Go Natural! An eBook by Adore Naturals


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Our free natural skincare eBook. Inside, you will find:

- Skincare tips
- Home remedies for skin conditions
- What's in your toiletries cupboard?
- The ingredients you should be avoiding
- A Dairy-free recipe, expert advice, a money-off voucher and much more!

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  1. 1. Go Natural! Your free eBook from Adore Naturals www.adorenaturals.co.uk
  2. 2. Contents A Welcome Message from Adore Naturals………………………………………….………….………………….. 2 Your Exclusive Discount Voucher………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 Why Go Natural? What’s really lurking in your toiletries Cupboard?................................................................ 5 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid: SLS……..………………………………………………………………………………. 7 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid: Parabens……………..…………………………………………………………….. 9 Treating Skin Conditions… Naturally Eczema……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12 Moisturisers for Eczema…………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 14 Oily Skin……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 15 Cellulite……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………........ 17 Dry and Itchy Skin………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 20 Pregnancy Skin……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 23 Living Naturally for a healthier you Skin Superhero: Rosehips……..…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27 Skin Superhero: Pomegranate Oil………………………………………………………………………………………. 29 Why do YOU love natural skincare?.………………………………………………………………………………….. 31 Just Add Water: Easy Ways to Up Your H2O Intake…….………………………………………………...... 32 Dairy- Free Recipe: Gooey Peanut and Choc-Chip Blondies……………………………………………. 34 Natural Cleaning Solutions…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 1
  3. 3. Welcome Message from Adore Naturals 2 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Thank you so much for downloading your copy of Go Natural! – your free eBook from Adore Naturals. Over the following pages, you will find lots of information and advice to help you make healthier, happier choices for you and your family. If you’re new to natural skincare, you’ll learn why we’re so passionate about helping you avoid chemicals and adopting a natural skincare routine! We’re sure that once you learn about the nasty ingredients lurking in beauty and skincare products, you won’t want to go back. Luckily, avoiding these harmful chemicals is easy once you know what to look out for an where to shop. So you’ll find helpful product suggestions and ideas throughout the book. You’ll also find ideas to help you go natural in other areas of your life… such as green cleaning ideas and a lovely, dairy-free recipe on page 34. Last but not least - a huge thanks to you, downloading this guide. As a token of our appreciation, you'll find an exclusive voucher on the next page. Use this to shop at Adore Naturals at any time over the next 2 weeks, and we'll give you an extra £5 off when you spend £25 or more. Adore Naturals offers a new way to shop for natural skincare, offering a carefully collated range of skincare and gifts from boutique British brands, all from one shop, one shopping basket and with one postage charge. Happy reading! Tina Skinner, Managing Director – Adore Naturals
  4. 4. Your Exclusive Discount Voucher 3 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  5. 5. Why Go Natural? An introduction to Natural Skin Care by beauty expert and skincare maker, Sami Blackford of Freyaluna 4 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk About Sami… Sami Blackford, founder of Freyaluna Skincare, one of the key brands at Adore Naturals. Sami is a natural skincare expert and passionate about the benefits of avoiding chemicals in your daily beauty routine. All Freyaluna Skincare products are made using natural ingredients and are handmade with love in Wrexham, Wales. You can browse her range of cleansers, toners, moisturises, soaps and more at: www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk/brands-freyaluna. Did you know that the average woman uses around twelve beauty products and toiletries in a day… cleanser, toner, moisturiser, soap/shower gel/exfoliating scrub, body lotion, foundation, mascara, eye shadow, lip stick, blusher, etc? This can expose you to up to 175 different chemicals. It has been estimated that women can absorb around 2kg of chemicals through their skin each year!
  6. 6. 5 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Watching what you put on your skin is absolutely as important as watching what you eat. I found a study once that proved that eating lipstick would be better for you than putting it on your lips. That way, at least you have the digestive enzymes to help absorb it. Maybe it’s time for you to clean up your act and turn over a new leaf. Ditch those potentially harmful products in favour of Mother Nature’s gorgeousness! What’s really lurking in your toiletries Cupboard? You may be surprised at some of the ingredients manufacturers put in the “skincare” products you use every day. First up, lets take a look at some of the well-known ingredients… Detergents (sodium lauryl sulphate, cocamidopropyl betaine, ammonium lauryl sulphate, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA) – cause skin irritation. They can promote the formation of cancer-causing substances known as ‘nitrosamines’ in products during storage. Detergents are found in shampoo, body wash, shower gel, bubble bath, liquid soaps.
