Skin Benefits Of Pro Vitamin B 5 And COQ10


platinumfacial-cleanserJust to catch you all up, we’ve been talking about a great product from Jules of the Earth, her All In One Facial Cleaner And Make-up Remover. We’ve gone over the natural ingredients she uses and the many benefits they offer for your skin. This week we will wrap it up with a look at the last two major ingredients, Pro Vitamin B5 and COQ10.

Pro Vitamin B5

Pro Vitamin B5, which is also known as pantothenic acid, is a member of the family of powerful B-complex vitamins. The way this ingredient work is that it is added to products in its alcoholic form, panthenol and, once applied to the skin, it turns back into pantothenic acid, which has the natural abilities to sooth, heal, moisturise and regenerate our skin.

The Great Hydrator

In personal care products you will find Pro Vitamin B5 listed as d-panthenol, dexpanthenol or dl-panthenol. It is most recognized for its humectant function as a substance that binds water, as well as attracts and retains it. Used as a humectant, it brings stability to the skins barrier function, which helps to lower the amount of water we lose through the skin. It helps to improve the elasticity and softness of the skin, which makes it a great option for skin that feels rough, scaly or really dry.

Heals And Protects

Pro Vitamin B5 is more that just a moisturiser It acts as a natural skin protectant and healer, which offers relief from pain and itchiness, as well as reduces skin redness and inflammation. When Pro Vitamin B5 is used to treat wounds, it has been found to help regenerate tissue, leaving it more elastic and solid.

Its ability to sooth, hydrate heal and protect the skin makes it the perfect ingredient for alleviating skin conditions, such as diaper rash, acne, minor cuts, bed sores, eczema, contact dermatitis, sunburn, insect bites and scrapes.


COQ10, also known as Co-enzyme Q10, is a type of antioxidant that can be found throughout our bodies, with our skin being one of the most abundant sources. Its been well known for its ability to repair and protect the skin. Its been made in 2 forms, as an oral supplement and a topical preparation.

The levels of COQ10 found in our skin rises as we move from childhood to adulthood. It tends to peak between the ages of 20 to 30 and then will slowly diminish as we age. It functions to protect our deeper layers of skin from UV light damage, which can manifest as sagging skin, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sometimes cancerous lesions.

So, what does this enzyme do for our skin? Let’s have a look:

  • Skin energizer – When we are young our skin has ample amounts of COQ10, giving it lots of energy. That energy is what is needed to repair any damage to our skin in order to ensure healthy skin cells.
  • Protection against premature ageing – When the skin is over exposed to the sun it causes premature, or photo-ageing.
  • Rejuvenates – COQ10 stimulates skin cell activity, which in turn helps the skin to get rid of toxins much easier, allowing it to make better use of the nutrients our skin needs. As we age, these processes tend to slow down, which is what causes our skin to look sallow, wrinkled and dull. Using COQ10 helps to boost these processes and gives the skin a younger appearance.
  • Collagen stimulator – COQ10 helps to stimulate the production of collage our skin needs to stay supple. Collagen is a protein that decreases with age and can lead to the skin having a leathery and wrinkled look.
  • Potent anti-oxidant – It works to fight against oxidative damage to the skin, which is caused by pollution, stress, UV rays and toxins. All of this damage leads to premature ageing of the skin.

So, there you have it! Both of these great ingredients, and the ones we talked about in the past 2 weeks, are all found in one bottle of Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover. With the holidays coming up, it makes a great gift and is a must have to add to your facial regime. With all of the parties we attend during this festive season and the stress of it, it makes a great product to help keep you looking vibrant while gently cleaning the skin and moisturising it.

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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Skin Benefits Of Lavender, Damask Rose And Witch Hazel

We’ve been talking about Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover this months, as well as why its important to not wear make-up to bed and looking at the wonderful natural ingredients used in this product. Today I want to talk about 3 more of these and why they are so beneficial for us. These are Lavender, Damask Rose and Witch Hazel.

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Lavender has been in use for around 2,500 years and it is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean. Its part of the mint family and has had multiple uses, including being an ingredient in the preparation of the Holy Essence prepared by the ancient Greeks. Its name is derived from the Latin word lavare, which means “to wash”. Romans used lavender as an addition to their baths, beds and clothing for its calming scent. Today, we see lavender being cultivated in many countries and used for a variety of things. Its wonderful for our skin with its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, and also has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a stimulant for circulation.

