Father's Day is looming and the challenge is on to find something both practical and special, something that says I love you and I appreciate you deeply - without getting overly fussy.
For curiosity's sake I had a little browse at what the media is suggesting and ended up entirely distracted by the big boys' toys. Popular Science came up with the idea of a remote controlled quad-copter complete with camera for aerial pictures of unsuspecting neighbors, and an equally sneaky device for getting just a glass of that precious vintage wine out without actually opening the bottle!
I can see that maybe father and child could have meaningful moments of mirth with the thousand dollar flying camera and, to be fair, there also featured a blueprints manual for much cheaper 'my dad made this' gadgetry which offered the same kind of promise, but it does all seem just a little bit removed from the right kind of sentiment. I mean, I know men don't want hearts and flowers, but surely we're allowed to make them feel loved and treasured with something a little more heartfelt?
Quality natural nurture can say I love you every day
My personal opinion is that men like to feel cared for just as much as women do. I've yet to introduce therapeutic plant oils to a man who wasn't able to appreciate the good feelings and uncomplicated benefits that they offer.
For Father's Day we can talk about any number of possible gifts but there are very few that can generate such a real sense of how much you actually care for and cherish his life. A selection of organic, life-enhancing products might not carry the same wow factor as a techno toy, but give it a few days and he will soon be forming a much deeper attachment to the greater sense of well-being he gets from just a few minutes of routine body care.
Plus, of course, it is all so beautifully understated - being the simple raw ingredients with absolutely nothing added: a no-nonsense, practical approach to personal care couldn't be better represented.
So which Absolute Essential products make the perfect Father's Day gift?
Whether you are looking for a gift for your own more senior father, or you are among the many that extend the tradition to the father of shared children, the good news is that this kind of natural body care is beneficial for any age.
Here are a few suggestions which all hold the natural power to make life-changing impressions:
Rejuvenating Face Serum (organic)
A perfect example of when something is really good, it's good for everyone, this is an amazing facial product that never fails to convert people to the simple power of natural plant oils. Yes, it does contain oils but here's the thing... they are all the very finest, nutrient rich oils from plants which are highly compatible with the natural composition of skin.
The first time you put it on your face, you're thinking 'mmm… this is pleasantly smooth and slippery but definitely oily'… and then suddenly it's not. The skin, that actually relies on natural oils to remain healthy, supple and nourished, knows what it wants and it sucks it up fast and true to where it does a whole host of good (no sticky residues left on the skin surface).
It includes balancing and antiseptic properties that help to even skin tone and reduce irritation and blemishes; anti-oxidant and protective compounds that aid against ageing and weather damage; and it leaves the skin softer and suppler, with visibly renewed natural vitality.
Hair Care Oil (organic)
This one is another great all-rounder that will do good to any head it blesses. If you know about your luxury natural oils, you'll understand why it is so good when you see it includes such giants as Argan, Jojoba and Avocado.
But what you really need to know is that it has a synergy of cleansing, moisturising and stimulating properties that work naturally into the hair structure and the scalp to renovate hair and promote healthy growth.
It can be worked in lightly with the fingertips to reduce dryness, frizz and create natural style, or it can be massaged in to the scalp and through the hair for a deeper overnight treatment that will work against dandruff and hair loss. Hair will be left cleansed and in great natural condition, when washed out in the morning.
Footcare Balm (organic)
It might not be the most glamorous approach but, again, let it do its thing before you make the final judgment. In fact this one could easily be the most popular if you get Dad in his favorite chair post-shower and apply it with a loving massage.
Quite apart from the natural deodorising freshness, the anti-fungal effect, the aid to natural fluid reduction and the extra-conditioning moisture that works especially well on less cared-for, hard-worked skin… the smooth, restorative action will reach deep into muscles and tendons. It will boost the natural circulation and give his entire body a greater sense of well-being. Great too after the gym or a run and also on hard-working hands.
Muscle Tonic (organic)
If your Dad works hard physically on the farm, in the garden, at the depot etc. or if he likes to do some kind of regular exercise, nothing will restore his natural energy or help relieve his aches and pains better than this.
You can add muscle tonic to body oil for a massage treat, but it is also beautifully effective and practical in a bath with 10 drops added (and a ¼ cup of Epsom salts for extra effect). It has soothing and healing qualities, promotes healthy circulation and muscle nutrition, plus it is cleansing and tonic as well.
Medicinal-grade essential oils must be 100% pure. At Absolute Essential we use certified organic or wild grown (sustainable) plants to produce our oils and all extraction processes are strictly controlled to produce the best quality oil with a maximum purity and therapeutic value. www.absoluteessential.com