The most instinctively caring of the zodiac signs, Cancers always put their needs aside to care for those around them. So, if you know someone celebrating a birthday from June 21st through July 22nd, return the favour by treating them to a thoughtful gift they’re sure to love.
Ruled by the moon, Cancers are most comfortable at home and love to entertain. They also have an intuitive sense of style, appreciating the finer things in life. When choosing a gift, remember that crab signs prefer quality over quantity. Not sure where to start? Here are a few suggestions to delight anyone born under the Cancer Sun.
Keep It Sentimental
As the nurturing ones of the zodiac, Cancers are big softies when it comes to gifts, so something sentimental will always be a winner. Scent plays a significant role in memories, which is why perfume makes an ideal gift for this star sign.
Choose a fragrance you know they associate with a particular time in their life, or pick something new that will serve as the backdrop for creating new memories. Use the Frangrance Finder tool to help narrow your options and find the perfect scent.
Remember also that style and aesthetics greatly appeal to crab signs, so they will appreciate a beautiful perfume bottle almost as much as the fragrance itself.
If there’s one thing you can be sure of, a gift for the home will always go down a treat with Cancer star signs. Like a crab and its shell, a Cancer’s home reflects their personality and tastes, down to the candles on the mantle.
And, as luck would have it, a candle makes the ideal gift for a Cancer birthday, with one thing of note – the cosier, the better. Yes, gifts for the home are ideal for these homebodies, but being very particular about the way their home looks and feels, candles are a safer alternative to decor that might not hit the mark. Look for brands renowned for their atmospheric qualities, such as WoodWick or Yankee Candle.
WoodWick candles, in particular, have a unique wick that replicates the sound and flicker of a fireplace, upping the cosiness ante. If she has a sweet tooth, consider the WoodWick Café Sweets Ellipse Trilogy Candle, which has three layers of scent, vanilla bean, caramel and biscotti – a feast for the senses.
Promote Self Care
As the nurturing one of the bunch, Cancers can be guilty of not taking time for themselves to rest and recharge. Acknowledging all that they do, paired with a gift that encourages them to put themself first for a change, is a winning combination.
When it comes to bath and body gifts, there’s no end of options to choose from, so it can help to have an idea of what you’re looking for before you start browsing. Remember that style and substance are equally important to Cancer signs, so one luxurious item will be better received than a handful of cheaper items.
It’s not just their physical environment that Cancers pay attention to; it’s the overall atmosphere and spiritual energy of their home too. In fact, those born under the sign of the crab can be particularly sensitive to negative energy. While a bundle of sage for “smudging” would have made an ideal gift a few hundred years ago, today, we’ve got a few more low-key options to choose from.
Combining the benefits of fragrance and self-care, aromatherapy can lift the mood and elevate the atmosphere of a room. The Yankee Candle Sleep Diffuser is a great example of this, gently release a relaxing fragrance into your room. And, when it’s time to mix things up, try a scented cartridge in a different scent profile, like Starry Slumber with jasmine, sweet florals, and warm sandalwood notes.
And of course, whatever gift you choose for the Cancer sign in your life, don’t forget to appeal to their sentimental side with a thoughtful card reminding them of all the reasons you love them. With these tips, you’ll make this birthday one to remember.
Forget FOMO, the Fear Of Missing Out; it’s time to throw off the weight of expectations and start embracing JOMO, the Joy Of Missing Out. Sure, you could accept every invite, attend every event and fill your social calendar with endless outings, but are you making sure you set time aside for yourself?
Balance is a crucial part of self-care, so claim back some of your time and use it to recharge and re-energise your body and soul. AromaWorks knows all about bringing rest and relaxation into the everyday, with their 100% natural, essential-oil infused range of bath, body and hand care.
Ready to upgrade your self-care? Find everything you need for the ultimate cosy evening below.
Set The Scene With A Diffuser
Scent plays a pivotal role in how you experience the world, recall memories and even in your day-to-day mood. So, it goes without saying that it can be therapeutic to fill your home with a fragrance that creates the right ambience.
AromaWorks Soulful Reed Diffuser gently releases fragrance into any room of your house, filling the air with an aromatic blend of frankincense, juniper, bay and patchouli. These essential oils have been shown to soothe and de-stress while boosting confidence and improving mental clarity. Place the diffuser in an area of your home where you’ll benefit from it the most, such as your living room.
Mist Your Bedroom
It’s not only your living room that deserves the fragrance treatment – but why not tailor the scent to suit your needs. Bedrooms should be a haven for peace and relaxation. Lavender, chamomile and neroli are just a few popular fragrances that have been shown to help you unwind and drift off after a long day.