The antiseptic properties in lavender help keep bacteria in check, which can help lessen acne breakouts. Used to treat scrapes, cuts and insect bites, it fights against infection. The anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and blotchiness in the skin, giving it a more even colouring. Its ability to enhance our circulatory system means blood flow is increased, bringing more nutrients to the skin and oxygen to our cells. Lavender does a whole lot more though, so let’s take a look.

Sleep and calming properties

Lavender has been used for centuries for its ability to help induce sleep and has long been an alternative treatment used to treat insomnia. It also has an impact on our nervous system and can be used to help ease anxiety, emotional stress, nervous tension, depression, and in the treatment of headaches and migraines that can be a result of anxiety and stress.

Bug repellents

Lavender has a potent scent that drives away bugs, such as mosquitoes, moths and midges. It can be applied to exposed skin to drive them away. And if you do happen to get bit, the anti-inflammatory properties of lavender help to reduce and irritation a bit may cause.


Lavender has been shown to be very beneficial in treating acne. It works by inhibiting the bacteria that causes the infection leading to acne breakouts, and also helps to regulate the excretion of sebum. Once acne has started to heal, lavender can help reduce any scarring.

Pain relief

Lavender can be a great remedy for several types of pain, such as muscle aches, tense muscles, sprains, rheumatism, lumbago and backaches. This is why many massage therapist use lavender essential oil in their treatment.

47877dacb6157b6faf1b0ecbd27c722aDamask Rose

Damask rose, also known as Rosa Damascena, is just 1 of over 100 species of roses and have been cultivated for about 5,000 years for its medicinal uses. It originated in Bulgaria and the extract from roses can be used on all skin types, but has been sown to be most effective for sensitive, dry and mature skin. Damask rose essential oil offers a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.


Its antibacterial properties have been used to treat acne and acne prone skin. Its cleansing properties also makes it an ideal ingredient in facial cleansers and washes.


Rose oil helps in the reduction of swelling in redness due to it calming properties on the skin. It helps sooth acne, eczema and rosacea.


Damask rose is high in Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin cells from damage that can be caused by exposure to the elements.


Because of its natural oils, damask rose helps to lock in moisture and keep our skin feeling hydrates and smooth. Its especially beneficial for people who have sensitive skin due to the sugars in its petals acting as a soothing agent.


Damask rose, like lavender, can be used aromatically and helps to calm and sooth the mind. Ayurvedic medicine uses rose petals as a staple in their treatment of calming and detoxifying the mind and body.


Damask rose is a natural astringent that helps tighten up the pores while restoring the skins suppleness. Its much better than alcohol based toners, which can fry out the skin.

726b0c967e046da2220855e94021ee1fWitch Hazel

Native to North America and parts of Asia, witch hazel has been used for centuries to sooth the skin. It has powerful astringent and antioxidant properties that are well known for speeding up healing, preventing the signs of ageing, stopping cells from being damaged, and eradicating any bacteria that tends to thrive in the pores of our skin.

The twigs, leaves and bark are used and the active properties known as polyphenols and tannins are extracted then added to alcohol or water to produce witch hazel water or distilled witch hazel. The tannins found in witch hazel are what gives it its natural astringent properties, helping to remove excess oils from the skin. Polyphenols, which are the same compound that is used in creating supplements for anti-ageing, are also an active ingredient in witch hazel, It is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that fights the free radicals that can cause skin, cell and DNA damage.


As a natural astringent which hazel helps to control acne by reducing the inflammation that causes breakouts to flare up. It decreases the redness and oil, while lessening the growth of bacteria, allowing the skin to heal more quickly. It also helps balance the skins pH levels and reduces pores.


Witch hazel not only removes the oils and dirt from our skin, it also works as a moisturiser that helps keep the skin from drying out. This is why its better than store bought astringents, which dry the skin out. So witch hazel can be used for dry skin as well as oily.

Puffy eyes

Because it can tighten up the skin, witch hazel used for under eye bags can reduce the puffiness, especially if applied while cool. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help eczema and can be used as a face refresher.

