THE A-Z OF NATURAL AND ORGANIC SKINCARE INGREDIENTS Each month our skincare glossary will highlight the benefits of natural and organic ingredients:

M: Macadamia Nut Oil

Fascinating fact: An Australian chemist, John Macadam along with fellow botanist discovered and named the Macadamia Nut tree more than 125 years ago. It was introduced into Hawaii in 1882, the Hawaiian-produced macadamia established the well-known seed internationally. Now the nut is produced in South Africa, Brazil, California, Costa Rica, Israel, Kenya, Bolivia, New Zealand, Colombia, Guatemala and Malawi.

3667869_macadamia oilSkin benefits: Macadamia nut* oil sinks into the skin effectively and is called the ‘vanishing’ oil. It is not dissimilar to the skins naturally produced sebum and the fatty acid profile of sebum is very similar to macadamia nut oil hence its ‘vanishing’ abilities on the skin.

One particular fatty acid in the profile to shout about is the Omega 7 – Palmitoleic acid (16-23%). It assists in delaying the ageing process of the skin because of its restructuring properties. Palmitoleic acid is abundant in young skin but depletes as we age especially during the menopause.

Skincare products that contain macadamia nut oil assist to reduce the signs of ageing skin because of the high content of essential fatty acids present which have great nourishing, moisturising and antioxidant properties.

Vanilla & Macadamia Oil (2)Toulou Organics Skincare products that contain Organic Macadamia Nut* oil are Vanilla Pod & Macadamia Body Oil beneficial to mature skin, due to its high concentration of palmitoleic acid.  Cocoa Butter Crème is easily absorbed into the skin and increases the skins elasticity, moisturises, hydrates and soothes dry skin. Kukui Nut & Aniba Body Oil & Avocado Butter Crème.

*Organic Macadamia Nut oil retains the essential fatty acid profile and is nutritionally beneficial to the skin.



nationalmassagedayTouch is part of our daily physical language.  It is instinctive, natural and credited to human nature.  Yet, as a society we can be reserved and inhibited about physical touching, especially when it comes to massage treatments, often perceived as a luxury rather than an essential treatment for a healthy lifestyle.  Massage is one of the simplest and oldest forms of health care practices available today and essentially stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities through stroking, kneading and tapping the body with an understanding of the principles of human anatomy.  Manuscripts and artwork from all over the world have shown people being massaged for centuries.

It is said that the Father of medicine Hippocrates (460-377 BC) believed, “”The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.”

All massage techniques involve touch, which is an important sensation linked to comfort, love and emotion.  Humans and animals need touching, stroking and rubbing to thrive and grow, and touch has been linked to stress-relief.  Immediately after soothing touch is applied to the skin, messages are sent to the brain to relax the body and release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.  Rubbing the muscles and tissues of the body also help to work out any stiffness or tension that is stored in the body to improve flexibility and movement.   Some doctors are recommending massage to relief stress in the body.   Massage is also valuable for stimulating the lymphatic system to boost the immune system and get rid of toxins in the body.

Whether it’s to relieve muscle and joint stiffness, or alleviate stress and tension, manipulating the soft tissues in the body is a positive form of bodywork used to improve function within the body and reduce future medical issues.  Toulou Organics Tender to Touch massage oil contains a blend of Moringa, Black Seed, Comfrey and Raspberry organic or cold pressed oils with organic or wild-crafted Chamomile, Lavender and Fragonia essential oils, to assist in reducing inflammation and relieve pain in the joints, caused by arthritis, gout and rheumatism, and Balmy Nights massage oil takes you to a place of tranquillity with a delightful blend of Neroli, Lavender and Chamomile organic essential oils to relax your body.

On Friday 16 May at 15.00 hours (3pm) Gill Tree, founder of and self appointed ambassador for massage therapy in the UK and pioneer in the industry is inviting everyone who simply believes the world would be a better place if we all reach out to one another, to join hands and form a conga line of people from St. Thomas’ Hospital to the Houses of Parliament to bring awareness that touch is a necessary preventative health measure.  Support her manifesto for a Pro-Touch Society!

