Find Your Inner Warrior.

A guest post from Flossie McGhee.

The first time I remember thinking “wow, rugby is brilliant” was in 2003, wrapped in a duvet very early one morning where I was taught the basic rules of the game by my flatmate’s boyfriend as he watched the World Cup on a portable TV in our communal living room. That was to begin my love of rugby, which has grown over time to an almost religious following of the National and International game.

A family member kept telling me I should take up rugby, and I kept laughing it off. As much as I wanted to my head was filled with self-doubt; I’d be terrible, I’m too slow, I’m too old, I’ll get hurt. Then, about a year ago, my good friend Emma came to me, and said she was setting up a ladies team locally and would I want to give it a go. I said I would, thinking I would show some support a friend, but never intending to do more than a session or two.

IMG-20190903-WA0050One night last November, I traipsed down to the rugby field, and proceeded to spend an hour and a half getting a crash course in the basics of ball handling, tackling and the rules of rugby in the dark, under floodlights. And I fell in love with playing the game. The other women there ranged in age from 16 to 49, and from there, our team was born, affectionately known as The Mother Ruckers. Over the past year, we have trained in all weathers; one particularl night we started off dry but cold, before progressing to hail, then snow, then torrential rain. We’ve gone from the basics of running forward but passing backwards (MUCH harder than you think) and tackling, to more recently set pieces like line outs and scrums.

IMG-20190904-WA0000Do not for one moment think I am super fit; I like cake and Netflix far too much for that. I’m now 36, and my only previous experience of team sport was at school where we would play hockey, netball or rounders on an annual calendar, only the really sporty girls would actually play matches and rugby was “for boys”. What I found was a team that was welcoming and inclusive, where success is not about who is the best, or the fastest, but about what we can achieve as a team. These women encourage when you’re flagging and recognise when you have made even the tiniest amount of progress. All shapes, all sizes, all fitness levels and ages, because one person’s weaknesses are another’s strengths. It’s completely exhilarating, great fun, great fitness and the bruises are spectacular. I’m stronger and fitter than I was when I started, more resilient, more likely to get up and go again when I get knocked back. When anxiety and self-doubt told me that I didn’t belong on the team, my team rallied round and brought me back. Every week I attend, and every week I surprise myself.

If you’re 18 or over and want to try ladies rugby, look out for Inner Warrior days held by
local clubs in partnership with England Rugby. If you’re local to the West Dorset/Somerset area, Crewkerne Ladies RFC have been selected to hold an Inner Warrior Day on Sunday 22nd September from 2pm onwards. It’s completely free, and will introduce the basics of rugby in a fun way. There’s even a cream tea at the end for all who attend.

Crewkerne Ladies RFC play on Monday nights, 7-8.30pm and have their very first Development match against East Dorset Ladies in Bournemouth on 6th October; so if you’re free, any and all support appreciated!

Crewkerne Ladies RFC is very proudly sponsored by Lovegrove Essentials Ltd.

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Our Toning Mist and all its uses

At Lovegrove Essentials HQ we want to make sure you are getting the most out of your products. We aren’t the cheapest product range on the market, but we are pretty reasonable, once you know the quality of what you are getting! But what if you don’t actually know what you’re getting? With this in mind, and with our upcoming campaign for Organic September, we thought we would do a series of blogs on our products, so that you know just how many different uses each one has. How do we use them? How do our customers use them? What are the ingredients and what do they do? Over the next few weeks we will be posting all this information, plus testimonials from happy customers, bloggers, and celebrities.

Toning Mist

What does it do?

Our Certified Organic Toning Mist refines the pores, is astringent and anti-bacterial and prevents cell damage. It has a light and refreshing unisex aroma, making it great for all to use. Using a toner ensures all last traces of cleanser are removed and prepares the skin for the next step in your skincare routine. This one adds a fine, cooling, soothing mist of moisture with fine droplets of essential oils which is wonderful in a hot or dry environment. It’s great over or under your make-up and can be used to refresh your face and body throughout the day, and is alcohol-free and suitable for all skin types.

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What are the ingredients and what do they do?

Organic Rose Floral Water – adds and helps to retain moisture, it is suitable for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin. Mildly astringent and cooling, it has a lovely smell.

Organic Geranium Bourbon Rose Floral Water – multi functioning, balances oily, dry, problem and sensitive skin. It’s also great for any issues resulting from hormonal imbalance.

Organic Witch Hazel – a strong antioxidant and a classic astringent skin toner, beautifully refreshing and ideal for reducing large pores or acne prone skin. Has many protective and healing properties, including reducing swelling and inflammation and is good for bruises or abscesses.Organic Lavender

Organic Lavender Floral Water – antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, its balancing and soothing qualities make it ideal for irritated skin. It is also calming for the mind.

As a water-based product, the Toning Mist also requires protection against mould, yeast and bacteria, and for this we use an eco friendly preservative blend made up of: Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerine, Sorbic Acid – a widely accepted blend, all of which can be included in natural and organic skin and hair products.

 

What can it be used for?