Sun and ageing

Witch hazel has long been used as a treatment to relieve sunburned skin, working to heal damage to the skin, prevent it from flaking and soothing the burn. It also minimizes the damage of sun exposure and fights the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, discolouration, loss of elasticity, scars, dryness and redness.

Fades bruising

Witch hazel has long been known for its ability to heal bruising and minor cuts faster. It works by constricting blood vessels, reducing swelling and healing the injured skin. It can also be used to treat and prevent razor burn.

And there you have it! The ingredients used in Jules of the Earth’s products shows the time and care she puts into creating things like her All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover. This product ticks many boxes, aside from cleansing well. It battles the signs of ageing, cell damage, and refreshes and softens the skin with no residue and without drying the skin out. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend that you treat yourself to this wonderful product and all it has to offer.


About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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The Magic Of Aloe Vera Gel


Last week we looked at one of the main ingredients found in Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover. This week we are going to look at another great natural ingredient found in this product, Aloe Vera.

Also known by its scientific name, Aloe Barbadensis Miller, Aloe Vera is a subtropical plant that is part of the Liliaceae family, and found in parts of India and Africa. It is one of over 250 known aloe species and has been used for centuries for its many healing and medicinal properties. The Egyptians referred to it as the plant of immortality.

The leaves of an Aloe Vera plant secrete a clear gel. Its this gel that can be used on the skin as a topical treatment to heal wounds and burns. Aloe Vera contains a number of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and antioxidants that are beneficial for our skin, hair and bodies. It has been found to be beneficial for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions, cosmetic ailments and hair and scalp issues, as well as in treating burns, wounds, cysts, skin infections, elevated blood lipids and diabetes. Studies are also finding that it shows some promise in the treatment of conditions that are more persistent and serious, such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, genital herpes, skin ulcers and canker sores. Let’s take a look at all this wonderful plant can do for us.

Antibacterial and Antioxidant Properties

Aloe Vera has some powerful antioxidants that are part of the polyphenol family, which can help block bacteria growth that causes inflammation and infections.

Heals Burns Fast

Aloe Vera was most commonly used as a topical medication for sores, cuts burns and sunburn. Experimental studies have shown that it can reduce the time it takes to heal burns when compared to conventional medicines.

Prevents Wrinkles

Using Aloe Vera topically on your face has been shown to slow ageing of the skin due to its ability to increase the production of collagen, improving the skins elasticity. Its the abundance of antioxidants found in Aloe Vera, such as Vitamin C, beta carotene and Vitamin E that help to improve the natural firmness of our skin.

Helps Reduce Acne And Lightens Blemishes

Aloe Vera has been used as an acne remedy that reduces acne scarring, and the antimicrobial properties found in Aloe Vera help to reduce inflammation and redness that you can get with acne. There are two hormones found in Aloe Vera gel, Gibberellins and auxin. Both of these hormones provide healing to wounds and have the anti-inflammatory properties needed to lessen inflammation in the skin. The giberellin found in Aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone that stimulates new cell growth, allowing the skin to quickly heal with minimal scarring.

Wonderful Natural Moisturiser

Aloe Vera can be used as a daily skin moisturiser because it not only cleanses, but softens the skin and does so without clogging up your pores. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue behind and is perfect for all skin types.

Remedy For Sunburn

Its the powerful healing at the skins epithelial level (layer of cells that covers our body) that makes Aloe Vera beneficial in healing sunburned skin. It not only acts as a protective layer, but also helps to replenish the skins lost moisture.

Reduces Appearance Of Stretch Marks

Our skin is able to expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. However, when the skin has been stretched too far, such as in pregnancy or from rapid weight gain, it can damage the elasticity of the skin, leaving behind stretch marks which are minor tears in the layers of the skin. Aloe Vera can help to heal these tears and minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

Treats Periodontal Disease

Aloe Vera has been used, according to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, to treat gum diseases, such as periodonitis and gingivitis. It also helps to reduce gum swelling, inflammation and bleeding. It also has powerful antiseptic properties and its antifungal properties are a great benefit for those that wear dentures, have mouth ulcers or cracking and splitting at the corners of the mouth.

Help Internally 

Aloe Vera gel has over 75 different nutrients, which include minerals, vitamins, sugars, enzymes, lignin, phenolic compounds, sterols, saponins, salicylic acid and amino acids. This means it has many benefits for us internally as well as externally. Its used to aid in digestion and has been prescribed as a treatment for rheumatism and arthritis. You may have noticed health stores selling Aloe Vera juice as a treatment to regulate and balance the digestive system.

So, Aloe Vera has a lot of beneficial properties and is another wonderful ingredient that Jules of the Earth has used to create her All In One Facial Cleanser And Make-up Remover. It not only cleans, but protects the skin against premature ageing. You can’t beat that!

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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Cool Cucumber – More Than Just An Addition To Your Salad


Last week we talked about why leaving make-up on overnight was bad for your skin and I mentioned one of Jules of the Earth’s many great products, her All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover. It has a lot of great natural ingredients, one of which is cucumber.

Also known by its Latin name, cucumis sativus, our garden cucumber has a long history that began in India, where a variety have been cultivated for at least 3,000 years. Its believed that the cucumber was introduced to other areas by the Greeks and Romans, and there are records that show the cultivation of cucumbers in France during the 19th century, England by the 14th century and North America by the mid 16th century.

Today the cucumber is used in a variety of health and beauty products for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It offers many benefits to our skin, hair and diet.

Skin Benefits

  • Revitalises Skin – Facial masks that contain cucumber help tighten the skin.

  • Skin Tanning Reversal – Due to its mild astringent properties, cucumber can act as a mild bleach that evens the skin tone and gives the skin a youthful glow.

  • Helps Puffy Eyes – Placing cucumber slices over the eyes can help relieve tired puffy bags. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid work to lower water retention, which diminishes the puffiness and swelling around the eyes.

  • Soothes Sunburned Skin – Applying puréed cucumber to sunburned skin can instantly cool it and bring relief by drawing latent heat out of the body.

  • Skin Rejuvenator – one of the most common uses for cucumber on the skin is to rejuvenate it. The mild astringent properties and water in cucumber help improve the complexion and give the skin a natural glow.

  • Helps Bumps And Pores – Used as a toner, cucumber can help shrink pores and its ability to absorb heat helps heat bumps that you can sometimes get on your legs.

  • Cellulite Fighter – The phytochemicals found in cucumber help in the production of collagen, which is the fibre-like protein responsible for skin elasticity, helping to remove cellulite.

  • Reduces Dark Circles – Cucumber has an abundance of silica and antioxidants that helps to fade dark circles that appear under tired eyes. It comforts the blood vessels around the eyes, temporarily adding a bit of brightness.

  • Good For Blemishes – The anti-inflammatory properties found in cucumber can sooth the skin and blemishes that have become inflamed.

  • Eye Wrinkle Reducer – cucumber has natural moisturising properties which us great for the thin skin around our eyes. By placing cold slices of cucumber over the eyes it hydrates the skin, which in turn works to reduce wrinkles and lines around the eye area. Its one of the best moisturisers for the eye area.

Hair Benefits

  • Helps Control Hair Fall – Applying cucumber juice to the hair and scalp can held in the reduction of hair loss because it contains sulphur, silicon, phosphorus, sodium and calcium, nutrients our hair needs most for healthy hair growth.

  • Natural Shine – The silica in cucumber helps condition the hair and smooth the cuticle, allowing hair to shine.

So there’s a lot more to our humble garden variety cucumber than we thought. This is what makes it a great addition to Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser And Make-up Remover!


About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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Why Leaving Make-Up On Overnight Is A No No!

A new month is upon us and we are quickly approaching the holiday season. And you know what that means, right? Holiday parties where we can glam up and look good. There’s nothing wrong with wearing make-up but I know so many people who don’t properly wash it off at the end of the day. Its not good for your skin to leave make-up sitting on it over night and can cause a lot of problems.

I’ve been guilty of leaving make-up on myself. You know the story; you get in late, your tired and the last thing you want to do is spend 10 minutes washing your face. Here’s a tip – leave some make-up cleansing pads, or a gentle make-up remover with cotton pads on your night table. This way, if you don’t have time to properly wash your face, you can still get make-up off and avoid any overnight damage.

