We’re pretty sure you’ve come across this peculiar word that’s been strewn around all over in the past year or so, but what the hell is hygge and how do you even pronounce it? Well, it’s actually articulated as hue-gah, and the Danish term is in fact used to describe a lifestyle, concept, or way of life. However you want to put it, really.
While there isn’t one fixed definition, hygge encompasses the feeling of cosy contentment and wellbeing through the pure indulgence of the simple things in life. Simply put, it could mean having a cup of hot chocolate when it’s pouring cats and dogs outside for you, whereas it may be something as simple as having quality time with family for someone else.
Perhaps hygge wouldn’t make sense at first thought, but bearing in mind that Denmark is one of the happiest countries around the globe, on top of the endless library of books and articles on hygge everywhere, we’re now sold and it’s easy to see why the Danish are obsessed with hygge. Who doesn’t want to be cosy, fulfilled and happy?!
Here are 10 things we believe would help you on your hygge journey:
Amouage Peace Room Spray
Relish in a tranquil scent inspired by the peaceful harmony of an ideal autumn day that would relax even the most cluttered of minds. The intoxicating opulent fragrance that lingers for hours radiates top notes of oakmoss, cedarwood and gaiac wood, a heart of blackcurrant, rhubarb and labdanum, and base of tuberose.
Amouage’s Peace Room Spray (100ml) retails for RM310, available at Amouage standalone stores throughout Malaysia.
Young Living Dewdrop™ Diffuser
A must-have for any kind of environment and to uplift the spirit, this unique diffuser also humidifies, purifies, and atomises the air to eliminate odours and create a spa-like experience. Of course, the diffuser goes hand-in-hand with any of Young Living’s powerful essential oils.
The DewDrop™ Diffuser is priced at RM373.63 on Young Living’s official website.
Tiffany & Co. Everyday Objects Paper Cup
Take hygge to the next level with this luxurious-looking, tongue-in-cheek Paper Cup from Tiffany & Co.’s new Home & Accessories Collection, which fuses creativity with the finest materials possible. This highly covetable ‘paper’ cup for instance, is hand-finished with sterling silver and engraved with American luxury jeweller’s signature imprint.
The Paper Cup by Tiffany & Co. is priced at $575, avail at Tiffany & Co.’s standalone stores in Malaysia.
IKEA Jennyann Throw
Nothing says Netflix and chill like being able to snuggle up in a comfortable throw, and this knitted one that’s made from 100% cotton even has enough room for two. It’ll even look Instagram-able next to a steamy cup of hot chocolate, or thrown over your couch. Whatever you fancy, really.
IKEA’s Jennyann throw is priced at RM149 and can be found at all IKEA stores nationwide.
L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask
Feeling good on the inside also means that your skin has got to be taken care of as well, and that’s where L’Oreal’s new Pure Clay Masks come in. Enriched with natural mineral clay and botanical extracts, there are four variants to target various skin concerns – Detoxify, Illuminating, Anti-Pores and Hydration.
Get one L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask or all four to multi-mask via Lazada.my for RM39.90 each (NRP – RM42.90)
L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Bath Oil
Drizzle a couple drops of this delicately perfumed oil into your bath and watch the water transform into milky softness that envelopes the skin in the most gentle manner. Formulated with five essential oils, its invigorating and aromatic scent is also 100% natural.
Revolutionise your baths today with L’Occitane’s Aromachologie Relaxing Bath Oil, retailing for RM120.
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix – Cell Regenerating Rosehip + Chia Facial Oil
This sumptuous blend of botanical oils including rosehip, sea buckthorn, meadowfoam and neroli, with cell-renewing CoQ10 doesn’t only intensely nourish and soothe the skin. The vegan oil also offers anti-ageing benefits aside from pumping in antioxidants, forms a protective moisture barrier on the skin and helps stimulate cell growth.
Herbivore Botanicals’ Facial Oil is priced at RM420 on Sephora.my.
H&M Jersey Nightshirt
Hygge is sometimes dubbed as the new hibernation and instead of hanging in sweats all day, we’d much prefer something more lightweight such as this viscose jersey. It’ll still feel cushy, except.. you don’t really have to put pants on, which is all we’re here for.
This jersey nightshirt from H&M can be found online at RM99.90.
This Works The Big Sleep
If you’ve got trouble sleeping, or shall we say, sleeping in, this ultimate sleep kit will surely be of good use. There is a pillow spray, bath soak, a roll-on to help you de-stress, a night oil for the body, sleep balm to be used on pulse points and eye mask to block out the light.
The all-in-one This Works The Big Sleep kit is priced at RM420 on Sephora.my.
Diptyque Black Baies Candle
Warm and cosy feelings wouldn’t be complete without lighting a candle to set the mood, so do so with one of Diptyque’s best-selling candle scent – Baies – which is a fragrant homage to L’Ombre dans l’Eau. Think a bouquet of roses and crushed blackcurrant leaves.
Diptyque’s Black Baies Candle can be purchased for RM409 via Kensapothecary.com.my or in Kensapothecary stores.