We’ve never needed at-home therapy more. Here’s the best of the best olfactory ways to soothe your soul.

Whilst there exists no magic natural elixir to banish the stress and anxiety you might be feeling right now, there are plenty of gorgeous lotions and potions out there, all full of therapeutic botanicals and essential oils, that can really help boost your mood, calm a frazzled mind or lift anxiety. They’re great for some self-care on lockdown, or as a thoughtful gift to send to loved ones in need of some TLC right now. We’ve rounded up just a few of our all-time favourites.


Tisserand has a great range of individual essential oils that can be added to burners and diffusers, filling your home with aromatherapeutic benefits. Oils that are particularly good for stress and anxiety include ylang ylang, bergamot, roman camomile, jasmine, clary sage and lavender. It also offers a great gift set. The Aromatherapy Time to Unwind Total De-Stress Collection includes a mist (great for workspaces and bedrooms), a pulse point oil for targeted relief, as well as a de-stress candle to help you unwind. A thoughtful gift for anyone in need of a boost.


British independent beauty brand Neom has combined the aromatherapy benefits of jasmine, lavender and Brazillian Rosewood with the powerful sleep-inducing benefits of magnesium in its super-rich magnesium body butter. Skin is softened with shea butter and coconut oil, while studies show that magnesium, when applied topically, can help with a range of issues, from insomnia to depression. A great self-care product with real benefits.

This Works

This Works has long been known for its Sleep Well range of pillow sprays, bath oils and candles to help those who find sleep a struggle. We’re also big fans of its Stress Check collection of aromatherapy skincare, which is brilliant for tackling the visible signs of stress. The calming and hydrating facial oil has a blend of pure botanical oils – including Vitamins C + E and Omega 3 to help nourish and calm stressed-out skin, prone to breakouts – while the essential oil blend of neroli, patchouli, lavender, vetivert and camomile will soothe mental tension and calm the senses.

Aromatherapy Associates

Created by co-founder Geraldine Howard during her own cancer treatment, the Inner Strength blend from Aromatherapy Associates fortifies the soul and helps support those needing an extra boost of inner strength when theirs is waning. With a mix of clary sage, geranium and sandalwood, it offers ‘comfort in a bottle’ – something we could all do with a little of right now. Available as a body oil, candle, pulse point roller and candle.

ESPA Positivity Pulse Point Oil

Perfect for keeping by your bedside, or on your desk for when you need to regroup and give yourself a little boost, ESPA’s positivity pulse point oil blends mood-soothing jasmine, Gardenia and Rose Geranium for a shot of happy, with bergamot and sweet orange to help boost your sense of wellbeing and gratitude. A great blend to have up your sleeve for meh moments.


Aesop’s Anouk burner oil is a great blend for your workspace right now. Simply add a few drops to your oil burner or diffuser and the zesty trio of citrus peel, bergamot, and grapefruit notes will boost you out of a slump and help aid concentration, too. Perfect if your mind is distracted and you need to find focus.


Elemis’ range of ‘Life Elixirs’ cover all bases when it comes to needing a little calm, strength and emotional TLC right now. Choose from Sleep, Fortitude or Clarity, and the essential oil-rich bath and shower oils will imbue powerful doses of aromatherapeutic benefits. The Fortitude blend, for instance, grounds, strengthens and harmonises with nineteen essential oils including Geranium, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang.


Hugg’s massage body oil not only has a 50mg dose of CBD oil to help you calm and de-stress (read the full benefits of CBD oil in our previous article here) but an essential oil blend of lavender and frankincense too to help nourish skin as you unwind.


Aveda’s range of seven chakra mists are designed to be spritzed around your aura to help you feel nourished, grounded and in harmony. Based on each of the seven chakras, choose the blend you feel most drawn to and let the Ayurvedic blends of essential oils work their magic. The Feel Ground root chakra spray is an apt choice right now, helping us feel rooted and safe in unsettled times, with its blend of olibanum, vetiver and patchouli.

By Lydia Mansi
April 2020


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Lydia Mansi

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Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.