Yogandha: Mood Boosting Aromatherapy

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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?

Alex Signature

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New In: L'Occitane Aromachology

L'Occitane AromachologyThis must be one of my favourite launches (if not THE favourite) when it comes to aromatherapy / bodycare this year! The packaging just screams vintage apothecary chic and what's inside is even better! The new line from L'Occitane is all about expertly blended essential oils designed to help you de-stress, unwind and... smell amazing!.

There are two groups of products in this range: the Relaxing Line and the Revitalizing Line. For someone who has trouble getting to sleep, like myself, the bedtime and bathtime rituals are a godsend! I particularly love the Relaxing Pillow Mist (€20) that I have been spraying every single night since I got it! The combination of Lavender, Sweet Orange, Rosemary and Bergamot oils is heavenly and truly does help me relax. The same goes for the Relaxing Massage Body Oil (€16.50) - it smells fantastic and feels gorgeous on the skin. If you love your pamper time and relaxing products this range is for you!

L'Occitane Aromachology

The next product I tried was from the Revitalizing Line and it was the fresh, citrus-scented Revitalizing Body Scrub (€27). It's a delicious concoction of sugar crystals, lemon zest and essential oils like lemon, rosemary, grapefruit, mint and orange. I kid you not, this stuff smells good enough to eat and I will admit that I was tempted to give it a go! I am not sure about the culinary value of the product (haven't quite braved it..) but I can vouch for the cosmetic one - the product is beautiful and leaves my skin feeling luscious and fresh. The scents are truly uplifting and perfect for an early morning shower!

I cannot rave enough about this beautiful range! Even if only for the amazing, retro packaging you must go into your nearby L'Occitane Boutique! And while you're there give everything a sniff, you will not regret it! The range launches in L'Occtitane Boutiques in August 2014.

I cannot wait to pick up the rest of the range, I have my eye on the bath salts and the revitalizing roll-on, which will come in handy as a pick-me-up during those long busy days I spend in the city.

Are you a fan of aromatherapy? If so, let me know your star product, I'd love to hear your recommendations!

A. x

Sore Muscle Therapy: Neals Yard Warming Massage Oil

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Neals Yard Ginger & Juniper Warming  Oil | Pink Elephant BlogI have recently upped my yoga practice and can proudly say, I manage to squeeze in a yoga session at least 4 times a week these days. Unfortunately, more often than not it results in some kind of sore muscles, mostly in my legs and shoulders. I've always reached for the trusted Deep Heat but to be honest, I hate going to sleep smelling of it - not the most attractive smell in the world, let me tell you!  I found the Neals Yard Ginger & Juniper Warming Oil at this year's Irish Beauty Show and have used it regularly ever since.

It contains a mix of essential oils of ginger, juniper, rosemary and sage for healthy circulation, plus muscle relaxing lavender, in a base of skin softening and conditioning sunflower, almond and wheatgerm oils. The ingredients are 100% organic.

It feels absolutely lovely on the skin and the smell is just out of this world - I wish you could smell it through the laptop. It smells warming and soothing... and just heavenly. I love applying it into my shoulders and legs at night, it not only relaxes my tight muscles, but also leaves my skin feeling softened and hydrated.

Neals Yard Ginger & Juniper Warming Oil €14.95 from the Natural Skincare Emporium (also available in Harvey Nichols / Space NK)

I love aromatherapy products. What is your favourite?

A. xx

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Vanity Rooms: Pampering in Pink

Image Magazine Award for Best Salon  | Pink Elephant BlogLast week Becky and I were invited to the beautiful Vanity Rooms in Stepaside, Dublin 18. The salon is owned by two fabulous ladies, incidentally both called Jen, who have recently won the prestigious Image Business of Beauty Award for the Best Salon! And deservedly so! I don't even know where to start here...

First of all, the salon is absolutely beautiful, as you can probably see in the photos above. It is the ideal place to slip away for a mani / pedi with your friend or have some me-time & treat yourself to a fab facial or massage!

Becky & I went for a pedicure to get our feet sandal-ready just in time for the spring weather. I can HIGHLY recommend the pedicures & I will be returning for another one shortly! They have these cool pedicure chairs that massage your back while your feet are being pampered! It felt amazing and after the treatment my feet were soft, light and relaxed! And my toes were painted a gorgeous pink colour!

The ladies working at the salon are lovely and we had an amazing time! Congratulations to the Vanity Rooms on the award & thank you so much for having us!

Whether you are due some pampering time or you are looking for a way to treat someone else, make sure you check out the Vanity Rooms. Make sure you also follow them on twitter & facebook for competitions and special offers!

A. xx

Best of Beauty | Beauty Treatment

Cloisters Spa KillarneyToday's post in the Best of Beauty series (a blog challenge created by the lovely Samantha from All The Buzz) is all about my favourite Beauty Treatment. It was easy for me to choose as I am a spa girl through and through. To me there is nothing better than visiting a nice spa, a relaxing body exfoliation or massage and maybe some afternoon tea after...? Bliss!Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney

     Photos from the Cloisters Spa in Killarney.

The spa I go to most often is the one in Druids Glen and my favourite treatment there is the Aroma Stone Therapy Massage and the Lime and Ginger Salt Treatment, which smells amazing and involves loveliness like warm oil, body brushing and other gorgeous things.

I know a spa trip can be expensive and it's (unfortunately) not something I treat myself to very often, but I think it's important to sometimes do something nice just for yourself, completely relax and forget about the world outside.

If you want to read more posts like these from my fellow Irish Beauty Bloggers check out the #BOBBlogchallenge on Twitter. I'm really looking forward to reading all the posts!

What is your favourite beauty treatment?

A. xx

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