Friday 3 December 2021

The Sleep & Relax Gift Guide

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It's day three of my beauty-focused gift guides to take you from Secret Santa to stocking fillers as well as big beauty gifts galore for your nearest and dearest. There's something for every budget, you'll notice a lot of my go-to beauty brands feature which you would've seen on my blog over the last few years and there are some new faves - I'm excited and I hope you are too.

Next up... The Sleep & Relax Gift Guide! It's full of cosy treats, pamper essentials and the new pyjama launch I've been most excited about.

I've really enjoyed using Aroma Active over the last year - they're the 'budget offering' from Aromatherapy Associates so you can fully trust the products are fab. I use a lot of Aromatherapy Associates bath oils and the Aroma Actives sleep products have firmly found their way into the love list. They make perfect gifts too! 

The Aroma Active Sleep Salt Soak (£12.00) has to be my most used Aroma product - the salts create such a warming atmosphere to sink into. With the most unbelievable smell, although intense at first they disperse in the water perfectly making the most dreamy bath. I've also had to include some other great products suitable for any beauty lover but especially so during the winter months. 

The Aroma Active Soothing Universal Repair Cream (£8.00) is great for keeping skin soft and protected as it starts to get colder while the Aroma Active SOS Chest Rub (£8.00) is all you'll need to clear senses - all of the products would make a great stocking filler too.

If there is one brand that creates products that are meant to be gifted to friends and loved ones, it's Elizabeth Scarlett and if you haven't heard of them before then you are in for a treat! I've bought a number of sleep masks and pouches from them over the years and they've just launched a collection of soft and huggable pyjamas. 

Their Sumptuous Sleepwear feature a selection of luxury pyjama sets perfect for cosy sleeps and lazy days at home. They're made from 100% cotton and feel oh so soft against skin. They each come adorned with Elizabeth Scarlett's much loved hand-drawn designs such as tigers, stars and zebras and you can choose the colours too. I've loved wearing my Navy Star Pyjamas (£75.00) - they would make the most perfect Christmas gift especially paired with one of their Luxury Eye Masks.

It seems fitting we should lead on to slippers from the most wonderful pyjamas and these oh so soft slipper boots from ONAIE should absolutely be on your wishlist. Founded by two sisters who were born in Poland, ONAIE is a South East London-based fashion brand that creates handcrafted, high-quality sheepskin slippers, moccasins and indoor footwear.

It's the Sheepskin Slippers that lured me in first and they have a huge selection on their website, I found it really hard to choose which ones because I loved them all but it was the Snow Sheepskin Slippers (£39.00) that eventually stole my heart and LOOK!

The perfect gift, each pair of ONAIE slippers are completely unique and made by hand using the best quality materials available, each pair differs slightly for a one-of-a-kind finish. It takes their skilled craftspeople about an hour to make each pair of those cosy slippers and cosy they are. 

Feet will be so toasty this winter!

If you're unfamiliar with this British brand, Celtic & Co design and create enduring contemporary pieces using the finest natural fibres. Their heritage and expertise is in crafting sheepskin, and they've been making sheepskin slippers, boots and accessories in Cornwall for over 30 years. What I want to show you though is one of their blankets. Celtic & Co have a really fantastic range of home pieces one of which is a beautiful knitted cable throw. 

Made from 100% merino wool the Knitted Cable Throw (£139.00) is available in two colours and has a lightweight yet chunky feel. It is perfect for throwing over the sofa, the end of the bed or to cuddle up with of an evening with a hot chocolate. It is unbelievably soft and I genuinely love it so much - if I found this under the Christmas tree (in the other colour *wink wink*) my cosy loving heart would be so pleased.

You can get 15% off at Celtic & Co using ALICE15

When it comes to relaxing, one product I reach for all the time are self-heating eye masks and Sensory Retreats have such a great selection available. The Dreamy Eyes Gift Box (£15.00) includes five self-heating masks designed to help you switch off and prepare for sleep - I wouldn't be without them and know they make such wonderful gifts. 

The jasmine scent, combined with the gentle warmth of the mask, provides a relaxing sensation to help tension magically melt away as tired and strained eyes are invited to prepare for deep relaxation. There are a few different types to choose from including Aurora, Divine and Luna. Perfect if you're creating a Christmas hamper for anyone dear to you.

Another great way to aid relaxation is with pillow sprays and I find they make such thoughtful gifts too. The Olverum Restful Sleep Pillow Mist (£25.00) is a new release from the brand and it is a complete dream to use. The mist helps to create a serene and tranquil atmosphere promoting a peaceful and restful sleep.

The mist features a unique blend of soothing essential oils, including bergamot, amyris and lavender. Sweet bergamot helps to relax the body and elevate the mood while amyris works to calm the mind and relieve anxiety and stress. Finally, cool lavender promotes deeper sleep. 

It's presented in a gorgeous glass bottle too - just such a treat!

Lastly we have Potion - the home of stunning fragrance. Candles are such a fail safe gift and I've been presented with some beautiful ones over the years however I've only recently come across Potion. Potion Paris has returned to the magical, enchanting origins of perfume with its use of natural ingredients and opulent vials, it's quite a special brand.

The Discovery Candle Set (£49.99) features seven luxurious, vegan, cruelty-free and toxin-free candles from their Collection No.1. The soy wax discovery candles come in 30g vessels placed inside an exquisite velvet base that acts as a stand and is beautifully presented in our stunning gift set box. Each one smells so unique that I'm sure you'll be blown away - it's such an interesting experience. 

You can shop all the products via the links above - let me know what you'd like to find under your Christmas tree this year.

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