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It is here that you will find all my thoughts, findings and musings on all things skincare related. I shall be adding hints and tips on keeping your skin in tip top condition. I shall share with you the findings of further research into natural skincare. I will post my thoughts and feelings on the ethics of the products and the skincare industry as I find it. I shall entertain you with my adventures in the Merionwen lab and now and again I shall even share with you the odd recipe or two.



heaven is a massage bar

Category: products

Only five days left until the grand opening of the on-line shop.

Here, in Merionwen Towers we are run off our busy feet.

One of today's goodies being made are massage bars.

There is nothing quite so luxurious as a relaxing massage from a loved one (or therapist, although I'm sure you all love your therapists because we are lovely). Or you could step out of the bath or shower and grab a massage bar to seal in the moisture to keep your skin feeling great.

Merionwen's massage bars are a base of cocoa butter and shea butter. The melting point is just slightly above skin level so they stay firm in the box yet glide silky oils when applied to the skin. The first collection have been made in a pleasing flower shape that echo's the Merionwen daisy. It fits snugly into the hand and allows smooth application.

These first few have a floral them. There is of course vintage rose, a delightfully aromatic jasmine and lavender and ylang ylang.

The lavender and ylang ylang comes from a particular blend of after sun oil I have formulated that will also be hitting the shelves.

I have also been asked to make a few more manly shapes and scents. So far I have rounds of patchouli and peppercorn. This aroma is a particular favourite with us here at The Towers. There is also a blend of rosemary and cedarwood in the offing.

Watch this space and as ever, if you have any requests of suggestions please get in touch.

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15:43:49 10-07-2013
 

sugar and spice

Category: products

Merionwen Towers is awash with the scent of sugar and spice.

Today's formulations consist of foaming body polish.

The sun has got his hat on and we want to go out to play. However, we all want smooth skin to give us the daring to get our shorts and cossies on.

If, like me you suffer with milk bottle legs after a long and chilly winter you will feel the need to jump in the shower and give the skin a bit of a buff before indulging in some vitamin D forming rays.

Of course, the last thing I would advocate is lounging around under the midday sun and damaging our delicate birthday suits with too many photons. I do, however, advise you all to think sensibly, cover up when necessary and get out there and enjoy it.

So, it's time for a skin M.O.T!

In my previous post I talked you through body brushing. (link)

What could be better than following this up with a warm shower and a hand full of foaming body polish.

There are three formulations about to hit the shelves. all blended with their unique properties in mind.

Base Formula.

An organic coconut oil and fairtrade light brown sugar base. I have always had a penchant for sugar scrubs but have rarely come across and that has a secondary benefit of foaming in place of soap. I have addressed this issue with organic, pure and delicate castile. Gentle and cleansing it doesn't add any worry of SLS to the formula.

Strawberry and Black Pepper.

Strawberries can help the skin feel softer and more supple, while black pepper is a natural detoxifier. This scrub utilises finely ground peppercorns and strawberry seeds as an added bonus to exfoliate and slough those dead cells away.

Vanilla Coffee.

There is no better way to start a lazy Sunday than with a rich and heady mixture of vanilla and coffee. The vanilla naturally balances the rich bitterness of good coffee. Leaving you skin singing and a delicious lingering aroma of vanilla. Coffee is packed with antioxidants and acts as an anti inflammatory. Utilising the blend of rich ground coffee and whole vanilla beans for their exfoliating properties. Polishing the skin to a luxurious shine.

Vintage Rose and Frankincense.

Roses and frankincense have been uses through time immemorial in valued and luxurious skincare. Rose is a classic scent that evokes an image of age old country gardens and lazy afternoons. Frankincense brings a touch of the exotic to the other wise traditional. However, it is no accident that I have brought these to gems together. Rose has many therapeutic properties. Not least the wonderful effect it has on dry, sensitive and ageing skin. Frankincense mirrors this beautifully with it's hydrating and rejuvenating properties. There is a delightful addition of ground rose petals in this polish. It gently exfoliates while leaving you beautifully yet delicately scented.

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12:53:37 18-06-2013