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0 Posted by - February 9, 2012 - Uncategorized

Origins Peace of Mind On-the-spot Relief  Origins original stress-buster. When the world closes in on you and your head feels a size too small, apply just two dabs and you’ll feel a tingling sensation as pressure, tension and tightness begin to melt away.
Before I sing its praises, a couple of things to note:
- I’m a certified ‘alternative therapy’ sceptic.
- If you suffer from panic attacks (in my experience) this won’t necessarily prevent them. It is, however, brilliant for helping to prevent mild to moderate anxiety from escalating.
Some time last year, in the depths of despair about my final year at University, I happened to pass an Origins counter and noticed this little green bottle. The sales assistant explained to me that it was an aromatherapy ‘de-stresser’ (at which point I probably rolled my eyes) and told me to rub a dab between my fingers and inhale. To my surprise the effect was instantly refreshing and relaxing, like a gust of fresh air had just wafted through my head. 
I decided to take a gamble on it, needless to say I’m glad I did. I’m terrible about getting myself worked up, trying to think about one hundred things at once until I can’t even see straight anymore. I’m also prone to anxiety at really inconvenient moments – like when my head is pressed against somebody’s armpit on a packed tube. In both instances I always reach for Origins Peace of Mind On-the-spot Relief. It is a quick absorbing, powerfully scented white lotion and the fragrance is predominantly spearmint with the addition of some more complex notes. 
There are a couple of ways to use this, either simply by rubbing it between your fingers and inhaling or alternatively massaging it into your temples and the back of your neck. The smell lingers for a good twenty minutes and I find catching whiffs of it over that time period helps remind me to chill out. The minty scent is also pretty good at pepping you up in the afternoon if you feel like you’re fading.
It is £11 for 15ml (I know, right?) but I honestly won’t be without this in my handbag.
*Bought by me and, believe it or not, Origins did not sponsor this post!

11 Comments

  • Sandra February 9, 2012 - 5:41 pm Reply

    Sounds good. I need this stuff right now! :) i hope it will work on me.

  • xroseypinkcheeks xo February 9, 2012 - 6:51 pm Reply

    need to get my hand on this :-)
    please check out my blog xo

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  • Boscy February 9, 2012 - 7:55 pm Reply

    I’m desperately stressing out over work and impending uni assignments at the moment (third year is ROUGH). I’d never usually go for anything like this and am a little sceptical, but at the moment I’d go so far as to say I’m desperate so definitely going to give this a go. Thanks for this post (you may just save saved my life – stress makes me somewhat melodramatic) x

    http://boscy.blogspot.com

    • Meg February 9, 2012 - 8:38 pm Reply

      :( i know what it’s like! I really hope it helps you! x

  • Laura.Blogs.Beauty February 10, 2012 - 9:40 am Reply

    im such a stress head, im one of those that when i get hot i get ‘hot n bothered’ as they say, i will be doing the housework and if i put something on a table and it falls off i scream at it….not always, but if its that time of month EVERYTHING annoys me, i have no fuse basically at certain times, never at people i just shout at the washing up or something. God I sound aweful, but its only when im alone, or doing something like curling my hair, if it doenst curl right i swear at the strand LOL. may have to try somehting like this

  • Ekta February 10, 2012 - 9:46 am Reply

    I can relate to your alternative therapy’ skepticism, and this sounds great. Definitely on my wish list. God knows every uni student needs something like this in their bag! x

    http://www.canotier.blogspot.com

  • becky. February 16, 2012 - 1:35 pm Reply

    sounds perfect, especially for me who can’t bear the thought of constantly popping pills like kalms, i’ll definitely have to give this a go x

  • Justine x February 16, 2012 - 10:49 pm Reply

    this sounds just the thing for me at the moment as i seem to get so stressed and then this cause me to worry about a million things at once. Thanks for the review i will defiantly be trying.
    Justine x
    http://justinesdressingtable.blogspot.com/

  • Rae-Rae – Fashion, Beauty and Randomness April 18, 2012 - 9:30 pm Reply

    I was just browsing through your blog (love btw!) and I came across this and ahh this is just what I need right now! Just heading into my second year uni exam period and i’m feeling the anxiety creeping up fast! Definitely going to try this so thank you for reviewing it! x

  • Fleur April 19, 2012 - 7:18 pm Reply

    This sounds amazing and I’m definitely going to pop to an Origins counter asap. I’m a science grad so totally skeptical about everything. However, I do also believe in the placebo effect and having a mum who loves essential oils and rescue remedy – I’ve grown up using these kinds of things.

    One thing that works amazingly for me as I have real problems sleeping is the Badger lavender and bergamot sleep balm. It smells wonderful and just seems to work. I think the ritual of massaging it into my temples also helps.

    xoxo

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