The transformative power of scent means that an aromatic soap or salve can do way more than just properly prep your skin; it can change your entire outlook. And so it goes with Patyka’s new Iris Wood Body Wash and Body Cream. The French natural beauty brand claims the delicately perfumed duo increases optimism and positivity through its blend of floral notes, and speaking from experience, that’s not idle boasting. One whiff of the body wash’s rich lather puts you into a good headspace as it mingles with the steam of a hot shower. And a subsequent slathering of its shea butter, jojoba, sunflower, and sesame seed oil-enriched lotion will keep you on the right track to a zen, nothing’s-gonna-bring-me-down kind of day. The two-step regimen is poised to become part of our permanent morning routine, right after hitting the snooze button six times and brewing a strong cup of Stumptown Coffee’s Hair Bender blend. Every little bit of positive reinforcement helps.
Patyka Iris Wood Body Wash, $45, and Body Cream, $60, www.spiritbeautylounge.com.