If there’s one thing we can’t seem to get enough of, it’s sleep.
Yet, sleeping well can be a challenge for many of us. Whether due to the frazzled monkey mind that can’t seem to shut off from the work day, or the perennial bad habit of scrolling through on social media before bed, we’ve all had those nights where we wake up feeling barely having rested.
Perhaps you’ve already invested in a great bed, or maybe even changed up your routine with some ample food and exercise. If that hasn’t worked to improve your sleep quality, maybe it’s time to enlist the help of some herbal remedies. This time, we’re championing some aromatherapy products for some sweet sleep relief.
From pillow mists to candles that help you unwind, here are some aromatherapy products you can get in Hong Kong so you can put the ‘beauty’ back in ‘beauty sleep.’
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.
For the uninitiated, pillow mists and sprays are typically a blend of floral waters, herbal ingredients and essential oils. The idea is simple. Just spritz them over your bed linen before hitting the sack. Research has found that lavender increases slow-wave sleep, which is instrumental in slowing heartbeat and relaxing muscles. Skincare brand Aurelia’s pillow spray is infused with a calming blend of neroli, lavender, geranium and chamomile to help melt away the stresses of the day, while fragonia extract also soothes the effects of jet lag or lack of sleep. It’s also infused with rose quartz crystal water, which is believed to provide an extra dose of calming vibes. Best yet, it’s free from sulfates, parabens, mineral oils.
HK$280 from Net-A-Porter
This minimalist ceramic aroma diffuser uses ultrasonic waves to vaporise water and essential oils (we recommend scents like lavender and chamomile) in the tank to produce a cool, dry, fragrant mist. It can cover more than 400 sq.ft., making it ideal for spaces in Hong Kong. With a elegant, vase-like shape, it’s sure to blend in with the rest of your home decor with ease.
HK$810.54 from Bloomingdale’s
To set yourself up for a relaxing night ahead, one simple way is to burn an aromatherapy candle as you’re getting into your night routine. Simply light the candle and take your time as you wash up, and snuggle into bed.
This particular candle is one of Fornasetti’s signatures: Hand-poured with the ‘Otto’ scented vegetable wax, which has been infused with thyme, lavender and warm cedarwood and incense. The Sun and Moon motif of the charming votive is sure to set the tone for great sleep, too.
HK$1,535 from Net-A-Porter
Whether you have a tub to soak in or not, there are plenty of bath and body oils and essential oil blends out there that tout relaxing and somniferous properties. They can be as versatile as pure essential oils to heal your worn out spirits, but blended for convenience (so you don’t need to fuss with diluting with carrier oils). Add a few capfuls to your bath, foot soak, or use them as facial steams, inhalers and body massages, or to simply nicely moisturise the skin before bed.
We’re particularly liking this shower and bath oil from Ilapothecary — add to your bathwater or smooth over your body before a hot shower to allow the steam to emanate its mood-improving and nerve-soothing properties.
HK$310 from Net-A-Porter
Maybe you like something with a little less maintenance — after all, candles are a potential be a fire hazard if you’re not careful. Reed diffusers are a great alternative to keep your home scented and they require little to maintenance at all. Besides, they help to relax your mind throughout the day, making it much easier to fall asleep a night. This premium diffuser is by Fornasetti is the perfect thing for a housewarming gift or a treat for yourself — adorning the chic ceramic sphere with whimsical sardine motif. Add a few drops of the brand’s signature ‘Otto’ diffuser oil to transform your space into a relaxing den for sweet dreams.
HK$4,045 from Net-A-Porter