All you have to do is walk around my apartment to realise how obsessed I am with things that make it smell nice. Candles, oil burners and reed diffusers: they’re everywhere! I first discovered The Naked Candle Co. last Christmas and I’ve been a convert ever since. It was actually one of the first products I blogged about! You can check that out here.

The Naked Candle Co. is a Manchester based artisan candle maker, who aim to make quality candles for a reasonable price! I’ve spoken with Simone and Jake a number of times and been kept in the loop whilst they expanded their range. It now includes Reed Diffusers! Is anyone else as excited as I am?

I always have a reed diffuser in the corner of my lounge, just to keep it smelling nice. Most recently I’ve been using a Peppermint one from The White Company, which literally just ran out. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of the new diffusers from The Naked Candle Co. The scent I’ve got is Lime, Basil & Mandarin. The first thing I wondered was whether it was going to smell like the Jo Malone one and I was delighted when it did! It’s fresh and citrusy and has undertones that are earthy and woody. Definitely a scent that is right up my street!

For the first couple of days, the smell was so noticeable. I would walk into my lounge and wonder why it smelt so nice. I thought that is something that would die down as it does with most diffusers, however, 2 weeks in and the smell is still really fragrant! I’m honestly so impressed with this diffuser and have got a matching candle to keep the smell uniform all over my apartment.

One thing I love about The Naked Candle Co. is that all products are hand produced and eco friendly. None of those nasty toxins, just all-natural fragrance oils. Simone and Jake do everything themselves! They’ve also been working on the packaging lately too, which is lovely. Anything from here would make a great gift.

To get this exact same smell from Jo Malone, it would cost you £58. Over at The Naked Candle Co it’s only £18.50! How great is that? It comes in a bunch of other scents too so there’ll definitely be something to suit every taste. Plus, it’s also great to support local businesses!

You can get your own candles and diffusers, here.

Have you bought from The Naked Candle Co before? Let me know in the comments below.


Products were sent to me for purpose of review. I’ve bought from The Naked Candle Co. before and truly love their products.



Can you believe that it’s only a couple of months until summer? Around this time of year I start thinking about  ‘mission beach body’. Not gonna lie, I’ve packed on some pounds over the winter months. Let’s not even get into my weight gain after travelling, I feel as though even the air in New York is full of calories!

I find dieting quite difficult. I love the taste of food and barely get the motivation to go to the gym. Forza Shake It Slim is a meal replacement shake that you can use either to aid in weight loss or to maintain your current weight. A lot of the time, I always turn to meal replacement shakes to give my body a bit of a head start, a kick up the backside if you will.

So, what did I think of Shake It Slim?

I’m really impressed! In the first week of replacing 2 meals a day with the shakes, I’ve lost 5lbs! I’ve also started to change my eating habits and have started making balanced, healthy lunches. I tried both the strawberry and chocolate flavours, both are equally delicious. Normally I’m not a fan of chocolate shakes as I don’t really like the taste, but I enjoyed this one. They’re rich, creamy and not too sweet. What I like about this is that you can mix it with a spoon! That’s not something I’ve seen with the other brands I’ve tried. Although, I love the look of the Forza shakers so I’ve been using that!

I’ve tried other brands that aim to do a similar thing to Shake It Slim, including Slender Blend and Juice Plus. I’d like to think I can give a valid opinion on this type of product. Shake It Slim has by far the best flavour. It’s also the easiest to prepare as it comes in individual sachets, so no messing around with protein scoops in the morning. It’s the most reasonably priced too, you don’t have to buy it in bulk as they have smaller amounts available to purchase. You can buy the sachets individually.

I know exactly what all you skeptics are going to say! “Shaun, you’re just going to pile on the weight when you start eating normally again.” Now this is the important thing to remember, meal replacement shakes are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. I look at them as a head start! It gets me into the mentality of eating healthy meals and reducing my large portion size to that of a normal person. This kind of lifestyle change is exactly what you need to maintain a healthy weight. Once I feel like I’m at a weight I’m happy with, I’ll start incorporating more healthy meals back into my diet.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this product and will definitely purchase it again. I’ve seen results fast, which has given me the motivation to keep ‘mission beach body’ going. If you’re interested in trying this, you can get it directly from Forza’s website. You can also pick it up from Boots or Holland & Barrett if you’re too impatient and can’t wait for delivery.

Have you tried Shake It Slim or any other meal replacement?




I was sent Shake It Slim to review, however all opinions are 100% my own. Why would I write about it if I didn’t like it? I also want to stress the importance of making sure your diet is balanced and you keep hydrated. If you have any concerns, please consult a doctor first.





I always like to have a selection of fragrances on hand. I like to have a couple that fit with multiple occasions and multiple moods, does anyone else do the same?

At the minute, all of the fragrances I have tend to have a fresh clean smell. I’ve been on the hunt for something that was a bit more ‘manly’ and a little less ‘clean’.

Gruhme is a British brand that launched in 2013. It was created with the modern day male in mind, designed to be worn all day, every day. At first smell, this fragrance packs a bit of a punch! It’s quite strong, which is due to it have 14% fragrance. If you put on too much, it can be a bit over-whelming. I found that I only needed a couple of sprays, which means this would last a lot longer than any other fragrance I have.

Gruhme has a lovely blend of woody and citrusy smells including amber, bergamot and lemon.  It’s definitely a fragrance that has a distinct scent and I genuinely can’t compare it to anything I’ve smelt on the market. It’s masculine and elegant, but also quite fresh and clean.

All in all, Gruhme gets a thumbs up from me! I’d find this is a bit too intense for me to wear to work but I would definitely wear this for a nighttime event! When I’m getting a bit fancy, y’know what I mean? I typically go for light fragrances that don’t really have a punch, but if you’re looking for a fragrance that makes heads turn, this is the one for you!

You can buy Gruhme here.

What’s your favourite type of fragrance?



*Gruhme was sent to me for purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.* 




It may come as a surprise to you, but I actually had some Easter eggs left over this year! Can you believe it? Me neither. Rather than eating them all, I wanted to do something a bit different so I decided to use them in a baking recipe. I’ve got two ideas that are tried and true, both equally delicious.

Chocolate Brownies


  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 75g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 175g dark chocolate (I used an M&S Easter Egg, chopped into chunks.)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C.
  2. Melt your chocolate and butter in a bowl and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together your eggs and sugar, then gently fold in the chocolate mixture.
  4. Sift in the flour and cocoa and fold in until just combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a baking tin, bake for 25-30 minutes.

That’s it, you’re done! If you can, let them cool for a bit before eating them. These brownies are really chocolatey! If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, you could quite easily replace it with any chocolate of your choice.

Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 125g butter
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 200g of chocolate (I used an M&S Easter Egg, chopped into chunks.)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Once it’s fully incorporated, add your egg and vanilla.
  3. Sift in the flour, add your vanilla and chocolate, and then combine.
  4. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

It’s that easy! This is a flexible recipe. Bake for 7 minutes to have a really doughy cookie or for 10 minutes to get a crispier cookie. I prefer to go for 7 minutes, the cookies are really delicate and, I guarantee, one is not enough.

There you have it, two very easy recipes using left over chocolate! You could use any chocolate you can find, which makes these recipes really adaptable.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes. What’s your favourite thing to bake?




If you know me, you’ll know my affection towards wine. If it was socially acceptable, I think I’d happily have wine with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic.

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