Every month Decléor puts an essential oil into the spotlight. Here’s why Peppermint Essential Oil is our favourite for the summer!
Origins: In Greek mythology, the nymph Minthe was transformed into a plant by Persephone, the jealous wife of a god. Hades was so sad about what happened to Minthe that he gave the plant its particular aroma. In fact mint has been cultivated as a medicinal plant ever since antiquity and Romans would add it to wine believing that mint would heal the spirit and give courage.
Provenance: Mentha Piperata is most often grown in England, Italy, India and France. The essential oil is extracted from the capillaries in the leaves through steam distillation
Benefits: It revitalises, tones, stimulates the nervous system and diminishes physical fatigue with an immediate refreshing and reviving effect on the body. Menthol is a vasoconstrictor
When to use it: Anaesthetic, antibacterial and emollient, it’s the perfect skin toner. Peppermint essential oil is also very useful to prepare the body for sports, for physical therapy or if you suffer from muscle cramps. It is a corporal stimulant, antispasmodic and antiseptic.
The thing you didn’t know about it: It has anti-aging properties as it stimulates production of pro collagen.
Decléor’s expert advice:
“Peppermint essential oil is anaesthetic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Toning and stimulating, it aids the digestive system: just a drop can relieve nausea, indigestion or a bad breath. It’s not phlebotonic but the effect is a feeling of freshness. If you mix it with basil it can relieve a headache. A drop on your forehead and another on the temples alleviates tension. The refreshing sensation is dramatic when used on the legs. On a psychological level peppermint acts as an olfactive stimulant and will clarify comprehension and help you let go,” says Pierre Albano
Seasonal effect: Refreshing! Spray Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist on your face or massage feet and back with Circulagel. You’ll be as addicted to peppermint as we are!
This month’s Decléor Moodboard is taking you to experience (super-) natural artwork, relax with Antigym and get you ready for our favourite day of June, Global Wellness Day.
Forget everything you know about sports. What!? Well, what if forcing yourself to exercise with movements that are poorly adapted to your body is actually harming you in the long run? The Antigym concept is an intelligent physical activity that will ease muscle soreness, twists and stiffness, help you know your body better and feel good from the inside out. In other words, custom stretching and an utterly original mindful anti-sport approach to get into shape and stay relaxed. Classes are held all over the world.
Must-Do: Global Wellness Day
“Walk for an hour, drink more water, don’t use plastic bottles, eat organic foods, do a good deed, have a family dinner and go to bed at 10 PM.” Impossible? How about trying it for just one day? This is the mantra for Global Wellness Day which takes place on June 11th in 83 countries and 4000 different places, including beauty retailers, spas, thermal sources, thalassotherapy, hotels, cities, and many more. Because wellness is a lifestyle!
Must-See: Xavier Chassaing’s (Super-) Natural Artwork
Photographer and film director Xavier Chassaing uses video projections on his 3D botanical creations and the effect is magical! Simultaneously, his unique works of art include wonderful horticultural portraits: He loves travelling all over the planet in search of the most beautiful, exotic and rare flora.
In a world of constant “infotoxication” how can we manage our life without neglecting body and mind? David M. Levy, Professor at the University of Washington Information School, life coach and author of “The Mindful Tech” gives us a few ideas.
Why did you write this book?
I’ve been trying to figure out for a long time how to live in a fast world and manage it with a slow life – as someone who meditates - and learn to make better connections between body and mind, professional and personal life. This book tries to link the two worlds, it addresses a recurring problem in today’s society.
You’ve said we tend to forget we have a body when we’re online. Do you have any tips to help us remember?
We must learn to be more observant of ourselves! Your body tells you what’s happening on the inside and what you should do next even when you’re online. If you feel a pain in your neck, it’s because you’re not sitting in the right position – and we all do that. That’s one of the reasons yoga classes are so popular! We lose our body in so many ways in our digital lives. We live in a disembodied culture and the challenge has become how to get back into the present. In my classes one of the most basic things we work on is the importance of breathing. I also teach physiology basics: if you’re not sitting properly you’re not necessarily respiring correctly and the whole body will rapidly become depressed.
Do you have a recipe for not getting overwhelmed by digital information overload?
I teach an exercise called mindful checking. It’s all about being aware of the quality of breathing, emotional state, tensions and how comfortably we are positioned. Simply being able to observe oneself will help to change small things that will improve our everyday lives. Also, learn to train your mind to stay in the present; when the mind is unaccustomed it wanders back to the past it can be very hard to stay connected to the moment.
How do you train your brain to stay in the present?
In my “Information and Contemplation” course (I’ve been teaching it for 10 years at the University of Washington) the least complicated exercise is simply breathing and paying attention to inhaling and exhaling. The other part is knowing where you want to be right now. Combining attention with intention gives you the ability to improve and the more you train yourself, the easier it will be. For me the single biggest lesson of all is recognizing the triggers that cause complicated emotions, whether inside ourselves or online. A recent study shows that there are two emotions that lower the quality of time spent online, boredom and anxiety. Once you start noticing that which motivates these feelings you’ll be able to react and change.
Are you on social media?
No I’m not. Although I’m online most of the time I’ve never even been on Facebook. I have an iPad, an iPhone, all of the tools, yet since 25 years I’ve been giving myself one day every week in which I totally abstain from being online. People are talking more and more about having a digital Sabbath, quality time unplugged.
The Mindful Tech, by David M. Levy (Yale University Press)
At Decléor we treasure essential oils so the idea of cooking with them is totally exciting and natural too!
Another great way to give your body the benefits of essential oils is to cook with them. Decléor ambassador Solange Dessimoulie always says, “If you can eat it, it’s good for your skin.”
Aromatherapy in your kitchen
“Essential oils can add incredible flavours to any dish,” says chef Daniel Morgan of the trendy restaurant SALT in Paris. “I recommend preparing food with specifically high quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. And the essential oil’s label should state whether or not it’s edible,” he adds. A good indication is the presence of a supplement facts label which resembles the standard food nutritional information ticket. French chef/creator and culinary flavourist Aymeric Pataud graduated from the Ritz Escoffier Culinary School in Paris. A true alchemist on a constant quest for new and original savours, after finishing cooking school Aymeric studied aromatherapy at the Alternative Medicine College of Canada, where he developed a real passion for a cuisine centred on natural colours and flavours and created his own aroma concentrates for cooking. “I realised how using them in food preparation impacted my recipes, it’s a very emotional experience.”
A natural flavor
Chef Pataud’s favourite essential oil is bourbon geranium which he uses in fruit tarts. And here’s an at home tip: add them to yogurt, vegetable purees, jams, hot or cold soups, cocktails or even your tea ... just a 2 or 3 drops (never more) for a tasty result that is healthy, original and delicious, an aromatic botanical garden in your kitchen! The French website for culinary essential oils “Baume des Anges” is acclaimed by world famous Michelin starred chefs like Thomas Keller (USA), Philippe Mille (Les Crayères, Reims, France), Arnaud Faye (Chantilly, France) or Dan Barber in NYC, who all use the aromatic concentrates in the kitchen. Essential oils are natural, vegan, sodium and gluten free and have no calories! A great option to add a little zest to summer dishes!
Pollution, aging, lack of sleep… To fight the beauty enemies, Decléor has 3 secret weapons.
And that secret is the Aroma Duo. What is it? A day cream AND a serum. The equation is quite easy to understand: together is better. “In the seventies, we applied a moisturising cream and we realised that it evaporated quickly,” comments Solange Dessimoulie, brand ambassador. “So we needed to offer a serum incorporating the wealth of vitamins and omega 3’s that botanical plant oils possess to be both vector and carrier for the essential oils. That’s how the Aroma Duo was born” Forty years ago the first Aromessence Oil Serums were elaborated by Decléor, a pioneer in the research of botanical heroes. And now Decléor has developed three winning combinations to fight the main beauty enemies: “Detox Angel Pollution,” “Wonder Youth” and “Sleep Saviour”.
“Detox Angel Pollution” is dedicated to fighting pollution with intense hydration. How? Aromessence Neroli Serum softens, relaxes and restores skin’s radiance, while Hydra Floral Hydrating Light Cream drenches skin with 24 hour moisture and refreshes with its delicious floral fragrance. A real anti-pollution barrier, Hydra Floral is made of 3 botanical pillars: Wild Pansy, Neroli essential oil and Moringa oleifera that specifically protects the skin from micro-particules.
Losing resilience? “Wonder Youth” concentrates on firming skin and gives all of the benefits of Iris, Rose, Egyptian Geranium and White willow (against sagging). Iris Concrete reboots skin’s internal youth mechanism while Prolagene Lift - Lift and Firm Day Cream improves elasticity, lifts contours and visibly reduces wrinkles.
“Sleep Saviour” focuses on giving skin a rest. Tired looking, dull skin? Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream renews and revitalises skin’s resplendence, evens the complexion, and is a real anti-fatigue weapon with the help of Jasmine absolute which helps to normalize the skin tone. A perfect match with Aromessence Neroli !
Great news, ladies, here are two fabulous offers! When you purchase one of the botanical wonder hero duos you can enjoy a 15 minute Acupressure Points Massage created by the famous beauty guru Chico Shigeta. Stop by for a consultation at your Decléor retailer, go home with samples to test and find your perfect botanical heroes!
Decléor knows exactly how to care for mothers on their special day: Damask rose essential oil.
This year, let’s give our mothers something useful AND pretty for Mother’s Day. Something she’ll really appreciate and not just for the weekend. Instead of the usual box of chocolates or bunch of flowers, let’s treat her to roses, but ones concentrated in an essential oil: Damask rose essential oil. Can you imagine? You need over two tons of fresh blossom to make just 500g of Damask Rose Essential Oil. Now that’s one big bunch of flowers.
To make things even better, Decléor uses Damask Rose Essential Oil in the Aromessence Rose d’Orient Oil serum. By warming 3 drops of Aromessence in the hands, the delicate floral scent brings peace of mind, while benefits for the skin are plenty: sensitive skin is soothed and ultra soft. Your mother will be thrilled, relaxed and beautiful. And if you’re lucky, she may even lend you some.
