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Aesop Catherine Oil Burner Blend

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$ ($30-$40) – Available at Aesop.
Scent: Warm blend of orange and cedar wood with a hint of clove.
I like: the multi-functional aspect of this essential oil blend. In addition to its use as an aromatherapy burner oil, the blend can be added in very small doses to carrier oils for skincare.

Aesop’s Catherine Oil Burner Blend is a lovely proprietary mix of essential oils. Made primarily with essential oils of orange, cedar wood, and clove, Catherine Oil warms the senses and settles the mind with its distinct complexity. Though Aesop markets the essential oil blend for burner use, I experimented with the oil by adding three drops of the blend to one ounce of a carrier oil for use as a body moisturizer. (Note: always take a look at an essential oil blend’s ingredients list before using them for skincare. Some essential oil blends offered by not-so-natural companies may contain synthetic ingredients not suitable for use on the skin. Thankfully, Aesop has a strong reputation for using natural, plant-based ingredients in its products.) The body oil blend turned out beautifully with a relaxing, subtle scent. When used as an adjunct in skincare, Aesop’s Catherine Oil will add a pleasant, relaxing aromatic dimension to plant-based carrier oils like argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, camellia oil and sweet almond oil. When used in an essential oil burner or diffuser, Catherine Oil Burner Blend will make your home smell like a relaxing, luxurious spa.

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Dr Andrew Weil Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream Review Caulfields Counter Male Skincare

Soothes Sensitive Skin: Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream

Dr Andrew Weil Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream Ingredients List Caulfields Counter Male Skincare

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$$ (over $50) – Available at Origins and Macy’s.
Scent: Soothing blend of lavender, orange, and patchouli.
I like: the soothing herbal scent.  Its thick texture thoroughly moisturizes without leaving a greasy film.
Not a fan of: the high price tag.

I’m a big fan of practically every offering in the Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom product line.  My favorite product in the line is the Soothing Face Cream.  I love how its intoxicating herbal scent – a natural blend of lavender, orange, and patchouli – puts me in a meditative state.  The rich cream hydrates my skin without leaving it feeling greasy.  A little goes a long way, making the higher price tag easier to digest.  It’s versatile – you can use it day or night.  As with other products in the Dr. Weil line, this cream is made without the unnecessary synthetic ingredients, such as parabens and artificial fragrances/colors, commonly found in skincare products.   I recommend this cream for anyone with sensitive skin who suffers from redness or irritation.

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Aveda Men After-Shave Balm

Aveda Men After-Shave Balm

I now only have about an ounce left of the rare and precious Aveda Men After-Shave Balm.  Aveda mysteriously discontinued this hugely popular item just over a year ago (WHY?!!!) and I’ve rationed its use since.  This magical liquid is light, soothing, and versatile – it works well on all skin types.  The scent is subtle yet memorable – a delightful blend of lavender, chamomile, and citrus.  The balm is particularly effective at treating razor burns and other shaving-related skin irritations.  If you’re somehow able to come across this stuff, buy it.  At the very least, you can sell it for double on eBay to a nostalgic men’s skincare fanatic like myself.  Now if only I can find that original bottle of New West from the 90s…

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Kneipp Lavender Balancing Thermal Spring Bath Salt

Kneipp Lavender Balancing Thermal Spring Bath Salt

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Price: $$ ($10-$20)
Scent: Strong lavender, eucalyptus, camphor, and limonene.
I liked: the strength of the scents, especially the lavender. Despite the bottle recommending a capful of the salts per bath, half a capful usually suffices.
I didn’t like: the blend of camphor and limonene – it reminded me of citronella.

If you’re a bath guy like me, you know the value of a long, warm, relaxing soak in the tub, preferably with some type of aroma-therapeutic element. My favorite scents in this situation are lavender, which has a sedating effect to get me ready for bed, and eucalyptus, which soothes the muscles after a workout. If you are looking for the ultimate natural aromatherapy bath experience, I suggest checking out the Lavender Balancing Thermal Spring Salts by Kneipp. It’s a German brand that’s relatively unknown in the US, but readily available through a number of places online including the Kneipp website and Spalook. These salts really do the trick – on the mind, muscles, and lungs! Good bath salts are hard to come by as many of them smell artificial – not so with this product. The blend of lavender, eucalyptus, clove, limonene, and camphor may not appeal to everyone, but it’s worth a try.

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