Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Courses at the Farncombe Estate with Julia Baker

Julia is a highly qualified and experienced clinical aromatherapist with her own practice at home in Lapworth Warwickshire. Her work includes treating clients with a variety of conditions, doing massage in the workplace, teaching short courses and giving talks to groups. Julia is a member of the International Federation of Clinical Aromatherapists and chairwoman of one of their regional groups. She coordinates regular training meetings for them. Julia holds a qualification as an Aromatologist. This more medical use of essential oils involving neat topical application and internal use is unusual in the UK but well known in France. Practitioners of aromatology need detailed knowledge of essential oil chemistry and of safe blending techniques.
For more information about Julia Baker visit www.juliabakeraromatherapy.com

Below is a list of the courses that Julia teaches.

23 Apr 2011

Top to Toe - Learn Two Styles of Massage

24 Jul 2011

Mixing and Massaging - Fun with Aromatherapy Oils and Massage Skills

14 Oct 2011

The Luxury of Massage

26 Nov 2011

Make your own Potions, Indian Head Massage, Back massage

Other Courses That Julia Has Run

21 Nov 2010

Free Christmas Craft Workshop: Essential Oils for Winter

23 Oct 2010

Aromatherapy & Massage Day: Mixing and Massaging V fun with aromatherapy and massage skills

12 Sep 2010

Open Day Workshop: 11.30am Discover how to do a traditional, stress relieving Indian Head Massage

13 Aug 2010

The Luxury of Massage

22 May 2010

Aromatherapy Day: Make your own Aromatherapy Lotions and Blends, Indian head Massage and Back Massage

20 Mar 2010

Aromotherapy & Massage Day: Top to Toe learn two styles of relaxing massage

The World of Aromatherapy

Books like this are very useful for students because they contain contributions from aromatherapists on differant aspects of aromatherapy, each bringing their own perspective and unique experience


Aromatherapy in practice

The easiest way for students considering an aromatherapy diploma to see how it is used is to look at what some of the 6000 alumni of the Shirley Price International college of Aromatherapy are doing now.  Sara Gelzer and Jan Benham , both trained by Shirley Price continue to teach the Shirley Price Aromatherapy diploma in Hinckley, UK and Switzerland and with other tutors in satellite and correspondent colleges around the world.


Shelley Baker

Belinda Freeman

Christabel Gordon

Cheryl Lee-Appleby

Bruce Mitchell

Tasoula Petrou

Christine Royle

Alison Taylor

Marie Tipton


Monday, 29 November 2010

DIY lip balm base

100gm Beeswax
125gm Shea Butter
75gm Cocoa Butter
15ml Coconut Oil (liquid)
5ml Vitamin E Oil
20 x 15ml Glass Jars


Sunday, 28 November 2010

The art of blending essential oils is alive and well

The art of Blending is alive and well, click the link below to look inside.  You'll find a thoughtful book based on personal experience of working with essential oils.  Keep on learning about essential oil synergies.

The Essential Oils Book  

Contents of The Essential Oils Book
  • Awakening the Scent Sense
  • An Introduction to Buying and Using Pure Essential Oils
  • The Properties and Applications of Pure Essential Oils
    • Most Commonly Used Pure Essential Oils
    • Less Commonly Used Pure Essential Oils
  • Basic Blending Advice
    • Equipment and Supplies
    • Carrier or Base Oils
    • Solutions and Dilutions
  • Recipes for Home Aroma
    • Making Cleaning Jobs More Pleasant
    • Scenting the Air at Home
  • Aromatic Recipes for Essential Beauty
    • Baths
    • Bath Salts
    • Herbal Baths
    • Children's Herbal Baths
    • Foot Baths
    • Hand and Nail Care
    • Hair Oils
    • Shampoos and Rinses
    • Personal Perfumes
  • Other Uses for Essential Oils
    • Making Travel More Enjoyable
    • Creating a Welcoming, Conductive Work Environment
    • Caring for the Elderly and Sick
    • Caring for Pets
  • Sources and Resources
  • Suggested Reading
  • Index
by Coleen K Dodt


    Essential Oils for Psoriasis


    Dans son best-seller « L’aromathérapie », Dominique Baudoux nous livre une formule à base d’huiles essentielles diluées dans du calendula pour apaiser le psoriasis. Cette recette est cependant ultra concentrée et ne convient pas aux enfants ni aux sujets sensibles, ni non plus selon moi aux très grandes zones affectées :
    - Huile essentielle HECT de Bois de rose : 1 goutte
    - HECT Ravintsara : 1 goutte
    - HECT Géranium rosat CV Egypte : 1 goutte
    - HECT Matricaire (camomille allemande) : 2 gouttes
    - HECT Myrrhe : 1 goutte
    dans 3 gouttes de Calendula.

    One of the most effective treatments for psoriasis is sunshine.  Essential oils, perhaps described as liquid sunshine, also can hope if you do not live in sunny climes.  Oils like argan oil to have been found to be effective.


    Saturday, 27 November 2010

    Polarity theory

    Polarity theory is a form of alternative medicine developed by Randolph Stone.  His students were introduced to the idea that healing and disease are processes that can be described in energetic terms. Generally, healing and health are attributes of energy flowing in its natural and unobstructed state, while disease is a reflection of energy in an obstructed condition in one or more of its several levels of manifestation.  This drew on ancient traditions.

