Let’s get this pamper started


I received two beauty treats today so will be pampering myself tonight. My friend Romana has made some natural facial oil for me, based on my skin type (Sahara), and I picked up a sample of Liz Earle’s new botanical hair care range at work. The facial oil comes in a roller bottle (so I don’t use too much) and contains lots of yummy skin food: pumpkin seed, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, hemp seed oil, natural vitamins A and E, and the essential oils I said I liked – rose, ylang ylang, and lavender. It smells lovely and I can’t wait to test it out.

She’s asked me to use it for 28 days and let her know what I think. This will give my skin time to shed and renew. “It won’t get rid of your wrinkles but you will notice a big difference in your skin tone and appearance,” she says. I have to massage it in before bed, paying special attention to lip lines, sides of the nose, and the eye area. I read a useful beauty tip in Jo Fairley’s Wellbeing column for Waitrose Kitchen magazine last month: “Apply rich creams to the bony area around the eye; lighter gels can be smoothed into the lids themselves.” So simple but anti-ageing my eyelids hadn’t occurred to me, so thank you Jo.

I like Liz Earle’s skincare range (perennially popular; we sell buckets of it) so I’m pleased at the prospect of a natural, non-expensive shampoo and conditioner to go with it. I have dry, straw-like hair that grows into a helmet if I don’t tame it with regular cuts and blow-dries. I can’t brush it and I hate using lots of products, as they make my head itch but if I leave it to dry ‘au naturel,’ it’s a frizz-bomb.

The new haircare range is one shampoo for all hair types, which keeps it simple, and three different conditioners for normal, oily or dry/damaged hair. The shampoo contains vitamin E, aloe vera, West African shea butter, and apple and orange extracts, and the dry/damaged hair conditioner contains shea butter, blue seakale, Kenyan yangu oil, and the fruit extracts. No harsh SLS. I’ve no idea what the yangu oil does but Liz travelled to the Great Rift Valley to source it so it must be good. Let’s hope it does for your hair what Moroccan Argan oil does for your skin.

I’ll let you know what I think of both products. If you’d like to find out more about Romana’s bespoke facial oils, send me an email and I’ll pass your contact details on.

Let’s get this pamper started.

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