It is cultivated across the globe due to its beautiful, orange, daisy-like flowers, which have been used in beverages, medicine, cosmetics, fabric colorants and foods.
Calendula refers to the calendar, as the plant blooms every month of the year. The second word, officinalis, refers to the workshop of an alchemist, a place where lead was said to be converted into gold. The ancients felt that calendula could perform an equally amazing transformation on the skin, hence the name.
Calendula was considered to possess magical properties. Ancient herbalists and pagans believed that it protected from evil.
Saint Hildegard von Bingen is credited with not only writing about Calendula in one of the first pre-modern medical books, but with naming it "marigold" in honour of the Virgin Mary, a portmanteau of Mary's gold.
Calendula was used to dress open wounds in both English and the American civil war.
Calendula's effects are well documented across the centuries. Herbalists have used calendula to treat minor burns, frostbite and wounds.
Calendula's ability to soothe the skin makes it ideal in cosmetics, and it is mild enough for baby products. It can help reduce redness and calm the skin. It is also believed to be have soothing and healing properties.It is those properties which make it a key ingredient in Babyblooms skincare, most notably in the baby care cream and soothing body lotion.
Calendula rich creams also prove a very popular remedy for eczema, psoriasis and skin irritation and itching caused by dryness.
It is the colour generated by the calendula within the babyblooms skincare products which is responsible for the colour variation between batches - The colour of the creams is ultimately determined by the colour of the marigolds!.
Beeswax use dates back as far as 5,000 years when the ancient Egyptians used it to make paint, and also to protect the surface of tomb paintings from moisture. Cleopatra's cold creams, lotions, lipsticks, hair dressings and nail polishes all contained Beeswax. Her attendants used small amounts of it in her bath soap for fragrance. During the Middle Ages Beeswax was used as a currency. During the 1800's, doctors used Beeswax in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery, and during the Civil war, a mixture of goldenseal and Beeswax was applied as a salve to gunshot wounds and powder burns. Today Beeswax is used in candles due to its naturally high melting point, and it still is used for medicinal purposes and in cosmetics.
Beeswax is produced when honeybees consume honey. It takes about 8 1/2 lbs of honey to produce one pound of beeswax.
Honeybees collect nectar from approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey, so nectar is collected from 17 million flowers to make 8 1/2 pounds of honey to make one pound of beeswax!
Beeswax is secreted in the form of a scale about the size of a pinhead by worker bees that are 12 to 18 days old.The worker honeybee has eight wax secreting glands under its abdomen. It takes about 800,000 scales to make one pound of beeswax.
The bees wax scale when first secreted is tasteless, odourless, and almost colourless. Beeswax obtains its "natural" color of light to golden yellow due to propolis and pollen collected by the honeybees. The distinctive fragrance of bee wax is obtained from the propolis brought into the hive, and the storage of pollen and honey in the honeycomb.
Listed below are some of the many reasons Beeswax is used in cosmetics:
- It is easily incorporated in water and oil emulsions
- It is an excellent emollient and support for moisturizers
- It gives skin protective action of a non-occlusive type
- It gives good "body" (consistency) to emulsions, oil and gels
- It reinforces the action of detergents
- It increases the protective action of sunscreens
- Its elasticity and plasticity improve product efficacy by allowing thinner films and
- It provides greater permanence on skin and lip surfaces
- It does not provoke allergic reactions4
- It is compatible with many cosmetic ingredients
Beeswax is very frequently used in the following cosmetic applications:
- cleansing creams
- cold creams and lotions
- emollient and barrier creams
- lipsticks - protective sticks in general
- nail creams
- sun protection products
- eye and face make up
- foundation creams
A key ingredient in babyblooms skincare, beeswax is found in the following babyblooms products: baby care cream, moisturising baby lotion, cuticle and nail balm, nourishing body balm, soothing moisturising lotion, soothing hand cream, replenishing hand cream, cooling leg and foot cream.
We have found all of these other listed uses..... amazing!!:
lubricant, for furniture joints.
Smooths movement and stops creaking doors and windows.
Component for mustache creams.
Use as a rest prevention.
Key component in furniture polish - Mix with linseed oil and mineral spirits in equal parts.
Covering for cheeses to preserve and protect
Conditioner for wood bowls and cutting boards.
Coat nails and screws to prevent wood from splintering.
Used by NASA with an enzyme to mop up oceanic oil spills.
Cake guitar bodies to boost longevity.
Coat tambourine surfaces for thumb roll playing technique.
