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To promote serenity, soothe both skin and mind, relax facial features and more. Jasmine Absolute is a precious essential oil that is used in aromatherapy by virtue of its many properties.
It takes 7 million delicate jasmine flowers to make one litre of the very precious essential oil of Jasmine Absolute. Originating in tropical climates, it is also grown in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a star in the French town of Grasse, the world capital of perfumery. Its little white flowers are picked by hand very early in the morning, when they are at their most fragrant and their active molecules are most powerful. “Jasminum grandiflorum” or “officinale” is a royal flower which offers a package of positive effects for body and mind!
Traditionally used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as well as in Hindu religious ceremonies, this plant was imported to Europe in the 16th century. Essential oil of jasmine absolute now serves as a constant inspiration for the fragrance and cosmetics sector, in body care and face care products.
An anti-fatigue power
With its sweet and exotic scent, conjuring up images of distant lands, this soothing plant of serenity helps to combat stress and fatigue. The core ingredient in the Aurabsolu range, the essential oil has the power to brighten skin and diminish signs of fatigue. Diffuse its fresh, floral fragrance in your home at the end of the day to promote restful sleep.
A floral flavour for cooking
This essential oil’s smooth, floral flavour makes it an ideal ingredient for cooking. It adds a surprising note to poultry, white fish or sea food and brings out the exotic taste of basmati rice. It elevates creams to a new dimension (milkshakes, crème brûlée, whipped cream, etc.), and gives cakes, shortbread and other home-made biscuits an even more personal touch.
A delicious approach to well-being!
This tropical flower is not simply a fragrance star. Beyond olfactory pleasure, essential oil of ylang ylang offers numerous benefits: from relaxing to purifying and more.
What is the secret of its exotic name? A huge and majestic tree that can grow to a height of over 20 metres, a giant with delicate yellow flowers. The very sound of its name transports us to tropical climes and evokes its wafting sensual and heady fragrance. Ylang ylang is the emblem of Indonesia where its name means "flower of flowers”. So it is hardly surprising that it has become such a star in the fragrance world of the West.
A well-being aid
This enchanting flower is also associated with well-being, hence its success in aromatherapy. Its fragrance is often the backdrop to a relaxing experience, such as a massage in a salon or spa. This essential oil helps to soothe agitation, nervousness, anxiety, irritability and sleep problems. In short, all the factors associated with everyday stress.
In cosmetics, it is the ultimate purifying essential oil. Blended with essential oils of sage and lemon, it comes to the aid of oily and combination skin, tightens pores and revives the complexion.
An essential oil for your home
Although widely used in Asia to flavour sweet foods and confectionary, ylang ylang is a rare ingredient in Western cuisine. Nevertheless, this essential oil is ideal for enhancing desserts. Just single drop, and no more, elevates ice creams, smoothies, compotes or fruit salads to a whole new level.
It shares many features with jasmine absolute as, like its twin sister, it too is recommended as an application or in an essential oil diffuser to soothe emotional shock, calm the body and restore its natural rhythm. Diffuse daily in your home to promote relaxation and well-being!
Most essential oils have purifying properties, offering a whole range of natural powers to enhance your home life.
Wake up your sense of smell
Animals are not the only ones to hibernate. In cold weather, we too prefer to hide away in our cosy homes. Diffusing essential oils that stimulate our sense of smell can make these cocooning moments even sweeter and more tranquil. Best of all, as well as their pleasant fragrances and effectiveness in masking unpleasant cooking or cigarette smoke odours, essential oils also help to purify our environment during a peak period for viruses and other winter ailments. Which oils with these star qualities should you circulate using an electric diffuser, a pebble or by pouring a few drops onto a ceramic dish? Opt for bergamot, sweet orange or true lavender essential oils.
Excite the taste buds
More and more chefs are opting for essential oils in combination with various dishes. The main attraction is the ability to conjure up warm, summery and vibrant flavours in the depths of winter. Rather than bland basil or peppermint leaves from greenhouses, add one or two drops of essential oil to your culinary creations, from salad dressings to desserts, to transform your recipes. They also make ideal substitutes for dried aromatic herbs, thyme, tarragon or sage. One drop of essential oil is equivalent to around 10 grams of fresh herbs. Always opt for 100% pure and natural versions, making sure that they are perfectly edible if you plan to consume them.
From aromatherapy to phytotherapy and naturopathy… it can all be a bit confusing at times.
While all these disciplines share one common feature, plants and their amazing powers, they each focus on a very specific aspect. To gain a clearer understanding, we take a closer look at their differences.
