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I think it can be said that for most of us, 2020 has been a year like no other.

A year when we realised how important our families are to us and how important a hug from a loved one can be.

Its been a time for reflection for many of us, with health becoming a focus and as you know, I’ve been hinting at some exciting news and at last I’m finally able to share it with you all.
For years now I have dreamed of providing treatments using preparations made with not only organic plants but plants that have been minimally processed and are at their most vital and therefore potent state. Like the food we eat, we get the most health benefits when the ingredients are fresh, unprocessed and with no unnecessary additives, in the case of skincare, fillers, emulsifiers, and preservatives.
I toyed with the idea of making my own but although I have a reasonable plant knowledge I knew it wasn’t enough. But my real concern was being able to source the highest quality raw plant material with vibrant, vital plants that weren’t only organically farmed with integrity and sustainability but would provide the potent life force of the plant that would imbue the preparations with the highest efficacy making them truly natural and wholly effective.

I had to accept that this was beyond my ability, but I was convinced it was possible, so my search began. About 5 years ago I came across a herbalist who was doing just exactly what I’d dreamed of. Her name was Laurel Schaffer, her plant knowledge was incredible, she had a passion and love for what she was creating and at the heart of it all was her commitment to sourcing the highest quality, organically grown, medicinal plants. She was using 100% organic, ethical, sustainable and locally sourced plants.
She had spent several years developing strong, personal relationships with the local organic artisan farm producers, to ensure that she only used plants of the highest potency in their raw, unrefined, whole plant state to produce vibrant effective preparations. She was using her knowledge of plants and science, eliminating all unnecessary fillers and processed ingredients to produce pure effective skincare.

I was so excited I had found someone who was doing exactly what I had dreamed of. But my excitement turned to disappointment when I realised that Laurel, whose herbal apothecary studio in Northern California, didn’t have a UK distributor and only sold her preparations in the US.

Earlier this year, having still found nothing that matched up to Laurel’s incredible preparations, I decided I needed to investigate if it was possible for me to bring these products direct from Laurel’s studio to my treatment room. To cut a long story short, lets face it, this has already been quite long, it has indeed been possible to fill my studio with the delicious preparations that Laurel has made in hers.
So I will now be offering treatments with Laurel; 100% Whole Plant Organic Skincare made with raw, unrefined whole plants without unnecessary fillers, preservatives or processed ingredients, to deliver highly effective and luxurious products that support and nurture the skin in the most effective and beneficial way.

The Laurel skincare line is a truly pioneering range of preparations. She has taken plant science to a new level. She hasn’t allowed herself to be constrained by the expectations of the conventional cosmetic industry and instead has approached her craft by looking at what the incredible plant world has to offer and how she can harness their unique, natural and medicinal properties in the most natural beneficial way to produce skincare that is truly beautifully effective and utterly natural. In essence food for the skin.
As well as selling Laurel Whole Plant Organics from my Treatment Studio and online, I will only be using Laurel skincare in my treatments, offering 4 new facial treatments, with the option to add a deeply relaxing back massage to each and also a full body massage, with Laurel Whole Plant Organics.

Unboxing My Laurel Delivery

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