  7. 7. Now let’s delve a little deeper, into the less well-known ingredients… Bacteriocides (triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, chlorohexidrine) – kill bacteria, but can also react with water to form chloroform gas. If inhaled in large quantities this can cause depression, liver problems and cancer. Can cause skin irritation. Bacteriocides are found in anti-bacterial face wash, toothpaste and mouth wash. Aluminium (aluminium chlorohydrate, aluminium zirconium) -is a neurotoxin linked to Alzheimer’s disease. May also contribute to heart and lung disease and fertility problems. Aluminium is found in deodorants and make-up products. Phthalates (dibutyl phthalate, diethylhexyl phthalate) – these are hormone-disrupting plasticisers that ‘fix’ a product to the skin. Can cause damage to the liver, lungs and kidneys. May affect fertility and foetal development. Phthalates are found in hairspray, nail varnish, and perfumed products. 6 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Mineral oils (found on ingredients lists as parafinnum liquidum, petrolatum) – these form a layer on top of the skin that doesn’t allow the skin breathe. They are skin irritants, allergens, and potential carcinogens (substances that cause cancer). Mineral oils are found in face and body lotions, baby oils, lipstick. Fragrances (parfum) -parfum is a mixture of dozens of synthetic chemicals that are linked to asthma, skin irritation, nausea, mood changes, depression, lethargy, irritability and memory lapses. These fragrances are found in most fragranced products.
  8. 8. A Closer Look at Sodium Lauryl Sulphate What products contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)? Most skincare or personal care products sold by "non-natural" brands are highly likely to contain SLS. These include: • Shampoo • Bubble bath (including baby bath) • Shower gel • Toothpaste • Facial wash • Shaving foam Is SLS really bad for you? Given that SLS is such a common ingredient in skincare and cosmetics, you'd be forgiven for assuming that SLS isn't really bad for you. But although SLS is a good cleanser, it is extremely harsh and strips the skin and scalp of its natural oils. Problems associated with Sodium Lauryl Sulphate include: • Dry skin and Dermatitis • Eczema • Mouth ulcers • General skin irritation, spots and soreness 7 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Skincare Ingredients to Avoid: SLS
  9. 9. SLS can also be a severe irritant to people with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. As with all chemicals, the more often you use products that contain SLS, the higher the chance that your skin will react and start to become dry, itchy and sore. So if you use several products each day that include SLS or regularly have long soaks in an SLS-infused bubble bath, you could be doing your skin more harm than good. 8 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk What exactly is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate? Sodium lauryl sulphate is actually an ester of sulphuric acid. SLS is a common ingredient in industrial detergents like car wash soap, engine degreasers and floor cleaners - mostly thanks to its supreme oil- stripping powers and low cost. It's surprisingly (or worryingly!) common in skincare products. Why do skincare companies use Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)? Why would anyone use a chemical used for cleaning factory floors in shampoos or shower gels? Good question! The first reason is that SLS produces a good lather - or in other words, SLS is very good at making lots of foam and bubbles. Because consumers think lots of bubbles means a cleansing product is doing a good job, cosmetic companies load-up skincare products with SLS. Of course, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is cheap and readily available too.
  10. 10. 9 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Skincare Ingredients to Avoid: Parabens A Closer Look at Parabens First of all, what exactly are they? Parabens are synthetic chemicals that are widely used in beauty products like make-up, moisturisers and hair products. Their presence in these products mean that they are easily absorbed through the skin and into the body's circulatory system. That doesn't sound good! No it doesn't. And it gets worse, although only a small percentage of people suffer with direct paraben allergies, recent research suggests that the damage they can do is not just skin-deep. Parabens are xenoestrogens, which means they mimic the oestrogen that occurs naturally in the body. As well as causing possible problems with fertility and puberty, studies have suggested that the properties of these parabens can be linked with the development of cancer - particularly breast cancer. Though nothing has yet been proven, many scientists advise skincare users to seek products that do not contain these chemicals.
