Winter Pamper: Bodyshop Scrub + Body Cream


The Body Shop Winter PamperI am a super lazy body care person at the best of times and rarely stick to a routine in that department. I don't know why but for some reason I just can't face moisturising properly after every shower. But now that the days are colder and my skin is a bit drier I have re-kindled my love for body products and recently just can't get enough of these two: The Body Shop African Ximenia Body Scrub & their Japanese Camelia Cream.

The Body Shop Winter Pamper

The African Ximenia Body Scrub is a thick and luscious scrub that smells divine! I use it once or twice a week in the shower and it leaves my skin silky smooth. It comes in a huge tub and little goes a long way there so it looks like it'll last for a good while. It's not the cheapest (€30.50) but definitely one of the nicest body scrubs I have ever used. I also love the luxe packaging of the entire Body Shop Spa of the World range - I'm a sucker for nice packaging!

My other favourite from the Spa of the World range is the Japanese Camelia Cream. I loathe anything that stays sticky on my skin for a long time - there is nothing worse than the feeling of clothes sticking to your body! What I love about the Camelia Cream is a really rich and luscious body moisturiser but most importantly it absorbs fully in seconds! It has a lovely warm floral scent and feels gorgeous on the skin. Again, this product is not the cheapest (€39) but definitely something worth looking at if you want to pamper yourself or treat someone to a beautiful gift.

Have you tried any of the products from this new Body Shop range?

Alex Signature

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Yogandha: Mood Boosting Aromatherapy


Yogandha: Mood Boosting Aromatherapy

I am a lover of aromatherapy oils and was so excited to hear that a new Irish brand called Yogandha has just launched their gorgeous body & mood boosting oils range in Harvey Nichols. The woman behind the brand is  the lovely yoga teacher Sinead Duffy who has created her line based on the ancient practice of Gandha (Sanskrit for fragrance) to enhance the mind-body state.

The oils are beautiful quality and feel very luxurious. There are two ranges in the line: Body & Bath Oils (Relax, Soothe, Detox) and Mood Boosting Roller Balls (Salute, Balance, Ground).

After a two day wedding and a few too many glasses of wine I have tried out the Detox bath oil on the weekend and absolutely loved it! The oil is a blend of refreshing lemongrass and cleansing juniper berry which helps to detox the body and enhances lymphatic drainage. My bath smelled amazing and I felt instantly refreshed and less sluggish.

Yogandha: Mood Boosting Aromatherapy

The Mood Boosting Roller Balls are something everyone should carry in their bag! They provide an instant pick-me-up on the go... Invaluable when you are busy and stressed - you can take a few minutes on your commute and to ground and centre yourself. My favourite of the roller balls is Ground, a blend of Sandalwood and Frankincense, perfect for popping onto your wrists before yoga practice or when you find your mind wandering. It really does a great job at centering your mind!

Yogandha: Mood Boosting Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy Oils can unfortunately be quite expensive, especially the good quality ones. The Yogandha range starts at €19.95 which is really good value for money. Yoandha products are available in Harvey Nichols, Avoca and are also launching soon in Lloyds Pharmacies.

There is something for everybody in this range and already know I will not be able to help myself and pick up a couple more of these!

Do you use aromatherapy in your pamper routine?

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Luxury Beauty Gifts

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  1. Bobbi Brown Date Night Lip & Eye Palette £24 from and Bobbi Brown counters
  2. Eccentric Molecules Molecule 01 £65.50 for 100ml from Harvey Nichols
  3. Jo Malone Dark Amber & Gingerlilly Candle £48 from and Brown Thomas
  4. Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath Oil Collection  €62.01 from
  5. Holistic Silk Lavender Eye Mask £46 from and Harvey Nichols
  6. Tom Ford Lipstick in Scarlet Rouge £36 from and Tom Ford counters
  7. Babyliss Curl Secret €159.99 from and Boots Stores
  8. Dyptique Esu Duelle £85 from and Harvey Nichols or Brown Thomas
  9. Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp Gift Box £165 from
  10. Therapie Himalayan Bath Salts £35 and  Boost Hair and Body Wash £16 from
  11. Laura Mercier Body & Bath Luxe Quartet approx. €70 at Laura Mercier counters

Happy Christmas shopping!! x

A. xx

Beauty Stocking Fillers under €15

This is the first post in the 'Christmas Gift Guide' series. I am posting this today instead of the "Budget Find of the Week) simply because we have a lot of exciting Christmas posts lined up and there just inst enough time! I had to divide up the beauty category into three posts because there are so many things I like this year. I love giving Christmas presents! It really isn't all about spending money for me (DIY gift posts coming soon!) but about the thought I put in and the look on peoples faces when they open the presents. I know it's shocking, but I like giving presents more thank getting presents myself!beauty stocking fillers.001

  1. Mavala Angles, €5.50 from
  2. Aromatherapy Associates Little Bell €12.21 from
  3. Weleda Christmas Cracker €14.21 from
  4. Laura Ashley Bath Salts €7.50 from Boots
  5. Aroma Home Fox Handwarmers €13 from Boots
  6. Festive Goodies Set £11.50 from and Lush Stores
  7. Travalo Classic Excel Pink €14.99 from
  8. Astalift Christmas Miracle Mask €12.50 from
  9. Benefit Radiance Skincare Set €14.40 from Debenhams
  10. Burts Bees Pomegranate Duo €6.74 from
  11. This Works Christmas Cracker €10.99 from
  12. Ginger Sparkle Shower Gel €8.95 from The Body Shop
  13. Philosophy Hope in a Jar Ornament €13 from Boots
  14. Cowshed Christmas Cracker €12.50 from

Happy Christmas Shopping!!!!

P.S. - most of the things above are also available in 'normal' shops if you don't like shopping online. The things from and are most of the time also available from Harvey Nichols (Space NK) or Boots but I find that they are slightly cheaper online. Also, there is discount codes floating about for these websites so you can save a bit more!

A. xx