Sunday, 6 January 2013

Michelle Roques O'Neil's tips for a healthy mind and body - and her new Therapie range

Never quite getting the recognition she so deserves - Michelle Roques O'Neil has been an industry stalwart for over 30 years. Cited as one of the Top 10 aromatherapists in the world by Vogue, she has worked as an industry consultant for many names you will have on your beauty shelves. Michelle is one of my Top 3 for 'Best Hands' I've ever had in a treatment - and she is easily the best for body. 

Michelle's latest project is her own range, three years in the making - called Therapie.

Combining all of her hands-on experience gained from her clients with her technical know-how - Therapie is designed to heal and restore - inside and out.

Taking every part of the body into consideration, Therapie launched with shower and hair products, an aura spray, skin and hair oil and the beyond amazing Himalayan Detox Bath Salts.

I asked Michelle for her Top Tips on how to relax, restore and cope with the everyday stresses of modern-day life, starting with what not to do...

  • Emotions can be powerful but also draining-we get stuck in reactions based on history, rather than perspective - our emotions are sticky, impede one's judgement and clarity creating anxiety which can deplete internal reserves - take a step away, rather than talking from the ‘I am’ perspective- look at it from a more detached perspective " there is".
  • We have been conditioned to take action at any cost, to the detriment of diet, sleep and our personal life. How can you understand what is fully needed when there is so little time to be reflective?
  • People constantly forfeit passion and wonder why they are depressed or low. A lack of play and inspiration restricts creativity and vitality.
  • Fear is a very paralysing belief in many areas - it can have such a limiting and harmful effect.

So in a world when no-one switches off (I know I'm not the only one who turns off the computer to get into bed and immediately open up twitter/facebook/email) and the pressure is on - how can you relax your mind and restore your sanity?!

  • Juicing is one of the best ways to kick start your days, often when you’re stressed,  your body can find it difficult to breakdown and absorb supplements so this is an energy packed way to get your daily five - experiment with combination.
  • A healthy liver has a miraculous effect on both mind and body, liver congestion can not only make you physically hyper sensitive but emotionally volatile - if you find yourself snapping at people and angry, have skin sensitivity or nausea - it's generally a sign,  - limit coffee, dairy, alcohol and rich fatty foods.
  • Your gut normally reflects your emotional state as it is one big processing plant, constipation can reflect emotionally as restricting flow or holding on to things that need to be released. Equally lack of tone can mean that there is lack of energy and inspiration. Flaxseeds are great for reducing inflammation. Grind them and sprinkle over food. Water flows, it also helps your internal body to flow, a cup of hot water in the morning the perfect start to the day.
  • Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body; try to find moments in your day to decompress, whether it's ten deep breaths, a catnap, or mini meditation. Supplements that support hectic lifestyles include B complex, CoQ10 and flaxseed oil.

Words of wisdom from a woman in the know. If you are in need of a massage that will blow your mind - go see Michelle.  More info is available here.

If you don't have the time or don't live nearby - create your own haven at home: 
Therapie is available from Cult Beauty - prices start at £18.00.

*No affiliates.


  1. I found her words very reassuring and they certainly reflect how I have been feeling lately. Have been wanting to try the Therapie range for a while - it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. xx

  2. Wow - the "there is" perspective and the point about the need for immediate action without time to reflect, are certainly wise and true. Thanks Caroline, food for thought here.

  3. Hi Caroline from Switzerland ! I discovered your blog 2 weeks ago and I love it ! I changed my skincare routine thanks to you ! So THANK YOU because my skin feels better, so do I !
    I am 20 and I have very combo (oily/dry) sensitive acne prone skin. So I just would like to know what do you think - skin care goddess- of my new skincare routine !

    - Cleanse either with Ren ClearCalm cleanser (when needed) or Alpha-H's Balancing Cleanser

    - Toner : This is where I'm a bit lost. You previously said that you always use 2 toners. I have no idea about the exfoliating one. Can you suggest me a good one ?
    As a 2nd toner I use La Roche Posay Serozinc/Clarins or Gatineau (Depends on my mood)

    - Serum : I apply Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair

    - Eye Cream : Do I need one at 20 ? If so I would love to hear your suggestions

    - Moisturise with Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturiser or Hydraluron
    And then I apply my make up.

    - 1st cleanse : Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm
    - 2nd cleanse with Alpha-H's Balancing cleanser

    - Toner with Alpha-H's Liquid Gold and then leave the skin bare for the night
    Or with La Roche Posay Serozinc/Clarins or Gastineau…

    -Serum : Need your help ! Which one would you suggest me ?

    Eye Cream : ...

    - Moisturise with Kate Somerville Goat Milk

    Moreover I would like to know if you think that taking fish oils would help my skin condition ?

    Thank you ! xxx

  4. What a wise woman - some truly awesome tips here!

  5. I love posts that talk about how interconnected the inner organs are to our skin. I've had so many dermatologists tell me that diet and nutrition has nothing to do with my acne and I think this is very irresponsible. I'm happy to see that this school of thought is changing. As for my new year resolution, I decided to clear my skin this year. I have cystic acne under my jawline and have dealt with it for nearly six years. I went out and bought whole a line from Yon-Ka and am using Dr. Murads 'The Water Secret' so fingers crossed! I'm writing about both these products and will keep updating on my progress. Check it out here!

    Thanks and happy new year :)

  6. Caroline, just wondering about your view on using aromatherapy in skincare. As in brands like decleor etc.? I know you love the balms and oils but I get so confused when someone like paula begoun describes Decleor as a huge step backwards for you skincare. Just wondering what your thoughts are, thanks.

  7. Why have I not heard of this lady before? I'm going to be following her up pronto. What excellent advice too. I completely agree with her comments on emotions and liver function, but you try convincing people.

    Great post, thank you!


  8. Oh great post, and very informative. I love the comment about juicing. I am a natural health lover and juicing is amazing for health, natural energy, and helps you get perfect skin. If you have digestion problems or trouble with irritable bowels, drink a tea from simmering ginger root, anise, and ground flax seed. This is part of my daily ritual and has done me a world of good! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love the therapie range and it's great getting to hear more from the amazing lady behind the brand x

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