AromaWorks Serenity Room Mist is a gorgeous blend of lavender, neroli, geranium and lemongrass, which helps to relax and de-stress. Spray it straight into the air, or onto fabrics for a longer-lasting scent. Bliss!
A Few Drops Of Essential Oil
Of course, as fantastic as it would be to have a diffuser or room spray with you everywhere you go, that’s not particularly practical. For those times you want to grab and go, a bottle of essential oil is a must.
Add a few drops into a bath, your oil burner or just open the lid for a quick burst of fragrance when you need to destress – this really is a versatile aromatic to keep in your toolkit. With notes of rose, rose geranium, bergamot and mandarin, AromaWorks Harmony Oil is an instant mood-booster. It’s the perfect scent for creating a cosy atmosphere on a budget, or for keeping in your handbag.
Throw In A Bath Bomb
There’s nothing quite like sinking into a hot tub at the end of the day. Let every muscle in your body relax as the water washes away your stress. And, for a luxurious treat, turn it into a sensory experience with a fragranced bath bomb.
Using the same blend of essential oils found in the Serenity Room Mist, described above, the AromaWorks Serenity AromaBomb Single makes a blissful addition to your bath. With detoxifying Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and skin-soothing calamine, you’ll step out of the tub feeling like a new woman.
Get Fresh Faced With An Exfoliator
Dry, dead cells can cling to your skin, making it look dull, textured and unhealthy. Buff them away with an exfoliating mask that leaves your skin bright, polished and ready to soak up your favourite serum.
A physical exfoliator, AromaWorks Nourish Exfoliate Mask uses fine bamboo powder to break the bonds that hold dead cells in place, exposing the beautiful, healthy skin below. Sustainable and free of microbeads, it’s good for your skin and the planet.
Replenish Your Skin
Make the most of that clean, clear complexion by applying a nourishing serum and moisturiser straight after you exfoliate. With plum extract, rose and neroli oils and hyaluronic acid, AromaWorks Absolute Face Serum is a transformative treatment for all skin types.
Then, to lock in all those beneficial ingredients, follow up with an even layer of AromaWorks Nourish Night Cream. Designed to tackle fine lines head-on, the formula regenerates and hydrates as you sleep. Now that’s the sort of skincare magic everyone needs in their life.
Don’t Forget That Pout
Before you hit the hay, there’s one last step to top off your cosy night-in and ensure you wake up looking as good as you feel – lip balm. Your lips are often the first part of your face to show signs of stress and dehydration. If yours look a little worse for wear, moisturising alone won’t be enough.
AromaWorks Rejuvenate Lip Balm is designed to soothe and protect your lips while nourishing and revitalising. Unlike many high street lip balms that use highly refined petroleum, in the AromaWorks Rejuvenate Lip Balm, you’ll find natural jojoba wax, shea butter and castor oil. Apply before bed, and anytime your lips need a little pick-me-up.
Explore the full range of AromaWorks home fragrances and skincare products.
From hydrating facials to transformative hair masks, DIY beauty treatments are the perfect way to bring a touch of luxury into your week, using items you’re likely to find around the house. If you fancy mixing up your usual skin or body care routine but aren’t ready to invest in any new products, a DIY treatment offers a great middle ground.
Explore some of the most popular DIY beauty recipes below, and see if you discover a new favourite.
There’s no treatment quite as indulgent as an all-over body scrub. And while a DIY version may not have quite the same effect as you’d enjoy in a day spa, it’s only a fraction of the price. You can buy a wide range of gorgeous body scrubs for under £5, but making your own is the lowest-cost option of all, providing you have the right ingredients at home.
When making a body scrub, the most important thing is to use a coarse base, like salt or sugar, which will physically buff your skin. Epsom salts are a fantastic product to use for this because, when you’re not using them for a body scrub, they make a great addition to a bath, whether for relaxation or muscle recovery.
DIY Body Scrub Recipe
2 cups salt/sugar
1 cup oil
Few drops of essential oil
Combine your salt or sugar with carrier oil in a ratio of 2:1, and add a few drops of essential oil to create your customised blend. Then, simply stand in the shower or bath and buff the mixture in circles over your skin.
Soothing Facial Mask
Whether you have sensitive, reactive skin or you’ve just caught the sun; a soothing facial mask is a great recipe to be able to whip together in times of need. One important thing to consider before applying a face mask to irritated skin is that it can become even more irritated if you apply ingredients that don’t agree with it. This is where DIY masks come into their own, as you know exactly what’s inside.
