No question, dieting is tough. But this time, you're determined to be a big loser. You've memorized the South Beach menus, exorcised the house of bad carbs and filled the fridge with veggies and sugar-free Jell-O. Everything's going great -- until you hop off the treadmill, head for the shower and lather up with that wonderful vanilla-cookie-scented gel you got for Christmas.
The next thing you know, you're in the drive-through lane at the local coffee shop ordering a danish and double caramel latte.
It didn't have to happen, says Cheryl Scott, CEO of Aromapothecary, a line of customized bath and body products.
"Fragrances can affect mood and attitudes," Scott says. "And you can actually multitask in the shower or bath by using treatments that help you address and achieve your well-being goals and needs."
At the Aromapothecary counter in Barneys department store in New York, for example, customers can request specially formulated gels, creams and lotions to help with everything from water retention and cellulite to stress-reduction and hangovers. They range in price from $32 to $75.
"Generally, sweet basil can help you clarify your thoughts, sage is calming, while citrus scents such as orange or lemon are stimulating," Scott says. "But scents really do affect everyone differently. You've got to find what works best for you."
Store shelves these days are filled with a salad bowl of bath and body products all designed to energize, invigorate and help keep you in a healthy mindset.
Stay on your diet and kick-start your day with a refreshing scalp treatment and shampoo. Philip B's Peppermint and Avocado Shampoo, $22.50, is made with 16 plant extracts and essential oils to clean hair and stimulate your scalp. Follow up with Philip B's Creme of the Crop styling / finishing cream, $26.50, made with carrot extract and silk proteins. Available at www.philipb.com.
New from trend-setting Parisian home furnishing designer Catherine Memmi is the Les Vegetables collection of bath, body and home products. Inspired by the fragrance of gardens bursting with plants and vegetables, the line includes candles, room sprays, shower gels and body lotions scented with cucumber, herbs, sage and more. Available at www.bigelowchemists.com.
From Davies Gate, the GardenMade Collection is filled with extracts of herbs and veggies. GardenMade Body Lotion, $18, is packed with parsley and other natural plant oils and extracts to soothe and soften winter-chapped skin. Fennel Face Exfoliator, $25, contains crushed fennel seeds and green papaya to remove dead skin cells and toxins. GardenMade Perfume Concentrate, $25, contains essences of sweet basil, rosemary and blue and clary sage. Available at department stores or at www.daviesgate.com.
Whenever your dieting resolve starts to fade, forget about heading for the vending machines and go for your favorite Demeter Pick Me Up Spray instead. Available in such fragrances as Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, Celery, Parsley and Wet Garden, the purse-sized sprays sell for $17.50 at Sephora stores and sephora.com.
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