I am lucky to be blessed with the ability to sleep through anything. I remember when I was little, the house three doors down from us was completely on fire and there were sirens and alarms going off all over the shop buuuuuut me being me, I slept through the whole thing. So yeah, you could say once I’m asleep, I’m pretty much dead to the world.
HOWEVER… As I’ve got older, I have started to get the odd night where I just can’t get to sleep and start to think about the most random things like names I can call my future dogs or what snacks I’m going to get at the cinema next time I go. I know for a fact that I’m not the only one and for busy bees like me, it really can be a massive ball ache trying to get to sleep. But don’t worry, that’s where Feather and Down come in.
A couple of months back, I was sent a selection of the Feather and Down sleep range and I’ve had my whole family putting it to the test to find out if it really does the job… All systems go in the Stephenson household!
Feather and Down aim for their customers to build their own sleep routine through the use of their bath, body and home fragrance products. Simple. They also offer some handy sleep facts which will make you want to try their products even more. Did you know that if you increase the temperature of your bath before bedtime, due to the cooling process your body undertakes, it will actually help you fall asleep quicker! Helloooooo expensive energy bills!
The first thing I will say about this range is if you’re normally put off by lavender, don’t turn your nose up at these products. I normally cannot stand the smell of lavender and it gives me the worst headaches but for some reason, I love the smell of Feather and Down products. Maybe it’s the inclusion of chamomile in the scent or just that I’ve programmed my brain to think of sleep whenever I smell the slightest whiff of pillow spray. I also don’t find it too overpowering which is so important when you’re dousing yourself in oil or cream before bed because there is nothing worse than not being able to unsmell a smell. You know what I mean?
I have to admit, this was the product I was most excited about trialling. You simply just spritz some on your pillow before you go to sleep and it’s supposed to ‘reduce an anxious mind and encourage calm’. I’m not sure if it lowered any anxiety but I suppose the smell of lavender made me feel more calm as I’ve always associated that smell with unwinding and relaxing. Unfortunately, I did notice some mornings after using this that I felt a bit dopey which (despite my usual ditsy personality) isn’t like me at all! I don’t know if that’s because on those particular occasions, I overdid it on the spray or whether my early wake up call was just too much for me!
Oh I do love a good shower cream and this one doesn’t disappoint for those evenings when you literally want to jump out the shower and get straight into your cosy bed. It feels so soft and luxurious on your skin despite it only costing £6 (and yes, you heard me right, it’s only £6!) and doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky or claggy after which in my opinion is the absolute worst thing about body creams/lotions. Also, I haven’t tried it myself but I’ve read that this is really relaxing in baths as well so if you prefer a dip over a quick shower then this will be perfect. The only bugbear I have with this is that a little doesn’t go a long way so after a couple of months of using it, I’ve barely got any left.
I’m one of those people who love to use matching shower gels, lotions and potions so as you can imagine, I’ve been using the body oil religiously after jumping out the shower. I spray this on my arms, legs and shoulders whilst my skin is still a tad damp as I find it leaves almost a dry residue and it soaks in alright but it’s not the best oil I’ve ever used. Something I do like about it though is how fine the mist is as it doesn’t make you skin feel overly oily which is something I can’t stand with other products.
I could tell as soon as I opened this balm that it’s going to last me a lifetime and it’s gone down a treat so far. The idea is that you rub it on your pulse points (temples, inside of elbows, wrists, etc.) and it’s supposed to relax you. It’s not too overpowering in scent which gets a huge thumbs up from me considering I don’t like putting really strongly scented things on my face and it didn’t break me out either – WHAT A RESULT! Also, don’t fret about how long this takes to apply because it requires absolute minimal effort, making it perfect for all the lazy gals like me out there! This sleep balm really just is the perfect little pot to keep in your bedside beauty stash!
Before trying out any of these products, I really didn’t think you could find a reasonably priced sleeping solution in your local Boots, especially one that actually works but it turns out I was wrong. Of course, it’s not guaranteed to work on everyone and it’s more about unwinding you before bedtime than actually knocking you out to sleep but I still think the range is bloody brilliant! If you’re easily influenced like me and get caught up with psychological effects like remembering a smell which you associate with sleep then this range is 100% on your radar and could work like a dream!
Let’s also take a moment to appreciate the fact that my Mum has even approved of the range and she’s been taking tablets for yeaaaaars to get a full night’s sleep – now that is saying something!
If you struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep or even just want to try out something new then you better head down to your nearest Boots (currently they have a 3 for 2 offer on) or to the Feather and Down website to sort yourself out with some sleepy goodness!
Do you ever struggle with nodding off or getting a proper night’s sleep? Or have you used any Feather and Down products before?