Here are three of the best face mask recipes to try when your skin needs soothing:
Oatmeal and Honey Mask
1 tbsp plain yoghurt
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp ground oatmeal (as fine as possible)
Combine the ingredients into a smooth paste, then apply to clean skin and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash off, then follow with your favourite nourishing moisturiser.
Aloe and Avo Mask
1 ripe avocado
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
Mash the ingredients together until they form a paste, then apply to clean skin and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash off, then follow with your favourite nourishing moisturiser.
Banana and Milk Mask
¼ cup whole milk
Few drops of rose essential oil
Mash the ingredients together until they form a paste, then apply to clean skin and let sit for 30 minutes. Wash off, then follow with your favourite nourishing moisturiser.
Feet are often at the bottom of the priority list, leaving them marred by dry, cracked skin. If yours are looking a little worse for wear, this next recipe is a must-try.
Vinegar has been shown to help soften skin and, when used as part of a pre-pedi soak, can make it easier to remove calloused, dead skin. Best of all, you can use any vinegar that you have in your kitchen cupboard, whether it’s apple cider vinegar or regular malt.
Vinegar Foot Soak Recipe
2 litres cool, not hot, water
1 litre vinegar
Combine water and vinegar at a ratio of 2:1 and leave your skin to soak in the mixture for 5-10 minutes. Follow by giving feet a light buff with a pumice stone if you have one handy.
Last but certainly not least, hair treatments are one of the easiest DIY options of them all. By tailoring the ingredients based on what your hair needs, you can create a hair mask that is 100% beneficial to the health of your hair, with no hidden nasties.
In particular, many people find that their hair can benefit from an occasional protein treatment. The signs your hair might be crying out for protein are if it stretches, feels mushy or breaks while you wash it.
There are some great natural sources of protein, including avocado, coconut, egg, yoghurt and mayonnaise. So, depending on what you have available, you’re sure to be able to whip something up. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Egg and Yoghurt Hair Mask
2 tbsp yoghurt
Beat the egg and yoghurt until they form a smooth paste. If your hair is very dry, just use the yolk; if it’s oily, just the white, or if your hair is a combination, use the whole egg. Apply to your scalp and hair and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse out with cool water, and shampoo and condition as normal.
Mayo and Avo Hair Mask
1 ripe avocado
1 tbsp mayonnaise
An ideal protein treatment for dry hair, mash ingredients and leave in your hair for an hour. Rinse out with cool water and shampoo and condition as normal.
There we have it, a great range of DIY beauty treatments that can be made from ingredients you have lying around your home. Did your favourite make the list? If not, share yours in the comments.
2022 has seen the dawn of “The Great Resignation”, with an unprecedented number of people walking away from their jobs in favour of a change of pace. Where possible, prioritising your own wellbeing should always be at the forefront of career decisions, but being unhappy in your job isn’t necessarily a sign that it’s time to move on.
If you generally enjoy your role but feel on the brink of burnout, there are a few helpful steps you can take before it gets beyond breaking point. Read on for advice to avoid work burnout and what to do when self-care simply isn’t enough. Each tip is a progression on the last, so don’t skip to the end until you’ve tried all other options first.
#1 Take breaks.
Are you guilty of taking lunch at your desk? Cutting your break short to get back to that important project? Catching up on work emails during your lunch hour? You know you should be taking regular breaks to stretch (and refocus your eyes if you work at a screen), but it can be easy to push your own needs aside and put work first. This is a surefire way to bring on burnout.
Schedule regular breaks into your schedule and actually take them. Don’t bring your work with you on your break; try to leave your phone on your desk and come back into the here and now. Take a walk around the building. Sit under a tree. Chat with your work bestie. Take some time for yourself.
#2 Unplug after hours.
There’s a huge pushback toward businesses that expect their employees to be contactable outside of working hours. If the company you work for regularly sends emails or calls you when you’re at home, it’s time to cut the (metaphorical) cord. Unless it’s stated in your contract that you offer on-call availability, your home hours shouldn’t be interrupted by work.
Log out of your emails, turn off your work mobile, do whatever it takes to unplug from work when you leave at the end of the day. It may seem tempting to get a headstart on the next day by firing off a few replies from home, but is it really worth your mental health?
#3 Nurture your body.
At the risk of sounding like your mother, you need to take better care of yourself. Seriously though, your body relies on you to give it a good mix of vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates – the whole shebang. Yet, often eating poorly is a natural byproduct of feeling stressed at work.
If you’re struggling with brain fog, making silly mistakes, or just not feeling great at work, consider whether you’re fuelling your body with what it needs to function.
#4 Eat, drink, sleep.
