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Lush’s Sleepy Body Lotion has been hailed as a miracle cure for insomnia. Soon after it launched, a wave of customers took to social media to recommend it. I saw tonnes of testimonials from women who claimed Sleepy helped their babies drift off much faster than usual. That was the clincher for me – babies can’t be fooled.
At first sniff, Sleepy smells like the Lush shop floor, a mixture of sweetness and porridge. When you really breathe in, lavender and almond oil come to the fore. There’s a whack of almond oil and tonka too, adding freshly-baked warmth. It’s nice.
The texture is less pleasing. It’s a bit greasy – not unctuous enough to feel like a luxe treatment, not light enough to leave skin velvety. At its worst, when we had warmer weather, Sleepy felt sticky. After trial and error, I’m using a tiny dot of product and rubbing it in over as large an area as possible, then taking another pinch when my first dot has almost soaked in completely.
But we can leave the texture aside, I suppose. Yep, it’d be nice if it were more refined, especially as Sleepy isn’t exactly cheap, but it is not the star of the show. The supposed magic lies in the scent.
I gave it the thumbs up straight away, but long-term use has made me grow fonder still. It is really soothing; partially because of the lavender blend, partly because its strength is perfectly balanced. When applied, it’s heavy enough to be smelled, but not so much that it’s distracting. If I catch my mind racing, I bring my attention back to my breath and the scent. I find it really helpful. I have been sleeping really well lately.
And now, let me kill some of the hope that the previous paragraphs might have created.
As well as being bougie and putting on body cream every night, I do lots of unglamorous things to keep insomnia at bay – exercise five times a week, going to therapy, holding up crosses and throwing holy water at anything that might contain caffeine.
Alongside these measures, Sleepy is a nice bedtime ritual that helps me unwind. I know we’re being sold the notion that self-care is simply soaps and pamper sessions, but it’s not the case. I wish I could say Sleepy is a panacea, but I don’t think there is one for something as complex as stressful and sleep. I imagine any scent that you find soothing would work just as well.
So, if you’re already doing your best to fix your sleep cycle and manage stress, I think something like Sleepy can make bedtime feel a bit nicer. I’ve bought another jar – although I had to buy it online because it’s been sold out for weeks – and I’m gonna pick up some similarly scented products next time I’m in Lush.