Coat reeds for woodwinds to get a tight fit.
An essential ingredient in Indian art of fabric dyeing called Batik printing.
Candles that don't drip and have no smoke.
In candy like gummy bears, worms and jelly beans.
To water proof leather.
Molten beeswax to polish granit counter tops.
To make crayons.
With palm oil for soap. The palm oil reduces scars and the wax a natural moisturizer.
Mix with palm wax for a natural hair remover.
To reduce bow string friction.
on whips to water proof.
Coating sewing thread to prevent snagging.
To fill seams between pieces of slate when setting up a pool table.
As a flexible mold for a variety of mediums.
In glass Etching.
To make earplugs.
When fashioning Dreadlocks.
To make Dental floss.
For cracked animal hooves.
To coat Baking tins.
To coat the hemp strings on Bag Pipes.
In manufacturing of electronic components and CDs.
As a polish for shoes and floors.
Keep zips moving smoothly.
To water proof boots and saddles.
To coat hand tools to prevent rust.
To relieve pain, swelling (inflammation)
In manufacturing as a thickener or emulsifier.
In fragrances and perfumes.
To seal documents.
An ingredient in surgical bone wax.
Blended with pine resin to serve as an adhesive.
A metal injection moulding binder component.
In the embalming process.
As a stabilizer in the military explosive Torpex.
Glazing of fruits and vegetables.
In the restoration of pictures.
Wax fly fishing lines so they float.
To keep saws sharp.
Grinding and polishing of optical lenses.
Used in crafting of dentures and other dental equipment.
Used on snowskies for a good glide.
Used to cover a broken wire on braces until you get to your orthodontist.
Temporary filling until you can see your dentist.
To prevent slippage for belts in vacuums and sewing machines.
As a wood filler
Office 2014 is an unrivalled way of sourcing 100's of innovative products, technologies and services from over 175 leading suppliers all under one roof.
Tuesday 7th October, the first day of office will be National PA Day - the day dedicated to the people who make Britain's offices work!
Babyblooms will be exhibiting our new range of baby clothing bouquets, hand-made chocolates and natural skincare at Office 2014 which is being held at:
Olympia National, London
Come and visit us on Stand No: 3049
Opening Times: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
It is recommended to travel by Overground to the venue - change at Shepherd's Bush or West Brompton.
London Overground and Southern trains run direct services to Kensington (Olympia). Direct services run from Clapham Junction, Balham, East Croydon, Shepherd's Bush, Watford Junction, Milton Keynes Central, Willesden Junction, West Hampstead and Stratford.
A number of Buses all stop within very short walking distance to the venue.
For full travel information and directions visit www.olympia.co.uk
Register online before 6th October for Free Admission to the exhibition. Click on the link below:-
Timed to coincide with Prince George’s first birthday the page featured products fit for a prince or princess!
‘Buying gifts for newborn babies can be tricky but Babyblooms has come up with an idea that is both beautiful and practical. their hand-tied “Bouquets” are made of silk flowers and rolled up baby clothes in 100% cotton, all in a stylish box that can be used as a keepsake’.
Babyblooms range of skin care is 100% natural and is hand-made in the UK.
The blends used combine vitamin-rich, protective and detoxifying ingredients. In using them, you can be confident in the knowledge that what you are absorbing into your skin is the best that nature can provide.
Each of the babyblooms skincare products has been developed to ensure it is caring, calming, soothing and kind. They are also either scent free or subtly fragranced by natural and calming essential oils.
Babyblooms skincare makes great gifts and we have hand-picked products which compliment each other to create perfect skincare gift sets for a whole range of occasions: new baby gifts, pregnancy gifts, corporate gifts, maternity leave gifts, baby boy gifts, baby girl gifts, presents for twins, mothers day presents, thank you gifts and pampering treats! If you are stuck for baby shower gift ideas, look no further!
Babyblooms Skin Care products DOES NOT contain:
- Artificial fragrances
- Sodium lauryl sulphate
- Palm oil
Babyblooms Skin Care products DOES contain combinations from the following ingredients:
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Olive Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Tea tree oil
- Ylang ylang
- Sunflower oil
- Cocoa Butter
- Avocado oil
- Lemon essential oil
Alongside each of our products on our website we have listed which of the above ingredients have been included and detailed the properties of the ingredient that has warranted its inclusion.
Newsletter Spring / Summer 2014
Babyblooms continues to support Theodora Childrens Trust, donating 5.00 for every Theodora gift we sell
A note from our founders...
