Sleep Product Reviews
Essence of Vali Aromatherapy Products
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said, "The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day."
While it may not be possible for most of us to indulge in a scented massage every day (oh, if only it were!), Essence of Vali's wonderful line of aromatherapy products definitely allows us to reap the benefits of a healing bath each night (or shower, if you have limited time).
EOV's founder, Valerie Bennis, has created an extensive variety of blends: calm, balance, detox, fortify, uplift, passion, refresh, relief and SLEEP.
EOV's blends use a variety of essential oils that have unique properties. Valerie refers to these blends as "synergies" and explains that when combining oils with sedative properties, their benefits are magnified.
EOV's "sleep" blend uses lavender and ylang/ylang for their sedative properties, marjoram to help with anxiety and cedarwood to assist in achieving a meditative state. According to Valerie, the synergy produces a combined effect greater than the sum of its separate effects. EOV's "sleep" line includes a mist, drops, massage and bath oil and a balm. You can use each product on its own or combine two together. I've been using the mist and the massage oil at bedtime. Both are incredibly soothing.
The products are sold individually and as a group. (I love the soothing sleep gift box and can't wait to try the good morning/good night kit.)
EOV's blends are ideal for use at home and while traveling. If you would like to try one of more of them, EOV is offering members of the Bedtime Network community a 20% discount. Just use the code "bedtime" at checkout. www.essenceofvali.com
Enjoy and let us know how you like them.
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Can't wait to give GlamGlow a try!
I always seem to enjoy purchases made while traveling more than I enjoy those made "at home." In most instances, that's probably due to my frame of mind while on vacation rather than a different or better product selection. With that said, even though GlamGlow is not directly related to sleep, I love, love, love it so much that I have to tell you about it. I discovered GlamGlow while shopping in L.A. with my dear friend (another bonus). The Hollywood, CA based company that makes GlamGlow calls it a "facial in a jar" and it really is. Really!
GlamGlow has only been around for a couple of years and has won awards from Sephora, ELLE Magazine and Neiman Marcus. Ingredients include green tea leaf, eucalyptus leaf, french sea clay and volcanic pumice rock.
The directions are simple: apply a thin layer all over your clean face and leave on for ten minutes (or until dry) and then wash off. The key here is "thin layer." The first time I tried it, I applied (and wasted) way too much of that precious mud. And at $69 a jar, who wants to waste any of it. "Thin layer" means "thin layer." A little really does go a long way. The results are fantastic. Skin is softer, smoother and as over-the-top as this might sound I really think it is glowing. Even if it isn't actually glowing, I think it is and that's what matters, right?
It's recommended that you use the product once or twice a week. The benefits are most visible right after use and for the next couple of days so I try to use it the night before I am going somewhere "special" or even somewhere not-so-special. At the rate I'm going, my supply may run out before I return to L.A. No worries. Oh the beauty of online shopping. http://www.glamglowmud.com
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Sleep masks are a relatively new addition to my sleep life. Why? For some reason, I seem to be more sensitive to stray light than ever before, so if my husband happens to be watching Jon Stewart and I've already gone to the land of Nod, a sleep mask is the perfect thing to keep me from waking when he clicks off the tube. That said, they are also psychologically comforting (a kind of sleep insurance program). What's the best part? My husband says I look like a superhero when I wear one and he always laughs when he sees me in the morning. OK.
I love a good accessory, particularly when it’s orange, so I was excited to give this silk sleep mask a try. After following my nightly ritual, I put on the mask shortly before I was about to drift off. On the first try, the mask stayed on for about ten minutes before I needed to take it off. Since I have heard many (including Lisa) rave about the benefits of sleeping with a mask, I didn’t just want to give up. I tried the mask again several times over a few nights and lasted with it over my eyes for about twenty minutes, max. Although it was beautiful, light and comfortable, it just wasn’t for me. While I don’t have issues with claustrophobia, I found the mask to be too confining. My daughter noticed it on my nightstand while she was home for the holiday break and asked if she could give it a try. She’s hooked. She took the mask back to college and usually travels with it, too. As for me, I’ll continue to be on the lookout for unique masks but don’t think I’ll be wearing one any time soon.
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