Calendula (marigold or calendula officinalis) is one of the most loved flowers I used and I still use, both in my medical herbalist practice and in the Inlight organic skin care product formulations.
I have always been attracted by its simple shape, its radiant colour and power: a little joyful “sun” hidden in the green of the meadows, spot of light stolen from the sky during the sun set.
You cannot pass by a beautiful orange calendula flower in the wild without taking a double look. It is one of those plants that can’t go by unobserved.
It belongs the Asteraceae (from Latin aster = star) family and is originating from North Africa. Its botanical name “calendula” comes from Latin “calendae” meaning the first day of the month: in fact the marigold can flower nearly every month from spring to autumn. Others think that the name calendula comes the Greek kalàtos meaning basket, because of the shape of its flower head. Continue reading
“Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We cannot allow the winter blues to diminish our joy and the vision of beauty surrounding us. Of course, grey sky, chilly wind and rain can affect us, but let’s use our inner strength and ability to adapt to the winter’s conditions, without complaining too much!
In winter, Nature uses its energy to reinforce the roots of plants and trees by reducing the lymph towards the branches. Exactly the same happens to us: we are more prone to reduce our external activities and use our energy to plan ahead our future, especially in December when we look back to see what we have achieved.
The use of cosmetics is now an integral part of our civilization and our “image” of ourselves, our physical appearance, has acquired an almost absolute value in our communications with the world around us.
The words of the legal description of the term ‘cosmetic’ are actually becoming a reality: “substances and compounds, as distinct from medicines, designed for the external surfaces of human body…to modify its appearance..”.
So appearance is becoming increasingly more important than our true and innermost being, and our inner values are being swapped or exchanged for the cult of outward appearance, determined by mass-media and advertising which are more interested in business and profit than in people’s health. Continue reading
Working from a lab in the remote Cornish countryside, is a constant source of inspiration for me. The Lizard is a wild and beautiful place, and my lunchtime strolls always bring a smile to my face, (especially when the sun shines!).
People are often surprised at how many natural ingredients used in my products grow wild, often within metres of the Inlight front door. Even during the colder months, spear like leaves of Plantain thrusting skyward through the pasture: It is usually considered a weed, as it often grows on lawns and driveways, but it is actually very special.
Bio-lipophilic Matrix is the term given to a specific mix of pure vegetable oils (cold pressed and organically certified) that are selected for their fine biochemical affinity on a lipid level with the human skin. Such oils are empowered using special techniques developed by Dr Spiezia, Inlight organic skincare formulator, to give them a unique energy imprinting and a “positive conditioning” as well as a high vibrational charge.
This mix has been developed to give back to the skin the essential natural elements it needs to be nourished and regenerated. It also aids the skin’s biochemical, physiological and immunity process which in turn encourage the skin’s exchanging, absorbing and detoxicating activities.
In summer the skin becomes a very important organ to cool down the body and to keep the internal temperature more stable through the sweating. During this process many mineral salts are lost and the vitamin’s turnover increases.
In addition, the skin increases its detox function, releasing internal toxins produced as a result of the higher metabolic rate. One more reason to keep the skin clean and well nourished, using products which respect its hydrolipidic layer and help it to ‘breathe’ properly.
Let’s have a close look at what squalene is and why it is so sought after.
In Italian “squalo” means shark and “squalene” is a compound found in the liver of this wonderful marine creature. At the beginning of the last century, a Japanese scientist was studying the amazing immune resistance of sharks and found the answer in this special molecule found in their livers: “squalene”.
It was discovered that squalene, an unsaturated hydrocarbon, releases oxygen when mixed with water. Squalene is lighter than water itself – with a specific gravity of 0.855 – and this helps the shark (which has no swim bladder) to reduce its body density underwater and improve its flotation.
Argan oil is exceptional, rare oil produced by pressing the kernels of the fruit of the Argan tree, which grows mainly in the semi desert regions of Morocco. For centuries it has been used by the indigenous Berbers, for its cosmetic, nutritive and medicinal properties. To make a litre of pure Argan oil you need 32 kilograms of fruit. Continue reading
How do you make packaging beautiful, luxurious, sustainable, and pleasure to behold – when you are one of the most pristine and uncompromising organic beauty companies in the world? For Dr Mariano Spiezia this was a serious challenge! Back in 2001, he started the organic skincare revolution, when he launched the first 100% organic skincare range to be certified by The Soil Association. Continue reading
We’re thrilled to have discovered that Mariano has once again been voted into the top 25 of the Natural Beauty Yearbook Who’s Who 2013! The Natural Beauty Yearbook is the definitive trade guide for new perspectives, fresh ideas, and a showcase of the best organic, ethical and sustainable brands on the market. Continue reading