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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.



all the fun of the fair

Category: merionwen's musings
soaps

Happy, sunny Sunday, potion lovers!

It may well be a day of rest but that doesn't comply here at Merionwen towers. However, is potioning really work? It certainly doesn't feel like it.

Today has led to the formulation of a few more goodies that will be coming soon. Stay tuned to find out what they are.

I am also busy buzzing away making more goodies for the coming fair next weekend.

We will be at Barton Marina for the first of a regular monthly outing. It's all rather exciting. Barton Marina is a lovely place and I have family links to the area. My Dear Old Dad was from Burton Upon Trent and we would spend many summer holidays visiting his side of the family (I grew up in Wales).

I am hoping we will find ourselves with a few regular customers from both Barton Marina and a regular monthly outing to Derby Market Hall.

This last few weeks has seen us making our faces known at both the Buxton Dome and Bakewell Town Hall.

Both events were equally lovely and both towns warm and welcoming. We were surrounded by both vintage goodies and wonderful crafts alike.

I would like to say thank you to The Vintage Suitcase,as both Gemma and Allison are a pleasure to deal with. They put on a spectacular show and are superb people.

I'm very pleased to say that we are going to rejoin the team on October 20th back at the beautiful Buxton Dome.

charlie

Charlie was in residence, with added mischief. Possibly because he was in the hands of Andrew the Barefoot techie hero.

We like to drag Charlie around with us to demonstrate our passion for making our products palm oil free.

We actively support Orangutan Appeal UK, and wish this to be known to all our customers as it is something we feel strongly about.

In fact we are in the process of formulation a product with a specific purpose. All the profits from this particular product will go to the charity. we will also continue to show out support by adopting a wee little baby Orangutan.

All in all, it seems we have quite a busy few months ahead of us.

It's all good :)

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16:23:33 18-08-2013
 

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
 

lip smacking good

Category: products

Hi,

I just thought I'd pop a quick lunch time blog post up to tell you all what is coming together at Merionwen Towers today.

As we near shop launch I am ensuring there is a good and varied amount of goodies on offer.

This afternoons product is a good stock of lip balm. With the weather heating up it is essential we don't forget to look after our lips.

So, today has brought about :-

Turkish delight lip balm. A cocoa butter base with a rose scent and slight pink hue. (eastern spice)

Melissa and mint lip balm. The nourishing effect of melissa (lemon balm) coupled with the freshness of mint. (country garden)

St Clements lip balm. Orange and lemons! (eastern spice)

Strawberry lip balm. As requested by my teen daughter. A slight pink hue and a delicious strawberry flavour. (country garden)

Soothing calendula. Made with skin loving calendula infused oils. (botanics)

Currently they will be offered in a small glass jar but twist up tubes are on their way too.

Don't forget, I will do requests ;)

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11:54:49 08-07-2013
 

would you like salt with that?

Category: products

Today's fun in the blending room of Merionwen Towers as produced a delicious bath salt.

If, like me, you live in a hard water area there is nothing better than a generous scoop of salt in the bath to add softness. Coupled with that is the mineral benefits of adding natural salt to a bath.

Himalayan salt is hand mined, washed and dried at the foot hills of the Himalayas in Pakistan. I personally do my best to seek out a sustainable source and make sure it is fairtrade certified wherever possible.

Himalayan pink salt contains an almost identical set of elements to those in our body - in the same proportions as occur in our blood. The distinctive rose pink colour is a result of the high mineral content in the salt (iron, potassium and magnesium). So in my opinion why would you put in your bath something you would not put into your mouth. With this in mind I find this particular salt ideal.

I am blending it with a variety of good aromaceuticals, for both properties and wonderful scent. Of course there will be blend with finely ground rose petals. We all love roses right? Anti ageing, soothing and they smell great.

However, I am also looking at a spice blend, something floral, a botanical aspect and a citrus zing.

These salts have a dual aspect as they can also be used as gentle shower scrub. What better way to start a morning or sooth an evening?

Served up in a sweet kilner jar to make your bathroom look pretty. Or, if you so choose you can add to the experience with an ethically sourced wooden tub and scoop. These will also be available through the shop. I will also be making available bags of refills so you don't need to worry about having to ship a new jar each time.

I have tried to think of everything!

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10:32:43 21-06-2013
 

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