Monthly Archives: June 2015

Oil of the Month – Calendula


Calendula oil is derived from the beautiful marigold flowers that we all know and which are found in many of our gardens.  What isn’t as widely known are the amazing skincare benefits of the plant oil derived from the flowers.

The distilled oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial agent, and antiseptic. One of the complex characteristics of calendula oil responsible for these actions is a compound called triterpenoid. For this reason including Calendula Oil in your skincare regime may help with conditions such as  dermatitis, eczema and  irritated dry skin .  This is one reason why Calendula is one of the base oils we use in our Juniper and Jojoba hand Cream ( RRP £9.50). As the oil is anti-bacterial it’s especially beneficial if applied after gardening, housework or other manual tasks.

The magic in the marigold has been used as far back as ancient times. The high content of antioxidants found in Calendula Oil contributes to the cell regeneration aspect of the oil. Some of these antioxidants are mucilage, carotenoids, saponin, and quercetin. Other benefits are its great moisturising properties, so it’s really nurturing and soothing (again why it’s in our Hand Cream)

Many of the plants and flowers we see on a regular basis have amazing skincare properties.  We will be looking at more over the coming months.  Do get in touch if there is a particular oil you’d like to know more about

Please Note – As with any Plant Oil or Essential Oil we cannot guarantee that your skin will like it!  Every skin is different and so you should always try any new product on a small patch of skin first .  Sometimes the blend of different oils in a product can result in a skin reaction.  Here at Mary Elizabeth we ensure that all our ingredients are on the label, not on a fancy box which you just throw away.  This means that you know exactly what you are putting on your skin

Take care

Cecilia and Claire xx




Pouring Oil on Troubled Skin?

shutterstock_123808480The use of oils in skin care, especially in those products for acne-prone, oily, or combination skin, often causes concern to users.  It seems counter intuitive that putting oil on oily skin will  help alleviate the problem.  However, it is actually true!

Many oils are fantastic for skincare,  even on acne-prone skin, and the right types of oils can even help reduce clogged pores and acne (However many can also cause clogged pores and inflame acne.

The first thing to consider is how comedogenic the oil is. Comedogenic simply means likely to cause comedones. Non-comedogenic, therefore, means unlikely to cause comedones!

A comedone is a plug of debris (made up of bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, and skin care ingredients)  filling a skin pore. Comedones commonly appear as blackheads and sometimes as whiteheads. Comedones trap the oil that normally flows out of pores and a pimple will often develop around this trapped oil

The product type is important, so a cleanser is less likely to clog pores as it is removed from the skin, while a moisturiser may be more likely. Even toners can cause clogged pores if they contain comedogenic ingredients . ( Look out for our blog on the fantastic Oil Cleanse Method)!

Look at the quantity of an oil in the product, because this influences how comedogenic a product is.   By law product ingredients must be  listed on skincare products in order of quantity, with the largest component appearing first.  A product may only contain a tiny percentage of an ingredient listed at the end!

Consider the type of oil in a product, and your skin type. Dry skin often has small pores, not letting much oil out or much debris in.  Oily skin often has larger pores to release a larger amount of oil on the skin, potentially  collecting debris, resulting in comedones.

The following oils have low comedogenecy  A level of 5 would means that an oil is likely to be highly comedogenic.  At Mary Elizabeth we ensure that all our products contain significant quantities of at least one, if not more, of these amazing oils.



Almond   oil 2
Apricot   oil 2
Avocado   oil 2
Calendula   oil 1
Coconut   oil 3
Emu   oil 1
Grapeseed   oil 1
Hazelnut   oil 2
Jojoba   oil 1
Olive   oil 2
Pomegranate   oil 1
Rosehip   oil 1
Safflower   Oil (high linoleic acid variety only*) 0
Sesame 2
Sunflower 2

* Safflower oil comes in two varieties: The high linoleic acid variety and the high oleic  variety. The high oleic acid variety is comedogenic and should only be used for cooking

We will blogging about different oils in our regular Oil of the Month feature.  Watch out too for our blog on the Oil Cleansing Method

Take care

Cecilia & Claire x