How and Why You Should Make Aromatherapy a Part of Your Life Now

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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. aromatherapy-101Clockwise from left: Decleor Aromanight; Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating SerumEarth 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. darphin-TWOFrom left: Darphin Rose Aromatic Care; Darphin Jasmine Aromatic CareDarphin 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.   tata-harper-aromaticsFrom left: Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime TreatmentTata Harper Aromatic Irritability TreatmentTata 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. kora-aroma-spraysFrom left: Kora Organics Calming Lavender MistKora Organics Balancing Rose MistKora 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.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Shop the Best of the Bouquet For Your Beauty Regimen

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Rose is the most elegant, simple, and refined single-note scent I can think of. And I’m a single-note scent kinda gal. Tell me about bouquets mixed into a perfume and I can feel a headache coming on, but rose is light and fresh, timeless and romantic. And I’m not alone in my admiration for the flower and it’s many byproducts.

Adding to the luxuriousness of the bevy of rose products presented here is the utter preciousness of the delicate flower. Mostly grown in Turkey and Bulgaria, it takes almost 300 pounds of rose petals to create just one fluid ounce of pure rose essential oil, which is known to be not only uplifting, but also an aphrodisiac… 😉

To get your weekend shopping off to a rosy start, we’ve rounded up some of the best rose infused products to shop now.

BODY

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil

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This bath oil is the result of 10,000 rose petals–pure luxury! Plus, its scent is known to have stress-relieving properties.

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr, Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil 

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Rose hip seed oil might be an even more popular beautifying ingredient than rose. Rose hip refers to the berry-like fruit born of the classic flower. But its biggest selling point just may be that beauty, Miranda Kerr, supermodel and creator of Kora Organics, swears by it. Kora explains: “Rosehip Oil is rich in Vitamin C, abundant in Essential Fatty Acids and is incredibly moisturizing. It can also assist in reducing the appearance of sun damage and scarring and is a wonderful, nurturing product if you have sensitive skin.” So, forget Body by Victoria–I’ll take Body by Miranda.

FACE

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser

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A gentle natural cleanser with a light feel, Indie Lee’s rosehip creation removes makeup, soothes sensitive skin and redness thanks to it’s ample quantities of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It’s got anti-aging properties too. 

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel-Lotion

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There’s nothing like a gel moisturizer, if you ask me. Instant spa sensation, this moisturizer is fun to apply due to it’s simultaneously fluffy and lightweight texture. This stuff truly smells like roses too, which is a major plus in my book.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream 

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A rich, thick moisturizer that calms redness and, in contrast to the Jurlique gel above, is more of a balm.

Glossier Soothing Face Mist

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Rosewater and aloe makes for a cooling, calming toning spray, or just a mid-day treat.

Jurlique Rose Mask

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An ultra-hydrating mask that also works as a lovely facial-while-you-sleep.

COLOR

Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick

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The collection harnesses the benefits of rose in ten perfect lipsticks.

By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace (in Rose Melba)

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A perfect sorbet pink, which, while a splurge, will literally last forever, as less than a fingerprint per cheek gives a bright, light glow in cool gel form.

HAIR

EO Organics Rose & Chamomile Protective Shampoo and  Conditioner

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Particularly for color-treated hair, made with precious essential oil.

Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax

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Ditch the feminine pink of many rose products for Oribe’s sleek, black look, but keep the perks: the rose hip fruit extract in this wax conditions and adds shine with enriching Vitamin C. Perfect for that choppy, slept-in hair we all crave.