A Cozier Space with Neom

Each change of season is a chance for a fresh start. I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to transitioning into a different weather, I'd always find myself on the hunt to make my little flat a little more relatable for the time-being. It could be a couple of new cushions, art prints or like in today's case, a lovely scent diffuser. Now as anyone following me on social media would know, I'm huge fan of essential oils. And Neom Organics is one of those brands I've been mentioning a lot since discovering them in London. I received their new Wellbeing Pod Diffuser a few weeks back, and it's been part of my win-down routine since. All that said, I thought it would be nice to dedicate a post to my new love and show you how I use it & style it. Keep scrolling!

在天氣轉換之際,我總喜歡將生活環境重新打理一翻。把該替換的替換,該整理的整理;或是找些裝飾,把公寓佈置的更合時節一點。有時候是新的床組被單,觀望很久的海報或畫作,又或是像近期很著迷香氛產品。上個月,收到 10 10 Hope 的電郵,邀請我體驗的 NEOM Organics 的療癒香氛機的郵件。過去在英國讀書的時候認識了這個品牌,之前也跟大家聊過他們家的產品。NEOM 擅長用精緻的天然香氛讓身為顧客的我們生活過得更加順心。不管是精油、香氛或是蠟燭在我心裡都是品質保證。另外,我也十分欣賞創辦人 Nicola Elliott 與團隊對居家美學的堅持與心態,可想而知對這次的機會,自然是非常感興趣。這幾個星期將它融入自己的 routine 中,就讓我們一起來看看吧。


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THE DESIGN

What I love about this diffuser is that it's such a beautiful home decor piece itself. My bedroom has a pretty warm colour palette (being wood, dusty pink and  copper), and the white ceramic design fits in perfectly. If I'm honest, most diffuser I've come across does the work, yet doesn't look that good. And I tend to put them away using it. However, this is not the case here. The wellbeing pod has been a staple on my dressing table and bedside for a while now, and I intend to keep it that way.

隨著二十歲進入後半場,對於生活品質的要求也趨於不同。現在的我,比起入手衣服鞋子等等,更傾向於把自己的居家環境打造的舒適些。房子是租來的,生活可不是,一步步慢慢到處搜集,讓自己每天回家看見小公寓都是笑容滿面的。NEOM 的「療癒香氛機」打破了一般我們對於香氛機模樣的既定印象,白色陶瓷外身與金色點綴,很精緻,手感也扎實。沒在用的時候,我也就這麼放著,像個家飾,特別賞心悅目。

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THE ESSENTIAL OILS

Along with the Wellbeing Pod,  I also received the 'Wellbeing Essential Oil Blend collection'.
It comes with four different essential oils ⏤ sleep, make you happy, boost your energy & destress.

除了香氛機,這次也一併體驗了 NEOM 的療癒香氛組
組合裡共有四款精油:舒緩恬睡、幸福愉悅、皇家奢華以及清新甦活。現在就來跟大家逐一聊聊心得。

 

Sleep is my favourite scent from NEOM (I've shared my love about their face wash too). I love how calming it is, and for someone who has been struggling with sleeping problems for so long, there is really nothing more I can ask for. I still spend some time tossing and turning around before actually falling asleep, but I don't wake up in between anymore. It is made of 19 different essential oils, along with lavender, which is known for its soothing effect, literally the perfect 'sleep' scent.

舒緩恬睡」,是我最喜歡且熟悉的 NEOM 精油系列,不管是之前介紹過的精露或是卸粧霜,都是梳妝台上的愛牌。裡頭包含了19種精油成分,包含了能調整睡眠品質的薰衣草。做為一個凌晨一點上床,兩三點左右睡著,然後六七點自動醒來的人,對於睡覺這事早已經成半放棄狀態了。不過,這幾週搭配「舒緩恬睡」使用,雖然沒有到沾枕就昏倒那麼誇張,但助眠功力確實不錯。中間不再短短續續起來,然後睡前的醞釀時間也減半,是淺眠與失眠人的救星。  

SLEEP. 舒緩恬睡

 

MAKE YOU HAPPY. 幸福愉悅

I use 'Make you happy' as a morning get-ready scent. I normally put it in after waking up, and after I finished my morning shower, the room will smell just right. Its uplifting and yet subtle at the same time. Gives me the perfect mood lift while I put some makeup on.