  11. 11. So why do so many skincare companies use them? Parabens have been used for decades in foods, cosmetics and skincare as they are fungicidal, antibacterial and act as a preservative for products that contain them. They are also cheaper than many natural alternatives. What is worrying is that many people will not even be aware that they are applying these chemicals to their skin, which then absorbs them. 10 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk What's the alternative? Luckily there are plenty of alternatives. As the awareness of parabens and their possible side- effects grows, so does the demand for products that use safe ingredients. Remember to check bottles and ingredient lists for names such as methylparaben, ethylparaben and propylparaben and E-Numbers such as E216, E218 and R214, as you will want to avoid these. Of course, you can rest assured that all Adore Naturals products are paraben free and contain the finest natural ingredients.
  12. 12. Treating Skin Conditions… Naturally Do you suffer from any skin conditions like eczema, acne or even just very oily or dry skin? If so, then a natural solution may be best for you. Mainstream cosmetics and over- the-counter treatments are likely to be packed with chemicals, which could only make conditions worse.. 11 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  13. 13. Eczema One in twelve adults and one in five children suffer with eczema - a dry skin condition which causes irritation and pain, and can really get you down. Sadly, many people find that prescription and over-the- counter creams don't provide the long-term relief they are looking for, as they cause side-effects and can actually make the condition worse. If you’d like to try a more natural approach, there are loads of simple changes you can make to daily life that may help to alleviate the pain and itching of eczema-prone skin. Up the Nutrients Nutritionists suggest that maintaining a healthy diet can have a really positive effect on your eczema. Eating more raw fruit and vegetables is recommended and experts state that these should be organic to avoid any allergens entering the body. Nuts, seeds and oily fish are rich in amino and fatty acids, which are thought to help alleviate the symptoms of eczema. Remember to drink plenty of water as this will help keep your entire body hydrated and moisturised inside and out. Cut out dairy Eczema is generally thought to be an allergic condition. Some nutritionists believe that dairy could be a contributing factor to the allergic reactions that cause the skin irritation associated with eczema. Though it may not work for everyone, many people have found that their eczema entirely cleared up after changing to a dairy free diet. There are now so many great alternatives to dairy, with butter, cheese, milk and ice cream alternatives commonly available. If the usual soy and goat’s milk aren't to your taste, try almond or hazelnut milk instead. These are really tasty and now easy to find in the supermarket here in the UK. Turn to page 28 for a fab dairy-free recipe. 12 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  14. 14. 13 Play it Cool Having lots of hot baths and showers can make eczema much worse as it dries out the skin and causes painful cracks. Instead run a bath or shower that is as cool as you can enjoy and limit yourself to one bath or shower a day if possible. Also, try to avoid shower gels or body washes that contain chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), as these are known to dry out skin and aggravate skin conditions. Synthetic fragrances are a no-no too - look for un-scented natural skincare products like the 100% natural Fragrance Free Soap from The Celtic Herbal Company. Fragrance Free Soap (110g) Celtic Herbal £3.95Go Au Naturel No, not naked! But do make sure you only wear clothing made of natural fibres, as synthetic materials can irritate skin. So check the labels and aim for clothing that is 100% cotton, linen, wool or silk. Natural Moisturisers for Eczema The best way to avoid or soothe the raw, irritated skin caused by eczema is to keep skin well moisturised. We think it's really important to stay away from products that contain synthetic ingredients and fragrances, as these can cause further irritation and lead to build-ups of toxins in the body - yuck! Topical steroids are often prescribed by doctors and medical professionals, but many people have concerns about using them long-term. Thankfully though, natural skincare offers a safe and healthy alternative to steroids. At Adore Naturals, we sell a number of natural moisturisers for eczema. See our top picks for Eczema on the next page… Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  15. 15. Moisturisers for Eczema The One for Eczema Freyaluna £9.60 at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk This all-natural cream by Freyaluna has been formulated especially for eczema sufferers, and given a big thumbs-up by users who gave it 4.2 out of 5 stars. Containing natural moisturisers such as shea butter and calendula, we recommend you start with this cream if this is the first time you're shopping for a natural moisturiser for eczema. Calendula Cream Aromatika £9.50 at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk This soothing, anti-bacterial cream from Aromatika is great for healing up patches of eczema that have become sore and irritated because of scratching. It can also help reduce itching, and contains calendula, apricot and shea oils to moisturise the skin. Made with 71% organic materials, this is a great choice for anyone looking for immediate relief from painful, itchy skin. Baby Soothing Balm The Aromatherapy Company £15.30 at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk If your little one is prone to patches of eczema, try this gentle moisturising balm from The Aromatherapy Company. With natural extracts of chamomile, calendula and yarrow, it smells gorgeous and is useful for general irritation and rashes too. 14 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  16. 