    This is an interesting area of further study in energetics.  Matter and energy are interchangeable and that sameness is summarised in the simplified equation e=mc2.  Associated with matter is energy.  As far as we are able to tell all energy and all matter ultimately came from a single point which physicists describe as the big bang.  In our bodies energy flows in various ways.

    Spiral currents around a central core I have come to understand more clearly lately or at least I have been able to accept the idea of a central core located in the area of the third diagram.  An understanding of this may assist for example in self image and control of disorders such as mental and physical appetite.

    Randolph Stone taught five of the seven chakras, which first define the elements in the physical realm, are expressed negatively as the emotions of pride (Ether), greed (Air), anger (Fire), attachment (Water) and fear (Earth). This is the experience of humankind when the attention is directed entirely down- ward and outward into the world for the purpose of identifying the ego with the worldly creation, thinking itself the prime mover of life. In contrast, when the attention is directed inward and upward, acknowledging the source of life energy as the doer behind our experience and understanding of the world and ourselves, the passions transform into the five virtues of courage (Earth), detachment (Water), forgiveness (Fire), contentment (Air) and humility (Ether).

    The fire element which is at the core is polarised between Anger and Forgiveness.  Anger is a powerful motivating force but untempered by forgiveness can give rise to obvious personal and social difficulties and perhaps even disease.  The 5 upward virtues and 5 downward emotions can be seen as lying on the path of a helix of energy.

    It is difficult to visualise energy.  Most scientists like Maxwell sought to make sense of it by reference to mechanical models of cogs and wheels.  Of course this is an esoteric area but the ability to consider it may well help in our understanding of what disease is.

    This can give rise to startling thoughts.  If this energy flow can be influenced then a logical consequence of this model is that disease such as a common ailment or its consequences may assist unblock these energy flows and restore balance to the body. The relationship between health and disease may be more complex than we think or be able to think.  We shouldnt stop trying at a personal and society.  Certainly it didnt do Mr Stone any harm.  He lived to be a very fit 91 year old.


    Friday, 26 November 2010

    Choice Health and Wellbeing magazine

    We have Choice magazine in the Aromashop

    Recommended download

    make light work of the theory paper with this excellent online resource.  400 page professionally written Aromatherapy training manual with the info and questionbank just £8.99

     Buy now

    Massage therapy dvds in the Choice estore


    Articles Index - Aromatherapy
    Aromatherapy and Sports Injuries

    Alot of people participate in sport, not just competitively but also for recreation and fitness. As stated by the Edinburgh Physiotherapy Centre "The definition of sporting injuries is vast. From rugby to ballet, professional to amateur, athletes at any level require specialist treatment dependent on the types of stresses they need to cope with".

    True Melissa Oil (Genuine Melissa Officinalis)
    We recently had several enquiries concerning the use of Melissa Officinalis in cosmetic products and in the practice of aromatherapy in view of the fact that the IFRA Guidelines state that it should not be used as a fragrance ingredient. We therefore sought the view of the CTPA (Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association) on this and you may find their response of interest.
    Aromatherapy and Autism
    The National Autistic Society (www.nas.org.uk) states that autism is one of those disorders that is not easily recognisable. The person is not physically disabled. As with many other disorders that people do not recognise, it is hard to raise awareness of the condition and the impact it has on the lives of "500,000 families throughout the UK".
    Using Essential Oils to Treat the Face and Skin
    Using Essential Oils to Treat the Face and Skin is one of the most enjoyable areas of aromatherapy. It is also easy to develop aromatherapy facial treatments for yourself. Remember that if you are treating a particular skin condition it will usually take about 3-4 weeks to reap the benefits of your efforts.

    Monday, 22 November 2010

    Whats in a name? - Ravensara Ravintsara and Ho leaf too


    A very helpful aricle here. 

    Watch your chemotypes.  The same name of plant matter can produce very differant headline essential oil contents depending where its grown.

    Camphor essential oil is derived from Cinnamomum Camphora from China and Taiwan.

    Cinnamomum camphora ct linalool from Fujian China  is used to make Ho Leaf essential oil which contains 90%+ linalool rather than cineole, camphor or estragole.

    So if you reach for the cinnamon camphora from china expecting cineole to relieve a blocked nose you could be relaxed but disappointed. Ravintsara essential oil from cinnamomum camphora grown in madagascor contains little camphor and little linalool.  Cineole is a major component of Ravintsara.

    Madagascor is the worlds third largest island and contains a treasure trove of aromatic plants and trees.  

    From Madagascor comes two oils.  Ravensara aromatica has a different chemistry to Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8-cineoleMethyl chavicol (estragole) is the major component of Ravensara which finds use in the treatment of shingles.  Estragole is a suspected carcinogen.  Limiting use with children or pregnant or nursing mothers seems appropriate.  Also, true Ravensara aromatica can be a skin irritant. 


