[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I’m sure that a good night’s sleep starts with the prep that you do during the evening. We all know that switching off devices, not watching scary TV and having a hot bath or shower starts the wind down process to put you in good stead for a solid sleep. There’s a big difference between insomnia and mildly worrying or stressing and I really don’t think anything you can buy over the counter can tackle the complications of true insomnia so I never like to blur the two. But, if you need to throw off a day’s stress, scent is one of the best ways to put yourself in wind-down mode (I’m laid almost flat after an Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax bath) with notes that are known to have a calming effect. L’Occitane Cocon de Serenité Candles have all the right olfactory pings to generate a calming ambience and it’s especially good if you don’t like a big scent – it’s not always the case that more is more, particularly in smaller rooms.

L’Occitane Cocon de Serenité Candles

I find the fragrance – a blend of lavender, bergamot, mandarin and sweet orange – a gentle companion. It’s quite a fresh and clean scent and not laden with chamomile which sometimes can smell just a bit too earthy for my liking. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I find it a little bit sparkling. I know I’ve reviewed this candle before and don’t remember feeling that way about it, so either I have changed or it has.

L’Occitane Cocon de Serenité Candles

The Pillow Mist has the same notes – it’s quite a happy scent that keys into feelings of contentment rather than sleep per se – and while I’m not much of a pillow spray user, I do use this from time to time when I’m snuggled in front of the TV with a blanket and it’s really just the extra touch to put you in a relaxing mind set. The candle is £20 for 140g although I note that the luxury size is 450g and is £29 HERE so I think we know which is the better buy! The pillow mist is £19.50 HERE and a best seller for the brand. I think it’s a nice pair for a February birthday – we’ve got ice and sunshine at the moment but that grey sky is coming!


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