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WHAT THEY’RE ABOUT"/>
Today I’m talking bedroom etiquette. Take your heads out of the gutter - this has nothing to do with you know what. More that unwritten rule: your bedroom should always smell good. Which is what brings me to Marie Stella Maris - an understated, Amsterdam-based brand with a selection of home and skincare products that are unbeatable, especially in the heat of summer.
WHAT THEY’RE ABOUT
Since 2011, when Patrick Munster and Carel Neuberg founded the brand, their ethos has been that everyone in the world should have access to clean and – most importantly – drinkable water. In the past six years, they’ve given over 18,000 people access to clean, clear drinking water in countries all over the world. Yep, they're the Bob Geldofs of Amsterdam.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BUY
From jojoba-based face oils, to totally natural hand creams and a protective eye cream, skincare-wise they’ve got the basics down. Head to their Home section, though, and you’ll discover some real beauty champs that are hard to find elsewhere.
The pièce de résistance of the entire line; everyone should have one of these on their mantelpiece. It’s amazing. The Objets d’Amsterdam scent is a light, watery, floral scent – which the brand describes as white tea, bergamot and lemon - so, basically, summer in bottle. Four spritzes will transform your room. The travel-sized mist is also fab for adding a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your hotel room – it’s a 60ml bottle so fits a treat into hand luggage.
Everyone loves a candle – it’s just finding the right scent that can be a slog. There are three to choose from: Cinema Bleu, Edition Privee and Objets d’Amsterdam. You can’t go wrong with Objets d’Amsterdam – it’s the same, subtle scent as the room spray and will magically transform any student dive. Another personal favourite is Cinema Bleu - a fig, vetiver, and grapefruit mix in wax form. I don’t know what a blue cinema looks like but I wouldn’t mind going to one if it smells like this.
Trust me when I say this Eau de Lavande pillow spray will soon become an essential part of your pre-bed ritual. Lavender is essentially sleep in a plant – even the most restless, anxious or night-owled will find falling into a slumber much easier with its persuasive sleeping powers.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM