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Relax…it’s only Christmas!

beautyspotThis time of year is filled with social occasions and a busy calendar for us all, so make sure you block out some precious me-time and schedule in some quiet relaxation and replenishing time for yourself. Christmas can be stressful and filled with high expectations, so why not treat yourself in the form of some time out from your busy week and a few simple beauty rituals? A candle-lit bath and a clay mask should leave you feeling relaxed yet invigorated and fresh, ready for the next round of social events!

Neom Organics make my favourite candles, and they have a special limited edition candle as part of their dreamy Christmas selection: Christmas Wish and Perfect Peace (£49.95). Neom have created their 100% natural Neom Christmas Wish™ fragrance, part of their therapeutic Neom Scent To Instantly De-Stress™ range. It includes thirteen pure essential oils, amongst them mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean. The candle comes in two different sizes, with one and three wicks. They’re long-lasting and work even in large spaces. The scent evokes all the traditions of the Christmas period and helps reduce stress levels, too – and, this year, it’s sprinkled with 18 ct gold, to add even more luxury to the experience! You can also go for Neom Perfect Peace™ , a fragrance that is part of their therapeutic Neom Scent To Make You Happy™ range. It includes twenty-five essential oils including pine, myrrh and lime peel, blended to lift your mood, and helps with anxiety and stress, giving you a sense of calm – plus this year it comes sprinkled with real platinum, for added glamour. Another option is Neom Perfect Peace™ , also part of the therapeutic Neom Scent To Make You Happy™ range. It includes twenty-five essential oils including pine, myrrh and lime peel, blended to lift your mood, and helps with anxiety and stress, giving you a sense of calm – plus this year it comes sprinkled with real platinum, for added glamour.

laiafarrangraves.pngAfter choosing your scent, it’s time to run your bath. I have found some incredible bath salts called Rosemary & Ginger Body Soak (£12.75). This is great for soothing tired muscles, aches and pains. The scent packs a punch and is delicious yet strong; it’s handmade in the UK with pure ingredients – you will find nothing artificial in this attractive aluminium canister, and it’s suitable for every skin type. This aromatic mixture will ease any muscle stiffness or aches: the Epsom salts offer trace elements and help get rid of toxins; the ginger and galbanum relax and warm the muscles. Wintergreen is good for joints, lavender peps you up and calms, and rosemary revitalizes.

beautyspotFinally, for a great face mask. I recommend ARGAN+ LIFT & RENEW CLAY MASK (£8.95) from the ARGAN 5 – ARGAN PLUS PRODUCTS range. It contains an astonishing amount of natural oils – baobab oil, kukui oil, moringa oil and sacha inchi oil, as well as the revitalizing passionflower oil, which is rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids. There is also shea butter to replenish, moisturize and soften, green clay and kaolin to draw out impurities and, of course, precious Moroccan argan oil. I use this mask once a week. Apply it to clean, dry skin, and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Your skin will emerge fresh, rested, renewed and nourished, with added elasticity. Fine lines are visibly diminished and your face will feel smooth, clean and soft… you’ll be ready for a beautiful Christmas. So make sure you take some time out to beautify yourself, take a deep breath and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KORRES to the rescue!

beautyspotblogAre you ready for Christmas? If – like me– you’re a last minute shopper, read on for some inspiration that could be just the ticket for those ‘question marks’ on your shopping list… Just in time for Christmas, the legendary Greek natural brand KORRES has launched the most exquisite four new gift sets, which could be the answer to your prayers: the Shower Gel Collection (£10 – a collection of 4 travel-size shower gels), the Bergamot Pear Collection (£15  a set which includes a shower gel and body milk – this by the way happens to be my favourite), the Mediterranean Trio (£26 which has a shower gel a body milk and a body butter) and finally the  Guava Collection (£20 this one contains a guava shower gel a body milk and mandarin lip butter stick).
The lovely thing about these gift sets is that not only they’re original and unusual in their scent combinations, but they’re presented beautifully, and the quality of the products – they only use natural products with no added chemicals – is second to none. Consequently their aroma and texture are as light as they are exquisite. The Guava range, for instance, smells sweet and tropical, reminiscent of that holiday feeling, whereas the Bergamot Pear is as refreshing as a fruit sorbet after a heavy meal. Let’s face it, one can never have enough luxury bathroom products (especially if they look beautiful in your bathroom) so if you’re after some last minute inspiration you can’t go wrong with these sets…

KORRES Christmas sets are available to buy in-store and online from selected stockists, including debenhams.com.

