Lately, I’ve been experiencing some stress in my life beyond Now Smell This. It’s just deadline-related tension, and it will all be resolved for better or for worse within another month or two, but in the meantime, I’m feeling all tied up in knots. This seemed like the perfect time for me to test the calming benefits of two lavender-fragranced body products. Lavender has been used for centuries for its mind-soothing properties (as well as its antiseptic qualities), and if it was good enough for both the ancient Romans and Queen Elizabeth I, it’s good enough for me!
Divine Calm Sublime Body Lotion belongs to The Body Shop’s new Wellbeing line, which is comprised of four scent families for different purposes: Deep Sleep, Total Energy, Pure Detox, and Divine Calm. Divine Calm Sublime Body Lotion contains French lavender essential oil that “relaxes the senses,” chamomile that “promotes a sense of calm and soothes skin,” and community-produced soy oil, cocoa butter, and Brazil nut oil for moisture. This line seems to mark The Body Shop’s return to some of its original values of natural ingredients and fair trade, which is good to see. I can’t detect the fragrance of the chamomile, but I’m enjoying the simple, true lavender scent. It somehow feels both purifying and tranquilizing, and the medium-weight lotion can be applied generously without any residue.
Essence of Vali is a small, New York-based company that focuses on aromatherapy (see review of Essence of Vali Balance Massage and Bath Oil), and its Calm Relax Mist is a wonderfully versatile product. The water-based spray can be spritzed on the body, in the air around a room or an office space, on a yoga mat (and I swear I’m going to get back to regular yoga practice, soon!), or on sheets and linens at bedtime. It’s an all-natural composition of high-quality essential oils of lavender, orange peel, and ylang ylang. The lavender is dominant, but the orange gives it a cheery grace note and the ylang ylang is subtly sensual. Used in conjunction with The Body Shop’s lotion, Calm Relax Mist nudges me just a bit closer to potential serenity. Every layer helps.
Recent studies have shown that lavender may encourage a “more stable mood, increased mental capacity, and reduced anxiety,” all of which I could use these days. I’m sure I’m not the only one, so please feel free to recommend your own favorite soothing fragranced products, lavender or otherwise, in the comments!