Especially in winter!
In the winter in Michigan, sunshine is at a premium which gives me a serious case of the blues. It got to the point in college where my doctor recommended that I hit the tanning bed 10-15 minutes a week to counteract the effects of gloom, darkness, cold, and damp. I just wasn't designed to live life in a cave, you know? Come the very first tiny whiff of spring in the air in late March and I'm like a colt- bounding outside looking for hints of green and the first flowers of the year, chasing sunshine, and convincing myself that I can totally start wearing skirts all the time without my legs turning blue (incidentally, I'm wrong about that last one every year).
But one thing helps:
Ahhhhh...Just looking at those pictures lifts my spirits!!! The fruits' peels even look so sunny and inviting. I imagine walking through that grove of trees smelling the tart, citrusy leaves and for a moment I'm transported from snow and ice to sun and sweetness. It's a little vacation courtesy of my computer.
To keep that feeling going no matter where I am or just how cold the slush is that just sloshed over the tops of my shoes, I become obsessive in my search for citrus anything in the winter!
First up is the bath or shower. I submit that there are few things more miserable than dragging yourself out of bed into the frosty air to go stand, shivering, in the bathroom waiting for the shower to heat up only to have the knowledge tapping at the back of your mind that as soon as you start to warm up in the warm spray, you're going to have step back out of the shower to shiver and freeze again. Blech. So I inundate my shower stall with all things citrusy in the months of December to March. Here are some suggestions:
First up is The Body Shop's Sweet Lemon line. Light, slightly sweet, and definitely lemon, this whole line is wonderful. The sugary background keeps it from just smelling like you sprayed yourself with Lemon Pledge (which is no joke in the game of lemon body fragrances) and it's so incredibly hydrating which is something that my poor winter-ravaged skin desperately needs in wintertime. I included my favorites from the line, but there are a ton of other items with this same scent that are equally wonderful. Ahhh...I feel myself warming up already!
|The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Scrub- a good sugar scrub is indispensable in the winter for getting your skin glowing in the winter, especially on your legs, knees, and upper arms! The increased blood circulation generated by rubbing the scrub into your skin aids with cell turnover as well, which keeps skin healthy and hydrated.|
There are some fantastic options lurking no further than your neighborhood drugstore just waiting to take you on a little mini vacay via your shower, as well! I actually am loving the reforumlation frenzy that is happening over at Suave and their shower gels and lotions are getting the overall treatment right along with their hair care products. If it's been awhile since you've tried them out, you may way to consider giving them another look. They've put out a really nice rendition of The Body Shop's Mango Mandarin in a shower gel and lotion set. At about $2-$3 each, these are so very doable, so go ahead and throw them in your cart next time you're grabbing Q-Tips and mouthwash.
|For real, this smells just like pink lemonade! Like...I want to drink it, it's so realistic. Mmmm...|
|Mmmm...warm tea with a generous slice of lemon and some honey. Perfection.|
There are some little pocket-size ways to take the chill off as well, which are fun to use just because well...they're fun. lol. And they smell and taste good. Good enough for me!
|Eos lip balm in Tangerine. This one feels like it was developed just for me- it's medicated for use on chapped lips and it has a delicious taste and scent. Ahhhhh...|
|Lemon drops, on this list if only because they've always been my fave. Mmmmm...and I'm in good company because they are also one Professor Albus Dumbledore's favorite so...there you go.|
In order to keep the house smelling yummy, there are a few little tricks I know...okay, it's candles. Candles is the trick I know. BUT I'm really good at picking out yummy scents! These are my favorites for mid-to-late winter when you've had to hang up your Christmas ones (because really, I get sick of cinnamon immediately following Christmas) and around January I'm more interested in creating a fresh, clean smell in the house rather than the heavier, "warm" scents of fall and the holidays.
|This one actually isn't "in your face" citrusy. It's more herb-y than citrus, but it has an awesome light, sunny, airy fragrance that makes the house feel fresh and bright.|
How do YOU get through the winter doldrums? Any little coping mechanisms or quirks that get you through it without hating the sight of the four walls of your house by the end of February?