Eating is one part of the health trifecta; the other two are staying hydrated and getting enough rest. Dehydration is a sneaky beast. It can happen without you realising it until you start wondering why life feels so much harder than usual and your lip balm has stopped working. Aim for at least two litres of water per day, and you’ll immediately feel the difference in your overall levels of energy and alertness.
If you’re stressed at work and feeling one bad day away from burnout, it’s likely that you’re also doing some revenge bedtime procrastination. Instead of trying to carve time for yourself out of the last remnants of the day, scrolling endlessly through your social media feed, put your body first. The difference between falling asleep at 10 pm and 12 am can significantly affect how you feel the next day.
#5 Ask for support.
You’re taking breaks, eating and drinking well and taking all the right steps to make life less stressful. But still, you’re on the verge of a breakdown. There comes a point when your employer needs to take responsibility for the well-being of its employees; after all, it takes two to tango.
Don’t put off having a conversation with your manager about the challenges you’re experiencing at work. Ask for support in any areas that are proving particularly stressful, and suggest any changes that would make it easier for you to do your job. If your next-in-line isn’t forthcoming with any help, speak to your HR department.
#6 Know your worth.
When all is said and done, you need to know when it’s time to walk away from a job that is causing you burnout. You are much more than just a cog in a machine, and if your employer fails to see this, they don’t recognise your worth. If you’ve tried to reduce other causes of stress, have asked your work for support and still aren’t coping, it may be time to go elsewhere.
You may not be able to change how others treat you, but you can decide what situations you put yourself into. You deserve better.
In the same way that spritzing yourself with your favourite perfume lifts your mood, a wonderful harmony of fragrance can transform a house into a home. Whether you live alone and want to return to a welcoming scent after a long day, or you have a busy house, complete with all the weird and wonderful smells that brings, a scented candle is a great way to put your stamp on those four walls.
While floral and fruity fragrances have their place, fresh smelling candles are great for making you feel uplifted and energised. So, get ready to come out of hibernation with this selection of refreshing candles and melts.
Plant-based and eco-conscious, WXY. is a brand that you’re going to be hearing a lot more about in 2022. With a range of beautifully presented jars in unique scents, WXY. candles are ideal for giving or for collecting for yourself.
Lucent Sunshine & Cedar is an uplifting fragrance that smells like an orchard on a sunny day. With notes of grapefruit, cedar, sunshine and woods, this scented candle is sure to brighten up even the darkest of days.
The WoodWick Trilogy range is a firm favourite among Fragrance Direct customers, and for good reason. With its stunning elliptical glass jar and layered wax, it’s sure to look gorgeous in any room, and with three fragrances in one, there’s no chance of going “nose blind” and no longer noticing the scent.
Mountain Trail boasts three aromatic fragrances: Evergreen, Wood Smoke & Frasier Fir. Complimentary but each with its own distinctive scent, these woody notes will make your home feel cosy in the cooler months and fresh when the sun is shining – making it a great candle to enjoy year-round.
Soaring to success in 2021, Sassy Shop shows no signs of slowing down with a huge following of melt-lovers singing its praises. If you prefer the “little and often” approach of fragrancing your home, this collection of wax melts is the perfect choice.
Featuring three of the best-selling scents from the Sassy Shop Clean Collection, you’ll receive one each of Soft Towels, Strawberry Lily and Bedtime Baby. Each melt uses subtle white floral notes to create a cosy, relaxing atmosphere in your living or bedroom.
Making hand-poured candles from plant-derived soy wax and 100% pure essential oils, AromaWorks London brings the aromatherapy experience into your home. Ideal for giving you a boost on those dark and dreary winter mornings, but equally well-suited to a fresh Spring day, is the AromaWorks Lemongrass & Bergamot Candle.
The combination of bergamot and lemongrass uplifts and refreshes, energising you and improving your mood, while earthy galbanum is added to ease tension. The ultimate pick-me-up candle.
A detox for your senses, WXY. Juiced Avocado & Cucumber Water, is a super fresh, zesty fragrance that will make any area of your home feel cleaner and more vibrant. With notes of zingy lime, refreshing cucumber and cleansing avocado, this scent is ideal for a bathroom, but we also love it for a home office.
This candle is a must on days you need to brighten up, feel great, and be at the top of your game. And, with 3% of all profits going to MIND charity, it’ll make you feel good in more ways than one.
Sit back, relax and dream of warmer days with WoodWick At The Beach Large Jar Candle. In a classic pillar shape, the large jar candle is one of our best-selling ranges and is sure to look fabulous on your mantle, sideboard or dresser. The wooden lid helps lock in the fragrance between uses and doubles as a heat-resistant mat to protect your surfaces.
