Festive Favourites No3: Neal’s Yard Frankincense Essential Oil

I love essential oils (I use them in oil burners, blend my own massage oils and often wear patchouli oil neat) and one of my favourites is this excellent Frankincense oil from Neal’s Yard.

It’s particularly relevant to this time of year, of course, and has a wonderful heritage, having been traded by man for thousands of years. The Egyptians even used the charred resin to make their kohl eye make-up. It’s difficult to describe what it smells like because it smells like, er, frankincense, but it has a sweet, warm, aromatic and resinous aromas that I absolutely love.

It makes a great massage oil when added to a carrier oil and also has skin rejuvenating properties, which explains why it’s at the heart of the Neal’s Yard anti-ageing products. For me, it’s also one of those smells that brings Christmas alive so give it a try.

To grab yourself a bottle click here.

Candle magic from Sepai

Like a lot of men, I’m a real sucker for a novelty or a gimmick and I’m no different when it comes to skincare. So the moment I clapped eyes on the Cosmetic Candle from luxury Spanish skincare company Sepai I was completely sold.

Free from nasties like paraffin or other potential allergens it’s a three-in-one product that releases a gentle, barely-there room fragrance, provides a nourishing liquid moisturser (it’s enriched with shea butter and ingredients to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier) and turns into a sensual massage oil when warm.  As much as anything, it’s just fun to use. You simply light it, wait for 10 minutes and then apply.  Skin-saving properties aside, it’s potential in the bedroom is huge. If you’re looking for a product to share I can’t think of anything better. Just add matches – and imgination!

The Sepai c1.2 Cosmetic Candle will be available from Urban Retreat at Harrods from October, priced £115 for 50g.