Thought I would share with you another fabulous Aromatherapy product from Tisserands treasure trove of goodies.
I happened upon this handwash by accident, whilst about to order my body lotion, I spotted the magic word "SALE" and immediately went to investigate. I had the choice of body lotion £8.50 or body lotion & handwash in gift set £5, handwash full price £5.95, doesn't need much thought does it?
About to place the handwash in my "present draw", curiosity got the better of me and I indulged in a crafty sniff. At the side of my kitchen sink it swiftly went and there it's nestled for almost 3 months.
Robert Tisserand started a small business from his bedroom in South London in 1974. He did everything himself incuding sending parcels out on Saturday mornings from the Post Office. The next 11 years he struggled on and also managed to write his first book~ The Art Of Aromatherapy published in 1977.
In 1985 he launched Tisserand Aromatherapy Products Ltd and to this day is still at the healm whilst continuing to write books.
His commitment is to deliver outstanding products based on ethical aromatherapy principles and for me he is doing a mighty fine job. His products are not tested on animals by or for Tisserand, the packaging is recyclable, products are suitable for vegans to use. They are all free from~
Synthetic Fragrances~ SLES~ Soap~ Parabens.
Made in England using essential oils and plant extracts which are pure essences from ~ flowers, berries, grasses, roots, seeds, bark, fruits and herbs, extracted mainly by steam or water distillation. They all have unique character, aroma and therapeutic properties and are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. Used for massage, bathing, vaporisation and inhalation ( towel over your head over a bowl of steaming water with eucalyptus and pine / teatree oils, great for helping clear the sinuses and a quick sniff of lavender oil can help alleviate a headache).
Aromatherapy it's said came about almost by accident in July 1910 French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse, whilst working in his laboratory accidently set fire to his hands, after rolling around outside on the grass to extinguish the flames he realised he had "gas gangrene" ( often fatal and lead to many amputations during WW1). He doused his hands in lavender oil which initially induced profuse sweating, as it subsided the healing process began. He was amazed at how his hands had healed with no scarring, this lead to his collaboration with doctors to treat French soldiers for war wounds and generally experimenting with essential oils.
There are more "flowery, whimsical" versions of this story but Im lead to believe this is the authentic one.
Packaged in a 200ml / 6.6floz clear plastic bottle (always useful to see how much handwash is left) with a pump top ( great for when you have greasy / sticky fingers). It features a lilac and white label with darker lavender flowers pictured, it tells me it's to purify, soothe and hydrate.
Warning, due to the content of natural essential oils the colour of the product may change over time, best kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. I personally have never seen any change in colour.
Main Ingredients ~
Organic Lavender Oil ~ rejuvenating, antiseptic and anti fungal
Organic Balm Mint / Peppermint ~ cooling, antibacterial and antifungal
Organic Aloe Vera ~ soothing
Organic Green Tea ~ antioxidant
Sunflower Seed Oil ~ moisturising
Vitamin E ~ healing and anti-aging
Coco-glucoside ~ a detergent derived from coconut oil.
As usual a product packed with luscious ingredients, it's easy to see why it's billed as "non-drying formula" with Aloe Vera and Sunflower Seed Oil included. The bit that confused me is "soap free", hows it going to clean my grubby mitts if it's got no soap? Well let me assure you, the Coco-glucoside does a wonderful job of cleaning any dirt and strong smells ~ fish, garlic etc are cleansed away. I have in the past be able to detect smells lingering on my hands after using other handwashes, but not so with this one. Also Lavender which comes from the Latin word Lavare ~ to wash ~has antiseptic and anti fungal properties. Balm mint or Peppermint as it's more well known is antibacterial and anti fungal and so also aids the cleansing process.
It's a transparent liquid with a sunny, golden hue that glows with an almost pearlescent shine, it's runny in consistency which aids in dispensing the handwash via the pump. Half a pump is adequate to produce a rich luscious lather to completely cleanse and refresh your grubby mitts.
The aroma is refreshing, the clean, sharp, fresh mint zaps your senses closely followed by the subtle, light, floral scent of lavender, as it's so refreshingly minty, I feel that some people who don't normally enjoy lavender scented products, may like this one. The liquid is cooling to the skin and the delicate aroma lingers for 5 minutes or so.
I personally find this handwash is not only non-drying, it's actually moisturising, my hands feel very soft and in the 3 months of use I haven't had the slightest hint of irritation and I have suffered badly in the past with other handwashes.The skin on my hands is very delicate due to me suffering badly with ME, leading to my skin tearing at times and then becoming infected which is very painful. I have noticed a massive improvement in my hands since using this handwash and for this reason, I will definitely buy it again.
Available in John Lewis and independant healthfood stores, also on line www.tisserand.com, I have bought from Tisserand and recieved excellent service, tracking my parcel and free p & p, the parcel arrived within 2 days. Price of handwash £5.95.
It's expensive especially compared to other handwashes available which vary from 47p, 99p etc. but for me it suits my skin and is worth every penny ( even though really I got this one and a few others ermmmm free well you have to make the most of sales don't you?)
There are 2 other flavours available ~
Teatree, Mandarin and Bergamot.
Wild Rose and Lemon Leaf.
If you fancy a luxurious handwash for a treat or if you suffer with your hands, this may be a good one to try, I Love it, with it's unique blend of fragrance (I didn't fancy mint and lavender together before I smelt it) and soothing, gentle properties, it's a cut above ordinary handwashes and for me it's my 5 star liquid gold.
Thanks for reading.
Refreshing, purifying and hydrating and with a clean floral-minty aroma, this is a soap-free, non-drying formula that is gentle enough / This mild wash contains essential oils of fresh organic French lavender and cooling organic balm mint, with antioxidant extract of organic green tea, for super soft hands /