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Joy Perfume for June

Joy for June!

With Winter well and truly here, why not celebrate with a boost of joyfulness with our new JOY perfume just released.

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It is so easy for us all to put joy on the back-burner. We leave it for the weekends, holidays, ‘when there’s time’, but joy is actually the nourishment our soul craves and desires. It’s literally food for our soul. We need it in our lives, daily. Even if it’s a small boost by smelling a flower, or watching the light change in the evening sky. How about letting loose and dancing in your lounge to your favourite song.

I dare you to seek out joy, no matter what. And for an extra boost of enjoyment, our JOY perfume is the perfect reminder to follow your joy! On sale on June 1.

Our JOY perfume is a blend of beautiful essential oils and seed oils, including the refreshing scent of cucumber seed oil that reminds me of summer, combined with citrus overtones!

Why choose Bee Sensual’s natural JOY perfume?

Because JOY perfume is 100% natural, with over 80% of the ingredients organic, and it contains no nasties or synthetic compounds.

If you Google effects of synthetic fragrances, you’ll find a whole range of articles talking about hormone disruption, skin allergies, respiratory problems and more. Where are you exposed to these synthetic fragrances? To start, in your home. If all of your products are not 100% naturally scented from essential oils, then you find it in washing powder, shampoo, perfume, air fresheners, candles etc. Outside of your home in shops, workplaces, car fresheners and everyone else’s perfume.

Basically our system is overloaded with synthetic fragrance, which is a cocktail of chemicals containing a range of:

  • sulfates
  • parabens
  • synthetic fragrance
  • synthetic colours
  • T.E.A.
  • D.E.A.
  • glycols
  • silicones
  • PEGs
  • ethoxylate, or
  • formaldehyde

Our natural JOY perfume comes in a amber glass bottle with a roller ball lid for easy application. A combination of joy, organic jojoba oil and essential oils. Apply whenever you’re feeling like a joy boost to nourish your soul, or want to smell naturally joyful.

Find it here. En-JOY 🙂 

 

Exploring essential oils: Rose essential oil

No other flower has been exalted in literature, mythology and used for so many sacred purposes as the rose – Battaglia

Considering the above quote, I thought rose essential oil (damascena in particular) would be the perfect one to begin with since it so well loved, and one of my most blissfully favourite fragrances. I have a small bottle of it next to my desk to breath in when I need a pick me up.

It is also one of the most healing on the skin!

Rose essential oil cultivation…

rose-essential-oil-damascenaThe cultivation of rose damascena and the production of rose oil was introduced in Bulgaria in the 15th Century. Since rose petals are so fragile they have to be picked manually to minimise the loss of oil. Harvesting occurs between 5am and 10am because this is when the flowers open and the oil content is high.

4,000kg of rose petals produces 1kg of rose oil. Or 4kg of rose petals produces 1g of rose oil! Imagine that! That is a HUGE amount of beautiful roses considering how light they are!

Rose essential oil uses…

Skin – rose damascena essential oil is a beautiful softener while hydrating, stimulating and helps to repair broken capillaries, inflammation and skin redness. Rose water, the condensed steam from the rose oil distilling process, is very soothing and again mildly astringent. Our Rose Mister contains 95% organic rose water from Enio Bonchev in Italy.

Body – rose is a wonderful tonic for the uterus while purifying and regulating. I have also read that it can be very soothing around certain times of the month. It is also helpful for respiratory tract and digestive problems.

Psychologocial – rose damascena is believed to have a profound psychological effect, especially on our hearts. It soothes irritability, insomnia, anger, despair, frustration, fear and anxiety. It is also wonderful for sorrow, opening our hearts to friendship and empathy, and Mojay says it is the herb of love – healing emotional wounds and opening our hearts.

Our Hand Cream is the other product that has beautiful rose damascena in it, and at the moment I am playing with a perfume which is predominantly rose…it’s going to be magical!

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Random fact…

Self-indulgent Romans wore rose garlands at their feasts as a prevention against drunkenness!

What are your experiences with rose essential oil?

The Beginnings of a Natural Skincare Journey – Bee Sensual

So why Bee Sensual? I was asked the other day.

Hmmm. Great question. Where to start? I wondered. Do I go all the way back to my teenage years? Or later in the piece where meeting a beeman inspired me to combine my love of natural with the magic of bees and create a natural skincare product with the healing properties of honey? Or do I just go to the first time I got a concoction right and began creating names and logos? Hmmm…

Join me on the journey of natural skincare to find out why Bee Sensual began…

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Everyone loves natural skincare that’s animal friendly 🙂

In order to answer the above question I need to give you a little background.

I was the product of two very nature loving, eco-passionate parents who liked to live in remote places in South Africa. At about 14 I started using my first body moisturiser. It was a well known South African brand that my mum used because it didn’t have petroleum in the ingredients list + the company was very strong about beauty without cruelty and increasing awareness around animal testing. Since I had been awakened to label interrogation, the only facial product I used throughout my teenage years was aloe gel.

