Gifting season can be expensive, and while the idea of creating a ‘gift experience’ may sound even more out of reach, there’s no need to panic! You don’t need to break the bank to create a thoughtful and memorable gift for someone.
If you know somebody who could use a little more me-time (think: expectant mums, busy parents, workaholics or those who are working on building up a mindfulness habit) a ‘spa experience’ gift could be just the ticket. Whether you can only spare £10-£20 on somebody or are in the market for something a bit more expensive, here are three ways to pull together a luxury at-home spa-day gift to help your recipient beat those January blues.
On a budget? No problem! You can still put together a perfect pamper package for that special someone and make it look lovely, too!
Why not treat them to a face mask, something like the Forever Marine Mask, and pair it with a tealight holder? Tealights are inexpensive, but dotted around the bathroom during a hot bubble bath can completely change the ambience of the room and make it a truly relaxing pamper session. Try one which will suit the recipient’s décor, or maybe try one which is shaped like a stone or pebble, reminiscent of a luxury spa?
Finish the gift off with a washcloth (perfect for removing that face mask!) – and use it to replicate the Japanese art of Furoshiki (wrapping gifts in cloth). By wrapping the gift up in the washcloth instead of wrapping paper you’re making an eco-friendly choice and giving your gift a unique and memorable look! Finish it off with some Forever Christmas Ribbon and you’ve created a budget friendly spa experience for one!
If you’ve a little more money to play with, why not give your recipient the gift of aromatherapy in their spa experience?
Start with a face mask, which of course are always perfect for relaxing and soothing the face – perhaps the Sonya Soothing Gel Mask. Then treat them to an essential oil diffuser – you can get these to suit your recipient’s home décor or personal tastes, and at a budget to suit you. Finally, add a Forever Essential Oil to the gift – choose a scent you know they’ll love, or opt for the one that will promote calm and relaxation – Forever Essential Oils Lavender.
Pop it all in a box lined with Forever Tissue Paper and wrapped in Forever Wrapping Paper and your recipient is sure to be impressed!
If you’re pulling out all the stops, here’s how you can make a spa experience your recipient will never forget!
An essential oil diffuser will instantly transform your recipient’s bathroom or bedroom into a luxury spa space, especially if you include all of the Forever Essential Oils – Lavender to relax, Peppermint to refresh, Lemon to invigorate and Defense to energise – so that they can choose their scent based on what they want out of their spa session.
For a real luxury treat, add a box of our award-winning Aloe Bio-Cellulose Masks to deeply moisturise skin and create a complexion that glows!
Finally, a white, waffle-textured dressing gown is reminiscent of being at the spa and really completes the feel of a good pamper session – finish off the look with a pair of white spa slippers. You could even throw in a bottle of champagne for the ultimate luxury spa-night!
- Forever Marine Mask
- Sonya Refining Gel Mask
- Forever Essential Oils
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Aloe Bio-Cellulose Face Mask
by Rachel Sharpe (Forever UK)
Honey is one of mankind’s oldest food sources, providing natural energy and goodness to bees and humans alike.
This golden elixir is made from the nectar retrieved by bees from flowers, which is why there are so many different types of honey available – the flavour, colour and consistency depends upon the type of flower the nectar has been retrieved from.
The darker the shade, the richer it is believed to be in bioactive plant compounds (that’s a good thing). If you regularly find yourself reaching for refined sugar, you should definitely consider replacing it with a bottle of Forever Bee Honey.
Forever Bee Honey remains one of our most popular products thanks to a pure taste.
This all-natural, delicious sweetener is naturally nutritious and perfect for replacing processed sugar in your diet.
Did you know?
Bees are super productive: Honeybees produce three to four times MORE honey than is needed to feed the hive for the winter.
As nature’s little bonus, we can collect honey without harming the colonies.
Following on from the fabulous news that Forever’s Hydrating Serum was shortlisted in this year’s Pure Beauty Awards, Forever UK is excited to announce that ithas won SILVER in the Premium Anti-Ageing Product category, and we could not be happier.
Forever’s Hydrating Serum fits perfectly into your routine to provide a powerful boost of hydration thanks to pure aloe vera and four types of hyaluronic acid.
