Monday 12 December 2022

Christmas Gift Guide | Self-Care Converts

Self-care has become a huge part of our lives in the past fews years. For the women that love to practice self-care on a daily basis, whether through pampering, relaxing, or just spoiling themselves, there are a number of gorgeous self-care-ready gifts to give this year. Here is an edit of my favourites...

ARgENTUM Apothecary | Caregiver Eau de Parfum

Scent plays a huge role in self-care, so, if you have a generous budget this Christmas, Caregiver Eau de Parfum (£228 will make for the most indulgent gift. Caregiver is a scent crafted by luxury British brand, Argentum. It is part of the brand’s Les Parfums Infinis, a collection of alcohol-free fragrances that are kind to skin and hair. Described as an ‘earth sweet wood’, Caregiver features warm and powdery top notes of Haitian vetiver and tonka bean, delicate floral heart notes of neroli and Sicilian bergamot, and earthy base notes of patchouli. The scent has great projection and impressive lasting power. The unique fragrance is housed in a sustainable ultraviolet glass bottle to protect and preserve it from natural light. It is also presented in a beautifully crafted box that takes the form of a classic book, adding an extra luxe touch to this already exquisite gift.

Wings of Wisdom | Lunatic Perfumed Candle

Candles are an essential part of any self-care ritual, so gifting one is guaranteed to go down well. One of the most gorgeous candles on offer this year is the Wings of Wisdom Lunatic Perfumed Candle (£80 What makes Wings of Wisdom candles so perfect for the self-care obsessed is that they have each been created as modern talismans to provide both visual and olfactive cues for setting daily intentions, dreaming up change, and practising gratitude throughout the day. Handcrafted in Stoke-on-Trent from English fine bone china and precious 22 carat bright gold, the enchanting Lunatic Perfumed Candle embraces the mystical, magical lunar cycle. It features notes of moonflower, jasmine, incense, limba bark, vetiver roots, cinnamon leaves, patchouli, tonka beans, star anis, and specks of vanilla. It is crafted using a luxury natural wax blend that contains rapeseed oil, vegetable oil, and trace amounts of mineral wax to support the hot throw.

Aromatherapy Associates | Moment of Grounding Set

For the self-care conscious in need of serious serenity, the Aromatherapy Associates Moment of Grounding Set (£80 will make for the perfect present. The set contains a cleansing and nourishing Forest Therapy Bath & Shower Oil, (55ml), an immersive Forest Therapy Pure Essential Oil Blend (10ml), and a hand-poured Forest Therapy Candle (200g) that burns for 40 hours. Forest Therapy is a complex, hand-crafted essential oil blend of balancing pink pepper, pine-scented cypress, uplifting juniper berry, and cleansing ho wood to ground and restore. This 100% natural, pure essential oil blend delivers a daily moment of wellbeing to reset both the mind and body.

NEOM | The Spectacular Sleep Heroes

Achieving a good night sleep is a huge goal for any self-care gal, so gifting a calming sleep set is sure to be appreciated this Christmas. My favourite is the NEOM Spectacular Sleep Heroes (£38, a gift set featuring the brand's much-loved Bedtime Hero Pillow Mist (30ml) and Bath Foam (200ml). Both products sit in the NEOM Scent To Sleep range, which has been specially formulated with natural fragrances to not only smell wonderful but have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. Bedtime Hero's blend of 11 of the purest essential oils, including chamomile, ylang ylang, and cedarwood, is expertly created to help you feel relaxed and ready for bedtime.

Sisley | Nutritive Lip Balm

If you're looking for a truly indulgent treat, I recommend gifting the Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm (£59 John Lewis). Formulated with nourishing oils and butters, this best-selling lip balm provides instant moisture and comfort to chapped, dry, and cracked lips. With a luxuriously creamy texture that glides on easily, it leaves lips smoother, softer, and more plump in appearance. It is formulated with mango butter, shea oil, jojoba oil, padina pavonica extract, kokum butter, plum kernel oil, and a blend of sweet white lupin oil and wheat germ oil concentrate. These ingredients work together to nourish and smooth the lips, strengthen the skin barrier, and protect against external aggressors. With a non-sticky finish, the Nutritive Lip Balm is also ideal for prepping lips before makeup application.

