I have been given these products as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
A few weeks ago I received a package of pampering goodness from Aromafloria. My hot baths/showers are my first go-to in my list of pain defense tactics, so I was excited about their products.
First, I have to let you in on a little secret. I don’t have a sense of smell. Yep, my nose is defective and I can’t smell a thing. So when I was presented with the opportunity to try these products I started with a bit of research. I wanted to be sure I would be affected by the essential oils in the products and could give you an honest review of how they worked for me. I came across a number of articles indicating good effects of aromas and essential oils on individuals without a sense of smell due to the way your skin absorbs them, etc. Here’s just one article I found by the New York Times in case you’re interested.
But on to the review…..
The Aromafloria company was founded in 1985. It prides itself in producing all natural products in a USDA certified organic facility. Their products are free of sulfates, parabens, and phythalates. The ingredients are sourced from fair trade markets worldwide and they do not conduct any animal testing.
I was sent 6 products to review and I’ll list them one by one and let you know what I thought.
Muscle Soak Bath & Body Massage Oil AND Ocean Mineral Bath Salts (pictured above)
I’m grouping these two products together since that’s how I’ve used them for the most part.
When we lived at our old house I had a garden tub and nightly hot baths after work were part of my normal routine. In our current house, baths are few and far between. The tub is cast iron and up against an exterior wall. This leaves you with one cold tush when taking a bath in the winter (the hot water barely effects the ice cold iron). Pair that with the fact that the overflow for the drain is almost two-thirds of the way down, leaving my thighs barely covered by the water, means I’ve all but lost my evening hot water therapy.
Since it’s summer and the tub temperature is above ice cold, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a few evening baths to try out these products.
I’m not a huge fan of massage oil so I’ve been adding a few pumps to the bath to compliment the mineral salts. The combination of these two products is wonderful and leaves you feeling moisturized, which I like. I’ve had other mineral salt products that left my skin feeling dry and irritable. Not the case with these, it’s a great way to wind down and relax before bed.
Muscle Soak Foaming Bubble Bath (pictured above)
Part of a good bubble bath is the bubbles, am I right? This bubble bath produces a good amount of foaming bubbles that last forever and leaves your skin feeling moisturized and your muscles more relaxed. I only used the bubble bath a few times – for no other reason than the lousy bathtub we presently have. We’re getting a new tub in the fall and I’m anxious to get more use from the bubble bath.
Muscle Soak Sugar Salt Glow Body Scrub
This product is by far my favorite at the moment and, since I forgot to get a picture of the tube before I started using it, you can tell it’s not sitting stagnant in my shower. Even without working olfactory glands this scrub (all the products for that matter) fills my head with a fresh, open feeling. I would imagine it’s the eucalyptus and peppermint. The exfoliating properties of ocean minerals and organic sugar leave my skin feeling amazing and energized.
On mornings when I’ve woke to extrememly stiff muscles and joints this shower scrub has made a difference.
Sinus Help Inhalation Beads
Again, I wasn’t sure how much help these beads would be since I’m not able to enjoy the scent. Lack of sniffer was not an issue.
The jar comes with a little fabric pouch that you fill with beads and use by taking 3 to 4 deep breaths while holding the bag close to your nose. The eucalyptus in this product opened my sinuses and left me breathing clearer. I was able to put it to good use over the past week since I’ve had a head cold and bronchitis. I’ve picked up my little bag of beads often throughout the day.
I don’t have a picture of the jar because my future daughter-in-law stole it from me. 😉 She has allergy issues and loved the working scent of these beads.
Sleep Ease Inhalation Beads
These beads work the same as the Sinus Help mentioned above. Fill the bag with the little beads and take 3 to 4 deep breaths. While I personally didn’t get a nasal feel with this product, like I did with the eucalyptus in the others, I did experience a calm after a few deep breaths. You can also toss the little bag in your pillow case and enjoy the relaxing properties of the lavender, valerian and hops.
So what’s my over-all opinion of these products?
I truly like them. They are a bit pricey compared to bath products I currently purchase but the essential oils, muscle relief and lack of toxins make them a healthier choice. I plan to purchase the body scrub when I run out and I’ll be adding the bath salts to my Christmas list.
You can click over here to their website, Aromafloria, to see all of their products. They also carry other product lines called Stress Less, Healing Waters and Aroma Ready that might interest you. They also have a line of spa foot care products and more. Jump over and check out their site and, if you decide to try their goods, jump back over here and let me know how they work for you!