It all started with plants… and phytotherapy, a word that has become a generic term for all kinds of plant-based therapeutic methods. This word also bears witness to a long history and a journey, from China to India, passing through ancient Egypt – or how “phyto” the Greek word for plant, has been used for thousands of years to prevent and treat ailments. Phytotherapy combines plant extracts and natural active ingredients to create different remedies. Do you enjoy herbal teas? Then you’re already familiar with one kind of phytotherapy!
Essential oils at the heart of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and naturopathy are derivatives of phytotherapy. While phytotherapy uses plants, aromatherapy revolves around the fragrant substance produced by some of these plants. When extracted in liquid form, this substance becomes an essential oil. Aromatherapy has also been practised since ancient times, but it was in the 20th century that the active effects were defined scientifically by the chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé and the doctor Jean Valnet. This discipline uses oils, diffused, massaged or taken internally (in skin care applications and for flavouring) to promote sensory pleasure. In short, it is the deliciously olfactory art of protecting and taking care of yourself.
Naturopathy, a holistic approach
Although practised as far back as in Ancient Greece, it was in the United States in 1902 that the first school of naturopathy was opened, by a doctor from Germany. What was the idea behind this approach? The body has its own self-healing mechanisms and is able to draw on these provided a patient is considered holistically, including emotions, diet and physical aspects. To activate these mechanisms and balance the body’s functioning, the naturopath combines a wide range of methods: drawing from a tool box including homeopathy, phytotherapy and aromatherapy, as well as diet, lifestyle, exercise and more.
These natural methods and treatments are attracting an increasing number of followers engaged on a constant quest for well-being.
Lolita Hecq; beautician and director, Equilibre et Beauté
Lolita Hecq has always been fascinated by the universe of beauty : beautician for 30 years, she works with passion in her beauty parlor named Equilibre et Beauté, in Clichy (92).
I’m never tired of making women beautiful and doing good to them. We have here a faithful clientele, who appreciates the human dimension we put into our work, but also our quality concern. It’s very important because our job has evolved a lot over the years : nowadays, even if we keep on playing the role of a confidant, even sometimes a shrink, women are more and more informed, therefore more and more demanding. We constantly have to innovate, renew ourselves and offer new approaches.
Lolita Hecq has been collaborating with Decléor for 11 years. She knows the brand very well, and likes particularly its philosophy based on the harmony, its energizing approach.
Decléor is a very ‘spa’ brand, composed with very precise skincare treatments which emphasize the awaking of the senses through aromatherapy : we work with textures, smells and precise body movements so that the skin is all the more beautiful as it is the reflection of a global well-being which comes from the inside.
We all want to be beautiful. But we want to feel good too – in harmony with both our image and our environment. A return to natural beauty. The age of slow beauty has arrived.
It is nothing new, human beings have been engaged in a quest for beauty since the beginning of time. However, demands have increased in recent years. It is not enough to simply be handsome or beautiful, we need to be youthful, slim and fit as well. Over time, this constant pressure becomes exhausting. And more often than not, loses its meaning. It is time to remind ourselves that respect is an essential foundation for beauty. Starting with respect for yourself. Embracing a philosophy for life and well-being inspired by slow food.
A return to natural skin care
We are rediscovering the pleasure of creating our own skin care potions, of reclaiming control of our beauty, relearning our own techniques by tuning in to our wishes, desires and needs. Skin, your skin, knows best what it needs: calm attention, gentle movements, a focus on quality of products rather than quantity.
Harnessing the intelligence of plants
This respect for yourself naturally leads to respect for nature, we are rediscovering all of nature’s benefits. Science has now confirmed plants' amazing intelligence. From essential oils to botanical oils, aloe vera, hydrolats, floral waters, aromatherapy and phytotherapy, we are experiencing the joy of rediscovering all the treasures and gifts that nature and our senses are capable of conveying. We are reclaiming control as part of a holistic approach, supported by professionals such as naturopaths who consider the complete picture, from physical aspects to emotions, to devise a beauty programme that switches the emphasis from fighting against to working to support...you.
Dress Up Your Water
Does just the idea of having to hydrate make you want to take a snooze? You’re in luck: there have never been more interesting – and delicious - alternatives for boosting your body’s essential water reserves.
We all know that optimal hydration – the most vital component for ongoing good health and beauty - means drinking lots of water. Logical enough (sigh).
Unfortunately, most of us – save for that annoying handful of perfect hydrators around us – find drinking glass after glass of water Just. Simply. Boring. On a bad day, it feels impossible. Or worse. It’s like doing homework: you know you should, you push it aside, and then it’s crunch time. You pin your hopes on a lush lip balm or buttery cream and trust it will step in to save your skin.
Fortunately, there’s good news: thanks to a wave of new alive water, juice, soup and herbal infusion bars, it’s never been easier (or more delicious) to keep your body happily hydrated and your flavor cravings satisfied. Here, a few of our current favorites which, combined with the every day application of the Hydra Floral range of products, will enable you, ladies, to have a fresher and more mosturized skin than ever!
