Beauty secrets for men?

A few days ago, I mentioned a new yet ancient Mediterranean beauty treatment called Aphrodite.

Well, it turns out there’s a masculine version of the brand called, appropriately, Appolon.

Apollon olive OilShaving Gel
Brings out the Adonis in you

Now, you wouldn’t expect men to be hunting for beauty secrets, but they do like practical things which work. So, knowing that a combination of organic olive oil and wild herbs is good for the skin and hair is useful. The A and E vitamins in olive oil help repair and renew skin, while its antioxidants have a natural ability to nourish cells back to a healthier state.

So, consider these products if you hope to look a little more like Adonis:


Experience the luxurious beauty secrets of ancient Greece

olive oil soap
Beauty secrets from ancient Greece

In the Mediterranean there’s a traditional way to look after your hair and skin.

In Crete and Greece at least they use olive oil and wild herbs.

Women from the Minoan Civilisation would brush their hair with olive oil to keep it soft and shiny. Athletes used the oil to massage their bodies to relax their muscles. Even today it is advised that newly born babies are bathed with  olive oil soap to avoid skin problems.

Aphrodite’s olive oil bodycare products will give your skin a strong and healthy, radiant look. The range includes body butter, facial scrub, eye cream, soaps, shampoo and conditioner – all using organic extra virgin olive oil.

Natural beauty secrets, practiced for centuries, will not be far away.

Beauty treatment so pure made with 100% organic coconut oil

I love the advice that you should “never put anything on your skin you can’t eat.”

Janey Lee Grace explains it well in the video I’m about to show you.

In it she describes the use of 100% coconut oil on your hair and skin, and a new range of beauty products from Tiana, made without any chemicals or artificial additives.

Some of us in the West are only just beginning to discover the usefulness of coconut oil. It’s nutritional similarity to mother’s milk makes it a very efficient oil to eradicate dryness and restore damaged cells.

In Tiana’s Beauty Sensations range, excellent blends have been created to enhance your beauty. They include:

Here’s the video:

Keep zinc and magnesium levels up to avoid hair loss

Do you know which minerals you need for your health? Take this test to see how much you know…

Everyone knows calcium is important for healthy bones, but did you know that zinc and magnesium are too? They are especially important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; also, growing children, menopausal women and the elderly need extra calcium, zinc and magnesium for changing bodies too.

Hair loss
Hair loss is one of the results of magnesium deficiency

One of the well known problems if you’re lacking these minerals is hair loss. It’s easy to keep topped up in zinc and magnesium by munching pumpkin seeds and the like. Alternatively, you can enjoy the ease of a daily dose of Floradix Saludynam which provides the right balance of magnesium, zinc and calcium plus Vitamin D in a fruity liquid form. There’s no additives, preservatives or colourings, no gluten, just a perfect formula for strong bones, teeth and hair.

One last word of advice. because the balance of these vitamins in your body can be so vital, it is worth having a chat with your doctor before using a zinc/magnesium supplement.

Carrots make you beautiful

Eating carrots helps people see you in a different light – or perhaps a different hue?

Scientists are saying that plums and carrots can have an effect on the colour of your skin which makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.

Researchers from St Andrews and Bristol University are feeding students extra fruit and veg high in carotenoids because this creates a more tanned effect. The result is visible after two months.

Sounds like a ruse to get students to eat properly to me…

But if you are looking to improve your pulling power then you can order organic fresh boxes from­ GoodnessDirect – packed with nutritious produce to do you good. You can specify when you want the box to come and specify if there’s any fruit or veg you don’t want.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s a fan’s review…

I do absolutely love Goodness Direct – they have the best product range and their fruit and veg boxes are fantastic value for money…. The box cost £9.99 and definitely provided enough fruit for our family for a week. It is all organic. I think this represents great value, and having had their fruit boxes many times in the past, I would say this was fairly typical. Highly recommended. Oh – and you don’t have to sign up to receive one every week – just order as and when you want.

You can read more of Susannah’s review on her blog My Best Organic. GoodnessDirect has a fantastic organic food selection of veg, meat, bread, dairy and packaged goods. You can order as much or as little as you want.

Competition – become a Naturtint model

Nature’s Dream have launched a campaign to find the new ‘Face Of Naturtint’!

Look beautiful with Naturtint
Look beautiful with Naturtint

With the help of Hair magazine, they are running a nationwide search for aspiring models and Naturtint fans who would like the chance to win a modeling contract and enjoy a relaxing and pampering spa weekend in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside.

If you’re a Naturtint fan who would like to put yourself forward, go to and follow the links to the competition pages. Entries are now being taken and will be accepted until the 3rd January 2011, with the chosen winners being contacted soon after. There’s great prizes for the runners up too.

GoodnessDirect stock Naturtint hair colorants because they give lasting colour without irritating your skin and they leave your hair in brilliant condition. Free from ammonia, resorcinol and parabens, the range contains approved and certified organic and natural vegan ingredients – allowing you to achieve your perfect shade using hair colorants that care.

Water drives away wrinkles

Wrinkles could be reduced by 24%

It was only a small study, but trying it out for yourself isn’t going to cost you anything.

A spring water company asked 53 men and women to drink 1.5 litres of water a day for 2 months. They asked half the volunteers to drink their water and half another premium brand. Camera analysis used at the start and at the end of the study showed that wrinkles had reduced on average by about 20% and in women aged 24-43 by 24%. Not a bad result.

