No, this is not a blog post about gin. Or about Valium. Or about Cadbury's Dairymilk. All of which are essential components of motherhood. This short ramble is actually about the lovely brand Aurelia and their gorgeous New Mummies Gift Sets, which I had the good fortune (read stalked their PR team) to get my mitts on.
I can't say that I know what the etiquette is regarding what to buy new mothers. I'll admit I tend to recycle unused baby clothes or toys, in what I imagine, is a fairly well trodden route of M&S baby grows around South London. However, if I were to be a more thoughtful person (this might happen) it would be BLOODY AMAZING to be given this instead. For YOU. The woman who created and gave birth to the small person. And YOU, who is more in need of some skincare and pampering than at any other time in your life.
Aurelia are all about combining science and natural luxury ✔ and I'm fairly sure the founder is a mum from South London ✔; they had me at Tooting Broadway. I was also, already, a big fan of their Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, which stopped me looking dead when I had gastric flu at Christmas. Absolute miracle worker, so I knew I wanted to try more. As luck would have it, they had just launched this new gift set targeted at new mums. It was like the Gods had aligned......
So, what do you get in this little box of goodness? Well, aside from the enduring gratitude of anyone you give it to, you also get their Miracle Cleanser, the Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser, the Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil and if that wasn't enough, you also get a toy for your baby.
"Lovely, pleasing, lovely, loveliness" would probably be the best way to describe this. They all smell great, they look gorgeous and they do the job of helping you feel and look marginally less hideous than you otherwise would. *Be warned, you probably will cry if someone gives this to you. For those 5 minutes you will clearly look worse.*
The standout product for me was the dry body oil which was absolutely delicious. I used most of my sample within 5 minutes, as I couldn't get enough of it. I am obsessed with body oils and this one smelt gorgeous and was a master at hydrating the skin. Similarly I also had the opportunity to try their Cell Repair Night Oil (although not included in the set) and was equally impressed. These guys do serious oils and either during or post pregnancy, this is exactly what my face and body required.
I love the idea of this gift set (you might have been able to tell this) and as a newish mother obsessed with skincare this is clearly my love child. So, should you buy this for all your preggers mates, HELL YES. Should you buy this for yourself, OBVIOUSLY and whilst you're at it I would check out the rest of their range. It's *almost worth getting up the duff for.
*this is probably not true.