The soothing effects of scent – saved by Sniffy Wiffy!

Feeling under the weather
Like many people at this time of year, I have been recovering from the dreaded lurgy – in my case, a nasty bout of sinusitis and bronchitis that left me feeling pretty wiped out. When you’re feeling below par, soothing scents, warming hot drinks, and a nice, hot, steamy bath are just what the doctor ordered!

So I have been trying out some new tea taste and smell sensations (more on that in my next post!) and treated myself to a bit of a pampering session. I have a number of favourite bath oils and foams, but my two ultimate favourites are Calm One, Calm All, by Soap & Glory, and good, old fashioned Badedas, which has an uplifting, nose clearing scent just right for when you’re finding it a bit tricky to breathe properly!

Time for a treat
I was sent some lovely, all natural, handmade products by the wonderful Sniffy Wiffy, an amazing company that genuinely makes each of their homemade, beautifully packaged products with love. The ingredients are natural, fresh, and made to order, so you are in for a real treat! As well as being both skin and environmentally friendly, the products raise awareness and money for some great causes, with innovative labelling highlighting the importance of early detection for breast and testicular cancer, with instructions for self-examination, as bath or shower time, or afterwards, are the best times to make these very important examinations, which are so often overlooked. The company also generously donates to related cancer charities with each product sold.

Clever packaging

Innovative packaging and labelling

I believe the lovely Sarah, who runs Sniffy Wiffy, has also been in the wars recently, with pneumonia, no less! Wishing her a speedy recovery and lots of get well wishes! Thank you for my yummy products!

Sniffy Wiffy packaging

Good enough to eat!

Which to choose?

I had real difficulty deciding which scents to choose for my body lotion, with so many of my favourite fragrances on offer, such as lavender, orange blossom, Cologne and gingerbread.
In the end, I was delighted with two comforting, feel-good products – an uplifting, refreshing, wake-you-up smelling orange blossom body lotion, and a heavenly, almost good enough to eat gingerbread hand cream. It smells like real gingerbread!

Soak your troubles away…
So, I ran a hot, fragrant bath and soaked away my aches and pains for a while. To refresh myself and help me feel better afterwards, I slathered on the delicious orange blossom body lotion. It smells divine, sinks in beautifully and moisturising effects really last. The scent gives you that little lift that you need when not feeling well, or as a healthier alternative to a morning caffeine fix! Needless to say, I felt so much better afterwards!

Mmm – gingerbread!
I found that the gingerbread hand cream made another suitable substitute for my morning gingerbread latte – it smells like warm, comforting gingerbread cookie dough and worked very well in beating my sugar cravings! One of my colleagues is a fellow gingerbread fanatic (regular readers may recall me waxing lyrical about my addiction to gingerbread lattes, scented candles and room sprays before!) and she was just as delighted as I was to try this unique hand cream. It now sits between our desks in the office, as a sweet-smelling treat to perk us up as the day goes on!

So, as well as raising vital awareness and funds for such important cancer charities, the products will make you feel good – physically, in the form of the delicious scents and formulations, and emotionally, by thinking of others and donating to a good cause.

I encourage you to try the different scents and products from the Sniffy Wiffy range – you will be completely spoiled for choice! They are all very reasonably priced, each product has no more than five ingredients, so you know it is good for your skin, and everything they stand for gives you the feel good factor!

Give ’em a sniff! – you won’t be disappointed!

Rachael X

#AngelCandy – Fragrant memories

My Angel gift boxThe lovely people at Thierry Mugler recently invited me to participate in #AngelCandy – a real treat and an experience for the senses!

I excitedly opened my beautifully wrapped gift box to find a sparkling miniature star of Angel Eau de Parfum, shining silver star confetti, and two delicate blue meringues, which were truly scrumptious!

Shiny Angel meringuesAngel has always been an evocative scent for me. I remember the first time I tried it, working in a designer boutique that sold both Mugler clothing and perfumes before and during university. It was so different, so unusual, and something about it was so memorable. I used to have an occasional spritz during the day, as a comforting scent to keep me going during long working days.

#AngelCandyOne of my best friends took a shine to the fragrance and wore it as her signature scent for many years. It will always make me think of her; of spending fun times out on the town or wandering the sunny riverbank of our hometown together.

I filled in my card of how it makes me feel, and it conjured up many different senses and emotions, all of them happy and contented.

I was asked to create a mood board of how it makes me feel, something I love doing and find really inspiring! So I created a few different mood boards, each showing the different paths that a memorable scent can lead you down, and expressing the feelings I associate with Angel and my favourite scents from life and nature.

Friendship moodboardOne mood board reflects the friendship, fun and memories that a waft of Angel brings to my mind. Another reflects the comforts of home and the contented, reassuring feeling I get when wearing certain fragrances, or when I smell certain scents, at home or away.

Home inspiration moodboardThe other mood board reflects the unique, otherworldly nature of this enduring fragrance – some of the elements that make it exciting and different and remind me of my good friend who I feel embodies the Angel Candy girl.

Ethereal moodboardHow does scent make you feel? There are always different associations, memories, and thoughts evoked by different fragrances, all there waiting to be explored.

I encourage you to explore your own, preferably when relaxing with a comforting cup of tea and sweet treat – that’s the time I find my inspiration! X