After all, during the height of the holiday season, who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to light up some mind-clearing incense or unwind on a gemstone-infused therapy mat, which uses infrared heat and pulsed electromagnetic fields to ease tension both inside and out? (Rest assured: even wellness skeptics will find themselves turning to it once the temperature drops.)
From soothing tinctures to Brazilian bath salts, here are the 11 best relaxation gifts to shop now.
Leave it to the former Calvin Klein women’s creative director Francisco Costa to create one of the most lust-worthy gifts of the season. Housed in a chic silver tin, these bath salts simultaneously soften the skin and ease tension thanks to a unique blend of Brazilian white clay, orange flower water, and a natural aromatic resin.
Crafted in Spain from a single block of alabaster stone, Cire Trudon’s newest candle-a woody citrus scent comprised of citrus, leather, and patchouli notes-is both an olfactory and visual masterpiece.
Now, even the most monotonous of household chores can have a meditative effect, thanks to The Laundress and Aromatherapy Associates’s new collection of elevated home cleaning and laundry solutions, which are formulated with essential oil blends that promote a sense of well-being. (Think: detergent inspired by the Japanese practice of forest bathing and a surface spray that smells like a spa.)
Lull yourself into a peaceful state with Kate McLeod’s chamomile and lavender-infused solid cocoa butter blend, which miraculously melts into limbs for soft-to-the-touch-not to mention soothingly-scented-skin.
Anytime the holiday stress starts to wear on you, simply reach for one of Supernatural’s tasty plant-based gummies, which quiet the nervous system by way of lavender, skullcap leaf, oat straw, and cortisol-lowering ashwagandha.
For those willing to splurge, look no further than Healthyline’s Goop-approved heat therapy mat, which is surely one of the most decadent relaxation gifts on the market. Combining hot stones, far-infrared light, red light, pulsed electromagnetic fields, and negative ions with 13 pounds of natural tourmaline and jade, it can help align our bodies and souls-a holiday season must.
Light up Bodha’s made-in-Japan, violet-colored incense sticks to fill your home with the calming aroma of lavender, clary sage, and rosewood. Breathe in, breathe out.
Based on a guarded Medieval pharmacopeia recipe, this potent botanical tonic-containing extracts of lavender, California poppy, skullcap, lemon balm, elderberry, elderflower, and catnip-quiets the mind without making you drowsy.
No matter if you’re on the road or staying put this holiday season, London-based label Ven Store's super-soft cashmere travel set-a blanket, an eye mask, fine-ribbed socks, and a pillow cover-slash-bag to stash it all in-has got you (very cozily) covered.
“Netflix and chill” might be the phrase on our minds these days, but film buffs will tell you that even the monstrous streaming service doesn’t hold a candle to the Criterion Channel’s vast library of cinematic masterpieces, ranging from those of the Australian New Wave to the work of legendary directors Agnès Varda and Claire Denis-all available for just $11 per month. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
It may not be possible to step foot inside Los Angeles’s Flamingo Estate-the fantastical 1940s home of Richard Christiansen-but now we can experience a bit of its magic in our own abodes, thanks to Christiansen’s new lifestyle line, which is made up of the likes of tinctures, hand sanitizers, and biodynamic steams, such as this sustainably-made, soothing blend.
It always seems impossible until it is done.