I was using some lovely lotion recently and wondered what that refreshing fragrance was. Lo and behold, it was Vanilla Verbena Stress Relief from Bath & Body Works. I know all about vanilla, but I knew almost nothing about verbena, a lemony flowering plant. The leaves are fuzzy but the flowers are lovely white, pink, purple and blue. The essential oils of the Common Vervain are harvested for perfumes and beauty products. Here are a few you might like to try.
Feel good with pureDKNY Verbena. This pure scent adds a fresh drop of verbena to make you feel calm and at peace. The fragrance calls to mind sparkling citrus and crisp basil – an overall bright and clean scent with a touch of jasmine, white amber and honeysuckle. It’s fresh, bright and sophisticated. $45 at www.sephora.com.
Fresh Verbena Soap is non-drying and gently cleanses with a premium formula that has a pure vegetable base enriched with moisturizing shea butter. Because it is triple milled, there are no air pockets, making it dense and long lasting. The unique wrapping — in gorgeous printed cotton inlaid paper tied with wire and topped with a semi-precious stone — makes this an excellent stocking stuffer. $14 at www.fresh.com.
DELICIOUS BODY WASH
Nourishing and gentle de-luxe BAIN Body Wash with Verbena is made with plant-based ingredients and organic extracts. It’s silky and lightweight with no harsh preservatives. Indulge yourself with this refreshing rich-lathering verbena body wash. $8.99 at www.drugstore.com.
SOOTHE AWAY STRESS!
Bath & Body Words Aromatherapy Vanilla Verbena Stress Relief Body Lotion helps you unwind and relax at the end of the day. The ultra-creamy nourishing body lotion is infused with a blend of exotic oils to soothe and relax. Breathe deeply and feel yourself chilling. The fabulous blend of vanilla and verbena is phenomenal. Try it on your feet, too. $9 at Bath & Body Works nationwide.
OH LA LA
You might prefer the Beauty of Provence Verbena Body Lotion. This non-greasy fast absorbing lotion uses the finest natural ingredients and is meticulously made in the green valleys of Provence, France – as it has been for centuries – using purest vegetables and shea butter. $13.50 at www.drugstore.com.
THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
You’ll stand taller and walk with confidence wearing Caswell-Massey’s Verbena Cologne Spray. This refreshing 19th century fragrance is infused with citrus for an overall air of insouciant charm. The lemony-fresh verbena scent is ideal for men and women alike. Spirited and long-lasting, it comes in a glass bottle. $36 at www.caswellmassey.com/.
SOFT & DELICIOUS
L’Occitane’s Verbena Harvest Body Lotion softens the skin and leaves a delicate vapor of perfume. Verbena extract acts to soothe and coconut oil moisturizes. Women who’ve used this product give it high marks. They like the lightweight texture and non-greasy feel. $24 at www.sephora.com.
FOR YOUR HAIR, TOO
Fekkai Full Volume Shampoo is specially formulated with body-building proteins and pure botanicals to give fine, limp hair noticeable volume. Made with fresh lemon and fragrance, this 32 oz. size includes a pump dispenser for easy use. Your hair will smell delicious as you breeze through the day. Rates 5 stars! $25 at www.shop.nordstrom.com.
Another product with high marks from consumers is Out Of Africa Organic Verbena Shea Butter. This natural emollient is 100 percent pure and unrefined to protect and hydrate dry and damaged skin. During and after pregnancy, it helps prevent or reduce stretch marks and it’s great for newborns as well. The shea butter is handmade in West Africa and the company gives back to those who make it. $8 at www.drugstore.com.
REFRESH & ENERGIZE
EO Lemon Verbena Body Lotion is a moisturizing and restorative lotion that nourishes, hydrates and softens. The organic herbal blend is formulated to soothe and heal dry and irritated epidermis. Mango seed butter provides a protective barrier from the environment and vitamins A & E aid in tissue repair. The verbena extract leaves a lovely aroma to refresh the senses. $8.99 at www.smallflower.com.
Philosophy Lively Lemon Verbena Body Lotion is heaven, pure and simple. This Nordstrom exclusive is part of a new line that includes exfoliating body wash, shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. This body lotion gets a five-star rating from users. Goes on like silk and leaves skin soft and luxurious. $24 at Nordstrom.