After a long, stressful week, sometimes the only thing to cure tense shoulders and a nagging headache is a healthy dose of indulgence. There’s no better way to treat mind and body than with a luxurious evening at home, complete with a bubble bath or a good movie and a pour of something revitalizing. Whatever your preference, here are four products, and a pairing for your glass, to help ease you into the weekend. —Photos by Margaret Rivers
Gin, citrus, rosewater, green tea and dandelion sound like the tasting notes of a craft cocktail. But each can be found in Tokyo Milk’s Gin & Rosewater No. 12 Bon Bon Shea Butter Lotion ($20/2.3 oz). This creamy salve quenches dry skin and leaves a refreshing, summery scent. Though it’s not made with the liquor, it’s even more enjoyable alongside a cocktail mixed with Hendrick’s Gin ($30). Infused with rose and cucumber, Hendrick’s is as wonderfully versatile and spa-like as gin gets.
Made with more than 50 percent saké, Fresh’s Saké Bath ($48/400 ml) is a grown-up spin on a childhood favorite: the bubble bath. This bath’s boost employs ginger and radish root extracts, along with apricot, passionflower and sesame. Turn on your favorite tunes while you soak in this bath’s healing powers. A side of Eiko Fuji Honkara Honjozo (Yamagata) saké ($23/720 ml) never hurt anyone, either.
For some, aromatherapy is a light dose of lavender or chamomile. For others, it’s the scent of a fine Rhône wine. Archipelago’s Côtes du Rhône Parsons Candle ($30) combines the scents of vetiver, black currant and mulberry to conjure the picturesque vineyards and hills of the French wine region. While the candle’s calming perfume lingers, pour a glass of Tardieu-Laurent 2013 Les Becs Fins Côtes du Rhône Villages ($21) and relax the night away.
Don’t let the earthy hue of Lush’s Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo ($21/8.4 oz) throw you off: The first ingredient listed is—you guessed it—stout. The company uses a vegan brew from an independent brewer and even includes organic lemon juice and Cognac oil. This shampoo leaves locks feeling supple, and it gives weight to the claim that beer does hair good. The only thing missing? Shower suds. Treat yourself to Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout ($12/22 oz) to keep your taste buds on the wild side, even if your hair isn’t.
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