Friday, 1 July 2016

Essentially Natural Newsletter July 2016!

Welcome to our Newsletter for July, 2016!

Lots to tell you about this month so will get straight on with it.

New Website

Our new, mobile-friendly website is now up and running. We hope it will be easier for those of you with mobile phones and tablets to use. Please note that you will need to register as a new user when you place an order for the first time. You will need to enter your email and a password.
Ordering should be a lot simpler now. You can sort products by price, newest, most poplular and more. Once you've ordered, you can use the quick Checkout with PayPal, or go the the normal Checkout from your Cart to pay by debit/credit card.
You can now see our Special Offers at a glance, and our New Arrivals showcases our new products and lets you know when anything is back in stock.
We are also testing out a 'live chat' system to enable you to ask us any questions while you're looking around. Look for the Click for Live Help blue banner at the top of the screen to see if we're available to chat.

Introductory Sale;

 20% off our 100% Organic Body Butters!
If you've not tried them yet, you're really missing out! They smell absolutely divine and do you the world of good!
Three flavours to choose from but we're always open to more suggestions:
Grapefruit & Mandarin
Mint Chocolate

Soaps selling out fast!

Our most popular soaps and shampoo bars are always in demand. We will be making more in the next couple of weeks but if you need them for your holidays, order while we've got some left:
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Soap
Chamomile Shampoo & Body Bath Bar
Nettle & Marshmallow Shampoo & Body Bath Bar

Special Offers:

Why not take the smell of summer into the bath or shower with our French Lavender Soap and save 20% at the same time? Now only £4.40 while stocks last.
Our Lime & Lavender Shaving Soap also has 20% off too. And they're not just meant for shaving either!

And finally, a word about our newsletters
Our new website does not, at the moment, have a newsletter service so we are sending all our news via MailChimp. You may receive some Welcome messages from us on MailChimp - you can safely ignore and delete these.

Enjoy the sun when it does come out! With best wishes from all of us at Essentially Natural

Saturday, 20 June 2015

New product from Essentially Natural

a## New Product from Essentially Natural

100% Organic Beard Oil with Argan Oil

Priced at £14.95, Our new 100% Organic Beard Oil Is Excellent Value In Line With Our Motto Of Purity At An Affordable Price. Just Right For Anyone Who Needs To Soften, care for and nourish their pride and joy, a well–groomed beard!

I can do no better than list the full description here:

’Thoughts from Dennis, our Skincare Guru:

I was amazed by the effect Argan Oil had on our son Josef’s beard after using a proprietary brand of Beard Oil. But then I looked at the ingredients and was horrified at the amount of alcohols, synthetics and other nasties it contained!

For all skin types, hair types and beards.

Gone are the days when to be kissed by someone with a beard was a scratchy, unpleasant affair. Argan oil has magical properties for the hair, nails, beard and skin. It is crammed with vitamins and nutrients and is full of anti-oxidants. It is a moisturiser, emollient, conditioner, and rejuvenator. It repairs and soothes, helps heal affected areas and brings everything back into balance.

It comes from an ancient species of tree only found in Morocco and is expensive to produce, but the benefits of using it make it very worthwhile

Our 100% Organic Beard Oil is based on Argan and Almond oil with just enough essential oils to enhance the effects of the Argan oil and to give just a hint of fragrance for the wearer.

We offer three choices, all in 100ml amber glass bottles:
Lime and Lavender for a hint of citrus, to go with our Shaving Soap; Sandalwood, Cedar & Black Pepper for a touch of class; and Lemongrass & Peppermint for a hint of the East.

You Can [Buy it from our sister store on Etsy]

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Where have all the Flowers gone?

Well, perhaps not quite what the song intended, but that's a question often asked by ourselves and our customers. We always used to include flowers in our soaps and shampoo bars, but opinion is sharply divided between those who like them and those who don't.

But why do we add them in the first place?

Well, flowers add a certain amount of colour and texture to the finished bars, and they make them look more 'homemade', something we at Essentially Natural like as our soaps are all handmade of course. But they also act as a mild exfoliator, helping to gently remove dead skin cells and other debris.

But some of our customers, especially those who use the soaps as shampoos or to heal scalp conditions, do not like the flowers getting into their hair as they use the bar.

So we are again producing some of our soaps and shampoo bars without flowers. We have our Rose & Cocoa Butter asoap without added rose petals, and now our Chamomile shampoo bar,  which can, of course, also be used as a beautiful, healing soap in its own right, again without the added chamomile flowers.

So which do you prefer? Is this a generational question or just a case of personal taste?

Please do let us know in the comments. If there is enough demand, we may start producing more soaps without flowers to give you more choice, so please do give us your thoughts.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Updated post:
Today's tip shows you how to make your own natural air freshener.

