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5 Reasons to Experience the Orchard Central Shopping Trail (2016)!

I’ve always known Orchard Central (OC) as the place to go for indie fashion labels, trendy overseas brands and of course, delicious food at various levels. Little did I know that there’s much more in terms of fashion, beauty and lifestyle offerings! I had the opportunity to go on a shopping trail at OC with Everest to discover more exciting shops and haunts which I never knew about. Read on to find out 5 reasons why you should frequent Orchard Central, and experience its awesome shopping trail. It’s right in the heart of town and Singapore’s shopping district, so there’s no excuse to miss it anyway!

1. SHOP FOR THE BEST RANGE OF NATURAL AND SAFE BODY CARE PRODUCTS UNDER ONE ROOF!

Tucked in a cosy corner at B2 of OC, Shea specialises in the retail of gentle personal care all natural (and some organic!) body products and home fragrance for the whole family. They are also distributors of natural brands such as Seaweed Bath Company and Bomb Cosmetics.

Skin care, foot care, hair care, fragrances. A one stop shop at Shea!

Shea’s products are suitable for common issues pertaining to

1. facial and body acne

2. dry, flaky, itchy skin

3. stretch marks / cellulite

4. fine facial lines and wrinkles

5. dry, dull, brittle hair

6. hair fall and dandruff…

Or the more uncommon ones like plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. The unique selling point of Shea’s products is that they are chemical free. Some of the best sellers are the Pure Cold-process Handmade Argan Oil (Morocco), Pure Unrefined Shea Butter & Traditional African Black Soap (Ghana), Aryuvedic Anti-Dandruff and Anti-Hairfall Oil (India), Seaweed and Argan Oil Body Care (USA) and Fresh Goats’ Milk & Cold Process Soaps (Australia/Wales).

So what are you waiting for? Start shopping at Shea to discover what really works for you, the natural way!

2. HAVE FUN AT WORKSHOPS…TO MAKE YOUR OWN SOAPS & CANDLES!

Soaps that look so good, they probably put some real cakes to shame!

Shea also organises workshops to teach you to make safe and nourishing soaps that gentle cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural protective barrier, ingredients to watch out for and their effects, and get super creative in making your own fancy candles with your favourite fragrances! At the end of the workshops, you get to bring home what you’ve made too! Having an aromatic spa/bath at home is totally possible now 😉

Everest and I enjoyed an express course in making our own soaps! We got to choose our preferred fragrances, exfoliator, shapes and colours, so they were all customised to what we wanted. The process was really hands-on too, and we learnt a lot via step-by-step instructions from Shea’s owner aka Mr. Boss! Shall now let the pictures do the talking! ?

 

Sizing up the ingredients for the workshop…

First step: Chop up the block of shea butter and chemical free soap base into smaller pieces!

It really required more effort than I expected to chop up the medium-sized blocks and I recalled joking that I was already perspiring when I went on my 2nd block.

All done! *Hard labour completed* 😛

Next, we chose our favourite scent to put into our personal soaps. There were about 20 to choose from, and I was tempted to pick a few because they all smell so good!

Then, we measured 6g of the selected fragrance oil in preparation for the special concoction.

Scraping off gold accents for beautiful colours on my soaps!

All getting into the mix!

Poured the mixture into ready moulds that I chose…the result of gold and purple? Hmmm.

We are about 70% there at this stage?

We all love making our own stuff because there’s so much customisation and satisfaction derived from the process and definitely, the end result.

Funny kid there in bright orange! The aftermath of recklessness and experimentation!  The mixtures were left to cool (and harden) while we went on to our next stop at OC!

Fast forward about an hour later…Here are the final products! Not bad for a first time trial huh? 😉 The colours turned out a little quaint but I really like the heart and angel-wing ones!

Thanks Shea for having us at your fun and interesting workshop. We got to bring all our soaps home to enjoy! ?

For more information on the prices and registration details, visit this link.

3. ENJOY A GREAT AFTERNOON TEA AT AFFORDABLE PRICES!

TVOILA Café at #B1-15 is an artisan patisserie and organic tea café that offers the widest range of organic teas in Singapore. With over 40 types of Numi organic teas, these are sure to indulge the senses and delight the palate.

Also taste their great gourmet salads, sandwiches, desserts and coffee. More pics to tempt you below!

Pleasant and cosy interior, ideal for a relaxing afternoon tea and catching up with friends!

Here comes our beverages and yummy cakes!

Don’t they look absolutely tantalizing?

Waffles are good too, made extra refreshing with strawberries and bananas!

Nice, warm lighting calls for a selfie!

Can you believe this cafe is “hidden” in such a large, spacious area in Orchard Central? If you would like a break in between your shopping, this is the perfect spot for sipping some aromatic tea while enjoying a relatively quiet time-out!

4. SHOP AT JAPAN’S CREATIVE LIFE STORE, TOKYU HANDS!

Our next stop is TOKYU HANDS, just literally a couple of steps from Tvoila, at #B1-07! You know what to do 😛

Tokyu Hands is renowned for being a “hint market” – a place full of useful hints for everyday life, and the products are truly unique to Japan. You can expect high-quality and high-functional living ware, fancy stationery, design tools, health & beauty, kitchen, bath & toiletry, cleaning & laundry, home decor, bags, wallets, travel, variety goods, mobile phone accessories, crafts and materials. And the list goes on!

Do you notice a lot of pandas in the above 2 pictures, like I did? HAHA!

Such colourful and functional bags – and if you caught the sign, it’s the first time they are here in Singapore!

We had tried on some bags from Tokyu Hands in Japan and back here in Singapore, Ash couldn’t resist too! Check out that camo piece!

Kinda matchy-matchy with his outfit, no?

TOKYU HANDS stocks relevant, trendy goods like these wind charms that well, definitely remind us of Summer time in Japan 🙂

Found these cute key clips to accessorise your bags! They are really sparkly and pretty in real life! ?

Beautiful details on this one, don’t you think? I always believe in Japanese products because of their consistent quality and high product standards!

5. LOVE KOREAN FASHION & EYEWEAR? HERE’S A MASSIVE SELECTION FOR YOU!

Onward to our final destination (pun not intended)…Richard’s Atelier!

Richard’s Atelier is an optical retail shop that sells affordable, Korean-made spectacle frames and lenses. So gals and guys who love your sunnies and frames, this is the place to visit!

I really like the variety here, there are just so many types of eyewear that I’m sure you’ll definitely find something you like!

An attractive pair of eyewear can add that extra oomph to your outfit, and also draws attention to your face. So choose wisely – a pair that flatters your features and face shape!

Even for the popular tortoiseshell series alone, they have such a huge selection! 3 words: spoilt for choice!

Gosh I look even younger in this pair, almost like a student! *gasp*

Don’t forget to check out sunnies from well-known brands like Gentle Monster and Grafik at Richard’s Atelier.

Reflective (mirrored) sunnies are such a hit these days, you can’t live with just 1 pair! I had recently bought 2 pairs myself 😉

Found one that matched my outfit/top! ?

Now these are awesome! #swaggg

And this pair on Ash is funky and chic at the same time! Love.

This marks the end of my shopping trail at Orchard Central! For more updates and promotions at Orchard Central and its stores, do check out their official website, Facebook page and Instagram a/c @orchardcentral.

The mall’s now one of my favourite haunts, so I hope to see you there! Maybe you can catch me having ice cream at Cold Stone Creamy or shopping my ass off at TOKYU HANDS! ?

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Love, everyday. Till next time!
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