Can be spritzed all over the face, after cleansing, before make-up or to set mineral make-Me time with the Mini Essentialsup and powders.

Also can be applied to cotton wool and swept over the face after cleansing.

Lovely and refreshing on the pulse points, neck and arms to cool down the skin.

Use as a soothing and brightening eye mask by spraying onto cotton wool pads and placing over the eyes, lying down, for up to 15 minutes.

Spray onto tired of puffy legs to revive and refresh, after the gym or a long day.

Try keeping in the fridge during hot weather for an extra-cooling effect.

We have also had great reports for this being used as a postpartum soothing and recovery spray, for your hard-working lady parts.

 

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Organic September with Soil Association

This September, as part of our ongoing work with COSMOS and Soil Association, we are looking at making #OneSmallSwap that makes a world of difference. But what if your #OneSmallSwap could do more than one thing? Keep your eyes on the blog and our social media channels to find out about the green skincare swaps you can make, and how you can make these products work harder for you, helping you to save money and help the environment.

Healing Touch Serum – small but powerful. 

At Lovegrove Essentials HQ we want to make sure you are getting the most out of your products. We aren’t the cheapest product range on the market, but we are pretty reasonable, once you know the quality of what you are getting! But what if you don’t actually know what you’re getting? With this in mind, and with our upcoming campaign for Organic September, we thought we would do a series of blogs on our products, so that you know just how many different uses each one has. How do we use them? How do our customers use them? What are the ingredients and what do they do? Over the next few weeks we will be posting all this information, plus testimonials from happy customers, bloggers, and celebrities.

First up:

Healing Touch Serum

What does it do?

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A light and penetrating serum containing the highest quality natural organic oils, easily absorbed and highly effective with a lovely almond smell. Deeply nourishing, this facial massage oil smooths fine lines, heals and rejuvenates. It counteracts the effects of ageing, is packed with antioxidants and it repairs sun damage and scarring. Gently and deeply hydrating on dehydrated skin, and balancing on oily skin.

What are the ingredients, and what do they do?

 

Organic Plum Kernel Oil – very rich with excellent skin penetrating abilities, yet does not leave a greasy residue behind. Very high in essential fatty acids that are key to keeping skin bright and healthy. Powerful antioxidants help to protect skin from damaging free radicals.

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil – non-greasy emollient, with high vitamin E content. A softening and stable oil especially suitable for sensitive and dry skin, can also be used for mature skin. The oil is semi-fatty and is easily absorbed by the skin.

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil – an powerfully rejuvenating oil, that is high in vitamin A (retinol). Smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Useful in the treatment of scars, wounds, stretch marks, burns and eczema, where skin regeneration is a key factor.

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Organic Argan Oil – a moisturising carrier oil, high in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E, with powerful healing and hydrating properties.

Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil – the only known botanical source of Omega 5, it has strong anti- inflammatory properties and is a good antioxidant. It tackles free radicals so delays skin ageing making the oil very regenerative and even helps to stimulate collagen production. Studies show that it provides protection from sun damage.

Sea buckthorn Oil – protects skin from external factors, well-known for its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin, can also help heal burns, cuts, wounds, sunburn, rashes and other types of skin damage.

Organic Vitamin E – moisturising, easily absorbed, protects cellular membrane from free-radical damage, enhances blood circulation in skin, anti-inflammatory. A classic antioxidant, it protects against the destruction of the connective tissue caused by free radicals.

 

What can it be used for?

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For oily or combination skin use a five-pence sized amount and massage into the skin for 2 minutes. This will balance any oiliness caused by dehydration.

For dry skin use a one-pence sized amount and massage all over face, neck and décolletage for 2 minutes, or until the product has been absorbed. To maximise absorption, follow with the Lovegrove Essentials Moisture Cream.

Apply under your moisturiser as a night-time booster for dry, mature skin, or add a few drops to your day or night cream.

Use as a massage oil for face, scalp and Indian head massage.

Massage into scars, stretch marks and burns.

Excellent for environmental damage, sun burn or wind burn. Think skiing, sailing, surfing!

Use on dry scalp or on the tips of your hair to hydrate, smooth and prevent damage.

 

Organic September with Soil Association

This September, as part of our ongoing work with COSMOS and Soil Association, we are looking at making #OneSmallSwap that makes a world of difference. But what if your #OneSmallSwap could do more than one thing? Keep your eyes on the blog and our social media channels to find out about the green skincare swaps you can make, and how you can make these products work harder for you, helping you to save money and help the environment.

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Lovegrove Essentials Training Courses

We offer two types of training so please do get in touch to discuss which is right for you and your business.

