'Natural' does not always mean natural March 01 2017
More and more people are seeking out natural, chemical-free products not only for the body but also for in the home. From our inception we were clear we wanted to produce 100% natural products.
According to The World Flavors & Fragrances report (Freedonia, 2016) the demand for fragrances relating to essential oils is set to rise by nearly 5% in 2017. Over 40% of UK consumers were interested in purchasing products using naturally existing fragrances.
Romantic night in... February 07 2017
Let the senses lead the way...
Cupid's arrow is poised, so sweep them off their feet with our sensual guide to a romantic night in.
Anticipation: Plan ahead. Your romantic night starts well before the night itself, so start the day with a little surprise: something you know they will love. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate gesture, just enough to raise a smile and leave them thinking all day about the evening ahead.
The rest is just a matter of engaging your senses. Here is our simple guide to getting things started:
Sight: Let the allure of candlelight set the scene. You can never have too many candles to softly illuminate your surroundings, creating a warm, welcoming ambience for the perfect night ahead.
Smell: The aromatherapeutic properties of essential oils are well known; at flo we create blends that evoke the senses. Research has shown that essential oils - including those in candles (beware of artificially scented chemical-based candles!) - can help to get you in the mood. Our Embrace collection with a soft, flowery fragrance includes essential oils which are regarded by many as an aphrodisiac.
Hearing: "If music be the food of love, play on" - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The powerful effect music has on our emotions is well known and has been scientifically proven to fuel romance. With that in mind, we have hand-picked a selection of the best romantic music for you to immerse yourselves in.
Taste: There are 19 foods proven to ignite romance: oysters, chilli peppers, avocado, chocolate, bananas, honey, coffee, watermelon, strawberries, figs, cherries and whipped cream... Let your imaginations run wild, be it a carpet picnic in front of the fire or a home-cooked dinner for two. Jamie Oliver has some great recipes to get you started.
We can also highly recommend chocolates from Sam Joseph. They specialise in high quality handmade chocolates in truly creative flavours.
To compliment and tingle those taste buds even further we can recommend Fontessa Prosecco Brut (we’ve sample a glass or two..), a fresh, fruity Prosecco with citrus aromas.
Touch: We’ll leave that to you… but just remember those erogenous zones.
Happy Valentine’s Day,
flo uplifting playlists July 07 2016
“Without music, life would be a mistake” - Friedrich Nietzsche
The therapeutic advantages of essential oils are well known; at flo we create blends that evoke the senses and allow you to enjoy the aromatherapeutic properties of essential oils in our candles and reed diffusers.
We wanted to take that joyance one step further by adding playlists to accompany our repertoire enhancing your flo experience even further, allowing you to benefit from immersing yourself in sound as well as scent.
There is much scientific evidence about the power of essential oils and their ability to enhance our mood, but there has also been research into the power of music to improve people’s emotional state.
Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute conducted a study about the effects of music on happiness and came up with a list of songs proven to get you into the groove, which include:
Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
Dancing Queen by ABBA
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
'Scientists have found that the pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, drugs and sex'
In celebration of this we have created an uplifting playlist to complement our happiness and uplifting products.
Our list incorporates those scientifically proven songs named above along with some of the best feel-good tunes we could find, and we hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed gathering them together.
You will find songs such as:
Mr Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
Just a Girl by No Doubt
I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
Use Somebody by Kings Of Leon
Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega
It will be no surprise that we have also included Happy by Pharrell Williams. An article by Harriet Gibsone in The Guardian asked four experts what it was that makes this song so uplifting. Eric Clarke, Oxford professor and author of Music and Mind in Everyday Life said, "Perhaps what makes Happy sound happy is that it not only has high energy, but it uses what has become a very culturally common association between major and minor in music. It uses mainly major chords which have a long history in western music as being associated with positive emotions".