To Celebrate, get a 15% Discount on the serum by using this promotional link https://thealoeveraco.shop/ih8
Since our Hydrating Serum came along, you may be wondering whereabouts this sits in your routine as a whole and how to maximise the benefits of all of your skincare products just by including this new product into your day.
How hyaluronic acid works
Forever’s Hydrating Serum contains four types of hyaluronic acid, a moisture magnet able to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The humectant properties of hyaluronic acid helps to draw moisture into the skin. If you apply hyaluronic acid to the skin, it will help your skin to draw in and retain more moisture.
Your skincare routine
Bearing this in mind, the best place to fit Forever’s Hydrating Serum in your routine is just before your moisturiser and eye cream, to help all of your products get the best results. Here’s an ideal routine, so you can see what we mean:
The first step should always be to cleanse away any makeup, sweat, dirt or debris with a good cleanser. Our Infinite by Forever Hydrating Cleanser is great for dry or ageing skin, and our Sonya Refreshing Gel Cleanser works well for combination-to-oily skin types.
Once or twice per week you can follow up with our Smoothing Exfoliator to buff away dead skin cells and leave that fresh skin open to receiving the benefits of the rest of your routine. Any other day, you can move straight to the next step: applying Balancing Toner to remove excess dirt, minimise the appearance of pores and hydrate the skin.
This is where your serum comes into play. Apply 1-2 pumps of Hydrating Serum to your fingers and then gently work in circular motions over the face and neck. Not only will this envelope your skin in silky moisture, but it will exponentially enhance the benefits of the products you apply in the next two steps!
If you use Awakening Eye Cream, apply that around your eyes next and follow with your preferred moisturiser – Infinite By Forever Restoring Crème for dry/ageing skin, or Sonya Soothing Gel Moisturizer if your skin is on the combination/oily side. If you’re doing a morning routine, it’s wise to use an SPF as well – something like our Protecting Day Lotion or Aloe Sunscreen – to shield yourself from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Though there are many other products which can go into rounding out a full skincare routine, this is a good basic routine to follow every single day! Let us know in the comments what your skincare routine looks like!
- Sonya Refreshing Gel Cleanser
- Hydrating Serum
- Infinite Forever Hydrating Cleanser
- Smoothing Exfoliator
- Balancing Toner
- Awakening Eye Cream
- Infinite Forever Restoring Cream
- Sonya Soothing Gel Moisturizer
- Protecting Day Lotion
- Aloe Sunscreen
by Rachel Sharpe (Forever UK)
As the longer nights draw in, the heating goes on and the pumpkin-spice smells and cinnamon flavours come out in full force, we’re turning our attention to gift-giving season.
This has been a year full of ups and downs for all of us, but there’s nothing like preparing for the holidays season to help make you feel more normal. It’s never too soon to start writing your gift lists and budgeting accordingly, so here are some ideas to help get you started!
Is there any gift more classic than a beautiful fragrance? Treat a couple to his-and-hers 25th Edition fragrances. Forever’s 25th Edition Eau de Parfum provides a sweet, light perfume with a complex and perfectly balanced combination of rose petals, star jasmine, white lily and magnolia, while 25th Edition Cologne is a perfect blend of musk and fruit aromas, with herbaceous and woody notes of oakmoss and sandalwood.
For those who love skincare, we have three ranges which can make for excellent gifts, especially if you know their skin type. Infinite by Forever targets ageing from the inside out and the outside in with revolutionary formulas designed to tone and firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while the Sonya Daily Skincare System is formulated specifically for combination skin, and delivers aloe, moisture and botanicals deep into your skin thanks to Forever’s advanced gel-based technology. Our Targeted skincare range does what it says on the label and can be mixed and matched with other products to target specific skin concerns – our new Hydrating Serum, boasting four types of hyaluronic acid, recently received some fantastic results in a consumer survey.
For the ultimate indulgence, why not treat somebody to our award-winning Aloe Bio-Cellulose Mask? Providing potent, energising hydration using forward-thinking technology and natural ingredients, this next-level mask fits every contour of the face, allowing it to penetrate deep into fine lines and wrinkles, unveiling soft, supple skin and a complexion that glows.
Is your recipient looking to make some changes in the New Year? The C9 can be a great option for those looking to adjust their mindset and prepare for a fit and healthy new year. This nutritionally-balanced programme allows you to see real results in just nine days.
