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Movember Giveaway: Free Shaving Oil

In order to recognise the commitment of all those taking part in Movember this year, we are giving away free bottles of our Green Tea & Frankincense smoothing shaving oil.

Whether you want to use the oil to style your facial hair during the month or to get a clean shave on 1st December, you can take advantage of this offer by entering your details on the contact us page.

Simply follow the link below and tell us your name, email and postal address in the contact form. If you would like to share your Movember page and some photos of your progress we will happily promote your charity page on social media.

 

Enter Our Movember Giveaway Here

 

We only have 75 bottles to give away so make sure you and your friends enter quickly to avoid disappointment!

 

 

If you are looking to pamper yourself during November or trying to find the perfect present for December feel free to check out the full mens grooming collection.

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Employees of Baldwins or their family members or anyone else connected in any way to the competition or helping to set up the competition are not permitted to enter the competition
  2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition
  3. Closing date for entry will be 30/11/14 or whilst stocks last. After this date no further entries will be considered
  4. We reserve the right to amend the competition without notice in extreme circumstances. If any changes are made we will notify the entrants as soon as possible
  5. No cash alternative for the prize will be offered
  6. Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent
  7. Entry into this competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions
  8. Further information on our terms and conditions can be found here http://www.baldwins.co.uk/customer-service/terms.shtml

Hair & Skin Chart – Natural Ingredients To Suit Your Type

We’ve got a great little guide to natural products for you this week.
We’ve set this out in relation to your Hair & Skin type.

So now you can find out exactly what the best carrier oil is for dry hair and precisely which essential oils or herbs to use for your skin type!
We hope it helps, especially in the Autumn weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Natural Ways To Aid Sleep

Many people will experience sleep issues at some point in their lives. Sometimes it is easy to tell what is causing restless nights – it could be due to stress, being ill, or a change in environment or routine, and your body and mind just need a helping hand to relax. If this is the case, there are plenty of herbal, organic and natural methods you can look into to ease yourself back into regular nights of deep sleep.

A Calming Cuppa

Natural Ways To Aid Sleep - A Calming Cuppa

Many people head straight to the kettle if they need a moment’s relaxation – but while it can provide a useful break in the middle of a long day, a cup of tea can also be ideal a few hours before bed to get your body to prepare for sleep. There are plenty of blends that are perfect for a night-time hot drink. Look out for chamomile, which contributes to reducing anxiety and is naturally caffeine free. Some blends make specific ‘sleep’ blends or infusions – such as Dr Stuart’s or Clipper. Keep a box by the kettle and make your night-time tea part of your nightly routine to encourage your brain and body to begin winding down before you hit the hay. You can find the above four blends and all of our teas here.

 

Bath before Bed

Natural Ways To Aid Sleep - A Bath Before Bed

Just as a hot drink can induce feelings of calmness and serenity, a hot bath as part of your before-bed routine can work wonders in setting you up for a deep sleep. This can be enhanced by incorporating different herbal ingredients in your bathroom products. As we’ve already mentioned, chamomile is a great one to look out for due to its calming effects, and lavender is another herb that is famous for its restful properties. Weleda’s Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk is great to pour into your bath, as is our own Soothing Bath Oil from our Synergy range. Light one of our Lavender and Chamomile aroma candles for your soak in the tub and you’ll emerge from the bathroom more than ready for your forty winks.

 

Sleep Easy Supplements

Natural Ways To Aid Sleep - Sleep Easy Supplements

 

Valerian is a herbal medicine that has been linked to aiding sleep, as well as reducing mild anxiety and stress symptoms. Taken in capsules or drops, it has been recommended for those who are struggling to get some solid shut-eye as a natural alternative to sleeping pills. You can find all our valerian products here – and there is plenty of choice as to how you can take it. Available in power, root, capsule, oil or tincture form, as well as combined into a tea blend, you can find a way to incorporated it into your daily routine before bed. If you’re unsure on which option would be best for you, or indeed how to use essential oils, roots, powders or tinctures, we would be more than happy to advise – send us a message on Twitter or Facebook or give us a call!

Natural Ways To Aid Sleep - Sleep Easy Herbs

Eat Well, Sleep Well

 Natural Ways To Aid Sleep - Eat Well, Sleep Well

Finally, your diet can also have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. In order to get a restful night, foods that have high levels of tryptophan are ideal. In the body, tryptophan can contribute to the creation of serotonin – a brain chemical which encourages rest and relaxation. Choose oats, peanuts, bananas and poultry for this effect.

Seeds are another great choice for a basket full of snooze foods. High in magnesium, they work to prevent insomnia. Other magnesium-rich foods include spinach, fish and wholegrains.

Finally, foods high in calcium also contribute to aiding sleep, this time via melatonin – another naturally occurring substance that encourages restfulness. The old ‘warm glass of milk before bed’ wives’ tale has more evidence than you might have thought!

Movember 2014 – A Guide To Using A Straight Razor

With Movember soon to get underway, men (and their Mo Sistas) around the world are going to be helping to raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing out their facial hair.

With over 4 million moustaches nurtured since the beginning of the scheme, the long-forgotten art of using a straight razor has recently seen a renaissance.

The straight razor can help you style your nose neighbour or simply free your face from follicle confinement: here is our guide of how best to use it.

Whilst a modern safety razor offers ease there are a number of advantages to using a straight razor:

  1. A superior shave – Safety razors blunt after roughly 14 uses compared to six months for straight razors. A sharper blade will mean a closer shave.
  2. Save money – Whilst the initial outlay will be about £100, you will save money by not needing to buy replacement blades.
  3. The joy of learning a new skill – Using a straight razor is a real art form. Whilst it will take a little longer than your old razor, the shave will be closer and more enjoyable.

