Beeswax Candles

Beeswax CandlesBeeswax has been in use ever since honey has been collected from beehives. This beeswax is then used to make candles, art, and is even used for medicinal purposes. The honeybee itself, more specifically the worker bee, produces beeswax with the help of which they build the honeycomb. There are special glands on the honeybee on their abdomen’s underside with which they secrete wax that bees then chew and then mould into a comb. Upon drying, the wax will then harden.

Beeswax when compared to Paraffin Wax

The candles made of pure beeswax have the following advantages over those made from paraffin wax:

  • They are more economical since they last 5 times longer than the candles made from paraffin. And while they cost more, they actually provide great value for money.
  • They happen to be better for our environment as they are completely natural. Paraffin candles, on the other hand, are made from petroleum fuel and thus require foreign oil. However beeswax candles are made from a completely natural and renewable resource.
  • Being natural, they are also better for one’s health. Paraffin candles are known to create indoor pollution since paraffin has been treated using carcinogenic chemicals. Such toxic chemicals would make breathing around them harmful. Pure beeswax, on the other hand, is hypoallergenic, and therefore completely safe. Additionally, beeswax emits negative ions that help to clean pollens, smoke, and dust from all around.
  • They make beautiful candles. Apart from the physical beauty, beeswax candles also burn a flame brighter than the paraffin candles.

Beeswax when compared to Soy Wax

Even candles made with 100% soy are known to have a few problems. The problems are identified below:

  • Soy candles will contain a small amount of paraffin. This means that they will release some toxins and carcinogens into the environment, although not as much as paraffin candles.
  • Many soy candles consist of fragrances and dyes that happen to be poisonous. Additionally, even adding essential oils will not be a safe option when combined with candle fragrances.
  • Most of the soy candles are not entirely environmentally friendly. Beeswax, on the other hand, is known to be completely environmentally friendly.

The Purpose of Safety Containers for Kirra’s Pillar Candles

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Kirra makes sure that all their Pillar candles come with individual safety containers into which they can be safely kept. In order to ensure safe burning, our unique safety tin provides stability, protects the bottom of the candle from dents and scratches, and reduces the risk of damage to your table.

And since the beeswax candles are already long lasting, these safety containers will help to ensure that they remain looking great as well, and you can use them as you wish and whenever you want.

Beeswax candles are a great option, and since they are so environmentally friendly and safe, they can be used as much as you want without causing you or the environment any harm. In fact, with the emission of negative ions, these candles actually end up providing you with a lot more benefits and keep the environment around you peaceful and clean.

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Tips for Moisturising Your Hands

Once you’ve treated your dry skin, you should engage in a regular hand care treatment that will keep your skin feeling soft and looking young.

The best thing to do for your hands is to moisturise them throughout the day and before going to bed.

You may want to keep a hand cream accessible so that you can apply it after washing your hands or any time your hands start to feel slightly dry. Any moisturising lotion will accomplish this task, but you may want to look for products designed specifically for hands, since they tend to be less greasy and absorb more quickly. This will allow you to moisturise on the go whenever you feel the need.

Another thing to consider on top of moisturising is selecting the right cleanser for hand washing. Antibacterial soaps can be especially harsh, so you may want to avoid them. Instead, seek out moisturising liquid cleansers. The less dry your skin becomes with regular hand washing, the more effective your regular moisturising will be.

In addition to making a habit of moisturising your hands several times a day, you should also change up your moisturiser based on the season. During the winter, your skin is far more likely to dry out due to the harsh, cold weather conditions. When there is a chill in the air or the snow starts to fall, start using a heavier hand cream that will help lock in your skin’s natural moisture. When warmer weather returns, you can change back to a lighter moisturiser.

Do Your Hands Show Your Age?

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There is an old saying that no matter how young your face looks, your hands will always give your age away. The desire for youthful and healthy appearance and the need to look our best every day should never end with just our face. Take good care of your hands and you will be proud to put your hands forward for greeting others.

Whether gripping a steering wheel or scrubbing dishes, hands are the workhorses of the body. They are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, and a lot of wear and tear.

There are specific methods and strategies we can do to help decrease the aging process in the skin of our hands as well as to reverse some of them. However, since prevention is better than cure, and definitely much easier than rejuvenation, it is best to work on prevention even when you believe it’s too late.

Some women can spend a small fortune on fabulous skincare, anti-aging makeup, a youthful new hair cut and great new clothes. However, one glance at her hands and you know instantly how old she really. The hands are one of the first places that we see signs of aging hands, unfortunately, one of the biggest areas people neglect when it comes to skincare.

One reason that our hands show our age much sooner than any place else is that they are frequently exposed to ultraviolet light without protection. And in the winter months those hands are also exposed to cold weather and dry heat.

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Most of us would never consider exposing our face to the sun without sun block but never remember to put it on our hands prior to going outside or even wearing gloves in the cold winter months.

The simple act of moisturizing our hands after being exposed to the winter cold and indoor heat as well as washing dishes, floors, cleaning, outdoor activities and just performing every day tasks can also help to improve the moisture necessary in the skin cells to maintain a youthful appearance.

That small act of forgetting sunscreen can leave them looking even older as the ultraviolet light leaves brown spots and age spots. In fact, experts believe that because the skin on the back of the hands is so much thinner than the rest of the body they show aging much more quickly. Any loss of fat underneath the back of the hands is quickly noticed and results in loose skin.

Maintaining and reversing the signs of aging in your hands begins with using sun block of SPF 15 or higher every single day.

And while shopping for any moisturizers be sure to buy one that does more than simply moisturizes hands. Look for a cream or lotion that gives your skin the anti-oxidants it requires in order to fight free radicals damage.

The skin on the back of your hands is much more delicate than the skin on your face. It heals more slowly and this skin is thinner. Stay away from any product that does any damage or is irritating to the skin.

It is important to begin with prevention in the treatment of anti-aging. Whether a person is looking at preventing early aging signs on the face, the hands or the hair it is the best to apply techniques before any signs have appeared rather than trying to rejuvenate the hands once years of ultraviolet ray damage has been done.

 Kirra Pty Ltd – The natural skincare company gives the following advice to those that are interested in caring for their hands and defying the aging process.

 1. Only use warm water for hand washing. Hot water is too drying on the delicate back of the hand skin.

 2. Avoid harsh chemicals and sun. Watch out for toxins in your dish soap and hand soap.  Anything with dyes, synthetic fragrance, or anti-bacterial chemicals can make your skin dry out, become rough and even cause dermatological problems. Hopefully you are using non-toxic cleaning products, but use gloves anyway for extra protection.

 3. If you are not going to put your hands into harsh chemicals and detergents then why rub harsh chemicals, soaps and detergents into your skin? Use only natural creams, handwash and moisturisers on your hands. Kirra produces Natural chemical free creams specially formulated to protect and help repair dry and damaged skin. Hand creams come in handy 70ml bottles which slip easily into handbag or toolbox for extra application during the day.

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4 Make it a morning and night time ritual.

If you don’t want to dig in deep and surround yourself with butters and oils, simplify it.  Putting product on right before
sleeping lets it sit for a good long while and can be very valuable on its own. Applying moisturising creams in the morning helps to protect from drying out.

For a limited time only we are offering a great hand care package, including our exclusive water activated magic tissues for cleaning and our nourishing lip balm for all year round lip protection.

Boost your night time routine for great skin

Night_treatment_KirraIt’s the end of a long day in the air conditioned office, in the classroom, or outdoor activities like sport or gardening, You’ve probably been up since the crack of dawn, dealing with a full day of work and family-related responsibilities. Before you turn off the light and jump into bed don’t forget to take care of your skin. A basic night-time skincare routine, including a relaxing shower or bath, to remove stress, combined with some quality rest and deep sleep can really do wonders for your skin.

The importance of a good daily facial skincare routine cannot be over stressed. At the end of a long day it is important to wash your face, cleanse, tone and moisturise. A night-time routine is the perfect time to add an anti-aging product, like a vitamin enriched oil or serum, so that your resting time is working time for moisturising skincare products.

Don’t think of a night-time routine as an extra chore, but as a regular treat to pamper your skin and keep it healthy. At night, after a long day, with makeup, oil, weather, and pollution affecting your face, your skin needs some tender loving care and it is especially important to remove all traces of make up so that your treatment products can absorb easily.

Here is a basic night-time routine to follow:

Cleanse: Cleansing is the key and you should always wash your face every night before retiring to bed. You don’t want to leave all the build-up from the day on your face! Choose a gentle creamy cleanser that removes dirt, makeup and oil but doesn’t irritate the delicate facial skin and is formulated for all skin types. Avoid using soap as it, strips the skin of all natural conditioning oils. Soap is a detergent.

Tone: Toners remove impurities and any leftover residue. Although toners are refreshing and leave skin feeling purified, be sure to choose an appropriate type for your skin’s needs and apply to your face and neck. If you have dry skin, you’ll want a toner that will retain moisture. Toner should be alcohol-free to balance and moisturise dry skin with botanicals.

Exfoliate: Use an exfoliating product about once a week. If you exfoliate too frequently, you can cause irritation and dryness to the skin. Worse, you can remove your new skin. Night-time exfoliation allows any resulting pinkness or redness in skin to return to its normal colour before the morning. Exfoliants are used to remove dead, dry skin cells and bring smooth skin to the surface.

Serum: At one time, women didn’t bother with this extra step, but we’ve since learned that serums play a critical role in skin care. Serums boost collagen and firmness while decreasing lines and uneven colouration. Plus serums allow beneficial ingredients to penetrate skins deeper layers for optimal results. Serums containing antioxidants and vitamins are powerful weapons against free radical damage, lines or loss of firmness, so look for a serum that has these components.

Moisturiser: Moisturisers replenish skin’s much needed moisture, a requirement for regeneration of skin cells. Choose moisturisers with plant enzymes, vitamin C and olive oil for an extra hydrating boost at night.

Treatment:  The type of treatments you should use depends on your skincare issues. Treatment products contain different beneficial ingredients, such as Coenzyme Q10 and retinol. Coenzyme Q10 is a vital component of cells, providing them with nutrients and treating wrinkles. Retinol is an ingredient related to vitamin A which helps in the repair of skin cells. While you are sleeping is the best time to treat your face and around the eye area with anti-aging and repair creams packed with vitamins. It is also a good time to treat problem skin or let moisturising oils soak in.

Sleep: Lastly, the most important part of your night-time routine is to get enough quality sleep so that your skin can undergo the necessary repair functions. At night, our skin repairs itself from the damage and stress it incurred during the day. As cells are renewed, the result is improved texture and tone. So, ultimately skin looks and feels better.

Buy here our special Boosted” Skin care package  to obtain maximum benefit from a nightly routine.

Find your preferred fragrance?

Essential oils are not the same as fragrance oils. Where essential oils contain only the distilled essence of a plant, perfume and fragrance oils are artificially created fragrances, contain artificial substances or are diluted with carrier oils and do not offer the calibre of therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer.

How to find your preferred fragrance?

It is difficult to find the most appealing fragrance when there is a huge range of individual essential oils or fragrances available. Kirra has found the perfect solution to experimenting with our products to find your preferred blends. Choose the aromatic category you like (floral, woody or fruity smell). Choose some essential oils from this aroma category in different notes. When you find your preferred essential oils in aroma blocks then follow the instructions below to find the right proportions of each block:

Step 1
Put your chosen aroma blocks all together

First Choice – is to keep the blocks in a straight line so you will smell each aroma block evenly

Second choice— is to adjust your aroma strength by putting some blocks up so that more scent of this fragrance is apparent.

Step 2
You should hold the testing aroma blocks under your nose at a distance of 3cm and move the aroma blocks up and down to each other to find your favoured fragrance

Step 3
Result from your choice

First Choice – 3 Lemon Myrtle + 3 Lime and 3 cubes of Orange

Second choice — 5 Orange + 3 Lime and 1 cube of Lemon

What is special in our Aroma Blocks

We use the finest ingredients, using natural soy and palm wax blends, together with essential and fragrance oils creating the perfect wax which easily pops out from your oil burner, when it has cooled.

Safe and clean packaging

Our aroma blocks are packed in a clear blister pack so you can see the product. The aroma is trapped in the air tight container preserving the aroma for a longer period of time.

Easy to break in small cubes

Due to being hand poured, into our unique blister pack, it is easy to snap off the required cubes from the block for creating blends.

Easy to create your individual blend

For one scent load in the oil burner you can use from 6 – 8 cubes which can last for 6 – 8 hours of burning to produce a nice individual scent.

How to use Kirra Aroma

Easy to use: Break individually marked cubes by hand. Use up to eight individual aroma cubes at once, which will provide a constant aroma for approximately 4–6 hours. Simply break individually marked cubes by hand and combine as required. Place in appropriate burner – do not use more than 9 cubes at once.
Mix: Mix and match to create your own blends Recommended load max.   8 cubes. Place the aroma blocks wax melts in the open bowl of the oil burner. Only use a tea light candle to heat the aroma blocks within the burner and make sure it is kept in sight and away from flammable objects. To change fragrance, let wax cool and harden to pop out.
Remove: Remove wax after it has sufficiently cooled/hardened. Create your own Aromatherapy:By having a basic knowledge of aromatherapy you can easily create your own blend and mix the essential oil based blocks. We have included some blends to inspire you.