SALT AWARENESS WEEK – 10th – 16th March 2014

For centuries salt (Sodium Chloride) was regarded as one of the most important commodities of diet for health and a valuable trade item. In fact a soldier’s pay—consisting in part of salt—came to be known as solarium argentum, from which we derive the word salary. Today, salt is found extensively across our diet and especially in processed foods like bread, biscuits, cereals, ready meals and takeaways, (80%) with salt_spoon 1salt added while cooking or (20%) at the table. If not monitored too much salt intake can result in high blood pressure and a whole host of health problems.

Salt makes your body hold on to water so if you eat too much salt, the water stored in the body raises your blood pressure – hence the more salt, the higher your blood pressure. In turn, the higher the blood pressure, the greater the impact and strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain, leading to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and kidney disease. There are several ways you can cut out the ‘white stuff’: from healthy shopping and cooking ideas to salt alternatives.

Healthy Shopping
These foods are particularly high in salt and it is best to try to avoid them or find a low-salt alternative if you can:
• Tomato ketchup
• Tinned/packet soups
• Beef, chicken and vegetable stock cubes
• Gravy granules
• Soy sauce
• Dried fish
• Mustard
• Pickles
• Curry powders
• Ready-made sandwiches
• Microwave and frozen ready meals
• Breaded chicken products
• Sausages
• Bacon
• Ham

Cooking Ideas
Try to cut out salt altogether by adding other flavours such as:
• fresh, frozen or dried herbs
• onions
• garlic
• shallots
• chillies
• ginger
• cinnamon
• lemon juice
• pepper
• vinegar
• red or white wine, cider or beer
• spices with low levels of salt

Salt Alternatives
If you cannot do without, try using the mineral rich Himalayan ‘Pink’ Salt (still in moderation) or a low-sodium replacement that tastes the same as normal table salt but with potassium instead of sodium as a key ingredient. Be aware that if you have kidney disease, or are taking certain blood pressure medications, a large increase in potassium could be harmful.


ImageAnother year has passed. And psychologically, it’s the best time for self assessment of YOUR total wellbeing.  So here are a few age-defying tips to kick-start, reboot, rebalance and boost you into 2014.


