In the past few years, the term “Cyber Monday” has become a bit deceiving. Sure, there are lots of brands that go all out with deep discounts on the Monday after Thanksgiving, but there are others — like Amazon — that continue offering sales throughout the week. One such Cyber Week find is this lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang aromatherapy stick, which writer Sara Gaynes Levy likened to “Ambien, but without the side effects.” There are a few ways to use it. You can inhale it like Levy did, or rub it on your pulse points (the brand suggests temples, neck, and wrist). The stick has a similar texture to lip balm and is made from nourishing shea butter, so if you choose to rub the scent into your skin, you can be confident that you’re doing a bit of moisturizing too.
This nifty stick (which makes for a no-brainer stocking stuffer) is also an original Strat100 pick, and has been since the list’s inception. Considering that we switch the list up every six months, booting some stuff off when something better or newer comes along, its staying power is a testament to how good it is. It’s normally $25 a stick, but it’s currently 40 percent off, bringing it down to $14 — the “I need a decent gift but don’t want to spend a ton” sweet spot. And if lavender doesn’t appeal (or you’re allergic to it like I am), there are additional on-sale scents to choose from, like De-Stress (a chamomile, neroli, and mandarin blend) or Happy, which smells of grapefruit, lemon myrtle, and spearmint.
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