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Happiness. Is that too much to ask for? Well Rituals has a new collection that may help channel positive and happy vibes. It’s called the Laughing Buddha, which should raise a smile on its name alone.
The Laughing Buddha was a famous monk in ancient China who brought happiness (natch!) and good fortune wherever he went. For centuries, the ritual of rubbing his belly became a symbol of good luck and prosperity so feeling inspired by the Laughing Buddha, Rituals’ new range of products aims to evoke feelings of optimism, good luck, positivity and a touch of happiness to everyday life. And everything is orange.
But in all seriousness, this isn’t a gimmick. It is true that particular ingredients affect the senses which is why Rituals has picked energising and invigorating ones to awake your senses like sweet orange, organic mandarin and cedar wood.
There are eight products in the range from a body scrub to an antiperspirant deodorant. The ones I have been enjoying are the body cream (£15/200ml), shower oil (£8/200ml) and bed and body mist (£15/100ml).
The shower oil – Fortune Oil – is a luxurious shower gel containing sweet orange and cedar wood, which transforms into a creamy foam, leaving skin feeling soft and moisturised.
Touch of Happiness, the rich and nourishing body cream moisturises and pampers the skin leaving a warm fragrance of sweet orange and cedar wood lingering.
The bed and body mist called Happy Mist is brilliant and probably my favourite of the three. I spritz the soft scent on my pillows and bed sheets before I go to sleep and I sleep like a baby. You can also spray this all over which leaves a delicate citrus scent on the skin.
All in all, this is a delightful collection from Rituals. Fresh, energising and uplifting, it’ll put a spring in your step.
Hey, I’m sorry for the radio silence. I returned from Hamburg on my birthday and then endured the slowest working week (3 days, can you believe it?) before a mad dash at the weekend to the supermarket to get all my ingredients for the roast I’ll be doing on Christmas Day. It’s crept up really quickly, hasn’t it? So did my birthday, come to think of it…
I don’t doubt there will be a surge on Christmas Eve for those who have left buying presents to the last knockings. If you’re one of them, then here are a few suggestions from a few brands who have pulled together their best-selling products into beautiful sets for Christmas this year.
Supreme Glow by Elemis (£46.50)*
Elemis has got gift sets for all budgets and this skincare collection is of immense value for the supremecy the spa company has to offer. Packed with glowing beauty essentials for skin which is perfectly cleansed, moisturised and radiant, Supreme Glow includes:
- Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser (200ml)
- Soothing Apricot Toner (200ml)
- Maximum Moisture Day Cream (50ml)
- Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir (100ml)
Elemis’ Bath and Body Jewels (£29.50)
Another contender is this set which I was given by my lovely friend, Aisha for my birthday. It’s made up of bath and shower goodies to give you the ultimate spa treatment at home. For less than £30, you get:
- Quiet Mind Bath Elixir (100ml)
- Skin Nourishing Shower Cream (100ml)
- Revitalise-Me Shower Gel (100ml)
- Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir (100ml)
- Tranquil Touch Body Cream (50ml)
- Skin Nourishing Body Lotion (50ml)
These sets and other Elemis products are available at www.timetospa.co.uk or mail order via Elemis Customer Care Centre on +44 (0)117 316 1888. Selected branches of John Lewis, Debenhams and Harvey Nichols stores also stock them.
L’Occitane’s Almond Winter Collection (£45)*
Ahhh! L’Occitane know the meaning of Christmas! They have possibly the most delightful collections beautifully packaged. You can pick from a variety of scents and it’s a great way to introduce someone to the world of L’Occitane with samples of their key ranges.
Their limited almond collection is a winner and almond itself has brilliant nourishing, soothing and firming skin properties.
You get all your winter must-haves, which are:
- Almond Shower Oil (500ml)
- Almond Smooth Hands (30ml)
- 2 x 50g Almond Delicious Soaps
Best of Ole Henriksen – Discovery Kit (£29.50)*
This fantastic kit is exclusive to John Lewis and contains 7 sample sizes of Ole Henriksen’s best products:
- African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
- Truth Serum Collagen Booster
- Invigorating Night Gel
- Sheer Transformation
- Fresh Start Eye Creme
- Walnut Complexion Scrub
- Truth To Go Wipes
Unfortunately the wipes are missing from the photo as I’ve misplaced them – sorry! I have never used Ole Henriksen’s products before so this is a great way to get acquainted with them. This collection is available exclusively from John Lewis Oxford Street and www.johnlewis.com.
REN’s Rose Experience Gift (£32)*
This year REN have based their gift sets around an Arabesque pattern derived from Islamic art and calligraphy that was inspired by their award winning Moroccan Rose range.
The Rose Experience Gift Set includes:
- Moroccan Rose Otto body wash, 100ml
- Moroccan Rose Otto body cream, 100ml
- Moroccan Rose Otto bath oil, 30ml
- Moroccan Rose Otto ultra moisture body oil, 30ml
What do you think of these collections? They’re almost too good to give away as presents, aren’t they?
I love indulging in scrubs (as I do with lip glosses, eyeshadows, blushers, foundations, serums, creams…oh, the whole shebang!) I am not sure why…maybe it’s because a scrub exfoliates and makes you feel really clean. Your skin certainly glows after the dead skin on the surface is removed, which reminds me, I must book myself in for another Turkish hammam…
It is essential you use a facial scrub at least twice a week but you shouldn’t also neglect the rest of your body. Apart from removing dead skin, a good body scrub will eliminate in-growing hairs and rejuvenate blood circulation.
Rituals recently sent me Sunrise Scrub (£8.90/150ml), their latest product to test. Enriched with sweet orange and Cedar, the subtly scented citrus fragrance infused is just the thing you need to wake you up in the mornings.
The scrub also incorporates a cream to cleanse and nourish the skin and it feels luxurious to use. Some scrubs can leave your skin feeling sticky and greasy – usually it’s sugary based scrubs. I realise sugar is an effective ingredient in exfoliation but it can also be a nuisance if the product itself isn’t formulated well.
As far as scrubs go, this one is very gentle though some may expect a more rigorous and effective scrub, which this is far from. I would say a gentle scrub such as Sunrise can be used a few times a week.
How much it costs is another factor, and £8.90 is considerably more than other similar products on the market. There is also a Sunrise Foaming Shower Gel Sensation (£6.90/200ml) available.
I am new to Rituals so if you have any recommendations of other products from their extensive range that I should try, please let me know. Often I pass their shop in St Pancras International station but don’t know what to go for.
Sunrise is available from Ritual stores, www.rituals.com, selected House of Fraser stores and John Lewis stores nationwide.