According to Eli Bay, one of the world’s foremost authorities on stress management, stress is an unseen health crisis that is fueling chronic anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure and depression. For more than three decades, the industry authority has studied on how high stress levels affect every area of our life. He says that carrying even low level stress can build up and lead to health problems later in life. “Over 80 percent of physical health conditions are thought to be driven by stress,” he explains. And that statistic was before we faced a global pandemic. His work in this field led to Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail to dub him “Canada’s Stress Guru”, a title well deserved.
Eli says that if you can take 15 minutes a day and consciously breathe down into your abdomen, you will become calmer and more in control of the things in your life that cause you stress. Breathing in and out of your abdomen, not your chest, is the key to relaxed breathing. And when you breathe in a relaxed way, your body follows suit. This simple exercise can change your life. It just takes daily practice.
It’s interesting to note that when Roman luxury jeweller Bvlgari decided to create a series of exclusive spas and resorts in exotic locations, the number one goal was how to calm and rejuvenate guests. Every detail in the design from subdued lighting, gentle music soundtrack and linen quality was made to create a relaxing experience. Perfumer Jean Claude Ellena was recruited to compose a fragrance that would help both men and women relax and unwind. He blended a citrus-aromatic scent with notes of bergamot citrus, cardamom, lemon, coriander, orange blossom, mandarin orange, jasmine, lily of the valley, Bulgarian rose, green tea, cedar, musk, precious woods, sandalwood and amber. Response from guests was immediate. They begged the resort managers to sell them scent and after literally hundreds of requests, the brand decided to sell it a select retailers around the world. It has been a best-seller since its launch in 1992. In fact, sales this year are record-breaking – a testament to how calming it is.
To help recreate the olfactory experience of visiting a Bvlgari luxury spa, the brand has created this At-Home set. It contains:
Eau de cologne (75 ml)
Shampoo & Shower Gel (75 ml)
Body Lotion (75 ml)
Hair Conditioner (75 ml)
Soap x 2 (75 g)
Refreshing Scented Towels (2 x 12 g)
It’s important to remember that we’ve never faced a global pandemic like this in our lifetime. It’s changing every aspect of our lives in some way or another. So taking the time to de-stress and relax is essential to our health and well-being. A beautiful fragrance can help make this possible.