For many of us, the familiar delicate fragrance of lavender is like a balm to soothe frayed nerves and lull us into sleep. Its faint powdery perfume has a habit of reminding us of happy, relaxing times like spa days, carefree hotel staycations, and perhaps the comforting fragrance of childhood. And scientifically speaking, lavender does contain compounds to help us calm down.
While traipsing along the famous lavender fields of Provence in France may not be possible right now, the next best thing, in our opinion, is to load up on the lavender-scented products to keep the stress levels down.
11 best lavender-scented products to calm you down and help you relax
Here are 11 products for literally all areas of your life that you can use to float on a calming lavender-scented cloud, from morning to sundown.
1. Shampoo and Conditioner: Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner
Whether you’re an early morning or a just-before-bed hair washer, this mild lavender-scented shampoo and conditioner will make you want to keep sniffing your freshly washed tresses. Avalon Organics is known for its natural, vegan and biodegradable formula that’s formulated with botanical oils and completely free from animal testing.
The lavender shampoo and conditioner contain real lavender essential oils, as well as quinoa protein, aloe, babassu oil, and Vitamin E to keep your hair hydrated.
2. Hair Mist: Herbivore Botanicals Lavender + Sea Salt Beach Wave Hair Mist
Spritz on this sea salt hair mist in the morning for relaxed, beachy waves minus all the humidity-induced frizzy flyaways. The perfect blend of the delicate fragrance of lavender and uplifting clary sage provides a particularly indulgent aromatherapy boost first thing in the morning.
This spray is also formulated with plant-based ingredients like aloe water and lime essential oils so that your scalp gets a hydration boost with every spritz.
Get it at S$32 from Sephora.
3. Sunscreen: Badger Company Lavender Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
Experts agree that you should still slap on the sunscreen, even if you’re not stepping out of the house much these days. You’re protecting your face from UV rays, which are everywhere – even in the comforts of your home. We’ve found a sunscreen infused with the fragrance of Bulgarian lavender that you’ll definitely want to put on daily if you love the relaxing smell of lavender.
This SPF 30 zinc oxide sunscreen cream from the Badger Company is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers 40 minutes of water and sweat resistance and is made from non-toxic ingredients. Its formula is also cruelty-free, biodegradable and reef-friendly. Reviewers say that its formula is on the thick side so you’ll want to apply a very thin layer so your face doesn’t feel overwhelmingly sticky.
Get it at S$20.98 from iHerb.
4. Lip Balm: Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Butter with Lavender and Honey
Mask-wearing can stress your lips out too (see: mask lips!), so why not treat them to a soothing treatment of a lavender-infused butter? All-time favourite Burt’s Bees has a lip butter with lavender and honey and you can bet we’ll be adding this to our collection of lavender beauty must-haves!
As with all their lip products, this lip butter is made of their trademark lightweight formula using responsibly-sourced shea and cocoa butters that are non-sticky and non-greasy. Dab this on your lips and you’re promised hours of comfortable, relaxing moisturisation for your puckers.
Get it at S$9 from Lookfantastic.
5. Body Wash: Dove Relaxing Lavender Body Wash
There’s almost nothing quite like a hot shower to wash away all the cares of the day away. The only thing better we can think of is one where you’re lathered up with the most relaxing smell in the world – and this bottle of goodness will do just that.
Made from Dove’s well-loved moisturising formula that promises the experience of bathing with milk on your skin, you’ll enjoy the extra touch of luxe thanks to the fragrance from French lavender and chamomile essence.
Get it at S$5.90 from Watsons.
6. Vulva Cream: The Honey Pot Company Soothing Lavender Vulva Cream
This is literally the beauty product you did not know you needed but now that you’ve read about it, you’ll want to try it.
A calming balm that contains the very best ingredients in the world of relaxation: mint, coconut oil, and lavender sound like a genius idea. Even more so that it’s specially made to soothe your delicate lady bits!
Get it at S$13.82 from iHerb.
7. Face Mask: Skinfood Lavender Food Beauty Mask
Face masks have become a staple in many of our nightly skincare regimes, and for good reason. They work their magic as you catch your beauty sleep, and can be washed off when you get up the next morning. They also feel ultra-luxe on your face, calming the skin down wonderfully before you tuck yourself into bed at night.
This lavender mask with a jelly texture is a great addition to your nightly face routine, especially for humid nights. Made of anti-inflammatory lavender flower water and Panthenol, an effective humectant, this soothes and relaxes your skin as the very scent of lavender calms your nerves right down and prepares you for a night of peaceful slumber.
Get it at S$22.13 from iHerb.
8. Face Mist: Mario Badescu Lavender Mist
If you’re feeling your spirits drooping at the midday mark after a gruelling morning working from home, spritz this lavender-scented mist on your face for a refreshing and destressing perk-me-up. Don’t let that frown become a permanent fixture on your face, and loosen those tight eyebrows a wee bit with this hydrating and calming spray to put the smile right back where it belongs.
Get it at S$12 from Sephora.
9. Pillow Spray: Votary Lavender And Chamomile Pillow Spray
Sleep on a cloud of lavender tonight with this extremely calming pillow spray that will take you on a walk among the lavender fields of Provence in your dreams. It’s reminiscent of stalks of lavender swaying gracefully in the wind and a cup of hot, honeyed chamomile tea – two of the most tranquil sights and things in the whole wide world.
Formulated without nasties (think preservatives, fillers, emulsifiers, surfactants, parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, palm oil, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, animal products and animal testing), this can be used even if you have sensitive skin.
Get it at S$70 from Sephora.
10. Scented Candle: Hush Candle
Cliched as scented candles are as gifts, you have to admit that they do a really good job at making your room smell gorgeous. If applying all these lavender-scented products aren’t enough to make you feel relaxed all over, a lavender-scented candle surely will.
This hand-poured soy candle from homegrown brand Hush is a bit of a luxury as far as scented candles go but it’s well worth your investment. Made from the essential oils of various species of lavender to give it its robust and authentic fragrance, it’s a real treat for your senses when lit right before you crawl between your sheets and turn off the lights for the night.
Get it at S$18 from Sephora.
11. Hand Cream: Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream
Tired hands and worn out fingers from a day of typing vigorously? Rub out those aches and kinks with a moisturising hand cream at night. We promise you, it’s a surprisingly satisfying addition to your before-bed routine.
Jurlique’s deeply moisturising hand cream is fast-absorbing and not sticky at all, so this cream’s for you if you’re deathly afraid of oily hands. This winning formula that has been fragranced with natural lavender essential oils is also further infused with soothing plant-based ingredients that work together to deliver that shot of calm to the skin, including almond and safflower seed oils.
Get it at S$38 from Lookfantastic.