A Guide To Using A Straight Razor

How to sharpen your razor

  1. Lubricate the whetstone
  2. Lay the whetstone on a flat surface with the coarse side facing upwards
  3. Place the blade flat on the stone
  4. Move the blade side to side to sharpen
  5. Turn the blade over and repeat
  6. Aim for 8 strokes on each side

A Guide To Using A Straight Razor

Holding your Razor

Whilst there are different schools of thought on the best grip, this illustration demonstrates the recommended grip for beginners. Simply rest your first three fingers on the back of the blade and support the razor with your pinkie and your thumb. You may want to alter your grip as you go around your face so be prepared to adapt your grip as you hone your own technique.

A Guide To Using A Straight Razor

The Shave

There are certain rules to obey to ensure you get a close shave with your straight razor.

  • Make sure to perform slow, even strokes which follow the direction of hair growth.
  • As long as your razor is sharp you shouldn’t have to apply too much pressure.
  • Make sure the skin is pulled tight whenever you make a stroke.
  • Make sure to reapply shaving oil or cream if you want to do multiple passes. This will keep your face lubricated and avoid irritation.

The only additional consideration with a straight razor is whether or not you wish to become an ambidextrous shaver. Many people find it easier to switch hands when swapping cheeks but this is simply a matter of taste.

Of course it would be remiss of us not to mention our male grooming range at this point! Our range of products can help men at all stages of the shave. You can see the all the products on our dedicated page but here is a selection of our favourites http://www.baldwins.co.uk/beauty/mens

A Guide To Using A Straight Razor - Men's Shaving Products

A Movember Glossary

 

The final step in preparing for Movember is ensuring you know how to refer to your facial hair when asked. Here is our quick guide for the best colloquialisms:

 

-          Best Friend

-          Bristle Batons

-          Bro-merang

-          Bro-stache

-          Caterpillar

-          Crumb catcher

-          Dirt Squirrel

-          Face Fitting

-          Face Furniture

-          Flavour Savour

-          Grass Grin

-          Handlebars

-          Lip Doily

-          Lip Foliage

-          Lip Sweater

-          Mr. Tickler

-          Nose Neighbour

-          Snot Mop

-          Snail Trail

-          Tea/Soup Strainer

-          Whiskers

 

 

To all those taking part this year…GOOD LUCK!

Movember Shaving People

 

The Baldwins Herb Map Of Africa – Download & Share

Welcome to Africa!

Birthplace of Man-(and Woman)-Kind!  The second largest continent on Earth, Over 11 MILLION square miles and over 1 BILLION people!

Africa has such a huge variety of geography, flora, fauna and people that make it one of the most fascinating mix of cultures and traditions stretching back over 150, 000 years of evolution.

With the culture of folk medicine, cooking and the incredible array of native plants Africa is truly a jewel of wealth when it comes to herbs.

Thyme, a hardy drought resistant plant, grows in the dry landscapes of Western Sahara.

The Democratic Republic of Congo with 80 Inches of rain a year, the highest frequency of thunderstorms anywhere in the world and the second largest rainforest after the Amazon, The Congo Rainforest, alone holds more plant life than any other African Country.

We find Devil’s Claw, one of our best selling herbs, used in the treatment of pain from both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis growing in Nimibia and the deserts of the Kalahari.

Somalia in East Africa, known by many as the birthplace of modern humans, has the beautiful gums & resins of opoponax, Myrrh & Frankincense.

The island of Madagascar, off the Eastern Coast of Africa is far too rich with unique species of herbs, trees and animals to even begin to discuss.

Many people are searching these places for the natural beginnings of cures for all sorts of diseases and health problems.

Check out our beautiful Herb Map Of Africa for more treasures and share with people who you think will find this continent as incredible, diverse and wonderful as we at Baldwins do!

Baldwins Herb Map Of Africa - Download And Share

 

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‘Who in your life deserves a relaxing treat?’ – Facebook Competition

Everyone needs a break now and again. We’ve been highlighting relaxing tips in our recent Relaxation Month content – but now it’s over to you. Who in your life deserves a relaxing treat? Like this status and comment by tagging in your loved one who could do with a boost. We’ll randomly pick 2 winners, who will grab themselves a relaxing gift for both themselves and their nominated friend! We’ll also send out some relaxing treats to three lucky runners up and their nominees plus a special gift for one lucky entrant when we pass 5,000 followers.

How to Enter

  1. Choose a friend who you feel is in need of a bit of pampering
  2. Like our Facebook post and tag your friend in a comment describing why you feel they are a deserving winner.
  3. Sit back and wait for the winners to be announced! Easy as that!

Prizes

2 winners will be picked at random. The winners and their nominated friends will each receive a glass teapot and a great selection of loose leaf teas

Relaxation Month Competition Main Prize - Relaxing Teas & Oils

3 runners up will receive a hand-selected collection of our most relaxing oils and treatments.

Relaxation Month Competition Runner Up Prize - Relaxing Oils & Treatments

There is also going to be a special winner of a mystery prize when we reach 5,000 likes. All you have to do is enter this competition and you will be immediately eligible to win!

Dates

The competition will run between 12th September – 22nd September. The winner will be announced and contacted via Facebook.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entries are limited to one per person
  2. Prizes will be shipped to the winner within 30 days of the winner being announced
  3. Prizes will not be exchangeable
  4. We will make an effort to contact the winner for 14 days. If at that point, we have still been unable to make contact we will select a new winner.