My Multi-Sensory Beauty Must-Haves
With all the talk of aromatherapy and candles here lately, I thought it time to cover my multi-sensory must-haves. I call them that because they are part of a multi-sensory experience of clean beauty. Natural beauty isn’t just about our bodies, but what we have around us.
It makes me feel beautiful to have pretty, nice smelling/sounding/tasting things around me—and it’s important to me that these things fit with my clean living attitude. Here are are some of the key items in my daily life…
Terra Cotta Pendant Diffuser from Mountain Rose Herbs: Our emotional brains respond very strongly to scent, and I’m a big fan of aromatherapy. This cute little diffuser, which comes in different patterns, is a great way to very subtly use scent in your environment. I put on a drop or two of a single essential oil on it, or my own EO blend, or even spray with my Lotus Wei perfume. I hang one in my little home office nook and one in my bedroom, renewing with a scent I crave every few days.
Candles from Way Out Wax and tru mélange: When you are trying to live a clean lifestyle, there are so many little things to think about. I was happy to find some nice smelling, non-toxic candles. My favorites are simple scents that come in sweet little tins from Way Out Wax (orange, peppermint) and tru mélange (cocoa café, harmony). Both brands use very pure ingredients, make simple and more complex scents, and produce a variety of candle styles, made from soy and beeswax/soy blends. Typically, naturals don’t have as much power as a synthetic fragrance to fill a room, but I burn these in my anatomy lab after dissection days, and, yeah, they work.
Loose Leaf Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs, Bija Body, and Rishi: I’ve always been a tea drinker, and I used to think people who were way into loose-leaf teas were tea snobs. Now I’m one of them. In the past year or so, I’ve discovered the joys of a beautiful tea, with a powerful smell and taste that puts the average tea bag to shame. Tea is part of my beauty from the inside regimen. We’ve all heard of the potential benefits of tea, right? My current favorites are Gunpowder Green Tea, Daily Beauty Tea (a tea and herb blend with a cayenne kick) and Masala Chai (I make it with honey and almond milk).
Meditative music and nature sounds: I’ve been using sound more often to ease into my beauty sleep, and accompany me into meditation (walking or sitting). I use Relax Melodies Premium (especially the binaural beats) and Naturespace, apps with versions for iPhone and other devices. There’s some nice music and chanting on iTunes, and I’m sure other sources too. I was never able to sit more than a few minutes for meditation before I started using sound, and I love it for walking/running. Also, my husband’s hockey team, which loses a lot, pounded their opponents after listening to a long Om chant in the locker room (I thought it was beautiful).
Aside from cosmetics, how do you bring clean beauty into your life?