It is extracted from fruit of Phyllanthus emlica tree, the Indian gooseberry, commonly known as amlaka, anola, amlika or mostly amla. Yellow and sour, amla fruit is a sac that can be divided in three parts. It looks like the European gooseberry, hence the name.
For centuries, the fruit has been used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). The berries have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Amla treats dry scalp (dandruff, eczema) and fights hair loss.
It can be used on any hair regardless of its colour. Amla oil goes deep inside your hair and nourishes it from the inside, which results in strong, resilient, shiny – just healthy - hair.
How it works: nourishes, oils the scalp, hair bulbs and hair itself. It leaves a fresh, subtle, Oriental, long-lasting fragrance.
Usage: hair and scalp, dry skin, tensed muscles and scalp, dry, brittle, split and dull hair.
Titbits: commonly used in India, where women have beautiful, shiny and healthy hair.
Origin: Asia (Indochina, Malaysia, Indian Subcontinent and China)
Also known as coconut butter, it is extracted by pressing and heating the hard pulp sourced from fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).
Most commonly, coconut oil is refined, de-acidified and bleached, it has no aroma.
Coconut oil that we use in all our treatments is very hard to buy. It is cold-pressed, high-quality, rich in nourishment oil with a lovely coconut aroma.
When kept in a temperature below 25°C, it looks like coagulated, white fat. Melted, it is light straw-yellow in colour.
How it works: cools, calms down, refreshes.
Usage: dry, cracked, sun-damaged, mature skin, dry and damaged hair
Titbits: perfect for and after a sunbath
Origin: Indonesia, Philippines, India.
Cold-pressed and unrefined, it is extracted from the seeds of sweet almond tree ’ s fruit. It is amber-coloured and has a delicate, distinctive aroma. At room temperature it is liquid. Sweet almond oil contains oleic and linoleic acids and vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, D i E.
How it works: light and easily absorbed through the skin, smoothens and moisturises the skin.
Usage: all types of skin, especially dry and sensitive skin. It treats eczema, psoriasis, dry, itchy and irritated skin.
Titbits: perfect for newborn babies, infants and children.
Origin: primarily Central Asia, Mediterranean Sea, now vastly grown in Spain, France, Italy, Greece and California.
Much like coconut oil, palm oil is one of the most popular vegetable oils in the world. It is extracted from the kernels or pulp of African oil palm (Elaeis Guineensis) through cold-pressing. The kernels are very hard, which makes oil extraction difficult. First, the kernels are dried, then minced and eventually oil is extracted. Palm oil is gold and orange in colour, because of its high carotene content.
At room temperature it takes a form of thick, soft butter with a neutral and light fragrance. It moisturises, smoothens and nourishes dry, cracked and mature skin. It is recommended for all types of skin, especially with a tendency to dryness. It oils and firms the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-swell, soothing. It stimulates tissue regeneration.
Apart from a high beta-carotene concentration, it also contains coenzyme Q10 and vitamins:
A and E
Using palm oil throughout a massage has many wonderful nursing and relaxing effects.
How it works: oils, moisturises, firms, smoothens, has anti-ageing and anti-oxidant effects.
Usage: very dry, cracked and mature skin.
Titbits: used in the production of luxury soaps. Because it is antibacterial and stimulates wound-healing, palm oil is used in medicine for skin injuries.
Origin: Sri Lanka.
It is extracted from sesame seeds (Sesamum Indicum) through cold-pressing. It is light yellow, dark yellow or brown in colour and has a beautiful, delicate and nutty aroma and wonderful taste. The type of sesame that is used in food industry is dark brown and has a strong fragrance. Because it has a natural sun protection factor of 3-4, it is used in sunscreen products.
How it works: warms up, cleanses, regulates sebaceous glands.
Usage: dry, cold, poorly supplied with blood, sensitive, combination and mature skin.
Titbits: according to Ayurveda, a full body massage (Abhyanga) with sesame oil detoxifies the body and makes the skin glow and silky smooth.
Origin: South-East Asia, India, China, Central Africa, Egypt.