Joy-giving drops to comfort the confined …
Isolating, encouraging others, juggling work, children, house and elderly relatives, being resilient, cheerful (mostly!) and positive – you are doing brilliantly … By Day 15, Easter Saturday, you might need to reward yourself (or a friend or family member) with a mood-lifting Easter gift. If you don’t want to send chocolate or eggs, choose one of these five gifts from Irish companies whose delivery services are operating as normal. These are gifts for the cocooner and the caregiver – which covers all of us, really – gifts that make important daily rituals a comfort-giving pleasure …
A Candle from Brooke & Shoals
Brooke & Shoals was founded by Alison Banton in the seaside town of Greystones. Alison’s passion for fragrance was inspired by the scent of the petals she picked as a child in her great-aunt Mollie’s circular rose garden. Mollie used to say the ‘babbling brook and the whispering shoals’ would turn Alison’s rose petals into perfume. Overnight, the old lady would add real perfume to the little girl’s watery mixture; fooling her into thinking she had created a wonderful scent. Now, Brooke & Shoals natural wax candles, home fragrance diffusers and natural body products are in stores all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US. All products are made in Ireland and candles are made from a sustainable natural wax blend.
Our favourites include the Lavender, Cyclamen and Sea Salt candle (€22) with its clean, comforting smell and the Elderflower, Rhubarb and Rose fragrance diffuser (€29) sweet tangy elderflower, notes of freshly picked rhubarb and heady rose, a harbinger of summer. Among several, you’ll find a fragrance that appeals to you. Free delivery over €35; Republic of Ireland only; www.brookeandshoals.ie
Clean Hands Room Spray from Flora + Fiona
Clinical aromatherapist Fiona Hedigan of Flora + Fiona has developed two new products, initially for family and friends, then for a doctor friend and her hospital team and demand has been growing ever since.
Clean Hands contains the required 65 per cent alcohol to eliminate bacteria as well as essential oils with antiseptic properties. Glycerine softens the hands and powerful essentials oils have an aroma that is uplifting and energising.
Clean Air room spray with tea tree, lavender, lemon, orange and bergamot essential oils has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Boost the mood, clean the air and make a room smell divine with 2-3 sprays for a fresh, lasting scent. Clean Hands Sanitiser, 30ml, €10; Clean Air Spray, 50ml, €10; www.floraplusfiona.com
A Bedlinen Bundle from White And Green
Upside to isolation – we are spending more time in bed! So if you were to give yourself a treat or send one to someone you love, a gorgeous bed set is just the thing. Made from the finest 100% organic cotton (grown on certified sustainable farms in India), Irish company White and Green’s 300 thread count sateen bedding range is pure softness and luxury, easy to care for, and just gets softer, wash after wash.
Why is 300 thread count the best? Even better than 500 thread count? Because it is the best mixture of softness, breathability, durability and being easiest to iron too. Remember, higher thread count does not necessarily mean better quality – organic cotton quality is best at 300 thread count. A set Includes a duvet cover and two matching pillowcases (50 x 75cm) from €79.95 … www.whiteandgreenhome.ie
A Skincare Set from Kinvara Skincare
The Galway-based Kinvara Skincare company was set up five years ago by scientist Joanne O’Reilly who was frustrated with the beauty products available when her own skin flared up post-baby. She knew what to do to help herself. With a doctorate in tropical ecology, working on endangered species, like elephants and rhinos, and fieldwork in Sumatra and Mauritius, she knew how local people turned to plants as a natural resource, a natural apothecary and did the same, creating effective, concentrated, plant-packed formulas without parabens, mineral oils or alcohol.
The Best-Sellers Kit (€81.85) contains Kinvara’s award-winning Absolute Cleansing Oil, Active Rosehip Day Cream and Rosehip Face Serum. In these three products you will find what everyone needs – a fabulous cleansing oil, a luxurious face serum and an effective anti-ageing moisturiser. www.kinvaraskincare.com
A Linen Robe from Susan Hunter
Resist the temptation to hang out all day in sub-par pyjamas! A gift of very nice nightwear is timely. Susan’s gorgeous shop in the Westbury Mall may be closed but you can order online. We spotted white linen pyjamas on sale at just €75, and white Irish linen robes for just €50. While you’re there – check out the Hanro nighties and browse all the lovely items you would like post-isolation! The power of positive visualisation … www.susanhunter.ie
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