At The Beach is a decadent summery scent, rich with notes of juicy citrus, creamy coconut and fresh sea air. And with up to 175 hours of burn time, you can enjoy it time and time again throughout Spring and Summer.
Fragrance is a powerful tool in creating an impression. Whether it be a waft of your grandmother’s perfume transporting you back in time or the smell of toasted marshmallows making you feel all warm and cosy, smell is one of our most important but underappreciated senses.
Fragrance helps to set a scene, adding another dimension to memories and our ability to recall moments. In the same way that a spray of your signature scent is the finishing touch of your outfit, you can increase the festivity in your home, using scented candles to help create a multi-sensory experience.
Discover fragrances that will add something special to the backdrop of your Christmas, from refreshing pine needles and spicy sandalwood to juicy red berries and roasted chestnuts – your perfect seasonal scent is only a click away.
As one of the UK’s best-selling candle brands, WoodWick knows a thing or two about creating inviting, inspiring scents. WoodWick Crimson Berries Ellipse Candle is an excellent example of a quintessentially Christmas candle that will fill your home with the sweet smell of luscious spiced fruit.
Crimson Berries features juicy notes of apple, pear and berries alongside cinnamon, cloves, crushed pine needles and assorted woods. The Hearthwick wooden wick crackles and flickers as it burns, replicating a roaring fireplace for added appeal. With a 50 hour burn time, you’ll be able to enjoy this candle all season long.
Another giant of the candle world, Yankee Candle is no stranger to festive-themed fragrances. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, the Yankee Candle Merry Berry Large Candle has raspberry and sugar plum notes with added indulgence from vanilla butter cookies.
As Yankee-lovers will know, the large candle offers exceptional value for money, with up to 150 hours of burn time and an airtight lid to seal in the fragrance when not in use. Discover this fruity, mouth-watering candle for yourself and see what you’ve been missing out on.
Designed in England by a Yorkshire-based team, Heart & Home have gained global recognition for their innovative, environmentally conscious range of products. Heart & Home Ellipse Twin Wick Cranberry Spice is a simple yet rich blend of juicy berries, warming spices and regal forest pine.
Created using an eco-friendly blend of two natural soy waxes, this candle features two wicks and a burn time of 40 hours. With a frosted glass jar and embossed lid, this candle will look gorgeous in your home even when it’s not in use – and it’s perfect for gifting too.
With over 40 years of manufacturing quality candles for UK customers, Wax Lyrical has released its Christmas Joy range of candles just in time for the festive season. Wax Lyrical Baby It’s Cold Outside Deck The Halls Candle is a warming blend of spicy cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with a touch of citrus and a base of pine and amber.
Deck The Halls has a burn time of 50 hours and comes in a beautiful monochrome gift box. Give it to someone special or keep it for yourself as the frosted red glass is sure to complement your Christmas decorations.
Founded in 1897, Shearer Candles made its beginning in the historic candle making area of Glasgow, Candleriggs. Today, the brand is known for its artisanal approach and craftsmanship, with candles lovingly created in their Scottish factory.
Shearer Candles Christmas Tis’ the Season 3 Wick Candle is a decadent scent of frosted pears poached in festive spices, paired with crisp pomegranate. With three wicks for even heat and scent distribution, Tis’ The Season will burn for approximately 35 hours, filling your home with exquisite fragrance.
Sassy Shop is home to a vast assortment of wax melts handcrafted in Bristol. Launched in 2017, the brand’s humble beginnings began with a Facebook shop and, in three short years, had moved into a 5,000 SQ foot commercial space. If you love melts, Sassy Shop is the only name you need to know.
With its handy storage bag and selection of four scents, the Sassy Shop Wax Winter Gift Bag is a great way to sample some of the best-selling winter wax melts. The gift bag includes Winter Frost, Chestnuts & Brown Sugar, Candy Cane and Sweater Weather.
Can’t choose just one candle for the Christmas season? You don’t have to with the Yankee Candle Christmas 12 Votives Tree Gift Set. Presented in a beautiful themed box, the set includes 12 glass votives with fragrances from the Signature Collection.
Scents include White Spruce & Grapefruit, Silver Sage & Pine, Holiday Zest, Smoked Vanilla & Cashmere, Wild Orchid, Amber & Sandalwood, Bayside Cedar, Lakefront Lodge, Black Tea & Lemon, Praline & Birch, Pink Cherry & Vanilla and Spiced Banana Bread. Give a few as stocking fillers and keep the rest as a well-earned treat for yourself – we won’t tell if you don’t.