Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Book Review & Giveaway: Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley

I've got a lovely giveaway for you! You can win a copy of the fab "Last Dance in Havana" by Rosanna Ley which was published this month. I received a copy* for review and you can see my thoughts below.

I'm a huge fan of Rosanna's books. This one would make perfect summer holiday reading.

The story goes from Cuba in 1958 to Bristol in 2012 and is absolutely un-put-downable.

Sixteen year old Eliza meets Duardo in a club in downtown Havana where they dance the rumba and Eliza falls head over heels in love.

Grace has a difficult relationship with her father who she blames for her mother's death. Her husband is desperate for them to start a family but Grace is just not sure. She is very friendly with Theo, her husband's friend, a Cuban born magician

The descriptions and feelings are so real with evocative and entwined storylines with believable characters (I especially liked Eliza). Will Eliza ever be truly happy and in love again and will Grace find out the truth about her mother and be able to truly move on..

One of my readers can win their very own copy - the giveaway is open world wide. Good Luck!

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*Thanks to Quercus Books for my copy of the book plus one for my giveaway

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

OH! Organic Head Organic & Botanical Haircare: Everyday Shampoo & Conditioner

I first tried OH! Organic Head way back in November 2013. My friend Julie spotted it in her local Morrisons Supermarket and picked up a selection for me. See my review HERE.

I was recently sent the brand's Everyday Shampoo (£6 - 250ml)* and Everyday Conditioner (£6 - 250ml)* which are both fantastic - effective. great value for money and smell gorgeous.

The shampoo gently cleanses the hair (and it's suitable for coloured hair - which is always a bonus) and is stuffed full of good things - aloe vera nourishes while organic orange oil soothes. Both the shampoo and conditioner feature a Mediterranean blend of olive leaf, lemon, vine leaf, thyme and fennel extracts. The conditioner is lightweight and easily detangles and conditions eliminating frizz and leaving the hair shiny.

To use: wet hair, massage a small amount of shampoo onto the hair before rinsing (repeat if necessary). For best results use with the matching conditioner.

I also received the Detox Masque (150ml - £6)* which I'd used before and loved (review).  This product is Daniel Galvin Jr's "Hair Hero".

Pick yours up online direct or at Ocado.

*PR samples

Monday, 23 May 2016

Miller Harris: Citron Citron EdP

I recently took part in #30PlusBlogs ( Twitter chat (@WeAreThirtyPluswith Miller Harris and was lucky enough to be one of ten chosen at random to win a bottle of Miller Harris perfume - such a treat!

I'm already a huge fan of the brand having recently tried their Rose Silence EdP (review) and various sample vials over the years.

We were sent a bottle of Citron Citron EdP* 100ml which is the perfect scent for Spring and Summer. A juicy citrus with a touch of herbs and a base of green moss along with woods and spicy notes. It really is lovely.

It has top notes of Sicilian Lemons, Seville Oranges and Jamaican Limes with a heart of Mint, Egyptian Basil, Marjoram and Thyme abs from France. The base notes are green moss, Maroc Cedarwood and Cardamon from Guatemala.

I'm currently wearing this a lot and was thrilled to win such an amazing prize (and 100ml size too!) 

What's your favourite Miller Harris scent?

*Twitter prize

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: May 2016

I can't believe this is my second last month of my subscription! I've loved receiving beautiful perfumes every month. This month is "Sea, Sand and Sun Lotion" and the picks are gorgeous!

My eye was first drawn to CARNER'S Costarela EdP (which is new in) (50ml - £85, 1.6ml - £2) which captures a coastal Mediterranean breeze and has top notes of Bergamot and Saffron, a heart of hot sand accord and sea spray accord with base notes of Ambrozan and Virginia cedar. Love.

Next up is Art de Parfum's Sea Foam Extrait de Parfum (50ml - £88, 1ml - £5) which smells of the ocean, salty and foamy as it breaks onto the shore. With notes of Bergamot, Frankincense, Haiti Vetiver, Lemon, Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Guaiac Wood, Laurel, Patchouli and Seaweed.

