Speaking from my present circumstances: if you ever have the bad fortune to break an ankle and end up basically housebound for more than a month, once you get past the initial pain, you'll find yourself valuing simple comforts more than ever. Clean sheets, pre-prepared food, a really nice-smelling bar of soap: they all make a big difference when you're feeling uncomfortable and temporarily trapped. So, not to bemoan my short-term fate ad nauseam, but: here are five citrus-scented products that have cheered me recently.
I think a broken bone merits some indulgence in fancy toiletries you'd normally tuck aside and save "for later," and Antica Farmacista Grapefruit Hand Cream is one of those. It's a perfectly formulated lotion (not sticky, not slippery) packaged in an elegant yet convenient (flip-top!) tube, and its Grapefruit scent is mouth-wateringly tart. For elbows, knees and so on, the denser Body Butter concentration would also be perfect. (shown just below; $18 for 2.5 oz. at Antica Farmacista)
When you're managing with awkward half-baths in order to avoid getting a cast wet, why not break out a new soap? Anything to distract from the frustration of not being able to take a proper shower, right? I've long been a fan of Victoria's Eggwhite Facial Soap and Swedish Summer Soap, so I was looking forward to trying the new berry-themed scented body soaps. The pale orange Cloudberry (Hjortron; top image) soap smells sweet-and-sour, like salted peach jam. I'm also fond of the Lingonberry and Blueberry varieties. Matching lotions and body scrubs are also available! ($1.00 for a mini soap, $5 for a full-sized bar at Beautyhabit)
While I've been laid up, I placed an order with Lush (as one does) and I made sure to purchase an old favorite, the Therapy Massage Bar. It's a compact oval of cocoa butter, shea butter, and essential oils that can be rubbed directly onto skin and functions like solid lotion. It did wonders for smoothing and healing my flaky leg when my cast was finally removed, and its citrus-floral scent never fails to boost my spirits. ($12.95 for 1.8 oz. at Lush)
In a similar vein, when my lips were chapped from stress and dehydration (and the change in seasons) and my usual lip balms weren't working, I dug into my Boxwalla sample of H is For Love Lip Conditioner. This plain-looking blend of butters, oils and waxes is one of the best lip treatments I've ever tried, and its hard-to-pinpoint scent (a mix of bergamot, mint and palmarosa) is strangely calming. (shown just above; $17 for .17 oz. at H is for Love)
Lastly, if you're going to live primarily in one room for weeks on end, you'll find you need to refresh the room and your outlook regularly. I've kept a bottle of Starchild Creative's Liquid Daydream Room Spray close at hand. It's an all-natural potion of grapefruit and peppermint essential oils, with a few added carnelian crystals for "creativity, passion and life-force." (They also help to mix the ingredients when you shake the bottle before using.) ($13.33 for 4 oz. via Starchild Creative on Etsy)
I've just graduated to a "walking boot" and I'm starting physical therapy soon, so I'm finally feeling a bit more mobile. I'll continue using all these products, however, because they work and they brighten my mood at the same time. Trust me, you don't have to fracture a fibula to appreciate them.