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Now that the sun is shining, our noses are liberated from behind layers of scarves, and winter cold free, we can actually make real use of them again. Though the eyes may be the windows the soul, our nostrils are (I’m saying) the windows to what we feel, depending simply on what scents we choose to inhale.
A single smell can send us deep into our memories. Certain aromas can also induce calm, energy and even sleep. But before you make associations that go no farther than a weirdo with a sage stick and patchouli oil, allow us to introduce you to some of the more glamorous uses of aromatherapy. You might just find that bedtime (or waking up, or staying calm in between the two) is a bit more pleasant. Clockwise from left: Decleor Aromanight; Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum; Earth Therapeutics Dream Silk Comfort Cream; Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit; Earth Therapeutics Anti-Stress Mind Repair
Decleor’s rich balm is more like a salve for the face than any moisturizer you’ve ever tried. Though its texture definitely lends itself to overnight use, this little jar’s spa-like properties are so distinct, they could make a crowded subway feel zen. Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas’s Rejuvenating Serum is a luxe blend of argan, neroli, olive, rosehip, and jojoba oils. Dream Silk is meant to coax you into sleep vis-à-vis its relaxing smells; while Essio makes your basic, little shower worthy of a 5-star resort with rotating scent pods ranging from sinus clearing to passion inducing. Finally, Earth Therapeutic’s Anti-Stress mind repair is a handy, portable little potion for the temples, neck, or forehead providing stress and tension relief thanks to wild peppermint oil and wintergreen. From left: Darphin Rose Aromatic Care; Darphin Jasmine Aromatic Care; Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care
Just three of Darphin’s Aromatic Care collection, you can pick and choose from these luxe Parisian oils based on your skin’s needs. Rose oil smoothes, softens, and guards against free radical damage. Jasmine is revitalizing and toning–this is the best pick if you’d like your aromatherapy with a dose of anti-aging magic as this oil is known for its wrinkle smoothing properties. Finally, chamomile will soothe and protect. This oil helps to restore natural radiance and is a good, calming pick for sensitive, redness-prone skin. From left: Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment; Tata Harper Aromatic Irritability Treatment; Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment
You may know Tata Harper for cult faves like her Resurfacing Mask or Hydrating Floral Essence, but if you’re just delving into the world of aromatherapy, Tata’s easy rollerball blends are a perfect point of entry. Her bedtime potion mixes mandarin for its mildly sedative properties, the deeply relaxing clary sage, known to facilitate dreams, and lavender, which has been used for centuries to promote restful sleep. If it’s day-to-day stress that’s got you down, the stress treatment implements rose otto and linden blossom to gently alleviate anxiety as well as strengthen the inner spirit. Fresh floral neroli uplifts and soothes the nerves and can even help alleviate panic attacks + frankincense deepens the breathing. Finally, Harper’s Aromatic Irritability Treatment relies on roman chamomile to soothe + bergamot’s fresh floral and lemon scent to lift the spirits and patchouli to stabilize and ground the mind. The roller ball application makes getting the most out of aromatherapy easy. Dot the oils on the inside of each wrist, behind your ears, on the side of your neck or your temples stimulate psychological and physiological effects. From left: Kora Organics Calming Lavender Mist; Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist; Kora Organics Energizing Citrus Mist
Not much feels more luxurious than a spritz of a top-notch facial mist. Before makeup or after. Before bed or upon waking up. Miranda Kerr’s line, Kora Organics has three, so usage can be tailored to the needs of both your skin and your mood. Calming Lavender mist will soothe and refresh, and reduce tension (all while improving the appearance of your skin so it’s an all-around win). This is the spritz to go with before bedtime. Balancing rose mist provides antioxidant protection and supports the skin’s own collagen production–plus who doesn’t love a good rose-scented product. And with your morning cup of Joe, spray some of Kora’s Energizing Citrus Mist which contains bergamot, orange, ,andarin, and aloe vera, and will leave you feeling fresh.