I use Jules of the Earth’s All in One Facial Cleanser and Make-Up Remover. It works to both clean and get off even waterproof make-up products naturally and gently. You can apply it to damp skin and then wipe it off with a hot, damp cloth that relaxes and soothes the skin. I’ve also just used it on a cotton pad to wipe off make-up when I’m stuck for time or too tired.

The All in One Cleanser uses natural ingredients, like soothing cucumber, healing Aloe Vera, lavender, damask rose, witch hazel, pro Vitamin B 5 and COQ10. We’ll talk more about those ingredients next week. This product is vegan friendly, paraben free, chemical free and not tested on animals!

Sleeping in make-up side effects

When we sleep in make-up we expose our skin to free radicals, which make-up can cling to. Free radicals are what causes the breakdown of collagen that is healthy, resulting in fine lines. It can also clog our pores and cause an acne flare up. The more often you sleep in your make-up, the more clogged those pores get, which can often result in a microcomedone formation, attracting even more bacteria that causes acne to our pores.

Night time is when our skin is meant to rest, heal and regenerate. During the day our skin can accumulate a lot of oxidative stress, so it needs that time at night to recover. Leaving make-up on overnight kind of blocks this process and it can lead to premature ageing.

Even sleeping in just mascara can cause issues for you. It may not cause acne or the development of fine lines, but mascara and eyeliner left on overnight gets rubbed by our pillows and can end up in the eye, causing significant eye irritation. It can also result in the oil glands and hair follicles on our eyelids to clog up, which can cause a build-up of bacteria that leads to inflammation. This can result in small bumps, known as hordeolums or styes to form. Leaving your mascara on can also cause your eyelashes to become brittle, break easily and shed a lot more, thinning them out.

Sleeping in make-up can also dry out your skin because it forms a residue that blocks moisturizers and skin care products from being able to absorb into the skin. The same goes for leaving lipsticks on overnight, which can dry out and caused chapped lips.

So, is skipping those extra few minutes to wash your face worth the damage it can cause over time? Definitely not! As mentioned above, a great product to try out is Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser & Make-up Remover. Its natural, gentle and really does the job without having to scrub away at your skin. Give it a try!

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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Beneficial Ingredients In “Mechanics Soap”


Last week saw the launching of a new product for Jules of the Earth, Mechanics Soap. This week I want to talk about the ingredients that goes into this soap and why they are good for you. Jules uses Pumice, Orange Peel and Orange Essential oil in this particular soap.


A lot of you may have heard of pumice for its benefits with using them to smooth out rough callouses on the feet. It’s hardened lava foam that is generally sold as a small lightweight block. Pumice stones are a natural exfoliant that helps to slough off dry, dead and toughened skin. It also gets the circulation going in the skin, improving your skin tone and giving an all over healthy glow. If you have callouses or patches of skin that are especially tough, its best to soak the area before using the pumice stone, or soak the pumice stone itself and use it on the area you need to soften.

Pumice has also been known for its ability to remove hair from the body and was used as such by the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans. It works by using friction to thin the hair, making it finer until it falls off. It takes a bit of patience but is a lot cheaper than getting a wax or other costly hair removal procedures.

Used in Jules’ Mechanics Soap it works to cut through grease and dirt while gently exfoliating the hands, leaving them clean and soft.

Orange Peel

Did you know that the peel of an orange is loaded with beneficial nutrients? It has over 60 varieties of flavonoids, over 170 variations of phytonutrients and is rich in a number of pectins, minerals, fibre and vitamins. Eating Orange Peels is known to help with weight loss, relieving respiratory issues. Preventing digestive issues, such as constipation and heartburn, improves your oral health, can act as a natural skin lightener, improves heart health and several studies have shown a link to those eating orange peel regularly lowering the risk of cancer.

For use on the skin you can make your own Orange Peel powder and use it for acne, blackheads, to tone your skin and the powerful anti-oxidants have been known to fight premature ageing of the skin. Orange Peel also has the ability to cut through grease and dirt without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Used in a bath oil or soap, it helps stimulate the skin, and in shampoo it can help get rid of dandruff. So think before you throw those orange peels away next time!