Patchology | Best In Snow Holiday Kit

For the self-care women that love to be pampered, the Pathology Best In Snow Hand & Foot Moisturizing Kit (£18 will go down a treat. Featuring one Perfect Ten Hand & Cuticle Mask and one Best Foot Forward Softening Heel & Foot Mask, this moisturising kit will overhaul dull and dehydrated hands and feet. Both masks feature self-warming technology that locks-in natural body heat to allow the nourishing formulas to better penetrate skin for beautifully soft and rejuvenated hands. The Hand & Cuticle Mask features an intensely moisturising blend of nourishing macadamia oil, to help repair damaged, scarred, or sagging skin, ultra-rich shea butter, to support healthy cell turnover and promote healing, and rosehip oil, to improve elasticity. The Heel & Foot Mask incorporates coconut oil, to leave skin baby-soft, Japanese cypress, to soothe and dispense anti-fungal properties, and intensely-rich shea butter to nourish and promote healing.

Dermalogica | The Peel Power-Up Set

For the women whose self-care focuses around skincare treatments, I recommend gifting an at-home beauty tool or treatment. One of my most recent favourites is the Dermalogica Peel Power-Up Set (£45 Sephora). Providing the same benefits of a professional skin treatment, this impressive set contains everything needed for at-home peel, delivering brighter and more radiant skin. It includes Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel (50ml), Daily Microfoliant (13g), Rapid Reveal Peel tubes (9ml x 3), and branded fan masque brush. These cleansing and exfoliating products work together to not only provide some serious pampering, but also deeply cleanse the skin, visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and treat pigmentation to deliver a more radiant complexion.

Bloomeffects | Black Tulip Cryotherapy Tools

Another great at-home treatment worth gifting this year is the Bloomeffects all-new cooling Black Tulip Cryotherapy Tools (£112, a set of skin-toning, stainless-steel beauty tools designed to help skin benefit from the body's natural response to changes in temperature. These luxury tools deliver the next level in luxury, sustainable youth-preserving skincare As the temperature drops, blood vessels constrict, improving circulation and causing a tightening effect on the skin. Just a few minutes of massaging these multi-tasking tools onto the face improves lymphatic drainage and circulation to instantly smooth, firm, and revitalise tired skin.

Lush | Christmas Candy Box

For the self-care lovers who cherish a weekly Sunday soak in the tub, you can't go wrong with gifting the Christmas Candy Box from Lush (£35 Lush). This festive confectionary classic features six bath must-haves, including a Candy Cane reusable bubble bar, Sweet Pudding bath bomb, Creamy Candy bubble bar, Snow Fairy bath bomb, Butterbear bath bomb, and Snow Fairy Wand bubble blower. Each bubble bar and bath bomb features a candy-inspired scent that is guaranteed to be loved by just about anyone with a sweet tooth. 

Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles | Ikigai

To give the gift of self-care inspiration this year, I recommend Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life (£12.99 Waterstones). Described as a 'refreshingly simple recipe for happiness... ', this book provides life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And, according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people, finding ikigai is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. In this book, authors Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralle detail how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships, and throw yourself into your passions. It's the perfect present for anyone wanting to bring meaning and joy to everyday living.

SpaceNK | Rewild Luxury Body Set

For the self-care fans that long for spa-like experiences at home, the SpaceNK Rewild Luxury Body Set (£49 SpaceNK) makes for the perfect present. This nourishing set is packed with a selection of pampering products from the brand's much-loved Rewild range, including the Rewild Body Wash (350ml), Rewild Body Lotion (350ml), and Rewild Bubble Bath (500ml). Rewind, the fragrance that flows through each of these products, features notes of black pepper, juniper berry, tonka bean, patchouli, and vetiver. Also included in the set is an exclusive Space NK Body Brush, a multitasking tool that helps stimulate the renewal of skin cells, increase circulation, and reduce harmful toxins. 

Manta | Pulse

For the self-care concious women that love their locks, I recommend the Manta Pulse (£55 Sephora), an innovative scalp brush that rejuvenates the hair and scalp to create the perfect conditions for hair growth. It’s the first brush to mould to the shape of the palm of the hand and scalp, and this flexibility creates less tension to gently free knots and minimise breakage, with minimum damage and maximum shine, for fuller healthier hair. The Manta Pulse features two modes - the first mode delivers a pulse perfect for relaxing stress and tension relief, and the second mode delivers a pulse to increase blood-flow and circulation. In addition to being used on dry hair, this scalp brush can support shampooing, providing a thorough, salon professional cleanse whilst also gently exfoliating the scalp to remove build up and dead skin. It is 100% waterproof, has a long lasting charge of up to 90 minutes, and comes with a handy travel pouch. 

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