According to food and health expert, Elizabeth PeytonJones in her book ‘Eat Yourself Young’, the five most ageing foods are sugar, salt, cow’s milk, meat and bad fats.  SUGAR is the most ageing food of all and is involved in four of the ageing processes: acidification, inflammation, eliminative slowdown and hormonal imbalance.  A diet of highly sugared foods slows down the body’s ability to regenerate itself thereby speeding up the ageing process.  On an everyday level amongst other things, it results in aching joints, cravings, flabby stomach, lack of muscle tone and mood swings. Switch to slow-release carbohydrates such as whole grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables instead of refined sugar. If you crave for something sweet, try beetroot, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomato, almonds or pistachios.  Good fats slow down the metabolism of sugar, so eat fruit with nuts and seeds.  SALT although an essential compound is a cheap flavour enhancer as well as a preservative found in over-processed foods and in ‘healthy’ foods such as canned beans, cold meats, cheese, cereals and soups.  Over consumption accelerates the ageing processes.  Instead of adding salt to your food and processed foods try using herbs instead.  A diet high in salt causes inflammation, the cells swell with water, which upsets the sodium/potassium balance that generates the energy needed to move muscles and nerves, causing weakness and fatigue.  COW’S MILK is full of calcium, vitamins and protein, but it also triggers four of the ageing processes – eliminative slowdown (causing bloating, constipation or diarrhoea), inflammation (mucus, stiff joints, inflammatory bowel disorders), hormonal imbalance (affecting blood sugar and oestrogen levels) and is acid-forming.  Therefore it needs to be balanced by alkalising foods such as vegetables.  It’s also been linked to serious health conditions, including diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers, and can be a major allergen linked to asthma and eczema.  Look out also for milk derivatives (casein and lactose) in breads, cakes, biscuits, processed meats and crisps.  Switch to goat’s, sheep’s or buffalo milk, which are richer in many vitamins and minerals and contain anti-inflammatory oligosaccharides, which boost friendly gut bacteria and are easier to digest. Try cheeses such as manchego, feta and mozzarella, which are not from cow’s milk.  For calcium, switch to dark green leafy veg, beans, nuts and seeds, grains and nut milks.  MEAT is a high source of protein needed to build muscles, ligaments and skin.  But meat is not the only protein and as well as triggering all five of the ageing processes, it is loaded with saturated fats and very calorific.  Meat is one of the most acid-forming foodstuffs and because of its high levels of saturated fats, it causes chronic inflammation.  Processed meat is high in cancer-causing sulphites and nitrites. It irritates the gut and frying, grilling or chargrilling causes DNA-altering, cancer-causing compounds.  It also causes free radicals and leads to oxidative stress.  Switch to fish, which is a good source of protein. Other youth-making proteins include eggs, grains (especially amaranth and quinoa), legumes (beans, lentils, tofu), nuts and seeds.  If you do eat meat limit it to one portion (up to 100g) once a week, preferably free-range chicken/turkey or organic lamb (once a month).  Avoid sausages, bacon, ham, burgers, hot dogs and barbecued, grilled and roasted meats should be avoided if possible as they are acid-forming, cause inflammation and some are high in cancer-causing sulphites and nitrites.  BAD FATS are transfats or hydrogenated fats and, even though UK producers are phasing out transfats, they are still widely found in processed foods such as cakes, fast food, ice cream and oils for deep frying.  They interfere with cell function and cause inflammation, acidification, oxidation and hormonal imbalance. Trans-fats have also been linked to depression, coronary heart disease, raising bad cholesterol and lowering good, and increasing the risk of degenerative diseases.  They may also lead to blood sugar disorders as they disrupt the action of insulin.  GOOD FATS are essential for maintaining cell structure, helping the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and for healthy-looking skin, brain function, mood and energy.  Every cell in our body has a protective outer coating of fat and protein.  If that coating is fluid (ie, made of good fats), it can help cells absorb nutrients and water, as well as process chemical messengers.  If it is not fluid (because of a diet of bad fats), this process is impaired.  It’s thought that lack of fluidity is a trigger for many ageing symptoms, including decline in skin quality, inflammation, allergies, depression, PMT, joint pain and osteoarthritis.  Switch to fats from unprocessed oily fish, avocados, goat/sheep products, soya and nuts.  It’s better to eat full fat than processed low-fat foods and cold-pressed rather than refined oils.


Regular exercise has many benefits including: weight control, reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases,  type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, some cancers, improves your mental health and mood, strengthens your bones and muscles and increases People Exercising at a Gymnasiumyour chances of living longer.  Mental health is an important aspect of health and physical fitness. Keep your mind engaged and stimulated through brain games on the computer, crossword puzzles; learn a language, join a book club etc.  Like your body, the brain needs to be exercised to keep it functioning well. Physical exercise doesn’t have to be exhausting.  Join a fitness class such as yoga, pilates or do exercises from the comfort of your home by using workout DVDs or the Wii fitness programmes.  One of the simplest forms of exercise is also the most effective – walking.  Regular walking, like most aerobic activities, is good for you because cardio-vascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs, increasing overall fitness. Together with diet and other exercise plans, it can also help with weight loss and tone up muscles.  There are also psychological benefits to walking.  According to Pete Cohen, GMTV’s Life Coach for the Inch Loss Beach series: “When you walk, just like any other form of exercise, your body has a chemical release of serotonin, the natural feel-good chemical.”  There is also the release of endorphins, which are happy hormones, which is why people feel on a natural high at the end of an exercise session.  Remembering how you feel should be an incentive for you to keep it up.


