So, the news is just in that a body lotion by Lush will help me feel less shit about myself :)
I'm the type of person whose thoughts haunt them as soon as they hit the pillow. I toss and turn, mulling over the issues in my life I've been ignoring all day and wake up in the morning feeling like I've just had an unsatisfactory 'power nap'. A bad sleep exacerbates any feeling of anxiety, but anxiety can cause a sleepless night. It's the definition of vicious circle (in my tired and cranky mind).
The so-called “blanket for your body” was originally launched as a limited edition Christmastime product (that time of year can be terribly stressful) but thanks to its huge popularity, it's now available in stores for good. As always, it's the ingredients that count. Lavender flower (of course!), ylang-ylang oil, tonka, oatmeal and cocoa butter unite to help soothe the senses and lead you gently to dreamland.
Reviews have been glowing. One reviewer on the brand's UK website, said "I used to take anxiety medication for 11 years and had to stop recently which was pretty terrible. But I found that using and smelling Sleepy can help my anxiety not be as bad. It's such a relaxing scent and I love using it! I hope lush makes it permanent or at least brings it to the kitchen often!"
Apart from the scent and its calming effects, people love the texture. Another reviewer with sensitive skin even uses it on their kids. "I got given a sample of this and I am absolutely in love. It smells AMAZING. The smell makes me happy and relaxed and I don't usually like lavender but it's sweeter than normal lavender products. It's light but moisturising and extremely comforting on my sensitive skin. I also use on my children before bed. After 20 years plus of using lush this is a new firm favourite."
This person says it's 'magic'.
"Oh man, I was SO happy to see this show up 6 months before I was expecting it! I have been using my small pot from Christmas sparingly - only when I was really stressed, or really having trouble falling asleep. That should tell you a bit about the magic of this lotion. It smells like sweet lavender and just makes you take a deep breath after you take a whiff. It's the thickest of the Lush body lotions I've tried (Dream Cream, Sympathy for the Skin, & Lemony Flutter) and I also love that about it. Can't live without this lotion".
I'm SO trying it. If you want to, too, it is available in Ireland. €19.50 for 225g pot €10.50 for 95g.