“The female of the species is more deadlier than the male.”
Rudyard Kipling, poet and novelist, 1865 – 1936
My husband, Matt and I went on holiday with our children in 2003 to Majorca. We stayed in an all-inclusive hotel and after the kids’ disco finished at 8.30pm, before the main acts came on, we retired to our room to put the children to bed who were then, 2 and 4 years old. We would both take 3 glasses of ‘filled by the barrel local white wine‘ to our room, sit on the balcony overlooking the sea and play cards all night.
Coincidentally, there was another young couple in the room next door to us, who had the same idea. “Why don’t you come over to our balcony”, we asked them, “We could play together”. So they did. It became a nightly ritual and having spent my 20’s drunkenly, raving on the dancefloor in Ibiza, it was a welcomed relief to slumber into my 30’s with quiet sophistication in Majorca.
We had a lot of fun with this wonderful, sweet couple. Then one evening, Lisa asked me “So, Anna, I am intrigued. Tell me. What is the age gap between you and Matt? You so remind me of that famous couple”. “Who?” I said “Posh and Becks?”. “No, not them.” “Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston?”, “No, Richard and Judy – she’s also a little older than he is – isn’t she?”
Suffice to say, I cut short our evening’s escapade and spent the rest of my holiday looking into a mirror………
On my return home, I spent a few weeks researching essential oils specifically used to help wrinkles and to rejuvenate skin. Then I spent time, formulating a blend which would be rich enough to moisturise my skin without making my oily skin break out in spots – grapeseed oil mixed with hemp oil. And here it is. What I call RENEW. The key ingredient is helicrysum which is from an exotic flowering plant grown in the Mediterranean and is the Latin name for “immortelle” and “everlasting”. It helps by rejuvenating the skin and heals wounds; so it was perfect for my acne scars, which have now almost disappeared.
The other ingredient which gives the oil a lovely citrusy, floral aroma, is neroli, made from orange blossom flowers. Cleopatra used neroli in her skincare for its perfume and its anti-ageing qualities. Legend has it, that she had the sails of her boat soaked in neroli when she went to meet Marc Antony on his visits to her. All in the name of seduction!
So, every morning and night since 2003, I have applied my face oil and thanked Lisa for helping me head ageing off at the pass! It also makes me feel like an exotic, Egyptian Queen……
Post Script: I am actually one year younger than Matt….(!)