Thursday, November 5, 2009

Heavenly Aromachologie

There is something about L'Occitane's Aromachologie bath/massage oil that makes me swoon. My boyfriend brought this home for me when he came back from a business trip, and boy did he hit the mark. I've never really been much of a bath girl. I know, it contradicts my all-things-girly point of view, but I'm often too fidgety to enjoy a relaxing, luxurious bath. Don't get me wrong, I think the concept is great, the hot-warm water relaxing my tired muscles and all. But in practice, I found that if often took longer to fill the tub than the time I could sit still doing nothing. Plus, I feel guilty about all the water usage. I was a bit perplexed when I received this gift. I thought, "Hmmm... What would I get to use this for?"

My confusion was short lived.

Not being an ungrateful gift receiver, I did not let on about my confusion. Instead, I popped open the bottle, remembering the delicious L'Occitane incense sticks I once got from a friend years ago. I brought it up to my nose and there it was: love a first smell. It was soft and delicate. It conjured up visions of a vintage French boudoir overlooking a fragrant garden. It was pretty, dainty, and not at all overpowering.

I immediately wondered how I could wear it daily. It's an oil, so I didn't just want to rub it on myself because I felt I would have to use a lot of it to get an even distribution. So I pumped some of my unscented Eurcerin body lotion into the palm of my hand, and then added a few drops of the bath/massage oil to it. Voila! A light moisturizer with a heavenly scent. I wore it to work the next day, and got a few compliments. The scent was just subtle enough, and I kept catching a gentle whiff of it throughout the day.

Then, months later, I finally used it as it was intended. I'd had an especially challenging workout that had left me unbearably sore, and I decided I would take a bath. As I was waiting for the tub to fill, I remembered by bath oil. I'm so glad that I did. That gentle scent, a good book, and some nice music was just the recipe I needed to sit still long enough to enjoy my bath. I'd do it more often, if not for that pesky guilt about being wasteful with water.

It was definitely a wonderful gift!

Does anyone out there have a L'Occitane product they swear by as well?

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