平日早上整理儀容的時候最愛的香氛。睡醒後點上「幸福愉悅」精油,鋪好床,接著到洗手間梳洗後再回到房間化妝換衣服,這時候香氣的濃郁度正好。成份包含了橙花與含羞草,空氣中充滿了有朝氣的氛圍,有效驅逐負面情緒,替一天的好心情打底。

 

My 'writer's block' scent. To all you bloggers, writers, content creators or even students writing essays. We've all been there, when there's a deadline in a few days, and yet nothing is sparking up in your mind. Or is it just me? Anyways, whenever I'm in that situation, I bring out the 'De-Stress', it changes my mind set to something less anxious, and it slows my brain down so I have enough time to find the right idea rather than the worrying too much about missing the deadlines.

作為文字與影像工作者,總有那麼一時半刻甚至是幾天覺得所有好的靈感都離自己而去了。其實不一定是要寫文章,任何工作都會有頭腦打結的時候。這時候我回選擇放下手邊的事,把香氛機搬到工作室,然後點上「皇家奢華」精油。這款精油很舒壓,而茉莉花的暖調恰好能調整且安撫我的急性子。畢竟許多時候,遇到瓶頸並不是因為我們沒有靈感,反而是因為我們太急於向前走,而忽略了腦海裡的聲音,這時候正是提醒自己放慢腳步的好時機。

DE-STRESS. 皇家奢華

 

Last my not least, the 'Boost Your Energy' scent. Though I don't use this one as often as the other ones, it doesn't mean its any less than. It  is my go-to when I'm feeling a little grumpy or tired than my usual self. The relatively stronger lemon scent is the perfect natural mood booster. I aslo love using it during my photoshoots

相比之下,「清新甦活」是我四款裡面較少用到的,他對我來說算是「急救型」的香氛精油。假如有幾天心情煩躁疲憊,就會在香氛機裡倒入它,讓清新的檸檬與羅勒來幫助我提振精神,找回好心情。另外,假如狀況比較嚴重的時候,我也會把精油滴入浴缸,好好泡個澡,利用十到十五分讓自己快速恢復活力。

BOOST YOUR ENERGY. 清新甦活

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USEFUL TIPS

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Fill the water tank of the Wellbeing Pod with cold water Do not exceed the maximum water level line

香氛機要用冷水使用,然後不要超出內瓶標注的最高水位 加了水後再接著挑選自己喜愛的精油味道滴入

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5-10 drop of essential oil is recommended but it still depends on your space

官網上與說明說上都建議滴入5-10滴精油 不過還是建議大家可以視自己的空間大小來調整唷

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It comes with a pack of multi-use adapters There's also a timer with settings for one, two and three hours

NEOM 這次也很貼心地附上了大多數國家的轉換插座,對於旅者來說是一大福音另外也包含了計時功能,分別為一小時、兩小時到最長的三小時

 
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Throughout the years moving from one country to another, this apartment to that, I'd like to think I'm quite the expert on creating a cozy space. Maybe that time when I was 15 after spending a week binge watching Sex & the City, I knew I'll be wanting to live by myself in my own apartment some day. Somewhere I can feel safe, relaxed and myself every night I get back. Somewhere I can read and enjoy my honey oatmeal each winter morning ⏤ my cozy little corner. All that said, even though I'm still far from getting my own place, I'm still pretty happy with the renting life. Noting feels like home, but this surely is close. And my NEOM diffuser played quite a role in this. x

從離開台灣開始,來到澳洲,接著到英國最後再度回到這裡落腳。一路上換了五間公寓,然後每間在我心裡上都頗具意義。早在學生時期我就知道我是個非常需要個人空間的人,這或許正是為什麼我對於居家環境很堅持。根據不同階段的預算,把當時的環境佈置到最舒適,哪怕得一個個小角落慢慢來,我都願意等。過去,認為「家」的感覺來自於最舒服的家具,而現在的我終於明白除了硬體設備,更重要的是氛圍,而 NEOM 香氛機就是扮演了維持我的墨爾本小公寓氛圍的重要角色。啊,真開心遇見了它。年底到了,拿來送給身邊人也挺合適,這 idea 挺好的,你們說是吧(笑)

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how do you wash your face

At this point, we're all probably on auto-pilot mode when we wash our faces. Am I right? But recently, I realised I've been washing my face the wrong way. Well, I wouldn't say it's all wrong, but it's just not the best way for my skin type. When it comes to skincare, I consider myself quite a nerd. Honestly, if I save up the money I spend on skincare & makeup, I would probably be able to buy my first vintage Leica already. All that said, one of the best things about this job is getting to know all the beauty & skincare tips. Since part of my job is to test, try and tell you guys about my discoveries. So without further ado, here are the face-washing tips (for sensitive & dry skin) I've learned. Keep scrolling!