Absolutely loving Parfumerie Generale's Bois Naufrage EdP (50ml - £81.50, 1.6ml £2) which has top notes of carob tree (Egyptian Fig), a heart of salt and a base of Ambergris and Vetiver. Bestselling Paris Seychelles EdP (50ml - £80, 1.6ml - £2) is a white floral blend (lush) with notes of Black Pepper, Galbanum, Lily, Petitgrain, Coconut milk, Ginger, Monoi Oil and Plumeria.

NEW IN: Neon Graffiti by Jazmin Sarai EdP (50ml - £72, 1.6ml - £2) has notes of Ambroxan, Cardamon, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Mint, Sunflower, Bergamot, Frankincense, Ivy and Mimosa and is fresh, floral and fruity.

The final one this month is Best Selling: Eau de Protection by Etat Libre d'Orange EdP (50ml - £70) with a salty note wrapped up in the ginger and rose heart. With notes of Benzoin, Black Pepper, Cocoa, Frankincense, Patchouli, Bergamot, Bulgarian Rose, Ginger, Jasmine and Salt.

What are your thoughts as to May's selection?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Content Beauty & Wellbeing: Beauty Wishlist #1

I'm always seeing beauty products I want so I've decided to start a new series. Here's some of my current wishlist items all from Content Beauty & Wellbeing which is situated in Marylebone, London (and one of my favourite shops to visit).

Less is More Rose Serum (30ml - £26) - I've had my eye on this for a while. A serum which repairs and moisturises the hair, is great for dry, brittle and frizzy hair and treats scalp problems. It sounds like it would smell gorgeous! With Rose Damascea and Sicilian Tangerine.

de Mamiel Salvation Body Oil (200ml - £75) - I have had the pleasure of trying this lovely body oil before as a 30ml sample size. I'd just like a full size bottle in my stash! Rich and luxe it's scented with Ylang Ylang, Rosewood and Jasmine and deeply nourishes the skin while relaxing and calming the mind.

Kypris Beauty Elixir I 1000 Roses (47ml - £189) - again, I've tried a sample of this (link) and it's a must have for any rose lover. Simply lush.

Sweet Virtues Chocolate Nut Butter (170g - £5.95) - having just found out I love Sweet Virtues chocolates I'm kind of sure I'd love this! Rich in vitamins and super food ingredients it contains raw cacao, chia seeds, coconut nectar, ginseng and almonds.

Skin & Tonic COCO MASK (50g - £22) - I'm a huge fan of the minty STEAM CLEAN cleansing balm (and everything else I've tried from the brand). This powdered mask can be mixed with water, raw honey and yoghurt for a hydrating mask.

Lina Hanson Satori Perfume Oil (8ml - £75) - a scent which awakens the senses. It contains vanilla, sandalwood, Japanese yuzu and ginger. Sounds so lush!

What's on your wishlist?

Thursday, 19 May 2016

PHB Ethical Beauty

I'm unsure why I've only just tried this amazing brand. It could be I overlooked it as the packaging is rather plain - I'm just not sure but I definitely want to try more!

PHB Ethical Beauty (Pure. Handmade. British) was founded by British Entrepreneur, Rose Brown. The business is family run and products are hand made in the UK. I love companies that give back - PHB give 20% of net profits to charity to help improve the lives of people and animals in the UK.

100% naturally derived ingredients and many ingredients used are certified organic. Products contain no alcohol, SLS, PEGs, Petrochemicals, Palm Oil, Formaldehyde, DEA, TEA, Phthalates or synthetic fragrances. Packaging is eco-friendly and recyclable.

Hair Conditioning Mask with Monoi de Tahiti (100ml - £14.50) nourishes and conditions as well as smelling amazing! Use on out of condition, dry, damaged, coloured and dull hair. Organic Oat Complex restores, repairs and hair is left super shiny, soft and healthy. 

To use: 

For Fine hair: massage into wet hair, leave 3-5 minutes before shampooing
Normal/Dry hair: use as post-shampoo treatment, leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing. Can also be left on overnight for dry/damaged hair.

