02 Oct 2018

A Star is Born! Festive Botanica Behind the Scenes.

To celebrate the launch our latest collection; Festive Botanica, we would like to share a bit of how our collections are born. Many minds, hands & hearts combine to bring an idea to life and create an Urban Rituelle collection. It takes a village, so they say! We love our team and when we put our heads together magic happens.

 

 

Festive Botanica Inspo

 

Inspo, Idea, Name

First we brainstorm ideas. We love Pinterest. It is our fave tool for gathering inspiration. Did we mention how much we love pinterest! Check out Urban Rituelle Pinterest here for your own inspiration.

Some of the things that always inspire us are; art, culture, nature, interiors, wellbeing, love and of course fragrance & the senses. Also, we are proudly Australian made so we wanted to have an Australian feel for this collection. We wanted to create a collection to celebrate the holiday season, referencing Christmas but also to make something beautiful that can be enjoyed for the whole holidays and beyond.

Festive Botanica features organic, natural ingredients & fragrances so we wanted the name to reflect this. We love the name and want to call everything 'botanica' from now on!

 

 

Festive Botanica Fragrance

 

Fragrance, Fragrance, Fragrance

Fragrance is the hero of our products and is something we consider super important. All of our blends are created meticulously with a lot of thought & love.

Based on our research and inspiration for Festive Botanica, we came up with a blend of Australian cypress pine, uplifting orange,
revitalising eucalytpus & earthy cedarwood essential oils to bring comfort &joy to your home. Inspired by the wonderful scent of fresh-cut Christmas trees, an aroma that evokes happy memories of beautifully wrapped presents & joyful days spent celebrating with family & friends.

Once the fragrance is decided, it is formulated into each product with bespoke nourishing and moisturising ingredients put together by us. These are then tested - on us of course! Never on animals.

 

 

Festive Botanica Artwork

 

Sketch, Art, Create

Now the groundwork is done, it's time to make some beautiful art and create the visual story to communicate the idea of the collection. First we begin with rough sketches to plan out how it will all fit together. All of the illustration on Festive Botanica's packaging began as hand painted watercolours. These are then digitised and the whole thing is put together to fit the design and printing process. We choose colours and create the typography. Often we work on multiple ideas which are the edited and sometimes combined to come up with the final look and feel. We always try to make our designs extra special with texture, foils, embossing & other special finishes for a luxe feel.

We like to put a lot of personality in to our designs and this has become a signature for Urban Rituelle since we began way back in 1999.

 

 

Festive Botanica Technical

 

Technical, Artwork, Words for days

Once we are happy with the design, it is time to get to the technical nitty gritty. We make up the artwork to fit the packaging. This is also the time that we write the words that appear on the packaging. This includes descriptions, warnings,ingredients, legal requirements etc. These are added to the artwork and then check and triple checked. No one wants any boo boos right?

 

 

Festive Botanica photography

 

Samples & Photography

Oh how exciting! All the hard work is starting to pay off. Getting the pre-production samples back from the printer results in many oohs and aaghs at Urban Rituelle HQ! These are then triple checked again and any technical issues and tweaks are worked on.

We have to work far ahead of our release date and timing is everything, so this is the stage that we do our first photoshoot featuring the new products. We create moodboards for our photoshoots and put together ideas for the supporting story we want to tell to really showcase our products. We then collect all of our props and then have a massive day putting it all together and shooting the pics that will then appear on our website, catalogue and social media. It's always amazing & exciting seeing the whole story come together.

For Festive Botanica the story is an Australian bush Christmas. We loosely based the look on a tablescape to represent a celebration with family and friends.

 

Festive Botanica Production

 

Production, Promotion & Launch

Meanwhile,production is happening! Boxes & labels are being printed. Did you know our production is actually done at our Caringbah warehouse? Candles, lip balms and Fragrance diffusers are lovingly poured and filled by our team, just to name a few.

Festive Botanica Launch

It's launch time! We launch first to our stockists so they can get their stores stocked up and ready for launch. We also load the new collection on our website.

 

 

Festive Botanica From Us to You

 

From Us to You

Finally the day has come! The products become available to you, our beloved customer. This is truly the best part of the whole process. Especially when we receive such positive reviews from the public. This is what makes all of the hard work worthwhile. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy our newest release; Festive Botanica.

 

Make sure to keep an eye out for our September launch date! Sign up to our emails & be the first to know when our beautiful new collection hits the shelves.

 

Preview Festive Botanica here.

 



02 Oct 2018

Welcome to our green house


The team at UR HQ are happy to say goodbye to winter & give these gorgeous products the green light for Spring!

Discover our freshly picked selection of our favourite candles, and bath & body products all packed with your daily dose of greens!

 

 

Scented Offerings

 

Scented Offerings | Happiness | Lemongrass & Mandarin

Laugh a little louder & smile a little brighter with this sparkling scent of exhilarating lemongrass, juicy mandarin & zesty lime.

Represented by a beautiful soft, pastel green packaging design, what's not to love about this fresh, zingy creation. The perfect way to welcome spring. Inspire your senses & adorn your home in scented ambience with our spellbinding Scented Offerings collection. See it here.

 

 

Flourish Organics

 

Flourish Organics | Lemongrass Aromatherapy Blend

An uplifting blend of lemongrass, lemon myrtle, grapefruit & eucalyptus essential oils.

Formulated with a divine blend of essential oils, to revitalise your home & enliven your mood.
Deep green glassware is definitely a feature and the perfect compliment to such a refreshing fragrance blend. Harnessing the wholesome goodness of Mother Earth, Flourish Organics is an expression of our desire for natural, organic ingredients that deliver beautiful results without compromise. See it here.

 

 

Weekender

 

Weekender | Country Garden | Pear & Vanilla

A gourmand blend featuring the soothing scents of warm, simmering pear drizzled with sweet vanilla.

Utterly enticing, this mouth watering scent will have you reminiscing of lazy days in cosy cafes & the fragrant gardens of your favourite sleepy village.

A Country Garden inspired deep green packaging design compliments this delicious fragrance. Escape to your favourite weekend hideaway where you can relax, unwind & recharge the soul. The Weekender Collection is a pilgrimage for your senses, capturing that magical place in the heart that rekindles happy memories of carefree days & picture perfect getaways. This is your perfect destination, a place where you can drop out for a while & watch the world go by…. See it here.

These are just a few of our green house inspired top picks. We have plenty of other spring delights for you to enjoy. Check out or faves here.     

 



22 May 2018

Discover... Sri Lanka. An Island of Magic & Majesty


 

 

Take a journey with us to the island of smiles..


Marissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Paradise Found, Mirissa Beach

The perfect breakfast spot to watch the early morning surfers roll in.

 

 

The Island of Smiles, Sri Lanka

The Island of Smiles

Sri Lankans are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

 

 

Wellness Cleansing Bar

Washing away the day’s salt & sand

Wellness Cleansing Bar
Lemon Myrtle Lemongrass & Muddled Mint

A 100% natural wholefood blend of coconut & almond oils along with shea & cocoa butter + skin conditioning olive fruit oil & avocado oil for the softest of skin.

 

 

Morning rituals, Sri Lanka

Morning Rituals

Don’t miss the Pinnawala elephants washing in their local waterhole in Udawalawe National Park. Magical!

 

 

From a bed amongst the palm trees, Sri Lanka

From a bed amongst the palm trees

Sounds of the ocean balanced with local wildlife & tuks tuks..
STAY: Jasper House, Hirekitiya Sri Lanka

 

 

Hiriketiya Beach, Sri Lanka


Hiriketiya Beach

The biggest decision is which board to take out..

 

 

Equilibrium Hand Cream

Travel Treat

Doubles as a body moisturiser if you need to pack light.

Equilibrium Hand Cream     
Mandarin, Basil & Lime

 

 

Hike Little Adams Peak, Sri Lanka

 

Hike Little Adams Peak

Travel through the countryside by train to Ella for the phenomenal views of tea plantations and spectacular mountain ranges.


It’s only natural I carry Flourish Organics Lip balm with me to keep my lips hydrated & protected.

Flourish Organic Lip Balm     
Lemongrass

 

Experience, Sri Lanka


21 Dec 2017

Create a Staycation | The perfect Summer Ritual


 

 

If a holiday escape isn’t an option this summer break, bring the island vibes to you and build your own beachside bliss.

 

Summer Holiday Scented Soy Candle

1. Bring an Australian bush side beach to you.

A candle like Summer Holiday’s Sea Salt & Lemon Myrtle will transform your home into your own scented sanctuary.

 

Harvest Wellness Cleansing Bar

2. Coconuts always spell relax.

Nourish your skin with a Harvest Coconut, Honey, Almond & Chia Wellness Cleansing Bar and smell like paradise all day long.

 

 

Equilibrium Scnted Soy Candle

 

3. A tranquil retreat is what you need.

Transform your home with the scent of an Equilibrium Scented Soy Candle. Nothing is more peaceful than candlelight.

 

 

Dreamweaver Hand and Body Lotion


4. Chase the sunshine

Revel in the classic Australian summer smell of frangipani with Dreamweaver Island Blossom Hand & Body Lotion.

 

Weekender Fragrance Diffuser Set


5. Relive memories of warm sunshiny days.

Time spent your favourite way with Weekender’s Beach House, Country Garden or Alpine Loft Fragrance Diffuser Set.

 

Your Staycation stage is set, all that’s left is to enjoy it.
UR x

 






12 Sep 2016

5 essentials to spring clean your body & soul.


 

Celebrate the start of spring with a mini makeover...

Spring symbolises renewal and a time for fresh beginnings. It is traditionally a time to shake off winter and get into some serious cleaning and mind/body rejuvenation. Sometimes the enthusiasm for this comes naturally as we get excited for the longer days with more sunshine and warmer weather.

For some of us though, we need a little help coming out of hibernation and getting motivated. To help with this we have put together a list of simple ideas and inspirations to get the ball rolling.


Declutter

Sometimes we can become overwhelmed if we feel a job is too big. A good strategy for this is to break big tasks into smaller stages. Decluttering is the perfect example. Just starting with one room or even a drawer or cupboard is enough to get some momentum happening. Once we feel the satisfaction of sorting and purging it becomes infectious and before we know it we are on a roll!

 

Urban Rituelle: Declutter while keeping personality.

 

Decluttering doesn't mean you have to lose the personality of your home. Make pleasing displays of your knick-knacks by grouping objects and leaving clear space for the eye to rest. It is always a good idea to edit from time to time and not to over-do it.

There is something so cathartic about removing superfluous clutter and enjoying the flow of energy through empty spaces.

To get in the head space and focus we recommend our Scented Offerings Inspire Scented Soy Candle in Hyacinth and Mimosa.

After cleaning look after your hands with Scented Offerings Inspire Hand Cream in Hyacinth and Mimosa.

 

Urban Rituelle: Scented Offerings Collection Inspire Hyacinth and Mimosa.

 


Fresh home decor

A great way to freshen a room without the commitment of a renovation is to update the soft furnishings.

Just changing cushion covers can update the whole look of a living room. In the bedroom the same thing can be achieved by updating the bedding.

Think of brighter fresher colours and patterns to really leave behind winter and welcome the warmer months.

We love a bit of nature indoors as well. A lovely pot plant can really freshen up a room and clean the air as well. We also love fresh flowers of course! A bit of foliage in a vase is another great way to add some greenery to a room, think tropical leaves or silver gum leaves depending on the look you want.

Layer your new look with home fragrance to complete the picture. Some of our inspirations are...

 

Urban Rituelle: Layer decor with Home Fragrance.

Urban Rituelle: Layer decor with Home Fragrance.

 

Energise mind, body & soul

Most of us will be guilty of hiding indoors to escape the winter cold. Dark winter mornings can be quite a motivation killer. Thankfully the days are getting longer and the mornings brighter. Now is the time to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some spring sunshine.

Just going for a simple walk can be so good for the soul and is a great place to start. The vitamin D from the sunshine has many health benefits and helps us to feel good. A good way to amplify the benefits of your walk is to practice mindfulness at the same time. Really look around and take in the surroundings, be conscious of the air going in and out your lungs with each breath. Be present in the moment and avoid thoughts of the past or future by really focusing on the present. If you can, take your shoes of and feel the earth under your feet, enjoy the grass, sand or dirt sensations to really feel grounded with the earth.

 

Urban Rituelle: Energise mind, body & soul.

 

If you are feeling more motivated, now is the time to get into a routine with yoga, pilates, running or whatever exercise you most enjoy. Try and exercise early in the morning to get an energy boost and set you up for the day.

For washing & moisturising after exercise we recommend Equilibrium Collection Hand & Body Wash and Hand & Body Lotion in Mandarin, Basil & Lime essential oil blend.

 

Urban Rituelle: Equilibrium Collection Mandarin, Basil     & Lime essential oil blend.

 

Meditation is a great way to balance all of this energy output. There are many benefits including reduced blood pressure, reduced pain caused by tension, less anxiety, great stress management, improved mood, better immunity, improved creativity and the list goes on. What a great incentive to practice a bit on meditation to improve our mental and emotional wellbeing.

It only takes a 5 to 10 minutes a day to get started. First find a comfortable quiet place. Next become totally aware of your current surroundings, focus on being present. Concentrate on your breath and feel your body. That's all there is to it! Of course it is a little harder than it sounds to achieve real focus but the key is to practice! A good way to learn is to find a meditation group in your area, this is a good way to develop a routine and learn.

For focus while meditating we recommend Equilibrium Collection  Scented Soy Candle in Mandarin, Basil & Lime essential oil blend.

 

 

Nourish your body

We tend to comfort eat over winter. Now is the time to spring clean our eating habits as well. Out with the heavy stodgy winter food and in with a more clean and light style of eating. A few simple guidelines can help to get started.

It doesn't have to be complicated. Focus on lots of healthy fruits veges & salads (organic if you can) that include many colours as these are a good indicator of high antioxidant levels. Include healthy fats like avocado, olive & coconut oils, seeds and nuts. Lean meats, eggs, & legumes are a great way to get healthy protein.

 

Urban Rituelle: Nourish your body.  

 

Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring. Herbs and spices add amazing flavour and heath benefits as well. Even chocolate is good for us. Just remember to choose a dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao and only have in moderation.

To complement all this health consciousness and welcome spring with a zing we recommend Flourish Organics Collection in Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Grapefruit & Eucalyptus Essential Oil Blend.

 

Urban Rituelle: Flourish Organics lemongrass, lemon myrtle, grapefruit & eucalyptus.

 

If we eat clean and healthy we will be rewarded with more vitality and better health. Who doesn't want to feel great and enjoy delicious healthy food at the same time?

Spring is also the time to plant herbs. Whether a balcony or windowsill garden or a full blown vege patch, growing your own plants can be a great motivator to get in the kitchen and create some healthy meals from your efforts.

 

 

Fresh attitude

We recently added a blog post about the benefits of gratitude. Spring is a great time to think about our mental wellbeing and work on strategies to create a healthy work life balance and keep a positive perspective.

Gratitude is a great place to start as it can change our perspective and improve our quality of life. Being grateful can lift our mood and provide many benefits as covered in our post.

 

Urban Rituelle: Scented Offerings Collection Gratitude Passionflower & Coconut.

 

Another thing to focus on is balance. We all have busy lives, there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. It is good to take stock from time to time and cull the things that are not essential. We do not have to say yes to everything all of the time. It is important to have time for ourselves.

 

Urban Rituelle: Scented Offerings Collection Balance Fresh Fig & Melon.

 

Following on from this is Harmony. If we have balance in our lives we have the time to nurture our relationships and create harmony. Having healthy relationships with family, friends and partners is very important for our wellbeing.

Our Scented Offerings Collection has fragrances to compliment these as well as some other inspirational ideas.

 

Urban Rituelle: Scented Offerings Collection Harmony Vanilla Pod.

 

 

 

Hopefully these simple tips will help you to spring into spring feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and energised. Just a few small changes is a great way to start, then once you feel some satisfaction, your enthusiasm will grow. Bring on the warmer weather!

 





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