    Saturday, 20 November 2010

    Use of Aromatherapy and Aroma Sticks - Willen Hospice

    Willen Hospice is situated in Milton Keynes and provides specialist care for adults with life-threatening illness. The services provided include; In-Patient Unit, Day Hospice, Community Care Team, Social Care and Lymphoedema Clinic.The Day Hospice operates 3 days a week, on these days patients are offered a range of complementary therapies. We have used lavender and chamomile oils to relieve anxiety and patients have reported that this helped them. Another useful oil is ginger which when put into the aroma stick, is beneficial to manage episodes of nausea. Our community team have also used the aroma sticks and found them to be effective. Melody Hornblow, Activity Co-ordinator, Day Hospice.

    Aromatherapy is also used within the in-patient unit and the nursing team are able to formulate individual blends of oils to meet the patient's need, which depends on their psychological and physical requirements. A blend of oils used in the aroma sticks is formulated following consultation with the patient. The aroma sticks can also be used between treatments such as chemo and patients often take the aroma stick home when they are discharged. We always stress that the aroma sticks are used to complement conventional medication and should not be used to replace medication. Our patients have certainly found benefit since the introduction of this complementary therapy. Badria Gates, Nursing Auxiliary, In-Patient Unit.

    Essentia news

    Friday, 19 November 2010

    Essay Topics - Sourcing Oils, what issues arise for aromatherapists?

    HERE IS A GOOD SUBJECT FOR AN ESSAYGuroo farms write One of our research projects has resulted in development of a genotype of lemongrass, which is rich in geraniol and cironellol, just like the oil of Geranium !!! Strange, but true, yes---Two new varieties of better yielding lemongrass developedTwo new varieties of lemongrass have been developed that are commercially more viable with higher yields and more efficient disease/pest resistance. Lemongrass oil is used for making medicines as well as a mosquito-repellent.The farmer who developed these varieties Gurpreet Singh from Rudrapur will be awarded the Srishti Samman 2006 by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for his innovation. Named Hunar and Sargam after his sons, they have been validated by Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Research Centre, Kerala.  His claims have been done by various national institutes around the country and has a patent pending. The whole idea was to be able to increase per acre income of my farm. It started with the selection of the right varieties; oil, which was acceptable to my buyer, said Singh.The main differences between Singh's varieties and the others being grown in India are as follows these have a fresh lime, citral-type rosy note, as against a metallic note in other varieties. It yields about 0.7 to 1.1 per cent oil, fresh weight basis, as against the recovery of 0.3 to 0.5per cent of all Indian varieties.

    Thursday, 18 November 2010

    Ylang ylang complete Organic (Cananga odorate)

    Sensual, relaxing and balancing. The ultimate in Ylang oils; this oil has not been fractionated into different grades and is therefore 'complete'. The fragrance is warm and floral with a hint of spice, and it has a richness and depth not present in other grades. Certified by ECOCERT.
    Origin: Madagascar

    Students can find handy essential oils profiles on the Aromatherapy Lifestyle newsletter by Geoff Lyth  of Quinessence

    Sunday, 14 November 2010

    The people behind Shirley Price - whats your story??

    The people behind Shirley Price

    above all its you, the 6000 plus people who have been
    through our UK College and its international satellites and
    correspondent colleges worldwide. The 1700 holistic therapists who
    order from us, the colleges, tutors and students, the
    salons, the spas, the pharmacies, the cosmetics and diet
    and slimming supplement distributors, the home users,

    Share your Shirley Price story.
    This month marks Shirley Price Aromatherapy's 35th
    birthday. We'd never have made it this far without you, so
    we'd like to honour you by showcasing your success. Fill in
    our form (yes we love our forms!) or upload a video to
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    Saturday, 13 November 2010

    Against animal testing

    Among all the groans about the new cosmetic regulations its important not to forget the important victory for those who have campaigned against animal testing contained in them. It is now enshrined in law that cosmetics may be placed on the market with alternative non animal testing methods.

