When the box of Scentered products popped through my door, I really didn’t take all that much notice of them – in fact, the tins made me think they were ‘speciality teas’ which I’m not a fan of (just give me a cup of Tetley and I’m happy). So, when I got round to looking properly at them, I was genuinely delighted to find that each tin contains a little aromatherapy balm to address several different stress situations.

There are five varieties, and I’ll briefly run though them with key oils used:

Stress Less: for every day tensions containing Chamomile, Neroli and Mandarin.

Sleep Well: self explanatory with Palmarosa, Lavender and Ylang Ylang.

Focus: for days when your mind is swimmy with too much stuff, containing Rosemary, Peppermint and Clary Sage.

Love: for stress or grief, containing Cedarwood, Rose and Patchouli.

Escape: for a battery recharge, containing Oud, Frankincense and Sandalwood.


I know that aromatherapy can do astounding things for the senses; I’m a different person after an Aromatherapy Associates bath, but I like the Scentered Balms more for making you stop and assess your mood. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t have some stress points during the day – the simple act of stopping, applying the balm and inhaling the theraputic grade aromatherapy oils in itself will give you reason to check yourself and your mindset. The one that’s of most use to me is Focus, although what I’d really like to do is cover my whole body in Stress Less and go back to bed!

Birthing and Pregnancy Chat with Caroline Hirons…

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This post should probably be over on my pregnancy blog, The Uphill, but I know how many of you follow Caroline and I didn’t want you to miss out! Though please do feel free to skip this one if you have no interest whatsoever in pregnancy. Or birthing. It was just a casual pregnancy chat between friends, really, with the usual eyebrow-raises and sick-making faces that happen when Caroline and I get together…

Watch more videos with Caroline…

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On the subject of pregnancy: I have so many posts to write and only ten weeks to go until my due date! Time has just flown. Hopefully once I get my accommodation situation sorted I’ll have the mental and emotional energy to sit down and do some proper writing-up. At the moment, 80% of my time is spent trying to find holiday lets that a) have internet b) accept dogs and c) are within a twenty mile radius of my house. There is nothing. Nothing, I tell you… If anyone ever wants a sound financial investment, buy and then rent out a flat or holiday cottage in the Hertfordshire/Essex area – one that has high-speed broadband and takes dogs. You’d absolutely clean up.

Caroline’s Pregnancy Skincare Video:

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Melvita L’Or Rose Firming Oil

Melvita creates the Firming Oil and associates the Pink Berries of la Réunion with an extract of Sea Buckthorn Berries in a unique slimming formula. This pleasurable massage ritual helps reduce the appearance of uneven, dimple-prone skin. 
Concentrated in powerful organic actives, this oil whose perfume is delicate and fresh provides an instant sensation of lightness. 

After 28 days,
69%* of women have observed that the appearance of cellulite seems visibly reduced. 

* Study conducted on 29 women; product applied twice daily.

Natural and Organic Cosmetics
certified by ECOCERT GREENLIFE according to ECOCERT Standard

Sunday Tittle Tattle: New Hair and Naughty Bear.

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1) New hair – I’m a new woman! Blonder, a bit shorter, perfect for a bit of a springtime lift. Many thanks to Nicola Clarke and Andreas Wild at John Frieda for a superb job – I must get myself some of the Sea Waves sea salt spray (here) that Andreas spritzed through my hair before drying it. The whole textured, shaggy look really sets off the blonde highlights and makes everything look beachy and beautiful! I went to the John Frieda salon in Mayfair – you can find all salon details here.

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2) Naughty Bear: Mr Bear is wreaking havoc at my parents’ house! I’ve had to order a cat tree with scratching posts to stop him attacking their leather chair and headboard and John Lewis rug. (Reported to me in that order. Also he broke a glass fruit bowl by jumping in it, and smashed two bottles of beer that my brother had been saving for his relaxing weekend drink!) Naughty, naughty Bear. Oh, how I miss him. I’m counting down the weeks! (If you’ve missed my recent updates, he’s at my parents’ because our holiday let we’re staying in doesn’t allow cats.)

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