Squalane: the perfect skin care oil?

One of the most sought after natural ingredients in cosmetics and skin care today is an oil-like substance called squalane. It’s actually called squalene (with an ‘e’) or squalane (with an ‘a’) and it’s being used more and more in a variety of products such as hair conditioners, facial oils, moisturizers, anti-aging products, eye creams, lipsticks,… Read More

Mexican Sunflower

  It was Earth Day a couple Saturdays ago and in celebration I posted the above pic of a Mexican Sunflower – botanical name tithonia diversifolia – on my Instagram page. Mexican sunflower is also sometimes referred to as “tree marigold”. I received a cutting from Andromeda Botanic Gardens last year when I took part in their… Read More

Orange blossom – my first perfume

The very first perfume I ever made was Orange Blossom, which today remains my best-selling perfume. Back in 2002 I began to develop an interest in essential oils and aromatherapy, and orange blossom essential oil (I can’t even remember how I managed to come across it) – was the scent that started it all for me. Unlike limes, the scent of orange… Read More

Papaya flowers

These are some flowers blossoming on a male papaya (pawpaw) tree in a developing garden in Barbados. Although we all know a lot about papaya fruit, the benefits of its flowers (the blossoms that eventually produce the fruit) are less spoken about, although its curative properties and use as a herbal remedy I am certain have been known for centuries. Just like the… Read More

Kenyan Black Tea Beauty Balm

Happy New Year! Thanks so much for your support for those who follow this blog (please don’t be afraid to comment), and here’s hoping for a great 2017. This is one of my products that will soon be back in stock. Kenyan Black Tea Beauty Balm is a luxurious, natural body butter infused with black… Read More