From this month, the journal is changing, I'll still be writing once a month but friends and specialists are also coming on board to offer their thoughts and opinions - A.S APOTHECARY is evolving and we are delighted to bring together cooks, photographers, writers, perfumers, naturalists, beauty specialists and garden designers all of whom have a special connection with the land and something interesting to say - it's time to express ourselves!
We start with Vanessa Gruninger of Blossom, an experienced face and bodywork therapist at Triyoga in London who has been working with our products for the last few months and will, over the course of the year, explain the very best way to use them.
When you wake up in the morning, a new day is presented to you, a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy every breath you take.
Open the Cleansing Oil #5 bottle, gently press the pipette and add a few drops onto your hands, put bottle aside, hands in front of your face- not touching the skin quite yet. Take three deep breaths, extend your belly and fill your lungs with air and this enchanting scent. Note how you feel and how the sweetness enlivens your cells.
Add a few more drops onto your fingertips and gently massage the oil into your facial skin, like it is the most precious silk fabric in the world. Enjoy the sensation on your skin for a moment, take an even deeper breath and soak the cleansing cloth in warm water. Press the cloth gently against your skin, give it time to open its pores to release impurities and then in sweeping motions take the cleansing oil off your skin. Repeat to double- cleanse and deeply nourish your skin.
Be grateful for the day that has arisen, fill it with mindfulness and enjoy its manifest presents.
The most essential part in all our AS Apothecary facials
The Cleansing Oil #5 will be the first product, applied to your skin with facial lift massage techniques to cleanse and condition your skin in preparation for the application of all the other wonderful lotions and potions. The powerful effect of this oil lies in the alchemistic formulation, the unique blend of plant oils and essential oils.
Benefits of our oils:
- Calendula helps to soothe the skin
- Borage beautifully moisturizes the skin
- Rosehip is known for its anti- ageing properties
- Jojoba supports the regulation of sebum production
- Castor oil promotes deep cleansing
- Vitamin E has excellent wound healing properties
Benefits of our essential oils:
- Rosa Damascena hydrates the skin, balances the emotions and uplifts the spirit
- Bergamot has antibiotic properties, improves blood circulation and acts as a relaxant
- Labdanum regenerates the skin, erases signs of ageing and enhances a meditative state
- Clary Sage is an astringent, helps to reduce pore sizes and induces a feeling of joy
- Benzoin has antiseptic properties, soothes the skin and is a nature’s best tranquilizer
"There is much more magic to the Cleansing Oil #5 than words can describe and experiencing it is the only way to truly feel and understand the depth and effectiveness of these golden drops in a bottle."
Reflect on your day, no- one else experienced it the way you did. Remember the encounters you had, the stories that have been told, the nature that you have seen, the sky, the sun, the clouds, know that everything is a reflection of yourself.
Calmly repeat our morning ritual to show the gratitude and love to yourself and this seizing day.
In your mind embrace the day, let it go and slip under the duvet for a restful night’s sleep, still feeling the enchantment of the facial cleansing oil #5 on your facial skin and in all cells of your body.
- Vanessa Gruninger