As Hanukkah is celebrated around the world this week, oil has a very special significance. But to a bystander like myself, I have never been sure as to—why?
“The real miracle of Hanukkah is that the Jewish army won the war against the Greeks,” explains Devon Portney, a former Hebrew teacher. “When they returned to the desecrated temple, they wanted to purify it by burning the remaining oil in the candelabra. But there was only enough oil to last for one day, but somehow it lasted for eight, which is why we celebrate for eight days.”
Oil not only has huge religious significance at this time of year—traditional Hanukkah fried food is quite irresistible, latke’s anyone—i
There is nothing as nostalgic as a peppermint candy cane. The red and white striped sweet goes hand in hand with childhood holiday memories of Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and The Grinch. In addition to being a delectable edible, peppermint has many beauty and health benefits. A cross between watermint and spearmint, the oil from the peppermint plant can soothe aching feet as well as settle an upset tummy (perhaps suffering from too much holiday cheer!). Applying peppermint oil to your scalp not only makes your hair smell good, it promotes hair growth, increases blood circulation and adds gloss. And did you know that the menthol in peppermint is good for those of us with oily skin as it controls e
There’s something about the holidays and good smells – think pine trees, wreaths, spiced cider and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. It’s a lovely opportunity to spread good fragrance vibes with a gift from Aromatherapy Associates, the fabulously luxurious essential oil company started in the U.K. over 30 years ago, now making its mark stateside. Full of beneficial oils and aromas, the Shining Stars Collection from Aromatherapy Associates is sure to spread seasonal cheer.
For example, Little Star ($17) is a star-shaped, ornament sized treat that contains the brand’s hero Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, an award winning blend created to relay a deep sense of peace and tranquili
Calling all frequent flyers. For this week’s Gorgeous Giveaway we have 3 Anti-Age Introductory Sets (each valued at $51) from Aromatherapy Associates to give to our lucky winners. This fabulous British brand, which is making major inroads in the U.S. market, harnesses the power of essential oils and plant extracts to create radiant, youthful complexions.
The Anti-Age Introductory Set contains six travel-size essentials.
Skin Firming Serum: apply morning and evening after cleansing and toning.
Fine Line Face Oil: apply over the serum.
Rich Repair Eye Cream: concentrate on lined areas for firming and nourishment.
Rich Repair Nourishing Cream: apply after eye cream for moisturizing and p