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Count down to Valentines Day

Valentines day is just around the corner

Here are some ideas to relax, unwind, look and feel great

Whether you want to give yourself some tender loving care or do something nice and romantic for you partner.

Set the Mood                                    

Regardless of whether you are single or not, setting the scene is important, so put away the washing and paperwork, and float away with an evening dedicated to yourself or your partner

Body shop – Jasmine & White Frangipani Reed Diffuser

This beautifully scented Jasmine and White Frangifani Diffuser smells lovely  it last for 8 weeks and there is no risk of burning the house down. The body shop has 7 different smells but this on is my favourite

£15 – Jasmine & White Frangipani Reed diffuser

Oskia Massage candle

Designed using the purest natural ingredients including beeswax, soybean and coconut oil, this luxurious massage candle, packed full of skin smoothing vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, is the ultimate way to smooth and soothe both body and soul.

Each of the ingredients has been specially chosen due to its incredible skin healing properties,  which nourish, soften and hydrate. The candle comes with a beautifully scented heavenly Rose de Mai perfume which engages the senses.
Once melted you can pour the body oil straight onto the skin (no cooling is needed). It is the perfect temperature. The oil is light and silky which you can massage in and absorbs into the skin very well.
£34

Relax

Try adding some of these lovely oils to the bath

Mother earth raindrops & roses bath & massage oil

This Heavenly rose bath oil is Emotionally Restoring it helps Smooth the spirit and help find a sense of peacefulness & love

You can use this either as a bath oil or you can massage this onto the shoulders, feet or body

Lovely to use when feeling low, tired or plain fed up!

£12.50

Motherearth Raindrops & Roses bath oil

Ren Moroccan Bath Oil

I’m a big fan of all Ren products and this is one of my favourite you can relax in the bath to the lovely Rose exquisite sensual scent.  It is stress relieving and has soothing properties. Skin is left soft, supple and lightly scented with roses

Moroccan Rose Bath Oil

£30

Unwind

Massage is a great way to unwind and relax whether you are massaging your partner or receiving one.

There are many Salons that offer different types of massage

At my Salon I offer Swedish and deep tissue massage. http://www.moniqueh.com

Other Salons offer couple massage where you can have them done together.

Here is a guide if you choose to stay at home

Massage guide for your partner

Mixing the perfect blend: First you have to choose a nice carrier oil. Almond oil & olive oil are quite a popular to go for and they are easily to get hold.  (Alternatively you can use the oil from the Oskia massage candle).

Suitable essential oils: Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rose (It’s best to have the right blend of essential oils.)

Method: Start at the base of the spine with each hand either side of the spine apply a little pressure (always ask the partner if the pressure is ok if it’s too firm it maybe uncomfortable or if it’s too light it may tickle) massage up towards the neck and smooth out towards the shoulders

Lighten the pressure when coming back to the base, You can alternate the moves and add in some lighter strokes, keep the movement continuous.

You can incorporate massaging the pressure points by just using the thumbs.  Again start at the base applying pressure either side of the spine then release, work your way up by half an inch until you get to the neck.

Look Good

If you look good you will also feel good, whether you are going out for a romantic meal with your partner, or snuggling up with a hot chocolate and a classic rom com, here are a couple of my favorites for Valentines day.
Give yourself a fresh look!
Bare minerals Make up doesn’t block the pores so its great for all skins types and great for those who don’t usually where make up they have a range of all different colours but peachy/ Coral colours are in and great for the Spring/ Summer.
luscious lips
Here are a few organic brands to give yourself luscious lips but with out drying them out.
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A Few of my favourite Winter Essentials

The temperature has suddenly dropped and so I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few of my favourite winter essentials with you.

We’ve also hit mid January which is always a difficult time for keeping on track with our New Years’ Resolutions – so I’ve also included a few products which will help you with a mid January boost!

Ruby Red cosmetics Organic Honey & Vanilla lip balm

As a therapist so many clients and friends ask me what is the best lip balm on the market and I must say I find this one of the best. Most lip balms just sit on the surface and are quite thick in texture so it may give you the feeling that it is moisturizing but it is actually doing opposite and making the problem worse.

