Aromatherapy Associates // Relax Candle

It's candle season all year round in my household which has caused me to become a bit of a candle snob. Scent is super important, I can't tolerate overly synthetic scents or ones that dissipate once lit, I really hate when a candle burns with black smoke, the wick mushrooms, the wick burns off centre or the scent is so overpowering that it causes migraines. See... I'm a candle snob and not ashamed of it, I figured that my snobbish tendencies would ensure you get the best review and opinion.  I was recently given the option of trying out one of Aromatherapy Associates candles, I'm a huge fan of the brand already having reviewed a few of their products previously. 

The brand have an awesome philosophy and feel passionate about providing their customers with products that will therapeutically soothe the mind, body and soul with essential oils and botanicals. As a trained herbalist, this is a huge tick in my opinion - Geraldine and Sue created the brand in 1985 although trained for many years in aromatherapy. I love that they have really established their craft because aromatherapy used correctly can ail so many issues and really heal a huge list of health issues. Aromatherapy used incorrectly, however, can do far more damage. Don't worry though because Aromatherapy Associates do it exceptionally well and also work to ensure their products are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic nasties.  

Each candle has the typical branding of gold lettering and their logo of three golden flowers, I adore the packaging design on the box though and although I have been burning this candle daily I have reused the box for my cotton balls but you could put your makeup brushes, loose change, hair grips in them or fill them with Lego's or knick knacks to keep in the car to keep the kiddies quiet on long journeys. 

Each candle is hand-poured into a frosted white glass jar with the golden logo printed all over, the candle is really very pretty and fits in with the current trend of neutrals and mixed metal shades such as rose gold, copper and brass. I love that the design is so simple because it fits in with all room decor easily without looking like an eyesore. 

It's advisable to always trim your wick before burning a candle but I didn't because I really didn't feel it was necessary while burning the wax pools really evenly and nicely which ensures that the scent carries throughout all rooms in the house. I found even when the candle wasn't lit my house still smelled really gorgeous. There's been no wick mushrooming which is fantastic because a few other large brands (won't name, names) all mushroom. This is when the tip of the wick has a black sooty ball on the end like the head of a mushroom, it tends to cause lots of smoke and can ruin your candles as the balls fall into the wax becoming a fire hazard. 

The fragrance notes in this candle include West Indian bay and myrrh and it's aim is to quite clearly relax and soothe for at least 40 hours or as long as you decide to burn this for. While it burns you also don't need to worry about nasty chemicals enveloping your home especially if you have young children - a major selling point is that this is a 100% GMO-free candle! 

I had imagined the scent would have been quite Christmas-like, unisex and more nature but it's actually quite feminine, like a typical feminine perfume with a wooded, deep masculine base that shows right at the end of a good burn - it's very pretty and even those who dislike overly feminine scents (such as myself) will really love this. 

There are other candles within the same range, if you're not a huge fan of the notes in the Relax candle there's another three to suit those who adore citrus scents, those who prefer a warming unisex scnet and those who adore more of a sensual and sexy scent. 

Other candles available are: 

Revive (left) // Infuse your sense with this citrus blend made from grapefruit and petitgrain. Citrus scents lift you mentally and emotionally as well as setting you up for a good day. 

Indulgence (centre) // Euphoric jasmine and geranium boosts harmony and sensuality as well as boosting your confidence. 

Inner Strength (not pictured) // This candle comes in a beautiful pink box and contains frankincense and cardamom - this candle is next on my list because I adore both notes immensely. 

Relax // This is the one that I own. 

You can pick these up from Space NK and Cult Beauty for around £35. If you have a candle lover or two among your friends I would absolutely recommend picking these up as gifts to put away for December. 

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Here's How I Put A Great Outfit Together

I love fashion, and I know you do too. But there are times when I wish I felt a little more inspired by the items in my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong. I have some great fashion lurking in there somewhere. The challenge is to put it all together into a really great outfit. So what’s my secret? I think the secret is in the shopping. After all, we can’t afford to buy enough fashion to have a completely different outfit every day. But we can make it look different by mixing and matching each item well.

When I’m out shopping, I’m always drawn to those fashion items that will look good with several different colours. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with just blacks or whites. On the contrary, the more colours within the fabric, the more chance you have of matching it with something else you already own. And yes, black really does work with just about everything. But a splash of colour makes any outfit really pop, so don’t shy away from it. After all, fashion is supposed to be fun.

I also look for items that can be worn in different ways. Skirts are pretty good in that way. You can get at least two different lengths out of every skirt by wearing the waistband higher or lower. Wide belts are great for hiding the extra length if you need it. You can always give the illusion of a different length with a long shirt, top, or even pop socks. Trousers don’t quite give you the same freedom, but a belt can give you a completely different look.

I always say that accessories are the key to recreating an old outfit into something new. It might be monogrammed jewellery or a really great hat that gives your outfit a fabby new look. I love wearing plenty of accessories. Necklaces and bangles can give you just the edge you need to feel fresh and stylish even if you’re wearing something from last year’s wardrobe. Hats are always a great choice, but belts are the key to reviving something old into a brand new look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colours, widths and styles.

When I’m putting something together, I’m thinking about shape and texture as much as colour. If I’m looking for something long and sleek, then I know I can get away with more colour and detail. If I want something chunky and full of texture on top, then the skirt or leggings need to be less busy. A really detailed skirt can look incredible with a plain vest top dressed up with plenty of accessories. The skirt often determines the shoes you can get away with too. I don’t have a lot of colourful shoes, but if you’ve got them, try to match at least one colour in your outfit.

I love it when an outfit comes together! You can lay out items on the bed to check they work together. Sometimes the fun of it is trying it all on, though. How do you put your outfits together?

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