I love it when my friends and family walk in the door and they instantly feel festive because my scents all go beautifully together. I love the woody scents created in the fireplace, the spices from the kitchen, and the lingering floral notes from my body wash.
All together, these scents create the perfect backdrop to ring in the holiday season and it’s exactly what Sabon’s new Limited Edition Woody Patchouli smells like!
Scents have a unique way of triggering memories like none other. But pair together all your other senses–taste, sight, touch, and sound–and you will be completely transported by them.
I like my beauty routine to be intentional inside and out! And Sabon has a beautiful collection of products that will blow you away.
I use Sabon’s Shower Oil year round and both my husband and I are completely hooked on this Woody Patchouli scent. It’s very gender neutral which is awesome for the holidays!
Beyond the scent, I think the shower oil may have magical properties. Before I tried Sabon’s bath products I thought of “oil” as thick and greasy. This product is anything but. It’s almost hard for me to describe because I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. It’s light, yet creamy, without being cream…it’s like silk. I feel clean after, but with moisture locked-in, and the essential oils stay with me long after I’m out of the shower, especially when paired with Sabon’s moisturizers!
When I love a scent this much, sometimes I shower with the door open so the humidity carries my body wash scent throughout the house. However, this may be a problem when you have conflicting scents between rooms!
Nothing is worse than conflicting scents when you’re trying to create a mood. So when your body care, home care, and recipes all speak the same scent language, you know the holidays are wafting in the atmosphere.
My favorite holiday scents are pretty much the spices you put in chai and mulled wine, which also means my scents match perfectly with my food! And did you know that spices have more antioxidants than vegetables? It actually explains one of the many reasons that mulled wine and hot toddies are known for their healing properties during the cold and flu season.
Sabon’s Woody Patchouli has low notes of Patchouli, Vetiver, Tonka Beans, and Vanilla, medium notes of Amber, Argan, Violet, and Rose. And high notes of orange, Lisea Cubeba, Cinnamon, and Cardamom.
And, it’s not just the scent. Winters are cold; skin gets chapped easily, so it’s important to take care of our skin. After all, it’s the largest organ in our body.
During the winter months, especially when I’m cooking more and my hands get chapped, I use their Woody Patchouli Hand Cream several times a day!
When you’ve finished your beauty routine, what do you eat?
French Toast may not be what you think of as healthy, but you can consider this French Toast recipe the healing breakfast this holiday season, and a step towards perfecting winter beauty care from within! I love it when we can match the inside with the outside, don’t you!?
Here are some of the benefits of this French Toast:
“Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold and other infections, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, urinary problems, epilepsy, headache, and high blood pressure.” It’s also considered an anti-inflammatory.
Oh Cinnamon, is there anything you don’t do? There is a lot of research being done on cinnamon in the following areas:
- Treating wounds
- Digestive problems
- Fungal infections
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
While mostly containing minerals, such as “calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc,” vanilla also contains some Vitamin B. Research shows Vanillin to “[lower] the body’s cholesterol levels…alleviate arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.”
You don’t hear much about nutmeg in health food circles, but it is truly an unsung hero that can be used inside and out. The nutrition is very similar to Vanilla with trace minerals and Vitamin B, but it’s also commonly used for inflammation, joint pain, insomnia, digestion issues, depression, concentration issues, bad breath, high blood pressure, and even pimples!
Oranges with zest
While you may lose a fair amount of the Vitamin C when cooked, they still have a ton of nutrients, like Vitamin A, Vitamin B, calcium, potassium. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and can help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Together, this recipe and Sabon’s Limited Edition scent brings me back to nature, like an endless forest of evergreens and flowers, like roses and violets. I use their candles, diffuser aroma, and bath and body products for a fully immersive experience.
Together, you’ll be transported into a magical world with all of your senses.
Orange Cardamom French Toast, topped with Crème Fraîche, vanilla and a side of freshly squeezed orange juice for the perfect winter breakfast--Inspired by Sabon's new collection.
- 1 loaf bread Challah is delicious here!
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk Dairy or non-dairy is fine. I used coconut milk.
- 1/4 cup orange juice Only use 1/3 cup if the alcohol is omitted.
- 2 tbsp cognac
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch salt
- 1 cup cultured cream
- 1 whole vanilla bean split lengthwise
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch salt
- Crème Fraîche
- Crushed Pistachios
- Freshly Grated Orange Zest
Beat together the bread dip ingredients and pour into a shallow, wide baking dish for even dipping.
On a skillet or griddle, melt butter and turn on medium heat - heat until the butter melts and spread it evenly.
Dip the bread in the bread dip to evenly coat and transfer the bread to the skillet/griddle.
Cook slowly on medium heat for an even browning and turn after about 3 minutes.
While the bread is cooking, mix/whip the crème fraîche ingredients together in a small bowl.
Crush the pistachios if needed by placing in a ziplock bag and crush with a kitchen mallet or your hands (I used a mortar and pestle)
Remove the bread after both sides have browned evenly and top with the crème fraîche, crushed pistachios and orange zest.
Dip the bread, don’t soak. If you soak-cover pan with lid to cook center if “soaking” not dipping.
If you typically undercook your french toast, use day old or toasted challah as it’s a little drier.