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The little luxuries: Our best budget arometherapy buys

When it comes to beauty product ingredients, our mood-altering substance of choice is always arometherapy.

In case you didnt know (what are the chances?) arometherapy entails using essential oils derived from plant extracts to balance mind and body, and enhance one's sense of wellbeing. Ancient civilizations incorporated essential oils into their daily lives, and big name beauty brands, healers, beauty therapists and medical professionals have been singing their praises for years, but it's only recently that we've started to see them popping up on ingredients lists of budget friendly beauty products you'll find in your local supermarket or pharmacy. 

Here's a list of BB staffers' top budget aromatherapy buys...

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To refresh and cleanse:

'I'm a fan of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (R75, The Body Shop). I apply it directly onto the skin as soon as a blemish pops up and it soothes my skin instantly. I love the smell too which is proven to decongest sinuses.' - Megan Parsely, Campaign Manager.

To soothe:

'I suffer from eczema so I'm particular about using body products that contain essential oils. I add a handful of Radox Bath Salts in Aromatherapy (R36.95, pharmacies) which contains soothing thyme oil, to the bathtub whenever I need to feel instantly calm' - Shannon Holcroft, Community Manager

To assist with sleep:

'Victoria Garden Myrrh and Lavendar Facial Healing Oil (R109, Wellness Warehouse) is enriched with plant extracts like Jojoba oil, evening primrose oil and chamomile essential oils, which disinfect, heal and restore the skin, while lavender relaxes and puts me straight to sleep!' - Cynthia Gwebu, Beauty Editor

To improve alertness:

'Palmolive Aromatherapy Morning Tonic (R25.99, pharmacies) is enriched with zingy citrus and lemongrass oils for a refreshing instant anecdote to that fuzzy bed head feeling. It's also great for clearing a stuffy nose and relieving cold and flu symptoms.' - Nicolette Tomazos (Junior Beauty Writer)

Other Aromatherapy Products We Love:

  • Lemon oil relieves stress and uplifts. 
  • TRY: The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Body Mist (R165, The Body Shop)
  • Ylang-ylang creates a sense of euphoria and sensuality.
  • TRY: Soy Lites Candles in Cupids Touch Ylang Ylang (R185, available at supermarkets)
  • Chamomile has calming and relaxing properties.
  • TRY: Woolworths Chamomile Body Scrub (R49.95, Woolworths)
  • Eucalyptus will purify stuffy heads. T
  • TRY: Zam-Buk Lip Balm (R11.99 available at leading pharmacies)
  • Ginger relieves nausea.
  • TRY: Soil Organic Ginger Oil (R100, Wellness Warehouse)

BB's what are some of your best aromatherapy go-to products? Let us know below...

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