2020 has been so eventful and you wonder if life as we know it is ever going to be the same again? But of course, it will eventually.
With most of the high street shops having a difficult time, it has been noticeable that more of us have been shopping online and encouraged to shop locally.
I love to support local businesses in my area and I am grateful that people have supported Mellow.
Usually each year at Christmas time, I exhibit at the Weald & Downland Living Museum Christmas market, as well as having my Pop-up shop where everything in the Mellow range is offered for sale.
Much of the service I offer is bespoke and my customers are aware of this so individual products can be mixed and matched.
Many people have found they have had more time on their hands, so with Christmas approaching why not introduce some essential oils to your home which will make your gifts stand out and smell gorgeous.
Even if you’re not particularly crafty (definitely me!) these ideas might be interesting to help you capture the fragrance of Christmas…
Fragrant Christmas Paper
Choose your Christmas paper and put it into an airtight container.
Add 5-6 drops of essential oil of your choice onto some tissue and place this on top of the paper sheets.
Leave for 24 hours. The fragrance will absorb into the paper and will smell gorgeous when you wrap your gifts.
If you are lucky enough to have a real tree, there is no mistaking the aroma of gorgeous pine, but you can enhance this aroma even more by spraying the branches with a mixture of 1 cup of water to which you have added 6 drops of pine essential oil.
Even an artificial tree could smell of pine by tucking some absorbent material around the base of the tree and adding some drops of essential oil.
Oranges studded with cloves
These are classic Christmas decorations but definitely one of my favourites.
They don’t deteriorate particularly quickly because clove is a natural preservative but you can boost the aromatic effect by rolling the oranges in orange and clove oil which will prolong their life.
Living in the countryside as a child, I remember going to the woods and collecting fallen pine cones at Christmastime.
Nowadays I buy bags of cones from shops but these are dry and don’t particularly smell of anything.
This is easily rectified if you put the cones into large plastic bags with a cotton wool ball to which you have added 2 drops of pine essential oil. Seal the bag and leave overnight. When you open the bag the cones will smell wonderful.
Add 6 drops of a festive essential oil to half a pint of water.
Swish your ribbons around in the water and then dry them. You could wrap them round bunches of holly and ivy.
All of these ideas are only limited by your imagination.
You may find your hands become dry, itchy or that the skin even cracks. Although gloves offer some attention from the elements, wool can actually exacerbate any irritation on your skin so it’s a good idea to wear thin cotton gloves underneath or choose gloves with a cotton lining if this is a problem for you.
As with your face, moisturising your hands with a rich hand cream at least twice a day is an important part of your winter routine.
Suggestions for oils…
Cinnamon, Clove, Bay, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Pine, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Myrrh
These are just a few ideas but there many more on the internet for you to try if this is your interest.
The last opportunity to order Mellow products will be 17th December for posting but this can be extended for local pick ups.
I want to take the opportunity to wish all my lovely customers a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you in 2021.