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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!

Inner confidence: do you lose your mojo when you compare?

Walking along the beach and I feel the flow of inner confidence…summery, barefoot, in a light singlet dress (that I’ve owned for too many years to even confess to), Millie following beside me and the evening light leaving the sand glowing a creamy pink. I feel good. My hair is tousled from days of sea swimming and it touches my back, just. I’m feeling comfortable in my own skin.

evening-swimming-inner-confidenceI get back to the ute, put my bikini on and run down to the water. I’m the only one swimming and I have the warm(ish) clear ocean to myself. After body surfing a few small waves, dodging some wayward crabs, floating around on my back watching my toes poke out through the water, in the flow mindfulness and sensuality, I go back up and put a towel around me, ready to drive home.

I look in the rear-view mirror. My inner confidence drops.

My hair’s wet and plastered onto my head, I don’t feel the flow anymore and I definitely don’t feel sexy. I run my fingers through my hair to get it a little less flat but by this time I’ve noticed all the freckles that summer has blessed me with and I’m feeling down on my skin now too. In such a swift moment of basking in the glory of the evening I suddenly feel uncomfortable in that same skin that a few minutes earlier I felt fantastically confident in.

Why?

Because I looked in the mirror?

No.

Because of the immediate cascade of thoughts that follow. The comparison. Comparing what I see to what I wish I saw. Comparing what I see to how I felt a few minutes ago when I wasn’t in front of a mirror. Comparing myself to pictures, magazines, movies and other women.

I ponder this thought as I drive back home, noticing that suddenly I’m not watching the light on the trees as closely or how my wet hair feels so refreshing on my neck. I observe myself, wondering how it is that as women we are so quick to judge. So quick to criticise and so quick to wish for something different than what we have.

In my search for deeper self confidence I’ve been practicing shifting this self-deprecating tendency for the last few years.

inner-confidence-self-love-mirrorIn the bathroom at home, ready to rinse off I stand and look at myself in the mirror. I look at my freckles, I look at the marks and fine lines and even though criticism is lurking in my mind, I smile. This is my trick these days. When I start getting a bit heavy on myself I smile at the face in the mirror and then I say something nice like, “You’re awesome” or “Look how much fun you’ve been having”, or I just wink at myself.

After all I am my steadiest companion, I am my oldest, most loyal friend, so to keep that relationship healthy I need to focus on the good and feed it with goodness.

Mindfulness, sensuality, being in the moment, not comparing and having tricks to snap you out of that quickly spiralling self-deprecating voice that surfaces = growing inner confidence, contentment and a good relationship with number one – yourself!

Here’s to the journey!

Pleasure In This Moment…

pleasure-autumn-leaves-mindfulnessBreathing in I calm body and mind, breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Do you get pleasure out of your daily skin care routine?

Do your many daily routines bring you pleasure?

Pleasure…that sensual feeling of being right there in that moment, enjoying, feeling, with every sinew and cell of your body, luxuriating in it, and bubbles of gratitude fizzing up through your insides. That to me is pleasure, savouring this moment that we have right now.

I walk outside and the sunbeams fall on my face. The wind tousles my salty hair and I hear that piercing sound of the cicadas. Immediately I am right here in the moment. Right here with my feet on the grass, savouring. Every sense is awake and I feel that gratitude fizzing…for experiencing this moment, for having all my senses to be able to luxuriate in all that the world is offering me right this second. I breathe in deeply and as I breathe out I smile. Hello pleasure, I am here with you, hearing you, enjoying you, taking note of you, thank you! Thank you!

It might be that first cup of coffee for some that brings pleasure in the moment...what is it for you?

It might be that first cup of coffee for some that brings pleasure in the moment…what is it for you?

Maybe for you it’s that morning coffee you dream of as you roll out of bed. First that smell hits your nostrils and a slight smile plays at the corner of your lips. Next you hold the cup in both hands and the warmth drifts into your skin. Your shoulders drop and your breathing slows ever so slightly. You’re letting go of some of that morning madness. You take a slow tentative sip and that hot liquid swirls around your mouth and disappears down your throat. You’re in these moments, savouring, enjoying them, letting them play with your senses and feeling this dose of pleasure dissolve the tension in your body.

Finding pleasure in skincare

As I have written before, Bee Sensual, as well as being natural skin care inspired by our bees and their delicious honey, is also about sensuality and mindfulness. Over the years I have worked on changing my attitude to my body and the way I speak with it. I try to be more conscious of the relationship I have with her, and of making it a special one. My skincare rituals are all a part of this shift. I wake up in the morning and wander over to the basin, splash my face a few times with cold water and then pat it dry. On the days when I’m open to the sensual pleasures around me I delight in the sharp contrast of cold on my warm sleepy face. As I pat it dry I look at myself in the mirror and think ‘you and me, we’re going to tackle this day head on, with joy and enthusiasm.’

Depending on what I’m up to for the day I take the Gel Toner and pump a little into the palm of my hand. I love the hint of geranium, and it’s often enough to stop me and remind me to quit thinking about what I didn’t do yesterday and what I should be doing this morning. So busy racing ahead and forgetting this moment. I gently massage it all over my face taking pleasure in the texture and the dewy feeling it leaves on my skin. If I start to look critically at the smile lines hinting at the corners of my eyes, I pull myself up. I remind myself that my face and I, we’ve done some things and we’ve seen some places, and don’t you bet we’ve had some bloody great laughs. So, if I have a few lines around my eyes it means a life of much laughter. What a gift.

Slowing down

Basically I believe that pleasure is all around us all the time, waiting for us to slow down and notice it. It begs us, it plays with us, calling from

The heavenly scent from an unfurling rose = pleasure in that moment.

