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International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911, which means that 2011 is the Global Centenary Year!

At Freyaluna we strongly believe that women all over the world should be treated fairly and as equals to men. Sadly, this isn’t always the case.

We want to help where we can, so for every item sold during March, Freyaluna will donate 10% to WOMANKIND WORLDWIDE.

This charity has helped millions of women and their families in 71 countries across the world, but as you can imagine, there is a long way to go, and always more to do;

70% of the world’s poorest people are women and girls

One in three women is beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused

Women account for just 17% of all parliamentarians worldwide

You can find out more information about the work WOMANKIND WORLDWIDE do around the world, take a look at their website – www.womankind.org.uk, or take a look at the short video below. The video is presented by Sandi Toksvig, who has been a patron of the charity for fifteen years.

While there are always little complaints to be made, I am fortunate to live in a country where I am free to do what I want to do, when I want to do it (within reason!). At Freyaluna we really want to help those women who are not as fortunate, and we hope you can help us in our quest. Freyaluna products are available to buy here.

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Skincare Recipe of the Month is a new monthly feature we wanted to add to our blog, and it’s just that; each month we’re going to share one of our favourite skincare recipes that you can make at home, usually using ingredients you will already have in your kitchen cupboards.

This month we’ve got a recipe for a peel-off face mask…

I bet you thought you wouldn’t be able to make one of these fancy face masks at home. Well you can!

Ingredients

50ml fruit juice

50ml herbal infusion

1 packet unflavoured gelatin

Method

1. Pour the liquid ingredients into a heat-proof container.

2. Add the gelatin to the mixture, stir well until completely dissolved.

3. Gently heat the mixture in a double boiler for one minute, stirring constantly.

4. Remove from the heat, allow to cool, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To Use

Spread a thin layer over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area, and allow it to dry. Lie back and relax for 8 – 10 minutes, you can add some slices of cucumber or potato over your eyes for added benefit if you like. Peel the mask away from your skin, rinse with cool water, then pat dry.

Suggested Blends

Sensitive and fair skin – apple juice with rose petal infusion

Dry skin – honeydew or cantaloupe melon juice with lemon balm infusion

Normal skin – raspberry juice with raspberry leaf infusion

Oily skin – watermelon juice with rosemary infusion

Break-out-prone skin – tomato juice with garlic infusion.

I’d love to hear how you get on with this recipe! Do let me know by leaving a comment below.

If you think others would like this, please share via twitter or facebook, also below.

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I can’t believe a whole month of 2011 has gone by already!

February is here. In two weeks time many people will be professing their love for that special someone in their life. Valentine’s Day is Monday 14th February.

Saint Valentine’s Day is an annual celebration of love and affection between couples. According to that font of knowledge, Wikipedia, the day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. One of these martyrs was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.

Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, roses, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

There are many who think that St. Valentine’s Day is now nothing but a hyped-up commercialised nonsense conspired by big business to get us to spend more money. Why should we be dictated to by big business and told when we should show our loved ones how much we care?! I’ll be honest, I’m one of those people. I do believe that the whole day has been commercialised out of recognition, and is now just there for greetings card companies, chocolate makers, and florists to sell more products. But then, aren’t all significant calendar dates like that? Mother’s Day, Easter, Hallowe’en, and of course, Christmas!

If you are joining in with the spirit of valentine’s Day this year, and you’re looking for a little something special, we’ve got a few ideas for you…

In the right circumstances, with a softly lit room, relaxing music, and using some of the more aphrodisiac essential oils, massage can be a highly pleasurable and sensual experience, relaxing the body and arousing the senses.

Rose: has a soothing effect on the emotions, it lifts the heart and eases stress. It is a very feminine oil, and gives a woman positive feelings about herself.

Ylang-ylang: relaxes the nervous system, resulting in a feeling of joy. Its aphrodisiac qualities are well-known in helping with sexual problems such as impotence and frigidity.

Patchouli: there is some association between patchouli and increasing libido. Its bracing action on the central nervous system may account for this! However, it is neither too sedative nor too stimulating which effectively assists feelings of balance.

Neroli: its calming effect on anxiety could be beneficial to sexual problems, and it is said to be an effective aphrodisiac. This oil is said to induce a feeling of euphoria.

Some other essential oils said to have aphrodisiac effects are; jasmine, cinnamon, sandalwood, black pepper, and clove.

Our Walking On Air Massage Bar (shown in the image above) contains orange, lavender, sandalwood, rose, frankincense. Our Peace, Love & Massage Bath & Massage Oil contains patchouli, sandalwood, orange, black pepper. Our Hindu Love Potion contains jasmine flowers, vanilla extract, essential oils of cinnamon, clove. Our Simple Pleasures Massage Bar contains lavender, neroli, ylang-ylang. Our Smile! Bath & Massage Oil contains neroli, chamomile, ylang-ylang.

Freyaluna has lots of gorgeous bath and skincare products to treat that someone in your life, you can find them here.

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n Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

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