Orange Essential Oil

Orange Essential Oil is known for its antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, carminative, sedative, tonic, aphrodisiac and cholagogue properties. It has been used widely in a number of medicinal, domestic and industrial uses through the years. Domestically we see it used in foods to add flavour to beverages, biscuits, confectionery and baking goods, and chocolates, or for its health benefits. Industrially its been used in creams, body lotions, soaps, deodorants and anti-ageing products. It also has the ability to cut through tough grease and dirt.

The essential oil can be used for cooling down inflammation and for its natural sedative properties that can help relax nervous and muscular spasms. It’s ability to inhibit microbial growth makes it great for cleansing and disinfecting wounds. It helps to boost the immune system, can be used to treat constipation, is able to cure acne and dermatitis, can alleviate anxiety, depression and anger, and helps to promote urination to eliminate toxins from the body.

As you can see, all of these ingredients are great for our overall health. Used in Jules of the Earth’s Mechanics Soap, you have a heavy duty cleaner that can cut through oils, grease and stubborn dirt without stripping your hands and leaving them cracked and dry. Not to mention how lovely it smells!

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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New Mechanics Soap And New Packaging!

14508513_1040371019410707_1345009064_nSoap is something we use on a daily basis for a variety of cleaning jobs. A lot of soaps on the market can leave hands feeling dry and sensitive though, sometimes stripping the natural oils of the skin, especially those made for cleaning those tough greasy dirty jobs. I’ve found glycerine soaps to be the best because they help retain moisture and are not as harsh on the skin.

One of my favourite products made by Jules of the Earth is her lovely soaps. Her glycerine soaps were one of her first products and they have grown over the past few years, coming in many wonderful fragrances as well as unscented. My favourites are her Sandalwood soap and Gardener’s soap with Gardeners Balm.

Now there is a new one to add to her collection of wonderful soaps, Mechanics soap. It’s made with ingredients that help cut through tough grease without drying out your hands. Don’t let the name fool you, its not just for mechanics! You can use this wonderful soap for cleaning your hands after any dirty greasy job, and it can even be used in the kitchen. It’s a great gift idea for the men in our lives who are always tackling that messy greasy work.

Mechanics soap is made with pumice, which exfoliates and removes even the most stubborn dirt and grease, Orange Peel and Orange essential oil, which also works to cut through grease without stripping your skins natural oils. Add some after care with Jules of the Earth Hand Cream to pamper those hands that work so hard!


New Packaging

Jules of the Earth’s soaps now have new, environmentally friendly packaging that looks rather nice too! They are made from eco-friendly cardboard, so you not only get a wonderfully all natural soap, but you can lower your carbon footprint and help the environment too!

If you deal with greasy jobs a lot, this soap is definitely one to try, along with Jules of the Earth’s full soap range for all hand types.  You can find Mechanics soap under her Holistic Range and her other soaps under her Core Range.

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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3 Natural Oils That Are Beneficial To Our Skin

Last week we talked about why its so important to care for our hands and I mentioned Jules of the Earth’s lovely hand cream. Today I want to talk about the 3 oils that are used to make this fabulous hand cream. So, the 3 I’m referring to are Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Evening Primrose Oil.

Sunflower Oil

Also known as Helianthus Annuus, Sunflower Oil isn’t just for healthy cooking. Its been used in creams for all skin types, lotions, massage oils, sun creams, bath oils and conditioning packs for your hair. It acts as a barrier that can protect the skin from infections and works to bring back the natural moisture levels in your skin.

It also has the ability to:

  • Improve heart health

  • Strengthen the immune system

  • Boost your energy levels

  • Lower cholesterol

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Improve the health of your skin

  • Protect against asthma

Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin E, an element that acts as an antioxidant in our body. Studies have shown a direct connection to the prevention of heart disease as well as boosting the immune system. But Vitamin E is a specific vitamin that is linked to improving the health of our skin, as well as the regeneration of cells. Its protects the skin against the damaging affects of the sun. It also protects the skin from the natural degradation we see in ageing that happens when free radicals are loose in our body. Vitamin E is just one antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and keeps them from damaging or destroying our healthy cells. Its been seen to increase the reduction of scarring, healing wounds faster and gives our skin a healthier glow overall.

