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5 miraculous macadamia oil skin benefits

Other than being totally delicious, did you know that macadamia nut oil offers a whole range of health benefits – and not just for your beautiful skin? Although we could go on and on about these, we are going to zero in on the miraculous macadamia oil skin benefits in today’s post.

Having the ability to be taken either orally or topically, this wonderful oil has a chemical profile very similar to the human sebum. With so many marvellous properties, we struggled to keep this list to 5 benefits. It’s really no wonder this amazing ingredient features in so many of the Bee Sensual range of skin products!

5 Miraculous Macadamia Oil Skin Benefits

Macadamias and their oil - amazing macadamia oil skin benefits.

Gorgeous macadamia in it’s original husk, and the macadamia oil offering amazing skin benefits. Photo courtesy of You Are What You Eat

  1. The perfect choice for mature or dry skin

    Macadamia nut oil contains one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids, an acid that exists naturally in our skin, but depletes as we age. Topping up our stores via skin treatment helps to lubricate and waterproof the skin, just like sebum. 

  2. Heals your wounds 

    Did we mention how amazing palmitoleic acid is? Just incase you aren’t convinced, the omega 7 in this incredible fatty acid also aids in healing wounds, scratches and burns. The anti-inflammatory properties can also help reduce eczema or other skin irritations. 

  3. Balances oily skin

    Yes, you read correctly! Oil – at least the miraculous macadamia variety – contains linoleic acid which balances sebum production in oily skin and creates a natural protective barrier. 

  4. Treats itchiness and redness

    The phytosterols in macadamia nut oil are calming and healing and help restore the skin’s barrier function. 

  5. Slight natural sunscreen

    Containing a natural SPF of between 6-8, the powerful plant compound known as cinnamic acid which is contained in macadamia nut oil offers natural sun protection properties.  

There is so much more we could say about this amazing stuff! If you’d like to read more about macadamia oil skin benefits, a great chemical profile for Macadamia Nut Oil can found here. But for now, we prefer to let the macadamia do the talking…

You can find this incredible oil in the following Bee Sensual products:

Have you tried this wonderful oil? We would love to hear about your experience with macadamia oil and the skin benefits you’ve noticed. Please tell us in the comments section below!

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?

Magic Manuka Balm

The story behind our Magic Manuka Balm

Exciting news here at Bee Sensual. We have a new and amazing product – Magic Manuka Balm!

How it came to be?

The owner of Kauri Cliffs wanted to meet with me last year to develop a range of manuka products for their spa. He had used manuka honey with great success on a wound on his leg and is now a firm believer in it’s amazing properties.

I played around with ratios of honey to my organic balm and eventually settled on the perfect blend – 15% 10+ manuka honey with organic beeswax, organic almond oil and vitamin e oil.

He loved it and when I trialled it on myself it left my skin feeling AMAZINGLY soft and hydrated. I fell in love. Since it has such a high manuka content I decided it must be good for all sorts of things and I set to work testing my theory. Not long thereafter I fell off my bicycle and grazed my elbow well and truly on rough tar (long and not so lady-like story) – great testing opportunity!

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1) 30 September 15 – 2) 11 October 15 – 3) 04 May 16

I know, elbows aren’t that sexy, but hey we’re all about self love here, and these pictures really show you the amazingness of what the balm did. The balm is literally all I ever used on it. I taped it up every morning and evening with a gauze and a good helping of the balm and it never scabbed, dried up or got infected! I was sold.

magic-manuka-balm-bee-sensualI’ve used it on pimples with great success and one of my friends loves using it as a deeply nourishing cleansing mask. It tastes amazing too (I know from making it), but I didn’t say that 😉 I also recently heard it did great things for someone’s eczema. So I’m looking forward to more stories!

Basically the balm is wonderful for pimples, scars, wounds, rashes, eczema, massage and pretty much anything else. If you would like to read more about our magic manuka honey collected by our bees from the many stands of native bush in the beautiful Far North, head over to our Ingredients page.

To purchase – head over to our shop 🙂

How Bee Sensual has evolved…

We cannot separate our personal journey from our business, and recently I’ve been reflecting on how my dream for Bee Sensual, due to my own personal journey, has evolved and blossomed since it was shared with the world at the end of 2012.

Bee Sensual grew out of a dream for natural skin care, using no nasties and the wonderful healing products of bees; ‘sensual’ for the self connection opportunity it would create. Then I began exploring the word ‘sensual’ more and how it’s tied in with ‘mindfulness’, and how necessary it is to simply live in this one moment as often as we can. And I saw Bee Sensual products as a way to remind us to become mindful in that moment we gently apply them…taking in the smells and textures and sensation on the skin.

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And from that came the most important development of all…gentle self-love.

Realising how much I’ve berated myself in my life and beaten myself up, in younger years seeking perfection and a body that only airbrushed models have, I knew it was vital to change this.

There is a saying:

You cannot truly take care of that which you do not love.

So, if I look at my skin and feel frustrated and disappointed by the wrinkles around my eyes, or I curse the scars from the teenage days of picking pimples, or I want to hide away the too many freckles or mingled discolouration, am I really loving myself? Am I treating myself the way I would a friend?

The answer is a big NO!

So how can I expect to truly take care of myself? How can I expect my body, which is only doing its best (always) with what it’s presented with, to feel energetic, vibrant and healthy? We need to send our bodies love. Let me say that again…it is essential that we send our bodies and ourselves love. By creating stress in our systems around what we see in the mirror, or how we should be acting, we only further deplete our energy and resilience. We’ve got to love what we see first and the rest will flow. We can’t wait for the day we find a magical miracle cream that takes away wrinkles, or an injection that paralyses our skin into non-expression. This may bring a few moments of happiness, but then we will simply find the next thing to hate or berate.

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We need to love. Simple. Yet not so simple at all! Self-love seems to be one of those really tricky, confusing concepts that gets thrown at us at some point in our lives. How do I do that? you may ask. Well, I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I know that through necessity, practice, constant reminders and perseverance, I love myself a lot more than I did when Bee Sensual first began.

One of my dreams now is that, through our beautiful Bee Sensual products made with love, those using them will find moments to be still and present and send their precious self some much needed love. Remember this…even if it’s only twice a day when you moisturise, that’s all it takes…it is the simple act of planting the self-love seed that, over time and with regular nourishment, will grow into a beautiful self-love plant that blossoms in ways that you never thought possible!

Aroha, Kali x

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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)

Image found here

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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?