Skip forward about 10 years to NZ, where once again I was on the hunt for a natural skincare solution. At uni, in Dunedin, us girls fell in love with a cocoa butter brand that smelt deliciously tropical and reminded us of days on the beach, however left a lot to be desired on the ingredients list. So, true to my nature, I kept the hunt alive and one day at a market stumbled across a hand made Body Butter. Not only did it smell delicious, but it was almost completely natural. I was hooked. For the next few years this was my go-to.

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Cocoa butter in its raw form.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), the creator took a full time job and I could no longer order my Body Butter from her via email. Well, I thought to myself, the ingredients list doesn’t look too complicated…. Being a bit of a DIYer I decided I was going to try and recreate something similar, but even better. My love for creating wonderful natural skincare was born. In the process I studied every ingredient and found a couple of more suitable replacements that had a good reputation, and I decided to use 100% pure essential oils for the scent.

This journey to create my own natural skincare concoction came with many failed attempts. How on earth do you get the water and oil phases to stay together? What do you do when they separate? Which essential oils are going to be best together? How much cocoa butter do I put in to make it a body butter rather than a lotion?

Even though it wasn’t that long ago, Google was nothing like it is today, or maybe I wasn’t as adept at using it as I am now.

There was a lot of trial and error and for a while I gave up. I used some ‘natural’ brand that didn’t overly inspire me, and stored my creations away for a rainy day.

In 2007 I met a beekeeper, who is now my fiancé, and we travelled and worked in Australia for three years. In 2008, whilst living in our van at a honey factory in Tasmania I was once again inspired to try my hand at making my own natural skincare, only this time using the amazing leatherwood honey and beeswax as part of my concoction. There were failures, but also a few more results that began looking a little more like success.

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The amount of honey in this factory was overwhelming…in a delicious kind of way! Oh and the smells!

We’re getting closer…

Long story a little shorter, I kept playing. I built up a wonderful suitcase of all the different goodies used to create natural skincare. I did more research.

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Bee Sensual’s silky smooth Body Butter 🙂

By the time we came back to NZ in 2011 to start our own beekeeping business, I knew that I wanted to start my own natural skincare brand as well. By the end of that year I had drawn a million logos on a million different pieces of paper and slowly slowly it all came together at the end of 2012. My very own natural skincare dream became a reality – Bee Sensual. The tagline: Simply Sensuous Skin – natural handmade skincare.

I am now even more passionate about interrogating labels. Even when you see ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the front – you can’t always believe what they tell you and it pays to know what to look for on the back of a label. I am also even more passionate about using only 100% pure essential oils to create beautiful scent combinations for my natural skincare products.

Bee Sensual is continually evolving, and even though this story illustrates why it started, it is now so much more…. Not only am I passionate about using only natural products on your precious skin, but I believe deeply in taking these moments to be mindful, get in touch with our senses, take a few moments of me-time and gift ourselves with a dose of self-love that we all deserve.

I want all women (and men) to realise that beauty is not skin deep. Beauty is so much more than that. If you can start to see your own beauty and give yourself the love that you deserve, you will glow with an inner beauty that no concoctions can ever create, only enhance!

Golden sun and Helichrysum…

Helichrysum Essential oil and it’s beauty…

One of my favourite batches to make is the Rejuvenating Oil. When I’m mixing it, my whole creative space fills with the heavenly smell of Helichrysum essential oil! It gets me every time. I think I’m in love with it.

Funnily enough one of the places it is native to is my homeland, South Africa, with over 250 species. Its name is derived from the Greek word helios (sun) and chrysos (gold), referring to the vibrant yellow-gold colour many of the flowers are (hehe, that Greek etymology reminds me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding!). We called them everlastings, because when you pick and dry them they keep their colour forever. Our old farmhouse always had a bunch or three hanging at the corners of door-frames. Until I moved to NZ and Bee Sensual creations began, I had never actually come across this essential oil, which is when I learnt just how incredibly healing it is.

Golden suns of helichrysum varieties - Rejuvenating Oil

The golden faces of different helichrysum varieties – Rejuvenating Oil

Helichrysum for healing…

Traditionally it’s been used for its amazing skin healing properties. Believed to have incredible regenerating qualities, it is ideal for all types of skin damage (especially scarring and sunburn) and various skin conditions like eczema and acne. Among others it is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal.

It has such a beautiful scent and emotionally it soothes away deep stress and scarring, and is wonderful for sleep. The Zulu and the Xhosa in South Africa actually burn the leaves like incense in ceremonial rituals. My mum and I have taken a leaf out of their book and string bunches together into smudging sticks.

It does love the beach (maybe another reason I’m a fan), and there is a rambling bush of helichrysum (petiolare) down on the sandy roadside in Taupo Bay. So keep an eye out for it wherever you are, especially in dry, coastal areas and pick some to put under your pillow or on your desk.

It looks quite different to the variety used in the Rejuvenating Oil (italicum).

Helichrysum petiolare (in NZ)

Helichrysum petiolare (in NZ)

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Helichrysum italicum (in Rejuvenating Oil)

Do you have a favourite essential oil? What makes it one of your favourites and how do you use it?