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 | June 14, 2012

Find your happy place with calming body creams.


WHEN anxiety strikes, we all want to reach out for that essential oil burner, hoping that once the candle lights up, it can transport us to a calming bliss in mere minutes. Yes, we all could do that, but what if there’s a better way to reach nirvana without the fuss of oil selection and environmentally-correct soy candles?

Calming body creams are a wonderful way to reap the benefits of aromatherapy while getting your daily moisture at the same time. They help to rebalance your senses as it soaks into the skin, and with beauty companies now using quality ingredients, some can really leave you feeling luxurious and highly moisturised. It’s the best way to not only pamper your skin but relieve your stress in an instant.

To get the most out of your body creams, apply them on your body after a bath – when your pores naturally open – to increase the aromatherapeutic effects.

Even if you’re not hitting the shower, body lotions are still a great way to calm the senses. Squeeze some into your palm, rub your hands together and inhale the scent.

Dryer skin will benefit from body butters, with more emollients that help seal moisture from ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Just don’t confuse calming body moisturisers with perfumed lotions, which are used to create a layering effect with your favourite fragrance.

Three to try:

Origins Calm to Your Senses Body Souffle

Lavender is the universal calm-all scent while vanilla gives a comforting aroma.

Dr Hauschka Rose Body Moisturiser

Richly hydrating with rose essential oil while extracts of wild rose hips and rose petals elevate the senses.

Decleor Baume Relax Intense Massage Balm

The melt-away texture absorbs instantly into skin delivering the benefits of tension-relieving vetiver and ylang ylang.


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