Christmas is approaching in 5 weeks time, and if you haven't got time to do your Christmas presents shopping, here is a Christmas gift guide for y'all last minute shoppers! Once again, I've partnered up with Cosme-de.com
, and today I have picked a handful of gifts that I will either love to give, or receive as Christmas presents this year.
If you're completely new to Cosme-de.com
, they are basically an online shop that offers a wide range of beauty products, including fragrances. Their prices are extremely competitive as compared to retail stores, so you'll definitely get the most bang for your buck here. In addition, get 15% off all your purchases using my discount code "thatxxrin15
"! The great thing about Cosme-de.com is how quick they send out your order, so they'll definitely be able to reach you in time for Christmas... Unless you placed your order a day before Christmas...
I have divided my picks into various price ranges so it will be easier for you to go according with your budget, and to keep them pocket-friendly, all of the gifts are under US$100! So let's hurry up and go through them!
Gifts under US$20
1. Thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Everyone loves a good night sleep, but not everyone is born with the gift to be able to fall asleep like a baby the moment their head hits the pillow. Thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is clinically proven to not only help you fall asleep faster, but also enhances your sleep, making you fall into a deeper sleep so you get the proper rest you need. A survey among 200 users above the age of 18 was conducted and 92% felt more refreshed and recharged in the morning!
This pillow spray is formulated with the scents of Lavender (my favourite!), Vetivert, and Camomile, which helps to calm and relax your mind and body while you drift into your sweetest dreams.
Bonus: Gifting this to someone you love will also trigger them think of you before they sleep, hohoho
2. Tangle Teezer: The Professional Detangling Hairbrush
In my opinion, the best kind of gifts are the ones that are unexpected, but at the same time, the ones that you use the most. A hairbrush is something seldom people will think of when it comes to gifting a present, but a hairbrush is actually an essential product that everyone of all ages uses everyday! True story, I actually received a hairbrush (this one!
) from my Dad on my 24th birthday and I've been using it every single day without fail.
The Tangle Teezer Hairbrush is not like any ordinary hairbrush, it is designed specially to easily, gently, and effectively detangles hair without hurting your scalp. Even though it looks completely nothing like our usual hairbrush, it is actually very palm-friendly and has a non-slip fit. It also comes in various different colours such as black, pink, purple, and gold. I freaking love this hairbrush and so does my boyfriend!
Gifts under US$60
1. Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oil in Deep Relax
The most popular bath products in Singapore are most probably bath bombs and bubble bars, so if you know someone who loves taking baths, why not let them try out something new? If you've read my 2017 Birthday and Christmas Wishlist, you may already know that I've been wanting to try out bath oils. Bath oils are not only good for its scent, but it also helps to nourish, smooth, and moisturize your skin. Aromatherapy Associates, also the company who makes my favaourite bath salts, offers a good selection of different bath and shower oils to tackle different needs such as improving digestion (this one
), reducing stress (this one
), and relaxing, which is the one I'm recommending today because this bath oil is awarded the Best Bath Oil in the 2009 InStyle Best Beauty Buys Awards!
This bath oil is available in 2 versions, Deep Relax, and Light Relax. Oh, and it also comes in an exquisite looking bottle that will look 10/10 in any bathroom!
Bonus: This is a bath AND shower oil, so even if you don't have a bath tub at home, you can still use it! I've used it twice as a shower oil and I love it as the scent stays on my skin and it keeps my skin so smooth and hydrated.
2. Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle
I absolutely love aromatherapy, and especially so when it's done with a candle. There's just something special about the flickering burning wick and warmth from a candle that enhances the experience of aromatherapy. So with that said, I may or may not have chosen quite a number of candles to include in this list. I also feel like candles make one of the best gifts because of the wide range of fragrance you can choose from, and who doesn't love a nice smelling room?
This first candle in the list is also from Aromatherapy Associates. The relaxing scent is made up of a blend of West Indian Bay and Myrrh Essential oils that will help to calm, soothe and uplift your mind. Whenever I think of relaxing fragrances, all I can think of are the mainstream ones such as lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, eucalyptus... So I was really curious as to how West Indian Bay and Myrrh Essential oils would smell like. To my pleasant surprise, this candle is a total game changer for me. Just sniffing the candle itself makes me feel so much more relaxed it's insane! It's difficult to explain, but I highly recommend it if you're into relaxing candles!
3. Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant
The key to maintaining smooth, soft, bright and healthy skin, is to exfoliate it well to prevent the built up of nasty dead skin cells, and what better way to do it than to use a body scrub that smells like a blend of chocolate, coffee, and coconut?! I kid you not, this cocoa body exfoliant from Fresh is pretty much the most delicious smelling scrub I've used in my entire life. Containing naturally sourced crushed cocoa and coconut shells, this scrub is able to buff away any dry and dull skin, while the cocoa butter helps to nourish and moisturize your skin.
Be careful if you're planning to get this for your partner though, because you might not be able to keep your hands away from them after they've used it!
4. Diptyque Figuier / Fig Tree Scented Candle
Diptyque candles have been rising in popularity in the recent years, not only due to its high quality and massive collection of differently scented candles, but also because of its simple, yet for some reasons, 'insta-worthy' packaging.
Like I mentioned, candles make great gifts, because they not only help in aromatherapy, but they can also warm, and get rid of any unpleasant odour lurking in your home. The first candle to make this list was a calming scented candle for those who needs to destress and relax. So this time round, I wanted to go for something different to cater for a different group of people. Therefore, I've picked out one of Diptyque's best selling fragrance, the Figuier/Fig Tree Scented Candle. This candle literally smells like trees and it's surprisingly pleasant and relaxing too. It has a crisp, and slightly fruity fragrance that will remind you of the fresh and natural scents of nature. Smelling this candle makes me feel like I'm walking through the woods during a warm winter morning... Ahhh
... How relaxing.
Gifts Under US$100
1. Chanel No. 5 Body Lotion
I used to work in Victoria's Secrets, and I'd say half of our customers come in to buy fragrances as gifts. But there's always a common problem, and that is most people don't know what scents their loved ones prefers. Whenever this happens, we will always recommend our classic fragrance. Classic fragrance are fragrances that are most loved and most well-known to the brand, therefore are often the safest choice to make. I probably don't even need to say this as you might already know that Victoria's Secrets signature scent is Bombshell, and as a matter of fact, I received my first Victoria Secrets Bombshell EDP as a gift for my 21st birthday and it's hands down my favourite scent from VS!
Therefore, for our first gift under US$100, I've picked out the Chanel No.5 fragrance, aka, Chanel's most popular and best selling fragrance, ever. Do a quick google search of the most loved classic fragrances and you'll always see Chanel No.5 in the list. This fragrance is luxurious, classy, elegant, feminine, and most importantly, timeless.
Most fragrances comes with a body lotion of the same scent, and because the EDP costs US$131 for a 50ml, a body lotion of the fragrance is a great alternative for those who are under a tight budget. In a body lotion, you still get to have the same fragrance, plus it also adds moisture to your skin, making it smell good, and smooth to touch.
2. Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scented Candle
The last candle in this list is from Jo Malone, another rising brand known for its candles and fragrances. Jo Malone offers a huge range of different scents, so once again, I've decided to go for one of their best selling, signature fragrance, the Lime Basil and Mandarin scent. This fragrance is a blend of peppery basil and aromatic white thyme. It is citrusy, slightly musky, and at the same time, uplifting, luxurious, and magnificent.
As a bonus, this candle is also very well-packaged in an exquisite-looking gift box so you probably don't even need extra gift wrapping!
3. SK-II Facial Treatment Masks (6 pcs)
When it comes to gifting someone a skincare product, I always go for a brand that is more well-known and trust-worthy, especially when I'm gifting it to someone like my mom, who is not that into exploring new and upcoming brands. Therefore, for my skincare gift, I've chosen to go with the SK-II Facial Treatment Masks. I've been an active user of the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence since late Feb'17 and I absolutely love it. I definitely saw an improvement in my skin in terms of the appearance and texture which is why I strongly believe that even though SK-II products are on the pricier side, they work!
Since the SK-II Facial Treatment Essences costs over US$100, I have chosen the 6-pieces masks pack instead. I've heard many good reviews on this product and how it effectively brightens and moisturize your skin in one sheet. There is also a constant hype about SK-II products, so I'm sure that even if your Santee hasn't used any of their products, they'll gladly try them out.
4. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum
50ml - US93
I've saved the most expensive gift for the last, and it's a fragrance! The Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb fragrance has been one that I've been wanting to own ever since I was 20 years old. Its top notes are Bergamot and Tea, its heart notes are Jasmine, Freesia, and Orchid, and its base notes are Centiflora Rose and Patchouli. As you can tell from the name, it is a floral scent, but surprisingly (I don't usually go for super floral-ish
fragrances) it is very light, delicate, and romantic. Honestly... I think this is now my favourite fragrance. I also love the vintage looking diamond glass bottle of the perfume as it adds an elegant touch to my dressing table.
Unsure if this is a scent your Santee will love? Well, the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb also makes it to the lists of classic fragrances, and it's also an Allure Best of Beauty award winner!
And that wraps up my gift ideas for you this Christmas! Have you thought of what to get for your loved ones yet?
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