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  • October 08, 2021 2 min read

    Deadlines. To-do lists. Dinner. Who’s got what on tonight?  Your brain and body are in busy mode all day. That’s why switching off feels SO good. Snatching moments of peace and giving yourself permission to pamper are sure ways to bring down those stress levels. (There’s a reason we walk out of a spa wondering why we don’t do it more often - relaxation feels good!) 


    And this is where Mother Nature has our back, by providing us with a whole host of wonderful natural ingredients to aid relaxation. Here are some easy self-care routines using relaxing natural ingredients to slip a little more ‘you-time’ into each day.

     

    Open the drawer to calm

    Lavender has a calming effect on the body which is why it’s so popular as a sleep remedy. While you won’t want to nod off in the middle of the day, try rubbing a little lavender hand cream into your palms and even your temples when you feel stress levels rising. Great to have on standy-by in a desk drawer or bag. 

    Scottish Fine Soaps geranium and lavender hand cream

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    Wash away the stress of the day

    Stand in a steaming hot shower and let the cares of the day disappear down the plughole. Try a shampoo bar with calming hemp oil, or create a little spa-like zen with body washes containing rejuvenating sea kelp or detoxifying charcoal. Then slip into your most comfortable pyjamas, drawing a line mentally between the day that’s just gone, and your evening ahead. 

     Scottish Fine Soaps vetiver sandalwood shampoo bar

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    Light a candle

    The simplest of acts and yet so effective in creating a mood in the room that says, ‘wind-down time’. Look for candles with natural essential oils like bergamot to support the nervous system and quiet the mind. Watch the flickering flame and maybe even convince someone to give you a foot rub! 

    Scottish Fine Soaps calluna botanicals scented candle

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    Blast away stress with bubbles

    Bathtime is precious time. It can’t be rushed. It’s the perfect excuse to close the bathroom door on life and say ‘go away I’m in the bath! Make the most of it with calming Chamomile bath powder or, if your muscles are tired try a magnesium-rich mineral soak with epsom salts. Both sure ways to leave your mind in a more restful state.

    Scottish Fine Soaps Au Lait milk bath powder

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    Calm skin. Calm mind.

    Rashes and dry skin of any kind can upset our equilibrium. Try introducing soothing natural remedies like milk thistle into your shaving routine or setting aside a few extra minutes each morning to smooth arms and legs with soothing moisturisers containing nut butters and oils such as shea butter, sweet almond oil or avocado. 

    Scottish Fine Soaps thistle black pepper aftershave balm

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