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Even the word 'aromatherapy' says it all: therapy from aromas. Smelling beautiful things not only makes us feel good, it has a positive effect on our state of mind; I know I think feel and react better when faced with different aromas. Lavender at bedtime, roses on a daily walk, freshly-cut grass in the morning, coffee grounds at your cafe - all these scents are so evocative of memory and emotion.
On a deeper level, essential oils are very powerful aromatic sources of aromatherapy. This has been captured for everyday use by The Aromatherapy Co. in its new Therapy range of body oils, candles, scrubs, bath salts, diffusers and hand creams. The collection is 100% natural, free of parabens, sodium laurel sulphates, dyes and artificial colours. All the fragrances you smell are 100% natural.
The Therapy range includes a room diffuser ($45), a bath and body oil ($19), and a body scrub ($18). Thread.co.nz's pick is the mint and bergamot hand cream ($18) which smells of mint and is fresh rather than the usual florally hand creams you get. It would make a lovely gift too, in its brown cardboard box wrapped in a white paper label.
You can buy The Aromatherapy Co. Therapy range at leading department stores throughout New Zealand. See www.thearomatherapycompany.co.nz for stockists.
Megan Robinson 22 July 2012