16. Oily Skin If you have oily skin, you will know how much it can get you down. Oilier complexions tend to be more prone to acne breakouts and can produce unwanted shine. This can really knock confidence, especially in teenagers, whom are much more likely to experience oily skin. There seem to be all sorts of solutions out there, advertised on TV and in glossy magazines- but do they really work? We think that a natural skincare routine is best, so here are five simple steps to beat oily skin... Read the label There are whole aisles of skincare product in the average drugstore, offering miracle solutions for problem skin. However, if you were to look at the labels on the backs of these products, you would see that they are usually packed with chemicals that you can't even pronounce! Don't be fooled by some products that claim to be natural. Greenwashing is unfortunately rife in the skincare industry, so always check the label. Stop scrubbing Likewise, while gentle exfoliation can be brilliant for your skin, over-exfoliating and using harsh scrubs and facial brushes can worsen excess oiliness. Stripping the sensitive facial skin of oil can cause the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, producing even more sebum. Facial blotting sheets may seem a quick solution to unwanted shine, but using these can result in pores that are clogged with dirt; causing nasty spots. 15 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  17. 17. Bare-Faced Having a quiet day in? Then go make-up free! Sometimes we get into such a routine that we apply make-up every morning without thinking. Your skin is an amazing organ and going without make-up for 24 hour once a week can allow it 'breathe', repairing itself and ridding itself of the toxins that can cause clogged pores. If this just isn't possible, be sure to remove all make-up in the evening as soon as you can. A face wipe won't cut it either- a natural face wash is best. Keep it Clean It’s not all about keeping your skin squeaky clean! It's really important to keep everything that comes into contact with the face washed too. Anything like pillow cases, make-up brushes, hats, scarves and towels can harbour bacteria and dirt that can undo all your hard work, so be sure to wash them as often as you can. Feed Your Skin You may feel like applying lotions and facial oils could make your oily skin worse, but if you choose carefully this certainly won't be the case. Keeping your skin moisturised and nourished with natural skin-kind ingredients will help to balance the excess sebum that causes an oily complexion. 16 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  18. 18. Cellulite If you, like so many others are concerned about those dimply bottoms and thighs, don't panic! You are not alone… 90% of women and 10% of men have cellulite and though entirely natural and very common, it can really knock your confidence. The battle with cellulite needn’t be exhausting or expensive, there are plenty of natural ways to smooth the skin. Here are our 4 cellulite-busting top tips. 17 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  19. 19. Top Tip #1 - Drink water Yes, it really is that simple. Though there are many different theories behind the cause of cellulite, it is generally thought to be a sign that toxins are present in your body. Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to detox and cleanse your system- and has countless other benefits too! Experts recommend that we should try to drink around 2 litres of water a day. Top Tip #2 – Exercise and eat well A combination of regular cardio and resistance workouts is perhaps the best way to banish cellulite. Cardio exercise boosts circulation, which promotes lymphatic drainage. A clear and well-functioning lymphatic system helps to carry the fats and toxins that cause cellulite out of your body. If you add resistance training to your workout, muscles become more pronounced and skin becomes more toned - so wave goodbye to that orange-peel skin! A low-fat diet, rich in detoxifying foods such as garlic, beetroot and sea-vegetables will reduce the build-up of body fat and toxins that cause cellulite. 18 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  20. 20. Top Tip #3 – Moisturise Keep hydrated on the outside as well as inside. It is important to use a natural moisturiser as your body can absorb toxins present in creams and lotions containing chemical ingredients. An invigorating massage using your favourite moisturiser or body oil is also a great way of stimulating the lymphatic system and dispersing build-ups of fat cells. Top Tip #4 – Brush Keeping your lymphatic system healthy has so many benefits. A great way to drain sluggish lymphs is to use a firm, dry body brush, especially on areas affected by cellulite. Before your bath or shower brush your skin in firm but gentle strokes towards your heart. This simple act stimulates the lymphatic system, encouraging the removal of all those cellulite- causing nasties. 19 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  21. 