As a shower person, I am quite jealous of the different bubble baths, salts and bath bombs available to bath fanatics. I tried Aromatherapaes De-Stress Spa Shower tablets with the hopes that I would get the opportunity to indulge in some bath-esque relaxation. The results were mixed.
The tablets are comprised of neroli and chamomile oils, which help reduce anxiety and soothe tension, according to Smith and Vandiver, the manufacturer. This product is certified 100% all natural by the Natural Products Association, vegan and not tested on animals. The product retails for $5.99 for 6 tablets. While Smith and Vandiver says they are available online, there is currently no webpage for them. Their products are also sold in grocery and drug stores as well as specialty and natural stores.
Aromatherapaes tablets can be used three ways in three ways. The first is while showering by placing the tablet on a shelf or floor out of the direct stream of water. I’m a quick showerer so I found that the tablets did not dissolve before the shower was over. It would seem logical to leave the unused tablet in the shower for next time, but I found the smell to become overpowering and unpleasant after a few hours. I use Neutragena’s T-Gel shampoo, which has an extremely strong scent, which overpowered the tablets. I would recommend using these tablets for an occasion where you do not plan to use other strong scents.
It’s second described use is “tossing” the tablet into a basin of warm water and inhaling. Though I have never tried aromatherapy before, I was almost shocked at how well this method worked. I was having a stressful day and did genuinely feel more relaxed after inhaling the Aromatherapaes. Make sure not to place your face too close as the smell is quite strong. I sat the the bowl in my lap, which worked perfectly.
The final use is to place the tablet underneath your pill or on your nightstand while sleeping. I can’t say whether this made me have more or less restful sleep. Since the tablets shed quite a bit, I would recommend keeping them in the wrapper and cutting a hole in the plastic.
The verdict? For the basin use alone, I recommend this product, however if you purchase it expecting a soothing bath for your shower, you’ll be disappointed. At $5.99 a box, this would make a great gift basket item for a new mom or perhaps members of a wedding party.
Disclosure: I got a sample.