As the exclusive new Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Velvet cream arrives at Liberty, we caught up with the brand’s founder Geraldine Howard.
You tried your hand at biochemistry before transitioning to cosmetic science, what first encouraged you to start blending essential oils?
I studied cosmetic science at the London College of Fashion and that set my love for cosmetics. Then went on to work for Micheline Arcier, who worked with Dr Valnet, and they trained me in using essential oils. From my first day I fell in love with aromatherapy and went on just about every course and read every book to learn as much as possible. When I started to blend essential oils for my clients I learnt how powerful aromatherapy is at helping to transform our mood and help our general well-being. I think that is something we all need a little help with in our lives!
Tell us about your new product, Renewing Rose Body Velvet, and why you chose Liberty for its exclusive launch?
To celebrate Aromatherapy Associates’ 30th anniversary I wanted to make a special body cream that not only nourished the skin and smelt good, but also helped to keep the skin young looking. Our Rose body cream has always been one of our most popular products and this is really a super version of it with additional actives to help the skin retain moisture and stimulate collagen production. I wanted something to spoil and indulge the skin on our bodies and leave it feeling wonderfully smooth. We chose Liberty for the exclusive because we love working with the store and have a very loyal client base – it’s the perfect partnership to celebrate our anniversary with.
You’re well known for one of our best selling oils, Inner Strength, which came about from dark times you experienced. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind Rose Body Velvet?
The idea behind creating any new product always comes from either a need of my own, as in the case of Inner Strength, or the needs of a client or friend. As I get older I realise that the skin on our bodies requires more attention to keep it supple and healthy. We tend to look after our facial skin more than our body, so I wanted to make a cream that was really special for the body and in effect a ‘treatment’ each time you apply it.
What are your three key Aromatherapy Associates essentials or favourites?
1. Renewing Rose Body Oil – I love using oils under body creams or facial moisturisers to give the skin a real treat and this would be my desert island product as it is so versatile and can be used for hands, nails, hair… Plus, it smells wonderful and makes you feel good.
2. Overnight Repair Mask – I find it can transform my skin overnight, I wake up looking firm and smooth. It is so much easier than sitting with a mask and it saves time, too!
3. Inner Strength Bath and Shower Oil – it really did help me at a tough time in my life and continues to do so whenever I feel low.
What products would we always find in your handbag?
Pure Essential Oil Of Frankincense, Moisturising Lip Balm and Breathe Essence.
What are your top tips and products for unwinding after work?
If I am home late after a long working day I soak in a bath with our Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil and then drop into a deep sleep. If I need to relax and enjoy an evening with family or friends then I go for a shower with our Light Relax Bath and Shower Oil. I also switch the electric room fragrancer on with the Relaxing Room Fragrance and enjoy the atmosphere it creates.
Why do you love Liberty?
I have always loved Liberty and actually bought my wedding dress in the store many years ago! I love the Liberty prints and used to buy lots of material, when I had time to do dress making. Now I just go to the scarves and bags to find beautiful prints.
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Naturally Sassy’s Saskia Gregson-Williams, former Food Editor of Hip & Healthy and Aduna feel-good chef, shares her recipe for low-carb, high-nutrient courgette noodles.
Whether you’re trying a low-carb diet as part of your new year health regime or you simply crave something a little lighter, this courgette noodle recipe is creamy, satisfying and packed with vitality-enhancing ingredients. Adding Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder gives it an extra antioxidant kick, while the mix of veggies and superfoods will complement your health goals perfectly.
Saskia Gregson-Williams explains why she loves this recipe:
Making courgette noodles is a fantastic pasta alternative when you’re after something a little lighter, and as it’s grain free it makes you feel amazing no matter if you have food allergies! It can be eaten raw, as in this recipe, or sautéed until soft. This recipe shows my favourite way to serve courgette noodles, in the most creamy and delicious Moringa & avocado sauce.
• ½ tsp Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder
• 2 courgettes
• ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
• 1 avocado
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• Toasted pine nuts
With a spiraliser, spiral your courgettes into noodles; if you do not have a spiraliser, peel the courgette into fettucini-style strips with a vegetable peeler. To make the sauce, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Mix with the courgette and pomegranate, then scatter with toasted pine nuts to garnish!
Buy Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder online or in-store in Beauty Must-Haves on the ground floor. Making the courgette noodles above? Share the results @LibertyLondon with #LibertyBeauty.
Beauty writer and creator of Legology Air Lite for Legs Kate Shapland shares her five fail-safe beauty and style resolutions for 2015.
Stay stylish year-round with these five resolutions from beauty writer Kate. From ensuring you invest in the right clothes to simple steps to avoid a make-up faux pas, these are the mantras to repeat as you hit the shops and re-vamp your beauty routine.
1. With fashion and beauty, always wag your own tail! In other words, be aware of what is current, but only wear it if it works for you personally – and always temper it with a detail of your own.
2. Less is more with make-up. It really is. Focus on your eyes or your lips, never both. Keep your base clean and transparent, nothing ages you faster than a mask-like foundation.
3. Find your jean! It’s incredibly liberating when you identify the cut and brand that suits your figure – no more ‘what am I going to wear over my bum/thighs …’ And always wear heels (preferably a leg-lengthening neutral) with them. Think s.t.r.e.t.c.h for your legs.
4. Identify your perfect heel height – generally in line with your leg length – this is even more liberating than knowing what jeans suit you!
5. If your legs aren’t your best feature, wear dark matt opaque tights – they slim the outline. But not too opaque – 15 denier is good.
Read Kate Shapland’s must-have beauty buys for January here
Learn the basics of calligraphy in this workshop, hosted by Betty Etiquette’s Rebecca Cahill Roots.
Calling all budding calligraphers! Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, or you have a specific event coming up you’d like to create your own stationery for, join Liberty for a beginner’s calligraphy class hosted by Rebecca Cahill Roots, Creative Director of stationery brand Betty Etiquette.
You will learn basic letter formation using a dip ink pen, and then use your new skills to write a letter for special someone. Classes cost £40 and will take place 10am – 1pm 7 February. Included in the price is a calligraphy starter kit and a Valentine’s print to take away with you, to book your place please call Customer Services on +44 (0)20 7734 1234.
Don’t forget to share your calligraphy creations using @LibertyLondon
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Introducing the Alexa Chung for AG Jeans collaboration…
Presenter, model and all-round style icon Alexa Chung has joined forces with denim brand AG Jeans to create an irresistible collection with a signature vintage edge.
‘The collection is inherently the missing pieces of my dream denim wardrobe, which, as ever, is predominantly inspired by a late sixties, early seventies aesthetic.’
As the poster girl for laid-back Brit-cool, Chung’s impeccable taste and keen eye for what’s coming next made her the ideal collaborator for Sam Ku, Creative Director at AG. With a moodboard full of rock-n-roll influences and a London-meets-LA finish, the collection is the ultimate peek inside Chung’s creative vision, brought to life by free-spirited AG Jeans.
Fans of Alexa Chung’s inimitable style will love the nod to iconic sixties fashion, while denim lovers won’t be able to resist her easy-wearing designs. Take a first look at the collection here – available online and in-store from today!