The company Sleep Scentsations was started by two sisters who wanted to create an affordable, portable form of aromatherapy. Their first products are "scented pillow liners," with a "scent menu" of six categories ranging from Fresh to Exotic to Botanical. The scents are designed to evoke pleasant memories and positive emotional responses in the user, in order to calm him or her for a good night's sleep.
The pillow liners are individually wrapped in foil packets labeled with their fragrances; each liner has an adhesive backing and can be pressed directly onto a pillow. The liner is thin, so you can't feel it through the pillowcase, but the fragrance filters nicely through the linens. This product strikes me as being very convenient for travel. I'd like to have one of these handy in a hotel room, for example, or even on an airplane. They don't create any mess, and unlike candles, they don't pose any risk (it's never a good idea to burn a candle while you're sleeping!). They're not meant to fragrance an entire room, of course; their scent remains in the area immediately surrounding the pillow, so that it's a more private experience.
I've tried three different fragrances from Sleep Scentsations: "Relaxing" from the Aromatherapy category, "Day at the Beach" from the Clean category, and "My Boyfriend's Shirt" from the Sensual category. Relaxing is a blend of lavender, bergamot, and cedarwood essential oils meant to "promote relaxation and sleep." It's a time-tested aromatherapy recipe, similar to the ones used in my favorite Essence of Vali products, and it worked like a charm for me. I slept with it on my pillow for two nights when I was having a stressful week; by then, the natural fragrance had faded.
Day at the Beach is Sleep Scentsations' version of "ocean air and suntan lotion"; I've written before that I'm not a sun-and-summer person, yet beach-related scents do bring back happy memories for me. I used my Day at the Beach-scented pillow for a Sunday afternoon nap on the couch, where it gave me a smile before I drifted off. Its mix of neroli and salty ozone notes reminded me of CB I Hate Perfume's At the Beach 1966 (or maybe Bond no. 9's Fire Island, without the tuberose note). This liner lasted for four days before its scent disappeared.
My Boyfriend's Shirt, which makes the slightly stalkerish suggestion that "you will feel like he is sleeping beside you as you enjoy his sultry scent," was the most strongly scented of the three liners I sampled. To me, it smelled like a men's cologne based on citrus, pine, and warm musk notes. Unfortunately, when my husband entered the bedroom, he wanted to know which cleaning products I'd just been using there, so this probably isn't a scent I'd try again. I'd enjoy another nap with Day at the Beach, however, and I'm curious about the other essential-oil-based scents.
Do you have any favorite sleep-time scented products? Feel free to mention them in the comments section.