The second item I bought is Anti-Ageing Moisturiser with Monoi Oil & Gardenia (50ml - £18.95) which is honestly one of the nicest moisturisers I've ever used. It smells simply divine and absorbs instantly onto the skin leaving it feeling comfortable and moisturised.

To use: apply in circular motions to the face and neck.

I've been really impressed with these products both quality, value and how effective they are. Pick yours up HERE or HERE.

What are your favourite products from the brand?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Angela Langford Skincare: Bloom & Glow Radiance Restoring Face Oil

I've been trying out Angela Langford's Bloom & Glow Restoring Face Oil (15ml - £20.50)* which is packed full of good things for the skin including chia seeds and Sea Buckthorn which deliver potent levels of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to the skin.

Angela says "Perfect for skin that is sensitive, easily inflamed or generally out of kilter. This is your recipe for gorgeous, glowing, radiant skin".

Vitamin E repairs and protects, Q10 regenerates, Evening Primrose helps to retain moisture, Chia seed and Rosehip heal and repair, Jojoba balances while Bisabolol calms and is an anti-inflammatory, Sea Buckthorn and Neroli repairs and is anti-ageing and Rose Geranium balances and is uplifting.

Suitable for all skin types the oil can be used AM and PM. I've found my skin loves this nutritious oil which leaves the skin cared for and glowy (and is reasonably priced too!)

To use: massage a few drops onto clean skin using upward strokes. Use alone or after serum. You can also add a few drops to your moisturiser.

Vegetarian and Vegan friendly (and good enough to eat!) Angela also included a healthy recipe to feed the skin (roasted chia seeds & aubergines) which I think is a nice extra touch.

*PR sample

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

My Antipodes Collection

I'm slowly but surely building up my Antipodes collection having started with their Divine Oil which I first received in that amazing Selfridges Beauty Box that sent the whole beauty world crazy (link). The Deliverance Hand Cream is a new add! 

Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream (60ml - £25.99) - I first tried this in a mini duo with the Divine Oil - see my review here. Simply gorgeous. Know it will be a re-purchase.

Delight Hand & Body Cream (120ml - £28.99) - I took ages to source this one. See my review HERE. Absolutely love it.

Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream (75ml - £15.99) - this is a recent buy. A rich and delicious orange scented hand cream which deeply nourishes and nurtures the hands and nails.

Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (15ml) - which came in a mini anti-ageing set with the Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum (10ml) (£13.99) - a real luxe trial size set which is a delight to use. Joyous deeply nourishes the skin and has a berry scent while the night cream nourishes, restores and uplifts.

Heavenly Body Oil (100ml - £24.99) - absorbs instantly and is scented with Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rosewood and Jasmine. It rejuvenates and deeply nourishes the skin and is also heavenly for massage.

What's your favourite Antipodes product and what should I try next?

Monday, 16 May 2016

Atelier Cologne: Vanille Insensée

I first tried Atelier Cologne's Vanille Insensée in Liberty when visiting London. I then picked up a sample at Roullier White (link). The brand was created by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel in 2009. They opened their first store in Nolita in NYC in 2011 which was closely followed by a Parisian Atelier in 2012. In 2013 more stores appeared in Brooklyn and Paris.

This little set was a spur of the moment buy...inside is a 30ml bottle of cologne with a hot pink leather case (this is refillable), a set of four postcards with sample vials (Orange Sanguine, Grand Neroli, Bois Blonds and Ambre Nue).  There also is a 200gr bar of soap.

It is a really stunning scent with top notes of coriander and lime, a heart of jasmine, vetiver and oakmoss with a base of vanilla, oakwood and amber. It's the perfect scent to wear anytime day or night.

Sample vials (my favourites are zesty Orange Sanguine and lush Grand Neroli).

Grand Neroli: with top notes of neroli, bergamot and petigrain, a heart of galbanum, oakmoss and birch leaves with a base of musk, cedarwood and vanilla.

