How stretching How often and Which?

By Emma Nicolau, osteopath

This month with Emma Nicolau, our osteopath at Make Me Feel, we wanted to focus about stretches.

Stretches: you know about them, you are doing them, your doctor give them to you but actually what their actual benefits are, and how to do them properly seems to be a bit of a blurred area in common knowledge, with a lot of myths and misconceptions.

So here is an article that attempted to summarise and explain stretches; and hopefully will make everything a bit clearer to you:

Let’s start with some definitions:

Static stretches: the ‘classical’ way of stretching, with no specific action. This is the dry, simple way of stretching a muscle, moving a limb to its full range of motion and hold it for a certain time.

Dynamic Stretches: this is a more functional way of stretching, involving repetitive movement and functional active movement; again bringing a limb to its full range of motion but repeating movements.

Ok now let’s have a look at the common says and misconceptions on stretching:

  • ‘Stretching prevents muscle aches’


Stretching has been found to NOT prevent aches; especially static stretching.

Although long thought to be caused by LACTIC ACID building up in your muscles, soreness post workout is now known to be caused by microtears in the muscle cells themselves. This happens when you work a muscle more than it is used to; if you repeat the activity several times, allowing the muscle to rest and recover in between, the muscle will gradually adapt and you will soon not feel sore anymore doing this same activity. (remember you first legs bums and tums class ladies?). This is called the ‘repeated bout effect’. And apparently if you increase the activity less than 10% you should not experience soreness too much, so quite a good way to increase your performance without suffering too much.


Stretches can be part of a warming up routine that would involve low intensity muscle action (at least it should), increasing blood flow to muscle tissue, which is known to reduce post workout muscle soreness or damage.

Methods that increased the blood flow to muscle include: massage, hot bath, sauna, low intensity muscle warm up

Past and Recent researches agree on its benefit in RECOVERING from aches. Dynamic and static stretches.

  • ‘Stretching reduces the risk of injury’


Injuries are caused and predisposed by many different factors and isolated ‘stretching’ before an effort is not what keeps you from an injury.

Good stretching routine does not help in preventing overuse injury either.


As mentioned above, increased blood flow to muscle reduces risk of injury. Anyone is prone to injury, amateurs and athletes, and to minimize the risk of injury a nice and appropriate warm up is needed. This involves dynamic stretches (preferably, depending on the activity you are preparing for), functional movements and light cardio. And should last more 10 min at least!

  • ‘Stretching makes muscle longer’


This a topic highly debated:

Is increased range of motion in a joint from stretching due to increase in muscle length or an increase in stretching tolerance?

Most researches support that static stretching promote increase in tolerance to stretch; one study found actual muscle lengthening.

  • ‘Stretching improve athletic performance’

TRUE if they are appropriate for the activity

Dynamic stretches while warming up have been found to increase performance in activity involving jumping and running; so they are great for activities like involving floor impact like running, basketball, handball.

Static stretches have been found to be inefficient and even dangerous as a warm up for activities involving running and jumping as the muscle is losing its full strength capacity (it’s called ‘stretch induced strength loss’). However, as they are still increasing flexibility they are appropriate and more recommended before activities involving core and flexibility like ballet, dancing and gymnastics.

  • ‘I am already flexible I do not need to stretch’


The nightmare of all osteopaths. Flexible does not always mean your muscles are not tight and nodded. Some people, especially girls, have hyperflexibility in their joints, and if generalised in the body, it is called ‘benign hypermobility syndrome’. This is a tricky condition because people tend to think they are quite flexible when actually they are just very bendy. Not training properly and not stretching accurately will predispose to injury and muscular fatigue. (you can read more about hyperflexibility on my post here).


Regardless your joint flexibility you should always be aware of your muscle tone and balance. And if you are double jointed you might find yourself having to exercise a bit harder than the average to promote better support of your body and prevent pain and injury.

