Happy Mind, Happy Body, Happy Earth

Spa & Health | Written By, NOW!Singapore | March 4th, 2016

The always-trendsetting store, kapok at National Design Centre, introduced New Zealand-based home and skincare brand, Ashley & Co., to Singapore late last year. Following a soft introduction of just two of Ashley & Co.’s original signatures, like the powerful Mortar & Pestle (infusions of black tea, with borage oil, olive extract and aloe) and the subtly spiced Tui & Kahili (sandalwood, mimosa and lily, accented with wild ginger and ylang ylang), the brand more recently introduced five new fragrances across a range of home and body products that we cannot help but love.

Happy Mind, Happy Body, Happy Earth
As we all know, there’s nothing quite like a familiar smell to welcome you back into the comforts of home after a long day. Like a little dose of aromatherapy, their Home Perfume diffuser reeds gently pervade the air of your living room, immediately putting your mind and body at ease. Bottled in elegant, dark amber glass bottles, they also add a wonderful, understated design element to any room. Otherwise, their handmade, all-natural Waxed Perfume Candles are perfect for setting the mood on any occasion.
Equally soothing and enticing is their range of body products, like the travel-friendly Mini Bar soaps (made of goat’s milk and manuka honey) and hydrating Soothe Tube hand creams that are incredibly handy on the go, while the WashUp range (containing natural antiseptics like aloe vera and grapefruit seed) is the perfect addition to your morning shower routine.
Every scent is truly unique, and while it may be hard to put your finger on what the base, middle and top notes are without reading their descriptions first… the creative titles for every product in their range are enough to give you a sense of each one’s character. Of course, choosing your own signature scent is a highly personal affair but if we had to recommend our favourite, one of their newer additions, Blossom & Gilt would definitely be our pick. Slightly sweet floral notes of Costa Rican tuberose and wild jasmine cast our minds adrift to a tropical, beachside villa, making for a (brief) mental holiday. We also love (the also new) Parakeets & Pearls – a seemingly unconventional but alluring blend of green tea, lily and cardamom, with accents of citrus lime, orange rind and bergamot. For those that prefer a muskier scent, the earthy Vine & Paisley blend of sandalwood, moss and balsam, accented with vanilla and citrus mandarin peel is as lovely as it sounds.
Fragrant without being overpowering, all of Ashley & Co.’s all-natural products are a vast improvement from typical market brand products that list undesirable and hard-to-pronounce chemicals on their ingredients labels. In fact, all of Ashley & Co.’s products are made with eco-consciousness in mind, right down to the boxes they come in. Not only has the entirety of their Gone Green Range (SootherUp Gone Green moisturiser and WashUp Gone Green) been certified 100% natural by Ecocer, and is totally free of sulphates, parabens, colourings and synthetic fragrances, but the brand’s beautifully minimalist packaging is fully recyclable and eco-friendly too. The boxes are crafted from recycled paper, the bottles are 100% biodegradable, and even the removable anti-slip silicone cup on their Home Perfume bottles are oven-safe and can be used to bake with!
You don’t have to take our word for how great Ashley & Co. is for our skin and minds. You need only step into the powder rooms of some of Singapore’s trendiest restaurants and bars like Burnt Ends, Kilo, Vasco and The Cufflink Club to know that Ashley & Co. is the brand of choice for many of the island’s key movers and shakers.

Ashley & Co.’s range of products can be found at:
kapok flagship store at National Design Centre (111 Middle Road)
The Redundant Shop (#01-71 Millennia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard)
Sifr at Pact (#02-16/19 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road)
threadbare & squirrel (#02-20 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road)
It is also available online at their website, ashleyandco.com.sg.

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