Gone are the days when I’d get my freak on till 3:00 a.m. at the club.
These days, 3:00 a.m. is when I’d like to be getting my SLEEP on, but some nights I don’t get what I want, and I lay awake in bed, fretting about family, the future, Tabs and bills.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, I’m not the only girl who goes through bouts of insomnia. Seventy-six percent of Americans experience symptoms of sleep disorders on a regular basis, and something tells me it’s not a strictly American problem.
When the zzz’s elude me, I reach for certain fragrances, like lavender, to help me relax.
Here are a couple new scented items from Origins and Crabtree & Evelyn that caught my nose and my dark-circled eye.
Origins Night Health Bedtime Spray ($25) and Bedtime Balm ($25). Origins used organic lavender, mandarin and chamomile essential oils in their new Night Health Collection of face and body products, blended together to encourage a more restful night’s sleep.
Sometimes, before I go to bed, I’ll spray a light mist of Night Health Bedtime Spray all over my body and massage some Bedtime Balm onto the back of my neck and on my shoulders, wrists and feet.
Besides the scent, which I love, the few minutes it takes to apply helps to quiet my mind before I lay down to sleep.
Crabtree & Evelyn Relaxing Soothing Body Lotion ($20) and Relaxing Gentle Cream Body Wash ($18). Part of Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Aromatherapy Distillations line of bath, body and home scents, the Relaxing Line mixes lavender with rosewood oils to help soothe the savage beast.
After a long day, when I’m physically tired but still mentally wound up, I look forward to a relaxing shower with this body wash and moisturizer. They smell divine, are highly moisturizing (but not greasy), and right now they’re both on sale for $25 online (regular $37).
Lavender is just one of many fragrances some people find relaxing. Do you have a different favorite one?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,