The recent hot weather has brought with it a welcome opportunity for a spot of sunbathing and the first barbecue of the year, but, as many allergy sufferers know, the summer sun comes with less-than-pleasant consequences. The start of the season also brings about an increase in naturally occurring irritants, especially the pollen released by flowers, grass and trees. Even by staying inside, it can be hard to avoid allergens. Some of the most common allergies have been nicknamed home fever, where symptoms are triggered by airborne irritants like dust mites and mould spores that are commonly found in the home. Unlike hay fever, these allergens and the resulting symptoms can affect sufferers all year round. And that's where the Fragrance Lamp comes in. Like the name suggests, Fragrance Lamps are a unique way to uplift the home through scent - but that's not their only benefit, especially for those battling home allergens.
While, most of us start the New Year with a firm resolve to make positive changes, as the days go by it gets harder and harder to keep up with our good intentions and put off our bad habits. Fragrance has long been used in aromatherapy to influence mood and create a positive mind-set, whether your resolution is taking time to de-stress, getting a better nights sleep or giving up smoking, therapeutic Essential Oils can help you on your way.
Well be celebrating 25 years next year and we want to ring in our big birthday still looking our best. The Ashleigh & Burwood team have been hard at work behind the scenes redesigning everything from our logo to our labels and our gift boxes.
As sunny weather starts to shine through the clouds, we begin spending a lot more time outdoors relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. With the sun comes a season of outside events, from garden parties and barbecues to outdoor weddings. Little details can that have an impressive effect on the atmosphere of any event and fragrance is hugely useful in creating the perfect ambience.
Spring Equinox at the start of this week means spring has officially begun and the days lengthen, the sun begins peeking out from behind the clouds and the first flower buds poke their heads out of the earth. This transition of the seasons also brings about a change in our homes as we seek to refresh them after the hibernation of the cosy winter season.
According to Pantones Colour of the Year, green is the shade that will define 2017. Explaining their choice of colour, Pantone suggested that green reflects our growing desire for revitalisation in the face of a tumultuous 2016 and an effort to reconnect with the natural world as we become more dissatisfied with modern life.
Its December! We noted last month that November often feels like an awkward month spent in agonising wait until December, Christmas and the opportunity to get all properly festive arrives. Well that time is now!
Sandwiched in between Halloween and Christmas, November can feel like a bit of uneventful month in which the nights draw in and the days get colder. However, from beautiful frosty landscapes to cosy evenings in with a warming treat theres still plenty to love in November. Here are some of the scents that wed recommend for this month which remind us of everything we love about November.
What is oud? Rich, smoky and animalic, oud is the luxurious note with a somewhat unglamorous backstory. When the exotic Agar tree becomes infected with a mould variety named Phialophora parasitica, it reacts by producing a dark, fragrant resin which we know as the opulent and elusive fragrance note, oud (or agarwood).
Despite its somewhat humble beginnings, oud is incredibly rare and heavily sought after, rendering it a hot commodity often referred to as liquid gold. Whilst oud has experienced extreme popularity in the Middle East for centuries, its making its mark on Western fragrance and perfume, and is one to watch for 2015/16. So what does oud smell like?
The scent of oud is best described as complex. Sweet, smoky, woody, animalic and rich are dominant traits, whilst the notes that oud is blended with ensure that it can be enjoyed in a variety of aromas. Rose is a lovely accompaniment to oud, brought together in Tom Ford's popular fragrance Oud Fleur, and our Lamp Fragrance Rose & White Oud, great for those who prefer oud with a touch of floral. Those with a penchant for headier scents with a spicy edge may prefer Midnight Oud, available as a Lamp Fragrance with notes of patchouli, musk and bergamot.