Come to Your Senses
SMELL THE ROSES
Our olfactory receptors are connected to the limbic system, the most primitive part of the brain that’s thought to be the seat of emotion. Because of this, scent can elicit a more powerful emotional response than any other sensation. Before we can even name a scent using the “rational” part of the brain, the limbic system has already started to react based on instinct and memory. While each of us may have individual associations with certain scents, some aromas incite the same moods in all of us. Lavender is relaxing, almond and vanilla ease anxiety and research shows orange boosts feelings of calmness and happiness.
Lavanila The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Lavender ($58; lavanila.com) is a vitamin-infused natural fragrance made of Spanish lavender and Madagascar vanilla essential oils.
Thymes Lavender Bath Salts ($5; thymes.com) turn your tub into a great escape with mineral-rich salts scented with lavender and violet leaf.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Makeup Remover Towelettes ($7; drugstore.com) use orange water and lavender essential oil to make cleansing more relaxing.
Caswell Massey Almond & Aloe Body Balm ($18; caswellmassey .com) contains pure sweet almond oil, soothes irritated skin after shaving or sun exposure and also helps calm your senses.
Soap & Paper Lavender Shea Butter Soap ($9; soapandpaperfactory .com) is a rich, creamy bar with the soothing scent of lavender.
One Hand & Body Lotion in Vanilla Almond Custard ($9; target.com) is a sweet, moisturizing treat for your entire body.