Make your water fun and rich!
There's nothing like adding a few coffee spoons of floral or vegetable water to your (boring!) bottle of mineral water. There are indeed in the nature a lot of "alive" waters in thousand profits for our skin, extracted from fruits, stalks, sheets and even roots! For example, coconut water or apple, lemon, lotus, bamboo, cherry, kiwi, mint, lavender, or even endive and tomato water… Thanks to their subtle composition and bioelectronic balance, they enrich the slightest tiny glass of water with moisture, calming and accelerating the growth of cells.
Give yourself a squeeze
High-yield fruits and juices – so long as they have a low glycemic index – are the fastest way around to ensure the body receives essential nutrients and also keeps hydration levels tops. If you can’t be bothered to spring for a cold-press juicer or press a couple pounds of fruits and vegetables per day, chances are there’s a juice bar somewhere nearby. If you live in or near a big city several, such as Detox Delight, also deliver.
Feeling exhausted? Why not try essential oils? Here are a few everyday actions to help put a spring back in your step.
This is the starting point for any winter fitness strategy. Eating a light evening meal, not closing your eyes immediately after switching off your computer or smartphone are important habits to create the right conditions for a good night’s sleep. Increase your chances of dropping off more quickly and enjoying better quality sleep with the formidable relaxing powers of true lavender essential oil. Add few drops to a handkerchief beside your pillow, disperse them in your evening bath or use as a massage, depending on your mood and preference.
Recharging your batteries
It’s hard to keep your energy levels topped up when everyday worries and stresses combine with grey skies and increasingly shorter days. More than any other season, during winter months it is particularly important to avoid fatigue setting in. Energising essential oils such as exotic basil, bergamot or ravintsara are ideal choices for use in ointments or in your bath.
Take time to relax
Everyday fatigue can make it difficult to respond appropriately to a sudden period of anxiety or a stressful event. Noble camomile essential oil provides valuable assistance in coping with turbulent emotional periods that leave you feeling completely drained. It can be used internally or externally.
Saro essential oil is one of the most widely used essential oils in aromatherapy. And with good reason ... as it is said to "treat all ills".
This is the story of a beautiful tree that grows in Madagascar. The saro is a tree made up of small green leaves and white flowers; almost every part of it can be exploited. Its Malagasy name, Mandravasarotra, means "wards off evil". A very nice thought!
Saro essential oil is widely tolerated and is used to help fend off winter ailments, alleviate various skin discomforts and soothe the mind.
It unleashes its benefits on the skin. In particular, it helps to improve the skin’s appearance, act against skin oxidation and slow down the formation of free radicals. Its astringent action also helps to reduce the appearance of pores. This makes it a valuable oil in the quest for radiant skin.
A magical oil for use around the home
Simply add a few drops to a diffuser, an incense burner, a piece of cloth or soak a cotton pad to spread its citrusy notes around your home. In addition to its sweet fragrance, saro essential oil helps to keep your home healthy and protect you from minor winter ailments. Finally, soothing saro oil promotes a sensation of total relaxation when you come home after a busy day.
Commonly found on the African continent, Moringa oleifera, or the “Tree of Life”, is a fast growing tree that thrives in a harsh, dry environment. As well as a powerful source of food for local populations, its pods and seeds offer a real remedy against pollution and are often used to purify dirty water. In fact, the seeds are known to contain a protein that makes bacteria converge and die out. Studies have shown that only a few crushed seeds are needed for a litre of water. In cosmetics, Moringa offers an ideal anti-pollution solution, detoxifying the skin from outside elements and helps fight free radical damage.
Defence against pollution
Sourced directly from the seeds of the tree, Moringa extract preserves its anti-pollution and purifying virtues. Not only does it protect skin cells from heavy metals, micro-particles and cigarette smoke, it also works as a water purifier by drawing down the polluant. Packed with natural antioxidants, Moringa acts as a deep cleanser to help skin regain its balance. Skin is healthier and looks brighter from the inside out.
Your beauty’s biggest enemy? It’s not what you think
We all know about the dangers of sun exposure, but when it comes to aggravating signs of premature ageing, redness, irritation and dullness, your skin’s enemy #1 is not beaming down from the heavens - it’s in the air, on the ground, everywhere. Pollution lives on every level: in addition to primary pollution – the invisible byproduct of combustion – there’s secondary pollution. That’s the one you can see. Also called “ozone pollution”, it multiplies like mad when primary pollutants react with light. The most common example: smog.
