When it comes to getting a better night’s sleep, there are tons of tricks and tips out there, but this new solution has to be one of the most-talked-about cures yet. Insomniacs across the world are taking to the internet to announce their devotion to the inexpensive “Sleepy” body lotion from Lush cosmetics, claiming it helps them relax and drift off to sleep with absolute ease. The body lotion from Lush has received hundreds of rave reviews online and has even sold out across Europe after news of its seemingly magical powers went viral recently. As someone who struggles to sleep through the night, I knew I just had to give the Lush Sleepy body lotion a try to see if this product is indeed worth the hype.

I’m a bit of a sceptic so instead of ordering the Sleepy lotion online I decided to head to a Lush store and check out the lotion for myself. Afterall, if I was going to be dropping R140 on a tub of purple goo I wanted to see first hand what I was buying. Full disclosure before heading into Lush I embarked on a rather ambitious 2-hour shopping extravaganza and by the time I arrived at the Lush store, feet sore and shoulders heavy from the weight of too many shopping bags, I was ready for a bit of a snooze.

Since I wasn’t there to dilly dally, I made a beeline for the body lotion shelf and grabbed the sample tub of Sleepy to give it a good once over. Sticking my nose as close as possible to the purple lotion I inhaled deeply and immediately felt a sense of calm come over me. With just a whiff, the stress and irritation that comes with 2-hours spent in a packed shopping mall seemed to drift away and I could feel my eyes wanting to close. It was a pretty good first impression if you ask me so I grabbed one of only 3 tubs left on the shelf, paid, and headed home.

Lush Sleepy Lotion

That night I applied a generous amount of the Sleepy lotion to my hands, arms, temples, and decolletage area (the tub says to slather your whole body in it, but ain’t nobody got the time or money for that) and laid down for a good night’s rest. The calm scent of the lotion lingered on my skin as I drifted off to sleep (rather easily I might add) and I woke up the next morning quite surprised that I had managed to sleep through the night. No waking up at 2am, no panicky nightmares. What a delight! If you ask me, this stuff is pure magic in a tub. I’ve used it every night for the past few days and it helps to soothe my anxiety before bed and keep me in a deep slumber until morning.

But listen, this isn’t sorcery or rocket science. The reason it works is pretty simple – the lotion is packed with soothing ingredients that are known for sending you off to sleep. Inside each tub there’s lavender flower infusion, lavender water, and lavender oil. Lavender is known for helping with relaxation, anxiety-reduction, and sleep and when coupled with almond oil, ylang-ylang, and Tonka absolute, it results in a powerful sleep tonic that just won’t quit. But wait, there’s more! The product also contains cocoa butter so it leaves your skin feel silky smooth and soft after applying.

This product definitely worked for me and while just one sniff is enough to make you feel super calm I also think a lot of its magic lies in the application. Having a pampering ritual before bed goes a long way to getting your mind and body ready for sleep. Taking a moment to sit down and pamper yourself with this lotion makes you feel a lot more relaxed before bed – and much more ready to drift off.

Find Lush Sleepy body lotion at Lush South Africa stores or order online. The product is priced at R140 for a 95g tub or R265 for a 215g tub.

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