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One of my favorite recent ways to pamper myself is by using wonderful and calming body care products at night that facilitate a restful night of sleep. When I am particularly busy at work– which I always am during the spring quarter– I often work very long hours and do not get nearly enough sleep. Therefore, calming body products and bed mists work wonders in their ability to help me drift off into a deep and restful sleep (along with Sleepytime Tea). RITUALS has three amazing products that I use all of the time for this very reason, and they are such a tremendous delight to the senses. Here are my picks, and why I love them:
RITUALS Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood Caring Shower Oil ($15.00 from RITUALS and Spring): RITUALS Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood from the Laughing Buddha Collection is a wonderfully moisturizing shower oil for the body that functions in precisely the same way as the many facial cleansing oils that have recently flooded the market.
You simply apply a small amount of Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood to your skin and as soon as it has contact with water it emulsifies and turns from an oil consistency to a thin milky emulsion that effectively cleans the skin, and leaves it delectably soft smooth and moisturized. The scent is a warm amalgam of Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood, and it is neither too sweet, nor too woodsy. While the scent is lovely it does not linger since it is, for the most part, washed away.
According to RITUALS,
As part of the Ritual of Laughing Buddha Collection, the Fortune Oil’ uplifting scents of Sweet Orange and Cedar produce a warm, mood enhancing fragrance. Not only will this oil’s aroma fill you with happiness, the oil that become a silky soft foam when it comes into contact with water will leave your skin beautifully soft and hydrated. Tip: This product will prolong your tan. Its intense hydrating properties will reduce pigment loss in the shower meaning you can enjoy your beautifully sun-kissed skin for longer.
Directions: Apply the oil on dampened skin and massage with a rotating movement until it transforms into a silky soft foam, then rinse off with luke warm water. *I recommend that you rinse the bath or shower well after use to avoid slipping. Rinse thoroughly if it comes into contact with the eyes.
Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soy) Oil, Mipa-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-3, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Laureth-7 Citrate, Laureth-4, Cocamide Mipa, Soy Acid, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedar) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Aqua/Water, Methylpropanediol, Lauric Acid, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Lauryl Alcohol Diphosphonic Acid, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Ci 16035 (Red 40), Ci 42090 (Blue 1).
RITUALS The Ritual of Dao Bed & Body Mist ($25.00 for oz. from RITUALS and Amazon): Oh how I love this spray! While it is quite lovely on the skin, I tend to use it to spray my pillows and bedding, and what a wonder it is! The wonderful aroma is a calming light scent that defies a precise description. It is soothing and warm punctuated by the White Lotus, and its delicate aroma promotes relaxation, and makes the bedroom smell heavenly.
According to RITUALS,
Enriched with calming ingredients Yi Yi Ren and White Lotus, promotes restful sleep and meditation.
Cosmetic formula contains no alcohol and is therefore ideal for use on (sensitive) skin.
Directions: Spray this mist onto (bed) textiles or your skin. Safe for all textiles, does not stain
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth- 9, Parfum/Fragrance, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen (Job’s Tear) Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.
RITUALS The Ritual of Dao Soothing Night Balm ($17.00 for oz. from RITUALS and Spring): This is a delectable balm that is rich, ultra-luxe and deeply nourishing. It quickly softens and moisturizes dry hands and cuticles, and leaves skin silky smooth. It is very concentrated, therefore only a small amount is needed for both hands. It also works beautifully on dry feet, and when used under soft, fluffy socks the results are amazing. It has the same wonderful aroma as The Ritual of Dao Bed & Body Mist that is punctuated by White Lotus.
According to Rituals,
The Night Balm combines the mild aroma of White Lotus with the skin-soothing qualities of Yi Yi Ren, used in traditional Chinese medicine.
This rich and luxurious hand balm has been specially developed to soothe and soften the skin.
Directions: Carefully massage your hands and cuticles every day or at night before going to bed with the balm for hydration and nourishment.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclo- Pentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Ma-Yuen) (Job’s Tear) Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum/Fragrance, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alco- Hol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butyl- Phenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Alphaisomethyl Ionone, Sodium Hydroxide.
Overall Assessment: Trifecta Perfecta for a restful slumber! A+
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