Or if they’re already a fitness fanatic with goals to smash, give them a helping hand with treats like Forever Lite Ultra, which contains 24 grams of protein per serving as well as vital vitamins and minerals or ARGI+, a delicious and nutritious berry-flavoured sports drink contains five grams of L-arginine per serving.
Stocking filler goodies
Once you’ve wrapped everything and put it all under the tree, you might be left looking for a few stocking fillers. Not to worry – we have some of those available, too!
Get mistletoe ready with Aloe Lips – a rich and nourishing lip balm blend of aloe vera and jojoba.
Cosy up with a cup of Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea – a caffeine-free combination of cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger, cardamom and allspice.
Smooth things over with Gentleman’s Pride – an aloe powered aftershave with a cooling sensation.
Heat things up with Aloe Heat Lotion – a rich emollient lotion which provides blissful relief from sore muscles and daily stresses, perfect for a winter massage.
Look after their hands after all that handwashing – Aloe Propolis Creme is a rich blend of aloe vera and bee propolis and helps maintain, nourish and moisturise skin.
- Sonya Daily Skincare Kit
- Hydrating Serum
- Aloe Lips Box of 12
- Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea
- Gentleman’s Pride
- Aloe Heat Lotion
- Aloe Propolis Creme
by Rachel Sharpe (Forever UK)
What other Forever products do you think make great gifts? Let us know in the comments?
One of the hardest things to do when you are overweight is lose weight. The reason for being overweight does not matter, it could be due to a medical condition or a certain drug your may have been on at a younger age, or, it could be self-abuse?
It doesnt matter how it got there in the first place, it matters how you get it off… and KEEP it off!
It all means the same thing too, fat, overweight, obese, plump, chubby, dumpy, meaty, flabby, large and so forth… I’ve had them all over the years, I could write a small novel on some of the things I have been called. Has it bothered me… NO… the ignoramuses and uneducated among them just needed to get their facts straight before calling it as they saw it with their feeble minds. For the intelligent ones, I just put it down to ignorance and a way it made them feel better about themselves and their own miserable existences.
However, the name calling can have major problems on many people, feeling bullied, hated, unattractive, useless etc. To those that feel this way just smile at them and say ‘thank you‘!? They will not know what to do next and it WILL make you FEEL BETTER – and mentally stimulating at the same time.
I am a fat bastard because of the medication I was put on as a child, to repair me, they thought it best to drug me with steroids, that just hid the ailments and banged the weight-on. When I was 7-years-old I was of the correct weight for my age, by the time I was 10-years-old, I had ballooned out. This contribution to my unwanted weight gain, and is a strong contributor to my love of natural remedies from mother nature and not the shit that is developed by wealthy lab rats.
For years, I struggled with diets and the addictions – now, I am not talking about drug addictions, I am talking about food addictions, crisps, chocolate, sweets. I couldn’t just have 1, 1 packet maybe, but never just 1, it was mental torture. You get ‘the taste’ and your brain is saying ‘more…more…more’. The off-switch malfunctioned.
The forced-diets from the doctors in the 1990’s were the best….. starve the patient! You really think that is going to work with a 14-year-old kid and all his school friends are teasing him with their sweets and chocolates knowing full well that your will power was weak and you would give in to temptation. Then to visit the GP 3 weeks later for the dietitian to humiliate you for not losing any weight. You then go to college, its not so much the food that your addicted to, its the booze (and many other things), that would generally lead to the munchies and raiding the vending machines after a belly full of beer.
You finish your college courses 4 years later and reality really does hit when you have had 4 years and not really lost any weight – its not through lack of trying, it is all these fad diets that may last 2-3 weeks and then fail and back to square one.
You want to do this on your own, you want to prove that you do have the willpower, you do have the mental control, you can do this. You seek help, but you are put on a waiting list. You join these ‘fat clubs’ and all they do is belittle their members… you know what I mean… the middle-aged busy-body fat club owner who wants you to ‘tell the group why you have put 1 pound on this week’ and shame you once you have give them your subscription fee.
