We?re all about natural stress relievers, but wasting money on snake-oil aromatherapy is anything but calming.
Finally, we?ve found some scents that are just right: Jiva-Apoha oils ($55 to $144) are light, revitalizing and custom-made to balance your mind and body. Owner Angela Shore studied shamanism and Ayurvedic healing in India and makes her personalized blends with freshly harvested botanicals, minerals and essential oils.
To get your own sense-perking mix ($140), email Shore and she?ll send you a questionnaire about your stressors (anything from arthritis pain to anxiety is fair game): Suffer from chronic headaches? She?ll concoct an oil with blue lotus and cloves for your temples and pulse points. If your ailments are more surface-level (psoriasis, rosacea), try a skin-soothing mixture with jojoba and emollient almond oil.
If you can?t decide between patchouli and palmarosa, invest in one of Jiva-Apoha?s pre-blended oils. Our top picks are the invigorating Kama ($80)--made with water lily, ylang-ylang and black musk--and the Sundara face oil ($55), which brightens skin and diminishes fine lines with sandalwood, jasmine and chamomile.
Those searching for a last-minute Mother?s Day present may want to give mom a break from the flowers with her own balancing lavender-and-lemongrass blend.