We all say it every year but time flies in the Autumn, doesn’t it? It’s a funny old season Autumn… you go from having beautifully sunny mild weather that tricks you into thinking you’ve brought the winter coats out too prematurely but then, just like that, you wake up to the first frosty morning of the season and your fingers inch ever closer to the thermostat! I love the lead-up to Christmas… there’s a sense of motivation in the air as you tie up loose ends before taking some much-needed time off and festive spirit fills the air. This month I’m thinking about a few swaps to make christmas a more sustainable affair, willing my body not to succumb to any winter lurgies and thinking about some wellness focused New Year’s resolutions.

Austin Austin Limited Edition Palmarosa & Vetiver Hand Set

Elevate your hand care routine with Austin Austin’s Limited Edition Palmarosa & Vetiver Hand Set. Immerse your senses in the captivating blend of palmarosa (my fave) and vetiver essential oils while nourishing your skin with the finest botanical ingredients. This luxurious set not only pampers your hands but also adds a touch of sophistication to your daily self-care rituals. This aesthetically pleasing duo is sitting pride of place in my newly renovated bathroom and I’m happy to say it’s got style AND substance. 

Sustainable Christmas Crackers by Happy Crackers

Happy Crackers is a brand that combines tradition with innovation, proving that sustainable choices can be both festive and responsible! These absolutely stunning crackers crafted from the most beautiful ribbon-adorned fabrics will really make your christmas table stand out. There’s a whole range of colours and patterns to choose from but I love these baby blue ones because I reckon they are versatile enough for Easter too!  

Immunity-Boosting Vitamin C Smoothie

Blame any lingering pandemic anxiety but I am desperate to avoid the lurgy this winter. I know NO ONE wants to get ill but I really really hate it! Last year I got two nasty non-covid viruses that knocked me for six and I’m not having it this year. Nuh-uh. Aside from hygiene habits, I am trying to eat as well as I can and, while I don’t believe a smoothie can totally stop you from getting sick, I think ingredients with high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C can do no harm! At the moment I’m adding FS-Green Mango into my immunity smoothie… it’s chock full of good stuff and it’s a lovely flavour which is a bonus. 

The Priorities Method Journal

Journalling is something I think I need to build into my daily routine. I know the myriad of mental health benefits and it’s something I want to commit to in the new year. Through a systematic approach to setting and achieving goals, The Priorities Method Journal empowers you to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively, and cultivate a mindset of success. Newbies to journaling need helpful prompts rather than staring at a black page hoping thoughts will magically come to you so this one is perfect for getting started. 

Rent A (Real) Christmas Tree & Give It Back After

Christmas, for me, isn’t Christmas without a real tree in the house. If you feel the same, why not choose sustainability without compromising on holiday traditions by renting a pot-grown Christmas tree this year? These living trees not only bring festive charm to your home but also contribute to environmental conservation. Green Elf Trees ensures a hassle-free rental experience, providing a tree that can be enjoyed during the holidays and then returned for replanting. Make a meaningful choice this festive season, reducing your ecological footprint while still relishing the joy of a beautifully adorned Christmas tree.

FUL Intense Moisture Hair Mask

Live True London is my go-to salon for cuts, colour and amazing hair treatments but they’ve just launched their own range, FUL, which means I can get a smidge of the salon experience at home! Their luxurious hair mask is designed to rejuvenate and nourish your hair, leaving it silky, smooth, and irresistibly healthy. Packed with intensely moisturizing ingredients, FUL’s formula works its magic, restoring vitality to dry and damaged hair. If you’re still craving an in-salon experience, they have some incredible hair and scalp treatments which you can add on to your colour or cut service. My hair always looks and feels incredible when I indulge in one of their treatments.

words by Molly Jennings