La Bougie Crop Candles

A few weeks ago on an annual visit to my other home Drogheda, I visited the Forge Field Farm Shop in Termonfeckin. There I discovered (new to me) range of candles and diffusers from Crop Candles by La Bougie.

La Bougie was created by expert perfumer Lucy Hagerty in 2012 in Cork and the brand has grown from strength to strength with the opening of a boutique in Kinsale in 2015 which coincided with La Bougie perfume range. Crop Candles created and manufactured by La Bougie from their farm in Co. Cork, are inspired by the plentiful rain and rich grass and earth alongside seasonal scents.

All Year Candles & Diffusers:

  • Earth – Tabacco, Cognac and Oak
  • Grass – Grapefruit, Cassis and Basil
  • Rain – Jasmine, Musk and Chocolate

Seasonal Spring/Summer Candles & Diffusers:

  • Elderflower – Gooseberry, Caramel and Elderflower
  • Gorse – Coconut, Sea Salt and Amber
  • Rhubarb – Plum, Rhubarb and Peach

Hands down my favourite is the Elderflower. It is an effervescent and sparkling scent which is both warming and comforting without the heaviness. My least favourite is the Earth which I found too overwhelming.

As I mentioned at the start I found the range in Forge Field Farm Shop in Termonfeckin but Crop Candles have stockists throughout Ireland. Contact them via http://www.labougie.com. The 100% Soy Candles are priced at €16 and the Diffusers are €20.

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doTerra Essential Oils

My love of fragrance first developed from my love of essential oils and aromatherapy. In my younger years, I had numerous little brown bottles of various oil which I would use to make my own blends. Last Thursday at the Pamper & Style event in the Tower Hotel, I meet Orla from Salon an Oir who introduced me to the brand doTerra. I was seriously impressed not only with the brand which she uses both personally and in her salon but also her in depth knowledge of essential oils.

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Molton Brown’s Gourmand Collection

Last weekend I visited one of my favourite stores, Molton Brown in Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin. This store has everything, from the subtly fragranced atmosphere, to the perfectly merchandised colourful array of products and the helpful & friendly staff who can assist you in testing the products at the special seated area. The reason for my visit was the newly launched Patisserie Parlour, Gourmand Collection. Three new collections inspired by the sweetest ingredients: Comice Pear & Wild Honey, Rhubarb & Rose and Vanilla & Violet Flower.

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First a little look at Molton Brown, the company. The name Molton Brown comes from the name of the street where it was first located, South Molton and the fashion boutique Brown’s which was opened by founder Caroline Burstein’s parents. The company began in 1973 by creating haircare products above a salon. In 1979 the first bodycare products were launched and their enduring relationship with Harrods began. Molton Man was launched in 1985 and in 1989 the company began supplying its products to hotels following a visit of a hotel manager to it’s London store. In 1998 MoltonBrown.com was launched (I would recommend joining their email guest list) and in 2004 Molton Brown opened their first New York store in Soho.

 

Comice Pear & Wild Honey

Master Perfumer, Christian Plesch – “The fragrance opens with green leaves refreshed by hints of bergamot & layered with pletals of gardenia. The heart reveals a juicy pear embellished by jasmine & lily of the valley, evolving into a base of mouth-watering honey, caramel & biscuit”.

Definitely the sweetest range in the collection, I tried the hand wash. Smelt directly from the bottle this is almost sickly sweet, however when used at the designated sink area in store, it becomes much more bearable. The range includes a hand cream, liquid hand wash, hand lotion and two sets, one containing hand wash & lotion and the other contains the hand wash, lotion & cream.

Rhubarb & Rose

Master Perfumer, Vanessa Prudent – “Rhubarb spikes a bitter top note as zesty fruits fizz with a citrus twist. These contrast with the sweetness of sugary tart in the base while gentle rose extract & vanilla bring to life the buttery pastry of dessert”.

This range is beautifully balanced. While I am not a fan of overly rose scented fragrances, this is certainly a range I would happily use. The extensive range includes a bath & shower gel, body lotion, hand lotion, liquid hand wash, two candles – single wick or three wick, hand cream and three sets, one containing hand wash & hand lotion, the second containing shower gel & body lotion and the third containing shower gel, body lotion & hand cream.

Vanilla & Violet Flower

Master Perfumer, Christian Plesch – “This sumptuous fragrance opens on fresh violet leaf & dewy freesia tonalities. Violet is magnified by a rich bouquet of orris and rose lingering into a sensuous base where swirls of vanilla take the lead on a bed of tonka and musk”.

Hands down this is my favourite range in the collection. Vanilla is one of my favourite ingredients so I had a sneaky suspicion it would be. The range includes bath & shower gel, body lotion, single wick candle and two sets, one containing shower gel & body lotion and the second containing shower gel, body lotion & candle.

If you wish to try a number of fragrances in the collection, Molton Brown have also launched two sets containing products across the range;

Perfect Picnic Bathing & Hand Gift Trio which contains Comice Pear & Honey Liquid Hand Wash, Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel and the Vanilla & Violer Flower Bath & Shower Gel.

Spring Indulgences Hand Cream Gift Trio which contains the Comice Pear Hand Cream, Rhubarb & Rose Hand Cream and Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Hand Cream.

And if all this wasn’t enough of a treat for the senses, Molton Brown have teamed up with Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Barber to create a delectable dessert inspired by each collection. The magnificent creations are a Comice Pear & Honey Beehive Mousse, Rhubarb & Rose Truffle Dip and Vanilla & Violet Mousse. If you want to see the recipes check out the Motlon Brown website: moltonbrown.co.uk (Warning: You will suddenly start to crave something sweet!)

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Copper Coast Natural Skincare

Copper Coast Natural Skincare is a range of products which recently caught my attention. The company was created by Massage Therapist Vicky Flanagan as a result of looking for products for her son’s sensitive skin and is based in Dunhill, Co. Waterford. Vicky’s understanding of what she was looking for was something she took very seriously as before developing the range she spent 18 months studying for a Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation. The company was only created once Vicky was satisfied and had researched her ingredients thoroughly. Impressive!

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Voya Christmas Spice

Voya, an Irish owned family company began in 1912, when the Walton family opened seaweed baths near Strandhill, County Sligo. In 1965 Hurricane Debbie destroyed the original bath houses but the Walton family re-opened them in 2000. They were soon being asked how customers could create the same effect at home. So launched the now iconic Lazy Days seaweed bath in 2006. The company product range has extended extensively and is now a global brand operating in over 37 countries.

 

This year Voya have launched a limited edition Christmas collection consisting of a Christmas Spice Candle, Christmas Spice Diffuser and Christmas Mitts Handcare set.

The candle and diffuser are your classic Christmas home scent of Orange, Cinnamon and Clove revitalizing and warming at the same time. The candle is made with Soy Wax and organic essential oils with a burn time of up to 35 hours. Either of these products would create a beautiful aroma to welcome guests at Christmas or would be the perfect gift if you have been invited to someone’s home.

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Also part of the limited edition collection is the Voya Christmas Mitts Handcare Set which comes in the beautiful white and red packaging. The set contains three of Voya’s star products – Clean Me Up Liquid Hand Soap 300ml, Handy To Have Hand Cream 75ml and Invigorating Seaweed Soap 50g.

To learn more about this fabulous Irish brand check out their website http://www.voya.ie