Summary and Recommendations:

  • Stretching does not prevent injury
  • Stretching enhances muscle power when using dynamic stretch; but if using static, muscle strength can be impaired
  • Stretching is needed before working out (dynamic preferably), FOLLOWED by a proper warm up of at least 10 minutes, involving functional movements and light cardio; in order to optimize muscle function
  • Stretching is needed post working out (static preferably), and will help muscles to recover quicker, diminishing aches
  • Do not confuse hyperflexibility in the joints with muscular flexibility, everyone needs stretching
  • Stretching alongside physiotherapy or osteopathy helps recovering from injury (especially shoulder, back and knee)
  • Be sensible in your stretching, learn to be aware of the different kind of pain, and listen to your body. ‘Pain’ does not mean you are doing it right all the time.
  • Include variations in exercise stretch, feel where the stretch feels the strongest
  • Bring movement and fluidity in your stretches.
  • Stretch BOTH sides!

How long How often:

You cannot expect improving flexibility by just stretching irregularly and inconsistently.

You can achieve the most benefits from stretching by doing so at least 3 times per week. Think about it like any other type of exercise.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends static stretching for most individuals that is preceded by an active warm-up, at least 2 to 3 days per week. Each stretch should be held 15-30 seconds and repeated 2 to 4 times. Older adults and people with decreased activity need longer stretches according to studies.

Which Stretches

I generally advise my patients basic stretches inspired by yoga routine and rehabilitation exercise; but strongly advise them to find a good yoga class locally to them or to work, with less than 15 people and a good caring instructor. Usually after 2 months you should be able to get into a routine yourself and can apply the different poses and stretches at home. Most of my own stretch exercises are yoga based or strongly inspired from it.

Most of people nowadays need some core notion in order to improve their body awareness and prevent injury; hence alternating pilates and yoga classes is a nice (and highly recommended!) option.

Otherwise there are always nice stretches you can find on pinterest such as those basics ones on the picture.

“The impulse to stretch is built into the very pulse of life: it is the expansive moment, before the contraction, the filling before the emptying, the charge before the discharge. It is the child’s arms reaching for its mother, or the lover embracing her love. It is the legs stepping out into a walk, then a run. It is the propensity to go beyond where you have been, and once you have found comfort in that new place, to wriggle and move beyond that too. It is the wrapping of the heart around more, and the broadening of the mind past its own limits. Stretching will always have its place, and from the infinite creative potential it expresses, we will continually unfold.”

Gil Hedley – Doctor in Theological Ethics and Anatomy speciali

cream for sun rays

Sun cream stops you getting a tan: It’s Myth !

Myths permeate, with common assertions like ‘I won’t get a tan while wearing sun cream’. Nothing stops the UV, not even a window.

The one and only thing that really stops you from tanning is to stay in the shade – and not just a sun cream: an umbrella on the beach does not block all the UV, not to mention the reverberation on the sand. The shadow of a building. Or that of a tree with very dense foliage exit the palm tree.

The tanning process is a natural process to protect the skin from possible skin cancers caused by ultraviolet light. A pigment (melanin) is thus created on the surface of the skin to act as a natural barrier against solar UV so that they do not penetrate deeper into our cells.

What a SPF 50 does ? And Why you will still be tanned and Why it is safer ?

An SPF 50 offers a high level of protection and is best for those with a history of skin cancer or those that are fair skinned or at higher risk for skin cancer. SPF 50 protects from 98% of UVB rays.

The SPF number is a measure of how long your skin can be in direct sunlight without beginning to get red or sunburn. SPF only measures protection from UVB rays, the type that causes the skin to burn and not UVA rays the type that age the skin with over-exposure. That’s why it’s important to reach for a sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. No sunscreen will block 100 percent of UV rays, so your skin especially if it burns quickly may still get some colour even with it on, just at a slower rate.

To adequately protect the skin from sun damage, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends reaching for a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that includes some combination of the following UVA-blocking ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone.

The best way to get a durable and safe tan is to gradually and gently expose to the sun.

Make me feel’s advice:

Do not forget, with the contact of the towel, with the drops of perspiration or the frictions of the sand, the sun protection disappears quickly, so it’s important to put in regularly. To be effective all day long the sun protection must be apply on the skin every 2 hours.

Finally, it’s not recommended to keep a sunscreen from one year to another. Once the tube has been opened for a long time, exposed to sand and sun, it loses its effectiveness so it is better to throw it away at the end of the holiday and buy a new tube early in the summer.

If your are sensitive to sun or with a very fair tan, its exists very good supplements to help bring the melanin quicker at the surface of the skin.

It helps to protect from sun allergy, speed the tanning process and make you tan stay longer.

attractive beauty

Oily skin to holly skin

What you always wanted to know about Oily Skin and the best tips to manage it

This month, we wanted to talk about oily skin, not only reserved to teenagers.