About the products:

1. KORRES BERGAMOT PEAR COLLECTION RRP: £15.00. Go “festive fresh” with the Bergamot Pear collection. Reminiscent of sunny walks in the blooming countryside, this  fresh, fruity and floral body line sets the holiday mood; Let the citrus accords, the aquatic tones and the fruity nuances refresh your senses. 
Contains: BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml

 2. KORRES MERITERANEAN TRIO RRP: £26.00. Dazzling fresh Basil Lemon, freshly cut figs, bergamot and pears from Aegean island gardens; Reminiscent of long summer afternoons, the KORRES Mediterranean trio collection, instantly sets the mood for an idyllic get-away. Contains: BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml,FIG BODY BUTTER 125ml

 3. KORRES GUAVA COLLECTION RRP: £20.00. An invigorating blend of tropical fruits offer an exotic note in the middle of the winter. Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 250ml, GUAVA BODY MILK 200ml, MANDARIN LIP BUTTER STICK colourless 5ml

 4. KORRES SHOWER GEL COLLECTION GIFT SET RRP: £10.00. A Limited edition Mini Showergel set containing a deliciously scented quartet of KORRES most popular and best selling scents in miniature 40ml sizes. The perfect stocking filler! Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 40ml, BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 40ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 40ml, SANTORINI VINE SHOWERGEL 40ml.

Babylicious

laiafarranThis week I’ve fallen in love with a range of products  for babies from Burt’s Bees called Baby Bee. The buttermilk soap, in particular, is totally addictive and will have you thinking up reasons to go and wash your hands or indeed your baby’s hands…It contains buttermilk, rich in emollients and natural fats which are ideal for sensitive and delicate skin, and oat flour – another great skin soother. It smells absolutely delicious: delicate, soft and sweet without being at all overpowering and feels particularly soft when you apply it on the skin. It’s designed for and loved by babies because of its smooth and gentle texture, but I’m actually sold on it myself…Also particularly delicious in the range is Burt’s Bees Baby Bee’s beautyspotblogShampoo and Wash, because we all love a multi-tasker, especially when we become mums and life becomes a bit of a juggling act! It’s a great product, gentle enough to use every day (it’s tear free and non irritating) and I love that it cleans both hair and body saving you the hassle of needing two products. Its formula includes sweet orange, lemon and coconut oils to create a nourishing and effective cleanser, but more importantly doesn’t contain phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS. It bubbles generously and leaves skin and hair soft, so much so that I’ve stopped using a conditioner too. If you’re looking for a gift for a new mum or you have children yourself this is a great range that ticks all the boxes: from the beautiful packaging to the subtle fragrance and texture, to the fact that the products are made with a lot of love, natural products and no nasties at all. All in all a winner range that I (and more importantly my much harder to please baby daughter) would thoroughly recommend.

For more information go to Burtsbees.co.uk. Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash is priced at £7.99, and the Buttermilk Baby Soap is priced at £4.99.

Luxury in a bottle

beautyspotblogI love the idea of using multi-tasking products. Not only does it make me feel like I’m getting value for money, but I also love to think that things are getting done around me. This is why I’d like to introduce to you the Lala & Bea Organic Family Skincare range, which has been designed to be suitable for use by all the family, meaning you no longer need  to buy a cream or an oil  for your husband, one for your children and one for yourself. No, just the one. The range includes a Baby Oil, a Sleep Tight Pillow Spray, a Nourish Balm and there’s also an adult-only product called Organic Nourish Oil, which due it’s aromatherapy oils may be too strong for babies’ delicate skin.  It contains nourishing sweet almond oil and oat oil, both of which revitalise and moisturise the skin, and a delicate blend of essential oils of sweet orange, geranium, bergamot and cardamom which is just divine.  It was, in fact the scent that enticed me to use it: I gave it a go and absolutely loved it. Like the rest of the range you can feel the quality of the product from the moment you open, smell and feel the product. This particular oil can be used as a moisturiser, in the bath and I’ve found it has made my nails stronger so i’ve been using it as a hand oil. I’ve also added some to the tips of my (dry) hair to hydrate the ends. It’s a great concept and as products go, the practical element of being such an all-round range really appeals to me. The packaging is also charming, as is the idea that  most of its ingredients are sustainable and sourced locally so you’re doing your bit. All in all a great find!