如同時尚的腳步般,其實美容更新的程度也是非常迅速的,不管在歐美或是亞洲都追隨者也都向來眾多。老實說,能夠吸收不同的護膚資訊,是最喜歡的工作內容前三名。與產品新舊無關,我喜歡的是能夠有機會去研究、了解品牌背後會研發這項產品的原因,針對的又是怎麼樣的客群,而為什麼會選擇用這些原料搭配。常常有事沒事就在網路上看有沒有什麼新的資訊。身邊的朋友也常說我,如果把花在保養的錢省下來,互許都能買上好幾個相機鏡頭了(笑)在開始接觸保養後的這些年,一直都知道「清潔」的重要性,但卻不知道這其中其實包含了許多眉眉角角。同一套手續在不同膚質也不一定適用;油性肌膚有油性肌膚該避免的,而乾肌也有乾肌要小心的地方。所以咧,今天藉由 Neom Organics 新出的卸妝霜,來和大家聊聊我的這種膚質(敏感性乾肌)的洗顏注意事項。快繼續往下看吧!

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neom cleansing balm

PAY ATTENTION TO °C注意水的溫度

Hot water is no good for your skin. It strips your natural barrier and makes your skin even drier, itchy and flaky over time. Imagine having to deal with dry patches every day that can't be good. If you do feel like having that extra warmth, I recommend weekly face steam, not only it clears the pores but also softens the surface. Two bonus point!

用熱水洗臉對乾肌來說絕對是大忌。怕熱的人可能還好,但像我這種超級不怕燙的人,特別是到了冬天,以前就常常不小心洗了很熱的水而不自知(小時候看皮膚科也都會被醫生罵)。所以說,我的乾肌某部分來說是自己造成的,因為溫度太高會帶走皮膚上太多的油脂,連基本防護的部分也會一併被沖掉。久而久之,就會造成敏感、泛紅跟脫皮等現象,實在得不償失。 [/one_third_last]    

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS 選擇適合的產品

There are so many cleansing products out there. From your usual cleansing oil, cream, balm to gel. Like I mentioned before, my skin is pretty sensitive. And most cleaning products tend to give me redness afterwards. Which is why I'm always on the hunt for something that's both effective & gentle enough. If you're a long-time follower of the blog, you would know products with natural ingredients are my favourites. And Neom Organics, being the lead of this category, is slowly expanding their skincare line. From the previous face essential oil to the current cleansing balm, both have quickly become my current go-to. I must say, they sure know how to take care of their customers with sensitive, dry skin.

市面上的洗顏與卸妝產品很多,從卸妝油、卸妝水、乳狀、膠狀到這兩年再度流行起來的卸妝霜,玲瑯滿目。過去總以為洗完臉後皮膚乾澀緊繃才表示清潔成功,殊不知這其實代表產品太刺激了,長期下來對肌膚都是種傷害。經過一段時間的修正,才發現要解除卸完妝的泛紅非常簡單,只要找到適合自己的即可。大家應該知道我特別鍾愛以天然成分、植物精油萃取等為主的護膚品;而Neom Organic 在這兩塊都是佼佼者,不過比起急著讓各類產品同時上架,他們選擇一步步來,不隨坡逐流,十三年下來只推出了兩項臉部產品。從前兩個月的臉部精華油到今天要與你們分享舒緩恬睡卸妝霜,都遠遠超出期待,身為老顧客,真的感受到了他們的用心之處。Neom 以最細膩的的方式研究出喜歡他們的人可能會合適的保養品。

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neom cleansing balm

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neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

The Perfect Night Sleep Cleansing Balm 舒緩恬睡卸粧霜

First things first, it smells good. Well duh, it comes with English lavender & Chamomile, how can it not. What I really love about this cleansing balm is how it never leaves your skin feeling tight & dry (I used to thought this is the sign of you've cleaned it correctly when it means that the product is too strong for you, and all the water has been stripped off). It gets rid of your daily grime, and yet still protects your barrier. Another fantastic thing about this product is that these ingredients & natural scent are designed to help you relax. So instead of feeling extra awake after washing your face, it preps your mind for the perfect sleep. To me, this is indeed the most luxury part of this cleansing balm, since I'm such a light sleeper.