Blocks in the oil burner

Caution:Place the Aromatherapy burner on stable surface. Do not move the burner as the wax could spill and cause severe burning. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Try these cube blends to create your own aromatherapy:

Energising: 2 x cubes Lemon Myrtle, 2 x Mandarin and 2 x Lime.

Romantic: 3 x cubes Rose Geranium, 2 x Palmarosa and 1 x Ylang Ylang.

Relaxing: 4 x cubes Lavender, 2 x Jas-mine and 1 x Basil.

Inspiring: 3 x cubes Lemongrass, 1 x Basil and 2 x Peppermint.

Try these fragrance blends:

Fresh: 3 x cubes Lemongrass, 2 x cucumber/melon and 2 x Cool Citrus.

Summer: 4 x cubes Pineapple Coconut and 4 x Watermelon.

Delicious: 4 x Chocolate chip cookie, 3 x Cappuccino and 1 x Vanilla.

How to create the balanced essential oil blends

Essential oil blends combine from three aroma notes, base, middle and top. This is because some essential oils evaporate faster than other essential oils. The evaporation time scale is divided in three notes –  Base Note: from 4 hours to few days, Middle Note: from 2 to 4 hours, and the Top Note: evaporates very quickly in just 1 to 2 hours. As the oils in a blend evaporate, the aroma will change to reflect the aroma of the remaining oils, therefore a good combination of oils will give you a good balanced aroma for a longer time.

Aromatic pleasure:

Oils in the same category generally blend well together, however this should not limit your creativity and of course, like all guidelines, there are always some exceptions. To understand the blends by aromatic category, see some examples below.

Aromatic category Essential oils  Blends well with other aromatic category’s
Floral: Jasmine, Lavender with citrusy, spicy, woodsy
Woodsy: Cedarwood, Rosewood, Pine with all aromatic category’s
Earthy: Patchouli, Vetiver with woodsy
Herbaceous: Basil, Marjoram, Rosemary with minty
Minty: Spearmint, Peppermint with earthy, woodsy, herbaceous and well with citrus.
Spicy: Cinnamon, Cajuput, Nutmeg with floral, citrus and oriental
Oriental: Patchouli, Clove, Cinnamon with floral, citrus and spicy
Citrus: Lemon, Lime, Orange with floral, minty, spicy, oriental.

Specific emotional purposes:

Ideally all aromatherapy blends should contain all three notes, to keep the blend in harmony and ‘in tune’! That is the secret behind essential oil blends.

You can create your blends to give aromatic pleasure or for specific emotional purposes and you can refer to our essential oils catalogue for ideas and information on each essential oil and its properties.

Top Note: The quickest to evaporate and the most stimulating and uplifting to the mind.

Middle Note: Are good for balancing and relaxing the mind.

Base Note: Last the longest and are usually the most relaxing and sedating oils. They tend to be the last impression of a blend.

How to make tSupreme Shaving Creamhe right choice for Shaving Cream

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Choosing the right shaving cream is essential for a smooth and relaxed feeling after shaving. Anything out of a can that foams or is gel like is not doing anything for you other than letting you see the patterns where you have shaved. When the product is presented in a jar, bar or tube, it tends to have more conditioning agents to lessen any irritation.

Avoid shaving creams containing the following ingredients:

Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine (TEA), Isopentane, Polytetrafluoroethylene, BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), Propolene Glycol and all the Mineral Oils.

Kirra uses only 100% natural ingredients and the aluminium packaging will ensure that your product with have a longer shelf life.

24/7 Supreme Shaving Cream

Menthol & Orange

24/7 Supreme Shaving Cream suitable for all skins especially sensitive and troubled. This specially formulated natural shaving cream provides the perfect ingredients for easy razor glide and a close comfortable shave. The combination of Coconut Oil, Lanolin and Aloe both moisturise and soothe sensitive skins helping prevent against shaving irritation. Subtly fragranced with refreshing Menthol, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang and Eucalyptus.

Ingredients:

Certified Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Lanolin, Coconut oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerine (Vegetable – Liquid), Castor oil, Sweet Orange EO, Guar Gum, Vitamin Pro B5, Ylang Ylang EO, Menthol EO, Anisic Acid, Eucalyptus Plenissima EO, Vitamin E – Natural.