The Ruby Red Honey & Vanilla lip balm is full of active plant ingredients organically certified olive oil and shea butter leaving the lip smooth and hydrated

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Company : Ruby Red cosmetics
For more info Honey&Vanillalipbalm

      Neal’s Yard Wild rose balm

This is my winter rescuer! And a must have! It makes your skin look great and smells amazing. This product is a 3 in 1 product which is an added bonus.  It is designed as a cleanser, mask and treatment for lips, elbows and dry areas.  It is great for all skin types including dry and sensitive.

I love to use this product as a mask. You simply use a small amount all over face and neck and when you wake up you skin looks lovely and hydrated and glowing. It also helps with scarring.  It is a great product to have around winter as it give you more moisturizing properties than your usual cream

Company: Neal’sYard                                                                                                     You can buy this from any Neal’s yard retail store

Trilogy Gentle Exfoliating Scrub 

This is one of my favourite facial scrubs. You can use this all year round but it is especially great for these cold months as our skin tends to become more dry, sensitive and flakey. The Trilogy scrub will remove the layer of dead skin without leaving your skin more sensitive. Best to scrub once a week and will make you skin glowing and hydrated. Also by removing a layer of dead skin it makes your moisturiser more effective as you can’t moisturise dead skin.

Company:Trilogy

 Environ Hydrating Oil capsules

It is exactly what it says on the package, this gives the skin extra hydration especially in winter.  It is great for those who fly a lot and for those of you who are hitting the ski slopes – they are easy to travel with as they come in individual capsules. It contains anti-oxidents and vitamin A which will also protect your skin from the environment and improves cell regeneration. You just apply overnight under your moisturizer and wake up to super hydrated skin.

Company: Environ  you can retail only from environ stockist’s (I am a stockist so please contact me if you wish to place an order)

Detox!  My next best winter product is this great   Healthy Starter Pack

This 10 day Healthy start pack is great to help remove all those toxins we have consumed over the past couple of months either from alcohol or rich foods. It is always great to do a body cleanse every 3 months if not at least once a year and January is a great way to start.

You won’t drop a dress size straight away but by removing the toxins which grab onto fat and by clearing your internal system it will put you on the right track. No special diet is required but results are enhanced if you avoid alcohol, caffeine and red meat.

* You cant use when pregnant or on certain medication

Company: Natures sunshine

Lemon and Ginger Tea

For me Lemon and Ginger tea is a must have in winter as this delicious tea will helps fight off the Flu and colds. It is also great for all ages and has been used as a  natural remedy for centuries (Do we really know what they put in our cold and flu medicines nowadays?)  It is better if you are able to make this at home from the raw ingredients and adding honey but as most of us have a busy lifestyle it is always good to have a packet of this tea in your cupboard There are many Tea brands on the market but I really like QI tea’s as they are registered with the organic soil association so you know you are getting great ingredients.

Company: Qi

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Chemicals to avoid which are lurking in your Face and Body Creams

Chemicals to avoid which are lurking in your Face and Body Creamsby moniquehbeauty

Common Chemicals to avoid

Each year we spend thousands/millions of pounds on beauty products. We buy them with good intentions thinking they’ll do us the world of good – but think again.…….

The main culprits are: 

Butyl, Ethyl, Methyl & Propyl Paraben

  • These are preservatives used as inhibitors of microbial growth, basically their sole purpose is to extend shelf life of products and they are of no benefit to your beautiful skin.
  • They are widely used in cleansers and moisturisers.
  • They can cause gastric irritation, numbing of the mouth and many allergic reactions and skin rashes. They particularly affect asthma sufferers.

Isopropyl Alcohol

  • This is a very drying and irritating solvent that strips your skins moisture and natural immune barrier, causing premature ageing of skin and brown spots.

DEA MEA & TE

  • These are hormone – disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines.

Diazolidinyl Urea & Imidazolidinyl Urea:    

  • These are the most commonly used preservatives after the parabens
  • They are used in cleansers, toners, moisturisers.
  • These chemicals may cause joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep.

Fragrances

  • These are mostly synthetic. Their ingredients can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many of which are toxic or carcinogenic.
  • It has been clinically proven that these fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, in ability to cope and other behavioural changes.

Mineral oil, liquid paraffin:

Cell delevopment resulting in premature ageing used in many products because it is cheap- baby oil is 100% mineral oil.