    "The safety of cosmetic products and their ingredients may be ensured through the use of alternative methods which are not necessarily applicable to all uses of chemical ingredients. Therefore, the use of such methods by the whole cosmetic industry should be promoted and their adoption at Community level ensured, where such methods offer an equivalent level of protection to consumers.
    The safety of finished cosmetic products can already be ensured on the basis of knowledge of the safety of the ingredients that they contain. Provisions prohibiting animal testing of finished cosmetic products should therefore be laid down. The application, in particular by small and medium-sized enterprises, of both test methods and assessment procedures for relevant available data, including the use of read-across and weight-of-evidence approaches, which do not involve the use of animals for assessing the safety of finished cosmetic products could be facilitated by Commission guidelines.
    It will gradually become possible to ensure the safety of ingredients used in cosmetic products by using non-animal alternative methods validated at Community level, or approved as being scientifically validated, by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) and with due regard to the development of validation within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). After consulting the SCCS as regards the applicability of the validated alternative methods to the field of cosmetic products, the Commission should immediately publish the validated or approved methods recognised as being applicable to such ingredients. In order to achieve the highest possible degree of animal protection, a deadline should be set for the introduction of a definitive prohibition.
    The Commission established timetables of deadlines up to 11 March 2009 for prohibiting the marketing of cosmetic products, the final formulation, ingredients or combinations of ingredients which have been tested on animals, and for prohibiting each test currently carried out using animals. In view, however, of tests concerning repeated-dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics, it is appropriate for the final deadline for prohibiting the marketing of cosmetic products for which those tests are used to be 11 March 2013. On the basis of annual reports, the Commission should be authorised to adapt the timetables within the abovementioned maximum time limit.
    Better coordination of resources at Community level will contribute to increasing the scientific knowledge indispensable for the development of alternative methods. It is essential, for this purpose, that the Community continue and increase its efforts and take the measures necessary for the promotion of research and the development of new non-animal alternative methods, in particular within its Framework Programmes for research.
    The recognition by third countries of alternative methods developed in the Community should be encouraged. In order to achieve this objective, the Commission and the Member States should take all appropriate steps to facilitate acceptance of such methods by the OECD. The Commission should also endeavour, within the framework of European Community cooperation agreements, to obtain recognition of the results of safety tests carried out in the Community using alternative methods so as to ensure that the export of cosmetic products for which such methods have been used is not hindered and to prevent or avoid third countries requiring the repetition of such tests using animals.
    Transparency is needed regarding the ingredients used in cosmetic products. Such transparency should be achieved by indication of the ingredients used in a cosmetic product on its packaging. Where for practical reasons it is impossible to indicate the ingredients on the packaging, such information should be enclosed so that the consumer has access to this information.
    A glossary of common ingredient names should be compiled by the Commission to ensure uniform labelling and to facilitate identification of cosmetics ingredients. This glossary should not be intended to constitute a limitative list of substances used in cosmetic products.
    In order to inform consumers, cosmetic products should bear precise and easily understandable indications concerning their durability for use. Given that consumers should be informed of the date until which the cosmetic product will continue to fulfil its initial function and remain safe, it is important to know the date of minimum durability, i.e. the date by which it is best to use the product. Where the minimum durability is more than 30 months, the consumer should be informed of the period of time after opening that the cosmetic product may be used without any harm to the consumer. However, this requirement should not apply where the concept of the durability after opening is not relevant, that is to say for single-use products, products not at risk of deterioration or products which do not open.


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    How to succeed as a therapist - Ascent Therapies

    Formal training apart, a good way of teaching how to succeed as a therapist is to illustrate successful aromatherapy practices, even better to hear from the practicioners themselves

    Ascent Therapies


    Shiatsu Society Research Project - results just out

    Shiatsu Society Research Project - results just out

    More Shiatsu Society research downloads 

    Shiatsu success stories


    FEATURED PRODUCTS - Shirley Price Superlight eyecream

    INGREDIENTS - a base formula with the essential oils of bergamot, geranium, juniper, lavender and sandalwood

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE - for maintaining and improving the delicate skin of the eye area this rich cream is ideal.  No facial massage is complete without it.  High in azulene this smooth cream helps prevent premature signs of aging.  It keeps the skin around the eyes smooth and supple softening existing lines and feeding delicate tissue to keep it in good condition.  Apply sparingly every night to the delicate skin around the eye.

    Available in a variety of sizes 5ml, 10ml, 15ml, 30ml, 50ml, 200ml salon size 

    Sold under the Essentia(tm) brand, the original trade name used by Shirley Price for her cosmetic skin care products.


    Thursday, 11 November 2010

    witch hazel

    Now autumn is nearly at an end in england I am reflecting on witch hazel.  Its fruit, flowers, and next year's leaf buds all appear on the branch simultaneously, a rarity among trees.

    witch (wiche) (wice) in old english means pliant or bendable  while hazel is derived from the use of the twigs as divining rods.  There is always a geat autumn energy about this plant.

    I am reflecting on the traditional use of witch hazel.  Like chamomile this makes a very good eyedrop when correctly prepared.  This is a very astringent match for redder eyes. Wicehazel extract from the leaves and bark has been traditionally used to shrink dilated blood vessals) to the shirley price chamomile eyedrops which are more soothing.


    Formulating natural cosmetics - record and labelling requirements

    Making your own cosmetics using Shirley Price cosmetic bases

    You can read the new cosmetics regulations in full here.  Nothing to trouble most aromatherapists but you need to be organised and read the regulations when making up creams for sale to clients or as christmas gifts.

    New Regulations in full

    Section 19 needs to be read in full and is set out below after points to note.

    Points to Note 

    1.  Most organic cosmetics bases have a durability of 24 months which is less than the 30 months stipulated in section 19 so you need to add the words 'best used before the end of' or  the hourglass symbol in point 3 of annex VII.

    2.  over 30 months an indication of the durability after opening is required preceded by the open pot symbol in point 2 of Annex VII.

    3.  The precautions to be found in annexes III to VI must be included.

    4.  Ingredients must be proceeded by the word 'ingredients' though this information can be on the packaging.  The list of ingredients shall be established in descending order of weight of the ingredients at the time they are added to the cosmetic product. Ingredients in concentrations of less than 1 % may be listed in any order after those in concentrations of more than 1 %.

    5.  Function must be included on the label unless it is obvious

    Article 19 in full

    Without prejudice to other provisions in this Article, cosmetic products shall be made available on the market only where the container and packaging of cosmetic products bear the following information in indelible, easily legible and visible lettering:
    the name or registered name and the address of the responsible person. Such information may be abbreviated in so far as the abbreviation makes it possible to identify that person and his address. If several addresses are indicated, the one where the responsible person makes readily available the product information file shall be highlighted. The country of origin shall be specified for imported cosmetic products;
    L342/72 EN
    Official Journal of theEuropean Union L 342/73
    the nominal content at the time of packaging, given by weight or by volume, except in the case of packaging containing less than five grams or five millilitres, free samples and single-application packs; for pre-packages normally sold as a number of items, for which details of weight or volume are not significant, the content need not be given provided the number of items appears on the packaging. This information need not be given if the number of items is easy to see from the outside or if the product is normally only sold individually;
    the date until which the cosmetic product, stored under appropriate conditions, will continue to fulfil its initial function and, in particular, will remain in conformity with Article 3 (‘date of minimum durability’).
    The date itself or details of where it appears on the packaging shall be preceded by the symbol shown in point 3 of Annex VII or the words: ‘best used before the end of’.
    The date of minimum durability shall be clearly expressed and shall consist of either the month and year or the day, month and year, in that order. If necessary, this information shall be supplemented by an indication of the conditions which must be satisfied to guarantee the stated durability.
    Indication of the date of minimum durability shall not be mandatory for cosmetic products with a minimum durability of more than 30 months. For such products, there shall be an indication of the period of time after opening for which the product is safe and can be used without any harm to the consumer. This information shall be indicated, except where the concept of durability after opening is not relevant, by the symbol shown in point 2 of Annex VII followed by the period (in months and/or years);
    particular precautions to be observed in use, and at least those listed in Annexes III to VI and any special precautionary information on cosmetic products for professional use;
    the batch number of manufacture or the reference for identifying the cosmetic product. Where this is impossible for practical reasons because the cosmetic products are too small, such information need appear only on the packaging;
    the function of the cosmetic product, unless it is clear from its presentation;
    a list of ingredients. This information may be indicated on the packaging alone. The list shall be preceded by the term‘ingredients’.
    For the purpose of this Article, an ingredient means any substance or mixture intentionally used in the cosmetic product during the process of manufacturing. The following shall not, however, be regarded as ingredients:
    impurities in the raw materials used;
    subsidiary technical materials used in the mixture but not present in the final product.
    Perfume and aromatic compositions and their raw materials shall be referred to by the terms ‘parfum’ or ‘aroma’. Moreover, the presence of substances, the mention of which is required under the column ‘Other’ in Annex III, shall be indicated in the list of ingredients in addition to the terms parfum or aroma.
    The list of ingredients shall be established in descending order of weight of the ingredients at the time they are added to the cosmetic product. Ingredients in concentrations of less than 1 % may be listed in any order after those in concentrations of more than 1 %.

    All ingredients present in the form of nanomaterials shall be clearly indicated in the list of ingredients. The names of such ingredients shall be followed by the word ‘nano’ in brackets.
    Colorants other than colorants intended to colour the hair may be listed in any order after the other cosmetic ingredients. For decorative cosmetic products marketed in several colour shades, all colorants other than colorants intended to colour the hair used in the range may be listed, provided that the words ‘may contain’ or the symbol ‘+/-’ are added. The CI (Colour Index) nomenclature shall be used, where applicable.

    Where it is impossible for practical reasons to label the information mentioned in points (d) and (g) of paragraph 1 as provided, the following applies:

    the information shall be mentioned on an enclosed or attached leaflet, label, tape, tag or card; —
    unless impracticable, this information shall be referred to by abbreviated information or the symbol given in point 1 of Annex VII, which must appear on the container or packaging for the information referred in point (d) of paragraph 1 and on packaging for the information referred in point (g) of paragraph 1.

    In the case of soap, bath balls and other small products where it is impossible for practical reasons for the information referred to in point (g) of paragraph 1 to appear on a label, tag, tape or card or in an enclosed leaflet, this information shall appear on a notice in immediate proximity to the container in which the cosmetic product is exposed for sale.
    22.12.2009 EN
    Official Journal of theEuropean Union 22.12.2009

    For cosmetic products that are not pre-packaged, are packaged at the point of sale at the purchaser’s request, or are pre-packaged for immediate sale, Member States shall adopt detailed rules for indication of the information referred to in paragraph 1.

    The language of the information mentioned in points (b), (c), (d) and (f) of paragraph 1 and in paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) shall be determined by the law of the Member States in which the product is made available to the end user.

    The information mentioned in point (g) of paragraph 1 shall be expressed by using the common ingredient name set out in the glossary provided for in Article 33. In the absence of a common ingredient name, a term as contained in a generally accepted nomenclature shall be used.


    Formulating natural cosmetics - Anthony C Dweck

    one for the technical library


    This reference provides a concise overview for both formulator and marketer of much of the chemistry of the natural world—the materials that inspire and aid the discovery of new product concepts and markets. This volume looks at the entire portfolio of natural raw materials and explains in simple terms the chemistry, the folklore and traditional uses that nature has provided.
    For the first time, information has been assembled on almost 300 fixed oils, 200 essential oils and 600 botanical extracts, making this a useful handbook and companion for anybody who requires a quick overview of this subject.

