The woman behind Australian fragrance favourite, Who is Elijah shares her PM rituals.
Hello and welcome to our editorial series Bedtime Beauty Stories. It’s a space for talented individuals and big names in beauty to share how they get ready for slumber, including ways to wind down, nighttime beauty rituals and go-to remedies for falling asleep. We catch up with one of Australia’s most in-demand skin experts, Jocelyn Petroni and Nicole Manning, makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury, sexologist Chantelle Otten, natural skincare pioneer Tata Harper.
Raquel Bouris is the Founder and Creative Director of Australian gender-fluid fragrance house Who Is Elijah. Here, she shares with us her bedtime beauty secrets.
What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
I have a very wild and active two year old boy, I couldn’t tell you the last time I was able to wind down! I usually shower right before bed to tell my body it’s time to relax.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
This is something I really need to work on – I don’t really wind down! I go to bed at around 8:30pm, and binge watch a couple of episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or listen to a True Crime podcast until I fall asleep – guilty pleasures I love and this is my ‘me time’ I get each day.
Talk us through your night time beauty routine…
I have quite a simple beauty regime. I cleanse my face with Bangn Body face wash and scrub to exfoliate, then to moisturise, I go between products from Bangn Body and Boost Lab to help keep my skin nice and juicy, and if I am ever really dry, trusty sorbolene does the trick!
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
I have been wanting to start meditating before bed, I will come back you once I have with feedback! I love a chamomile and honey tea before bed.
What do you sleep on?
I sleep on linen bed sheets from Bed Threads, they are dreamy.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
Based on my earlier answers, I am always using tech before and during bed time! It’s a habit I have had for as long as I can remember. I don’t think it affects my sleep, but I am envious of people who can just lay in bed and fall asleep.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack?
Lately, I am obsessed with oranges! I am eating 2-3 oranges before bed YUM.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
My husband and I are both in bed by 8:30-9pm most nights. I stay awake until 10pm most nights. When the house is quite at night, it’s when I get to do most of my thinking, some of my best creative ideas come to me in the odd hours of the night.
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
When I struggle, I’ll listen to an audio book or a sleep story on the Calm app – this always does the trick!