I wanted to include Bodhi Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil in my August post about summer face oils but then I found out that this amazing eco-luxury British skincare brand will be launching a Limited Pink Edition on September 1st and donate £10 from each £38 sale to Breast Cancer Care. Before I tell you in more detail about both this Breast Cancer Care Charity and Bodhi face oil, let me explain why is this cause particularly special to my heart.
According to Breast Cancer Care charity, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and currently there are over 550,000 women who are diagnosed with it. Many years ago my maternal grandmother Irena found a lump in her breast. Initially she didn’t think much of it and time just went by. By the time she eventually went to see a doctor, her diagnosis was much more severe. She passed away three years later, after fighting the disease with all her might but those three years changed not only the course of her life but that of her family as well.
My grandmother was an extraordinary woman whose smile always shone brightly from the depth of her eyes, who never raised her voice or said a harsh word to anyone in order to make a point and who had a meaningful and kind impact on all the people who came into contact with her. She taught literature and history at high school and her former students used to come and visit my grandparents modest, but always welcoming apartment, for years after their school graduation. Endless cups of tea and plates of cakes were consumed and life dilemmas were told to her in confidence-and she always gave wise and practical advice that made a difference to whoever she was imparting it on, be it a woman or a man. When she passed away the light has gone out of my grandfather’s eyes and even we returned, it was its pale dimmer….To this day I remember her beautiful eyes, colourful long necklaces that she loved and I wanted to play with (they wouldn’t be out of fashion even today) and the most amazing fried potatoes and meat cutlets that she made-the likes of which I haven’t tasted since she passed away. She had flair and an amazing joy of ‘just being’ and she spread this joy with tireless generosity.
Why am I telling you this? Simply because this disease is widespread and even though constant progress in being made in the medical field, one can’t rest on the laurels until this disease is beaten or even maybe (one can dream !), completely eradicated and Breast Cancer Care Charity plays a big part in that. It is the only UK-wide charity that is dedicated to providing round-the-clock emotional and practical support for women ( and their families ) living with breast cancer.
Bodhi’s ethos is based on enhancing one’s personal care rituals in order to improve general well-being. Elijah Choo, a wonderfully generous brand’s founder and a wise man of many talents, draws inspiration from the potent healing powers of nature and traditional botanical remedies and all of Bodhi products, be for face or for the body, are created from 100% pure botanical essences selected for their skincare and therapeutic benefits. Many brands claim to be natural or organic, while Bodhi truly is! From the practical and eco-friendly packaging to beauty transforming formulas, those products will change your mood, lift your spirits and enhance your well-being while making you feel beautiful on the outside.
To support Breast Cancer Care Bodhi has just launched Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil Limited Edition and will donate £10 from each sale to the charity. Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil is based on the most revered of the roses: the Bulgarian Damask one. It contains Damask Rose Otto from the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria, organic Argan oil from Essaouria in Morocco and Rose Hip Oil which is known for its anti-ageing and scar-diminishing properties. With the limited pink edition of this wonderfully potent face oil the brand aims, according to Elijah ‘to empower and inspire women to support this tremendous cause by helping to reinforce body confidence during breast cancer’.
This face oil was designed for women with dry skin, but it will also benefit people with normal, dehydrated, mature, stressed or lacklustre skin. I use it in the summer, in the evening, after thoroughly cleaning my face and find that I wake up with radiant and well-hydrated skin in the morning, even when I spend a fair amount of time on the beach and in the sea. You only need one or two pumps of it at a time, which you then gently tap it on your skin with the tips of your fingers, all over your face, inwards. You can also use it on your neck and decoletage, as those are the areas where signs of ageing start to appear first. You can use it on top of your serum, if you find that you skin feels dry, but I prefer to use it on its own. The oil is light in colour and smells of honey-dew and roses, which I am sure will help to lifting the mood of any woman fighting the gruelling disease and struggling to feel feminine during the haze of fear, exhaustion and helplessness. Elijah also advises to use the ‘excess’ oil, left on your fingers, to nurture and protect cuticle beds.
Key Active Botanical Ingredients:
Bulgarian Damask Rose Otto is a highly nourishing emollient. This legendary precious oil helps to tone, smooth, soften, repair & regenerate skin cells and brings a healthy glow to the skin, making it appear radiant.
Organic Moroccan Argan Oil is rich in essential fatty acids that help to restore skin’s elasticity & preserve cell integrity. It also stimulates cell renewal, rehydrates dry or damaged skin and effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Rosehip Seed Oil consists of 80% essential fatty acids and is high in anti-ageing Vitamins A, B and C which help diminish signs of ageing. It has a high absorption level, restores moisture balance and replenishes the lipid barrier of the skin, thus triggering regeneration of damaged cells.
Tunisian Neroli Oil helps to boost the natural healing of dry or sensitive skin by triggering the growth of new healthy skin cells. It also improves skin’s elasticity and helps to soften fine lines.
Kukui Nut Oil contains Vitamins A, C and E, and is very high in Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3), Oleic Acid (Omega 9) and Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) – all the antioxidants needed to keep your skin looking younger.
Strawberry Seed Oil is a strong, yet ultra-fine, emollient that has a combination of antioxidant properties and helps prevent free-radical damage. It improves skin tone, increases skin radiance, smooths out wrinkles and lightens freckles.
Evening Primrose Oil is exceptionally rich in Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and helps to reduce skin inflammation and support the collagen & elastin structure. It also revitalises tired or mature skin.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent premature aging and works to boost collagen. It helps to fight free-radical damage and increase cell regeneration, as well as lighten brown pigmentation spots.
- Ingredients: Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheatgerm) Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citral*, Eugenol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Limonene*
*natural component of essential oils **organic ingredient
As to my bottle of this limited edition oil, that Elijah kindly and generously sent to me, I will be giving it to a friend of a friend, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a working mother of three who was shocked by the diagnosis, but unlike my grandmother, she went to see the doctor just in time. I am keeping my fingers crossed for her remission and hoping that this oil will help to lift her spirits and give her additional strengh to beat the disease for good.
You can purchase a pink limited edition of Bodhi Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil in September and October from www.bodhi.uk.com with every £10 from each £38 product going to Breast Cancer Care.
All Bodhi products are free from petrochemicals, parabens, silicones, carbomer, acrylic-polymers and don’t contain synthetic colours or fragrances and animal ingredients-another health and beauty benefit to choose Bodhi products over brands claiming to be ‘natural’.
To find out more about Breast Cancer Care Charity and its work, please click here