SUMMER SELF-CARE SPA SESSION

Having written five Spa self-care books in recent years, I thought I’d share a few of my own home spa ‘we-time’ tricks that have inspired me over the years, and help me make more of my own aromatic home self-care routine.

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Create a SPA in your home …

  • Get Scentered Start by working out which key aromatic notes you like best to help inspire that 5* luxury hotel spa feel in your home. Think lemon, sage, thyme, cypress, rosemary and geranium essential oils - a classic ‘spa blend’:. Mix 1 drop of each together in a bowl of hot water (or in a diffuser), place somewhere flat (on a radiator or on a windowsill, close the door to the room you’re spending time in. This will allow this beautiful blend to fill the air, lift your spirits and your senses while you treat yourself to a few mini treatments. Buy pure essential oils from nealsyardremedies.com

home spa summer GOJO candle by JOGBliving
  • Light Up You guessed it, light an aromatic candle. Sure I’m biased, but never underestimate the powerful ability of a tiny flickering flame on relaxing your energy and making you pause for a precious moment. Search for candles with pure blended oils and waxes - no artificial, synthetic fragrances or paraffin wax, as these are way less emotive - plus paraffin wax candles are renowned for giving off an aroma (like diesel oil) that often contributes to headaches. My own favourite for a summer spa scene is GOJO with lemongrass and frankincense; or choose relaxing SLOJO with balancing geranium and lavender essential oils plus soporific labdanum and sandalwood, to help you unwind, plus all three of our candles (MOJO included) contain lots of woody notes that men love too.

  • Unknot Yourself Now sit comfortably and focus on 7 breaths in and 10 breaths out: repeat 5 times. We so underestimate the importance of our breath in helping to calm our entire system. It’s one reason meditation is so invaluable - how ever you choose to practice being still. Take a small amount of rosehip oil (or any body oil you love) and rub between the palms of your hands. Now using the thumb of your right hand, press five small circles firmly into the palm of your left hand. Next, move your right thumb to the fleshy part of your palm at the base of your left thumb, and circle here five times firmly: this zone is meant to help calm and relax breathing. Repeat five tiny circles in the area known as ‘the valley’ above the base of the thumb, between the thumb and the index finger. Keep the pressure light but firm - with practice you’ll soon recognize what feels pleasurable yet is actually ‘doing something’. You can do this anywhere, anytime: when you’re travelling, sitting at your desk, watching TV, lying down, listening to music, sitting in a bar… any where whatsoever…

  • Take Time For Toes As an MS sufferer, particularly affecting my legs and feet, I am the first to be up for any footsie reflexology-style treatments. I apply the same principles of massage to my feet as I do my hands - it makes them feel loved (something we all need to do a little more. Grab a favourite body oil, I adore Templespa Drift Away and using your knuckles, really massage deeply' ‘but kindly’ into the soles of your feet and become aware of areas that feel particularly tender as these really do correspond with how your inner self is coping in life.

  • Lie back and get your senses going. So, I love relaxing mindful music such as Nu Meditation, or take a long moment for a motivational podcast such as episodes from Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, or The Minimalists Podcast (and watch out for our very own full length JoOnTheGo video series to be available on podcasts very soon.) Then in this position, close your eyes and encourage your senses to embrace the sounds and the aroma of your chosen body oil and/or candle, by placing an eye mask over your eyes and ensure all your senses are heightened to the extreme. Self care means making moments matter… feel good whenever possible.

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JOGBLiving CosyJo Double-Sided Grey Silk Velvet Lavender Eye Pillow
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JOGBLiving CosyJo Double-Sided Grey Silk Velvet Lavender Eye Pillow
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Our super luxurious handmade 100% Silk Velvet Eye Pillow is shaped to fit every face and nose shape. Filled with real Lavender flowers and organic seeds, perfectly weighted (around 150g) to help stimulate the acupressure points for detoxification, meditation, clarity and calm when placed across the eyes.

They’re the ultimate relaxation: a sleep inducing ritual, day or night, whenever you need to pause. The gorgeous two-tone charcoal one side & silver grey the other are made from 100% silk velvet. Our exclusive handmade JOGBLiving CosyJo Eye Pillow looks luxurious (store in your lingerie drawer or hang in the wardrobe as lavender is great not only to calm the senses, but refresh clothes and repel moths) and is super soft against the delicate skin around your eyes. “I love these as a real anti-ageing 15-minute of calm, as my eyes (and I) always feel rested and brighter afterwards”, says wellbeing beauty expert Jo.

Please note: each JOGBLiving Grey Velvet Relaxing Eye Pillow is hand sewn in England, so variations may mean the shape varies slightly, making them very unique artisan treats. Super soft: men love them as a gift as much as women, making them relaxing for all! You can warm them up on a radiator before use but try not to get them damp and do remove all eye makeup before wearing. Best of all…enjoy x

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JOGB In Harmony Trio Collection
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JOGB In Harmony Trio Collection
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Your helter-skelter emotions are sorted! Our exclusive trio of JOGBLiving candles: MOJO, GOJO and SLOJO are chock full of pure blends of aromatherapeutic essential oils, and so get work on your mood and your senses, both individually and together as a family. There is a key ingredient that runs through every JOGBLiving candle, so when you want to burn all three together - whether in a cluster or a row across the mantelpiece, embracing guests in the hall, or scenting your dinner table - it's pure harmony! Every JOGB aroma is 100% pure essential oils in a full fragrance construction of a top, middle and base accord: which means every candle contains over 10 different oils and at 10% - pure from top to bottom. Our 100% plant-based wax is made from soy and rapeseed oil.

"With this tantalising trio, I hope you'll love every one of our aromas and discover how they really do work magic on your moods. They are made with a true passion so do let me know what you love and come back for your ultimate favourite; or hey, just buy another piece of harmony!" Jo

JOGB CANDLE FEATURES

  • each candle contains a luxurious 10% pure essential oil aromatherapy complex blend - very rare in candle making as this is an expensive process, but it shows the moment you open the box.

  • made in the UK with sustainable waxes, our glass is fully recyclable if you return to us after burning as the logo is etched so we can repurpose them, and our packaging is made from recyclable card.

To ensure your handmade candles are the best quality and freshness when they arrive, they are produced in limited quantities making them all the more special and unique. Should we run out of stock, don't be in a mood with us: a new batch will be on it's way!

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