    There is also a wealth of toxicological information assembled in this volume. The extensive section on color brings together knowledge and chemistry that is comprehensive and detailed and rarely found in one place.

    Topics include:
    • Natural vegetable and fixed oils
    • Natural butters
    • Natural waxes
    • Saponins (emulsifier)
    • Natural Preservatives
    • Minerals
    • Botanical extracts
    • Essential oils (fragrance)
    • Natural actives
    • Isoflavones, phytohormones and phytosterols
    • Anti-irritants
    • Natural color
    • Gemmotherapy
    • Legal Issues

    Expert Review

    “I have long admired Tony Dweck's combined chemical, botanical and medical knowledge. The comprehensive library of plant reference books he has authored, which are regularly purchased and read, along with his personal experience of working for the cosmetic industry, writing for cosmetic journals and conferences, and his famous Dweck Database, make him the author of choice for a book titled Formulating Natural Cosmetics.
    The naturals are covered in 14 chapters that the Latin names of plants in alphabetical order followed by their respective trivial names. There is also a chapter on minerals and another that covers legal issues associated with formulation, followed by four appendices covering toxicity of essential oils (tabulated data); natural color review (tabulated data such as natural source, supplier, trade name, etc.); scrubs and abrasives; and finally a glossary of medical terms. There is an index and, where necessary, chemical formulae illustrate the text.
    This is not a book given over to literature references; had these been required, the book would never have been finished. What we have is a comprehensive, easy-to-read and clearly classified reference book of value not only to those associated with the cosmetic industry, but to all those needing information about plants for any reason."
    —Roland Hardman
    BPharm BSc(Chem) PhD FRPharmS
    Reader in Pharmacognosy, University of Bath, UK (retired)
    "Formulating Natural Cosmetics is a brilliantly done work that is a great addition to every technical library.”
    —Tony O’Lenick
    President of Siltech LLC and author of Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists


    Wednesday, 10 November 2010

    Remembrance Day 2011

    On Sunday we in Europe and all over the world stop our day to day concerns, even aromatherapy, and remember the dead of two world wars

    We wear poppies to remember that time of disastrous european and world disunion.

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
          Between the crosses, row on row,
       That mark our place; and in the sky
       The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
       Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
             In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
       The torch; be yours to hold it high.
       If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
             In Flanders fields.

    Its a time to reflect for me personally and to remember the memorial chapel at Rugby School in which I prayed and became a christian.  On the walls are comemorated the names of 700 from the school who died in the first war and 450 from the second war.  Remembering that for every one killed 4 were injured or maimed and all were touched and affected by their experiences it is a place which never fails to move me now as it did then. A bronze of a second lieutenant of the Warwickshire Rifles leaning on his rifle seemed to capture the mood of the place.

    Some 200 children go through Rugby School a year.  My own children were prepared for public school.   So this toll meant the loss of an entire generation who benefitted from this education morally and materially. In turn they would have benefitted those who they would have served and loved and this was lost too.  When I think of the lives of leadership, love and illumination my wonderful friends of my generation lead as businessmen, sportsmen, politicians, servicemen, husbands, fathers and sons and the benefit I and we received from this education the scale of the sacrifice and loss can be seen.

    We Brits are known for our humour and love of life and like all europeans we were prepared to combine and serve in that terrible time.  This was not a people long ago but us, all of us today then resolving our different ambitions not with words but with guns and loss.  Success cannot be measured for long by the losses of others yet for those terrible years it was and no one was able to prevent it or stop it.

    We cannot forget the torch the dead lit referred to in the poem and the value the settlement their deaths brought not just for 100 years but for much longer than that.  More fool us if we do.

    "mistake not truce for peace, nor compromise from the escape from conflict.  To be released from conflict means that it is over.  The door is open you have left the battleground.  You have not lingered there in cowering hope that it will not return because the guns are stilled an instant and the fear that haunts the place of death is not apparent.  There is no safety in a battleground.  Not one tree left still standing will shelter you."

    A course in miracles 

    The wars of the people were more terrible than the wars of the kings.  lets not forget that either.


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    Monday, 8 November 2010

    Organic Shampoo project

    I have an organic shampoo. handwash, showergel project on for an eastern european customer so I get to do all the things we have been toying with.  We use the organic bases.  The brief is fruity aroma and then the functional areas normal, oily, dry.  So its familiar territory.  One line of thinking is to drench this with 5-7 essential oils for each shampoo.  I would like to add a sythetic adldehyde but this is a wholly natural shampoo, or as near as nature as we can get.  So what would you recommend?  Rose and Jasmine are out but how about vetiver as a base?  The trouble with vetiver is that it is a very strong aroma.  You can smell little else. Here is a company who have been wrestling with balancing differant fragrances since 1854.  They recently added an organic range of oils.    Payan Bertrand

    On the packaging we are using the white hdpe rectangular bottles 150ml, 200ml with gold and silver dawn and dusk) flip ups for the shampoos.  I dont think we will be printing the bottles as this is a relatively low volume production run.  Still the rectangulars look nice with a simple Soil Association logo in the bottom left and the cut out label in the middle with a backing label.

