Monthly Archives: May 2015

Oil of the Month – Meadowfoam Oil

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Meadowfoam Oil is a fairly new oil in skincare in the UK.  It’s the one we are asked most about when people read it on our ingredients list.  We use it because we believe it’s pretty special and has great skincare properties!

The oil is pressed from the seeds of Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba), a plant which received its name because,while in bloom, it resembles the white foam blowing on the ocean. Meadowfoam is native to northern California, southern Oregon, Vancouver Island, and British Columbia.

Chemically, Meadowfoam oil contains over 98% long-chain fatty acids, and also has higher quality triglyceride levels when compared to other vegetable oils. In addition, it has three long chain fatty acids that were previously unknown before its discovery. This all enhances its moisturising and rejuvenating capabilities, and is why it’s a key ingredient in our Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser. It also means that it’s a very stable oil so can help ensure the shelf life of your product.

When applied to the skin, Meadowfoam Oil forms a moisture barrier and will assist the skin with preventing moisture loss. When added to lotions and lip balms, it will remoisturise dry or cracked lips and skin, and helps make balms last longer. We use it as one of our plant oils in our award winning Spearmint & Tea Tree Nurture Balm for these very reasons

In summary, Meadowfoam oil has these beneficial characteristics:

  • Moisturises the skin
  • Rejuvenates and adds shine to hair
  • Non-greasy feeling, soaks into the skin easily
  • Helps reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing
  • Blends well with other carrier oils
  • Very stable,  even under heat and air exposure
  • Binder, helps products retain their scent longe

In addition to  its uses, Meadowfoam oil is also beneficial for our environment! It was first developed in the 1970’s, and was introduced as an alternative to sperm whale oil in order to protect the species. The Meadowfoam plants themselves are a renewable crop, and are usually grown as a rotation crop for grass seed farmers. This eliminates the need to burn the fields in between grass seed plantings, and also provides farmers with additional income. Meadowfoam also requires less fertilizer and pesticides than most crops, assisting farmers and the environment.

So really, what’s not to love!

Take care

Cecilia & Claire x



#WOW Mary Elizabeth is a Winner!



We are delighted to announce that Mary Elizabeth has won the prestigious WOW Award from the inspirational female entrepreneur, Jacqueline Gold.

When selecting the  winners, Jacqueline looks for businesses that are interesting, that have strong brand values and that she thinks have potential to grow and succeed in their industry. She looks for quality products, well designed websites and entrepreneurs who appear to have a good business sense and who have thought about what the consumer wants and how to deliver it.

Thanks for the accolade Jacqueline!

Cecilia and Claire x

Does skin really breathe?



Breathing occurs when air moves  in and out of our lungs. It is one of the few completely involuntary actions of the human body – we don’t “do” breathing, it just does itself!

Breathing delivers oxygen to different parts of our body, gets rid of excess carbon dioxide  and  helps move blood around the body. It’s an amazing part of our human physiology and we would die without being able to breathe.

But you have probably heard claims from skincare products saying that they help the skin to breathe. But the truth is that the skin does not breathe!

Skin is pretty amazing. It is the body’s largest organ, comprises about 15% of our body weight and it holds all our internal organs together. However it doesn’t play an active role in helping us breathe. The skin does absorb some oxygen under the right circumstances but that isn’t helping it “breathe”

The only mammal which actually breathes through its skin is the the tiny Marsupail  mouse Julia Donnart, which is too weak to inflate its lungs when it is first born, so it breathes through its skin instead until it leaves its mother’s pouch. Humans don’t breathe troughtheir skin.

When a product says it “helps your skin breathe” what it actually means is that it won’t clog your pores.  I suppose the former sounds better in adverts though!

When a product or ingredient is known to block pores, it is also called “comedogenic”. A comedo is a blocked hair follicle in the skin – a spot or a pimple. So when you apply a skincare product and you let your skin “breathe” you are actually  using ingredients that don’t cause spots!

See our Blog next month “Pouring Oil on Troubled Skin” for more about comedogenic oils

Take care

Cecilia and Claire xx