We all need a little bit of extra pampering in our lives, especially during the Christmas and New Year period. The stress of the Christmas dinner. The manic of Christmas gift packaging, I did buy for everybody, right?! The general chaos that surrounds Christmas, we need time to switch off.
Toiletry gifts will never, not be, a Christmas favourite. Going through all of your smellies on Christmas Day is a tradition that must not be reckoned with. Once November comes and you start to see all of your empties, you know that it won’t be long until the toiletry drawer is replenished kickstarting you into the New Year with fresh smelling products.
Now, when Virginia Coram got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to receive some of their samples, you can imagine that I jumped at the chance. Knowing very little about this brand previously, I headed to their website: https://www.virginiacoram.com to do some research.
Who are Virginia Coram?
That was what I wanted to know. What do they do? What do they specialise in? What should I expect from them?
Virginia Coram is a skincare collection that is new on the market and they’re going to make a big impact. The luxury products bursting with pure and natural ingredients take you to a whole new level of relaxation from the first inhale. It took me less than a minute to fall in love with their products.
Specialising in natural bath, body and skin care they have designed a range of luxury liquid soaps, hand and body lotions, bar soaps and bath oils that are catered for all skin types, that includes me with sensitive skin!
They promised the finest luxury products scented with essential oils at an exceptional quality that would make you feel empowered and glamorous. As a trained masseuse and user of essential oils, knowing my way around the different oils, I was excited to see what was coming!
My Products from Virginia Coram
They say three is the magic number so I was spoilt for choice when Virginia Coram posted me six of their luxurious products all packaged in the most beautiful gift box. Best gifts come with a ribbon tied on the top, and that’s exactly how they wrapped.
All 50ml bottles, I was sent the following:
- Virginia’s Butler Soap – Frankincense and Black Pepper
- Virginia’s Bootroom Soap – Vetivert, Marjoram and Bay
- Virginia’s Artisan Lotion – Neroli, Sandalwood and Lemon
- Virginia’s Potting Shed Soap – Rosemary, Pine and Tea Tree
- Virginia’s Governess’s Lotion – Orange, Lavender and Vanilla
- Virginia’s Bathtub Lotion – Rose Geranium and Sage
I’ve linked the full-size products of my own above. However, if you’d prefer, you can get a very similar set to mine from the Virginia Cream Gift Set collection: LADIES LUXURY TRAVEL TOILETRY They do a luxury travel set perfect for if you’re not checking your case or 10kg case in the hold.
I’m going to start with my absolute favourite. The Virginia Coram’s Bathtub lotion with Rose geranium and Sage. This is the most luxurious of ingredient combinations and it just bursts with delectable smells that delight the senses. The smell, when you walk into a five-star spa, has been captured and placed inside this bottle ready for it to work its magic when you open it. If you’re looking for a luxurious bath product for someone special this Christmas, this is it.
It’s invigorating and uplifting whilst being refreshing and comforting. It’s the perfect combination and the sense of relaxation we all want to reach. The product felt soft and velvety on the skin and was a true pampering. It’s an essential addition to the bathtime regime.
My favourite of the soaps, the Frankincense and Black Pepper. The wise men thought Frankincense was good enough for Jesus as a gift and I can absolutely see why. If it’s good enough for the nativity, it’s good enough now! I instantly felt more Christmassy using the Frankincense and Black Pepper, it was that combination of sweet and spice that just felt so fitting and festive.
Although more pinned towards being a masculine scent, I actually found it delightful and to my suiting. It wasn’t flowery or too sweet. It was a wonderful mix. The Frankincense gave a wonderful base scent whilst the Black Pepper bursts through as a secondary scent. It’s a lovely fragrance that lathered well developing into a luxurious cleansing experience. I didn’t want to stop washing my hands!
I’d hoped for more of a lemon burst with the lotion, however, it’s more of the focus on the Sandalwood. I didn’t get much of the citrus, though the aromatic blend of Neroli and Sandalwood oozed their way through. The lotion itself, however, was gorgeous, it was a rich shea and cocoa butter that soaked into the skin and made my skin feel soft and hydrated.
Sandalwood essential oil has so many benefits to it, like memory booster, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and a sedative so it would be a perfect addition to your bathtime regime to reap these benefits!
A delicate yet invigorating lotion, this one is another one of my favourites of the selection. It’s a beautiful base of orange with lifts of lavender and subtle tones of vanilla. It really does live up to its name. It’s luxurious enough for a Governess!
Lavender oil is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties which can aid to heal minor burns and insect bites, which will be perfect for here in high season when I’m usually head-to-toe in bites and itching like mad! Interestingly, lavender also is useful for dealing with anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. It’s a soothing essential oil that can aid in feeling calm and getting a better night sleep. It’s worth giving it a try – it might just surprise you!
I was sceptical about this one as I know I’m not vetivert’s biggest fan. If you’re unsure what vetivert smells like, it’s a very earthy smell, it’s not a freshly mowed lawn smell, neither is it wet grass smell. It’s more like being out in the open field on a very mediocre day. But, vetiver itself is an outstanding oil for relieving stress, emotional trauma and shock. It’s also sometimes applied to treat lice and repel insects. It has been known to show considerable benefits against joint and muscle pain.
Combined with the diuretic Marjoram which increases the need to urinate! It helps to remove excess water and toxins from the body and has been linked to lowering blood pressure and cleansing the kidneys. Marjoram also has a very woody and earthy smell to it.
The Bootroom soap is wonderful for the benefits it holds in that bottle. Though, the smell isn’t for me. Although Virginia Coram have added the aromatic bay and the smell itself is far more pleasant than I anticipated, it’s still too earthy for me! It is, however, a great get-up-and-go fragrance. It’s a zingy smell that would be great to wake you up and give you some oomph in the morning!
I do love rosemary, the smell of a rosemary essential oil is enough to make me want to book a massage and a spa experience. It’s the ultimate essential oil, in my eyes. This soap from Virginia’s Coram was delectable. The refreshing scent of Rosemary was so prominent, just how I like it. There were rich woody undertones of cedar and pine too which just felt so fitting for the time of year. It makes you crave time in the garden. The richness and luxurious elements haven’t been missed, at all. It really does boost your mood and bring the senses to life.
Overall Review of Virginia Coram
I am very impressed with the brand and the products on the whole. I’d have loved to have smelt more citrus from the Artisan Lotion. The essential oils burst through and give an enriching and invigorating aromatherapy experience. It’s a simple, yet effective way to incorporate spa quality products into your bath regime without breaking the bank.
The products are made to a high standard and the quality of the ingredients and oils used is evident. I will definitely be purchasing some Virginia Coram products, more specifically, the Bathtub Lotion, Governess’s Lotion and the Potting Shed Soap Lotion. I’m not ready to give up luxury status just yet!
P.S: As it’s called Governess’s lotion… can I start asking people to call me Governess now?