Despite the fact that I am not very patient by nature, in general I am not too ill-tempered. Like my mother (and her mother) however, I often get holiday nerves. I won’t go into detail lest you get so scared that you never come back, but let’s just say I’ve been breathing fire for the past couple of days.
Something that I do find very helpful is a good scented candle in the evening (I’m defining “evening” very broadly here. Since it gets dark at 4:30PM, I’ve taken quite a bit of liberty in lighting the candle pretty much whenever I want to), like this NEOM Relax Candle.
Long story short, NEOM Organics is a British brand that is dedicated to creating a luxuriously organic environment in the house. Their candles are made with vegetable wax and essential oils. I used this baby up just last night, and I can testify how incredibly clean it burned: all the way till the end it never ever produced any black smoke, and the flame was always very steady.
Relax contains some of my absolute favorite scents, including lavender, geranium, and juniper. The concoction is very soothing, and the fragrance fills the air in the least aggressive way (you won’t walk into a room and feel your nose has been assaulted by the scent, if you know what I mean). It is supposed to help people sleep better, though I wouldn’t be the best judge for that (I’m going to knock on wood, but I usually sleep really well). It does, however, calm me down even during such a stressful and busy period!
Besides trimming the wick after each use, NEOM also suggests lighting the candle for two to four hours each time to help it burn evenly. The travel-size candles weigh 75 grams and should burn for 20 hours while their signature 3-wick home candles weigh 300 grams and burn for 50.
My experience with NEOM Relax is so positively that I am already actively looking for my next NEOM candle. I know I definitely want a 3-wick Relax (you never know, holiday nerves could last for quite a while), and maybe another travel-size one. Now should I go for the rosy Complete Bliss, the vanilla & sandalwood Serenity, or the jasmine, ginger, & sandalwood Restore? Decisions decisions…
Anyways, best of luck with your Christmas shopping and I hope you’re calmer and more ready than I am!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx