Midlifeedit Christmas Gift Guide

Kate O’Brien, travel and spa journalist and editor of Midlifeedit has compiled a Christmas gift guide as a special post for The Spa Man this year.

Kate says: One of my favourite Irish brands (see here for my review some time back) Formulated on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic coastline – the Crookhaven peninsula and the beaches of Barley Cove to be exact – Modern Botany ticks all the boxes – all ingredients are ethically sourced – think Flax Seed Oil (hugely nourishing) Calendula (anti-inflammatory), Arnica (damaged skin and bruising) and the ultra soothing Chamomile and it really nourishes all skin types – even babies and helps with skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis.

€35 for 60ml in a range of outlets in Ireland and here (The Christmas tree graphic is courtesy of those clever folk at Modern Botany)

Pestle & Mortar

I love this boutique brand in its entirety and have been using their Erase & Renew Double Cleanse System, the Vitamin E-rich Pure Hyaluronic Acid serum and Superstar Night Oil for some time (see here and here for reviews) and continue to come back for more – simply because they work. Widely available in shops or here from about €38 Hydrating Duo Gift Set (pictured) €86.00


Alexandra Soveral

Regular readers will know that top of my facialist list is the multi award-winning Alexandra Soveral. Her exquisite oils and balms are great for every age and skin type and the perfect gift for someone special – at any time (I don’t think we need an excuse to buy something special for someone special!).

Prices start about £40/€45 through her online store www.alexandrasoveral.co.uk/


This leading English brand is now a global name in skincare, holding pride of place in some of the world’s leading spas and resorts. Their Christmas collection offers a wide selection from stocking fillers to festive candles and luxury skincare collections. The ESPA Heroes Collection (£120/€136) and Sleep Collection (£58/€66) are amongst the most popular. Check out ESPA for your closest outlet.


Sligo-based Voya is now a global name in skincare, with a solid Irish heart. With a wide range of genuinely organic, seaweed-based products based on the highest-quality botanical ingredients and aromatherapy oils – from face oils to body scrubs, masks, iconic oils, diffusers and hair products – you are sure to find something for every budget (starting about €12.50). Available in good spas and shops or at Voya.

ila apothecary

This new brand from award-winning Ila (a brand I also adore) is starting to make its mark in the skincare world. It goes without saying that the range ticks all the boxes for sustainability and purity. Products are named around numerology and are wonderful for relieving stress and keeping anxiety at bay – just try them – here Prices start at about £15/€17.

Women’s Remedy Box (pictured) £38/€43

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