Orange Sanguine: with top notes of blood orange, bitter orange and red mandarin, a heart of jasmine, geranium and black pepper with a base of tonka, sandalwood and cedarwood.

Bois Blonds: has top notes of neroli, bergamot and petigrain, a heart of obloss, pink pepper and incense with a base of blond woods, musk and verivert.

Ambre Nue: has top notes of green mandarin, bergamot and tajetes with a heart of orchid, cinnamon and benzoin with base notes of cistus, labdanum, amber and tonka.

Thanks also to Mandy for the pefume vials which are a great try-me selection. See my thoughts of the Heeley scents HERE.

What's your favourite Atelier Cologne scent?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Gallinée La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser

I've been trying La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser (120ml - £14)* from new to me brand Gallinée, a French company set up by Marie Drago, a doctor in a pharmacy who has over fifteen years experience working for successful and innovative skincare brands. The brand launched after a Kickstarter campaign and won a prestigious Beauty Shortlist Award this year.

After personally following a prebiotic and probiotic diet Marie decided to apply the same science to skincare and used her scientific expertise to create a patented complex formula of prebiotics, probiotics and lactic acid to nourish and support the skin's good bacteria.  I've been really impressed with this lovely citrus scented foamy cleanser which cleans, refreshes, removes impurities and leaves the skin looking radiant (it's one of my favourite products this year!)

Products are free from colourants, SLS, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, phenoxyethanol and methylisothiazolinone.

To use: massage the foam onto wet skin before rinsing.

See the full range HERE.

*PR sample

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Shopping my Stash #74

Here's what I've been reaching for this week:

I'm absolutely obsessed with this Giorgio Armani Lipstick at the moment as it's such a wearable shade. Eden Perfumes, which are based in Brighton make vegan friendly perfumes with no parabens or synthetics which have notes like expensive perfumes. I own two - Tobacco Vanille and this one, Portofino and they are very similar to the Tom Ford versions.  I do find I need to spray this one quite frequently as it disappears very quickly - but it's lush!

Korres Bergamot Pear Body Milk is a delicious fruity lotion which melts quickly onto the skin leaving it nourished and delicately scented.

I just recently received Blue Labelle's Light & Balancing Facial Oil which is fantastic! Expect a review soon.

My mascara of choice is Urban Decay's Perversion which makes the lashes thicker, blacker and full of volume. Love this!

What have you been reaching for lately?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Luxury LifeBox

Yet another fantastic company I've come across on Twitter is LifeBox which offer a range of subscriptions and trial boxes packed full of healthy and delicious goodies. Lifebox say "luxurious and specially curated selection of delectable healthy treats to tickle the tastebuds and nourish the body".

I chose Limited Edition "Luxury Lifebox Gift Box" which costs £29.95 plus P&P. See the variety available HERE.

The box comes in an outer brown box and inside you will find a branded box tied with ribbon.

It's absolutely jam packed!

And now for a closer look..

Leafy Vine Ripened Tomato & Oregano Kale Crisps - these sound delicious. Looking forward to munching.

Punch Foods Superseeds Japanese Tamari - eat straight from the tube or sprinkled on salads, soups, smoothies etc. These are going straight to work with me for any mid-afternoon slump.

Hybrid Herbs Mushroom Mix Sample - again this can be mixed into juices, smoothies and shakes.

Lifebox Maca & Cacao Mix - use in smoothies, juices and shakes.

Wunder Workshop Instantly Golden Vegan Cacao Turmeric Latte - add a heaped tablespoon to hot water or milk with sweetner. Whisk thoroughly before drinking or adding to your porridge.

Rock my Bowl Granola Cacao & Sea Salt - can be eaten straight from the pack! Looks delicious.

The Happy Bread Co - Everyday Happy Tummy Mix - spinkle on your breakfast, smoothies, dessert, salads or soup.

MAZA Coconut Raw Chocolate - the most decadent artisan bean to bar around. 

Nut Blend Indulgent Chocolate Butter - can be used in smoothies, baking, on your porridge or just on a spoon!

