Aromatherapy: Comfort

The feeling of comfort can often be hard to describe but is commonly defined as a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. You may be wondering how you can “smell” comfort or how the smell can make you feel comforted… but it can. This aromatherapy product is yet another one from Bath and Body Works. The smell itself is one of my favorite out of all the ones that I have tried.

The main scents used in the comfort edition of the Bath and Body Works aromatherapy product are Vanilla and Patchoulli. Vanilla is a very common smell used in women’s fragrances and even… food (sounds cliche but it is one of my favorite scents)! In a study published in the Proceedings of ISOT/JASTS in 2004, researchers found that taking in the scent of vanilla often alleviated participants’ feelings of happiness and relaxation. Mood mapping is what is utilized in order to measure a participants feelings; the scale measures from irritation to complete euphemism. Patchoulli is known as a hippy scent due to its come about in the 1960’s is an essential oil that activates different chemical components which help contribute a therapeutic benefit (basically describes why it is used in aromatherapy) that gives it the reputation of being a balancing, soothing, and peace-inducing oil. The Patchouli plant belongs to similar families of other aromatic plants which include scents like lavender and mint.

Similar to the last post I made about the last aromatherapy product, the comfort scent is offered in various ways. There are body lotions (which is what I have), body butters, candles, plug in the wall scenters, car scents, body oil, body wash, hand sanitizer, and so much more. One of the other main benefits of the comfort aromatherapy scent is that it is proven to help cure colds due to the relaxation and calming tendincies it brings to the participant.

Bath and Body Works describes it’s Comfort Edition as seen below:

“Ultra-rich, non-greasy body cream deeply nourishes skin with protective 24-hour moisture, conditioning Vitamin E & shea butter. An aromatherapy blend of essential oils soothes body, mind & mood. Breathe deeply for best results.”

This goes to show that their aromatherapy products not only include the purifying scents but also other Vitamins that provide hydration and nourishment to your skin. What more could you possibly ask for? Bath and Body Works may seem like a “fake distributer” because they’re so main stream now and days, but some of the best aromatherapy products I have ever bought have come from here.

I hope that these blog posts are persuading you to go online right now and try out as many products as you can. Comfort can often be a weird feeling to understand, especially when you’re smelling it… but I promise that it truly works (atleast science is helping me overcome the thought that it is all just in my head)! If you decide to invest a little bit of money into, I swear you’ll see an improvement in your life and your mood!

Focus: Aromatherapy


For this semester of passion blogs, I decided to change my topic from television episode reviews to the different types of aromatherapy that are used daily, due to their growing popularity. I have recently invested money into different types of aromatherapys and I am not sure if it’s in my head, but I am convinced it works. I became intrigued with differnet types of aromatherapy, when my mom introduced it to me. My mom was dealing with the stress of losing a family member and she would swear that usung these scents and body lotions helped her along the way. Aromatherapy is defined as the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or baths. Hence, they are used in an enviornment of relaxation, in order for their job to get the full effect. I firmly believe that essential oils will be used more frequently as mood enhancers

On my recent trip to Ohio to visit family, I stopped at a Bath and Body Works where they had a wall filled with differnent types of aromatherapy. One of the body lotions I invested in was called “Focus”, something that I thought would be good for the new semester. This type of lotion uses a eucalyptus essential oils; this is used to clear the mind and provide clarity. It also uses a tea extract which increases focus. There are essential oils that have an instant effect on the activity of the brain. Scientists test this by monitoring brain activity via electroencephalograms. The reason scents have such an instant effect on our brains is because the emotional center in our brain is directly connected to the olfactory epithelium inside our noses. Hence, this is why enhaling a scent has direct contact which allows aromatherapy to be useful and handy in times of need. Although I only have the body lotion, aromatherapy is availible in all types of ways. They have body washes, body mists, wax candles, oils, car scents, body bars, aroma diffusers, etc. (the list is endless). On average, each bottle of lotion ranges from fourteen dollars to twenty four, I swear it is worth the investment. If you feel like your mind is cluttered with unneeded thoughts and you need to clear your head, the focus aromatheapy was made for you.

I am really excited to introduce a new topic for my passion blogs this semester because it is something I have become very interested in through the past couple years. It is more of a just a hobby for me, its more of a belief. I believe that medications can do more harm than they do good and sometimes we look to medicine such as advil as an easy fix, when it is doing everything but that. As science develops and aromatherapy becomes increasingly popular, I believe that the use of it won’t just be due to interest but because it actually does work. I hope that I can persuade all of you about how well it works and that the myths are in fact, not just myths.