Thursday, December 6, 2018

Rituals Grafton Street - hello my new home!

My love for Rituals has been going on for years now, with my first post being back in 2013 when I knew nothing about photography and used a fleece blanket as my backdrop!  I'd been using the products before that, but that's when they first appeared on the blog.  Little did I know it would grow into a full blown love affair with me wearing what's now known as the Ritual of Dao Bed & Body Mist on Joanne & Will's wedding day.  Back then it was called the Yin Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren, and even now when I smell it, it brings me back to that amazing day.


Anyway, if you missed my instastories last week, Rituals have opened up a stand alone store on Grafton Street and I went to the launch like a giddy child.  Not many brands make me want to go to something when I don't know anyone going, but this brand just does something to me.  And as they had us watching a video of how they want to make those daily routines into rituals, I could feel myself getting emotional and then mortified.  But I love the ethos so much.  We're all running around like lunatics every day getting all our bits done and we're not being present enough.  We don't allow a couple of moments every day to ourselves, be it in the shower, or applying our body mist, or lighting a candle for half an hour and just be.

But I promise, if you find the right range for you in Rituals, it will be so much easier to enjoy the little things.  I love the Ritual of Dao, which is calming and I ration myself with it because I don't want to lose that feeling it gives me when I use the products!  I know that sounds mad, but sure listen!

I took over 60 photos that night, so here are a few of my favourites.  What I'd recommend is that you go into the shop on Grafton Street and give yourself some time to go through all of the ranges and find your favourite.  And if you can't get into a Rituals shop, you can buy the products online.  Take your time and read through the descriptions of everything so you can get a feel for what the products might smell like.


I've tried so many products from The Ritual of Dao, from the body products to the candles and diffusers, and there's something very soothing and comforting about this scent.  It's mainly a floral scent thanks to the White Lotus, and coming up to Christmas, I'm going back to the shop and I'm going to get some of the products from the range that I haven't tried yet.  They've lots of different gifts sets in this range depending on your budget, the same goes for all of the ranges, and can we take a second for the boxes...  They're stunning and when you've taken the products out, you can use them for your bits and pieces.



I feel like I need to try The Ritual of Happy Buddha these days as I'm wrecked all the time!  Anything that will energise me eh?




Another range I love and is next on my hit list to try is The Ritual of Hammam.  It gives the feeling of purification thanks to rosemary and eucalyptus, and could be a good one the day after your Christmas party?  Wash away any memories of the night before?!



The Ritual of Sakura is said to make you feel like every day is a new beginning and that's something I'm totally on board with and try to do myself, so maybe trying some of these products would help make that a bit easier.   This range has the scent of cherry blossom, one of my favourites, and I was this close to buying the diffuser of this recently before I knew the shop was opening, so it's on my list.


The Ritual of Ayurveda is one I think I need in my life, promising to help start your day with inner harmony and to create a balancing effect.  Yes please Rituals, yes please!



The Ritual of Yalda is their Christmas range this year, promising to give you a boost of energy during the cold, dark days of winter.  I'm going to need everything this range has to offer because the lack of light is killing me.  Who else is struggling?


I had no idea that Rituals had a makeup range, so you know I'll be investigating that next year when I learn a bit more about it.


And I only found out they had skincare recently when I was at the counter in Arnotts, so that's also on the list to try.


And like any good shop, they have a section right at the register that will get you.  It has mini things.  All the mini things.  And I love mini things.  


So who's going to be visiting Rituals?  Trust me, you're going to love it in there!
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Candles for Christmas! My top 6 that would make a whopper gift

I think candles are the perfect gift for someone you know, someone you don't know, someone you know but don't particularly like and also for yourself.  Self gifting is totally allowed this month.  I don't make the rules.  And as much as I like to abide by this ethos, buying myself a fancy schmancy candle rarely actually happens.  Now I'll buy a stranger a spendy candle without a second thought, so I need to cop on!

