My Eko, My Lagos

The City of Lagos, located in Nigeria, West of Africa, one of the biggest and busiest commercial cities in the world, known for its hustling and bustling, it is very much the most interesting place to live and make good money in Nigeria.

Having lived here longest and it never gets old, the traffic, the businesses, people outsmarting people, hoodlums, and on and on and on but every day you learn to shake it off not because you want to but because you have to put on a brave face and face it anew.

But why write about Lagos on this post? Well, I just wanted to share a personal experience on a particular topic in this city and that my dear is the elephant in the room – TRAFFIC!!!

People say the traffic situation in Lagos is more spiritual than it is physical because most times you get to that bottleneck responsible for the traffic situation and find out there is nothing there.

Well obviously the traffic situation is due to bad roads, sometimes broken down vehicles but I have come to realize more often than not that it is simply due to IMPATIENCE on the part of the road users.

From the sounds of honking to the bashing on people’s cars to the Keke driver to the ‘Okada’ rider to the hawkers to the law enforcement officers to the bumpy roads to the road-side beggars name it, the roads are full of activities and hence very chaotic. So imagine driving on these Lagos roads for 10years or more, Mondays to Sundays (Saturday owambe and Sunday church service) you should better have your medical doctor on speed dial even your medical doctor has a medical doctor on speed dial.

 

Hence My Challenge

I decided to try out an experiment on the Lagos roads, which is; successfully go by a whole day without having to use my car honk. The only place I know honking is a crime is in the UK, where honking is considered an insult to the Queen.

So for this exercise, I had to prepare myself for the good, the bad and the ugly, on the chosen day, I was so conscious of my driving and that of my fellow road users, I was 100% alert at all times, I was calm, patient with other road users, I avoided anything and everything that would make me honk, looked out for cars jumping out from connecting roads/streets to hawkers struggling to sell their wares to other road users to pedestrians crossing the express. I just had my car USB play my prearranged music selection and I drove. At the end of the days’ exercise I found out I was relaxed, for the first time I enjoyed driving in this city, I was fulfilled.

I then went on to do this exercise for a whole week and just like that, I began to enjoy driving in this city.

 

My Thoughts

“A wise man once said in a world full of problems, be the solution”

The stress from driving in this city emanates from impatience. Pressing on the honk alone aggravates one’s stress level. Most drivers use it to push one off the road, some use it to curse at others, some jokingly use it to say hello. But at the end of it all, it is all Pollution, NOISE POLLUTION and like any other pollution, it is toxic to the system.

Lagosians are known to always be in a hurry since you cannot control the other drivers you can learn to control yourself.

Take back the control of your driving and pace, be a smart road user and be patient. It never hurts to let another driver drive through a junction before you, or join a connecting road in front of you. It takes less than a minute to be patient to avoid been insulted, honked at or an accident.

Try this exercise and tell me how successful you were in the comment section below.

After all that mental and emotional stress that comes with driving in Lagos; it is very well advised to relax those nerves with the power of aromatherapy using our Luxury SOY Wax Melts. Check out our range of products on our website and follow us on our Instagram page @royale.guinevere

Pamper yourself every day because you deserve it.

 

 

 

Environment A Very Relevant Part When It Comes To Our Mood.

Our environment plays a very relevant part when it comes to our mood. To feel better, having a positive mindset is very necessary, but also the objects and beings that surround us are critical too.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘stop and smell the roses’ referring to taking time out of our busy day to relax, unwind, and appreciate the simple things in life. But have you ever thought about taking that advice literally?

Olfactory, also known as the sense of smell, is the most primal and mysterious of our six senses.

The Olfactor is often the first warning of security or threat, friend or foe ; of our senses, the smell is the strongest and can cause immediate reactions as our emotions linked to it. It has the power to drive your behavior on an instinctive and subconscious level.

Did you know that you can control your mood by choosing the right fragrance? An uplifting scent may be more beneficial to your health than you think.

A pleasant smell can reduce stress and lower the heart rate, which can be used as anti-depressants and make us feel less anxious. Research has shown that smelling floral scents also seems to put us in a good mood.

Flowers do not only have the power of cheering us up when we are feeling down, but they also have many other properties such as helping us get a proper night of sleep, increasing our creativity, improving our productivity, making our tolerance to pain higher, raising our health, and even improving our attention span;

Here at Royale Guinevere, we do not only want to leave your space smelling heavenly, but we are also interested in your total well-being.

We have designed our floral range to give the same sensational delight from freshly plucked flowers with all its calming benefits;

 

Introducing our Floral Range

1. Daisy Fragrance: like the daisy flower, beautiful and radiant and enhancing, like a sparkling floral bouquet – spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. It is a bright and flirtatious fragrance that embodies femininity and free spirit. This fragrance transports you to a place that is optimistic, beautiful, and pure. The scent embodies the essence of the daisy girl, timeless, yet young-at-heart, open, loving, and playful while radiating positive energy. The scent is the embodiment of sophistication and vintage charm. We are in no way affiliated with the designer fragrance company. Our fragrance oil merely smells similar to the perfume.

