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sandalwood oil london

We currently stock a small amount of sandalwood oil, both white sandalwood (santalum album) from Indonesia and Australian sandalwood (santalum spicatum). We do not buy from India. The white sandalwood is strong, creamy, plummy and 'feminine.' The Australian is also strong but smoky, woody and...

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frankincense boswellia serrata back in stock

We've obtained a fresh supply of Frankincense (boswellia serrata). Steam distilled in the UK from resin imported from Somalia. This frankincense is unlike the more citrus sacra, carteri or thurifera with their high lemon and orange notes. It's a low, creamy, peppery, “masculine”...

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letting it all hang out with Havenessence patchouli

Havenessence sells some of the strongest Patchouli oil in London. So strong, in fact, that the pure, unmixed oil smells a bit like... Dettol. Some customers love it, returning again and again to satisfy their Patchouli fix. Others exclaim “Good grief” and joke about hippies. It is indeed the...

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argan oil hot shaving method

I've used this technique a few times and it's resulted in the best wet shaves I've ever had. You need a new razor with a sharp blade. The best I've tried are these: (£2.15 for twenty from Boots. Neither Boots nor BiC are paying me to write this.) 1. Apply a good cosmetic grade argan oil...

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indoles: what’s that funny smell?

You may have noticed that some of the most exquisite (and costly) flower absolutes – particularly neroli and jasmine - have a slightly disturbing undertone that can only be described as... poopy. The reason is that these flowers contain natural chemicals called indoles, which have a...

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our essential oils are…

  Selected with the utmost care from certified UK suppliers and producers. 100% natural - we do not use artificial fragrance in any of our products. 100% full strength unless otherwise stated. (For example, some precious absolutes are available in a 5% dilution owing to their high...

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our argan oil is…

100% pure organic (certified by Ecocert). Sourced from a reputable producer in Morocco. Cold pressed. Un-toasted. Non-heat treated: kernels are pressed immediately after extraction. Traceable: we know which tree each bottle comes from! Ethical: Our supplier operates in an ethical...

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