On the 12th of April 2014, we crossed the milestone of 20 years in the service of children in hospital! As founders of the charity, together with our board of trustees and wonderful Theodora team, we thank you with all our hearts for having made it possible. Indeed without your faithful and generous support, this would have remained a dream!
Since our very first visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we have had at our heart the aim of giving joy to children in hospital. We have achieved this by organising individual visits from specially trained, talented and sensitive artists.
Close to 500,000 children were given magical and unforgettable moments of laughter. Through the stories and rich imagination of the Giggle Doctors, we helped the children to escape the hospital environment and enter a colourful world full of humour, music, magic and adventure.
20 years is surely a milestone but we still have so much more to achieve. To lead the Theodora Children's Trust into reaching out to many more children, we are happy to announce that Charlotte Wilson was nominated by the board of trustees, on the 9th of April, as the new Chief Executive of the Theodora Children's Trust. We are very thankful to Charlotte for accepting this responsibility and we look forward to her leadership.
Thank you all for being a part of our team. The generosity and spontaneous joy of Theodora, our mother, lives on.
Andre Poulie, Jan Poulie
2014 is a big year for the Theodora Children's Trust. We are celebrating 20 years of bringing fun and laughter to children in hospital and, thanks to your support, we have also been able to expand our programme of smiles. Not only have we started Giggle Doctor visits to new hospitals such as Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, but we've also introduced a brand new project: Giggle Doctor visits for children in hospices. Demelza Hospice in Eltham, Haven House Hospice in Woodford Green, and Richard House Hospice in London have all had their first visits from a Giggle Doctor. The Giggle Doctors will visit the children at these hospices every month, following the hospice ethos of helping to add life to days, when days cannot be added to life. We're very excited to be reaching out to lots more children in need.
Our Giggle Doctor team is also growing. Our 10 trainees graduated in April, increasing our team to a fantastic 29 Giggle Doctors. These specially trained entertainers will continue to bring smiles and laughter to thousands of children each year. Many children, just like Harry (see page 3), find hospital a little daunting. Thanks to your donations, Dr Dovetail and her funny friends are able to bring a bit of light relief during these moments of anxiety.
Please help us to keep these big smiles spreading. Perhaps you could recommend the Theodora Children's Trust to your company (maybe they're celebrating an anniversary too!), or suggest the charity to your child's school (see page 5). There are lots of ways you can help the visits continue. Find out how on pages 5 -7.
Cathi North got in touch to tell us about how Dr Dovetail helped her 12 year old son Harry.
Harry has had problems with his teeth since he was tiny. The enamel did not form properly on them and he has had to have lots of work done on them, including lots of extractions of baby teeth. He has visited the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton regularly for treatment.
How often does Harry have to visit the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital?
Harry has had three general anaesthetic procedures in day surgery at the Royal Alexandra.
How does Harry feel when he has to go to the hospital?
The first time Harry visited the hospital he was really quite nervous as he was only 7 years old. He finds it really boring and being a growing lad really doesn't like having to be starved or having nothing to drink for hours before he goes down to theatre.
When did Harry first meet the Giggle Doctors?
Harry met the Giggle Doctors for the first time when his older sister was in hospital for a biopsy procedure back in 2008. The following year he met them again for his first procedure. He recalls it quite clearly as they had sticky bubbles which he found fascinating.
How did the Giggle Doctors help?
They really took Harry's mind off the whole hospital experience; they made him laugh and really lessened his levels of anxiety about having various things done, such as needles, and having to talk to staff about how he was feeling.
At his last appointment Harry had a terribly long and tedious wait for his surgery and was feeling rather low after not eating for over 9 hours and not drinking for over 5 hours due to being bumped down the surgery list.
Dr Dovetail was absolutely fantastic with him, she was such good fun. Hopefully this was Harry's last day surgery and she made it incredibly special for him. It's not easy being 12 years old on a 4 bed ward with 3 very young children but she really took his mind off things.
The Giggle Doctors have helped all 3 of my children through the procedures they have had to endure. They make us all laugh and smile, and make the boredom of waiting much more bearable. Above all they make the children totally forget, for a short time, the reason they are there. We are so grateful for them at difficult times.
Harry tells us how Dr Dovetail cheered him up at his last visit to hospital....
