MA Beauty Expert: Lavender Love

Sunday, August 02, 2015
Donna Macdonald, GoLocalWorcester Beauty Expert

Right now Worcester's hills are alive with an aromatic purple haze as the scent of lavender trails in the air. Summer is lavender season and there is not a more perfect time to indulge in this ancient herb's soothing and beautifying properties.  Lavender, also long known as a sleep aid, already qualifies as a beauty helpmate because sleep is essential for healthy good looks. But there is also an endless variety of restorative creams, unguents, and salts with lavender's alluring scent to aid in your summer beauty regimen.

Scrub

For soft perfumed skin, try Trader Joe's Lavender Salt Scrub. This non-abrasive exfoliator will slough off dead skin cells and reveal a glowing and subtlety perfumed you. Slip into your favorite cooling nightgown and drop off into a blissful slumber. 

Fragrant Tub Time

Also in the spa-at-home genre, is Himilayan Bath Salt in lavender. This grainy salt melts in the tub and creates a consoling lavender aura. Use tepid water and it will detoxify and relax you on hot humid nights when you are prostrate from summer heat.

Delicate Hand Care

L'Occitane en Provence's Lavender Hand Cream is light-textured and enriching with softening shea butter. Slather it on for gently perfumed hands both children and husbands will love to kiss.

Hair Spray

Not for lasting hold, Solar Recovery Save Your Hair is a spray tinged with lavender and perfect for beach days when you want to control summer frizzies. Use it daily as a gentle leave-in conditioner and the scent of calming lavender will waft about you all day long.

Body Care

For true luxury, Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender Body Cream delivers deep hydration with a liberal dose of lavender oil. This one's creamy and concentrated, so just a little indulgence will do. The jar will look posy-pretty on your dresser too.

For local lavender flavor, Rhode Island is home to Brumaire Organic Lavender and Hay Farm where fresh lavender flowers can be purchased to perfume your home.

Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com, where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.

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