Words: Emily Venables
Who doesn’t enjoy a good pampering session? The feeling of relaxation washing over you as you take some well-deserved time to look after yourself. Taking care of yourself is the key focus of International Self Care Day, which occurs around the world, every year, on the 24th July. To celebrate the worldwide campaign, we’re sharing with you some of the ways we like to use perfume in our everyday self-care routines.
1. Layer your perfume
Did you know you could get even more out of your favourite scents by layering them with matching scented body products? This not only makes your perfume last longer, but it’s a great way to pamper your skin from top to toe.
Try showering with a body wash, such as Burberry for Her Shower Gel, and then liberally spraying the matching Burberry for Her Eau de Parfum (EDP). You can leave it there and enjoy the layered intensity, or to really make the most of the scent before spritzing your EDP, indulge your skin with the Burberry for Her Body Lotion. Using products with relaxing and invigorating aromas will awaken your senses and lift your mood. And while you’re soaking up the shower gel or massaging the body lotion into your skin, you can practise mindfulness by inhaling and exhaling slowly for 3-5 minutes. Trust us, you’ll want to make this part of your weekly pampering routine.
2. Use a pillow spray at night
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential when it comes to prioritising your wellbeing, but how many of you actually get a full 8-hours sleep every single night? With so many distractions vying for your attention and higher levels of stress common practise these days, it can be hard to settle and drift off to sleep when we finally get to bed.
One way in which you can coax your mind into ‘relaxation mode’ is by spraying your pillows with a beautifully fragranced essential oil pillow spray. Okay, so not quite a literal perfume, but pillow sprays and perfumes do have one thing in common and that is they can both contain essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from plants and flowers and can be used to increase both our mental and physical wellbeing. Certain essential oils and their aromas such as lavender, ylang-ylang, and bergamot can induce feelings of calm and help you let go of stress from the day.
3. Pick a perfume for its aromatherapy benefits
Perfume and aromatherapy go hand in hand thanks to their combined use of essential oils. Different aromas can have varying effects on us for example, citrus is vibrant and zesty and can encourage positivity; lavender is soothing and is known to help with reducing feelings of anxiety; ylang-ylang is known for both its calming and happiness enduring properties; and peppermint can alert your senses, alleviating feelings of fatigue.
Could one of these mood boosting fragrances be a apart of your self-care routine?
4. Keep stock of a perfume that’s close to your heart
Perfume has such a wonderful ability of putting a spring back into your step. Signature scents are often chosen as they remind you of a fond memory and we are more likely to be drawn to the notes that make us feel happy and full of positivity. So, as part of your self-care routine find a perfume that simply makes you smile. It could remind you of a Christmas where you received the perfume as a gift or maybe it holds a place in your heart as you wore it on your wedding day.
If you are getting ready for a busy day, have something on your mind, or are a little nervous about something, then be sure to include a few sprays of your memorable scent to lift your spirits throughout the day
Celebrate International Self-Care Day
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