  • One Day Course: an in-depth introduction to the Lovegrove Essentials range of organic and natural products.
  • Ideal for developing existing skills and adding new techniques.
  • An excellent refresher course for facial massage therapy, anatomy & physiology.
  • Up-to-date information on all aspects of sustainable organic & natural products, including information to support your retail sales.
  • Useful for individual therapists who would like to use the LE range for their own facials.
  • Special discounts on Professional and wholesale products make this course extremely cost-effective.
  • Certificate issued for 6 hours CPD.
  • Two Day Bespoke Training: a course for 4 or more students held at Saddle Street Farm, or at your own premises.
  • Permits your business to offer the Lovegrove Essentials signature facial treatment, including the logo and branding, with links through from our social media to yours.
  • An excellent refresher course for facial massage therapy, anatomy & physiology.
  • Up-to-date information on all aspects of sustainable organic & natural products, with valuable information to support your retail sales.
  • Flexible delivery to minimise lost treatment time.
  • Includes high-quality retail sales training.
  • Special discounts on Professional and wholesale products make this course extremely cost-effective.
  • Certificated & Accredited with the FHT, 17 hours CPD.

One Day Course:
This course is ideal for massage therapists who would like to improve their facial massage skills, learn more about choosing products for treatments, and recommend products to clients for self-care.

During this intensive day, we take an in-depth look at both the Lovegrove Essentials Retail and Professional ranges. We focus on developing your facial treatments and skills. Hannah gives a demonstration of some new techniques you can use in your treatments.

We discuss different products and treatments you might incorporate in your own treatment menu, and how to help your clients get the best skin care regime for their needs.

  • Learn more about natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and formulations, with opportunities to sample all the products.
  • Refresh your knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
  • Consider ways to improve your consultation, planning and preparation of the client for treatment.
  • Learn new massage techniques, incorporating Marma points, the energy centres in the face, neck and shoulders.
  • Learn how to recommend self-care products to address specific issues for your client.

For more information please complete the online application form below, or print, scan and email the pdf version.

Two Day Course:
This course is ideal for experienced face and body massage therapists and salons who would like to incorporate a range of high quality natural/organic products,

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and offer a new and innovative holistic facial treatment to their clients. This fully accredited course covers practical techniques and the theory behind the luxurious and totally unique Lovegrove Essentials Facial Therapy Treatment. Successful completion awards 17 CPD points and allows the therapist to use the trademark name and logo for their treatments.

The combination of the Lovegrove Essentials Professional Range of products with freshly prepared herbal extracts and a unique method of positioning the body on the couch gives a deeply, holistically relaxing and rejuvenating treatment for the body and mind. It achieves this through the use of:

  • Restorative techniques for positioning and releasing the client’s body to promote release of the deeper muscles and tissues.
  • Simple and clever masks made fresh from herbal teas and highly anti-oxidant natural extracts to soothe and exfoliate the skin.
  • The stimulation of the Marma points during the facial massage.
  • Use of Kansa Wands to stimulate deep relaxation and lymph drainage.
  • The use of luxurious essential oils, carefully chosen for their balancing and soothing effects on the skin, the senses and the brain.

These elements are blended together to deliver a deep and powerful new treatment. The techniques are designed to maximise the opportunity to stimulate the lymph system and relieve stress from body and mind at a cellular level. After the treatment, clients report feeling deeply rested, quietly alert, centred and composed, with a more positive frame of mind.

Day One: An intensive day where you will learn all the elements needed to give and receive a treatment, including refreshing your core knowledge and developing new understanding, skills and techniques.
Day Two:  An informal quiz and practical assessment is followed by Hayley’s highly engaging retail sales training. One-to-one feedback is provided and you will then carry out 4 case studies with home study on any topic you find interesting. We have a call or meeting to discuss your progress, after which you’ll receive your certificate.

Dates:
23rd or 24th October 2019 at Saddle Street Farm (2 day course, 3 places available)
29th & 30th January 2020 at Saddle Street Farm (2 day course, 4 places available)

For more information please complete the online application form below, or print, scan and send the pdf.

Click HERE for a Booking Form.
Click HERE for a printable Booking Form.
Click HERE for the accommodation list.

Costs:
One Day Course – £100 per student (deposit £30).
Two Day Course (FHT Accredited) – £275 per student (deposit £50).
(All prices plus VAT.)

  • A deposit is required to reserve your place.
  • The balance is due 2 weeks before the start of the course.
  • Once we have your booking form, you will receive an invoice containing all the payment details and access to the course paperwork.
  • If you have to cancel, we will refund any payments less an administration fee, or you can transfer your payment onto another course.
  • The price covers all equipment and materials required for the course. Please bring lunch with you.

One Day Course Paperwork: click HERE.
Two Day Course Paperwork: click HERE.
A password is required which you will 
receive with your booking confirmation.

Booking Form for Training Courses

 

Click HERE for an Application form in PDF format.
Click HERE for a list of accommodation close to Saddle Street Farm.

Costs:
One Day Course – £100 per student (deposit £30)
Two Day Course (FHT Accredited) – £295 per student (deposit £50)

  • A deposit is required to reserve your place.
  • The balance is due 2 weeks before the start of the course.
  • Once we have your booking form, you will receive an invoice containing all the payment details and access to the course paperwork.
  • If you have to cancel, we will refund any payments less an administration fee, or you can transfer your payment onto another course.
  • The price covers all equipment and materials required for the course, and refreshments. (Please bring lunch with you.)

One Day Course Paperwork: click HERE.
Two Day Course Paperwork: click HERE.