11 Lavender Beauty Products to Help You Unwind
We’re constantly looking for ways to relax. That’s definitely why we’re seeing a rise in CBD and aromatherapy. One of aromatherapy’s secrets to success? Lavender. It’s clearly thanks to its stress-relieving properties. Esker founder Shannon Davenport points out that ancient Greeks used lavender to cleanse and soothe.
Lavender affects our emotions like it affects our bodies explains Brenda Brock, founder and formulator of Farmaesthetics. Lavender is a tonic herb with an anti-inflammatory kick. Davenport says some studies show it also helps reduce anxiety. Which in turn can help you sleep better.
Of course, you have to look for the real deal. Keep an eye out for lavender essential oil or whole lavender buds. Brock says these versions offer antiseptic and antibacterial properties while stimulating new cell production. But watch out for lavender fragrance oil. Since it’s actually a synthetic petroleum-derived ingredient that can irritate skin.
Here are the best relaxing lavender beauty products to help you unwind after a long day.
L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath, $39 at Sephora
This calming bath soak relies on certified lavender essential oil. Pour a bit into the tub and the dreamy purple waters will wash away all your anxieties.
Lush Twilight Body Spray, $34.95 at Lush
Anyone who has fallen for the soothing effects of the brand's Sleepy Body Lotion or Twilight Bath Bomb will want to add this body spray to their roster. It has the same lavender and tonka scent, but in a versatile spray. Spritz on your skin to take full advantage of the hydrating formula. You can also spray it on pillows or even yoga mats.
TONYMOLY I'm Real Lavender Sheet Mask, $3.75 at Ulta Beauty
Apply this lavender-rich sheet mask to placate your skin and senses. The three-layer pulp sheet mask is sturdy enough that it can be unfolded without ripping in half. And make sure to inhale the lovely lavender scent.
Plant Apothecary Calm Down Organic Body Wash, $20 at Macy's
No time for a bath? No problem. This calming body wash will clear stressed minds in the shower thanks to organic ginger and lavender essential oils. The all-natural vegan wash is made with just nine ingredients that gently cleanse and de-stress.
The Body Shop Spa of the World French Lavender Massage Oil, $20 at The Body Shop
Have a spa day at home by slathering this luxe massage oil on tense limbs. Breathe in deeply to maximize lavender's calming effects. It absorbs without a greasy residue so all you're left with is a clearer head and hydrated limbs.
Meow Meow Tweet Lavender Lemon Body Soap, $12 at Meow Meow Tweet
This adorably packaged soap is made for lavender enthusiasts. It will also convert anyone into a lavender-lemon fan thanks to its tranquil scent.
Klei Calm Spearmint & Lavender Floral Facial Steam, $28 at Klei
Enjoy some self-care with this lavender and spearmint facial steam. Add a bit to boiling water, let it cool slightly, then drape a towel over your head and breathe in the floral and herbal mixture. It de-stresses while opening pores and it's suitable for all skin types. The mixture can also be added to your bath for a full-body treatment.
Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soothe & Sleep Soak, $4.89 at Target
Lavender essential oil plus Epsom salt equals one of the best combinations to relieve stress. Scoop some of the mixture into the tub and allow it to soothe your muscles and mind. Just be careful not to fall asleep in the bath.
Joon x Moon Lavender Sugar Scrubs, $9.99 at Target
These tiny exfoliators can be broken up or rubbed over wet limbs to buff away dead skin. Joon x Moon is a small-batch apothecary that produces products that look and smell good enough to eat. The lovely lavender cubes definitely fit the bill and help you refocus.