Review: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Hey everyone! It’s been quite a while since I last shared a blog post with you all, but after blogging and writing for almost every day of last year, and about to have my first baby, I needed a little time out to refocus and nest.

However, after a few weeks of me-time and staying off the blog, I’m back now and I have so many great products I want to tell you about.

If you follow my social media pages, you will already know that I’m a huge fan of This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I’m using it for almost two years now, and talk about it so much, that I thought it was finally time to give it, its own dedicated review post.

For those of you not already familiar with it, this pillow spray has become somewhat of a cult product of late, mainly because of its ability to help you fall asleep, and get some well-needed shut eye after a long day. Not only does it help you sleep better however, its combined natural ingredients of lavender and chamomile are incredibly calming, and help to make you feel more refreshed when you wake the next morning too.

I was always a big advocate of lavender when it comes to keeping myself calm and relaxed; I used to use lavender essential oils a lot around the house and still use lavender products in my bath, and I absolutely swear by its ability to help me destress and leave the day’s worry behind me. Because of that, when I first read about this a few years ago, I was intrigued but also a little dubious as to whether or not it would really work. But let me tell you, it absolutely does.

I’ve suffered with anxiety on and off over the years, and anytime I’m feeling a lot of stress, tension or worry, I know I need some downtime and a few days of good sleep. During a particularly bad patch a few years ago, in desperation I decided to give this a try and quite honestly, I haven’t looked back since.

Not only does it help me sleep better, but I adore the smell of it so much that some nights I spray it for the scent alone! Just a quick spritz or two is all you need so a little goes a long way, and I find it works best when I spray it about a half an hour or so before I want to go asleep.

I don’t use it every night, especially as I’ve been sleeping so well for most of my pregnancy. So on average, I would say I use it a couple of times a week, some weeks more than others, and I never let a bottle run out before stocking up on another. I even have two bottles packed in my hospital bag for when the baby comes!

Now don’t worry, I’m not under any illusion that I’ll be getting a lot of sleep once bump arrives, but I will definitely be spraying this in the delivery room and on my ward bed simply because of the lovely calming effect that it has.

I’ve read some reviews that suggest it’s all a placebo effect, but for me, that hasn’t been the case at all and in my experience, it’s one of the best natural sleep aids I’ve tried.

How about you? Have any of you tried it? If not, it’s one I definitely recommend investing in, even just to make your bedroom smell deliciously of lavender if nothing else!

The 75ml bottle costs €22 and is available in several pharmacies around the country both in store and online.

Happy sleeping!

Sorcha x

Lost In Colouring


When I first heard about the new Adult Colouring Book craze a few months back, it immediately caught my attention. As someone who has suffered with anxiety and stress a lot over the years, I try to practice meditation and mindfulness as much as possible and it has really helped me cope in times when I become overwhelmed. I’ve always been open to things a little bit out there (much to the amusement of my new hubbie!), so when I came across this, I just had to find out more.

I bought my first colouring book, ‘The Mindfulness Colouring Book’ just after Christmas. It describes itself as ‘Anti-stress art therapy for busy people’. I have never been any good at art or drawing, but that doesn’t matter when it comes to colouring, so why not give it a try I thought… A few days later as I was strolling around the bookshop as I tend to do, the fashion lover inside me spotted another two books, The Liberty Colouring Book & Vintage Colouring book and I just couldn’t resist. Three colouring books and a packet of colouring pencils – I was now ready to give this a go.



I took them out over the weekend and started colouring. At first it felt weird, I was immediately transported back in time to my childhood, but all of a sudden a half an hour had passed without me even realising. I was lost in the patterns on the pages, a world away from reality and it felt amazing. For some reason Carrie Bradshaw’s quote ‘When Big colours…he rarely stays inside the lines’ from the SACT Movie kept popping into my head at the same time too. Where did that even come from?! Isn’t it funny how the mind works? But what I then realised, was for that whole half an hour I had a big smile on my face, utterly content in my ‘lostness’.

If that’s how I felt after such a short time on a quiet Sunday afternoon, how would I feel if this became a part of my daily life I wondered? Good I reckon, maybe even great. From now on I will happily get lost colouring anytime, and I’m already thinking about sitting down this evening with my pencils and having some time-out.

Ps. When Dave came home and saw colouring books on the bed, he started laughing out loud for a good minute or two. He said he thought I was joking when I told him I had bought a colouring book! So I’m determined to get him colouring also and see what he thinks then.

I’ll keep you posted on that one… 🙂

Sorcha x

Review: L’Occitane Sels De Bain – Relaxing Bath Salts

After my busy weekend of hen celebrations, I woke up yesterday with the severe Monday blues. And it seems I wasn’t the only one as yesterday was apparently the most depressing day of the year, or Blue Monday as it’s called. It also didn’t help that I was suffering from a two day hangover. As a result, I came home from work feeling exhausted and very sorry for myself so the only cure was to have a nice long bath and an early night.

If I’m being honest, I don’t ever need an excuse to pass an hour or two relaxing in a bath reading a book, but this time it was desperately needed! Also, at Christmas I got a present of L’Occitane Relaxing Bath Salts which I’ve been dying to try out for ages so I thought what better time to give them a whirl.

I’ve heard great things about these bath salts and so had high expectations. Made from natural essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Sweet Orange and Geranium, they smell absolutely amazing in the tub so I thought I was in for a real treat.

The recommendation is to put one to two spoonfuls into the bath, but after two I wasn’t happy so I went for a third. It took a while for the scent to fill the bathroom, but it got there eventually. And though I didn’t really get the feeling of essential oils in the same way you do with a bath oil, my skin was lovely and soft afterwards.


I’m always trying out new bath products, bath time is precious so it has to be amazing. Was this amazing? Hmm, not really. But would that stop me using them again? Probably not. I did come out of the bath feeling very relaxed and zen, and had a great sleep last night. Plus the scent did linger for quite a few hours after which is always good.

At €19 it’s not the cheapest and I’ll be interested to see how long the tub lasts. But it is definitely relaxing, so if you’re looking for a luxury relaxing soak and don’t mind forgoing bubbles, I say go for it!

Sorcha x