Last year March, Patty and I spent a week in Santa Fe. In July. It was beautiful – but stunningly hot. Shocking triple digits. ‘Dry heat’ is …hot. My cuticles started just peeling off, it was that hot. And I thought I would just shrivel up and blow away. It was that hot.
Mid-way through that hot-assed week, though, March guided us up a mountain to Ten Thousand Waves spa. It was a good 20 degrees cooler up there and it seemed that we were much closer to those lowering skies that presaged rain. The spa was much like all my favorite spas – filled with wood/stone/water – quiet and tranquil. Gorgeous orange hummingbirds flitted about in the dampening air. I could feel my skin rehydrating and my nerves calming down. About 20 minutes into our time there, it started to rain. Glorious, cooling rain! The rain combined with the spa ‘essence’ to create that amazingly relaxing ambience that all good spas have; even the outdoor areas were quiet and tranquil and that unique ‘spa’ smell was everywhere.
Once you leave a spa, alas, the outside world works HORD to erase that tranquility. All too quickly, the scent dissipates and, once again, you’re thrust into whatever maelstrom this planet has in store for you.
But. What if you could keep that scent – the scent of tranquility – and go through your tough days with a flexible layer of beauty and protection? I think I’ve found such a layer in Aromatherapy Associates’ new EdP, released in honor of the co-founder, the late Geraldine Howard. Geraldine designed this blend, with 28 of her favorite essential oils, and the blend reflects her love of beauty and tranquility and the desire to provide physical and emotional support via the art of aromatherapy (here’s a link to the company’s philosophy behind their products). Now, let me just say this: I am an aromatherapy/spa devotee from waaay back and I adore the Aromatherapy Associates line, so I’m already inclined to love it – but even with that being said, this is a special scent, indeed. It manages to bridge that gap between the spa and the outside world – it smells both therapeutic and pretty! so you can wear it without the folks in your office wondering if you just got a massage (you know what I mean). After the initial EO blast the scent sits close to the skin and creates an almost private veil. After the first 5-10 minutes, you don’t smell it as much as you sense it. And sometimes, especially during Tough Times, that’s what you need.
The PR brief lists the prominent notes as Turkish Rose, Sandalwood, Italian Bergamot and French Cassis (blackcurrant) and they talk about a ‘seamless’ blend. Normally I would roll my eyes at that – especially with an EO blend, but in this case, ‘seamless’ really is an apt description. ‘Shimmering’ is another – the rose is strong in this one – but it’s a rich, sparkling rose, nothing sour or heavy about it and after the initial punch the rose goes into support mode, allowing the other EOs to move and shift about, finding their Happy Place. I’ve been wearing it for the last 4 days – I’m still stressed by that pinched nerve (though it’s getting better) and I first put on my beloved No5 to combat my fatigue and fury (I hate being ‘busted’) – but I found that No5 just sharpened my already pointed fangs. So I switched to this EdP – and…I dunno….somehow I feel less ugly, less fragile….less…less mean. And that is a good thing.
It’s a limited edition EdP and is only available at Net-a-Porter and Aromatherapy Associates. But! I was sent a bottle by their people (this is my disclaimer right here 😉 and I would love to share a bit of it with you! Drop a line here – how are your nerves these days??? – and I will get The Girl to poke at random dot for a draw!