I was really looking forward to seeing the Giggle Doctors because they always make me laugh and smile and forget about everything that is happening, like the needles and waking up with blood in my mouth.I saw Dr Dovetail this time and she took selfies with me! It was really funny because she used the remote control for the bed instead of a camera. I told her all about breakfast and how mum made me have a shower because I was stinky! Dr Dovetail thought it was funny. I was really nervous because I was nearly the last on the list to go into theatre. The first boy that came back from theatre was screaming and it upset me so I left the ward and found Dr Dovetail. She was in the kitchen with another child and she did magic tricks which really took my mind off it all. She is lovely and I want to say thank you to her because she gave me a postcard with her picture on it and signed it. It says 'Thanks for all the top tips on showering and eating cornflakes. Laters alligator! Love Dr Dovetail.'
Spotlight on fundraising: Schools
Thank you so much to all the schools that have helped to fundraise for the Giggle Doctor visits over the years. It is fantastic when children get involved to help bring laughter to other children.In this newsletter we speak to 2 schools about why they chose to support the Theodora Children's Trust.
Eveline Day School supported the Theodora Children's Trust last year and raised an incredible 2,940, which they then doubled for the charity by taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.
Both the school and nursery took part in a 10km sponsored walk around Richmond Park, and held a family fete day to raise money for the Giggle Doctor programme.
We spoke to Eveline Drut, Head Teacher at Eveline Day School, to find out more about their year of fundraising...
"We enjoyed raising money for such a good cause. The children had so much fun participating in a sponsored walk around Richmond Park, which was followed by a family picnic. Their favourite Giggle Doctor, Doctor Snug came to visit us numerous times. Her special assemblies were always full of giggles, laughter and fun. We hope that we can raise money for the Theodora Children's Trust again soon!!"
Clifton School and Nursery are supporting the charity this year. Chris Tidswell, Deputy Head Teacher, spoke to us about all the fun things the students have been doing to fundraise.
So far we have had a charity Christmas Ball and raffle for parents and a school Crazy Day for children. The Crazy Day involved lots of activities, such as street dance, a drumming workshop, a children's disco and even juggling.
The charity has also helped to support our curriculum.In the week leading up to Crazy Day some of the year groups had a full week of all things crazy! Our Reception classes planned a circus assembly, writing invitations to the parents and a list of performers.
During the rest of the year many of the staff will be taking part in a fun run and all the children will take part in the national Chores for Chuckles week, collecting sponsorship money to do lots of busy jobs at home!
If you are interested in getting your child's school involved, or would like to find out more about Chores for Chuckles week (19th - 25th May) please contact Jenny at
Give a Giggle: Make a donation
40 funds a Giggle Doctor visit for a bay of young patients on a children's ward.
Please give what you can to help the laughter continue. Every pound really does makes a difference.
To donate online by card please visit: www.theodora.org.uk
We will be exhibiting at the show to be held at the NEC in Birmingham - Come and visit us on Stand No. H160
Friday 16th May 2014: 9.30 am 5.00 pm
Saturday 17th May 2014: 9.30 am 5.00 pm
Sunday 18th May 2014: 9.30 am 5.00 pm
Friday 16th May – £10.50 advance ticket
Saturday 17th May – £11.50 advance ticket
Sunday 18th May – £11.50 advance ticket
(Under 12's are FREE)
The NEC is at the hub of the UK motorway network and when you get there they have 26,000 parking spaces.
The NEC is situated 8 miles East of Birmingham city centre; Visitors from any direction can travel to The NEC site directly using the following motorways M1, M5, M6, Toll, M40 & M42
Take advantage of The Baby Show's great ticket packages and receive free parking at NEC
The trial held in the park of Badminton House, Gloucestershire, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort is a three day event. A prestigious, world-renowned event, it is one of only six annual Concours Complet International (CCI) Four Star.
Wednesday 7th May Sunday 11th May 2014
Babyblooms will be exhibiting at the trials in the Rural Crafts Marquee.
The Rural Crafts Association https://www.ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk/ promotes the work of British craftsmen and women and has an enviable reputation for presenting a wide variety of craft products and specialist foods in a professional and enjoyable manner.
Badminton is situated about 85 miles west of London and some 15 miles from Bristol and Bath. Full directions for travelling by car will be sent with vehicle passes if tickets have been purchased in advance. For visitors who will be purchasing tickets at the gate please follow appropriate AA Signage from Stroud, Cirencester, Chippenham or the M4 in either direction.
24th 27th April 2014
We will be exhibiting at the show to be held at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Nr Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 5JD
Come and visit us on Stand No.16
9.30 am 5.30 pm Thursday Saturday
9.30 am 4.30 pm Sunday
£7.00 By Post/Phone
£9.00 On the door
Children under 16 are free
Sudeley Castle is situated near Winchcombe, 8 miles north east of Cheltenham on the B4632 (A46) or just 10 miles from junction 9 of the M5. A bus service operates between Winchcombe and Cheltenham or Broadway. Please contact Castleways on 01242 602 949 for more information.
