Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Sweet Dreams: My Bedtime Scent Routine
Good dreams depend on good smells at bedtime. Otherwise, one risks anything from evening ponies (dreams that trouble or mildly annoy) to full-blown nightmares.
Night mares...Evening ponies. Work with me.
Thank God for Bath and Body Works. As Inner Farm Girl would have it, all of their beauty products are reasonably priced and easy to access. Plus, they layer well with each other (and lots of other stuff) to create a comforting, smushed up sort of smell. This is perfect at night when my brain is fuzzy and I speak with a lisp even though I'm not trying to be funny.
In order to pile on as many products as possible, and justify the run amok purchase of non-essential stuff, I try to make my routine look as strategic as possible. It goes something like this:
1. Remove make-up and then shower at night - always.
2. Some type of face serum (Clinique, Ellen Tracy, Oil of Olay) followed by St. Ives moisture rich face lotion, which is creamy and lightly scented. Inexpensive and not the least bit posh.
2. Bath and Body Works Moonlight Path lotion mixed 50/50 with Dial 7-Day Moisture Rich lotion (my favorite to soften a stronger lotion without changing its scent...great texture, too).
3. Body spray - White by Kenneth Cole, Heiress by Paris Hilton or Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte by B&BW (now discontinued...argh). All work beautifully with the slightly diffused Moonlight Path.
4. Vaseline mixed with whatever body butter is in my nightstand for my feet (currently Wild Madagascar Vanilla), then socks, which get thrown off in the middle of the night.
5. Cherry Chapstick on my lips.
6. A final layer of Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter on my hands and forearms.
Once I am sufficiently greased up and smell something like musky vanilla cake batter, I read or channel surf until I can no longer make sense of whatever episode of Alias I happen to be watching.
What's your bedtime smell routine?
Photo from littlebeetkids.com