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By Chere Di Boscio
My friend Lucy always knows where to find the coolest stuff. From the best yoga retreats to the prettiest jewellery; from tasty teas to hip holidays, Lucy’s got it sussed, so when she recommended Aromatherapy Associates’ products for better sleeping and plumper skin, I simply had to try them.
The brand prides itself on harnessing the power of plant extracts to care for the body and mind alike. Their beautifully packaged Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, for example, uses Vetivert, Camomile, Sandalwood and Coconut Oil to release tension and promote peaceful sleep. Or so goes the claim.
A notorious insomniac, I poured a capful of this delicious oil into a bath, hoping it would get me nodding off before 4am. The bath was indeed relaxing, and my skin smelled and felt wonderful afterwards, but I was still working during the wee hours, with no chance of entering the Land of Nod before dawn.
Not to fear–Perfect Partners offered more hope. This pair of pure oils came in a luxurious metallic box and contained a concentrated version of the Deep Relax oils, countered by its opposite, the Revive Morning oils, based on pink Graperfruit, Rosemary and Juniper oils, specifically chosen to refresh and clear the mind.
Again, after massaging a bit of this on my pulse points the Deep Relax had me deeply relaxed and calm, but still unable to sleep. On the other hand, the Revive Morning really did clear my mind a bit–every time I’ve been staring at a computer screen for too long, I take a whiff of this, stretch a little, and am soon ready to type something interesting once again.
As for skincare, their Renew Rose Body Cream smells like springtime, is easily absorbed and leaves no oily excess whatsoever–the perfect summer body moisturiser. The Rose Hydrating Mist, distilled from Damask and Bulgarian rose petals, is an excellent refresher in the heat: put it in the fridge for extra-hot days and spray liberally on the face and chest. Ahhh! But the most impressive product for me, the one that will be in my beauty kit for years to come, is the Overnight Repair Mask.
As the sad owner of terribly dry skin, I hoped this mask would ease the flakiness that plagues me even in summer (thanks to air conditioning, mainly). And it certainly did.
Created from Millet and Strawberry seed oils, as well as Rose and Geranium and crucially, Palmitoyl Oligopeptides (more natural than it sounds!), I noticed a much firmer, suppler, and radiant complexion after just one night of using this. Who knows how great my skin will be after continued use? I’m quite confident the results will be remarkable.
Overall, these are beautifully packaged, wonderfully formulated products that smell delicious and may well make an impact on how we feel and think. I definitely owe Lucy for the recommendation. Wonder if she can find me a good herbal sleeping pill?
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