It’s worth saying that the spring water company did fare slightly better overall, but no one really knows why the water had the impact it did.

We all know that water is good for the skin. Perhaps spring water, with its minerals and nutrients, is better still?

To try spring water bottled at the Brecon Beacons or at the Deveron valley in Aberdeenshire go to the Drinks section of GoodnessDirect. My personal favourite is One Water who give their profits to buy water pumps in Africa.

Do you know what K2 can do for you?

What do you think of when you read ‘K2’?

Possibly the highest mountain in the world?
Perhaps the London Bus route?
A two-seater kayak…?

Whatever you think of it’s probably not the vitamin for bone, blood and heart health. K2 is also beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease, a variety of cancers, varicose veins, and skin aging.

If you have children or are elderly you may have come across Vitamin K. What you may not know is that while Vitamin K1 is readily available in the diet it only stays in the body for 8 hours, whereas K2 is more effective because it is 10x more easily absorbed and is still at work in your body 3 days later.

But K2 cannot be gained from the average diet.

It can be consumed by eating spirulina or through supplements like VitaNat (taken from the Japanese food Natto) or Veridian’s Bone Complex.

Women who have experienced the menopause lose bone mass at an incresed rate, and they, along with the elderly and children, will benefit from a good intake of Vitamin K.

One up on recycled loo roll

Every day thousands of square miles of the world’s forests, perhaps the single most important resource needed to maintain global ecological balance, are destroyed in order to fulfil the ever-increasing demand for paper. One would think that in our high-tech world we could work towards paperlessness? Well maybe, but what about our loo roll?

Recycling paper may go some way towards helping the environment. Recycled paper products are a welcome sight and a viable option with very acceptable products readily available. The down side is that most recycled papers still contain significant amounts of wood pulp, and it takes extra chemicals and energy to remove all traces of inks, dyes and other contamination from the raw material, before it is suitable to be made into a usable paper product –  including toilet tissue. We just don’t appreciate that dirty grey, ‘used’ look do we?  And then there is the softening. Yet more intense chemical processing and huge energy consumption is needed to turn the raw wood into the pulp into a ‘soft to the touch’ tissue.

So what are the options?

One alternative is to use the short, soft, natural fibres of organic cotton to produce facial tissue, kitchen roll and toilet roll. Now doesn’t that sound like a good idea?

Cotton is known to be soft and pure, it is naturally absorbent. And organic cotton is an annually renewable crop, harvested without damage to the environment and, because it does not have to be ‘softened up’ before turning into tissue, it can be put straight into the manufacturing process without prior chemical processing. Another plus is that it doesn’t need the same strength of bleaching with harsh chemical bleaches. Perfect.

Enter the Cotton Soft range of loo rolls and tissues.


See the CottonSoft range of products

A company called Cotton Soft have got all this sorted and have introduced this excellent product line up of cotton products which use the cotton linters. (Cotton linters are the short cotton fibres which are a waste product of the cotton fabric industry.) So using a bi-product to save our environmental resources –  excellent.

Being  produced from pure natural cotton, which is less abrasive than wood fibre means that cotton soft is smoother on the skin. as well as more hygienic because cotton fibres absorb fluids and bacteria at a higher rate than wood fibre, so Cotton Soft will absorb germs faster than wood-based tissues. The range is also safe for use on sensitive skin and for removing make-up.

CottonSoft tissue is fully biodegradable and is safe for use with septic tanks.

Shea butter – “woman’s gold” when it comes to skin

Have you heard of Shea Butter? A skin cream so good and so nutritious it is being used in chocolate and patisseries.

What is more Shea Butter is highly regarded for its ability to heal.

It comes from a tree known locally as ‘woman’s gold’, and grows as a nut on trees from the savannah belt of West Africa, from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east. Indeed it really is woman’s gold because its recent popularity has transformed the lives of women, allowing them to set up businesses and look after their children.

Here’s the science bit…

Shea- butter - very healing
Shea- butter - very healing

The moisturising properties in Shea Butter are the same as the moisturisers produced by the Sebaceous glands in the skin. That makes it a superb moisturiser which melts at body temperature and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling (I know this because I just tried it).

Because the cream is exceptionally high in its unsaponifiable quality (unrefined Shea butter is up to 17% unsaponifiable, most natural oils are less than 1%) it is believed that Shea butter has a high potency in important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing, particularly vitamins A and E.

The natural cream has been noted to improve a number of skin conditions including blemishes, itching, eczema, psoriasis, lichen sclerosis and other forms of dermatitis. Additionally Shea Butter is used for insect bites, frost bite, small skin wounds and sunburn.

Pregnant mothers are also enjoying using the cream on their bellies to prevent stretch marks. The list of benefits could go on (so I’ve included a bigger list below).

We’ve found a Shea Butter which is organic and hasn’t been tested on animals. It comes combined with grapefruit, tea tree, lemongrass or lavender – all bearing a wonderfully fresh aroma.

This traditional balm is reaping dividends for both its users and producers. As one report noted, “For years, we have used it for everything. It cures our ills and fills our bellies. Now it is filling our pockets.”

Shea Butter is used for: Dry skin, fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolourations, chapped lips, stretch marks, wrinkles, soothing, daily face and body moisturiser, nappy rash, stings, minor burns (including sunburn), cracked skin, dermatitis, arthritis, athlete’s foot, after shave balm, scalp irritation, lip balm, massages, blisters, sun cream (up to SPF6).