This is the beginning of a wonderful story. In the pipeline are more fragrances to choose from, and more ideas, which Jo is full of. I’m so excited by this new idea, and what is to come from Jo Loves.
Once again, Neom have pulled it out of the bag. They are the name behind some of my favourite candles, and the Scents of Christmas Travel Candle Collection (£42) doesn’t disappoint.
Inside are three travel-sized versions of their festive scented candles, each in a beautiful glass jar – and with 20 hours burn time each.
The candles, which are also all available as full sized 3-wicked badboys, or individually as travel-sized are in Christmas Wish (gold glass), Harmonise (silver glass) and Comforting (rose gold glass).
My favourite of the trio, and I’m sad to say, now all burned, is definitely Comforting. It’s the first time I’d smelled this one, but definitely won’t be the last time as I’m now putting the large size on my Christmas list. If my house could smell like this forever, I would be a very happy girl. Although it does fit within the festive theme, I wouldn’t restrict it to that alone, as it’s a gorgeous, sweet and woody smell which really does leave the room smelling cosy and delicious. The scents in all the candles are made from pure natural extracts and aromatherapy oils with nothing synthetic about them, which results in a really clean smooth, pure smell. The scents in Comforting are Cedarwood, Vetiver and Star Anise. It’s a caramelley, smokey, citrusey, manly, gorgeous aroma.
Harmonise’s scents are Pine, Eucalyptus and Cedarwood which are definitely apparent when burning this candle. It’s a really fresh smell, with the pine definitely coming through. It’s the perfect fit to christmas, and if you have an artificial tree this would help bringing the smell of real Christmas trees to your home.
Christmas Wish, I could nearly eat. It reminds me of Lebkuchen – every time I have this candle burning I want to eat Lebkuchen arghhhh! It’s scents are Mandarin, Cinnamon and Tonka Bean. It is full of Christmasseyness and the one I’m saving the last few hours of to accompany my Christmas day.
These are available from www.NeomOrganics.com
The latest addition to my Neom collection is the Harmonise candle – a gorgeous, three-wicked beauty which smells of pine, cedarwood and eucalyptus.
Although it’s sold all year round and is not a Christmas candle, it’s hard for it not to help conjure up festive thoughts when it’s burning next to a Christmas tree with presents nestled beneath it. As I have an artificial tree, it’s helped the Christmas spirit along no end!
The aromas are very woody and menthol – you can smell them as soon as you open the packaging but not so much so that it is overpowering. It’s quite an adult scent, so I was surprised when my 15 year old sister came over while I was burning it and declared how lovely she thought it was! The smell stays around long after the candle has gone out which is one of my favourite things about the candle. I can enjoy it burning while I’m at home, put it out while I’m out of the house, and the smell is still there to welcome me when I return!
The packaging is gorgeous too – the actual candle is housed in a chunky large round glass, then that is inside a thick presentation box with one flap that flaps down saying “Out of clutter, find simplicity”…. even the leaflet inside quotes Anne Frank with “Whoever is happy will make others happy too” – it’s the little touches like that that bring this all together to make a wonderful, feel-good, luxurious candle.
The 3 wick candles are priced at £39.50 on the Neom Organics website with 55 hours burn time.
Timothy Dunn was originally a florist – tending to celebrities and big brands, who then used his knowledge of floral scents and experiences of worldly travels to create his own collection of candles which has now become the best selling range in Liberty!
His latest release is a limited edition candle, for Christmas, Arabaian Fig.
L’Occitane have brought out a range of limited edition gifts, which would be perfect for those last minute Christmas presents. I was sent a selection from the Délice des Fruits and Délice des Fleurs collections, of which I’m going to tell you about today!
Whenever I get new bath and body stuff, the first thing I do is have a little sniff…. OMG, this time I was in Heaven! The Citron & Clémentine range from the Délice des Fruits collection is absolutely divine. As the name would suggest, it is lemon and clementine, but not any old lemon and clementine. This is candied lemon and clementine, which evidently makes all the difference.
Although it’s not a Christmas smell, the candle reminds me of walking through a Christmas market and past a sweet stall. It’s the most amazing smell ever – I would happily burn this candle every day for the rest of my life, the smell is that good!
The rest of the products from the Délice des Fruits collection still have that amazing smell, but are slightly more citrusey than boiled sweets. I’m a big fan of citrus smells so these have been great for me too. The little tin of lip balm is dangerous – I want to eat it every time it goes near my lips! It contains almond oil so it’s good at moisturising, and it leaves the lips with a sexy sheen.
I usually use liquid hand soap, so there has been something quite decadent about using a bar of soap! It is perfumed but not overpowering, and doesn’t leave my hands feeling dry.
The Body Cream is gorgeous – it is nice and light, and while it has that nice smell, I like that fact that the smell isn’t lingering for the entire day – I like people to be able to smell my perfume! It has a slight balmy consistency and sinks in to the skin fairly quickly.
The Délice des Fleurs collection is a different smell all together. Still sweet, but in a different way. Nothing how I’d expect ‘Rose & Violette’ to smell – none of that classic ‘rose’ scent… but more like the very sweet aroma of berries. Apparently it is candied rose and violet petals. The fragrance is a little too sweet for me, but I can imagine my teenage sister being a fan.
The perfume comes in a 75ml glass bottle which is so pretty and elegant. The soft purple colour of the fragrance adds to the gorgeousness of it, it would look fab on display in a bathroom. There is also a little tin of solid perfume which is an ideal size to carry in your handbag to freshen up with during the day or a night out.
I used the shower jelly on a bath pouf, and while it wasn’t extremely bubbly there was enough lather there to wash my body with, and again, it looks great on display.
If you like sweet smells – like Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, I think you’d really like the Rose & Violette range.
The lip glosses from this collection, I will definitely use. I’d say they were more lip tints or balms than glosses as my lips weren’t left overly shiny after using them. They come in a little tin perfect for the handbag – Rose is pinky, like a just-bitten lip, and Violette is dark purple, which reminds me of a softer version of MAC’s Rebel lipstick. They both leave the lips feeling very soft, like they’re doing some good while looking good! I think it would be advisable to use a brush to apply them for more of an even look. I used my fingers for the photos below – so it’s not like you have to use one, but it would look more polished.
L’Occitane is also available in stores – have a look here to see where your local one is, or in selected department stores.