Confession: I've become "that girl." The one who runs to the market in her pajamas. She is the girl I've mocked, the one I swore I'd never become. My daughter needed something for school last night and I had just slipped into pj's after a relaxing soak in the tub. I thought about throwing on jeans for a second, but then decided I was too comfy, and really who was I going to see running into the market? So there I was, decked out in sweats and Sperrys, hair up in a clip, tendrils still damp from the bath. This cold weather just makes me want to soak, lather, sleep, and stay in lounge clothes 24/7, (or at least when I can get away with it).
A little aromatherapy always seems to help me relax, unwind, and feel pampered. Scents are my go-to drug to for a mind altering effect. A whiff of coconut can brighten even the coldest winter day, or lavender puts me instantly at ease. This Jo Malone scent is on my favorite list at the moment. It's considered spicy, but is not too heavy, and the Vanilla gives it a warm romantic smell.
This little candle from, Kringle Candle Company, is probably the best smelling candle I have ever laid my hands on. It scents my entire downstairs and turns it into a chocolate factory. Everyone who walks through my door asks what smells so delicious. Think fresh baked brownies. Yum.
My daughter and I have been spraying our pillows nightly with this pillow mist from The Body Shop. I like to call it tranquility in a bottle. Apparently, the mutt likes it too, because when I mist my linens each night he goes nuts - he starts rolling around like crazy, trying to scent his fur. Never a dull moment over here.
If your like me, then you find it tough to get out of bed in the morning while it's still dark outside and the house is cold. A hot scented shower works almost as good as caffeine to help me start the day. I'm alternating between Coconut Shower Cream and another inexpensive fave, Trader Joe's, Refresh.
Dior BB Cream isn't exactly aromatherapy, but you HAVE to try it! It's a fix-all for dull winter skin. I was given a free sample at Sephora and instantly fell in love. I gave my sample to my Mom and she fell in love too. It primes, protects, smooths and camouflages. Totally worth the price point. I put a thin layer of my Bare Minerals foundation over it for extra coverage.
This is another little gem. Have you tried it? The Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller gives a cooling effect when applied and simply needs to be blended with your finger. I find that it stays put and is a light enough consistency that it does not settle into fine lines.
What are your favorite products or scents to chase away the winter blues?
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