Maybe it’s my mother’s Irish-Catholic upbringing (or the fact Bob Geldof makes her go weak at the knees), but along with the turkey, stuffing and sprouts, Christmas dinner in our house comes with a hearty side-order of guilt.
It starts with the gifts (price tags left on AND price highlighted) then onto other peoples’ offspring (‘my friend Mary’s children are staying with her until new year, but if you’re too busy…’) and god help anyone who doesn’t clear their dinner plate: that’s when she starts quoting Band Aid lyrics. So when it comes to gift, you have to choose carefully. Note, this isn’t a hippie who dresses in hessian. For the rest of the year, my Mum’s a slave to fashion, thinks nothing of spending a few hundred on an IT-bag and even owns a real fur throw (though if you ask she’ll swear it’s faux).
So, a gift that’s ethical, whilst still being luxurious (I learnt my lesson the year I bought her a ‘goat.’ Let’s just say I had a lot to make up for on her birthday).
Which is why I was a giddy as a drunken Santa when I heard about this candle by Alice Temperley. Created with Amnesty International to mark Human Rights Day on December 10th, all proceeds go to the charity (that should earn me some brownie points). Plus, it smells a-mazing (with notes of blackcurrant, rose, frangipani and ylang ylang), so ticks the luxurious box as well. Just £35, we advise you snap up this Limited Edition candle sooner rather then later at Selfridges, the Temperley London boutique in Notting Hill, or online at www.amnestyshop.org.uk.
- Amy Molloy, Grazia’s feature writer.