Around 20% of the population suffers from skin considered as oily and another 20% fall under combination skin type.

As spring is now there, the production of sebum will be triggered by the warm and humid environments, so we have gathered the best tips for minimizing it.

First a bit of background:

Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and moisturizes the skin, that’s why sebum is good for keeping the skin healthy but with too much sebum, clogged pores, acne or oily skin can appear.

Oily skin, like all the skin disorders (dry skin) can be due to an imbalance in the composition of the microbiome (= good bacterias living on the skin and creating the ecosystem of the skin).

Disruptions in the balance on either side can result in skin disorders or infections. Perturbations affecting the host–microorganism relationship can be endogenous (for example, genetic variation that selects for a specific microbial community) or exogenous (for example, hand washing).

Our understanding of health, disease and infection of the skin, microbiologists, immunologists and dermatologists have partnered with genomic scientists to develop a complete characterisation of the microbiome and how it interacts with us.


The Skin Microbiome Elizabeth A. Grice and Julia A. Segre

Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892–4442, USA.

For instance, Acne is characterized by the presence of strains of the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes that secrete lipases, proteases and chemotactic factors for neutrophils, resulting in acute inflammation of the pilosebaceous unit. While P. acnes is the predominant bacterial species in oily areas of the skin, P. acnes strains in acne patients are distinct from those found in healthy individuals.

Understanding the mechanisms of the dysfunction of the skin allows us to know exactly on which factors acting to prevent or treat oily skin and particularly acne.


Oily skin that is linked to genetics can be difficult to prevent. Even oily skin caused by changes in hormones is challenging to control.

The best prevention for oily skin is for an individual to find a consistent skin care routine that works, and to stick to it.

Here is our practical recommendations:

1)  Cleansing: It has to be twice a day: morning and evening

As the opposite of what we would have assumed, we should use very gentle cleansers. If you use too harsh detergents which remove the oily, protective layer of oil altogether, the skin will naturally overproduce more to compensate, and that will create a vicious circle.

Why cleansing again in the morning? Because the skin is detoxing during the night so it worth giving an extra wash to remove potential impurities in the morning.

I suggest using micellar waters, foams or gels and avoid creams and milks, which have a heavier texture.

Marine’s selection :


  • Gallinée facial foam: I love the smell, the texture, the effectiveness and the idea that it takes care of my microbiome

  • Ren Cleansing gel: I love the texture and the feeling of freshness

  • Avene micellar water: it really helped me keep my oily skin balanced

2) Moisturizing:

Select a day and night cream carefully to match your skin type. Most of the dermocosmetic brands propose a “lighter” version of moisturisers such as emulsions.

It has to be non-comedogenic (which is tested not to block the pores). But most of dermocosmetics brands are.

Why should I use a moisturiser if my skin is already oily?

Good question but oily doesn’t mean hydrated. Actually, if you don’t moisturise, this will produce the opposite as a dehydrated oily skin will again tend to overproduce sebum to compensate. More than 80% of the population gets a dehydrated skin.

Also you probably would like to get other benefits in your day cream such as sun damage, first wrinkles, etc … and do not forget that there are fantastic moisturising creams which are also mattifying!

Marine’s selection:


  • Bioderma – Sebium range

A master in the treatment and rebalancing in dermocosmetic world


  • Esthederm – Propolis cream


Very soothing and propolis has anti-inflammatory properties.

La Roche-Posay – Serozinc Face Toner Mist: a must have in your bag ! One spray during the day and your skin is back to mat again and it treats in the meantime.

3) Use facial masks:



Mask is not just an extra work to do but also a perfect way to rebalance and treat your skin issues sincerely.

There is an essential part of the routine to get healthy skin. After gentle exfoliation, follow up with a face mask, this weekly step of the oily skin care tips is vital.

If you love doing your pampering and you have a T-Zone, you can use two covers: one for the zone and one for dry areas, so you save time and get the perfect result!

Marine’s selection:

  • Gallinée – Face mask and scrub

It contains kaolin and white clay that exfoliates, smoothes, purifies and mattifies.


  • Ren – Glycolic mask


Instant radiance guarantee with its gentle fruits acid.

