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The Anxiety-Soothing Body Lotion That Helps Steph Drift off to Sleep

It's sweet dreams in a jar.
Lush Sleepy Body Lotion, $9.95, available at Lush.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion, $9.95, available at Lush.

I'm not what you'd call "good at sleeping." (Do you call people that? I do — it's a rare talent, and always one that leaves me awe-stricken when I encounter it in others.) I spent most of my life tossing and turning for hours every night before finally falling asleep, and thinking that was normal, until I discovered melatonin in college and suddenly became far more sleep-capable. But even with my habitual pre-bedtime melatonin, I sometimes still have toss-y, turn-y nights, so I'm always drawn to products that claim to help you drift off with more ease. 

As a beauty editor as well as somewhat of a gimmicky wellness fiend, I've tried just about every pillow mist, candle, essential oil, sleep mask, tea, gadget and supplement with sleep-enhancing claims. But one of my all-time favorite snooze-assisting items is without a doubt Lush's Sleepy Body Lotion

The internet absolutely loves this stuff. So I was, of course, eager to try it for myself when the brand was gracious enough to send a sample my way. One use, and I was sold: Its sweet, dreamy scent melds lavender with tonka and almond, but somehow doesn't overtly smell like any of those aromas. The combination is instantly soothing to me and my ever-present anxiety, while the pudding-like formula is also soothing to my skin. 

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I slather on the blend of ultra-moisturizing ingredients — oat milk, almond oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter, amongst others — right out of the shower; the scent helps to mentally prepare me for sleep, and then I wake up with soft, happy skin in the morning. It's quickly become a part of my evening routine I look forward to during the day. Turns out the internet is sometimes right about things. Who knew?

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion, $9.95, available at Lush.

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