Sweet Virtues Chocolate Halo Thins - yum!

Minor Figures Cold Brew with Coconut - a delicious pick me up.

Sister & Co Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil - use to bake, cook, on skin, body and hair.

Yuyo Yerba Mate Tea - calming and refreshing tea. Sounds delicious.

Elements for Life Raw Cacao Nibs Grinder - grind into your coffee smoothies or desserts.

Looking forward to trying everything out and definitely tempted to subscribe to one of the monthly boxes!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

AA Skincare: Natural Haircare Shampoo Review & Giveaway - it's over!

I've been trying out a couple of shampoos from the new range at AA Skincare

They are absolutely fantastic, natural, free from parabens, sulphates, artifical fragrances and great value for money and the packaging is recyclable. Essential oils are combined with natural extracts and healing herb powders.  

There are 5 to chose from. See more details HERE

My favourite of the two I've been testing is Peony, Bay & Brahmi Nourishing Shampoo* (£5.94 for 250ml). As well as smelling gorgeous this shampoo is really effective.  It calms, balances and contains natural Peony extract which acts as an anti-inflammatory to help maintain a healthy scalp and boost hair growth. The shampoo contains antioxidants which nourish and repair while Tulsi Powder purifies and helps to promote hair growth. Brahmi Powder also encourages hair growth while essential oils of Geranium repairs and strengthens, Palmarosa nourishes and helps to reduce breakage, Rosemary helps to stimulate growth and Bay Laurel helps with hair growth and a healthy scalp.

The second one I've been trying is Rosemary, Sage & Burdock Lift & Repair Shampoo* (£5.94 for 250ml) which repairs and uplifts. Burdock Root Extract is rich in amino acids and calcium to help with growth and strength while essential oils of Rosemary stimulates growth and adds volume. Sage is a good source of zinc, potassium and vitamins and helps to maintain healthy hair. Bay Laurel promotes a healthy scalp, Geranium repairs and protects while Basil is stimulating and helps to boost circulation and growth.

To use: wet hair, massage shampoo into hair before rinsing.

I've been really impressed with the performance of both of these shampoos. They are very gentle, smell nice, lather well and leave the hair looking shiny and healthy and are great value.

One of my readers can chose one of their choice in my latest giveaway. UK only - Good Luck!

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*PR samples

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

James Heeley Fragrances: Samples

Designer James Heeley was in France on business when he discovered how scents are designed and made. One of his first perfumes was Menthe Fraiche which is made from mint - an elegant and very wearable creation. Everything is done in house from creating and formulating the perfumes to packaging.

I recently picked up a perfume purchase at Harvey Nichols (link - expect a review soon) and the assistant, Mandy gave me a really generous selection of samples including some Heely ones.

CoccoBello EdP (Tropical Island Paradise) which is a lush coconut scent. It has notes of Palm Leaves, Gardenia, Fresh Coconut, Sea Salt, Bourbon Vanilla, Virginian Cedarwood, Benjoin and Sandalwood. 

Hippie Rose EdP (An Air of Freedom) a rich and spicy rose scent with notes of Italian Bergamot, Green Moss, Bulgarian Rose, Patchouli, Incense, Amber, Vetivert and Musk. Lush!

Saint Clements EdP (Oranges & Lemons say the Bells of St Clements) refreshing and zesty this is the perfect scent for long hot summer days. It has notes of Orange, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarine, Neroli, Petigrain, Earl Grey Tea, Ylang Ylang and Vetiver.

L'Amandiere Extrait de Parfum (A Portrait of Spring) an uplifting floral with notes of Green Almond, Jasmine, Rose and Tilia.

I've just loved all four of these samples (oops) and would be quite happy to own a full size bottle of any of the above. So you see, perfume samples really are a great way to try before you buy.

What perfume have you bought after having tried a sample vial?

Monday, 9 May 2016

Fair Squared Care Set

This little travel set* from Fair Squared is honestly the cutest thing! What you get in the set are 4 x 10ml products (£8.95) which are great for a weekend away or for try me. The products are free from parabens, phthalates, SLS and PEGs.

