23 December 2020

The Body Shop's Winter Jasmine Range

Two round toiletries tubs shot from above next to a grey bobble hate, pinecone and lit candle

I'm a sucker for a festive scent. Give me all the Snow Fairy, sweet peppermint, plum, festive berries and I'm happy. This year I've gone all out with The Body Shop's winter jasmine range. It's a lot less sweet than I'll often go for, but it smells SO nice in an almost soothing way.

Mint green carboard pack containing a body buff and round tub of body butter. Next to a crocheted pumpkin

I bought a few bits from the range a couple of months ago ready for December, and I'm so glad I did. This month has been tough: I'm a BIG Christmas fan and I come from a big family, so a 2020 lonesome Christmas sucks. I miss opening presents with family, big meals, Christmas markets, work dinners, exchanging presents over drinks with friends. Finding the motivation to get up and go (to my spare room) to work has been tough at times, and I'm basically using special Christmas scents in the shower to help force me to actually hop in and get clean. 

Close up of The Body Shop's Winter Jasmine shower gel next to a fake christmas tree sprig

Self care is really important in this godforsaken year, and this Christmassy scent that's a little subtle but gorgeous is helping me get through the season. Tonight I'm ready to head into a long bath using the shower gel, scrub and following up after with the body butter.

What are some small self care things helping you this season?

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14 December 2020

10 ways to have a more sustainable Christmas

Four red napkins rolled up on top of multicolour Christmas wrapping paper next to a lit candle

Here in the UK, Christmas isn't quite going to be what any of us want because of Covid. The lack of festivities is weird: no Christmas markets, no work parties, no last minute shopping with my sister, no light displays, no big family gatherings. So it feels a little odd to sit down and write a festive post when I'm not quite feeling the same vibes I normally would do. However, over the last couple of years I've really started to focus on thinking in more detail about the impact my Christmas traditions and presents etc are having on the planet. 

10 December 2020

November Reading Wrap Up

Stack of four books next to an Autumn candle

And another month of 2020 has rolled past us uneventfully again. It feels like November only started a week ago, let alone us being significantly into December now. I didn't finish any books on my kindle last month because the one I was reading turned out to be a real slog that took forever, but I read a good range of genres in my physical books.