Christmas Scents

Hot chocolate, made with oat milk (the best vegan milk to make it with!) Christmas pyjamas, cosy socks, a thousand layers of hats and scarfs, twinkling lights, cold noses and mulled wine. Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas is one of my favourite time of the year for nice smells.  Candy canes, pine needles and frankincense are among my favourite scents for the season.  I always love to get new perfumes and body wash to match when the season changes. Listed below is what I am loving to wear at the moment and what is getting me in the festive spirit.

Lush Naked Santa’s Christmas body wash– I went into lush a few weeks ago as I’d seen their new packagless products. A genius idea as it means zero waste. Guilt free shopping! I must admit I spent a bit more than I should of, the staff are just so nice in lush. I picked up Santa’s Christmas body wash and I love it. It has a nice cola bottle scent. Not having the usual plastic around the product is quite different to what I’m used to. I was worried that this would feel like soap but as soon as you run into under the water and lather it into a loofah it feels the exact same as normal body wash. I also thought this might run out quickly, but I really can’t see much of a dent in it and I’v been using it every day over December! The only thing that can be annoying is storing it. I place mines on a little dish in my bathroom cupboard, but it can leave a little puddle of product on the dish and can stay quite slimy (don’t know how else to describe it but slimy sounds gross but it’s not) which can be annoying cause I feel like it might waste product but as I said before I’v barley noticed a change in the product since using it. All in all, this really isn’t much different to plastic covered body wash but with no packaging. Win win. I would highly recommend

Lush Naked Body conditioner Bucks fizz– When I was in the store I tired this on my arm without adding water and was disappointed it felt alright but didn’t get much of a smell of it. I knew you had to use it wet but I still left wishing I had bought the normal body moisturizer as I felt that had a stronger smell but I was on a mission to not buy things with packaging. However when I got home and tried this properly in the shower I was beyond pleased. I cant believe how strong and orangy this smells its amazing. Also makes your skin feel super soft as well. I am so happy with the product also cant wait to have an actual bucks fizz on Christmas morning! The only thing I’m finding with this product is that I am worried it wont last that long as I have noticed it getting smaller. Its very moisturising so you only need a little bit so I’m going to try use this a little more sparingly.

Eden Perfumes No.483– I’m still on the Eden perfume hype. They just have so much choice at great quality and price. For Christmas I got their version of Jo Malone pomegranate Noir. Whenever I’v been in Jo Malone I’v smelled this and thought it was Christmassy. The Eden version doesn’t disappoint. Its warm and spicy but slightly fruity. I really love strong heavy smells like this so I am obsessed with it and have had a fair amount of compliments on it! Iv built up a wee collection now of Eden perfumes and you can actually send empty bottles to get re fills which I’m going to do next time so zero waste again!

Harpers Candles let it snow – finally what smells more Christmassy than a Christmas candle ? This is a gorgeous mix of peppermint, vanilla and frankincense think of a slightly spicy candy cane. I’m super impressed with how strong this smells. Its beautiful and I burn it every time I watch a Christmas movie and I just feel like a little cosy, festive elf.

 

Hope everyone is having a lovely decemeber

Ashley xx

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Autumn scents

It’s October and I’m literally walking around smelling like a big chai latte and I love it. I’m cold and don’t like the days getting darker but the smells, the cosy clothes and the dark makeup I’m here for. I like warm, heavy smells and I think autumn is the perfect time for those types of scents. Below are a few of  my favourite  products I’ve been using in the colder months.

Bloomtown the cafe body wash – Bloomtown Is a skincare company that I found online. They are cruelty free and palm oil free. On their website they explain about why they are palm oil free and the effort they put into their products which is always nice to see a brand really caring about how they make their products. The body wash comes in the loveliest glass bottle which when I’m done with I want to try re use. The smell is a mix of coffee, hazelnut and vanilla which all give the “cafe” vibes. It’s such a cosy smell and lingers on the skin nicely. I was worried that this would dry my skin as I’m not a big fan of the way soap feels on the skin but this didn’t have that sticky feeling!

Korres vanilla cinnamon body moisturiser- Korres is a brand I’ve heard my favourite YouTuber Rhiannon HY (wife life) talking about and was pleasantly surprised to see them in the UK in Marks and Spencer’s/Debenhams. I picked up the vanilla cinnamon scent body wash as I thought It would pair nicely with the bloomtown body wash and I was right. They go so well together. Cosy chai latte loveliness. This leaves the skin really soft which is perfect when my skin gets drier in the colder months.

Eden no.464 perfume- If you haven’t heard of Eden perfumes before stop right there go back through my blogs/instagram posts/the whole vegan beauty community  and see what the hype is about. Their perfumes are amazing and so affordable. I’ve literally just got this one and I’m already thinking of the next one I’m going to buy.  I wanted something quite strong for the autumn. No.464 is a unisex fragrance but more on the feminine side. It has a strong smell of roses to it mixed with patchouli and vanilla. Overall it smells very expensive and I love it, I feel  very sophisticated and glam when I wear it. I was wearing a lighter citrus smell in the summer so I’m happy to be back to wearing a stronger more lux fragrance for the autumn.

Hope everyone is enjoying the colder months.

Ashley xx

 

Summer Scents

I love when you smell something and it instantly takes you back to a memory. Like when you step out of an airport and there is that familiar smell of being on holiday. The way things smell has always been important to me, I always like to have my perfume smelling of the season we are in as well as my body wash and candles. I love wearing light florally fragrances in the spring and when it gets colder wearing something more musky and rich. One of my favourite things at Christmas is getting Christmas yankee candles! This summer I have some body products, perfume and candles that I have loved and have really got me in the summer spirit.

 

I bought a candle from Harpers Candles after seeing them in a recent Vegan kind lifestyle box. I decided to go for the scent “A slice of Paradise” which is a mix of coconut and mango. The smell is subtle, not too over powering it has a really warm coconut smell and reminds me of sunscreen. I really like how the candle had two wicks, it helped it to burn better, I’d love to try some more of their candles!

 

I was recently in the body shop and picked up a few great items. The body shop has recently been bought by a Brazilian company Natura. Natura themselves is a cruelty free brand meaning the body shop will no longer be under a parent company that tests on animals. I know a lot of people have issues with parent companies so this will be great news to many! Whilst I was in the Body Shop I got a new body wash and body butter. They are both in the same scent Indian night Jasmine, both smell absolutely incredible and I’m obsessed. Jasmine is overall probably my favourite scent it’s a sweet and musky smell. I look forward to smelling these after they are on my skin. The smell lasts all day and is great for both day and night.

 

I’ve mentioned before how Instagram is the best source for finding great cruelty free companies, a few months ago when I was doing my nightly scroll through Instagram I came across Eden Perfumes. Eden perfumes are a brand based in Brighton, all their perfumes are cruelty free and vegan and if that doesn’t sound amazing already all their perfumes are at the small cost of £18 that’s inclucding post and packaging for 30ml! They make most of their perfumes to smell similar to big brand perfumes like Channel and Dior etc. On their website if you type in for example Channel No5 it will come up with their alternative! I think Eden perfumes has been the best thing I have discovered all year I have been raving about them to all my friends and family.  I first bought their alternative of black opium and got so many complaints with so many people not knowing the difference between the two! For summer, I decided to try something different so I bought their version of Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. Light blue isn’t something id typically go for as it’s a light citrus scent and I prefer more heavy and floral. However, I am so glad I went for this it smells amazing and absolutely perfect for summer. It doesn’t smell chemically at all just super fresh and summery! Layered on top of the jasmine body wash and butter this makes the ultimate summer Scent!