Creating your own organic, natural air freshener is easy and also fun. All you need is a small mist spray bottle, water and your favourite essential oils. And, perhaps, a little bit of magic to make a blend you'll be proud of.

I prefer to use boiled water, but if you don't, warm the bottle slightly before adding your oils as this helps dissipate them.

You   can use single oils, such as orange, lemongrass, blue spruce or pine, or lavender, or you can blend these according to the scent you like, oils to suit the season, and your own mood.

Fill the bottle with water, add the essential oils (no more than 20 drops, depending on the size of the bottle of course), and spray away.

Peppermint will help deodorise, eucalyptus will help with summer colds, lavender is a perfect all-rounder, and rose geranium is a good substitute for rose which costs more than gold these days. It's also a good balancing oil and especially liked by women.

The oils should not be sprayed directly onto wood or furniture - just use a bit of commonsense. The droplets will fall onto carpets and will help to refresh them. But for a really effective carpet cleaner, fill a bottle with a sprinkler top with bicarbonate of soda and add your essential oils, sprinkle on the carpet and then vacuum off after leaving for ten minutes for the oils and bicarb to do their work.

If you have pets or babies or are a smoker, you could always try our Stay Awake! organic essential oil blend to keep your living room smelling fresh and to give you that little bit of get-up-and-go for getting the household chores done.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Prohlems with our Blog

We have been having some problems with our blog recently. We are trying to fix these, and hope you will bear with us.
With thanks.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

So what’s wrong with fragrance oils?

Well, on the face of it, nothing, if you just want to make your home or workspace smell nice.

You can pick up a bottle of rose fragrance oil for a couple of pounds, add a few drops to your candle, light bulb ring or oil diffuser, and your room will be filled with - well, that depends on the price you pay, the brand, the ingenuity of the chemists to make up your synthetic fragrance oil that is supposed to smell like the real thing, in our example, a field full of roses.

Many people don’t realise that the term ‘fragrance oil’ means ‘synthetic oil’. Quality will vary tremendously and some will, indeed, fool your nose into thinking you’re smelling the real flower.

So if it’s smell you want, what’s wrong with that?

Many of the constituent chemicals used in fragrance oils are not exactly environmentally friendly. Added to that, some of the chemicals used may have harmful effects to your health. But I’m not going to scare you: You pays your money and makes your choice as they say.

But wait! “Does that mean there’s a better alternative?” you ask.

Yes indeed! The alternative is the real thing, from which all these imitation fragrance oils or their origins in the quest for capturing that perfect rose smell.

Essential oils are the true essence of the plant from which they are extracted. For essence substitute spirit or life force if you like that idea. But in any case, the volatile substances given off by plants in all their forms not only smell heavenly but have healing or other benefits too.

So what’s the catch?

Well, I think you’ve guessed it by now. The cost.

It takes about 1000 kg of rose petals to make a kilo of pure rose essential oil. Just think how many roses that means…

Even for lemons, it takes about 3000 lemons to produce a kilo of essential oil, so you may now begin to understand why candles, oil blends, reed diffusers and other home fragrancing products are so much more expensive.

But what are the known and reputed benefits of essential oils?

Well, to take the lemon first. Lemon juice is a lovely cleaning agent, and the essential oil is a powerful anti-oxidant which helps cleanse and stimulate the blood, as well as being useful for getting rid of too much oil in the skin. It is also an effective detoxifier for the body as a whole

As for the rose, it is not only healing for many bodily ailments but is a wonderful mood lifter and has been used for millennia as an aphrodisiac.

There’s one more factor to add to the cost of essential oils but which, too, has benefits. Much of the world’s production is now based on huge quantities to satisfy the demand from many industries, including food and flavourings. Intensive farming methods mean a high use of pesticides which can leave traces in the essential oils the consumer buys.

To be absolutely sure you are buying the purest essential oil possible, you have to buy organic. Much of this oil is produced on a smaller scale by companies with concerns about the long-term effects of intensive farming on the environment and the food chain. In my view, the extra cost for peace of mind is worth it.

Yes, there are fragrances you just can’t get from essential oils, like fresh-baked bread or apple pie; and there are some that are extremely expensive, like rose and vanilla. But I hope you now understand why the cheap bottle of fragrance oil on the shelf in the discount store or offered online is not actually quite what it seems.

All of our products on Essentially Natural use only the purest, organic essential oils so you can be sure you are buying the best available!Essentially Natural Essential Oils

Saturday, 4 April 2015

20% off for Easter Bank Holiday!

Keeping with our tradition, we're giving a fantastic 20% off over the Bank Holiday!

Ends Midnight Tuesday 7th April 2015.
Order now whilst stocks last.

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