Not only is the skin the largest organ of the body, but it is a great tell-tale sign of ageing.  As you age there are physical changes to the features and conditions of the skin which are evident below and above the skin such as drier, more fragile, thinner, bruising (due to loss of support around blood vessel walls that happens with ageing), loss of fat in cheeks and around the eyes may loosen the skin and give you a leaner look.  There are some practical steps to decrease the ageing signs such as protecting yourself from sun exposure.  The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin.  The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching; always wear suitable clothing such as hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your skin.  Smoking too is a number one culprit to premature ageing.

Timeless Face Oil

Timeless Face Oil

It not only reduces the levels of collagen in your skin, but it also causes dull skin, and increases wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.  Say ‘No’ to nicotine!  Drink plenty of water and make it a part of your routine. Without water skin cells dehydrate and essential anti-aging nutrients cannot be delivered to your system. While a rich moisturiser applied day and night will do wonders for your skin, it cannot reach its full potential without a regular exfoliation session.  Exfoliation equals fresh, healthy skin that will effectively soak up the moisture provided. Antioxidants in skincare assist in protecting the cells from damage by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells.  They can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including reducing the signs of ageing.  From calming inflamed skin to tightening and toning, antioxidants offer great benefits from natural sources.  Make sure you get the right amount of SLEEP.  You may be resting, but your skin will still be working.  During sleep your body releases growth hormones, which stimulates cell turnover.

The key is awareness and regularity.  Everyone can gain the health benefits of mental and physical activity regardless of age, ethnicity, shape or size.


Source: NHS health

What’s in beauty? The power of Essential and Carrier Oils

Essential oils are renowned for two primary well-being benefits: emotionally and physically. It’s the fragrant and highly concentrated natural constituents extracted from specific plants, and introduced into your daily well-being regime that assists in you looking and feeling good.

There are thousands of essential oils and hundreds of carrier oils available, but to experience their endless list of therapeutic benefits it is necessary to purchase cold pressed, wild-crafted or organic oils to enhance the mind and body.  The benefits include anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, improving the complexion of skin, soothing and balancing and many more.   Some essential and carrier oils have no side-effects, but others are very harmful to the body and as such it is best to seek advice from a trained aromatherapist.  Essential oils can be inhaled where they affect your limbic system to initiate physiological responses or absorbed through the skin’s pores and hair follicles.

5 beauty essential and carrier oils for topical and aromatic uses:

Lavender Essential Oil  –  The universal and distinguished aroma is widely used for its soothing and relaxing qualities.  It is also a natural analgesic,   anti-depressant, antiseptic and cicatrisant (formation of scar tissue) and one of a few essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin if you suffer a superficial burn whilst cooking or ironing.  It is a favourite in blends for various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions.

Rosehip Seed Oil – Carrier  –  Extracted from the seeds of rose bushes predominately grown in Chile, Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct hyper-pigmentation (dark spots), reduce scar tissue, fine lines and wrinkles.  With skin rejuvenating properties like vitamin A & C, Rosehip Seed Oil is a safer solution to repair the skin’s surface, restore elasticity and protects against sun damage and pollution stressors that can lead to wrinkles.

Neroli Essential Oil  –  A precious oil produced from the blossoms of the Bitter Orange Tree.  The Neroli essential oil is both a sedative and an overall tonic to the nervous system and can be beneficial for stress-related disorders of an emotional origin, as well as rejuvenate the skin by toning the complexion, reducing thread veins and stimulating growth of healthy new cells. Traditionally, Neroli essential oil was used not only to relieve tension and anxiety but also to increase circulation.

Moringa Seed Oil – Carrier  –  Known as the ‘Tree of Life’ because of its many health benefits to the body and other uses.  A potent antioxidant, rich in vitamins A & C, Moringa has effective nutrients that are absorbed easily into the skin, leaving the complexion with a natural radiance.  Moringa oil helps improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and assists in the reduction of sagging facial muscles.

