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Spring clean

Spring clean!

spring clean 2Now that Spring is officially here, why not treat your skin to a “Spring clean” with Lunar Lotions’ new range of foaming body washes.

These rich and creamy washes leave your skin feeling soft and supple, with no “drying out” effect. By applying a small amount to damp skin you can create a lather full of bubbles, which gently cleanses the skin. For best results and a longer lasting foam whilst showering, use a body mop.

The fragrances available are –

  • Lavender & Neroli – an ideal combination after a stressful day as the lavender aroma is calming and relaxing, whilst the delicate neroli scent gives a gentle citrus uplift.
  • Vanilla – this amazing fragrance smells like vanilla ice cream, but at the same time delivers a warm “feel good” aroma.
  • Lemon & Coconut – the uplifting citrus lemon essential oil together with the coconut fragrance gives a truly tropical aroma.
  • Mango & Passion Fruit – start your day with this invigorating fresh and fruity combination.
  • Orange & Geranium – a wonderful citrus aroma from the sweet orange essential oil combined with floral overtones of geranium.
  • Rose & Sandalwood – a luxurious combination which gives a wonderful “heady” floral aroma, creates a sensation as though you are washing with flowers.

These fragrances are created by using essential oils or non-irritant flavour oils. Further information on the ingredients of the body washes are given for each individual product on the website.

spring clean 1The foaming body washes are kind to the skin as they are paraben-free and MPG (monopropylene glycol)-free. Products which contain these ingredients can cause skin irritation, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin. With a pH of 8.0-9.0 the body washes help to keep the skin balanced, i.e. not too alkaline or too acid. They are also suitable to be used by vegetarians and vegans.

To complete your body Spring clean, Lunar Lotions also have a new range of organic body creams. These creams have the same fragrances as the foaming body washes so as to compliment the whole washing experience.

The base elements of the creams are –

  • DSC_0024Organic sunflower oil – high in Vitamin E which moisturises and repairs the skin.
  • Organic cocoa butter – contains Vitamin E and antioxidants which help to fight damaging free radicals and rejuvenate the skin. The softening properties act as a protective barrier by supplying and retaining moisture in the skin.
  • Organic shea butter – protects, softens and heals the skin, especially dry and damaged skin. It has mildly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and contains good moisture retaining properties which protects the skin from drying out. The excellent softening properties helps to keep the skin supple.
  • Organic aloe vera – soothes and calms the skin, especially helpful for sensitive or dry skin. It also helps to improve the texture and elasticity of the skin, making it firmer and more supple.

These ingredients are very beneficial for the skin as they are highly moisturising. Further information on the ingredients of the organic body creams are given for each individual product on the website.

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Mother’s Day

Mothers Day

Mother’s Day

Why not “Mum’s Monday”?

Although they have the same meaning, Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day both have different origins.

maria-100112_640Mothering Sunday began as a religious festivity. It was originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary or Mother Mary. This was always held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. To celebrate, families would gather and visit their “mother” church. As Christianity spread in the 16th Century, Mothering Sunday became a definite family calendar event. This day progressed from thanking Mother Mary to a “mother” church celebration, onto an occasion to thank and appreciate all mothers, thus creating Mothering Sunday.

Mother’s Day began much later and was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis from West Virginia, USA, in honour of her late mother. Anna Jarvis was determined to make this day into a holiday to celebrate all mothers. After a lot of hard work and perseverance, it finally became an official holiday in the USA in 1914.

flowers-871514_640Both days have now merged into one to show mothers how much they are valued and appreciated. Flowers have been a traditional gift to mothers for many years, although nowadays, these gifts also include chocolates, jewellery or clothing, to name just a few.

DSC_0220Lunar Lotions produce beautiful flower-shaped soaps with delicate floral fragrances, together with a butterfly soap that is fragranced with Parma violet.

These make ideal gifts for Mother’s Day and will actually last longer than a bouquet of flowers.

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New Beginnings

Lunar Lotions Ltd is a family-run company located in the beautiful Devon countryside and produces handmade luxury soaps.

Philli 1Rather than making one large soap and then creating smaller soaps by slicing, Lunar Lotions Ltd moulds each soap individually. This makes the soap much more attractive and as it sits well in the hand, it is more comfortable to use. Soap sizes range from a large bar or large flower to the smaller guest soap. Children’s soaps have been introduced as our own research has shown children like to have their own soap to use. The guest soaps are ideal for little hands and as they grow, the Bug and Dinosaur range have proved to be a huge success.

All soaps are skin friendly as they are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)-free. This is very important as SLS is a known skin irritant that has corrosive properties and is a common ingredient in industrial cleaners and pesticides.

To perfume each soap either essential oils or non-irritant fragrance oils are used. There are a wide range of fragrances available and these include floral, citrus and fruity. The floral perfumes are delicate and give a sense of well-being. The citrus range provide fresh and invigorating aromas, whilst the fruity fragrances are fun and a particular favourite with children.

All recipes used for soap production have Cosmetic Safety Assessment Reports which comply with the new 2013 EC Regulations.

For hygiene and full ingredient information, each soap is individually shrunk-wrapped and labelled.

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Roses are red…..

Roses are red.....

Roses are red …..”   Yes they are, but they are also yellow, pink, orange, white, purple – the list goes on. In fact, there are thousands of different varieties, which is no surprise considering roses are known to have flourished 35 million years ago!

Roses are ancient symbols of love. The number and colour of each rose has its own meaning. The most popular for Valentine’s Day is either a single red rose or a bouquet of a dozen red roses. Red, however, is not the only colour, as a lilac rose is also very romantic.

The red rose is the ultimate symbol of love and has long been associated with romance. Many romantic poems mention a red rose – Robert Burns – “my love is like a red, red rose …..”. The single red rose signifies love and devotion to a single person. However, the traditional number to give on Valentine’s Day is a dozen red roses. The reason being it represents love for the following twelve months.

rose-428881_640The rarer lilac or lavender rose signifies enchantment and love at first sight.
Presenting roses on Valentine’s Day symbolises love and romance, but why is Valentine’s Day the day to celebrate love?

The UK has celebrated Valentine’s Day for thousands of years. It probably originates from a pagan fertility festival in pre-Roman times. The Roman festival, Lupercalia, took place in the middle of February to celebrate the beginning of Spring. There were a range of fertility and marriage rites associated with this festival. As the Roman Empire gradually became more Christian, the festival of Lupercalia became a day of remembrance for St Valentine.

It is claimed Valentine’s Day was first associated with romance in the 14th Century when Geoffrey Chaucer mentions Valentine’s Day in his love poem. During this medieval time the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th Century England it evolved into an occasion where lovers gave each other presents, such as flowers, cards or confectionery to express their love for each other. These gifts became known as “valentines”.

DSC_0037Lunar Lotions has concentrated on producing rose-shaped and heart-shaped soaps that can be given as gifts for Valentine’s Day.

The rose-shaped soap is either red in colour with a rose and geranium fragrance or a pale lilac colour perfumed by using a jasmine fragrance oil. Both of these soaps have delicate, romantic, floral aromas.

The heart-shaped soaps have a lighter fruity combination of strawberry and raspberry fragrance oils. These soaps are available either as a large single heart or guest soap size in packs of six or twelve.

Now, in the 21st Century, Valentine’s Day is a huge commercial business. Apart from the traditional flowers and cards, many other gifts are given. The heart has become a very popular symbol of love and this can be found in jewellery, items of clothing, chocolates or cuddly toys holding a heart.

Keep romance alive on Valentine’s Day by giving your loved one a gift that has wonderful aromas, lasts a long time and will make them think of you each time it is being used.