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rituals_summerltdeditionEvery year we hope for an Indian summer and it’s fair to say this year is turning out to be not too shabby. One such brand is very optimistic about the English weather sizzling and that’s Rituals with its new limited edition collection inspired by the flowers of India.

Giving flowers is an old ritual in India. It symbolises love and devotion be it to humans or gods with the Lotus in particular signifying absolute beauty, purity and enlightenment. Based on this Indian tradition, Rituals has created five products designed with White Lotus and Bergamot for a hypnotically beautiful and sensual collection with intricate Indian floral designs on the packaging too.

These are the Lotus Shimmer Body Cream* (£18.50), Flower Power Foaming Gel* (£8.50), Summer Bliss Shower Oil* (£8.50), Indian Blossom Fragrance Sticks* (£24.50) and Lotus Secret Scented Candle* (£19.50).

Flower Shower Foaming Gel joins the rest of the foaming shower gels and is refreshing on the skin, leaving it soft to touch afterwards. It’s also become my favourite foaming shower gel from Rituals so I will be stocking up on this for my bathroom cabinet.

Lotus Shimmer Body Cream comes with a twist – it’s a rich, whipped body cream with a touch of shimmer to give you that all important sun-kissed glow. The shimmer is very subtle and very nice. It’s got me longing for a holiday in a scorching climate so I can get bronzed up and slather this all over my arms and legs.

If it’s a soak in the tub that you’re after then Summer Bliss Shower Oil, which transforms into silky soft foam when in contact with water, will leave your skin feeling nourished and hydrated.

This brings me nicely onto the Lotus Secret Scented Candle, a truly wonderful accompaniment to the collection and one which creates a calming ambience in your home. I don’t usually burn candles in the summer (preferring to reserve that ritual for the colder months) but this one has changed my mind. The box in which it comes has been designed in such a way to resemble a Lotus flower opening up – really clever and cute!

Finally (and not pictured) there is the Indian Blossom Fragrance Sticks, an alternative safe choice to the candle (for my mum any way as she is freaked out about burning candles in the home) which has a refreshing scent to light up any room in the house.

The entire collection is a hit for me. Often you can pick and choose a favourite but this one brings out the greed in me – I love ALL of it. Rituals, I reckon this is your finest yet.

Rituals Summer Limited Edition Collection is out now in Rituals stores and in selected House of Fraser and John Lewis stores as well as online but jaldi! It’ll be gone soon (much like our summer).


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IMG_8669Happiness. 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.

*PR samples