Monday, 25 May 2009

More Lovely Oils....

While I still finalise things regarding the new project I have been working on, I have added a few new oils to the growing list of natural and essential oils at Fresholi.

Melissa (true) - Somtimes called 'lemon balm' or 'bee balm', it has a delicate lemon-like aroma with herbal undertones. A soft, fresh and unique aroma. It has a long history of use, particularly for digestive disorders, nervousness and depression.

Melissa (blend) - A blend of essential oils to produce a remarkably similar melissa aroma at a more reasonable price. Ideal for those who want the aroma of true melissa withough having to dig too deep into their pockets. Please note this blend will not offer the same therapeutic properties as true melissa.

Helichrysum Italicum - There are a number of varieties of helichrysum but Italicum is thought to have superior healing and skin-soothing properties. Having a reputation in Europe for its beneficial properties for treating bronchial and pulmonary conditions and skin trauma.

Seabuckthorn Oil - Cold pressed from the pulp of the fruit, it is rich in essential fatty acids and nutrients (such as caratenoids, tocopherols, palmitoleic adid, sterols), seabuckthorn is well documented and highly respected for its incredibly beneficial properties. Very compatible with the skin and thought to be particularly useful in the treatment of eczema.

If you are a member to the site, you will be able to read more in-depth profiles of our essential oils in the Aromatherapy and Perfumery section of the site!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Preparing For Launch.....

Just a little quick note... I am preparing to launch a project that I have been putting together for some time. I must say, I am incredibly excited about this and, after talking to quite a few people, it seems that it is going to something that will be welcomed.

I dont want to give away too much at this point but I will say that it will allow me to apply my skills and experience as a therapist as well as open up new possibilities for non-therapist formulators.

I have been busying away at this for near on a year now, being careful in its planning and given each aspect lots of consideration and now, I am finally close to launch. I am optimistic about the project and the people it will better serve.

Coming soon to Fresholi......!!!!!

Friday, 15 May 2009

New Facial Spa Range & a free gift too!!

Essentially Soaps have just launched their new range of products including an exclusive range of 'Facial Spa' products with Dead Sea Mud and Sea Kelp. After much research and experimenting Kim (proprietor) said she had at last developed a facial scrub which was gentle on the skin had beneficial ingredients and did not strip the skin of its natural sebum and after using the facial scrub for 6 months herself was excited to be able to added it to her web site.

They have also broadened their existing range of 'Mum and Baby' which includes Shea Wipe/Melts, a light moisturising body cream for baby, a massage oil for mum and baby and a bottom balm and nipple balm.

They have also added to 2 new creams to the 'Face Cream' range for dry mature skin and an eye make up remover and eye bright Serum for tired puffy eye's.

They have recently had their natural aluminum free deo crystal deodorant tested and it passed stringent tests on the ability to keep odour at bay for over 8 hours. Which they are extremely proud of.

ESSENTIALLY SOAPS is based in Sussex and all their products can be ordered on line at They also supply to the 'Wholefood Store' in Wadhurst where many of their items can be tested and purchased.

Kim (Proprietor) has made creams and soaps for her family for many years as she was not happy with the quantity of chemicals in products that were on the market. Both she and her grand daughter had suffered with eczema and allergies but since they have stopped using chemically load toiletries they are both happy to say they no longer suffer from dry itchy skin.

The range of products that they make are to suit all skin types and they are always willing to help if you have a particular problem and cannot find a product to suit you or a blend of essential oils that you like. They can also make up gift baskets to suit any occasion and will even arrange for it to be posted to the recipient of your choice with a gift card.

They do not go in for expensive and unnecessary packaging to try to keep the cost down and use only the finest ingredients and essential oils.

They guarantee that none of their products are tested on animals or contain Parabens, Petrochemicals, SLS or other unnecessary ingredients.

Visit Essentially Soaps website and email them when you order quoting FRESHOLITE to receive a free gift. Wholesale enquiries welcomed.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

A Bit Of Catch Up!

Oh my goodness, it seems like an age since I last posted to the blog. I have just been so busy with Fresholi things that I have not even had much time to spend around the Melting Pot forum. Anyway, I thought I best do a bit of catching up.

There have been lots of new and exciting bits and bobs added to the Fresholi inventory that I seem to have snuck on without anyone realising, lol. So here's a rundown of what's new:

Organic, unrefined tamanu oil is back in stock. There was a small problem with restocking as it seemed that a large manufacturer had gone and reserved an entire stock. Humph! But after a lot of asking (some would call in nagging), I managed to get hold of some - yay!! The demand for tamanu has increased significantly just lately and thus has forced the price up, however, I have managed to absorb the price rise (just) so the price to customers is held. You can read more about the benefits of this wonder oil here....

Lamesoft PO 65
This is an interesting ingredient. It an Ecocert registered ‘green’ biolipid derived from 100% natural and renewable materials. This mild and gentle skin care additive has been designed for use in green cleansing concepts to improve skin feel, enhance skin lipid layer and act as a natural thickener in green surfactant based formulas. It can be used in a wide range of applications, from lotions to bubble bath.

Ethox (Inci phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin) is a reliable, biodegradable, paraben-free preservative that offer’s a broad, balanced spectrum effect on bacteria, yeasts and mould fungi. A good choice for natural formulations except for those containing surfactants (where efficacy may be lost).

Essential Oils there have been a few that have sneaked on over the past few weeks but the most recent one is Roman Chamomile (English). There has been a poor harvest so finding a good quality oil at a good price has been so incredibly difficult. The range is gradually growing and I have to say, although it can cause a headache or two, it is an absolute joy sourcing good quality essential oils as I have the opportunity to submerge myself in a world that I dearly love and am very passionate about.

And now for the very latest additions:

Pure Absolutes Finding good quality essential oils is wonderful but oh.... you can only imagine the pleasure I have had finding pure absolutes. I am so very, very pleased with my finds, which include linen blossom, jasmine sambac, hyacinth and the most incredible frangipani with a most beautiful musky/powdery undertone that just lingers and lingers. All the absolutes are supplied in their purest forms.

I have also given the supplies area a bit of a facelift, which should help make navigating it a little more easy. Do have a look and see what you think. I have plans to introduce some new products very soon as well as increase choices in the ranges already available.

Don't forget though, Fresholi isn't all about supplies, in fact this is perhaps the smallest part of it. The Fresholi community is an ever-growing, ever-evolving group of the incredibly talented people who contribute so much and in so many ways to help enrich other's skills and knowledge through the community resources sections of the site (logging in will give you access to more) and through the Melting Pot forum. My sincere thanks to all the Fresholettes for making all that possible :o)