Heavenly Hand Cream

If you’ve been lucky enough to spend time in a spa, you’ll know the smell I’m talking about here. When you first walk through the doors of a spa, you’re usually met by the tranquil sounds of birds chirping and water falling from some zen-like indoor sculpture. And your nose is usually met with the faint scent of herbs and florals like orange, rosemary, chamomile and lavender. Now I’ve never been one to try and recreate a spa experience at home – who has the time? – but when I am fortunate enough to runaway to a real spa, the first thing I look forward to is surrendering my senses to the sounds and smells that envelope me. Recently I quite accidentally stumbled upon a product that immediately knocked my nostrils back into a spa experience I had had years ago; that’s how strong and accurate the scent is within Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream ($25, jurlique.com). The lavender is so delicate, yet so exact, I can liberally smooth some over my hands, lie back and imagine – just for a moment – that I am in a Buddah Garden far, far away.