Aveda, what an exotic name! Sounds something like Ayurveda but it really isn't. It is neither therapeutic nor does the name make sense. When I first heard Aveda, back in 2004, I burst out laughing. I could not understand (and still can't) why anyone would name anything good, Aveda! 'Veda' in Sanskrit means Knowledge. When you prefix 'A', it becomes the antonym. So Aveda means 'not Veda', that is 'not knowledge'. Does Aveda mean Ignorance?! Even though the website says Aveda means "knowledge of nature", I don't get it. I have studied Sanskrit for 5 years.
Well, the name and trademarking apart, I think Aveda products are quite good and many of them do live up to the promises.
I got my hands on Aveda love bath oil from Estee Lauder Staff Shop for a meagre $10. I don't know what price it retails at, but the label read $60 after 40% discount. So I am guessing it is quite a bargain.
|Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood|
essential oils, certified organic
This is a bath oil. I am not a bath person. I am more of a shower-and-go person mostly because I am strapped for time and to be honest, I don't enjoy a bath. The last two days have been what I can nicely describe as emotionally draining. I just needed to be with myself and thought I'd put the bath oil to good use. I put my Baby Elephant to his afternoon nap and ran the bath water. The water was so hot that the entire bathroom was converted to a steam room. I added about 10 drops of oil into the hot water and slid myself into the bath. The bath oil was working. It came up as whiffs with the clouds of steam. It was relaxing. Everything went silent. The sound of annoyingly leaky shower suddenly vanished. All I could hear was my heart beat echoing from within the water (so clear that I can now say that the systolic murmur I had during my pregnancy has disappeared), my heavy breathing, all I could smell was the Love oil. After a while, the water equalled my body temperature before it cooled off. When I got out of my 'sensory deprivation tank', I had palpitations, I was dyspoenic, I felt syncopic, diaphoretic and thirsty. It was like a work out!
My skin loved it too. I usually need a generous coating of body lotion after a bath or shower but the Love oil coated my skin lightly, not slicky just a thin film of goodness! My skin is now left smelling of sandalwood and the bathroom smells lovely!
Even though aroma therapy does not strike a chord with me, I credit my post bath euphoria to the hot water and give some credit to the fabulously wonderful aroma of Aveda™ love™ Pure-Fume™ Essence™ bath oil!