You’re familiar I’m sure with the old proverb about the eyes being the window of the soul. The Bard himself tends to get the credit – yet there’s no hard evidence to support this. In Act V of King Richard III Shakespeare did say:
It’s the best thing isn’t it? Receiving a gift that’s so beautifully wrapped that you can hardly bear to open it and destroy the perfectly presented package. And for the gift giver – the anticipation as they watch you open their gift – perhaps with some apprehension? Will you like it as much as you hope they will One thing is for sure – the gift wrapping is almost as important as the gift itself.
There’s an art to great gift wrapping that’s for sure. And a history too. It won’t surprise you one bit to learn that the art of gift wrapping is centuries old. As this article from Bustle.Com, entitled Why do we wrap gifts – a brief history of wrapping paper, points out, gift wrapping has its roots in Asia. There the earliest pieces of wrapping paper date back to 2nd Century BC, China. It would seem that, in the Southern Song dynasty (960-1279) government officials received gifts of money in envelopes called chih poh. Chih poh comprised hemp, bamboo fibres and rice straws.
What is it and do you need to do it?
Double cleansing is exactly as it sounds. It’s cleansing twice, one after the other, with different types of cleansers. According to this blog on the subject of double-cleansing from Paula’s Choice, the technique first became popular in South Korea and Japan before catching on in Europe and North America. Now I’d forgive you for thinking that it all sounds rather like a ploy to get you to buy more products. But no, there is sound reasoning behind it – for some skin types. It’s not for everyone though. As Paula’s Choice says: ‘Its usefulness depends on your skin type and the type of makeup you wear.’
Using clay as part of your skincare routine:
Cleopatra, born circa 69 B.C, a queen of Egypt famed for her supposed intellect and beauty – not to mention a somewhat salacious love life.
As a queen, and thus a person of prominence, she may or may not have had feet of clay. But, as her beauty secrets were well-documented, we know that she used clay face masks as part of her beauty regime.
Travelling without a comb and a toothbrush might be a step too far – there are some things one really can’t do without after all! And now, thanks to Pink&Green’s new travel sized range of organic skincare essentials, you can maintain your summer skincare regime with ease. And let’s face it with shrinking baggage allowances and hand luggage restrictions we need all the help we can get.
As this blog from the Natural Society about the benefits of hydration points out, a fish needs water to breathe. And, while we can breathe without water, we still need water to live. It goes on to point out that staying hydrated is, it’s arguable, the most important way to stay healthy there is. Yet, many of us are dehydrated without realizing it.
The skin benefits of lavender oil are so many that it comes close to being magical. As another quotation, this time from Robert Tisserand, proclaims:
‘Oils of cinnamon and eucalyptus are as powerful against some microorganisms as conventional antibiotics, and are especially effective against flus. Sandalwood oil from Mysore, India, is not only a classic perfume oil but is also a traditional remedy for sore throats and laryngitis. Lavender oil, so often used in toilet waters and scented sachets, has a dramatic healing action on burns.’