Kukui Oil – Carrier  –  The Kukui is Hawaii’s state tree. Kukui is fortified with essential fatty acids, vitamins A, E & F, and antioxidants, all of which improves the skins elasticity and appearance.   This light moisturising oil is an effective treatment for sunburn, acne, dry skin conditions, scars, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis and dry hair & scalp.

Lavender & Chamomile Body Wash

Lavender & Chamomile Body Wash

Youthful Rosehip Seed Oil & Neroli Face Oil

Youthful Rosehip Seed Oil & Neroli Face Oil

Kukui Nut & Aniba Body Oil

Kukui Nut & Aniba Body Oil

Rejuvenating Moringa Seed Oil & Camellia Face Creme

Rejuvenating Moringa Seed Oil & Camellia Face Creme

Neroli Flower Water Face Toner

Neroli Flower Water Face Toner

Toulou Organics contains the finest ingredients for effective results, organically certified, cold pressed and wild crafted to achieve healthier more youthful skin. Toulou Organics skincare range does not contain parabens, petroleum, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, GM ingredients, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, synthetics, colours or fragrances.

Have yourself a ‘stress-free’ Christmas!

Preparing for Christmas is probably one of the most stressful periods of our lives. Whilst all the necessaries of shopping, cooking and socializing have Beautiful-lady-massage to be taken care of, it’s easy to let certain positive habits slip away.  Start now to schedule in some ‘me time’ on a  regular basis to give your mind and body the TLC it deserves.

'Balmy Nights'

‘Balmy Nights’ Massage Oil

Take yourself on a de-stress voyage of discovery with ‘Balmy Nights’ relaxing  massage oil  formulated with key cold pressed or organic oils and essential oils, Kukui (soften, restructure); Neroli (rejuvenates, stimulates cell growth); Lavender (relaxing, soothing) and Chamomile (optimises relaxation) to ease your mind and body into a tranquil place.  Awakening the senses through touch and aroma, this deeply relaxing synergy, soothes the mind, melts tension and harmonises the body.

“Lavender is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae renowned for its relaxing and soothing aroma for everyday stresses.  Lavender oil, which has long been used in the production of perfume can also be used in aromatherapy.  One of the most commonly enjoyed benefits of Lavender Essential Oil is its tension relieving properties.  The scent has a calming effect which aids in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety and stress.”

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas:

  • Make a plan – prioritise business and social activities to avoid last minute panic
  • Assess – identify what you can let go, put on hold or delegate
  • Include some me time – recharge your batteries with a Toulou Organics beauty treatment or massage
  • Manage your expectations of Christmas – forget the ‘Perfect Christmas’ – it’s only one day.  Avoid internal or external pressure to be a ‘super Christmas organiser’
  • Keep up healthy habits – get out of the house for walks. Exercise reduces stress and keeps family strife to a minimum
  • Give – consider sacrificing traditional festivities and volunteer to help a charity.  Helping others generates good feelings all round


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Breast Cancer Awareness

breast-cancer-awareness-monthIt’s a sensitive month when women are gently reminded to think about an eventuality that befalls many, young or old – the big ‘C’.  Breast Cancer Care charity is dedicated to providing emotional and practical support for anyone affected by breast cancer. They campaign effortlessly for greater support and care, and promoting the importance of early detection. So what’s the latest facts and stats?  According to Breast Cancer

The facts

  • The number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, but the good news is survival rates are improving, probably because of more targeted treatments, earlier detection and better breast awareness.
  • The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age – 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.
  • Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 400 men are diagnosed each year.
  • Breast cancer is not one single disease there are several types of breast cancer.
  • Not all breast cancers show as a lump, and not all breast lumps are breast cancer.
  • Less than 10% of all breast cancers run in families, so having someone in your family with breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean your own risk is increased.

