It’s been some time since my last entry on the blog, and for that I “blame” the restless hours I have spent with my faithful lover, Music, as well as not so exciting, trivial every day stuff.
I have decided that this is a time for taking care of myself. One would argue: When is it not? And I totally agree, but the truth is that lately I’ve been too busy with my every day responsibilities, irregular schedule and composing, that I have put minimum effort in my appearance, and I have to admit that I kind of neglected my skin, which is reflected by my dry patches and overall dullness. So this has to change!
When Sea Witch Botanicals contacted me, and asked me if I wanted to try some of their products of course I said yes, because they are a company with natural, chemical free, vegan cosmetics, so what’s not to like? And nothing better than new, awesome smelling products to motivate you to take care of yourself better!
These are the products I picked:
Organic facial soap: Sea Witch Botanicals offers their facial soap with different print options, and since the holiday season is upon us, I resisted the cat print ones and I picked one with the Krampus, the half goat demon who punishes naughty kids!
The soap has a very light natural essence, so the smell is not too strong, for the ones who prefer cosmetics without perfume. On the website they also suggest it can be used by infants, so that tells a lot about its pure ingredients. I used it on my face, and it cleansed my skin gently, without stripping it from its oils, so my skin didn’t feel dried out at all after using it. When I used it to wash off my makeup, I was surprised to see it removed it effortlessly. The only product that wasn’t removed completely was waterproof mascara, but this was to be expected, even Krampus himself cannot beat the waterproof devil.
I like toners and face mists that contain lavender, as it has a calming effect on me, so when I read about the ingredients of this miraculous concoction in the tinted bottle with the beautiful vintage label, I really wanted to try it out. It is made with aloe, lavender, and rose water, and I spray it on my face after washing it. I love the soothing effects of this toner, and its aroma has a great calming effect on me, so it has become a part of my nighttime routine. I also use it as aromatherapy, giving a couple of spritzes on my pillow before going to sleep, and I love it!
Vegan lip Balm: Ok, first off I have to say that this product smells amazingly like cocoa, so much that I have cravings for chocolate when I use it! Its formula includes fair trade cocoa, avocado and coconut oil, and I love how instead of beeswax, they have used candellila wax, making it an all vegan product. (Cosmetic companies, take a hint!)
It takes a bit of rubbing to warm up the product when picking it with the finger, and I love how it stays on the lips and naturally hydrates them long term, unlike other lip balms that contain petroleum, which makes your lips dry on the long run. I mostly apply before I go to bed, to let it work while I am sleeping, or after exfoliating my lips, before applying highly-drying liquid lipsticks.
Incense burning: This takes me back home, giving me a familiar feeling, and Sea Witch Botanicals sent me those amazing incense sticks! They included two kinds, delightfully entitled “Quoth the Raven” and “Absinthe”. “Quoth the Raven” has an orange, cinnamon and clove scent, and “Absinthe” has an awesome star anise scent, which totally reminds me of one of my favourite drinks. These are made with pure ingredients like activated charcoal and essential oils so they don’t give you a headache, unlike other sticks with artificial -and at times toxic- ingredients. I love burning them as they create a perfect atmosphere for me to relax and meditate. The approximate burning time is 20-30 minutes and I have noticed that those sticks are a bit thicker than other ones I have used in the past. I love them, in fact I am burning one right now as I am typing this!
Since taking care of oneself is also an inside-out business, these are some stuff that I like, when devoting the time I need to recollect myself and feel better.
Self-help books: I recently bought two new books: The one because it was popping everywhere online , and surprisingly, not through the trickery of redirected advertising, but Instagram accounts that I genuinely like and follow, have posted a photo of the book. It’s called ‘Unfuck Yourself’ and it’s a book about unlocking your own potential and facing your own worst enemy, which is your own self. This doesn’t quite summarise how inspiring and ass-kicking this book is, but you get the gist. Sometimes we need to be reminded of things we already know, in order to get a grip of them and put them to practice.
The other book was suggested by a dear friend of mine: A true fighter and inspiration to me as she is a real life Light Warrior, and when she sensed the overall darkness that’s plagued me for some time now, she recommended me this book: ‘No Mud no Lotus’, which I immediately had to get, as it talks about the art of transforming suffering through acknowledging and working through it instead of running away from it, and it was written by Thich Nhat Hanh, who is a world renowned Zen Buddhist. Another one of my favourite self- help books is ‘The Four Agreements’, a book containing Toltec wisdom, guiding the path of personal freedom. You can read more here, to get an idea about the principles, upon which this book is based.
What a better thing, than to sit in silence and absorb inspirational books, that will nourish your mind and help you elevate your spirit, helping you find and unveil your higher self?
I believe in the power of aromatherapy so another thing that I discovered recently and unexpectedly helps me so much relax, is the anti-anxiety smelling salts that were sent to me in a Witch Casket box. If you want more information about this, I have done an unboxing video, which you can find here. The salts contain lavender, ylang ylang and other essential oils and they really have a soothing and calming effect when one smells them, so this little bottle is a companion I take with me everywhere I go. In fact I want to try and make my own smelling salts, lock them in tiny bottles and gift them to my friends, as they are indeed wonderful!
Which are your favourite things to do, to pamper yourself?