Why don’t you… Energise your daily rituals with these soul-reviving activities for positive vibes in 2019?

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Why don’t you… Energise your daily rituals with these soul-reviving activities for positive vibes in 2019?

Recreate a sanctuary of your own at home with Aman Skincare


If your busy schedule is preventing you from visiting the spa as often as you’d like, bring the spa to you with a “spath”, or spa-bath. Turn regular showers into synergistic rituals with twice-weekly exfoliations; once with a dry brush and another with a therapeutic-grade scrub like Mmerci Encore’s Nightshade Organic Sugar Body Scrub, a lavender-led concoction to help you release tension and unwind on all levels. A good scrub—gentle, circular motions from your hands and feet towards your heart—will not only slough off dead skin cells and stimulate the lymphatic system to release toxins, but also reduce cellulite and boost overall glow. 

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From top: The Orion Bar, Saltwater Atelier. Nightshade Body Scrub, Mmerci Encore. Purifying Quartz Scrub & Soak, Aman Skincare

On other days, turn to Saltwater Atelier’s handcrafted soaps, which look like colourful crystals in nourishing blends like the spearmint Orion Bar or the rose-nectarine Bengal Bar. If you have a tub, gently buff damp skin with Aman Skincare’s two-in-one Purifying Quartz Scrub and Soak before letting your stresses dissolve in a warm bath as citrus and earthy olfactory notes transport you to a tropical sanctuary..

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ViA Forever Young water bottle, VitaJuwel


Seen in the hands of editors and naturopaths alike, VitaJuwel’s next-gen water bottles come with a hand-blown glass pod packed with a medley of fair trade gems that are said to hygienically charge water with a range of energies that can calm, revitalise and even increase intuition. There are 18 different blends, including Balance, which has recovery-aiding aventurine, stamina-boosting aquamarine, stress-relieving smoky quartz and harmonising clear quartz.

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Clockwise from left: Hemp Protein, Nutiva. Fresh Slate Clay & Manuka Honey Purifying Cleanser + Masque, Allies of Skin. Radiance Face Oil, Eve Lom


With its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, various hemp-derived ingredients are being used in the form of topical therapies and as a superfood. Boasting high levels of vitamin E, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it is also one of the few plant foods that contains all nine essential amino acids. Ease into the trend with Nutiva’s Hemp Protein, which is great for smoothies and baked treats. Those who want to delve into hemp skincare can reach for products they already know and love: Allies of Skin’s Fresh Slate Clay & Manuka Honey Purifying Cleanser + Masque contains hemp seed oil to provide essential nutrients and calm inflammation; while Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Oil blends hemp seed, abyssinian and avocado oils to turn up skin’s luminosity.

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Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, Herbivore. First Care Activating Serum Mist, Sulwhasoo


A mid-day mist can work wonders on the skin and psyche if you pick a formula that’s as nutrient-rich as it is sensorial—like Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum Mist, which infuses and veils faces with the herbal goodness of ginseng; or Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, a blend of coconut water, cellular turnover-boosting hibiscus and antioxidant-rich Bulgarian rose. 

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Happy Chopard Lemon Dulci, Chopard


In line with Chopard’s “do good, feel good” approach to luxury craftsmanship, the Maison’s perfume collection is concocted with premium environmental and responsibly-sourced materials through the Naturals Together sustainability programme. These include precious natural ingredients known to generate uplifting emotions through their scents, unleashing a sense of wellbeing. Bursting with “happy molecules” is Happy Chopard Lemon Dulci, with lemon, bergamot and mandarin essences, buoyed by vivifying notes of ginger, peppermint and orange flower water.

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Wash away those negative vibes with body-loving bath soaks from Moon Body Soul; Blue Moon Dust, Moon Body Soul


The New Moon and Full Moon are the best times for a cleansing ritual. The former, symbolising new beginnings, is perfect to detox and set fresh intentions; the latter, an optimal time to reflect and recharge while basking in that lunar lustre. Harnessing the healing energies of rare natural ingredients, Moon Body Soul is a brand that specialises in bath soaks. Its Blue Moon Dust is an aromatic blend of organic dried butterfly pea flowers, Epsom salt (a pure mineral compound in crystal form that helps to soothe tired muscles), and essential oils like jasmine and blue tansy.  

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Clockwise from left: Menthe Verte candle, Diptyque. Fior Di Bacio candle, Fornasetti. Ash candle, Boy Smells


Not literally, of course. Aromatherapy has a profound effect on the brain, and can inspire focus, calm, or awaken the senses—so burning candles and essential oils instead of downing an extra shot of caffeine can do wonders when you need it the most. Diptyque’s minty Menthe Verte will invigorate the mind for that big meeting; while Fornasetti’s Fior Di Bacio will lift moods with the buoyancy of the sprightly Lily-of-the-valley. And, when things get too much, light Boy Smells’ Ash. Its smoky-earthy notes of firewood, hay, palo santo and juniper berry call to mind a dark forest after the rain—instant tranquillity.