4) Treat from the inside

A proper and balanced diet keeps the skin from acting up. It may help to stay hydrated, avoid greasy foods and trans fats, and to eat a well-rounded diet full of whole foods.

As a food supplement, you can take Zinc, it helps to our skin to oxygenate itself by reducing excess sebum. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that can heal wounds and calm inflammation. This is why it’s often included in acne treatments.

As phytotherapy, we will recommend the burdock root, it also relieves the skin as a way of the evacuation of our toxins and sanitises its pores thanks to its antimicrobial action.

The Newest in Science:

The microbiome discovery and the knowledge of its role and potential interaction with the health of our skin has allowed a new range of dermocosmetics to emerge. Pioneer on the market, Gallinée, create by a Dr in Pharmacie, Marie Drago, contains a unique formulation with pre, pro and postbiotics to take care of the “good” bacterias on your skin.

The proliferation of the beneficial bacterias leads to the diminution of the bacterias responsible of acne and nourish the natural protective layer of the skin.

Management of the moderate acne:

In any case, acne with pustules must be addressed to a dermatologist but you also can follow the same routine as for prevention.

Some treatment for clearer your skin are available as Effaclar from La Roche Posay with Niacinamide helps to visibly reduce the appearance of spots. Lipo Hydroxy Acid & Salicylic Acid work to unclog blocked pores. Zinc PCA controls sebum to mattify skin and control shine. Procerad helps to reduce the appearance of coloured marks. Also from Avène, you can find Triacnéal that will help you to target blemishes, marks and the first signs of ageing, so that those looking for clearer skin and anti-ageing care no longer have to compromise.




This month, we wanted to propose you recipes to get happy ☺

Caroline Longmore, has devised some recipes through a meal plan with three days’s sample menus that everyone can make to increase their levels of serotonin and get happier and healthier straight.

What is serotonin? The so-called ‘happy hormone’ – boosts our moods and general feeling of well-being. Serotonin is derived from the essential amino acid tryptophan – which the body cannot make itself. So for many of us, unless we take enough tryptophan through our diets, we may suffer a deficiency of serotonin.

The best way to get a natural boost is through diet: eat foods rich in natural tryptophan and avoid sugar and processed carbohydrates which will artificially raise blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling temporarily better, before leading to even wilder mood swings. Other vitamins are also required for tryptophan to be successfully converted to serotonin including Vitamins B (3 and 6), C, magnesium and zinc. You can find this vitamins in the store.

You can follow the suggested meal plans, given below, and concentrate on eating more natural tryptophan every day.

Suggested meal Plans: Three day’s sample menus

Day 1

Breakfast: Porridge with skim milk, topped with fresh fruit and nuts

Lunch: Butterbean, watercress and herb dip, served with vegetable crudités and bread sticks

Dinner: Sticky chicken with spinach

Day 2

Breakfast: Cottage cheese with fresh fruit

Lunch: Pea and asparagus soup

Dinner: Marinated tuna with coriander rice

Day 3

Breakfast: Smoothie made with berries and bananas (ground almonds/ground oats can be added)

Lunch: Wild rice and turkey salad

Dinner: Roast spiced cod with mango and lime


DAY 1:

Lunch: Butterbean, watercress and herb dip

Serves for 4 people


  • 250g plain cottage cheese
  • 400g butterbeans, drained
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 50g watercress
  • 60ml mayonnaise
  • 3tbsp frozen mixed herbs
  • Salt, pepper
  • Crudites (eg. carrot sticks) and bread sticks to serve.


  • Put cottage cheese, butterbeans, spring onions, watercress, mayonnaise and herbs in food processor.
  • Blend until smooth
  • Chill
  • Serve with crudités and breadsticks

Dinner : Sticky chicken with spinach.

Serves for 4 people


  • 4 boneless, skinned chicken breast fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp finely cut marmalade
  • fresh or dried thyme sprigs; salt, pepper


  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, fry chicken in the oil for 8-10 mins until golden on each side
  • Add stock, marmalade and thyme, simmer for 5 minutes
  • Remove chicken and Boil the mixture hard to reduce to a syrup
  • Pour over the chicken
  • Serve with rice and spinach.

Lunch: Pea and Asparagus soup

Serves for 4 people


  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 8 spring onions
  • 500g frozen peas
  • 160g asparagus, salt, pepper
  • 2 rashers bacon
  • 1 slice wholemeal bread
  • vegetable oil


  • Put stock on to heat
  • Add thinly chopped spring onions and frozen peas
  • Bring to boil
  • Rinse asparagus, remove tips, roughly chop the stems and add to saucepan with salt
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 mins
  • Once cooked, blend asparagus and peas into a puree, add pepper
  • Fry bacon in pan until golden, then set aside. Cut bread in small dices, fry for 2-3 mins on high heat and tip on to kitchen paper to remove excess oil; add asparagus tips to puree in a sauce pan, simmer for 5 mins and serve with bacon and croutons.

DAY 2:

Dinner: Marinated tuna with coriander rice.

Serves for 4 people


  • 250g basmati rice
  • Four tuna fillets, 125g each,
  • 5cm piece of fresh root ginger, grated,
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 300g bok choi, roughly chopped, coriander to garnish


  • Cook the rice to taste
  • Put tuna in a shallow dish
  • Add ginger, oil and orange juice
  • Turn tuna over to coat.
  • Heat a non-stick pan until really hot
  • Add the four tuna fillets and half of marinade
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden
  • Remove from pan, keep warm
  • Add bok choi to frying pan, cook for 1-2 mins
  • Drain cooked rice and stir coriander through
  • Serve tuna on rice with bok choi.

DAY 3 :

Lunch: Wild rice and turkey salad.

Serves for 4 people


  • 180g wild rice
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 120g small button mushrooms
  • 450g cooked turkey breast, diced
  • 1 pear
  • 6-8 tbsps of vinaigrette


  • Bring 11/2 litres of water to boil, add salt and wild rice, cook until soft
  • Drain and set aside to cool down. Add the celery and spring onions to the rice when cool, add mushrooms and cooked turkey. Add dressing
  • Peel pear and cut into small slices to use as decoration on top of salad.

Dinner: Roast spiced cod with mango and lime.

Serves for 4 people


  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 de-seeded chilli
  • 280g basmati rice
  • 4 cod fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 mango, fresh chopped coriander, salt


  • Pre heat oven to 180C. Mix together turmeric, chilli and salt
  • Cut the fillets into slices
  • Cook the rice
  • Put the fish in roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil
  • Coat each piece with some spice mixture and roast for 8-10 mins. Cut the mango into 2-inch cubes. Whenfish has been cooking for 5 minutes, add the mango pieces on top and continue cooking until the fish flakes easily
  • Drain the rice and put on plates. Add fish and mango; garnish with chopped coriander, serve.


Ingredients for 2 medium servings

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and/or strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp whey or hemp protein
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed or hemp oil
  • 10-15 ml lemon juice
  • 2-3 bags of Laager Rooibos tea
  • 1,5 cups boiling water plus 1 cup ice


  • Put the Laager Rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
  • Put the remainder of the ingredients and the tea into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten (if necessary) to taste with honey and pour into glasses.
  • Serve immediately.
Pepper tisane

Smoothie of the month : Discover Rooibos

What is Rooibos? Rooibos is an herb native to South Africa, with a lot of medicinal properties that people don’t really know. Rooibos can be brewed into a reddish-brown herbal infusion named “African red tea” or “red bush tea” by the tea industry. Health benefit of red rooibos tea includes its ability to cure headaches, insomnia, eczema, asthma, bone weakness, hypertension, premature aging and allergies. Besides, this tea is low in tannins and is also absolutely free from caffeine content.

This herbal beverage, has medicinal attributes which have been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture in Washington. Indeed, he has affirmed that red rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, premature aging, heart diseases, and other serious conditions. However, according to the South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not considered as a true tea, but an herb. It is popular due to its great taste and unique colour.  

As we said earlier, rooibos has numerous health benefits so why no add a Rooibos smoothie to your daily regime. That’s why, we decided today to share with you one of our best Rooibos smoothie. It is our favourite Rooibos smoothie and we are pretty sure you will love it!  Bon appétit!


BOWE Organic

I have met Diane 2 weeks ago and I really loved her products straight away. The composition is pure and looking at her eye lashes it really seems to work ! So I ma delighted to be able to stock such a lovely, handcrafted and organic product.