The heavenly scent from an unfurling rose = pleasure in that moment 🙂

the tops of a fence post in the form of a flitting fantail, gently reminding us as a rose unfurling, releasing its heavenly aromas into the air. Or quietly teasing, as the wind tickling our face with our hair. When I say slow down, I don’t mean quit your day job and go and live in the bush. I simply mean slow the pace of your mind and open up a little to the pleasure waiting for us in every moment.

Try it next time you’re moisturising your body. Make that one minute your sacred time of flinging the windows wide open for pleasure to fly in. Let her sit softly in your hands as you feel the strength and great support that your legs give you each day. Feel your skin softening from the moisturiser. Your muscles gaining a little extra oomph from your gentle reassuring touch. We’re a team after all, us and our bodies! Give yourself a big, loving smile for the day in that mirror 🙂

What is bringing you pleasure in the moment?

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

Italicum

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?

A little sunkissed?

Honey on face

Manuka honey on my face 😛

Gentle after sun care

You have good intentions right? There’s sunblock in your handbag, beach bag, and maybe one in the glove-box of your car. There’s always a hat somewhere too. Problem is, sometimes you just get caught out in the beautiful hot sun when you didn’t expect to. No sunblock, chatting for longer than you expected, or simply caught up in what you’re doing… Before you know it you look in the mirror in the evening and your skin is hot with a bit of an after sun glow.

One of my goals in summer is not to let myself get burnt, especially on my face. However, none of us are perfect, and the other day out on the yacht, the reflection of the water caught me out. I was all nicely covered up with no direct sun on my face, but I didn’t reapply enough and come evening… warm pinky glow. It wasn’t too bad, but I couldn’t help reacting with a slap on the wrist. I immediately tried to rectify that by looking at myself in the mirror and saying ‘It’s OK, it’s not the end of the world, it happens…your skin will be fine.’ This of course was in my attempt to be kinder to myself and more mindful of the comments I gaily throw around at me.

Anyway, so what to do when this happens…

Cream Cleanser hand

Cream Cleanser for after sun care 🙂

Here’s my after sun routine:

  1. be kind to myself.
  2. say thank you to my skin for being so wonderful and always protecting me
  3. wash all remaining residues of my zinc-based sunscreen off with our Cream Cleanser (it’s lovely and soothing because it cleans pores while still leaving your skin feeling moisturised).
  4. when my skin has been patted dry I follow with some honey (manuka mostly, but let’s be honest – any honey is brilliant) – I rub some between my fingers and then gently massage it into my skin in circles. Leave the golden deliciousness to do its thing (read more here about manuka) for about 10 minutes while you unpack your beach bag or make yourself a tea.
  5. rinse, dry and then follow with Rejuvenating Oil. I’m a little in love with this oil I have to say – it smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling so soft and nourished…it has helichrysum essential oil in it which is emotionally and physically regenerating, but I’ll be writing a post on it’s wonderful healing properties next, so stay tuned…
  6. although Rejuvenating Oil is my number one, Gel Toner follows hot on its heels, especially as an after-sun skin soother. It’s packed with organic aloe and cucumber which are so wonderfully healing and nourishing. If you don’t have anything like this in your bathroom, go and forage for a fresh aloe leaf, remove its skin and smooth the gel onto your face and neck.

    RO and GT

    Rejuvenating Oil or Gel Toner

  7. finally…relax and be thankful for the sun and the wonderful day that you had.
  8. smile 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your summer (for those in the southern hemisphere), and if you do get burnt, please be kind to yourself first and foremost!

And please tell me, what is your favourite after sun skincare routine?

Sensual – sen•su•al

Sensual…

sen·su·al (sɛnsjʊəl) – relating to or affecting any of the senses

Right, I figure January 2015 is as good a time as any to start my first blog! So sensual it is 🙂 I have spent the week creating goals, brainstorming, putting lots of coloured pens to paper and I feel ready for this year ahead.

I’ve decided to start with our name, Bee Sensual. Of course it’s clear where Bee came from: the hard-working girls in our hives who are so busy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, collecting exquisite honey, kindly sharing it with us to eat by the spoonfuls and put in our skincare. Sensual on the other hand is one of those almost risqué words! It’s so often associated with sexuality, evoking erotic indulgence. Yet in its true form it simply means relating to the senses. I see it as an awareness of the sights, tastes, smells, sounds and physical sensations around us. This to me equals mindfulness…being fully present in that moment in our life.

This is what attracted me to the name, Bee Sensual: to be mindful and present in as many moments as you can. So often, as we’re rushing in the morning (and all day really), we splash our face with water, roughly dry it and then grab the closest moisturiser container, scoop some onto our fingers and hurriedly rub it into our face. We’re thinking about everything we need to do. What hasn’t been done. What we’ll cook for dinner tonight. As we glance in the mirror to make sure there are no white streaks left we mentally comment on the dark rings under our eyes or a wrinkle we hadn’t noticed before. We berate ourselves for not looking ‘good’ enough.

Bee-ing Sensual

Day Cream, orange blossom and rose geranium

A dream

My dream is for our Bee Sensual products to be a daily reminder to you to stop for a moment, slow down and take it all in:

  • let it start as your eyes find the container you’re looking for
  • take in the texture of the frosted glass as you hold the jar in your hand to scoop out some Day Cream
  • become aware of the scents that reach your nose, the subtle citrus with rose geranium undertones
  • look yourself in the eye in the mirror and find at least one part of your beautiful face to rejoice in
  • in that moment give thanks for what you see
  • breathe and smile

If Bee Sensual can increase your mindfulness (and self-appreciation) by even one minute a day, that will make my heart very happy 🙂