Sun + Pollution = An Explosive Cocktail for the Skin
Smog: what you see is airborne microparticles. But its effect on skin over time is what’s really scary. Pollution sparks a chain reaction at the skin’s surface, increasing sebum production, which in turn speeds oxidation, which weakens the skin’s natural barriers. What your mirror shows: diminished hydration, increased sensitivity, compromised pores and inflammation. Over time, that leads to unwanted pigmentation and other signs of premature aging.
The good news? Grime will never win. There are superheroes ready to come to the rescue. Where do they come from? Nature.
Hydra Floral: the everyday anti-pollution hero
This spring, Decléor is welcoming a powerful new anti-pollution trio into the Hydra Floral family. Formulated to support the skin 24/7 and protect it from pollution on every level, the high-performance yet lightweight hybrid Hydra Floral Hydrating Gel Cream, SPF30 Anti-Pollution Hydrating Fluid and Hydrating Active Lotion offer an essential oil-based hero for every potential skin care need.
Petal-light formulas that pack a punch
To safeguard skin from pollution’s adverse effects, Hydra Skin’s petal-light formulas combine SPF protection with powerful natural ingredients like the extract from the tropical Asian Moringa oleifera tree, which acts like a natural water filter to lock in moisture and prevent airborne toxins from irritating the skin. To back it up, Neroli Aromessence, the stress-busting essential oil with astringent properties, preserves the skin’s delicate eco-system, promoting radiance and imparting a feeling of calm.
Now, you’re ready to face whatever the world throws at you - beautifully.
In keeping with that philosophy, Decléor has newly refined its communication strategy to highlight the benefits of aromatherapy and pure essential oil-based products for skin, body and mind.
To celebrate this exciting new initiative, Decléor dropped the anchor at Professional Beauty in London on February 28th & to 29th. Estheticians and selected beauty professionals will be welcomed aboard the brand’s elegant yacht to rediscover its holistic philosophy and products and preview its latest campaign.
Essential Oils are the key to fabulous skin so…
Revitalise your complexion
Some things simply get better with age – and our multi award-winning Aromessence Neroli Oil Serum is no exception. This 100% pure, natural and preservative-free elixir may have been born in the ‘70s but it’s still topping the beauty charts almost 40 years later, having just scooped InStyle Magazine’s Best Aromatherapy Facial Oil Award for six consecutive years. Loved by beauty editors, skincare gurus and women of all ages, this potent concentrate skillfully blends Petitgrain, Neroli, Sandalwood, Juniper Berry and Sage Essential Oils to actively decongest, calm, tone and revitalise every type of skin, all with just a few precious drops. How? Essential Oils are renowned in the industry as one of the most powerful ingredients with the ability to deliver their potency straight to the source to help regulate any imbalances thus maintaining the skin’s equilibrium for optimum health. Famed as the experts in aromatherapy, DECLÉOR has always been at forefront of developing products that can dramatically increase not only wellbeing, but also complexions of every age making Aromessence Neroli Oil Serum a beauty essential that no bathroom shelf or bedside table should be without.
Nourish from within
Although they are instantly comforting all year round, certain Essential Oils have the added bonus of being deeply nourishing, making them perfect for moisture-sapped summer complexions. Even if our British climate doesn’t guarantee endless hours of sunshine, even a small amount of UV light (especially when combined with air conditioning) can leave skin drier and less resilient than usual. Aromessence Marjolaine is the perfect remedy. This ultra-nourishing Essential Oil cocktail contains cranberry, argan, babassu and advocado to give skin an instant moisture surge. Blended with Hazelnut, vitamin-rich Avocado and Wheatgerm Plant Oils it helps slow dehydration to leave skin super supple and silky smooth – the perfect start to a glowing summer.
Go for Gold
We’ve said it before but our Aromessence Solaire really is your best friend if you’re planning to spend time in the sun. With a combination of Essential Oils that can boost your skin cells’ natural resistance to damage from sunlight, this tan activating serum can be used all over face and body for significantly more resistant skin – and a gorgeous, longer lasting tan. With specially selected Camomile, Geranium and Rose plus nourishing Carrot and protective Argan Plant Oils, simply start applying a few drops under your usual moisturiser up to a couple of weeks before your holiday and then every day while you’re away. We think you’ll be amazed by the results.
Discover the Light
Sun exposure is vital for the production of Vitamin D (essential for healthy hair, teeth and nails) but we all know UV light is also responsible for ‘age’ spots and pigmentation marks. As we get older – and especially during pregnancy – our complexions are particularly vulnerable to photo ageing. If your skin is showing tell-tale signs then try Aromessence White. This expertly blended cocktail of naturally whitening Essential Oils including Parsley and Lemon gently lightens dark spots and kick-starts cellular regeneration in the process. With Cassie Essential Wax and protective Muscat Rose Plant Oil our radiance-enhancing concentrate leaves skin tone more even, more vibrant and even a little younger looking too.