Bowe Organics was founded by Diane Bowe, a freelance hairdresser living in London. She stumbled into the world of Organic beauty when she started to use organic colours and products for her hairdressing back in 2012. This is where her passion fuelled journey began. She wanted to fully understand the true power of nature and all the benefits it could provide, and on the flip side, wanted to understand about all the toxic and harmful chemicals found in most products. After years of researching and trying different blends of botanical ingredients, Diane has started to create her luxury, artisan, effective brand for the world to love and cherish as much as she does.

Product Description:

Bowe Organics lash oil, for everyone who wants beautiful hydrated lashes.

With luxury ingredients like organic castor oil  which can help thicken and lengthen lashes, and the powerful antioxidant vitamin E to help protect, it’s the perfect add on to everyone’s beauty regime.

Now registered with the Vegan Society


Simply apply one or two drops to finger tips and gently massage into clean, dry eyelashes taking care not to get into the eyes. Best applied on an evening before bedtime. 


Rosa Canina Seed Oil* (Rosehip),  Ricinus Communis Seed Oil* (Castor), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil* (Jojoba), Tocopheryl Acetate  (Vitamin E)

*certified organic ingredients



Gentlemen, you will be happy to discover our new products arrival, the fantastic French brand:

Roger&Gallet is a French brand founded in 1862 by Armand Roger and Charles Gallet, Roger & Gallet’s success was built on the centuries old recipe for the cologne inherited from Aqua Mirabilis, today sold under the name of the perfumer Jean-Marie Farina. Official supplier of Napoleon III, Queen Victoria and European courts, Roger & Gallet prospered through the years thanks to its continuing capacity for innovation, which ensures this heritage brand retains a contemporary relevance.


ThroSince 1892, its authentic know-how in the art of distillation of rare plants and essential oils, used for their beneficial aromatherapeutic properties, deserved a wider exposure, still in the specific distribution channel of pharmacies.

This new range is to be discovered from now at Make Me feel !


New at Make Me Feel: DURANCE

We are always seeking to propose you the best products and we are happy to tell you that Durance will be the new addition of our range of carefully selected products!

Durance is a family brand founded in Grignan in the heart of Provence. It creates refined quality fragrances inspired by nature for true moments of well-being. Durance has a large range of products, scented candles, room sprays, eau de toilette and natural cosmetic with beautiful essences.


Their master perfumers from Grasse employ all their expertise and creativity to design delicate, elegant and well-balanced perfumes. A pallet of more than around thirty scents to evoke a world of memories and olfactory journeys.


Durance selects the most valuable plants and organic raw materials to recreate and transmit Provence’s beauty.

The care of Durance is:

  • Made at least by 95% of natural origin ingredient
  • Without paraben
  • Without phenoxyethanol
  • Without laureth sodium treat with copper sulphate
  • Without silicones

Durance refuses animal testing.

Come to discover a selection of new products!




Marine’s topic of the month: Head Lice!

As a mum of a 6 years old, headlice alert is kind of a regular issue …

After a discussion with Sabine from lice clinic of the UK, it appears that headlice is becoming more and more resistant to treatments and even adults are catching them more often.

We are lucky that nowadays treatments available on the market are less and less aggressive as they are based on silicone derivatives (dimeticone for example) or coconut oil which will mechanically suffocate the insects and eggs by blocking the airways; they are all very similar in term of efficiency as they work the same way.

You still have the option to use insecticide (permethrin for example) but I personally think it is better to avoid as first option as they are less and less effective due to resistance and far more irritant.


Now here are my tricks for PREVENTION and I have concentrated on natural easy way to avoid the invasion!


  • Use conditioner after each shampoo (if the hair is slippery there is less chance the lice will stay there)
  • Tie back long hair
  • Mix one to two drops of French lavender essential oil or tea tree oil to a small amount of olive oil and massage every morning behind the ears and on the neck.

(Never use essential oil pure on a child skin! it needs to be diluted)

  • You can also add few drops of the same essential oils (lavender or tea tree) to the shampoo and/or conditioner
  • Have a check as often as you can with an appropriate comb (Nitty GRITTY ones are the best)

  • Nitty gritty also has a great natural repellent spray with all essential oils mixed up for you

  • Good tips as well: if you have noticed headlice and need to watch the toys, bed sheets , etc  .. but you don’t want to damage their favourite “doudou”: simply put it in the freezer for 8 hours ! or 10 days in a closed bag (but seems quite too long for a teddy bear … but could be useful for fragile fabric)