Renew Elixir is a fragrant essential oil blend created by the company Drops of Nature and designed to promote emotional balance and mental clarity. For me, Renew's effects begin even before I unscrew the cap of its small bottle. This bottle, molded from frosted glass in the leaf shape and ornamented with a green tassel, fits comfortably into the palm of the hand, giving a soothing tactile sensation.
Renew Elixir feels gently emollient, thanks to its use of sweet almond oil; it absorbs easily into the skin, softly diffusing its scent for about fifteen minutes. In addition to the almond oil, Renew's ingredients are essential oils with aromatherapeutic benefits: peppermint for alertness, as well as relief from headaches or nausea; bergamot and sweet orange for their uplifting effects on the mood; and lavender and clary sage for stress reduction. (Renew does not, on the other hand, include any parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, preservatives, etc.)
The mint note is dominant in this mix: it is clear and crisp, with a cleansing effect on the mind (and the sinuses). The citrus notes are short-lived, but they sparkle and mingle with the mint in a way that reminds me of a freshly mixed mojito. The lavender is smoothly blended into the mint, and the clary sage provides a subtle, earthy base that emerges after the oil has begun to sink into the skin.
Since its bottle is durable as well as picturesque, Renew is easy to carry in a handbag or backpack. I like to dab a drop on my wrist and breathe in the fragrance, or just inhale directly from the bottle, when I need a natural (but effective) pick-me-up. I’m finding Renew especially useful to have handy at my desk when mid-afternoon sluggishness hits me, or on a bus, when a long ride gives me slight motion sickness. Sometimes I massage a few drops into my temples or the back of my neck to revive me when I get home at the end of the day; it gives a slight tingling sensation. (Drops of Nature also recommends adding three or four drops of Renew to the bath, or applying it as a body oil after a bathing.)
I've been using Renew almost daily for the past few weeks; a drop or two goes a long way, so I'll be using the same bottle for a long time to come. Its packaging also makes Renew a sweet gift for any friend or family member who needs a gentle reminder to take care of herself.
Renew Elixir sells for $25 for 10 ml, and is available through the Drops of Nature website.