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The Fab Five: Little Holiday Helpers


The holidays are a time of giving, receiving, family gatherings, and fun. But all of that can also add up to a seemingly unscalable mountain of stress. Between shopping, traveling, and, in a few very special instances, cooking and playing host, too, there’s a lot on your plate right now. We don’t have the answers for dealing with unexpected guests, feuding relatives, and recipes gone awry, but we do have a few tried and trusted beauty remedies to help you stay calm and carry on. Here’s to a boatload of yuletide cheer—and the four-day weekend that comes with it.

The Perfect Pair
21 Drops Be Happy Duo
Packaged in a festive red box, this new seasonal set combines the aromatherapy brand’s #10 Calm, which boasts sweet orange fruit rind, vetiver root, and jasmine flower essential oils, and #12 Uplift, which features a blend of rose flower, lavender flower, helichrysum flower, and German chamomile flower oils to soothe stress—before assisting in a much needed attitude adjustment.

Code Orange
Kneipp Stress Free Bath
If you have time to steal away to a safe haven, which in all likelihood will be your bathroom since large family gatherings typically mean that living rooms, kitchens, and even bedrooms are considered part of the public domain, draw a nice hot bath and add one capful of this mandarin and orange essential-oil-spiked soak. A few deep breaths will melt away the memory of all five times you were asked when you’d be getting married in the span of a single hour.

Sniff Test
Persephenie Mental Clarity Smelling Salts
Packed with organic rosemary, ginger, lavender, and wild frankincense oil-infused Mediterranean sea salt and menthol crystals, L.A.-based perfumer Persephenie Lea‘s amber glass bottle holds the key to an afternoon second wind—with just a few whiffs.

Striking Oil
H. Gillerman Organics’ True Relaxations Stress Remedy
As part of H. Gillerman’s line of holistic, noninvasive therapies that target back injury, chronic pain, computer-related injuries, and stress comes a simple, pure answer to possessing the self-control not to say things you can’t take back. A few dabs of this serene lavender/citrus/woodsy oil on pulse points is meant to help you find the composure to make “thoughtful choices.”

Burn Notice
Aveda Warmth Candle
Adorned with sustainable lokta paper packaging, which is produced by the Himalayan Bio Trade Private Limited (HBTL) cooperative, and handcrafted according to the ancient tradition of Nepali papermaking, Aveda’s latest holiday candle is scented with spicy aromas of ginger, ginger lily, and clove. The festive scent should keep you in the mood for merry-making, while easing away any lingering anxiety.

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