‘I come to you … from the tales of the Damascene rose, that depicts the history of all fragrance,’ wrote famed Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani. Yet Qabbani, as this blog from the national.ae points out, was neither the first nor the last writer that the rose bloom captivated.
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.’
Chewing the fat recently over coffee with a friend and fellow business owner, we got to discussing – and grumbling about – how ubiquitous the term authentic is in today’s business world. And by extension, if people are genuine about wanting others to be authentic – or if it’s nothing more than another tick on the buzzword bingo card.
In Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, the writer had his Lord Darlington character quip that: ‘a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing’.
This blog post by Paul Bernal, The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, uses Wilde’s insightful wit to argue how our government, our businesses, our media and more are ever dominated by those that fit Wilde’s description of cynics. As he says: ‘The idea that anyone in the ‘real world’ should even consider ethical, moral, philosophical or cultural values to be on a par with financial or economic ‘value’ appears whimsical, sentimental, even romantic. Hard-nosed, sensible, rational, practical people ‘know’ otherwise. It’s the economy, stupid.’ He concludes his post thus: ‘I may not know the price of everything, but I do know that there are many things more valuable than money.’
The reason I mention all this is my increasing work with salons wishing to stock Pink&Green Skincare’s products. It’s clear that more and more salons are becoming ever more disenchanted with the global companies they’ve become tied to – and the products themselves. All of which has led me to consider value, and what it means and how we measure it.
Back in January of 2017, in our blog, The Line Between Self Interest and Selfishness, we took a look at the advice Polonius (from Shakespeare’s Hamlet), gave to his son, ‘to thine own self be true.’ As the blog explained:
‘There are many interpretations of this particular sentiment. But, cutting a long story short, one of them suggests that, in telling his son to be ‘True’ to himself, Polonius meant ‘beneficial.’ In other words, a person is best placed to take care of others only when they’ve first taken care of themselves.’
I’m not about to dispute what we all know: that beauty is more than a fortunate arrangement of agreeable features. True beauty is, absolutely, about a loving heart and a caring soul. As the great American writer, critic and wit, Dorothy Parker, once said: ‘Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.’