21. Dry and Itchy Skin Itchy skin can be caused by all sorts of things, from car fumes to washing powder. Sadly it's often impossible to avoid these irritants in our modern lifestyle - but there are things you can do without resorting to over-the-counter creams. If you suffer with annoying patches of itchy skin, why not try out some of these natural treatments? Avoid Hot Baths Very hot baths can be the worst thing for itchy skin. The heat can dry out the skin causing it to become even more tight and sensitive. Instead, run a bath that is as cool as you can enjoy and use a fragrance-free soap. Synthetic perfumes and fragrances can cause further irritation, so avoid at all costs! As well as being wonderfully soothing, a cool bath before bed helps to wash away any nasty irritants that your skin will have collected throughout the day. Lemons When life gives you lemons, use them on your skin! That's right, lemon is a natural anti- inflammatory and the juice of a fresh lemon can be applied directly to the skin to relief itches. Just be careful not to apply it to areas where you might have broken the skin through scratching. Ouch! 20 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  22. 22. Essential Oils At Adore Naturals, we love essential oils! Each one has unique properties and help to relieve countless ailments. Chamomile, Calendula, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary oils all possess qualities that relieve itching naturally. You’ll find these essential oils in most skincare products on Adore Naturals. For a home-made remedy, a few drops of essential oils can also be added to your bath water. Itchy Skin in Children If find your little-one keeps scratching until they make themselves sore, a natural solution is best to keep their delicate skin free from harm. Creams that contain ingredients such as shea butter, calendula and aloe vera with gently soothe. If your child scratches through the night, pop a pair of soft gloves on them so they won't do their skin damage as they sleep. 21 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  23. 23. Nature's Best Look out for creams that are made with natural ingredients as these won't irritate your skin. Look out for products containing beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa and shea butters as these are some of the best ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer for itchy skin. Vinegar It may sound strange, but vinegar can be a very successful way of alleviating uncomfortable itching. Topical application of Apple Cider Vinegar is known to provide great relief for sore skin. A mixture of one part water to one part vinegar can be used to bathe affected areas or added to bath water. 22 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  24. 24. Pregnancy Skin Avoid chemicals- When you are pregnant, you share everything with your baby. This includes what you put into and onto your body. When you use skincare that contains chemical or synthetic ingredients, your skin absorbs these. Skincare containing chemicals such as SLS and parabens can also cause dry and irritated skin. Instead, try to use natural skincare with nourishing ingredients that your body will thank you for. Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful times in a woman's life but it doesn't come without its disadvantages. Enjoy your pregnancy by looking after yourself and your skin the natural way. 23 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  25. 25. Precious cargo- Your bump is going to need a lot of care while your baby grows- it is doing a very important job! Why not try a natural massage oil, which when applied will help your skin stay moisturised and retain its elasticity. This will in turn help to soothe and prevent stretch marks. The Beautiful Bump Massage Oil from The Aromatherapy Company (£20.40) on Adore Naturals is made with the finest natural and organic ingredients, including rosehip and frankincense oil and is just the ticket for beautiful pregnancy skin. Dreaded dry skin- Due to the hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy, your skin can lose a lot of its natural oil. This often results in patches of dry and sore skin. To hydrate pregnant skin, try taking a relaxing bath (with lukewarm not hot water) infused with a natural moisturising bath soak and avoid using harsh soaps containing chemicals as these lead to further dryness of the skin. Use a natural pregnancy-safe moisturiser and a weekly natural face-mask to maintain a healthy glow. 24 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Beautiful Bump Oil The Aromatherapy Company £20.40 www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  26. 26. Spot the difference- Spots are also common when pregnant due to changes in hormones. However, it is important not to use spot treatments that are recommended for young or teenage skin as these often contain ingredients such as salicylic acid which can be harmful to your unborn baby. Instead, try to maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Use a natural non-abrasive cleanser and avoid using cloths and flannels may cause irritation and development of further spots. Again, keep skin well hydrated with a natural moisturiser. 25 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Look after yourself- Pregnancy is hard work so make sure you take good care of yourself and your little one. After all, you won’t have a lot of time to yourself once they arrive! Eat well, take gentle exercise and relax often. Relieve stress with a naturally infused bath and remember to treat your feet. A foot soak containing natural peppermint is a wonderful way to unwind after a long day on your feet and will leave you feeling as if you're walking on air! Remember, you must always check with your doctor or consultant before using any products containing essential oils when pregnant.