So if you're feeling like you want to treat yourself this Christmas, or your loved one hasn't a notion what to get you this year, then send them this blog post and everyone will be happy.  And if lighting a gorgeous candle on a cosy night doesn't make you happy, then I'm at a loss.  There's no hope for you. So maybe one of these beauts will tickle your fancy this Christmas!



You know when people say ooh this smells like Christmas?  Well the Joyful Glow candle from Elemis really does.  Well, it doesn't smell like the Christmasses we had growing up with fake trees and all the tinsel and those metallic garlands that we had attached to the ceiling with thumbtacks, four going from the "big light" out to the corners of the room.  Ah good times...  No this smells like the cinnamon Christmasses we used to see on the telly, with notes of vanilla and orange.  It smells cosy, it makes me want twinkly lights everywhere and I'm just short of making a gingerbread house from scratch even though I can't bake, that's now much this smells like Christmas.  And while I'm saving this for Christmas actual Day this year, when I went to the festive showcase a couple of months ago, they had it lighting and the glow that comes through all of those tiny bows is only dotey.



The YonKa Quintessence Candle smells like relaxation station across the nation and as this burns, you get to enjoy YonKa's exclusive blend of essential oils - lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme as they waft through the air, just what's needed during the busy month that is December.  One of my missions for next year is to go to a YonKa spa, so until that happens, I'll light this candle, lie down and close my eyes and pretend I'm in one, while we all know I'll be lying on the bed in my fleece with the hun bun high.  Yas!



Is it really Christmas if you don't have a vanilla scented candle in your collection?  Well this Gousse De Vanille candle from Irish brand La Bougie has a mix of tonka bean, orchid, cider and cinnamon and yes, it smells as delicious as it sounds.  I find pure vanilla scented things can be too sweet for me, but this is just so aromatic and has a hit of warm spice thanks to the cider and cinnamon.  I've written about the Sage & Bitter Orange candle years ago and the Sweet Pea & Pear candle back in 2012, which they don't make anymore, awww.  This will be lit in the lead up to Christmas and all will be well in the world.



I defy you to light this in the evening and not want to face plant the couch.  That's how relaxing the Waxperts lavender candle is.  Lovely Mammy Bits is as obsessed with it as I am and it's a candle I reach for to light when I've had a mad day, when I just want to switch off and unplug from social media and do what they call in the business, relax the kax.  This candle, a cosy Christmas film and my fleece blanket and I'm a happy bridie.  Ok add a glass of wine and nothing can make me want to leave the house!

Le Labo Laurier 62 Candle - available from The Loop Dublin Airport


I really didn't think I was cool enough for the brand Le Labo which launched into The Loop in Dublin Airport this year.  When I was in the airport during the summer, I had a look and a smell of lots of the products, got overwhelmed and didn't know what I wanted!  There's very much a cool New York vibe about the counter and the packaging itself too, with chic typed labels on the candles and fragrances, which you can get customised while you wait.  I am not chic, but I feel less not chic now that I have the woody scent of my Laurier 62 candle which I got at The Loop Christmas event last week.  With 62 ingredients in it, it's so hard to pinpoint what it smells like exactly, but I get woody winter wonderland vibes from it.  It's definitely a winter candle that's full of cosiness and I can't wait to burn it this Christmas!

Sand + Fog Cedar & Lavender candle - €8.99


Ok this is a bit of a cheat because I bought this in Home Sense a few weeks ago, but I wanted to include it for a few reasons.
1.  It's a mix of two of my favourite scents ever - wood and lavender.
2.  It was under the tenner mark.
3.  Home Sense has their candles colour coordinated and that just makes me happy.  They've always a load of Sand + Fog candles when I head in and it's just a matter of whittling down the ones you love.  But while you might not be able to find this exact candle, I wanted to give you ideas that you can get some beautiful candles on a budget that don't begin with Y and end in ankee.  Trust me.

We're rarely without a candle lighting in the living room in the evenings, all year round.  They're such a nice treat, so why not treat yo'self this year!

What's your favourite candle?  Go on, influence me!

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