Christmas Gift Ideas for the Hard to Satisfy

As mentioned yesterday on Instagram, I've got a bit of a different approach to Christmas present buying this year.

It's been lovely... I've spent the last two weeks getting my much-yearned-for friends and family fix back in the UK. While there, I took the opportunity to purchase presents for them, save coming back to Sydney, buying them here and creating unnecessary postage and carbon footprint getting them delivered back to everyone.

But, as we've got Mr. L's family coming out to Sydney to visit us for Christmas, in order to support small business owners and their livelihoods, I've decided I'm going to buy their presents locally, shopping in the wonderful little independent retailers just a stones throw from our apartment.  The choice of where to spend my money here is huge actually, a welcome change from the sparse offerings that were open to us back in the deepest parts of Essex.

If you are struggling to know what to buy your nearest and dearest... the awkward mother-in-law who has everything or seemingly likes nothing, or perhaps you have left it till the last minute to get out to the shops and have opted to do your purchasing online, may I suggest you gift something a little bit different this year and buy one of my Reflexology or Natural Facelift Gift Vouchers. 

Each gift voucher is for a 1 hour treatment. And for a limited time, I'm doing a festive discount, giving you $20 off a voucher.  You'll need to put in the coupon code at the checkout to get the reduction.

Or you could buy one and spoil yourself?

Conveniently, once purchased, the Gift Vouchers can either be printed or emailed immediately. Easy peasy :)

Buy Gift Vouchers Here

Merry Christmas!

Luxury Candles Worth Forking Out For

Being a complementary therapist with a love of interior design, it goes without saying really that scented candles are an important, exciting, indulgent part of my home and working life.  They make my rooms smell wonderful of course, but their proven well being benefits give an added, welcome dimension to my Reflexology or Natural Facelift treatments. 

Scented candles to de-stress, bring calmness, energise, aid sleep and more.  Whatever fragrance you desire, there's a scented candle out there to help achieve a better state of body and mind, go and experiment.

Having tried many brands on the market, from affordable to pure luxury, I've found that it does not pay to scrimp.  My advice?  Purchase the most expensive ones you can afford.  That way, you'll get a candle that's created from pure, natural ingredients and a fragrance that uses the best essential oils available. There's nothing worse than those cheap, chemical laden, fake smelling examples made with vivid coloured wax you often see in store.  Don't waste your money.  Plus, when you spend a bit more money, conversely it will last longer because you don't have to burn it for a long time.  Just an hour, or until there's a nice even pool of melted wax around the wick, then blow it out.  It will continue to fragrance the air for a while longer.

It's difficult to whittle them down but in no particular order, here's my top five brands of choice that I think you'd enjoy too...

1/  The ultimate indulgent candle with simply stunning scents within a hand blown Italian glass container by French brand Astier de Villate.  Expensive and I wish it would last longer!

2/ Pretty containers, wonderful prominent scents and more affordable than its competitors.  A great, visually pleasing candle to display on a fireplace and use as an interesting vase when it's finished- Voluspa.

3/ Pretty, elegant glass containers, packaging and variety of delicate fragrances from British brand, Jo Malone.  The attention to detail with this brand is first-rate.

4/ I really like Molton Brown, not just because of their fragrance combinations but because of their lovely coloured glass containers and seemingly longer burn time.

5/ Pure aromatherapy indulgence, quality and simplicity go into making Neom one of my top five candle brands.  They group their range so it makes it easier to combine candles with body lotions, oils and foams for a complete head to toe, inside out experience.

Do you have a favourite scented candle? Do share below.