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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Gifting This Christmas inc. Holland & Barrett, Pacifica, Rathbornes Candles, Humble, Vegan Chocolates and Balance Me...

My nearest and dearest don't tend to stop by these parts and have a read too often, and so instead of a gift guide here are a few things that will be waiting under the tree ready to be opened by them on Christmas Day. Many of them are things I've been gifted for le blog and I've loved them so much that I had to go and buy a few more of each for gifts. 

H O L L A N D   &   B A R R E T T

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Soy Candle
There are no words for how beautiful this smells. Even when it's not lit it manages to delicately scent a room. Coconut lovers absolutely need to give this a sniff if the opportunity ever arises. Just a little note, the website has a picture of the reed diffuser on the candle listing, but it's definitely for the candle. And I would advise opening the box and looking at the candle as there was a bit of wax discolouration on my original candle, which didn't affect the burning but it didn't look the prettiest so it wouldn't have been ideal for gifting.

Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava & Island Vanilla Perfumes
Pacifica perfumes have been at the top of my to-try list for a little while and I'm pleased to be able to say they're as lovely as I had hoped they would be. I was going to save the Ruby Guava scent to add to my mother's Christmas present, but I couldn't resist giving it to her a little early and she's been wearing it almost daily. The Island Vanilla scent has now taken up residence in my bag, but I'm planning to purchase a few more as little extra gifts for those ladies in my life who tend to be a little tricky to buy for because I think it's a fairly universal scent. It also layers really nicely with other scents, which is always a good thing, I think. And they're cruelty free!

Montezuma's Vegan & Organic Chocolates
So. Good! Without meaning to overstate anything, these are easily the best chocolates I have ever eaten. Ever. Seriously. They are, admittedly, a little on the pricey side, but everything about them is pretty special, from the packaging to the chocolates inside. They're a perfect holiday treat. 

Balance Me Luscious Lips* & Balance Me Body Beautiful*
These two have been given as early presents to my neighbour as a thank you for always taking in parcels for me when I haven't been at home, and never once complaining. The packaging is adorable and with a bit of maneuvering they sit on Christmas tree branches really well as alternative decorations. They'd also make perfect Secret Santa gifts too, I think!  

Humble Body Wash*
Humble has been created by Kate Humble, and each product in the range has been designed to be kind to both the skin and the environment. The ingredients are natural and biodegradable, with no parabens or SLS, and the packaging is made using recycled materials where possible. Also, a big thumbs up to the comprehensive glossary on the website that explains what each ingredient is and why it is used. I haven't tried the body wash myself because I've included it in a beauty hamper I've made up for a friend who loves ethical products, but I'm hoping she loves it!

Humble Bath Honey*
I have kept this bubble bath for myself, because I'm going through one of my 'I need to take a bubble bath every evening' phases. The rose and frankincense scent isn't one I would generally gravitate towards, but it's delicate, incredibly relaxing and the formula gives a really good amount of bubbles. Humble is exclusive to Waitrose, which could make purchasing a little tricky if, like me, you're not a Waitrose shopper - but I have seen a few things over on Amazon too!


Rathbornes Rosemary, Fougere & Camphor Candle*
This isn't my kind of scent, it's very complex and woody, but I know someone who will absolutely adore burning this on Boxing Day. It's a scent that I can imagine will really deepen and come alive once lit, creating a calm, relaxing atmosphere. Perfect for post Christmas Day festivities! 

Rathbornes White Pepper, Honeysuckle & Vertivert Travel Candle
As soon as I took this out of the box it instantly reminded me of Tom Ford Black Orchid. It's deep, with a top floral note that cuts through stopping it from being too heavy and overpowering. This was a little winter treat to myself and worth every penny.

Yankee Candle Duo
Boots included one of these duos in the box of goodies they sent me a few months ago and as I have loved burning them so much (Christmas Memories is gorgeous!), I knew I had to pick up a few more sets for my fellow Yankee Candle Christmas scent lovers.


Swig Executive Flask*
This is a really beautiful quality, tactile flask. When I was asked if I wanted to review one I was pretty excited about it, but I wasn't expecting it to be this nice. Everything is so detailed, from the way the flask sits perfectly inside the case and the elephant design on the inside, to the beautiful packaging and the perfectly even stitching. They also offer an engraving service, and I must say that I think personalised gifts often make the very best gifts of all.

There are a few bits and pieces I still need to get but as I'm usually a very last minute kind of gal, I'm feeling pretty calm this year.  And that makes a nice change.

Are you ready for the holidays? 


  1. I like already the packaging of the candles a lot!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Anything chocolate or candle related wins me over every time! May have to add thede to my Christmas list



  3. The Pacifica perfumes sound gorgeous - I definitely need to look out for this brand x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  4. All of these gifts are so lovely and thoughtful :) Those little roll on perfumes seem gorgeous and ideal for popping into a handbag. I also love the sound of all of those candles, admittedly I am a little addicted to things like that! So sweet of you to think of your neighbour too! ♥ xxx

  5. The coconut candle and island vanilla perfume sound like they smell incredible!

    // Oh Dollymix

  6. Can I just say the packaging on display in this post is AMAZING. So festive! Also big yay for vegan chocolates, those are going straight onto my wishlist :) x

  7. Loving all the candles !!!I am a candle addict :)


  8. I bet the coconut candle smells incredible! All the packaging of these gifts looks so lovely too x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  9. All the candles are gorgeous! I recently got into burning candles again, I currently have a salted caramel one and it makes my room smell like a cafe all the time :)

    becky ♡ star violet

  10. Such lovely gifts, I really like the sound of the roll-on perfumes. Your photos are stunning as always xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  11. I really enjoyed reading this post as I love natural brands. I have tried a few products by Pacifica mainly their perfumes and the scents are lush. It was interesting to hear your thoughts on the candles too. I’m very intrigued by those organic choccies especially when you said they were the best you have ever tasted! Humble seems like a really sweet brand too! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

  12. I love giving and receiving candles :) These ones look great!

    T x


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