  27. 27. Living Naturally for a Healthier YOU In this section, we look at all the simple, natural choices you can make in every day life to improve your skin, your health and your well-being… 26 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  28. 28. Skin Superhero: Rosehips We are used to seeing rosehips brightening up the hedgerows in the autumn and winter months but did you know that rosehips are wonderfully good for you, inside and out? How do rosehips benefit the skin? Rosehips are best known and loved in skincare for their miraculous anti-ageing properties. Rosehip oil or Rosa Mosqueta is extracted from the seeds of rosehips, and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and omega oils. Used in skincare products such as moisturisers and facial oils, rosehip oil can significantly reduce the appearance of blemishes, scars, dark circles - not to mention those those fine-lines and wrinkles. Rosehip oil is also very easily absorbed, so products containing rosehip oil can be applied before make-up in the mornings. If you're after soft, smooth skin with a natural glow....products containing rosehip oil are the way to go! 27 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  29. 29. How do rosehips benefit health? Rosehips are packed full of vitamin C, as well as A, D and E, which means they are great for your immune system. Rosehips work as an anti-inflammatory inside and out, so some traditional remedies use rosehips as an alternative to over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory pills. Across cultures, there has been research into the use of rosehip to treat conditions including arthritis, melanoma and even diabetes. Drinking rosehip tea or making tasty treats like rosehip syrup can be a great way to introduce rosehips to your diet. Rosehip Oil Skincare products Fancy trying Rosehip oil for yourself? For an intensive anti-ageing treatment, try this Rose Face Oil from B Skincare. With Vitamin E- rich borage and rosehip, this oil will leave skin beautifully moisturised and will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with beautifully soft, plumped and radiant skin. Best of all, this expert, natural formula is quickly absorbed by the skin and does not leave you with a greasy complexion. This Rich Skin Moisturiser from The Honeybell Soap Company blends rosehip, argan and avocado oils with cocoa and shea butter for an intensely nourishing and hydrating treat. Rich Skin Moisturiser Honeybell Soap Company £11.00Face Oil B Skincare £10.50 28 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  30. 30. Skin Super Hero: Pomegranate Oil Pomegranate Oil is one of the many luxurious natural ingredients found in our range of skincare at Adore Naturals and is hailed for its many cosmetic and health benefits. But what exactly is Pomegranate oil and what good does it do for your skin? Punica Granatum Punica granatum is the Latin name for the pomegranate. Originating in Iran, it is an exotic fruit that we are now all used to seeing in the supermarket. Unspectacular on the outside, it is only when you cut these delightful fruits open that you see the beauty within. The distinctive ruby-red fruit has a unique, delicious flavour and was traditionally used in cooking, dyes and medicine. The precious oil is extracted from the fruit's many seeds and is golden-yellow in colour. The Benefits Pomegranates themselves are thought to have many health benefits. The edible seeds, each surrounded by a juicy pulp are extremely high in fibre, vitamin C and micro-nutrients. Therefore, eating the fruit or drinking its juice is known to be beneficial for the digestive and immune systems and for general well-being. Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 29
  31. 31. Pomegranate Oil at Adore Naturals The Pomegranate is one of our favourite gifts from nature and we are thrilled to share the anti-ageing secrets of its wonderful oil with you. Want to try it for yourself? The Celtic Herbal Company's Rejuvenating range all contain pomegranate oil among other all- natural ingredients, specially chosen to suit mature or ageing skin. The range includes a Rejuvenating Body Oil, Facial Oil and Facial Serum and are all handmade with love in the UK. Pomegranate oil especially, is attributed with many wonderful benefits and is earning its reputation as a real star in the natural skincare world. Its high levels of a rare essential fatty acid called Punicic Acid, giving the oil powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Research also suggest that pomegranate oil works as an effective treatment for ageing skin. The anti- ageing qualities associated with Punicic Acid are believed to assist in the regeneration of cells. This regenerative effect results in reduced appearance of wrinkles and ageing of the skin. Rejuvenating Body Oil Celtic Herbal Company £13.50 Rejuvenating Facial Oil Celtic Herbal Company £11.50 Rejuvenating Facial Serum Celtic Herbal Company £12.50 Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 30
  32. 32. Why Do YOU Love Natural Skincare? Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 31 We asked some of our customers and fans why they love natural skincare and here are just a few of the fab answers we got:
  33. 33. Just Add Water: Easy Ways to Up Your H2O Intake You may have noticed a bit of a theme in this eBook- we’re always recommending that you drink more water! Well, there’s a reason for that… it’s SO good for you. Just by drinking a little extra water every day, you could see some amazing changes in your body and well-being. Amongst many benefits, water can help to: • Plump and moisturise the skin • Reduce the appearance of cellulite, dark eye circles and fine lines and wrinkles • Boost energy levels • Beat Spots, blemishes and pimples • Aid Weight loss • Improve the function of the digestive system • Improve condition of Hair, Teeth and Nails Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 32
  34. 34. If you find it difficult to drink the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day, you may find some of the following tips useful… • Keep a jug of water in the fridge or ice cubes in the freezer at all times- sometimes chilled water is much more appealing than a glass straight out of the tap. Perfect for hot days and meal times. • Keep a bottle handy. Whether on a journey, at work, home or on a shopping trip, it is important to have water to hand. It is all to easy to tip away glasses of water, but keeping a bottle with you will help you monitor how much you have drunk. • Using a straw can help you to drink more (especially if you have sensitive teeth). • If you are more of a hot-drinks person but trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine you have, try adding a little honey and lemon to a mug of hot water or experiment with some herbal and fruit teas. • If you’re tap water has an unpleasant or heavily treated taste, invest in a good water filter- much more earth friendly than buying bottle water. • If you are mad on fizzy drinks, sparkling or soda water can be a great alternative on a night out (ask for a twist of lime juice- yum!) • Make drinking water part of your routine. Try to get into the habit of drinking a glass when you wake up, when you get to work and in all your breaks, it will soon become second-nature. • Hungry? You might be thirsty, sometimes its hard to tell. If you find yourself reaching for a snack, first drink a large glass of water. • If your kids are fussy about drinking water, you could try adding a little fruit juice. Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 33
  35. 35. Dairy-Free Recipe A dairy-free diet may sound daunting but it has never been easier to avoid the white-stuff. Though, as always, improvements could be made, supermarkets are stocking more free-from and vegan products than ever. Children might be reluctant to accept a change in diet, especially as it may seem that most treats are now off-limits. It can be fairly simple to find alternatives for savoury dishes, but you may be wondering how to meet a dairy-free sweet-need. A quick search online will turn up plenty of recipes for dairy- free cakes, biscuits and desserts and we’ve been getting creative in the Adore Naturals kitchen too. The result? A moo- free recipe, perfect for occasional treats and parties! These chewy-gooey blondies are just as indulgent as they sound- this recipe will make about 9 large blondies, or 16 kiddie-sized treats. This is a really quick and easy recipe that children and adults alike will love! If you or your child has eczema and have seen an improvement since cutting out-dairy, it may be that the skin condition is worsened by a dairy intolerance or allergy. 34 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  36. 36. Ingredients For the blondies: 130g Plain Flour 75g Dairy-free margarine or vegetable fat 125g Peanut Butter (we think crunchy is best!) 2 Large Eggs, beaten* 120g Caster Sugar 120g Light Brown Sugar 1½tsp Baking Powder 1tsp Salt 2tsp Vanilla Essence Half a large bar of dark chocolate *For a fully vegan version; use egg substitute, 1 pureed banana or 120g of cooked, pureed and sweetened apple For the chocolate icing: The rest of the dark chocolate Golden Syrup Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 35
  37. 37. Method First off, preheat the oven to 180°c and line and grease a large square tin using a little margarine or vegetable oil. In a large bowl, cream the margarine and peanut butter until fully blended and smooth. Then add the sugars a little at a time and mix in the vanilla essence. You can then add the beaten eggs (or substitute) a little at a time. The use of brown sugar as well as caster will give the blondies the moistness that makes them ‘gooey’. Beat this mixture until light and fluffy. Again, a little at a time, add the plain flour, baking powder and salt, then mix until you the mixture is thick but just about pourable. Finally, chop or crush half of your dark chocolate bar and add to the mix. Pour the mixture into your greased tin and push it into the corners so that the mixture is level. The, pop it onto the middle tray of the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Leave to cool, and then turn out and slice into squares- they can be whatever size you like. Now for the icing; melt the remaining chocolate carefully in the microwave or using in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. When fully melted, stir in a little golden syrup and drizzle over the blondies with a fork (this is the fun, messy bit… kids will love to help!). Then, all that’s left is to enjoy! Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 36
  38. 38. Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Got a favourite dairy-free recipe? We’d love to hear it! If you’d like to share your recipe ideas with others, then head over to www.facebook.com/AdoreNaturals 37
