Psst! Did you know that there is a Nightingale in Dubai who creates beauty products that are chemical free, but products that still smell fabulous? Her name is Melanie Nightingale, a Holistic Therapist since 1998, who has an indepth knowledge of Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Branded Nightingoils, her aromatherapy products contain natural ingredients such as Essential oils, Carrier Oils, Shea and Cocoa Butters as well as natural waters. Her vast collection of products include Body Mists, Perfumes, Linen Sprays, Body Butters and Healing Salves. Melanie creates all the blends and recipes from scratch. This is good news for people who, she says, “Care about what products they apply on their skin.”
A member of the ARTE family since March 2013, Melanie is not new to making chemical free beauty products. She says, “I have been making bespoke blends for private clients, friends and family since 1998 but only upon request. I came up with the concept after seeing a need for such beauty products in Dubai. There are hardly any 100% natural body and beauty products in the UAE (although there are many that claim to be). People are becoming more aware of what they are putting on their bodies and are trying to avoid harsh chemicals and additives that can be harmful but at the same time they still want to smell fabulous!”
Melanie was inspired by her husband to create her bestselling Honeybee range. “It’s because of him as he loves the smell of Honeysuckle!”When the going gets tough, inspiration from her friends and family helps set the mood to create beautiful new fragrant ranges. “My friend Cristina inspired me in the very beginning when it was tough; she encouraged me onwards because she loved my products and believed in me. My customers also inspire me; because of the great feedback that I get from them, it encourages me to push myself and truly believe in what I am doing, and they also inspire me to create new fragrances.”
Experimentation is key to successful blends. Melanie does just that. “I actually enjoy creating new blends; it takes a long time and a good nose to create a new perfume. I can experiment with dozens of blends before I decide on the one that I will use and I have the test tubes to prove it. I never throw them away – they are like my babies!”
So far, the Honeybee range and the Melly’s Mood range have been the most enjoyable in terms of creating them. “Smell is very subjective and it’s hard to say if others will like it as much as I do. These two scents are very personal to me but they are now my best sellers.”
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