Happy New Year – tips for a cheery and uplifting start to 2016!!

Start this New Year with a scent which makes you feel positive and happy – smells have such a strong influence on how you feel so it’s great way to begin the year. Be conscious of aromas you like and if you have a favourite fragrance, find out which notes you particularly like. You can then buy them as oils to use at home or purchase other natural products which include them, for example a… Read more »

Natural beauty boosters – try a party skin saviour

Thanks to their natural antibacterial and anti-viral properties, essential oils help keep you and your skin healthy, youthful and radiant – so they’re perfect natural beauty boosters for this time of year. Most of us want to look our best over Christmas and New Year but have less sleep and indulge in a little more rich food and alcohol than normal! Research has acknowledged that essential oil molecules can be diffused via the skin -… Read more »

Natural anti-ageing assistance for your hair

Well-conditioned hair can literally knock years off your appearance. And, thankfully, you can achieve lustrous locks and anti-age your hair naturally and simply. Essential oils are extremely helpful in hair care as they influence the sebaceous glands, normalising their functions. They benefit all hair types and leave hair smelling good, too – an added bonus, particularly at this time of year when you’re probably socialising a lot more than usual! Using them in your hair… Read more »

Beat colds and flu bugs

Everyone I know seems to have caught a cold or flu bug right now. There’s something nasty going round…..everywhere you go, people sniff and cough! Now it’s winter, we all have to find a way to protect ourselves. Public transport or in the office, it can feel as if you’re surrounded by a barrage of germs on every side! People snuffling into handkerchiefs, sneezing through scarves and coughing behind coat sleeves. Prevention is better than cure, of… Read more »

Help for hands this winter

Windy, damp and freezing cold! I can always tell when winter’s here for real – my finger joints feel stiff and achy. Anything that brings comfort, joy and healing tops all of our wish lists at this time of year. The warmth and light of a candle goes a long way to soothe and lift the spirits. But did you realise it can also bring physical relief? The relaxing formula of my UnwindRead more »

Danièle’s diary: co-founding a new natural products company in China

For the last few years I have spent time working in China, giving lectures and workshops on aromacology and aromatherapy in Beijing and Shanghai. I have worked for much of the time in Europe too – with London and Paris of particular importance to me – but have really enjoyed China due to their passion for and recognition of the therapeutic benefits of natural ingredients. My association with Sanatio Naturalis started two years ago when… Read more »

Speech at banquet to introduce Danièle Ryman, co-founder of Sanatio Naturalis

As you may have read in my recent Danièle’s diary, Geoffrey Davies, communications expert from the University of Westminster, kindly introduced me at the banquet held in Beijing to honour my role as co-founder of Sanatio Naturalis. As requested, I am posting Geoffrey Davies’ speech here for those interested in further information on my work: It is a real pleasure to be here tonight to introduce to you someone who really needs no introduction…. Read more »

Danièle’s diary: Mimosa trees and the start of Spring in London

This is the nicest, most superbly fragranced Mimosa tree and I have been watching it grow in Pimlico since 1995! Every year I await early March to see it in bloom. Over the years I saw so many trees growing near Grasse in France where I worked as a natural nose in the Perfumery. But this particular Mimosa tree is fantastic. Mimosa signals the start of Spring for me and is also a very nostalgic… Read more »

Places to visit in Paris: perfume stores

If you’re lucky enough to be spending time in my home city of Paris, it is worth making time to visit its magnificent perfumeries. As a ‘natural nose’, perfume is a professional passion of mine and I adore visiting such places for inspiration. Frédéric Malle, Francis Kurkdjian, Parfums de Nicolai (Patricia de Nicolaï is Guerlain’s granddaughter), Annick Goutal and of course there are always the interesting perfume houses in the 1er: Patou and Guerlain on… Read more »