Lady Grey Body Balm

web_3786There’s something utterly wonderful (and uplifting) about bergamot, AKA ‘the happy oil’, and I couldn’t leave it at the Earl Grey Tea Beard & Stubble Oil; I had to create this (not so) humble nod to its sequel in the tea-world, Lady Grey.

Lady Grey Tea was originally created for those who liked things a bit more citrus-y; it adds some extra juicy notes to the original Earl Grey blend. I’ve gone one step further and added a hint of bright, floral geranium essential oil (hence the ‘petal’ in the title) to the bergamot, grapefruit, sweet orange & lemon, rounding and deepening it with a subtle hint of cedarwood.

A cross between a body oil and a body butter, this balm’s base is a super-smooth, silken blend of pure plant butters (shea and walnut), coconut oil, tea plant oil and peach kernel. It sinks gracefully into your skin, softens it deeply and even gives a slight gleam (it’s lovely on the legs, arms & décolletage). I have been known to wear this for photoshoots to give my skin that extra, gentle glow, which cameras love.

Most commercial body butters are composed mainly of water. This one contains zero water (and therefore remains extra pure in not requiring a preservative), so its composition is extremely rich and nutrient-dense; a little goes a very long way, so do use sparingly.

Being so natural, please bear in mind that the organic shea and walnut butters in this product may form tiny crystals if exposed to strong changes in temperature during transit. This doesn’t affect the quality of the product even remotely, and any possible crystals will melt away upon rubbing into your skin.

Uses & Directions:
Rub a small amount (e.g. approximately equivalent to a 10p piece per leg, adding more later if required) between your palms and massage into the skin.

The overall scent is delicate and subtle (and wonderful in rotation with the deeply seductive Patchouli, Vanilla & Cardamom Hand & Body Balm and the fresh-fruity-floral Violet Leaf, Rose & Grapefruit Hand & Body Balm), but for those who prefer things completely unscented (but just as nourishing), try the Naked Baby Balm.

Key ingredients/benefits:
Organic Shea Butter: Shea butter has an excellent ability to penetrate the skin without clogging pores, allowing the skin to breathe. Deeply moisturising, gentle and heavenly. This one is produced at a women’s co-operative in Burkina Faso.

Organic, Raw, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, moisturising, soothing and melts in beautifully. Coconut Oil changes from solid to liquid depending on the temperature (it has a very low melting point of 24 °C (76 °F) and does its job beautifully in either state.

Organic Walnut butter: Intensely rich in omega-3 and excellent at clearing up dry patches. The Oleic acid content, good for skin-regeneration, makes this extra good for mature and sun-damaged skin.

Camellia Sinensis Oil (cold pressed from the seeds of the tea plant): Traditionally favoured by Japanese geisha (who know a thing or two about beauty), this light oil is healing, softening, nourishing, packed full of micro-nutrients… See here!

Candelilla Wax: a vegan alternative to beeswax, this succulent plant is full of nutrients of its own, aids with inflammation and, in sinking in, helps form a light barrier between the skin and the outside world.

Cedarwood, Geranium, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Bergamot & Lemon Essential Oils: to infuse your skin with 100% natural, plant-distilled fragrance. Fruity!

Ingredients:
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Refined Butter, Prunus persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Camellia sinensis (Camellia) Seed Oil (Tea Plant), Maranta Arundinacea Root, Candelilla cera, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Unrefined Butter, Juglans regia (Walnut) butter, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Linalool*, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Citronellol* (*Natural constituents of essential oils).

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