The stats

  • Every year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed in the UK. That’s the equivalent of 150 people every day or one person every 10 minutes.
  • 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK, after lung cancer.
  • Of adults aged between 25-49 breast cancer accounts for 45% of all female cancers.

There are many organisations showing their support for this campaign with ranges of fashion, beauty and health products and services donating specific amounts back to charity.  Here are other practical ways to sustain good health and show support:

  • Be breast aware
  • Boost your confidence and health with natural skincare products
  • Show someone you care with a pamper gift voucher
  • Be conscious of what you eat and encourage lifestyle changes through your diet
  • Don’t be ignorant – learn more and help spread the word about cancer

Support Breast Cancer Month!

“Here Comes The Sun”

Making my way to the office this morning, the sun was shining beautifully; I thought, “Yes, I will talk about sun protection”.

Summer is here; hopefully the sun should start to shine for longer periods throughout the day, so we need sun protection.   I hear you saying, we live in the United Kingdom, where is the sunshine to warrant sun protection, especially not every day!!!  Well, fortunately or unfortunately, we need to protect our skin from the UVA / UVB radiation from the sun every day, even during the winter months, when there is a lot less sunshine.

No matter the degree of melanin in your skin, whether minimal or a high percentage, you will need some degree of sun protection from the ultraviolet rays.

During the summer months when the sun is at its strongest, the burning of the skin (i.e. Tanning) is the body’s natural way or alarm system to warn you that you have spent sufficient time in the sun.  The skin burning by the sun is caused by the UVB rays.  However, the UVA rays which are the longer rays are penetrating the skin and causing cellular damage (premature ageing) and potentially cancer.

Currently available on the market are many synthetic sun protection products, some of these are harmful to the skin because they only block the UVB rays, which burn the skin.  In addition the sun protection may contain a plethora of chemical ingredients that are not beneficial to the skin’s health but make up a high percentage of sun protection products.  It is wise to research the ingredients to provide you with an informed choice of products to use.

Sunscreens that place a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) value ranging from 5 – 50, determine the amount of time you can stay longer in the sun before burning.  For example, if at noon a fair skinned person begins to burn after 20 minutes in the sun, then a sunscreen with an SPF value of 8 will protect them from burning 8 times longer or 160 minutes.

One advantage to having increased melanin in your skin is, it helps delay the ageing process due to the natural protection from the UVB rays, less burning therefore less surface skin damage.  But darker skin can still burn in the sun and cause the skin to become uneven in colour, and therefore tan unevenly.  The UVA rays can still penetrate darker skin and cause premature ageing but at a slower rate to fairer skin, and potentially still cause skin cancer.

People with increased melanin should use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 whenever they go outside to protect their skin.  On the flip side increased melanin people require 10 to 20 times the sun exposure length (which equates to about two hours of exposure) than lighter-skinned people to build up the same amount of vitamin D.

The more natural and less harmful way to protect your skin from the ultraviolet rays is to use zinc oxide.  Zinc oxide is considered the better option for natural sun protection because it protects against both sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by UVA / UVB rays.  Zinc oxide is the broadest spectrum UVA / UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA.  EU regulations list zinc oxide as a non-toxic, non-allergenic, non-skin irritant and non-comedogenic (does not clog the skins pores).

Zinc oxide when blended into face and body creams as a sunscreen will sit on the skins surface and is not absorbed into the skin.  It blocks UVA (320–400 nm) and UVB (280–320 nm) rays of ultraviolet lights.[i]

Over the past few years, manufacturers have created a ‘micronized’ or ‘Nano-particle’ zinc oxide.  Due to Nano technology not being fully understood and the complications that may arise with the Nano technology, I would recommend that you do not use products that contain micronized or Nano particle zinc oxide, ingredients labels must state whether ‘micronized’ or ‘Nano-particle’ zinc oxide.

For more information about sun protection, consult a dermatologist.

Happy ‘safe’ sunny days.

