Monday, 16 April 2012

Blend Collective

Most of us are aware of the therapeutic benefits of essential oils to our psychological and physical well-being. Experiencing a massage, soaking in the bath or lighting a few candles are all relaxing or invigorating depending on the oils chosen. But all this takes time and where moments are precious in a busy lifestyle; this probably isn't going to happen on a regular basis.

Blend Collective, a new natural body care range, seems to be ideal. Although they do have candles and a bath & shower oil, the rest of the products fit in to a quick daily beauty routine such as body wash and body moisturiser.

The founders Clive Walker and Pippa Bennett wanted to create a bath & body range that was truly natural using at least 99% natural ingredients; contained enough essential oils to achieve the beneficial aroma therapeutic effect and also had a great scent. To ensure all this was achieved, they turned to three well know aromatherapy and perfume experts to blend together the oils:.

The results were:
Enlivening Blend – a citrus blend set to invigorate, energise and uplift the spirit.
This was blended by the late Alec Lawless who sadly passed away this March. Alec had over 20 years experience in the perfume industry producing complex fragrances.
Main Ingredients: Sicilian Lemon, May Chang, Lemon Myrtle and Lime with Gota Kola, Linden Blossom and Calendula.
Products: lip balm, hand wash, body wash and hand & body lotion

Balancing Blend – a floral blend to calm, nourish and replenish
Emma Nash is an established essential oil expert and believes that smell more than any other sense is linked to the parts of the brain that process emotion and associative learning.
Main Ingredients: Star Jasmine, Geranium, Vetiver and Rose oils with blackcurrant, Shea butter and Evening Primrose.
Products: soap bar, hand cream, body wash and body moisturiser

Unwinding Blend – a woody blend to soothe and relax the mind and senses.
Glenda Taylor is a reflexologist, aroma therapist and perfumer. She runs a natural and organic skincare brand as well as a luxury fragrance business and has a stellar reputation in the fragrance and beauty industry.
Main Ingredients: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood with soothing sea kelp, passion fruit and corn silk.
Products: soap bar, hand cream, bath & shower gel and candle.

Being more of a floral gal, I prefer the Balancing Blend for the fragrance, but do need the more energising Enlivening Blend in the morning.

If I were to nitpick, then the only minus I see with the products is the actual colour of the packaging (which by the way is recyclable and sourced only from maintained sustainable forests). I don’t associate the colours they’ve chosen with the fragrances. I may be in the minority here but see which colour you’d choose for each one: green, pink and blue.

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