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

Cloisters Spa in Killarney

A couple of weeks ago my girlfriends and I treated ourselves to a little trip to County Kerry. We had a ball, we ate sweets, watched tearjerkers, had tea and chats... all the good stuff. A little bit of pampering was also greatly needed and we made our way down to the gorgeous Cloisters Spa at the Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney.Cloisters Spa KillarneyWe arrived in the morning and took advantage of the thermal suites. We were lucky, there were not too many people around so we had the place practically to ourselves (well, we had to share a little with a couple or two : )) The swimming pool, sauna & steam room are beautifully designed and the relaxation area is a dream with big comfy beds in a conservatory looking out onto a lovely and tranquil garden. The entire spa is designed to reflect the architecture and nature that surrounds it, the beautiful lakes, woods, the old abbey... Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa KillarneyWhile there, we each enjoyed a lemongrass full body exfoliation (which was absolutely lovely!!), a back, neck and shoulder massage and a facial - all of them amazing and much needed : ). The trip to the spa is truly a luxurious experience, the staff are lovely and extremely helpful. It is a very quiet and calm place which is perfect if you need to spend a few hours relaxing, clearing your head and just taking a little "me time".Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa Killarney Cloisters Spa KillarneyIf you are in the area and you are looking for a gorgeous place to relax and get pampered I would highly recommend the Cloisters Spa.

Cloisters Spa in Killarney

Have you visited any spa's you loved?

A. xx