Inside each bottle is enough product for 3-4 days use. I've previously tried their Lip Balms and Almond Hand Soap*.

Olive Hand Soap 10ml* a nourishing and gentle hand wash which is made using Fair Trade Olive oil.

Vanilla shower Gel 10ml* this is my favourite. It has a lovely vanilla scent and gentle cleanses the skin.

Green Tea Body Lotion 10ml* which gently nourishes and hydrates the skin. The addition of Green Tea helps to rejuvenate and heal.

Apricot Shampoo 10ml* cleanses the hair leaving it shiny and healthy looking.

You can pick up your Fair Squared products at Big Green Smile online. See the list of other stockists here.

*PR sample

Sunday, 8 May 2016

YOU Beauty Box: The Cult Beauty Edit: May 2016

My YOU Beauty Box (£6.95) arrived yesterday and I can't wait to delve in! This month it's the Cult Beauty Edit and I chose SHOW Beauty Pure Treatment Oil 60ml which is worth £50! The packaging is absolutely exquisite and really luxurious and I can't wait to try! My second pick was Rodial's Stem Cell Cleansing Cream 70ml which is scented with roses. I love that you can use it as a cleanser or as a mask. Reviews will follow!

The extras this month:

£15 gift card for Anne Semonin
1 x popband
2ml Verso Super Facial Serum sample

What did you pick this month?

Friday, 6 May 2016

Ecocare Organic: Facial Wipes

I've been testing out Ecocare's Organic Facial Wipes in Rose & Chamomile* and Apple & Honey* (£4.90 for 25 wipes).  They really are the best I've tried. I like to pack some wipes for holidays or use after a late night or two!

The company is based in Australia and the products are made in the UK. A donation is made to Ecocare Foundation for every product sold and the wipes are made of 100% certified organic cotton. I've found both types of facial wipes non-drying, gentle and they don't sting around the eye area.

My favourite of the two are the Rose & Chamomile Organic Facial Wipes* which are suitable for dry, normal and sensitive skin types and have a gentle rose scent.  They contain three variants of rose including Rosa Damascena to tone and balance while organic Chamomile moisturises and soothes. Aloe Vera hydrates and calms while Green Tea imparts essential antioxidants and leaves the skin radiant.

The Apple & Honey Facial Wipes* are suitable for normal/combination/teen skin types and contain 4 organic apples in every pack! The wipes deeply cleanse the skin, removing all make up and impurities. Apple cleanses the skin and removes oily build up, organic Honey soothes and hydrates while Green Tea imparts vital antioxidants and promotes healthy skin.

Pick yours up at Naturisimo

*PR samples

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Viridian: Ultimate Beauty Organic Rose Oil & Essential Female Multi

A few weeks ago I was sent a selection of products* from Viridian to try. I've previously reviewed their Ultimate Beauty Skin Repair Topical Oil* and SPF Skin Pro-Factors* and you can see my review HERE. I've also reviewed their Ultimate Beauty Oil* and Beauty Complex* (REVIEW).

My skin has been loving Viridian's Ultimate Beauty Organic Rose Oil (15ml - £32)* which deeply nourishes, regenerates and protects the skin. It absorbs instantly leaving the skin scented of roses, radiant and hydrated. 

It's a blend of skin loving oils - Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Almond, Elderberry, Sesame, Hazel and Pomegranate oils along with Sea Buckthorn and Vitamin E and is scented with Rose and Neroli.

Ultimately blended for dry and dehydrated skin types my skin's been loving it during the winter months and I can quite honestly say it's one of the nicest face oils I've ever used.

I've also been taking Viridian's Essential Female Multi* which are a unique blend of nutrients and botanical extracts which help support optimal health and vitality. The jar contains 60 capsules (£28.45)* which help with tiredness and fatigue, support normal cognitive function, the formation of red blood cells and the immune system. B6 contributes the the regulation of hormone activity. I've found I have more energy and feel less tired and anxious. You can see the full list of ingredients here.

