I have my lovely friend Annika to thank for this blog. It is not so much a beauty tip, unless of course you count the benefits of beauty sleep and mindfulness, as a lifestyle suggestion.
Around 15 years ago, I was staying with Annika at her home in Sussex, chatting to her while she made the bed. At one point she picked up a small bottle of lavender essential oil and flicked it over the sheets. The whole room suddenly smelt like a Provençal meadow. I immediately asked her to tell me what she was up to. She explained that not only does lavender smell great on linen, but it helps you sleep and is generally one of those really brilliant things we need to be using every day.
I now have a bottle of lavender by my bed and copy Annika every time I make my bed. As well as smelling marvellous, it has a lovely calming and soothing effect. Sometimes I even flick on a few drops just before bed. I travel with lavender oil now too, and so feel right at home wherever I sleep. Sweet dreams!
Holland & Barrett Pure Essential Lavender Oil 30 ml £5.79
VALUE FOR MONEY: 5/5
BEAUTY OR BEAST? 5/5 (in the spirit of beauty sleep and mindfulness)