Diabetes strikes when your in your mid-30’s… thats a shitter…. the symptoms are very scary, your vision goes crazy, you have an uncontrollable thirst which leads to numerous ‘comfort breaks’ every hour… plus several other symptoms including fatigue, lack of patience. My worst experience was the thirst though, it was a painless aggressive torment, drinking pints of water and still feeling thirsty, not being able to pour the liquid down your neck fast enough and wanting more, more, more, more…. Then it was hit the toilets to get rid of some. Thirst is thirst when you consider drinking your own piss as it is hitting the toilet water – I mean WTAF!
I signed myself up to the gym within a week of getting my blood sugars under control and have been visiting 3-5 times per week ever since. The exercise helps mentally as well as physically but I was still struggling with losing the weight and keeping the weight off. I started to buy the slimming world meals from Iceland and watched portion control, so I thought I was doing everything I should be doing and then I would hit a wall and have a ‘treat’ at the weekend – this would consist of several bags of crisps and chocolate bars, washed down with a few bottles of beer. I would get these ‘breaks’ once a month or so, (this was my time of the month) and although it is good to have a treat, I would always go a treat too far!
This was definitely a control problem, I would tell myself no but everything else would say yes… the evil twisted bastards!
My greed pointed to one thing and one thing only. My Brain. Previous diets told me, I could eat this and eat that but never gave any constructive feedback, you know, like a kick in the bollocks. NO! Previous diets (and I tried several of them) did one thing… starve me till my next meal.
My brain was always telling me, you are hungry, go and eat something you fat lump. Come’on you greedy git, dont forget to shovel it down with a few bottles of beer.
My brain needed the whipping not my gut… and now……………. I am in control of my brain. I dont have the ‘munchies’ or the ‘lets have another treat’ anymore. Yes. I still have a treat but, it is A treat and not SEVERAL treats. And, I would rather my treat be a piece of fruit and occasionally a chocolate bar and this is because of one reason, I have learned to train my brain!
Last year, I completed the F15 weight management program. A 15 day program that taught me how to do things right. A weight management program NOT a diet. No starving, no pressures, a nice easy to complete course, and in the 15 days, I lost a little over a stone and 2.5inches around my waist.
After completing the 15 days, I was able to continue on my own because I understood what I needed to do and trained my brain not starve my stomach.
Since the pandemic hit us, I was on furlough leave for 9 weeks and have been working from home prior and since. Temptation has been there all the time but I have NOT been tempted!
I revisited the F15 a couple of months ago – mainly to give myself a boost and I lost just under 1 stone and another 1.7 inches off my waist. Since completing the second course, I have lost a further 19 pounds on my own – easily. Still doing the same things, my brain controls what I put down my throat and my body takes me to the gym, and I still have the odd treat.
I have lost over 3 stone in the last 18 months, I have done this nice and slowly without rushing it off to put it back on again, and I plan to lose at least another 3 stone over the next 18 months. This I know I can do, and the reason for this, is being put on the right path with this scientifically produced weight management program.
I am happy to lose the weight slowly, because I am not putting it back on, I feel more energy, I am more positive and I can do more things both mentally and physically which I couldnt necessarily do 2 years ago.
I will be completing another F15 within the next couple of months because it gives me that boost and gives my brain that mental refresher.
Learn more about the weight management program’s at seanhill.shop/product-category/weightmanagement/
Forever UK are over the moon to announce that the Aloe Bio-Cellulose Mask was recently awarded Silver for the Best Aloe Vera Product in the Global Green Beauty Awards.
These awards focus on Green and Clean beauty products and received over 300 entries.
They look at celebrating brands who are making a conscious effort to become more eco-friendly with their products. Judged by a panel of ex beauty specialists, the products are judged on efficacy.
From haircare to skincare, body care to cosmetics, they look to promote the best of the best of green beauty within the industry.
Learn more about the mask here
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This is literally FLYING off the shelves following its launch this morning.
Powerful and refreshing, Forever Instant Hand Cleanser will keep the whole family protected, wherever the adventure leads.
The citrus-scented, aloe-based hand cleanser is ideal for cleaning your hands quickly and effectively if soap and water are not available.
- Essential to have at home and perfect when you are on the go.
- Formulated with 70% alcohol.
- Quick-drying and non-sticky.
- Refreshing citrus scent
- Effective aloe-based cleansing formula
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