Pampering at The Chapel:
Guest post by Deborah Tarrant
Imagine the scene….. A group of friends, seated in deep velvet comfy sofas around a coffee table spread with elegant champagne dish glasses and platters of delicious, nutritious food (Rooted London), chatting and sharing their thoughts and wisdom..how inviting. And how lovely to be greeted by Amanda as she handed us a glass of sherry, a much-underrated tipple, and a welcome change @TheChapelPlace. And so we settled down for an intimate evening to hear Amanda’s journey and her creation of her beautiful products.
Amanda Dicker is the creator of The Chapel hairdressing and lifestyle company in Kent, London and Verbier. For some of us the story that Amanda told, of a busy life, juggling the demands of work, family and striving to achieve in a modern world which had taken its toll, had particular resonance and is one most people can relate to in some way. In our efforts to have a good life and ‘do the right thing’ by others we sometimes race through our days packing more and more in and yet the quality of our experiences become less and our wellness suffers. By neglecting our own well-being and pushing ourselves too hard for too long we have a detrimental impact on our own happiness but also our loved ones are affected.
Amanda shared how her “Me First” philosophy and her mindfulness approach to living got her back on track after a burn out three years ago when she walked away from her business and how this inspired her luxury products. She explained how by focusing on herself and taking a ‘pause’ from the frenetic life she experienced more and as she became happier so too were the people around her, despite appearing to do nothing for them. Focusing on one’s self first, being mindful, and being disciplined about our own well-being is not the same as being selfish. It is actually being kind to yourself and others. “It is when we pause we are really living”.
Amanda’s new products are exquisite, enticing and encapsulate a life enforcing message. Three products: three scents, three times of the day and three themes together meaning “Time To Bee Wise” and the overall intention of “Me First”.
The first scent called Oparus representing “Time” and illustrated on the pack by the clock face and early morning birdsong heralding the arrival of the start of the day. The description on the product is…”This uplifting aroma carries a flush of hope and optimism fresh as the morning breeze. A chorus of exotic florals, citrus blossom and warm earthy tones confect a scent as bright as sunlit dew, ready to lift the spirit and let the imagination soar”.
The second scent, Mellifera, the “to Bee” illustrated by the bee and the flower where it gathers the nectar and sweetness in life. (I particular liked this one and is so fitting as my name Deborah means ‘the bee’ in Hebrew and symbolises ‘the industrious one who always has something on the go’). This fragrance “lulls like the hum of bees drifting through the lavender-laced warmth of the afternoon. Blushing berries, ripened in the bushes, mingle lazily with creamy petals of tuberose drifting to rest on shaded moss. Deeper within the dreamy haze lies a sweet woody suggestion of patchouli leaves and rich teatime vanilla. A scent as sumptuous as nectar gathered from flower garden and field, where time flows like honey as an endless summer unfolds”.
The third scent, Noctula, is a “scent distilled to evoke the hour between sunset and darkness. Sensuously conjured from the mingled embraces of crimson fruit and flowers caught on the evening air, this fragrance floods the senses with each breathless pause, as mysterious twilight foretells the promise of night”, and is Illustrated by the wise and all seeing Owl.
Each of these scents can be purchased as a hand cream, a pulse point wand and a candle. Whilst we will all be familiar with these particular means of experiencing scents they also cleverly communicate the message of “Me First”.
The pulse point reminds us to breathe. Whilst this may feel like the simplest thing, we all breathe to live, and yet few of us actually breathe deeply and mindfully. When we rush through our days our breath is often high in our chests. We are reminded of the deep and slow belly breathing taught in yoga and helps us to be centred, to be in the moment and to still the mind; to pause and be calm.
The hand cream – as we apply this we can soothe and soften our hands and give ourselves a massage taking the time to breathe in the scent and to show gratitude. We can use our five fingers to express five things we are thankful for that day. Or maybe in the morning thinking about the 5 things we plan to do that day or at the end of the day the 5 things we have achieved. And they don’t have to be big things either and this also helps us to not try to do too much in one day!
The candle…often lit to signify a celebration. Every day can be a celebration, of life, of both small things and those of more significance. When lit a candle creates a calming atmosphere and changes the ambience in a room. The three scents enable a different impact on our senses for different times of the day and night. So light a candle just for you…whatever mood you’re in and what atmosphere you want to create and celebrate who you are.
I hope I have done justice to these beautiful products and captured Amanda’s intention and message although I may have put my own interpretation on this too. I’m sure you will get it, though. Whilst I have my own favourites I loved everything about all the products from their meaningful purpose, evocative scents to the striking design. But don’t take my word for it..it’s ‘time to bee wise’ and try them for yourselves… by checking out the online shop. Remember “Me First”.