Have you ever wondered why squirrels fight over hazelnuts? As one of Decléor's main botanical oils, your skin is going to love them too.
Generally associated with autumn, hazelnuts are even better in the springtime, as a facial oil that is - and the Decléor teams travel all the way to Turkey to bring it back in its purest form, as it is a first cold pressed virgin oil. It has the excellent virtue of creating a genuine protective barrier for the skin and helps it maintain hydration levels while not being particularly oily.
A non-oily oil? Yup. The perfect solution for a season during which your skin still needs proper protection but without that ultra-rich feeling you love and need so much in winter. In other words, it’s the best oil for this season as it will protect your skin from the outside aggressions.
"Such first cold pressed extra virgin oils as hazelnut oil are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, penetrating cell membranes and structures, having a genuine effect on the cell’s life. Hazelnut oil has high levels of omega 9 and vitamins A and E. Its texture is fluid and is quickly absorbed by skin, leaving it satiny without any greasy feeling,” says Pierre Albano, Doctor in Pharmacy and Aromachologist.
First-pressed hazelnut oil sounds like a fancy salad dressing, and it actually could be: Decléor’s botanical oils are so pure, you could almost eat them. Decléor’s ambassador, Solange Dessimoulie, always says that if you can eat it, you can put it on your skin!
Invented by Decléor in the 1970’s, the Aromessence range incorporates the fundaments of aromachology to performing skincare. Aromessence Neroli, the first serum-oil created, paved the way for the six other Aromessence. It also managed to break down the barrier that made people weary of using oils during the skincare ritual.
100% pure, natural and active
Made up from a careful balance of 100% natural essential and botanical oils, the Aromessence are quickly absorbed and leave no shine or residue on the skin. The botanical oils used have a natural composition close to skin’s sebum, which helps essential oils and their active molecules penetrate the epidermis. Skin is left feeling soft and velvety.
Fusion of mind and body
Thanks to its floral fragrance, Aromessence Neroli acts upon the nervous system to help unwind and relax while rebalancing the epidermis, preserving the skin’s natural ecosystem and boosting the effects of usual skin care. Visible radiance and a soothed spirit leave you glowing inside and out.
Beauty tip: Warm a few drops in your hands to release the natural olfactory molecules that act upon the senses for total relaxation.
Possibly the most popular essential oil, neroli’s fantastic scent is strengthened by a large number of therapeutic properties. It’s also the key ingredient in Decléor’s Hydra Floral range.
A long-standing partnership
Also know as orange blossom, Decléor’s Neroli Essential Oil is obtained by the steam-distillation of fresh blossom picked from bitter orange trees cultivated in the Nabeul region in Tunisia. Harvesting of the blossom, a delicate task due to harsh temperatures and risks of freezing, takes places between the end of April and the beginning of May. To make just 1Kg of Neroli Essential oil, 2 tons of flowers are carefully picked and processed on site. For over 25 years, our local Tunisian producer has supplied us with pure pesticide-free Neroli Essential Oil.
Neroli Essential Oil’s benefits for the skin and the mind are bountiful and prolific. As well as lifting the spirit with its anti-stress, relaxing properties and wonderful fragrance, Neroli Essential Oil is crucial to healthy well-moisturized skin. It increases the synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid and GAG’s that retain moisture deep in the epidermis, therefore boosting collagen and elastin of the skin. Facial features are smoother, fine lines seem to disappear. This is why Decléor has choosen it for its prominent Hydra Floral range.
This aromatic plant has a long history. Its many benefits make it a widely used ingredient in aromatherapy and phytotherapy, as well as in numerous applications around the house. We take a closer look at this truly “essential” oil.
A member of the same family as sage, thyme and basil, lavender is an aromatic plant offering many benefits – as testified by its inclusion in countless cosmetics, sanitation and household products. Used since Antiquity, the name lavender is derived from the Latin word “lavare”, meaning “to wash”. This plant was part of everyday life even in Roman times – for washing laundry, bathing and as a fragrance.
Its fragrance can be summed up in one word – relaxation! Lavender is known above all for its calming properties and its essence has been found to be very effective in phytotherapy and aromatherapy.
Essential oil of lavender is used to alleviate both minor sleeping disorders and stress. This relaxing oil helps you unwind before going to bed and can also provide a boost in the morning in the form of an invigorating lavender shower gel.
An essential oil for the home
Essential oil of lavender brings a sweet fragrance of cleanliness and holidays in the sun to the heart of your home. A few sprigs of lavender or a few drops of essential oil in a wardrobe give clothes a lasting fragrance and a fresh feel. A couple of drops in the washing machine have the same effect. Another useful household application: lavender helps to repel insects!
A flavoursome aromatic plant
Lavender also comes in very handy in the kitchen for adding extra flavour to certain foods. A sprig of lavender in a jar of sugar gives it a delicately fragranced aroma. It gives a surprising note to fruit salads, puddings, cakes or for decorating desserts. It short, it’s our all-round star!