Clever Mum Debby Elnatan's giant leap of Innovation helps disabled children to take their first steps
Clever Mum Debby Elnatan's giant leap of Innovation helps disabled children to take their first steps
At Babyblooms we are in awe of Mums like Debby Elnatan who overcome whatever obstacles are put in front of them to help their children be the best that they can be! Congratulations Debby!!!
Debby Elnatan whose son Rotem has Cerebral Palsy is the brains behind the Firefly Upsee, a walking harness which could transform the lives of many disabled children.
The Firefly Upsee which is manufactured by Northern Irish Company Leckey , was developed by Ms Elnatan after being told by professionals when her son was two years old that ‘he didn’t know what his legs are and has no consciousness of them’.
The clever design allows the child to stand upright with the support of an adult and enables them to take steps together and for the child to achieve repetitive walking training.
The Independent ran a great article on this with further detail and some great pictures: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/upsee-harness-mothers-invention-to-give-disabled-son-chance-to-walk-will-help-countless-other-families-following-worldwide-launch-9213997.html
Image source: Independent online
The Upsee includes a harness for the child, which attaches to a belt worn by the adult. Specially designed and manufactured sandals which fit both adult and child allow them to walk simultaneously and keep their hands free for playing or other tasks.
We can’t believe Christmas nearly here already. With the big day under a month away we’ve confirmed our Christmas holiday opening times here at BabyBlooms. Here they are…
Christmas 2013 Opening Times
Opening hours will be :-
|Mon 23rd :: 9-5pm
Tues 24th :: 9-2pm
Wed 25th :: Closed
|Thurs 26th :: Closed
Fri 27th :: Closed
Mon 30th :: 10-2pm
|Tues 31st :: 10-2pm
Wed 1st Jan :: Closed
Thurs 2nd Jan :: Normal Business hours resume
The Winter 2013 issue of Theodora Children's Trust's newsletter has just been published.
You can download your copy here: Theodora Christmas newsletter 2013.
We're proud to be supporting the Trust through the sale of our "Theodora's" bouquets.
“It is this support and your donations that help to keep the children we visit smiling. The Giggle Doctors have been spreading joy to children in hospital all year but with Christmas around the corner we all have fun and laughter n the mind. Thanks to your donations, children like Thomas (see page 3) now see hospital in a different light; a place where fun can be had and magical memories made. We hope you enjoy reading about their experiences.” [from the newsletter].
If, like us, you still have lots of presents to buy and wrap, or don't normally think about Christmas until Halloween and Guy Fawkes' Night are over, then why not get a few treats and treasures today to tick off your #ChristmasList.
We've put together a lovely collection of goodies for everyone this year; including Christmas presents for babies of course, as well as Mums, Dads, grandparents, friends and wider family. We've also found some brilliant Christmas Stockings this year that are so cute.
Pop into our Christmas Presents pages and take a look around, and find something lovely to make your loved ones smile on Christmas morning.
Following Katie's fantastic announcement that she is expecting, we were thrilled to meet Katie at this years "Office" Expo at Olympia. We were delighted to have the opportunity to give her one of our baby clothes bouquets. Katie really is an inspiration and we are so delighted to hear her happy news.
We also had the pleasure of meeting representatives from the Katie Piper Foundation - a fantastic charity. Visit www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk to read all about the wonderful work they do and to see how you can support this very worthy cause.
Katie was busy signing her new book "Things Get Better" and we were very lucky to receive a signed copy which is "up for grabs" in this month's competition which you can enter here: www.babyblooms.co.uk/competitions
Katie Piper and Lisa Roberts of BabyBlooms.
Cute and cuddly soft toys for babies and younger children, fairy costumes and creative games for older boys and girls, and fun and indulgent gifts for mums and dads too... and we've not forgotten to get in some lovely things for Grans and Granddads and friends and the wider family too...
Here's our full list!
Christmas Presents for Babies - Christmas Presents for Boys - Christmas Presents for Girls - Christmas Presents for Mums - Christmas Presents for Dads - Christmas Presents for Grandparents - Christmas Presents for Men - Christmas Presents for Women
Whoever you're buying for this year, have a look at our Christmas Gifts Collection, we're sure you'll find something lovely to give this Christmas.
Magical Christmas Presents from Babyblooms.