    The Shirley Price classic shampoos follow simple functional lines.  For a long time we couldnt do much with the bases as a human error led to us receiving a pallet of drums instead of a single drum! We still have some left of this base which is popular in asia.

    look out for our soapmaking event with Jan Benham on May 27th


    Friday, 5 November 2010

    Shirley Price Aromatherapy for Common Ailments, FREE! Aromawipes, courses

    On our therapists website we list Shirley Price's formulations for common ailments


    For the festive season we are giving a free aromawipe with products ordered.  The aromawipes contain the 10 most commonly used essential oils like Bergamot Essential Oil.

    Bergamot -
    Reviving and encouraging the essential oil has an uplifting harmonising effect on the spirit, refreshing and emotionally balancing the emotions and the mind, perfect when you need to go from stressed out to blissed out!

    our factory aromashop website is

    upcoming ShirleyPrice courses 

    Join 6000+ students who have qualified with Shirley Price and the satelite colleges in 40 countries worldwide.


    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    Xmas offers on Shirley Price Organic - free aromawipes

    With 2 new products listed at once I thought why not give one free?

    Shirley Price Organic White lotion, now with free Aromawipe of your choice, Shirley Price Organic Shower gel-bodywash with matching Aromawipe.

    The |Organic white lotion comes in a stylish rectangular bottle with a silver lotion cap for our pharmacy customers.  Definite shelf appeal!


    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    Exercise you can do sitting down

    This is a fun gadget for christmas from Forbes Riley.  Also a good example of professional and successful product marketing.



    Diet - how do plant oils help us?

    OMEGA 3,6.  There are three essential fatty acids which are needed by the body and only available from our diet.  These are linoleic acid (LA or Omega 6) and linolenic acid (LNA or Omega 3) which are all commonly contained in plant oils.  Research suggests we need more linolenic acid.  The essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic, an omega 3 fatty acid is found in linseed and soybean.  Other important omega 3 oils EPA and DHA are found in fish. LA from which the body makes arachidonic acid can be found in soybean, safflower, sunflower, corn, wheatgerm and seasame oils. 

    VITAMINS.  Oils are a good source of natural vitamin E and help the body absorb the fat soluble Vitamins A,D, E and K. 

    COLD PRESS.  Cold pressed oils are preferred as high temperatures alter the oils and may make them unhealthy. Cold pressed olive oil contains high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids which do not adversely effect blood cholesterol.

    So a little oil drizzled on salad and a fish supplement does you good.



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    Tuesday, 2 November 2010

    WORKSHOP AND CPD DAYS for Shirley Price Aromatherapy 2011

    Besides the private aromatherapy diploma tuition, distance learning and residential aromatherapy diploma tuition we have an active program of complementary therapy and cosmetology courses.
    Venue is 55 Station Road Hinckley
    Course Tutor Jan Benham

    WORKSHOP AND CPD DAYS for Shirley Price Aromatherapy 2011

    Introduction to Aromatherapy.
    Discover the essential world of aromatic oils. What are essential oils? How are they are obtained? How can you tell if they are 100% pure? What is the difference between therapeutic grade and the rest?
    Blend and mix to your hearts delight, create your own recipes. Learn about the various effects of these essences, both physically and psychologically, the application of essential oils and safety                   considerations, plus information on the most useful essential oils and carrier oils.

    Course date Jan 12th, 

    Course fee £90 pounds

    Reflexology and Aromatherapy for the elderly.

    Venue:  Hinckley
    Tutor: Jan Benham

    Using Reflexology, Thai massage and Aromatherapy techniques to improve the circulation throughout the body
    Geared for treating the elderly, this treatment is especially helpful for swollen ankles and legs, knee problems, and varicose veins. Balancing and relaxing the entire body from head to toe.
    Course date: Jan 13th

    Course fee:  £90

    Neck and shoulder release.


    This workshop teaches massage of the neck and shoulders focusing on relaxation techniques.
    Also included is posture alignment with gentle stretching exercises, specific areas of concern will be addressed with essential oil therapy

    Course date:  Feb 26th 

    Course fee: £90

    Cellulite and Detox


    A fun filled spa  two days where the participants receive and give each other the following treatments, algae and aromatherapy body wraps plus body scrubs. You will be making cellulite and fat reduction creams, oils , lotions and bath saltys. There will be weight loss and body shaping programs given along with slomming massage and nutritional tips
    Course dates:  Feb 27th and 28th 

    Course fee:  £180

    Absolutely Fabulous Abs



    This workshop focuses on reshaping the stomach and waistline with massage, exercise. Compresses and essential oil therapy. But, it is not all about fat, health issues of the digestive tract such as constipation will also be covered.

    Course date: March 1st 

    Course fee: £90

    Qi drop therapy
    Qi drop therapy is a method of applying neat essential oils to the spine, legs and feet using acupressure, massage and compress techniques to bring balance to the whole system. It works on energy alignment, the movement of Qi throughout the body, straightens the spine and fights viruses. Qi drop therapy incorporates the use of 13 essential oils/blends of therapeutic strength.

    Course date: March 3rd 

    Course fee:  £95 pounds

    Creamy craft of cosmetic making

    Tired of using commercial cosmetics that bathe your body in chemicals and wreck havoc on your skin? In this fun but practical workshop, learn how to make your own creams, lotions, lip balms, ointments. Each practitioner will have the opportunity to make something different, and at the end of the class we will share the results. Find out how to mix the essential oils to discover the cream that reflects you.
    Course date: March 4th 

    Course fee: 125 pounds

    Advanced Holistic Facials leading to a Aroma Cosmetology Diploma

    Pre requisite: -Aromatherapy module 4 or Beauty Therapist/specialist


    Designed for the student who is just starting out to the professional  Aromatherapist who wants to expand her practice and add new dimensions to her work. This course allows for treatment control without having to rely upon specific brands, with the making up of your own preparations and products. Learn how to rely less on machines and take a holistic  approach, with the use of special massage techniques and essential oils.
    Practical: you will be taught a full cleanse, the use of  compresses and steam, how to set up a treatment room, filling out client record sheets, a full 20 minute face and shoulder massage using both eastern and western techniques, and treatment with masks.
    Theory:  the basic principles of skin care, analysis of skin types, carrier oils, and the most common essential and carrier oils used in treatment.
    Also covered aroma solutions for skin care, with   emphasis on anti ageing treatments, clinical and home care treatments for teenage acne, eczema, acne rosacea, and sensitive skin, our famous  neck and skin firming treatments. Plus the blending and mixing of essential oils in creams, lotions, oils, masks (including fruit facials) and compresses.

    Course dates: May 16th to May 20th   

    Course fee:  5 days £450

    Hot Stone massage



    Hot stone treatment combines the use of hot and cold stones with Swedish massage strokes. Chakra awareness is increased through stone placement and the use of essential oils. This treatment is extremely grounding and provides an unforgettable mind, body and spirit connection.
    This is a course that will suit both students who are just starting out to   holistic practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge.
    You will learn the 12 meridians and the basic techniques that are used doing massage with the basalt stones. Care and maintenance of the stones, gathering techniques and temperature levels will also be  covered
    Course dates:  May 23rd and May 24th 

    Course fee £180




    Polarity is the science of balancing the life energy in the body. The entire body is viewed as an energy field with specific circuits and patterns or currents. These  currents originally built the body and continue to operate until we leave it. Disease occurs when these currents short-circuit or get blocked by our emotions and stress, pollution, the world we live in etc. All body currents have an electric charge, either positive, negative or neutral. By understanding the relationships of the different currents and their charges, we can then proceed to balance them with our mind, body and spirit. This accomplished by the gentle contact of our hands, using love, positive thoughts and attitudes, manipulations, exercise and diet.
    In this course you will learn about the five elements ether, air, fire, earth and water, how to activate and balance them with gentle manipulations. This course gives added understanding to why the body works the way it does, why does one person respond to Thai yoga massage, whilst another person needs gentle lymphatic drainage massage or Qi drop therapy?
    May 25th and 26th 

    Course fee £180

    The art of soap making 



    Join Jan, for a class in making Aromatherapy, herbal and vegetable based soaps. Together we shall make an excellent basic herbal soap recipe and a batch of surprise exotic soap. We shall explore different ingredients, methods and sources that you might use to make a variety of exciting soaps. Learn some troubleshooting tips, a few historical tidbits and some ways of decorating /icing your soaps. Please bring your most outrageous apron and cool eye protection (sunglasses will do).
    May 27th 

    Course fee £90

    June 4th Module 4

    Natural mineral makeup


    Come and learn how to make your own mineral makeup,  using all natural ingredients. Let Jan show you healthy     alternatives to the toxic chemicals that are present in most mainstream cosmetics. Why risk long term health problems or allow these chemicals to dry and damage your skin? In comparison, mineral makeup nourishes your skin whilst   enhancing your looks.

    There are two workshops; natural makeup and mineral makeup. In the mineral makeup workshop you'll learn how to make your own natural foundation, blushers and eye shadows. In the natural makeup workshop you’ll learn how to make your own mascara, lipsticks, lip gloss, eye and lip  pencils.

    Imagine the pleasure of wearing makeup crafted specifically to enhance your features. Imagine the satisfaction of making cosmetics. Imagine the security of knowing you’re applying healthy substances onto your skin.

    Turn these skills into an enjoyable hobby, as you create   cosmetics for family and business, giving them unique and treasured gifts. This could even be the start of a business  opportunity if you want to turn craft into cash.
    Mineral makeup class June 7th 

    Course fee £95
    Natural makeup class June 8th 

    Course fee £95

    Thai reflex and foot massage


    TUTOR JAN BENHAM                                    

    Join us in a workshop that incorporates the use of  thai reflexology and foot massage. Here you will learn how to use acupressure techniques on the feet that balance and tone internal organs and bring balance to the whole body. Besides the healthy stuff, this is a fun way to relax and release stress.
    June 19th 

    Course fee: £90

    Thai Yoga Massage level 1 

    Venue: Hinckley


     Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art form that can be traced back to India 2,500 years ago. It is a  holistic therapy that is commonly called  “yoga for lazy people” as complex stretches are used. It has the properties of yoga, shiatsu, reflexology and acupressure all rolled into a flowing form. Students will learn how to perform a full massage in the Northern Traditional Thai Massage style. Positions learned: supine and sitting.
    Dates:  June 20th to 24th 

    Course fee £450