Here at SN we understand how hugely unsettling these times are for everyone, and while celebrating fashion and beauty launches may feel superficial in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, we also know distraction can sometimes be welcome.
All this in mind, if you are looking for any self-care suggestions, we’ve put together some gentle TLC ideas from the favourite brands we always endeavour to support.
Deeply comforting and stylish to boot, Orbit is a weighted blanket with removable cotton cover for washable ease. The additional weight is designed to soothe a busy mind while offering a sense of calm, as well as helping with sleep. I’ve used the blanket on both my own and ten-year-old daughter’s bed, with the grey shade working well in any room and its grounding benefits appreciated by us both.
Running a bath can often be a default setting when it comes to managing stressful times, and here at SN, Ancienne Ambiance are one of our very favourite independent London-based brands. Their Arangia Orange Bath Salts offer the naturally mood-lifting orange scent, while also soothing and moisturising skin. Deluxe and delightful, we’d thoroughly recommend exploring the rest of the AA online shop too.
Philip Kingsley Mayan Vanilla & Orange Blossom 1L Elasticizer
Haircare heroes Philip Kingsley have launched a supersized bottle of their iconic product, Elasticizer, exclusively sold at QVC. Available in the deliciously scented Mayan Vanilla & Orange Blossom, this product was originally created by Philip Kingsley for Hollywood goddess Audrey Hepburn. A true testament to this haircare magic wand, it is suitable for all hair types and not only increases manageability but also strengthens the hair shaft. Our go-to Sunday evening hair treat, pop it on and enjoy some Netflix escapism while letting the pre-shampoo treatment revive tired tresses.
A name synonymous with simply beautiful fashion pieces, Baukjen also have a leisurewear line particularly apt for spending more time at home. Committed to sustainability, Baukjen are a beloved style brand of ours. Their Neath Jersey Pant come in Caviar Black, and offer a true-to-size, soft jersey fit, elastic waist and ankle tapering detail. Alternatively, if you prefer dressing up while staying in, as a mood lifter, we must admit a love for Baukjen dresses too. Swoon.
Comprising notes of lemon, thyme, rosemary and mask, this refreshing and soothing hand lotion will calm skin sore from washing. Packed with vitamins and minerals, scents conjure up (and are inspired by) the Atlantic coastline. Vegan, paraben-free and gluten-free, it contains no nasties which could potentially be irritants, ensuring gently softened hands.
Brand new from Dr Dennis Gross, this supercharged face serum features their B3 Adaptive SuperFoods Complex. Specifically formulated to target the effects of stress on our skin, the powerful ingredients list includes maca root, cacao and goji berry. Ensuring skin is giving a boost while improving the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, the skin’s natural barrier is strengthened too.
An ideally sized bottle to pop on your bedside table and roll onto pulse points when you need a lift, this oil contains a brightening blend. Ingredients spanning across jasmine, geranium and bergamot, scents will offer comfort and gorgeous notes to enjoy. Complete with a handy portable pouch, this product would also make a special gift for a loved one in need of some uplifting scents right now.
Whether working from home is a new novelty or already part of your daily routine, these Mahabis Outdoor Wool Lined Slippers make for the ideal footwear hybrid. Sleek and comfy, they have a robust and practical outdoor sole too. Plus, a contoured in-sock adds extra slipper and lounging luxury.
Perfectly placed for a little evening relaxation, Kiss The Moon Dream Night Cream For Feet is sumptuous and soothing. Nourishing components such as shea butter are blended with essential oils, presenting calming goodness for mind, body and soul.
Launching on 23rd March, this latest addition to the Immortelle collection focuses on improving stress around the delicate eye area. Infused with components such as caffeine to fight dark circles and brighten skin, it was designed to counteract the impact of busy lives. L’Occitane are also currently sending their gorgeous hand creams to hospitals, playing a part in supporting the global healthcare effort.
Lumity supplements contain two capsule types – one for morning and another for evening. A dual-action approach which helps with both nutrient support and sleep, they were designed to cover everything from skin, hair and nail health to boosting energy and fighting fatigue. Working together at cellular level, the twice a day combination deliver amino acids, vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. Having taken them for several months and noticing stronger hair and nails quite quickly, I also have to say, these supplements really do help with maintaining a good sleep cycle.
REN Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp and Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Bath Oil
A richly nourishing bath oil, this anti-fatigue number envelopes skin with its relaxing properties. Containing REN’s exclusive Anti-Fatigue Essential Oils as well as beneficial Atlantic Kelp and Plankton Extracts, you’ll also find Microalgae Oil which is full of enriching Omega 6 and 9. Vegan and cruelty-free, REN are committed to the environment and care deeply about sustainably sourced ingredients and sustainable packaging.
Enjoy the sheer relaxation of a gel mask infused with antioxidant rich lavender petals, natural oil and high-performance active ingredients. Biodegradable to boot, the masks are created without the plastic mesh base of many other hydrogel options. Also boosting cellular function to offer a glowing complexion, once used they are handily full dissolvable in water and can be used as a bath time bodycare treat.
Offering an aromatherapeutic moment, the natural essential oils blend contains refreshing eucalyptus and calming lavender. A soothing remedy, take a moment to inhale this destress anxiety-busting formula from the experts in relieving tension. Suitable for use in pregnancy, it can also help with disrupted sleep too.
The light and atmosphere lift a candle can bring means luxury which fills an entire room. A warm and spicy scent presented in a chic glass holder, exotic notes include ginger flower, cardamom, nutmeg and eucalyptus.