Body + Wellness

The ultimate self-care kit to gift yourself this Valentine’s Day


By Wei Yeen Loh

The ultimate self-care kit to gift yourself this Valentine’s Day

Haven’t got plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Here’s a thought: how about celebrating by staying in and doing absolutely nothing at all, and at the same time, saving your wallet (and/or your S.O’s) from overpriced prix fixe menus in a stuffy, overcrowded restaurant?

Spend some quality me-time with these beauty essentials that will give you the most pampering session of your life—because everyone deserves to be treated like a princess:

Diptyque Damascena and Centifolia candles

Start your sesh by lighting up these new limited-edition candles from Diptyque. The first of the duo is Centifolia, made from the rare “May rose” cultivated in the region of Grasse. This marks the first time that Dipqytue has devoted a candle to the Centifolia rose.

The second, Damascena, is derived from a rose born in Damascus—an intoxicating scent also known as the essence of Turkish rose. Light both up (or separately) to take a whiff of the fresh, honeyed accents—it’s an experience on its own.


Malin + Goetz Rum Bar Soap

Kickstart your bath routine with this foaming cleansing bar by Malin + Goetz, a New York-based apothecary aimed to provide simple skincare solutions. The Rum Bar Soap smells good enough to eat—synthesised with warm rum tonic eau de toilette and glycerin, and made to purify and balance all skin types without stripping the natural oils from the skin.


Mauli Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts

But if a 20-minute bath soak is on your evening itinerary, unwind with the help of these therapeutic bath salts from Mauli Rituals. A blend of Himalayan pink salts, 13 soothing essential oils, and powdered Rose Quartz Crystals will prep you for that restful slumber shortly after. The best part? It is completely free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, silicones and sulphates.


L’Occitane Shea Rose Nourishing Nail & Cuticule Oil

While you’re busy letting your body soak up the nutrients from the above-mentioned products, don’t forget to shower some TLC to your nails as well! Dab L’Occitane’s nail and cuticle oil on your digits and let the 30% shea oil work its magic.


Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil

Keep your body moisturised with Kora Organics’ new soothing oil for the body. Formulated with Miranda Kerr’s favourite combo of Noni extract, rosehip and sunflower seed oils, it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, while promoting healthy cell rejuvenation and minimising the appearance of stretch marks and skin imperfections.


Tiffany & Co. Sheer

If you have plans (wink wink) right after, spritz on Tiffany & Co.’s latest EDT, Sheer. This third fragrance from the brand follows the launches of Tiffany & Co. EDP and EDP Intense. If you love the signature fragrance from the house, this scent is what you need to get in the mood. Crafted by Givaudan perfumer Daniela Andrier, Tiffany & Co. Sheer has a delightful constitution of blackcurrant, vert de mandarine and ylang ylang notes, balanced with rose oil and an iris base. Spot the colourless bottle with a brilliant silver engraved collar—reminiscent of the luster of a Tiffany diamond.

Wrap Aquis Waffle Luxe Hair Turban


Never underestimate the power of a good-quality hair turban. Keep your tresses in shape while you sleep with this luxury hair turban. Made from a super-absorbent luxury aquitex material, it is woven with ultra-fine fibres (finer than silk!) to dry your hair quickly and gently without friction. Also, it’s nifty for hands-free hair drying even for the most curly, unruly locks.

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