Stressed? Sadly, we feel you. So, too, does natural wellness brand Aromatherapy Associates, which recently released a "De-Stress" line, including oils, cleansers, gels, candles, and bath salts all infused with ultra-calming scents. In the pursuit of ultimate relaxation, we talked with the experts behind the brand about the best way to use scents to create a tranquil environment, whether you're on the go or settled in for the night.
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The team behind Aromatherapy Associates recommend stashing a De-Stress Mind Rollerball in your bag: easily accessible during stressful days. Scented with calming frankincense, petitgrain, chamomile, and rosemary oils, this scent is ideal for achieving calm when you're on the move. "Keep a rollerball handy, and apply to pulse points on your neck and wrists when needed during a demanding day," specialist Kimberlee Geng advises.
"If you regularly sit at your computer, keep a tube of De-Stress Muscle Gel on your desk and massage into the neck and shoulder area for instant relief," instructs Geng. Scented with rosemary, ginger, and black pepper, the gel soothes your aching muscles while the aroma helps to relax your whole body. Results just in from an impromptu Sweet test: it works.
To turn your bathroom into a spa, gather the brand's De-Stress Body Wash, the Relax Candle, and the Deep Relax Himalayan Bath Salts (optional: play a little Enya from your phone—may we suggest "Only Time"). Light the candle, which is infused with myrrh and West Indian Bay essential oils, run the bath, turn out all the lights, and take a deep breath...
Sprinkle two or three spoonfuls of the Deep Relax Himalayan Bath Salts into your tub. The salt is infused with chamomile, vetiver, and sandalwood to relax your body, and its sedative properties set you on track for a solid night's sleep. Once the tub is almost filled, pour in some of the brand's De-Stress Body Wash to make a bubble bath. The goal, explains specialist Deborah Baker, is to "create a daily ritual at night to signal your body and mind that it is time to unwind." We can get behind that.
To shop, and start de-stressing, see aromatherapyassociates.com.