All in Inspiration

The Perfumers Muse

Growing up on the rugged west coast of Ireland during the 1970s and early 1980s, the haunting lyrics of French singer Michel Sardou’s Les Lacs du Connemara resonated deeply: ‘Burnt earth in the wind, stone moors around the lakes, it's for the living.’ These words that captured this raw, wild landscape so evocatively will stay with me forever.

Review: African Botanics Skincare

Below are just a few of my favourites, all made for giving this Christmas - all very beautiful, authentic and the clever folk behind them continue to be as passionate about what they are doing as they are about our precious environment - for me that’s reason enough to buy and return, time and time again. I hope you find something here that will work for a loved one, friend or even yourself…after all you deserve a little gift too!

Festive Offerings

Below are just a few of my favourites, all made for giving this Christmas - all very beautiful, authentic and the clever folk behind them continue to be as passionate about what they are doing as they are about our precious environment - for me that’s reason enough to buy and return, time and time again. I hope you find something here that will work for a loved one, friend or even yourself…after all you deserve a little gift too!

My Skin Rules

I’m so grateful that my work helps me take more care of my body, my mind and my skin and, even if I say so myself, I’m feeling and looking better than in years. This I credit to a combination of what I am putting into my body, how and when I move my body and what I’m using on my skin.

La Rentrée

After taking most of August off, the French are back in the real world once again and La Rentrée marks this transition. While school is back here too, we don’t mark the occasion quite so word perfectly, but it's a sign that autumn is coming and for many the time for reflection and intention.


Book Review: Pure Skin

I first met San Francisco-based Victoria Tsai, founder of boutique skincare brand Tatcha some eight years back when the range was first launched in Asia and I have been a fan of this glorious quintessential Japanese skincare ever since.

Exam Anxiety

Many readers are currently supporting a child or other loved one during their final preparations for what for many are the most challenging exams they will ever do.The following tips might just help them over that final hurdle….

Plant Powered Beauty

As regular readers may have noticed I am becoming ever more passionate about the power of plants - both on our plates and in our skincare. Fortunately more of these brands are coming to the fore, packed with honest-to-goodness plant medicine, without the toxic nasties that we now knowing are destroying our planet and our bodies.

Château Biodynamic

I love wine. However, as I navigate my middle years, most wine has taken an adverse dislike to me, with even moderate intakes (as in 2 medium-sized glasses) leaving me looking and feeling as if I haven't slept in days. Hence, my growing love affair with organic and biodynamic wines.