Being a mum is hard work…you don’t have to be a mother to know that it’s more than a full time job! Mothers are homemakers, babysitters, chefs, doctors, personal shoppers, counsellors, peacemakers and so much more! Spoil your mother this Mother’s Day with a “Pamper Hamper” full of scented goodies to treat her and make her feel like a queen! Here are a few product ideas to get you started:
By Livia Scarcella
Bath-time Bliss – Soaps & Shower Gels
The Body Shop, Chocomania Shower Cream
Does your mother love to indulge in her favourite chocolate every now and then? Cater to her inner chocoholic with The Body Shop’s Chocomania Shower Cream! Community Fair Trade cocoa butter and honey are used for this smooth and moisturizing soap-free body wash – it lathers like a dream and, of course, has the scent of rich chocolate ganache…just remind mum that it’s not edible!
Available at The Body Shop stores and TheBodyShop.com.au (250ml – $13.95)
Korres, Chamomile Soap
Chamomile is known to help people relax and have a good night’s sleep, but did you know it’s also got anti-inflammatory properties? Korres’ softening soap is dermatologically tested, mineral oil and silicone free and has both the scent and smoothing properties of the chamomile flower. Let’s hope mum doesn’t fall asleep in the bath after using this soap!
Available at Kit Cosmetics, KitCosmetics.com.au and MeccaCosmetica.com.au ($9.95)
L’Occitane, Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel
Lavender, geranium and tea tree essential oils are used in L’Occitane’s Aromachology Relaxing products to calm and relieve stress. The bath & shower gel may not lather as much as others, but it is moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling soft and revitalised. Definitely a great pampering product!
Available at L’Occitane, selected David Jones stores and au.loccitane.com (250ml – $28, 500ml – $42)
Dreamy Creams – Body Lotions, Body Butters & Hand Creams
MOR Cosmetics, Snow Gardenia Hand & Body Lotion
From MOR’s Classic Collection comes a hand and body lotion featuring notes of gardenia, juniper berry, angelica, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla. With shea butter and macadamia nut oil softening and hydrating skin, mum will be able to enjoy this stunning lotion any time she feels the need for some “me time”!
Available at MORCosmetics.com, Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies and independents – check MOR’s store locator for your nearest stockist (500ml – $29.95)
David Jones Beauty, Wild Orange & Jasmine Body Butter
Did you know that department store David Jones have their own beauty line? For a gorgeous indulgence, you can’t go past their Wild Orange & Jasmine body butter for mum! Sesame, coconut and apricot kernel oils blend with smooth shea butter and the uplifting scents of jasmine and citrus – truly decadent!
Available exclusively at David Jones (250ml – $19.95)
Soap & Glory, Hand Food
A luxurious hand cream without the exorbitant price tag? It’s true! UK cult beauty brand Soap & Glory have created a non-greasy lotion that absorbs quickly and keeps your hands smoother for longer. It contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow (the plant, not the lolly, sorry!), and the “Original Pink” fragrance consisting of orange leaf, lemon, peach, strawberry, rose, gardenia and jasmine is addictive! A little Hand Food goes a long way!
Available at Kit Cosmetics, KitCosmetics.com.au and MeccaCosmetica.com.au (50ml travel size – $8.95, 125ml – $11.95)
Mum’s Own Spa – Bath Bombs, Bath Oils, Bath Salts & Body Scrubs
Lush, Twilight Bath Ballistic
There’s nothing more relaxing than watching a beautiful sunset, the sky turning orange, pink and purple before gradually darkening. Lush have recreated the feeling of twilight with their aptly-named bath ballistic, Twilight! Scented with lavender, ylang ylang and ovaltine (yes, you read correctly), this bath bomb is a fantastic way to end a long and exhausting day. Just pop it in the bath, watch it fizz and relish the “gentle, reassuring hug” – Lush’s own words!
Available at Lush stores and at lush.com.au (180g – $5.95)
Jo Malone, Grapefruit Bath Oil
Give your mum a zesty citrus boost with this luxury bath oil from Jo Malone. Grapefruit and tangerine blend with herbal rosemary and earthy vetiver into a bright and fresh scent that not only smells amazing but moisturizes and scents the skin, all while having a nice relaxing bath!
Available at Jo Malone boutiques, David Jones city stores and at JoMalone.com.au (250ml – $105)
1 Skin Solution, Bath & Shower Crystals
Scented with lime and lavender oils and using sea salt, brown sugar and magnesium crystals, 1 Skin Solution’s Bath & Shower Crystals can be used as bath salts for a relaxing bath or as a body scrub in the shower. Natural, cruelty-free and Australian-made & owned, mum will feel like she’s enjoying the full spa experience, without having to take time out of her busy schedule!
Available at 1skinsolution.com (400g – $38.50)
Home Aromatherapy – Candles & Reed Diffusers
Glasshouse Fragrances, Sassafras – Blackberry & Tea Rose Triple Scented Candle (limited edition)
Created especially for Mother’s Day is Glasshouse’s limited edition Sassafras candle, inspired by the town of the same name in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. Tea rose and blackberry are accompanied by jasmine and vanilla in this beautifully feminine candle that mum is sure to enjoy while engrossed in her favourite novel!
Available at David Jones, Peter Alexander and selected independents – check Glasshouse Fragrances.com for your nearest stockist ($42.95, up to 80 hours burn time)
Ecoya, 10 Reed Room Diffuser in Sweet Pea and Jasmine
Reed diffusers provide a long lasting scent and they don’t need a lot of maintenance! Ecoya’s 10 Reed diffuser is great for small or medium-size rooms, and comes in six stunning scents. For Mum, we recommend the Sweet Pea and Jasmine – featuring a blend of white jasmine, sweet pea, cucumber and watermelon, it’s a feminine and elegant light floral with fresh accents.
Available at Ecoya.com.au, David Jones and selected stockists – check the Ecoya website for locations (200ml – $59.95)