Sweet Almond Oil

Also known as Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis, this is a mild, classic, semi-fatty oil that has been used for decades. Its suitable for all skin types, makes the skin feel softer, smoother and more supple, and spreads quite easily. Its used in face and body oils, massage oils, balms, skin creams, lotions and ointments to name a few. Its known for having a long surface time, meaning the skin slowly absorbs this oil, making it an excellent lubricant. Its perfect for baby products and products made for itchy skin. Used on wounds, it softens the scab and surrounding skin. It encourages our skin’s own natural healing process.

Sweet Almond Oil has been very popular in the Mediterranean and Southern Asian regions, where the Almond tree was originally domesticated, and used to promote skin and heart health. Like Sunflower Oil, it is rich in Vitamin E, as well as proteins, fatty acids, zinc, potassium and a number of other vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to our body. So its no wonder it has been used to treat skin and hair for so long.

Evening Primrose Oil

Also known as Oenothera Biennis, Evening Primrose Oil is high in GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid), has a moisture retaining effect, is easily absorbed by our skin, prevents the skin from drying out, and it raises the cells ability to absorb oxygen. This oil can penetrate deeply into the skin, leaving the skin softer and less prone to skin conditions, such as acne and eczema.

Cold pressed from the seeds of the Evening Primrose flower, this oil is a great source of Omega 6 fatty acids. GL is a rare fatty acid that is found in this oil and is referred to as a Duiun-saturated fatty acid. Its closely related to another fatty acid called linolenic acid. Both of these are needed by our body to create something known as prostaglandins. A deficiency in prostaglandins is what can cause dryness, wrinkling and a loss of suppleness in the skin, causing our skin to age at a faster rate and to be less tolerant to the sun, as well as taking longer for our skin to heal from any damage it takes.

So you can see how beneficial these oils can be for our skin, hair and overall health. And its the reason why Jules uses these in her skin care products. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend her hand, foot, face and skin creams. You won’t be disappointed!

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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Why Its Important To Care For Our Hands

hand-creamWe’ve had a bit of an Indian Summer this past week in the UK. I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy it. We’re just a week away from the Autumn Equinox, when the days will get shorter and the temperatures will start to drop.

Colder weather can really wreak havoc with your skin, making it feel dried out. My hands get especially dry in the winter, which is why I use a great hand cream made by Jules of the Earth. It really works a treat on my hands, as do her other products for all over your body. I find they are less chapped, feel softer and retain more moisture than most hand creams. And it doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky or as if there is a residue left behind.

I’ve found that our hands are one of the most neglected areas of the body when it comes to skin care.  Our hands really do a lot for us.  They cover a wide variety of functions:

  •  Grasping
  • Touching
  • Holding
  • Caressing
  • Feeling
  • Manipulating object

Our hands are capable of performing precise and gentle actions, like writing, surgery, crocheting, drawing, or playing a musical instrument.  They also do some hefty labour for us, such as digging in the garden, using tools and picking up heavy or abrasive objects. Our hands tell us whether something is hot or cold, rough or smooth, wet or dry.  They are expressive when we talk and can bring comfort when needed.

Our hands really go through a lot, constantly working and undergoing the stresses of daily use, washing, the environment and harsh chemicals. And, just like the rest of our body, we need to look after them as well. This is why a good hand cream should be part of your daily regime, especially in the colder months, when flue season starts and we are using soaps and hand sanitizers that can dry out our hands.

Jules’s hand cream uses a mix of Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Evening Primrose oils:

  •  The Sunflower Oil in this deliciously luxuriant hand cream works to smooth the skin and bring back the natural moisture in your hands.
  • The Sweet Almond Oil makes your skin feel soft, smooth and supple, encouraging the skins own natural healing processes.
  • Evening Primrose Oil works by soaking down deep into the layers of your skin to protect against future dryness or conditions such as dermatitis even in the cold winter months.

Of course, its not all about hand cream when it comes to keeping our skin healthy overall. We need to make sure we are getting the right nutrients and keeping hydrated. To keep nails healthy for example, taking a biotin or B7 supplement can really help. For those who don’t get out a lot, a good D3 supplement can be a life saver. Little things, like wearing gloves to guard against the elements, or dish washing gloves to protect your hands from detergents can also go a long way in keeping your hands soft and moisturised.