這款卸妝霜的第一印象,絕對是那療癒人心的薰衣草香。伴隨著擁有鎮定功效的洋甘菊,卸妝時光都變得奢華,彷彿是每晚都來了場迷你 home spa。舒緩恬睡卸妝霜,跟之前分享過的臉部精油理念一樣,品牌創辦人 Nicola Elliott 深信想要改善自己的膚質,絕對要先從睡眠習慣下手。充好電的肌膚,才能有效吸收保養品的養分。不曉得大家有沒有過這樣的困擾,就是本來很疲憊,結果洗澡卸妝後,精神又變好了,一直到凌晨三四點才有睡意?我是這方面的資深苦主,加上又是淺眠體質,「一夜好眠」對我來說實在可遇不可求。 所以試用這一個多月後,真的打從心底很喜歡這項產品。整個人因為植物精油的香氣平靜很多,雖然沒有到一沾枕就昏睡的程度,但一小時內絕對沒問題(我平常是要躺個三小時的人)。另外,卸妝霜裡也包含了杏仁油與乳木果,能滋養肌膚,避免洗臉後可能造成的乾澀,再多加兩分。

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

be gentle & message 注意力道,只要輕輕畫圓按摩就好

A lot of people rub their skin too harshly; it's an illusion of really getting the dirt off. But the truth is, this kind of pressure causes irritation & dryness - which all of us wants to avoid. All that said, massage your face gently in circular motion would do the work. With the rice powder in the Perfect Night Sleep Cleansing balm, you can also achieve gentle exfoliate by doing so.

很多人清潔的時候都大力搓,覺得這樣才能卸乾淨。但其實如此高強度的摩擦,反而容易造成泛紅或紅腫,尤其是對敏感膚質或皮膚很薄的人來說,真的萬萬不可。雙手輕輕的在臉上以畫圓的方式進行按摩是最好的。直得一提的是,Neom 的卸妝霜包含了白米細粉,搭配前面敘述的手法,還能溫和的替自己去點角質。

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

Choose your Cloth 細心選擇洗顏棉布(毛巾)布料

I was once told to ditch towels entirely because it irritates your skin. But I guess companies these day are aware how expanded the skincare market has gone, so loads of soft & gentle washcloth have been created (I'm sure you've all heard of the amazing muslin cloths). The Neom Cleansing balm comes with a lovely cloth. One side of is slightly textured, made for gentle exfoliation; and the other soft is super soft for extra sensitive skin (aka someone like me). p.s I recommend using fresh washcloths every day. And try not to hang wet towels in the bathroom, because it creates bacteria (I don't even store them in the bathroom).

記得很久以前有人跟我說過,再也不要用毛巾洗臉,會磨擦皮膚。但或許是越來越多廠商意識到美容產業的的迅速發展,相繼推出了許多專門洗臉用的棉布,質地也一條比一條柔軟。收到舒緩恬睡卸妝霜的時候發現盒子裡面附贈了卸妝棉布(替大家確認過了,只要有買就有,想要多幾條放家裡的也可以額外再購入)。正反兩面的觸感不同,一個是適合進行溫和去角質的小顆粒面,而翻過來則是為敏感肌設計的柔軟面,大家可以依據自己的膚況來交替使用。p.s 說到毛巾棉布,我建議大家不要在浴室晾浴巾,特別是沒有全乾的,畢竟浴室是家裡最潮濕的一個空間,真的很容易製造細菌。如果可以的話,像我一樣連乾的毛巾也不放浴室最好,洗澡的時候再拿進去,為了衛生麻煩一點絕對值得。

I hope you love reading these tips. Let me know some of your skincare secrets below, I'd love to know!

好的,這就是一路來累積的清潔卸妝心得,歡迎大家在下面分享自己覺得重要的手續,我很想知道呢!

in collaboration with 10 10 hope for Neom Organics / shot on Fuji XT2 with 35mm lens