When I get stressed, I remember why I fell in love with home fragrances to begin with — a gorgeous floral candle, a cleansing sea salt bath soak, or a refreshing citrus or woodsy room diffuser can serve to lift my spirits and help me regain perspective when I return to my apartment after a long and dispiriting day. In fact, I barely consider these items extravagant as they cost less, and last far longer than, say, a massage or a visit to an aromatherapist. This is especially true when you come across a neat little product like Aura Cacia's Aromatherapy shower tablets.
I stumbled across this product in the local organic supermarket the other day. Available in lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint, the idea is simple: to put a little water-soluble tablet on the shower floor which will release its essential oils when hit by the warm water, thereby giving you an aromatherapeutic shower. If, like me, you have tried to accomplish this yourself by dropping neat oils onto the shower floor while showering, you already know that the effect doesn't last as the oils wash down the drain almost immediately. This tablet solves that problem by dissolving slowly throughout the duration of your shower.
I tried the lavender tablets and found them to be quite satisfying, except that they added coriander and patchouli oil to the mix. I couldn't discern the coriander, but the patchouli seemed about equal to the lavender, adding a grounding earthiness and hints of rich dark dirt tones to the slightly herbaceous lavender, making for a rather distinct blend. I'm not particularly fond of patchouli, so for me this was not a plus, but for someone else it might make it even better. I only used half a tablet, and that was plenty for me, but for a longer shower a full tablet might be necessary. I certainly felt immersed in fragrant steam and emerged from the bath surrounded by a cloud of patchouli.
Using this product with something like EO's lavender body wash would make for a true aromatherapeutic shower experience, and I can imagine that both the peppermint and eucalyptus tablets might interact nicely with EO's grapefruit and mint shower gel. Aura Cacia also offers shower gels in ginger/mint, lavender and patchouli/sweet orange (if anyone has tried them, do comment.) But do consider your shower gel in advance, as the gel and the tablets will compete for your attention in the shower.
Aura Cacia's Aromatherapy shower tablets are about $6 per box of three tablets, depending on where you buy them. They make for affordable, quick little mini-spas in the midst of a hectic day. I did find myself fantasizing about other possible blends, such as lavender/neroli, or rose/rose geranium and lemon and hope that Aura Cacia might expand the line. The possibilities could be endless! If anyone has tried the eucalyptus or the peppermint, please do comment! Available at drugstore.com and auracacia.