A quick straw poll in the office told us that while we millennials may be mentally sent into a happy state of hygge when presented with a luxe scented candle, our mums don’t feel quite the same. Case in point: the humungous one my sister and I bought mum last year has been lit once since we got it for her - she was ‘saving it for something special’. When I told this story, a few ‘dittos’ hailed my way. Further chat revealed that our mums seem to love a luxury, but a properly useful luxury - think a buttery moisturiser/mega expensive eye cream she’d never buy herself.
So with the HUGE disclaimer that should I ever become a mum, I’d like a candle every single month for my efforts in motherhood, here’s a guide with a difference; this is your ultimate round up of skin and sensory treats that your mum won’t be able to resist using daily.
Jurlique Rosewater Mist. When combatting dry skin, layering products is key. This mist not only helps to draw any subsequent products applied in more deeply, but it also smells delicious and looks beautiful on the bathroom shelf.
Oskia Super 16 Serum. This serum is an all-round good egg. Put it on dehydrated skin, and the hyaluronic content will attract water; apply it to pigmented skin, and the vitamin cocktail will lift discolouration, dab it on irritated patches, and the seaweed and cactus extracts will soothe. Tell your mum to apply it to freshly-cleansed skin and follow with an SPF in the morning and moisturiser in the evening.
Aerin Rose Hand & Body Cream. Forget the notion that rose is staid and powdery; Aerin’s take on the classic floral is refreshing and modern. But the scent won’t sell your mum on this cream - the effect it has on skin will; it’s a one-stop product to smoother, softer skin that absorbs in a jiffy. Winner.
MZ Hydrate & Nourish Age Defence Retinol Day Moisturiser SPF30. Retinol is a hugely effective anti-ageing ingredient thanks to its ability to boost the production of collagen which will, in turn, help to smooth out wrinkles. This clever number contains an encapsulated retinol (to minimise irritation), hyaluronic acid to pad out the skin, and an SPF 30 to protect.
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil. I’ve never met a mum - scratch that - I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t need a bottle of this. Whether you’re a bather or firm fan of the shower, this blend of vetiver, camomile, sandalwood and coconut oil will relax the tensest of shoulders and most whirring of minds.