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We try out aromatherapy oils and eye masks to test if they can really soothe anxiety

CAN aromatherapy patches ease nurses’ levels of stress, anxiety and exhaustion?

The findings of one US study suggest they can. So we trial aromatherapy oils to use at home.

And our beauty expert takes a close look at eye masks.


with Jane Atkinson

Bath oil

THE Organic Pharmacy’s jasmine bath oil smells heavenly, is uplifting and leaves the skin incredibly soft and nourished.

Jasmine is well-known for its stress-busting properties, and this product also contains cold-pressed oils of jojoba, rose hip, wheatgerm and sunflower.

It’s brilliant to use as part of a luxurious bedtime bath ritual and smells great, too.

Pure essential oil

MIAROMA lavender pure essential oil has a number of different benefits, including soothing acne symptoms, easing eczema and moisturising dry skin.

I mixed the essential oil with body oil as a pre-bed moisturiser. The scent was calming and it soon sent me off to sleep.

Love it.

Essential oils blend

I APPLIED Neom’s Six Blissful Nights In before taking a shower.

The oil, which contains lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood, left me smelling like I had just left a luxe spa. Neom says its products nourish and hydrate your skin while relaxing you.

Pricier, but my favourite.


with Gabriella Stein


CONTAINING ginkgo biloba extract, the skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are designed to combat wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.

They are easy to apply – the gels are stuck on and left for ten minutes, once a week. It hydrated my skin and reduced darkness under the eyes.

No real difference to wrinkles, but still a good pep-up at just over £3 per pair.


THE Erborian eye patch is boosted with ginseng root to hydrate and smooth skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Saturated with cream but easy to apply and stayed put. I left it on for 15 minutes, removed and patted excess product into my skin.

My under-eye area was left plump and brighter. It moisturised and reduced puffiness.


ARBONNE Prep Work's eye gel masks have the biggest initial outlay but the cheapest long-term at only £1.60 per pair.

Each gel mask is enriched with vitamin C, E and B3 for hydrating and brightening properties as well as caffeine to reduce puffiness. They were immediately soothing on the skin and they do feel the most luxurious of the three.

My favourite.

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