2. Cedarwood and Jasmine Fragrance: the aroma therapeutic benefits of the cedarwood cannot be overemphasized. It is known for its sweet and woody fragrance, which has been characterized as warm, comforting, and sedative, thus naturally promoting stress relief. Cedarwood is well known for its soothing scent, which in turn promotes the body’s rest, and helps to clear the mind and subsequently encourages quality sleep that is both restorative and reparative. Our Cedarwood&Jasmine Fragrance has camphoraceous base notes of woodsy, balsamic cedarwood with fresh floral top notes of Jasmine.

3. Rhubarb and Rose Fragrance: Rhubarb & Rose Fragrance, this is one of our best-sellers. A mouth-watering rhubarb fragrance blended with tea rose and hints of pineapple, on a base of musk, velvety woods, and dry fruits will warm your heart. A beautiful gift for the home; allow the fragrance diffuse into your home by placing the wax burner in a central space for a subtle, long-lasting fragrance.

4. Flower Bomb Fragrance: it’s an explosive floral cocktail, a geyser of sensations, a true vision of floral    seduction. This floral explosion releases a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Flowerbomb is a soft scent, opulent with intensive, sweet, pure sambac jasmine, filled with seductive centifolia rose, freesia and cattleya orchid; Musk and patchouli are in a base wrap us with an oriental scent, while its milky and powdery notes gently fondle our skin and its addictive floral notes, harmonious sparkling top notes of mandarin and orange.

Fill your home with the best luxury scents to keep your mind distracted from the day-to-day stress of life.

You can put them in your bedroom and wake up to a soothing and cheering scent every morning, and also help you get a nice and relaxing night of sleep; in your living room to make your guests feel welcome and any other space of choice.

We hope this article communications the many benefits of having Royale Guinevere floral range of fragrance;

For increased mood, creativity, and well-being and lower stress and improved health;

What’s not to love about our floral range?

My Scented Story

Here I am staring at my laptop screen and wondering what I want my first blog post to be before the end of 2019, and then it hit me like a Thunderbolt; why not tell the story of how I got here.

Being a mother of four, two step-children and two biological children; trying to balance work and family is the most chaotic job but the most gratifying if you could find a balance to it;  married for 4 years, I had to resign my day job – still not sure if quitting was the right thing at the time. We started shuttling countries trying to decide where to build a life, given my current family was based in the United Kingdom but had my 1st child in the United States and had a support system in Nigeria. So here I was with a bag of uncertainties with no direct revenue, four youngsters plus a traveling husband – this was a big transition from being a pretty, individualistic, working-class woman.

Just before the birth of my daughter, I was approached by a former co-worker, who was trying to set up a small business; I had just left the banking industry, so this was a great opportunity.

But after three years, we fell apart. So there I was back again to my uncertainties and back to my activity-packed life of attending to home life. There were days I would stay off the rave of social media so as not to resent my modest world, which on the contrary, was perfect!, but I wanted to work again.

So by December 2018, I began to ponder, how I could get from where I was, (being a stay home mom), to where I knew I wanted to be, (having an income);

What do I have a passion for;
What can I do if I had all the resources to do so and
What can I do effortlessly for profit/ just pleasure?
Checking around me – then it hit me! – Scents.

Growing up, I always had the nose of a mole – I could pick up scents foul and decent. I loved fragrances. But in my father’s house, I couldn’t be caught wearing perfume or even body spray. My father would say it was for people who were too lazy to have a good scrub, or you could always know when a particular person was around because of the smell they left behind. That didn’t deter my love for scents; even if I couldn’t wear perfume boldly I was particular about my space;

To retain the fragrance in my bedroom, I would clean up my bedroom, mob the floor tiles with perfumed cleaning-agents, spray aerosol on my covers, wash with scented detergents and fabric softeners with strong scents, it was an obsession.

Then, I started dating and realized how strong this obsession for scents got because that was how I fell head-over-heels for the man of my dreams and my darling husband.

Between my love for body sprays or perfumes, I decided on improving my passion for room scents from finding out the best ways to scent a room to long-lasting scents for homes.

So I started experimenting, from mixing baking soda and fabric softeners to putting liquid air fresheners in cotton balls and placing all over the house to putting scented granules at the corners of the house to potpourri to burning candles, etc. I continually tried to control the way my home smelled and how to keep that freshness all day.  I tried it all but still wasn’t content with the results. I started shopping, my husband helped fuel my quest, and he would get me home fragrances from anywhere, most were too expensive to keep up with regular purchasing. Then I stumbled on the DIY home fragrances and techniques, which are environmentally friendly and safe with health benefits – the power of SOY WAX.

At Royale Guinevere, we have decided to create a way of blending our favorite home fragrance oils with soy wax; we mold our soy wax into different cute shapes and colors without wicks, as do SOY CANDLES; called Melts. We also found long-lasting fragrance for any desired spaces and ways to keep them smelling good.

 

Introducing – SOY WAX

Soy wax is a vegetable wax originates from soybean oil.  Soybeans are collected, cleaned, dehulled, cracked, and rolled into flecks.

Benefits of Soy wax

  1. Soy wax is a natural and renewable resource.
  2. Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with soap and water.
  3. Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax, causing it to burn slower or longer than paraffin.
  4. Soy wax burns with zero Petro soot, creating Petro soot free candles.

 

RG will be bringing more on our different products and how to use them.

 

Thank you for taking out time to read my first blog!!!