Lala and Bea’s Organic Nourish Oil is priced at £14.50/100ml and available from Lalaandbea.com. For more information go Lalaandbea.com.

About the brand…”Free from parabens, natural and organic ingredients are used in our skincare and where possible, any ingredients that are grown in the UK are used. We have developed our creams & oils with a medical herbalist to ensure they are as nourishing and healing as possible for use by the entire family.  Our skincare is not tested on animals and all of our ingredients and packaging come from natural and sustainable sources.”

 

Inside Soap

Life is made up of small pleasures, and on the top of my list is the smell of a beautifully scented soap, followed closely by freshly washed laundry. Despite hand-washing soaps and shower gels I always like to have a bar of soap in my bathroom, and my latest addition is the May Chang & Calendula Petal soap from The Bakewell Soap CoWith sharp lemon notes and hints of orange this buttery-orange soap – speckled with healing Calendula petals –  is perfect to wash my face and hands. I particularly like its lovely strong scent as it makes you feel invigorated. And May Chang oil is naturally antiseptic and has some anti-inflammatory properties, so not only does is smell delicious it’s also a great deep cleanser.

The Bakewell Soap Co are based in the famous English town of Bakewell, located int he heart of the Peak District. Their products are bursting with skincare benefits, they improve skin elasticity, they’re moisturising and repair cells, they are anti-inflammatory, naturally scented and coloured and they are paraben and SLS free. So if – like me – you’re a lover of hand-made soaps check them out!

For more information go to www.bakewellsoap.co.uk.
Soaps are priced at £3.95

Scrub Deluxe

laiafarrangravesbeautyspotI love a body good scrub, and in my time I’ve tried quite a few, but I have to say – hand on heart – that this is one of the best I’ve come across. Some of you know that I’ve recently had a baby and when I got home I was really looking forward to a good shower that included a nourishing scrub, so I gave the new Elemis Sp@home skin nourishing Body Scrub a go. After washing my hair I stopped the water running for a few minutes whilst I applied the product (a generous amount on each hand) and scrubbed my way up in circular motions all the way un to my neck. This is great for one’s circulation, to exfoliate away any dead skin cells and to generally feel more invigorated. The texture and creaminess of this scrub is perfectly balanced making the experience feel almost like a massage, and it smells soft, subtle and slightly decadent. By the end of the sower, my skin felt so great, nourished and soft, that I’ve been repeating the treatment on a weekly basis. If you’re wondering what the key ingredients are, they include rice, bora bora sand, bamboo, cherry and apricot powder to gently exfoliate, milk protein to balance and sweet almond and wheat germ to soften and nourish the skin.
It’s a luxury to have a long shower these days, as anyone with a newborn will tell you, but with such great home spa products available it’s easy to make the most of it by recreating a luxurious experience in the comfort of your very own bathroom – even if it’s short and sweet! I strongly recommend this product if you enjoy body scrubs or if your skin feels overall sluggish. It will definitely blow the cobwebs away and get you ready for summer sun, and like all Elemis products you’ll love it and so will your skin.

For more information go to www.timetospa.co.uk. The Elemis Sp@home skin nourishing Body Scrub is priced at £28.50 (200ml).

Heavenly Soap

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This gorgeous soap, has recently been introduced to Whole Foods Market, and is the perfect example of a luxury brand that successfully embraces all things organic. The Rose and Geranium Indulge Soap Bar from Jardins D’EDEN – part of their extremely special Indulge range – has regenerating and nourishing properties as well as being beautifully scented and in impressive packaging. I’ve been using it in the shower and have found that it works best as a face cleanser (as opposed to an overall body wash) as it’s light, delicate and very nourishing in texture –  and the more I use it the softer it gets, making its application even easier and its performance even better. The soap’s main ingredients are Rose and Geranium 100% essential oils, Pink Clay, Olive Oil, Shea Butter and Rosehip Oil. Hand made in London, the formulation is free from artificial colourings, Parabens and other nasties and also comes in Lavender Ylang Ylang if you like a more relaxing scent. Either way the products are stunning and will enhance your morning or evening shower ritual and do wonders for your skin.

Our natural Olive oil based soap recipe is enriched with Shea butter and Rosehip oil. Each luxurious soap has its own unique therapeutic essential oil blend wrapped with nutritive botanic ingredients to offer a complete range of natural care for all types of skins.

For more information go to www.jardinsdeden.co.uk. The Rose and Geranium Indulge Soap Bar is priced at £8 and available online, and Harrods and at Whole Foods Market.