Petrolatum & petroleum jelly

  • Mineral oil jelly, interferes with the body’s own natural moisturising mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping.
  • This appears in lip gloss, lipstick, lip balm.
  • Unbelievably we are being sold products that actually create the very conditions they claim to alleviate!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

  • This is a potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skins natural moisture factor. It can increase the appearance of aging and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria.
  • It is used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease.
  • It is also used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners. So clearly must be tough on grease!

Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol; 

  • These are gaseous hydrocarbons which in a liquid form act as “surfactants” (wetting agents and solvents). They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure.
  • They are commonly used in cleansers moisturisers, body lotions  and foundations.
  • They are also used in industrial anti-freeze and hydraulic brake fluid, PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats.

It doesnt matter how cheap or expensive the products its all to do with the ingredients so as long as they dont have these nasty chemicals in you are on the right track.

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A few of my favourite things…which should definitely be on your gift lists this year!

 

Ive been looking around to find you some best organic beauty gift sets from some of my favourite companies.

1. Raw GaiaBath time heaven gift set

This bath set sounds like heaven and is a great gift for all those chocolate lovers out there

Raw Gaia ingredients are organic, cruelty free, endorsed by the vegan society and are free from chemicals

This set contains:

Chocolate orange bath soak, Chocolate face pack, Rose and Geranium soap & Raw chocolate pieces      £28.49

2. RENMini Rose trio gift set

The Moroccon Rose Otto is one of my favourites from the Ren range- this set offers you the opportunity to have taste of each of the body products in the range.

Ren products contain as little chemicals as possible

as they are paraben and petrochemical free

This set contains

  • 50ml Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash
  • 50ml Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream
  • 30ml Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil

£17

3. Pai Tranquiltiy bath and body collection

These bath and body oils are divine I first started to use Pai’s Lip balm and then fell in love with the rest of the range!

This company is certified organic by the soil association

This set contains:

  • Jasmine and May chung Emuslifying bath oil 50 ml
  • Jasmine and May chung Norishing oil

£13.99

4. Nubo – Set de Voyage

This product may be a little more expensive than the previous ranges but this is a fantastic cosmetic range which mixes powerful science with nature.

It is paraben and petro chemical free. Its luxurious formulas promote a supple, re-hydrated complexion.

This gift is great if you want to spend a little more on a special person  Its also a great way to try the range or for anyone who travels a lot

This set contains:  Day Performance SPF 20,   The Essence,      Overnight Recharge.     3 x 10ml (travel sizes).

£95

5.  For Him Neals Yard Grooming collection

I have always been a fan of the Neals yard products and this Grooming kit is great to get

the Men into a grooming routine

This set contains:

  • NYR Men Purifying Face Wash 50 ml – Energising and refreshing
  • NYR Men Close Shave Cream 50 ml – Softening and replenishing
  • NYR Men Rejuvenating Moisturiser 20 g – Firming and nourishing
  • NYR Men Invigorating Body Wash 100 ml – Refreshing and rejuvenating

£30

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Hello world!

I would like to share with you some of my favourite Organic & Natural beauty finds. In my blog you will find an array of different finds that will appeal to you from Homemade beauty Recipes that you can make at home, to the exclusive secret products. I will also include reviews on reasonably priced high street brands, nutrition and natural products.

We all know how bad chemicals are for your skin, so I’ve ensured that all of the products I refer to will contain a minimum amount of chemicals.

About Monique (me)

Before I set up my own therapy room, I worked with one of London’s top facialists at the time. She had her own skin care brand and her focus was on eliminating all petrochemicals from her products. Her vision inspired me.

Having been a therapist for 10 years, I had worked with many beauty facial & body brands that either claimed to be free from chemicals or that marketed themselves in a way that made the customer believe that all the ingredients were from a natural source. I started to research into what the big high street brands actually put in the products to make these claims. I was shocked by the amount of chemicals they used to preserve and bulk up the creams/ lotions.

I made the decision to set up a therapy room of my own, which has given me the freedom to guarantee my clients that I am choosing to either make my own natural product or that I am choosing the best organic product out there, depending on their skin need.

For more information about all the treatments I offer

Or if you want me to review your product

Contact details are:

07984 351859

monique.1uk@gmail.com

http://www.moniqueh.com