The Super Lemon

I’m somewhat distressed, I had already completed this blog about the ‘Super Lemon’, but being a first time blogger, it didn’t save!!!…  I pressed the save button so many times, but alas it didn’t save.  I suppose it’s all a part of learning.

I was having a chat with a few rugby mums at the weekend, telling them of the benefits of the ‘Lemon and Hot Water’ first thing in the morning.  So I thought I would share the benefits to a wider audience.  Many of you may already know of the benefits but it is good to talk 🙂

I have been using the Lemon & Water first thing in the morning for 4 months to help my body release toxins, and help my digestive system.  I also heard that the hot water and lemon can help alkaline your body and help your joints.  Worth a try I thought.

So I roll a small uncut lemon on the work surface, this helps the lemon to give me all its juices.  I then cut it in half and squeeze out the juice into a cup.  Add warm, not boiling hot water to juice and sip.  At first the taste was so sour, arghhhh!  But you get use to it.  I was having a chat with a few rugby mums at the weekend, telling them of the benefits of the ‘Lemon and Hot Water’ first thing in the morning.  So I thought I would share the benefits to a wider audience.  Many of you may already know of the benefits but it is good to talk 🙂

I have been using the Lemon & Water first thing in the morning for 4 months to help my body release toxins, and help my digestive system.  I also heard that the hot water and lemon can help alkaline your body and help your joints.  Worth a try I thought.

So I roll a small uncut lemon on the work surface, this helps the lemon to give me all its juices.  I then cut it in half and squeeze out the juice into a cup.  Add warm, not boiling hot water to juice and sip.  At first the taste was so sour, arghhhh!  But you get used to it.


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4 Myths About Fantastic Skin

Eye Cream or Gel

People always ask why we don’t have a separate eye cream or gel in our range.  This article explains why.  Skin is skin when it’s on your face, the eye area is the same as your cheeks only more delicate.   So no dragging skin around the eyes but a good facial moisturiser, oil or serum will work wonders to the entire face.


Exfoliating is key to beautiful skin, removing the dead skin reveals new skin.  However, too much exfoliating with aggressive exfoliants can cause more harm to the skin and create dry, fine lines or acne skin.

Do some research into the different types of exfoliators that will benefit your skin type before exfoliating, some times you cannot repair the damage done.

Make-up and Cleansing

If you wear make up you have GOT to cleanse before going to bed.  The exposure to the daily elements in the atmosphere requires cleaning either with a cleanser, facial wash or a gentle vegetable soap to remove the grime of the day.

Enjoy the read!

V for Valentine & Vanilla

Yes, Valentine’s Day is on its way, how many cards are you sending this year? How many will you receive?  Does it matter how many? Or more that you receive one card from that one special person that makes your heart tick!


Valentine’s Day is the time for love, to share special moments, tell him or her, ‘I love you’, a true romantic.

The feelings those words evoke are overwhelming, the chemistry, the hormones, the confidence it instils is incredible, the images that play out in your mind, take you to place of peace and tranquillity, all very fluffy.  It is a shame Valentine’s Day is not all year round, just to have those feelings.

Just as words can create a special moment so do scents.

When scents are inhaled it sends a message to the brain that triggers old memories and feelings.   Some scents can prompt a chemical release that causes emotions and desires to the body, the effects can be relaxation, heightened sensitivity and feelings of euphoria.

vanilla_pod_oilResearchers have identified Vanilla as being one of those scents that causes euphoric desires to the body, whilst also calming and inducing relaxation to the mind and body.  Neurologist Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation discovered that “in mature men, vanilla was the most sexually arousing scent”.

Toulou Organics Nourishing – Vanilla Pod, Aloe Vera & Baobab Body Crème and Vanilla Pod & Macadamia Body Oil’s main ingredient is certified organic vanilla oil, both products leave your skin moisturised and nourished whilst leaving a subtle aroma on your body.

Valentine’s Day is the time for love, be ‘aromantic’ apply the vanilla aroma and release those pheromones that attract the opposite or same sex. Enjoy!

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