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Beauty

Small Pleasures

The world seems big and scary and out of control right now. I remember feeling just like this as a child, hiding behind the sofa and peering out occasionally at The Daleks, who seemed so utterly terrifying. (I met a real Dalek many years later backstage at the BBC and it was honestly like something I might have made as an art project – but that was alas too late to console a seven-year-old who regularly suffered Dr. Who-related Saturday nightmares.)

Apples

It’s ‘Apple Month’ – so a truly appropriate month to look at the benefits of a fruit which is currently abundant, after one of the best harvests in years. Of course, ever since Eve offered Adam that first apple in the Garden of Eden, this simple fruit has been known as a symbol of temptation and fascination – but fresh apples also have a vital role to play in daily beauty. We are brought up to believe that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ – but now, evidence is emerging that it can keep the dermatologist and trichologist at bay, too.

Autumn

Autumn’s drier air can strip skin of its natural moisture, leaving it feeling uncomfortable and tight. During this change, skin needs extra support and protection, and my Autumn Facial Oil contains vital essential oils and flower essences to help the health and appearance of the skin through this specific season, decongesting, warming, smoothing and toning.

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Summer

In Summer, the young energy that arose in Spring expands to its maximum potential. Summer holds the power of maturity: the buds of spring mature into full flowers and now are able to share their pollen to make more flowers.

Ancient Chinese believed that we should live in harmony with the natural cycles of our environment and recognise the naturally occurring ebb and flow of energy reflected in our bodies. De Mamiel Summer Facial Oil is blended to work in synergy with these changes and put back what nature takes out at a time when it is needed.

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Spring

After a winter rest, the power of springtime surges through nature and through us. Ancient Chinese believed that we should live in harmony with the natural cycles of our environment and recognize the naturally occurring ebb and flow of energy reflected in our bodies. de Mamiel Spring Facial Oil is blended to work in synergy with these changes and put back what nature takes out at a time when it is needed.

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Lanolips – The next chapter

A movie scene from my youth that fixed in my mind was from the very first Superman epic. Clark Kent hurt his hand, and right in front of a stunned Lois Lane the wound magically healed itself, and his ‘real’ identify was exposed. What struck me about this was that skin healing itself looked so magical… but that’s really what skin actually does (granted not quite so fast).

My view is that humans are pretty incredible, complicated, powerful & perfect, just as we are.

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Lanolips

Lanolips™ is the result of eight years work, a lifetime of preparation. And more than a millennia of market testing.

I own a lovely vintage book called ‘The Lanolin Book’, published by Beiersdorf who created mega-brand ‘NIVEA’, which used to contain lots of lanolin.

One of my favourite passages is this:

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Spring March 20–June 20, The Cycle.

Annee de Mamiel is one of the UK’s leading authorities on acupuncture, specialising in facial techniques. Annee’s philosophy is centred on the single Chinese medicinal principle that life is entwined in a series of seasons and cycles. Women age in seven year cycles, whilst for men it is eight years. Without realizing it, our bodies reflect the ebb and flow of energy of the seasons throughout the year. The vibrant fullness of summer contrasts with the need to slowdown in the winter urged on by the cold and dark.

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