A good hand cream should not only moisturise your hands, but help lock in that moisture and protect against ageing. As I mentioned above, Jules of the Earth’s hand cream product does just that and uses natural ingredients to boot! So, if you haven’t given it a try yet, I highly recommend it as part of your hand care regime.  You can find it under her Core Range of products.

Join us here next week, when we’ll talk more about those oils mentioned above and why they are so beneficial to our skin!

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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Glycerine For Health And Beauty


Hello again everyone! We’ve been talking about Jules of the Earth’s Body Wash and the natural beneficial ingredients she uses to make all of her products. This week I want to focus on the ingredient Glycerine

Glycerine, also called glycerol, is an ingredient that is widely used in skin care products and works on the skin as a natural humectant, meaning it easily absorbs water from other sources to moisturise to the skin. Glycerine does more than that though! It can also stimulate and rejuvenate the skin cells. So we see it used in soaps, body moisturisers and lotions, body scrubs and body washes, face masks, shampoos and conditioners.

The best part is that it can be used for all skin types, including oily skin. In fact, its one of the ingredients you will find in products made to treat conditions, such as acne, infections, fine lines and wrinkles. Do you have dry skin? Glycerine that is applied topically to the face can help increase and lock in moisture

Its not just about beauty

Glycerine also has many medical uses and can be prescribed by your GP for a number of ailments:

  • Cerebral Edema – for this ailment glycerine is given to patients intravenously to help relieve pressure on the brain that has formed as a result of a stroke, encephalitis, meningitis, tumours and Reye’s Syndrome. Its used because it doesn’t dehydrate the patient like other methods do.

  • Constipation – Those who suffer from IBS or constipation may be familiar with glycerine suppositories as a short term treatment. These suppositories work by mildly irritating and lubricating the intestinal lining, which causes the muscles to contract. It also pulls water from the intestines into the stool to soften it.

  • Glaucoma – Glycerine has been used as far back as the 60’s as an oral supplement to help treat glaucoma and a number of other eye conditions where there has been an increase in pressure. Oral glycerine was found to bring the tension of glaucomatous eyes down to a more normal level.

  • Skin Disease – Glycerine’s humectant properties has been found to have a therapeutic effect for some skin diseases. It helps the skin cells to mature properly, which lets the younger cells move upwards from the deeper layers of the skin, allowing them to grow and mature into surface cells, which release lipids that help protect the skin.

So you can see why glycerine is such a widely used ingredient. Jules of the Earth uses glycerine in her soaps and a number of other products where extra moisture is needed. Let’s look at how it helps out our skin.

Moisturising – as a moisturiser, glycerine works by absorbing water from the air around us to help reduce the skins dry dull patches. Its great to use during the winter months especially and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

Smoothing – As our skin ages it can get a dull look and becomes more susceptible to redness, irritation and dryness because it loses its ability to retain moisture. So you will see glycerine in a lot of anti-ageing products. It smooths the skin and can fill in those microscopic cracks in dry skin.

Skin Protectant – Glycerine actually works in two ways; hydrating the skin and protecting it by keeping the skins outer layer intact. The outer layer of our skin is critical as a natural barrier that saves our skin form bacteria that causes skin diseases and pollutants.

Cleansing – Glycerine is a good cleanser that can help get rid of dirt found on the skin. Its especially good when mixed with rosewater and used as a cleanser.

Skin Enhancer – Because of its emollient properties, glycerine can keep you skin soft and supple, giving it a more healthy look.

One thing to watch for, when looking at those ingredients, is whether the glycerine being used is natural or synthetic. Natural glycerine, as used in Jules of the Earth Body Wash, comes from plant oils like coconut oil or Shea butter, or animal fats. Synthetic glycerine tends to use a petroleum base and isn’t really good on the skin, since petroleum can clog the pores and doesn’t allow the skin to breath naturally. When looking for glycerine products, look for natural or vegetable glycerine Or you could just try Jules of the Earth products!

About the author – Sherry MacBeth is both a website creator and content writer for many blogs and websites. You can find her services and pricing at

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