When creating new Mellow products, I am always passionate about using natural ingredients that nourish and enhance your skin. As you will see if you take a peek at the Mellow labels, I’m a big fan of essential oils. These ingredients have a long and rich history for their healing and culinary properties.

In this blog, I thought it would be fun to look at other natural ingredients, their benefits and traditional uses, and why I select them for my products.

Rosemary
Rosemary (‘Rosmarinus officinalis’) is a woody herb with lovely fragrant, needle-like leaves and small purple, pink, white or blue flowers.

It is native to the Mediterranean and derives its name from the Latin for ‘dew’ (ros) and ‘sea’ (marinus) because it is able to survive in arid areas on just the humidity carried in by the sea breeze.
Rosemary is used for many culinary and medicinal purposes. It is said to be great for your memory and traditionally used to treat gout, as well as boosting your circulation, immune system and your respiratory health.

I use rosemary in many of my Mellow products because it is proven to reduce puffiness, stimulate cell regeneration, increase firmness and improve your overall skin tone.

Geranium
Geranium is the over-arching name for 422 species of plants that are mostly found in the Mediterranean. Geraniums will usually grow in any soil, other than waterlogged ground. The genus name comes from the Greek géranos meaning ‘crane’ because the fruit capsule of the species looks like a crane’s bill.

Geranium essential oil has a sweet floral fragrance that is proven to calm and relax you. As far back as Ancient Egypt, it has been used on the skin for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and relaxing properties.
With a scent that combines well with rose (the two smell similar) and citrus fragrances, geraniums are often used for baking too.

Lemon
Lemon is a small evergreen tree that is native to Asia and has its distinctive yellow fruit, which is used for numerous purposes throughout the world.

As well as being a popular ingredient for cooking and baking, lemon oil is a popular aromatherapy oil that is believed to enhance mood. It is also antibacterial.

I use lemon in several Mellow products because it is well known for its cleansing and clarifying properties, and is packed full of antioxidants and nourishing vitamins. Using lemon on your skin can help restore your body’s natural pH balance, slough away dead skin and stimulate the production of new collagen.

Ylang-ylang
Ylang-ylang (‘Cananga odorata’) is a tree valued for its perfume and the essential oil from its flowers is often used in aromatherapy.

In parts of the Pacific Rim, ylang-ylang is associated with weddings and honeymoons, and strewn across the beds of newly-weds because of its aphrodisiac properties. It is also used to relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

In Madagascar, ylang-ylang is a common flavouring for ice cream.

Ylang-ylang essential oil should be used sparingly in skincare products as it has a strong fragrance but it can also work well to balance out sebum production and treat oily skin.

Chamomile
Chamomile is a common name for several daisy-like plants in the Asteraceae family. It is commonly combined with lemon and/or honey as an infusion that can help you sleep.

Chamomile has many medicinal uses because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also believe to help with the treatment of stress, anxiety and insomnia. In vitro and in animal studies have found chamomile to have anticancer properties.

I use chamomile in several Mellow products because it is an excellent emollient that soothes the skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species that has been grown through cultivation rather than occurring naturally anywhere in the world (there are some closely related aloes in Northern America). The species has been used in medicine since the beginning of the first century AD and even appears in early records from the 16th century BC. It is a mainstay of alternative medicines and cosmetics because of its rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties.

I use Aloe Vera in some of my Mellow products because of its fabulous moisturising emollient effect.

Have you spotted an ingredient in one of my products that you would like to know more about? Why not let me know and perhaps I can tell you more about it in a future blog. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below or over on the Mellow Facebook page.