BLISSFUL BEDTIME RITUALS BY NEOM

Neom Organics Tranquility Range

As I write this,  my lovely new Neom Organics Tranquility candle is flickering away next to me and the wonderful scent combo of lavender, sweet basil and jasmine is starting to fill the room. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy oils, and the Neom candles are the closest thing I’ve found to using an oil burner, with the added bonus of being far more glamorous and a lot less faff. Having suffered from insomnia for much of my life (it started when I was about four years old and I only kicked it a few years ago), I’m always intrigued by natural remedies for stress, tension and sleeplessness. Neom reckon that their Tranquility range will have your shoulders dropping in an instant… which sounds like sales spiel but actually, it’s not unfounded (and apparently, Olympic champ Victoria Pendleton is a massive fan of the range). Using the bath and shower oil and lighting the candle before bed does seem to have an incredibly soothing effect – I can feel that wonderful heavy eyelid feeling that comes from true relaxation, and the more I implement this bedtime habit, the quicker the scents seem to banish the stress of the day. Aromatherapeutic benefits aside, it’s little rituals like these that help to put your body into sleep mode, and turn going to bed into a treat rather than the much-dreaded end to your post-work day freedom. And on that note, I’m stepping away from the laptop and heading for bed via a hot bath. Bliss.

Tranquility Home Candle, £39.50; Tranquility Bath and Shower Oil, £32.00, Neomorganics.com

THE SCENT OF SUMMER


Yes, I know it’s only April, and the doom-mongers are forecasting snow before Easter, but whatever. In my head, summer is just around the corner and it’s only going to be a matter of weeks before us girls are skipping around town in skimpy summer dresses with bare legs and flip flops (judging by some of the outfits I’ve observed on the tube over the last couple of weeks, I’m way behind on this one). In anticipation, I’ve decided to start using my lovely new Timothy Han candle, which I was actually saving for the summer months, but what the hell. I realise this sounds a bit sad, but during winter, I prefer  sweet, spicy, musky and warming smells, and this candle is a heady, summery mix of lemongrass, marjoram and lavender. Sharp, light and refreshing, its citrussy, tropical scent somehow transports me from my slightly gloomy living room in South London to a beach in Thailand at the strike of a match. Bliss. Banana Colada anyone?

Lemongrass, Marjoram & Lavender candle, £38, Timothy Han