebecca Nicholls. So, how do you give your skin the after-sun care it needs? Have a cool shower or bath. This helps to soothe your skin and prepare it for the next step. Apply a nourishing and comforting after-sun lotion to help keep your skin moist and supple.

Our Sativa Nourish After Sun Body Lotion soothes away sunburn with its cooling Aloe Vera and Cucumber blend. The added Meadowfoam oil and silk amino acids provide a barrier that prevents loss of moisture and provides some protection against small amounts of further sun exposure. Next, the Kigelia extract breaks down the build-up of melanin to go a long way in counteracting the damage done by the sun’s rays. These natural ingredients help to protect and soothe your skin after the effects of overexposure to the sun.

At Arianrhod Aromatics, we use only the best quality ingredients with proper regard for the environment and most importantly, our products do the job they claim they will do on the label.

Enjoy the sun this summer, but make sure you are taking care of your skin so it can continue to take care of you for many years to come! Remember:

  1. Sunscreen – Choose based on your sun habits, natural options are better, but if you are in the sun a LOT, choose an appropriate SPF rated sunscreen.
  2. Swimmers – They do protect your skin from the sun and can be good for the environment too.
  3. Hydration – Drink lots of water!
  4. Lip protection and recovery – Use a good quality lip balm to lock in moisture, protect from the sun and help your lips recover after sun damage has occurred. Browse our lip balms.
  5. After-sun recovery – Give your skin the best chance to recover from sun damage with natural ingredients like Kigelia with our Sativa Nourish After Sun Body Lotion.

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