  39. 39. Green Cleaning Solutions If you aspire to a more natural or eco-friendly lifestyle, a great way to make a difference is to make little green changes to the things you do every day. We already know the benefits of using natural skincare (there's heaps!), but using natural cleaning products can be hugely beneficial to your skin an health too- as well as to the environment! The best news? You can make these natural cleaners at home AND they won't break the bank. Simply follow our natural cleaning tips for a greener household that gleams! Change Your Shopping List Become the Green Queen of Clean by crossing those nasty chemical-laden brands off your list. There are just a few things you will need to stock up on to make your own cleaning solutions that really work! Make space in your cleaning cupboard for bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar and lots of lemons! It is amazing what these simple ingredients can do- we love that these are all ingredients that we would put in food- you can't say that about many shop-bought products! 38 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  40. 40. Let’s start in the kitchen... After all, it is often the biggest job! If you have ever used chemical-based oven cleaners, you will have experienced first-hand just how unpleasant they are. The fumes given off are enough to make you choke, so we can't imagine what goes into them Just as effective is a simple paste made using our three ingredients. Add one part white vinegar to 6 parts bicarbonate of soda and mix to form a crumbly paste. Then add a small squeeze of natural washing up liquid (some natural brands can be found in your local supermarket) and enough water to form a runny (but paintable) mixture. Then, simply paint this over your oven and trays, using a paint brush. It is best to leave this overnight and then rinse off with a sponge and plenty of hot clean water. The results will rival that of any chemical cleaner. For tile, laminate and linoleum floors, mix equal parts of hot water and white vinegar with a squeeze of lemon juice. Amazingly, the vinegar cannot be smelled once the floor has dried, and leaves floors wonderfully clean and shiny. A great way to clean and disinfect surfaces is with citrus vinegar. To make your own, simply fill a jar with white vinegar and the peeled rind of five lemons. Leave this mixture to infuse for up to 2 weeks, then dilute and add to a spray bottle for wonderfully zesty surface cleaner. 39 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk TOP TIP: Many people find micro-fibre cloths are the best for removing dirt and dust all around the house. They can also stand up to plenty of hot washes and are so much more environmentally friendly than wipes and disposable cloths. These all end up in landfill and you'd be surprised how few of them are biodegradable.
  41. 41. 101 uses! Homemade citrus vinegar is so versatile and can be used for all sorts of jobs around the house. Diluted, it makes a great window cleaner (even shop-bought glass cleaners use vinegar for a streak free shine) and can be used to disinfect toys, bathtubs and high-chairs. You can also add a small amount of the vinegar to the rinse cycle in your washing machine. Surprisingly, vinegar works as a natural fabric conditioner and will only leave a fresh lemony scent on your clothes. Living Room and Bedrooms Carpets can be difficult to clean, but using chemical cleaners can leave toxic residues that can be harmful to pets and children. A great way to kill bacteria and deeply clean rugs and carpets is to steam them- and nothing more than good-old H2O is needed! If you don't have a steamer, bicarbonate of soda is a great alternative to powdered cleaners. If you have wooden floors, add a little lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil to a bucket of hot water and use a mop for a clean floor with a barrier of protection created by the olive oil. Olive oil can also be used to make a wonderful eco-friendly furniture polish. To do this, add equal parts water and olive oil to 2 parts vinegar and mix in a blender. Add to a spray bottle and use a micro-fibre cloth for best results. 40 Find all our latest offers at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk
  42. 42. Thank You! Natural Skincare - Handmade With Love at www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk 41 We hope you enjoyed reading our eBook, and found some useful ideas to help you lead a happy, healthy and natural life. If you'd like to read more, we publish new articles every week on the Adore Naturals blog. If you haven't already done so, please like our Facebook page - and keep an eye on your inbox for emails from us! We send out exclusive, subscriber-only offers and updates each week, as well as letting you know about new blog posts and articles you might like to read. If you’d like to start using more natural skincare, visit www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk. Our online boutique offers a carefully selected range of skincare and gifts to suit all needs and skin-types. All our products are handmade with love by dedicated UK makers. Where to find us: Website: www.AdoreNaturals.co.uk Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AdoreNaturals Twitter: www.Twitter.com/AdoreNaturals Google Plus: plus.google.com/+AdorenaturalsCoUk Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/adorenaturals/ Email: sales@adorenaturals.co.uk