Friday Favourites - Massage Oils

As much as we love our work here at The Amazing Blog, we often can’t wait for a super relaxing weekend. We believe that the key to tranquility is in a really fantastic massage, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite massage oils, for those of you who are feeling a little tense.

First on our list is Absolute Aromas’ Mobility Massage Oil. Made with 100% natural ingredients, everything from their range is developed by a team of dedicated experts, so you know you’re in good hands.  As the name suggests, the oil is great for relieving aches and pains in joints and muscles, making it the perfect choice for those that suffer with mobility issues. This oil glides easily on the skin, whilst using a combination of essential oils to promote health and wellbeing naturally. You can purchase it oil here, for just £8.26. This relaxation remedy is a bargain.

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Another of our firm favourites is the Rituals Body Oil. Not only do we love the design and the convenience of the packaging, but also how soft and smooth our skin feels after use. This super nourishing oil is ideal for dry skin, as it absorbs so easily, leaving flaky patches feeling soft, supple and hydrated. Enjoy a moment of relaxation here for £13.50.

Mashooq Massage Oils are also a wonderful treat for those of us feeling stressed. Aptly named Relax and Calm, these two oils have such a calming fragrance of Frankincense, Lavender and Neroli which, when combined with the Sweet Almond Oil, also leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling fresh for the entire day. Apart from smelling incredible, and giving us that dose of relaxation that we oh so crave, the oils are super affordable at just £4.30, so you don’t have to stress about the price either. You can purchase them here.

If you aren’t relaxed enough already, Balance Me offer an award-winning Super Toning Body Oil. As well as hydrating, the oil improves circulation with a unique blend of active ingredients such as Juniper, Bergamot, Geranium and Lavender. This oil allows you to smooth away any imperfections, giving your skin an even and flawless finish. The oil sinks into the skin very quickly and doesn't leave any residue and it smells wonderful! Treat yourself to the Balance Me Oil here for £20. It's well worth it as it will last you forever!

With all of these amazing oils to choose from, you can finally combat that stress. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a massage or two this weekend with the help of these gems.

Aviela - African Black Soap and Body Scrub

Having heard nothing but great things about Aviela products we were delighted to receive the African black soap and Body scrub here at the Amazing Blog offices.

The Aviela brand was founded by Patricia Mooney in 2007, after she saw the extraordinary way shea butter helped heal her daughter’s ankle. At almost 2 years old Patricia’s daughter was unable to walk, and was told she may need surgery on her left ankle. However, before the surgery went ahead a bone specialist advised her to rub Shea Butter into her daughter’s ankle twice daily to see if it could soften the cartilage - within four days Patricia’s daughter was up walking! Ever since this miracle Patricia has been creating amazing products using Shea Butter.

The Aviela soap is an all-natural, fragrance free soap, ideal for sensitive skin, with calming and soothing properties for irritated skin. It extracts impurities and excess oils, whilst still leaving your body feeling moisturised and soft. The Shea Body Scrub exfoliates away dead skin sells leaving you with revived and refreshed skin which feels silky smooth. The Shea Butter contained within the scrub is premium quality so it can treat a number of skin conditions, unlike many other products which claim to use the same ingredient. 

If you’re not convinced of the shea butter medicinal properties, try it out for yourself here on the Aveila website. The soap is only £5.20 and the Body Scrub is £13.13, a bargain for miracle products!

Riad Of Aromas - Sensitive Skincare

Here at The Amazing Blog we’re lucky enough to be constantly trying out new products, but sadly, we come across the occasional cream that irritates our skin. When we’re feeling a little sensitive, it’s a relief to find products designed to treat exactly that. Free from chemicals, alcohol, and all of the other skin drying nasties, Riad of Aromas is the answer to all our prayers.

Riad of Aromas takes pride in concocting the cleanest skincare, perfect for treating sensitive skin of all kinds. The range of botanical ingredients in their products treat a plethora of problems that trouble our complexions throughout the seasons. Of the three products we tried, we couldn't find fault with any of them. Their Cherry and Juniper Berry Gentle Hydrating Cleanser not only smells divine, but it removed our make-up with ease, leaving us with a soothed and hydrated face.  It easily wipes away the grime of the day, whilst maintaining your skin’s natural PH, ideal for those who struggle with breakouts. We followed with the Hydrating Neroli & Rose Maroc Hydration Bio Mist Toner. Rich in Omega 3 and other natural oils, the mist has a wonderfully cooling effect on the complexion, perfect for spritzing on a hot summer day. Last but certainly not least, we tried the Jasmine and Prickly Pear Replenishing Face Cream, which is great for combating even the driest of skin. The subtley scented cream left our skin feeling rejuvenated, plumped and youthful.

For those looking to calm and soothe your skin, Riad of Aromas is a real luxury treat. You can buy their products here, prices start at just £16


Herbal Legend - 'Philtre de Bellis' Hand & Body Cream

After trying so many luxurious lotions, skincare and bodycare products at The Amazing Blog, sometimes we want to go back to basics with our routine. Since our skin has been in need of some TLC lately, we reached for the anti-ageing 'Philtre de Bellis' Hand & Body Cream from French brand, Herbal Legend, for some much needed moisturisation.

The lotion utilises natural medicinal herbs like Organic Bellis Extract that are free from pesticides, so sensitive and dry skin can find instant relief. The lightweight, silky texture makes application a breeze, and your skin will feel moisturised without being weighed down. Its subtle Asian Jasmine scent makes it the perfect unisex product as well, so both men and women will enjoy the lotion and its benefits. We loved how the cream made our skin feel, and have absolutely no complaints about the formula. We noted that Herbal Legend stands out in comparison to popular aromatherapy products, since the botanicals in this lotion are new and exciting, giving customers a fresh experience. This is definitely a cream to look out for if your skin craves natural hydration.

You can buy the Herbal Legend Hand & Body Cream here for €22. Sadly, it's not available in pounds just yet, but we think it's worth the purchase.

Oppo Ice Cream

The Amazing Blog team will never turn down a sweet treat, especially frozen ones as the weather gets warmer here in Chelsea. Too many artificial sweeteners can weigh us down, so when want something a bit more natural we reach for Oppo ice cream as a healthier alternative with the same great taste.

Oppo began when brothers Charlie and Harry Thuillier decided to travel 1000km along the Northeast coast of Brazil via kite buggies powered by the wind. When they started running out of food, they started eating local coconuts that gave them hydration and healthy fats and protein. With their new passion for natural ingredients, they returned home and thought about how coconut milk could replace unhealthy fats in traditional desserts, like ice cream.

After some research and failed first attempts, Oppo has grown into the company it is today. There are three ice cream flavours – Madagascar Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Mint Chocolate Swirl – in the collection, and each one is made with a superfood ingredient for added benefits. All of the flavours are sweetened with the natural, zero-calorie stevia leaf instead of sugar and cream and virgin coconut oil. These are ice creams you can feel great about indulging in.

Oppo ice creams are sold at participating Waitrose stores, so check their stockist list to see if your nearest Waitrose sells Oppo.