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:
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.’
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.
The Finns have known for hundreds of years, what the rest of us have taken longer to discover – the benefits of a sauna and cold plunge. Meaning bath or bathhouse, Sauna – correctly pronounced sow (as in wow) nah is the only Finnish word in the English dictionary, and is a Finnish way of life. For the sauna is a Finnish invention from 2000 years ago. This website, Finland Sauna.Com, has more on the history of sauna.
How busy are you? We most of us complain bitterly about having too much to do. As this article from the BBC points out, ‘Few facts about modern life seem more indisputable than how busy everyone seems to be. Across the industrialised world, large numbers of survey respondents tell researchers they’re overburdened with work, at the expense of time with family and friends.’ The article goes on to suggest that the opinions of some super busy people weren’t even gathered because, according to this 2014 study, a big reason people refuse to take part in surveys is …. they’re too busy.