For many of us, the pressures of trying to ‘have it all’ can leave us feeling tired, anxious or stressed.
At times like these, little rituals (like running a warm bubble bath) can help to make a bad day feel slightly brighter, something which Lush knows all too well. But now, in a bid to help you unwind properly, they’ve released a range of handmade cosmetics specifically designed to uplift, relax, and bliss you out.
Read more: 10 proven ways to get a great night's sleep
We reached out to the team at Lush and asked them to share their absolute must-haves for de-stressing after a long day – and they certainly came up trumps.
Think sumptuous scents like calming lavender, anxiety-soothing bergamot and mind-clearing ylang ylang. And, because this is Lush we’re talking about, we get style and substance in equal measures – after all, sparkly bath water is a surefire way to put a smile back on our faces, right?
Check it out:
Lush says: “Don't leave sweet dreams to chance, try this skin-soothing French lavender and chamomile lullaby for the sweetest golden slumbers. When bedtime approaches, turn to a trusted blend of relaxing herbs and reach for Serendipity.”
Buy it here: £4.20 lush.com
A French Kiss bubble bar
“Treat your skin to the soft herbal kisses of this fresh rosemary and lavender bubble bath. Crumble under running water for a paradisaical bath full of the lavender and rosemary scents of Southern France. Relax as your troubles bubble away and extra virgin coconut oils softens your skin.”
Buy it here: £4.25 lush.com
Twilight bath bomb
“If sleep is evading you, this combination of essential oils will help get you ready for a good night's rest. As Twilight dissolves, it turns from the colour of the setting sun and gets darker, turning your water a shimmering deep purple.
“The fragrance has been designed to help you sleep: lavender is a soothing, mind-clearing and calming fragrance, used in aromatherapy to treat insomnia and aid restful sleep, while benzoin and tonka call to mind a milky caramel malt drink.”
Buy it here: £3.95 lush.com
Therapy massage bar
“A 100% organic massage bar to soften the skin and soothe the mind,” says Lush. “The perfectly balanced blend of aerated cocoa and shea butters gives a lovely gliding massage and leaves your skin incredibly soft, whilst our carefully chosen blend of three organic essential oils has a powerfully cheering effect.
“Organic lavender oil balances the skin and relaxes the mind. Neroli oil has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain and improves the tone and texture of the skin whilst sweet wild orange oil lifts the mood.”
Buy it here: £6.50 lush.com
The Big Sleep Jelly Bomb
“Slip into something more comfortable: your bath! When you're in need of some serious relaxation, grab this snoozy lullaby of lavender and tonka. Relax in the water, pop it in and soak under the skin softening jelly blanket. Chamomile calms the skin and the mood while neroli helps you feel uplifted. Sleep tight!”
Buy it here: £4.95 lush.com
Blackberry bath bomb
“As soon as you drop this into your bath, tension is banished as the bergamot and frankincense oils are released. Bergamot is used in aromatherapy for anxiety, depression and nervous tension, and is both relaxing and uplifting as well as antibacterial. You’ll soon feel calmed as frankincense oil helps slow down breathing and induces a feeling of wellbeing.”
Buy it here: £3.50 lush.com
Sex Bomb bath bomb
“When you’ve got that feeling - tired, stressed out and anxious - you need some sensual healing. The fragrant blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage will soon have you relaxed and feeling in the mood...
“Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac, used as a sensual perfume in India for centuries and in aromatherapy to ease stress and anxiety. Clary sage clears the mind, while ylang ylang is renowned for soothing worries.”
Buy it here: £3.75 lush.com
Butterball bath bomb
“If you have dry, sensitive or irritated skin, this is the bath bomb to replenish it. Once the cocoa butter pieces have melted, your skin will be coated by a light buttery film that smells good enough to eat. Ylang ylang is used in aromatherapy to treat stress and depression, as well as relaxing the nervous system, and relieves anger, panic and fear.”
Buy it here: £2.75 lush.com
Twilight body spray
“A harmonious blend of lavender and tonka instills a sense of calm, while beguiling and sultry ylang ylang adds enticing, floral undertones to this fairytale-sweet fragrance. Cast a spell with creamy tonka for the most enchanting dreams, and bask in the rich, malty notes that flower on your skin, sure to leave you wanting more.”
Buy it here: £20 lush.com
Sleep body lotion
“You'll sleep well after dipping into this dreamy lotion, made with a gentle oatmeal infusion, calming lavender flower and comfortingly sweet tonka absolute. A rich, malty and floral perfume conjures up visions of sugar plums and hot drinks topped with whipped cream while the heavenly ministrations of creamy Fair Trade organic cocoa butter and delicate lavender water cool and enrich the skin.
“Blanket your body in this lovely lotion before stepping into soft pyjamas for snuggly nights beside the fire.”
Buy it here: £13.95 lush.com
Want more ways to de-stress? Why not attend ‘How to Live Stress Free in 2018’. Discover how to make stress free living a reality with Dr Radha Mogil. Find out more at: live.stylist.co.uk
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