I've also been sampling again a Viridian bestseller their Ultimate Beauty Oil*(500ml - £20.40) which is stuffed full of good things for the skin, hair and nails. It's a balanced source of 3:6:9 fatty acids including GLA and it also contains potent antioxidants and carotenoids. I've been adding it to smoothies and salad dressings. See my earlier review HERE.

*PR samples

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

MAULI Rituals: Surrender, Serenity & Spirited Body Oils

I've been testing out these exquisite body oils* by MAULI Rituals which were created for the MAULI Rituals Spa Treatments at the Bulgari Hotel. You can see my review of the Discover MAULI kit HERE.

Surrender (Vata) Body Oil* is a comforting blend which balances the Vata energies within us. It's great when you are feeling stressed and anxious, to relax aching bones and encourage a restful night's sleep. The scent instantly calms me (and is my favourite).  It's a blend of chamomile, frankincense, ylang ylang, spikenard, may chang, geranium and vetivert in a base of sweet almond and sesame. 

To use: massage onto the body starting from your feet, working up towards your middle and then moving to arms, shoulder, the back of your neck and ears. Apply before bed or wait 20 minutes for the oils to penetrate before having a warm bath. The ritual is the same for all the oils.

Serenity (Pitta) Body Oil* is my second favourite. It balances, pacifies a firey mood, nervous tension, strengthens joints and soothes inflamed skin. This cooling and aromatic blend is made with bergamot, lavender, lime, spearmint, sandalwood and rose absolute in a base of evening primrose, sweet almond and jojoba oils.

Spirited (Kapha) Body Oil* which helps to give you more get-up-and-go, relieves flu-like symptoms and uplifts when feeling low. With restorative oils of frankincense, ginger, juniper berry with stimulating eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and cinnamon in a base of sweet almond and grapeseed. The oil can boost a sluggish metabolism, ease joint pain, alleviate sinus and respiratory symptoms, condition and awaken a loving heart.

You can read more about Ayurveda and find your dosha HERE.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: April 2016

My Bloom Perfumery April samples arrived on Saturday and this month the theme is "Citrus Breeze". The picks are fresh and citrus (and there's only one in the pack which doesn't make me swoon!)

I've had a sample before of Phaedon's Verveine Figuier EdT (£69 - 100ml, £2 - 1.6ml) and I loved its refreshing verbena and earthy fig notes. With notes of benzoin, fig tree leaves, licorice, musk, ooakmoss, Texas cedar and Verbena. It's the perfect scent for spring and summer.

I am totally smitten with NEW IN: Art de Parfum's Sensual Oud Extrait de Parfum (£88 - 50ml, £2 - 1.6ml) and I'd say it's up there with TARDES by Carner as one of my favourites from the whole year. It has notes of rose, leather, cloves, cypress, jasmine absolute, patchouli and geranium.

From Olfactive Studio we have Flash Back EdP (£74 - 50ml, £2 - 1.6ml) which is sweet and tangy with top notes of grapefruit, orange and rhubarb, a heart of Granny Smith apples and pink pepper with base notes of amber, musk and vetivert.

Spice Bazaar Extrait de Parfum from Nishane (£110 - 50ml, £5 - 1ml) is spicy and woody with top notes of ginger, juniper, rosemary and yuzu with a heart of cedar, cinnamon and cumin and base notes of black pepper, saffron and vanilla. I also loved their Boszporusz scent.

Arquiste's L'Etrog Acqua EdP (£135 - 100ml, £2 - 1.6ml) is woody and citrussy and has notes of bergamot, cedrat, labdanum, mandarin, myrtle, petit grain and vetivert.

I find Arquiste's Fleur de Louis EdP (£125 - 55ml, £2 - 1.6ml) a little too powdery for my tastes. With top notes of bergamot, cypress, galbanum and neroli, a heart of clove, jasmine, orange blossom and rose and a base of amber, cedarwood, Italian iris root, labdanum and vetivert.

What do you think of this month's picks?