Aromatherapy Sprays by The Divine Hag [Review]

The Divine Hag - Aromatherapy Sprays Review

There are those moments in life that happen when you least expect them and this review opportunity was certainly one of those! I was on the train home from London and struck up conversation with one of my fellow passengers. When a young man came on stinking of cannabis and thus, filling the cabin with the smell, she whipped out this spray and within seconds the smell was gone. I was in absolute awe. I’m asthmatic and I’m also allergic to cigarette smoke (and any recreational drugs smoked cause a reaction in me too) so the rest of my journey and evening could have become very unpleasant as a result of this one random stranger.  We started talking and I mentioned my blog, and Margaret was kind enough to offer me that particular aromatherapy spray there and then, with a promise to send me some products to review. ((Polaroid stock used in banner is from danielle-lee.))

 

The Divine Hag - Aromatherapy Oils & Sprays

Described as an “aromatherapy lifestyle concept”, the company’s creation is steeped in paganism (something that appealed to me spiritually as a pagan) and is heavily influenced by the aspects of the Celtic triple goddess.

We are a woman focussed company, creating scents for women at every stage of life.

As anyone with asthma and allergies knows it is imperative to find products that help solve the problem without causing more problems. It’s a difficult task and one that Margaret set out to do when she created The Divine Hag. As someone with chronic health conditions herself and a strong sense of smell, she’s well aware that chemical smells can cause a strong reaction and even pain for people with certain conditions. With that in mind she set about creating products that provide optimal relief through a layering of dilutions that are suitable for everyone. All of The Divine Hag products are therefore organic and hypoallergenic.

 

The Divine Hag - The three products being reviewed

The Products

Along with the original spray she sent me, Margaret sent me three other samples to review. I will only be reviewing two of them and the original room spray, however, as the third sample was the Period Ease Spray which I want to test it a bit more before offering a review.

In this review I am going to be reviewing the following products:

 

The Divine Hag - Clearing & Re-energising Spray

Clearing and Re-Energising Spray

Ingredients: clary sage, cypress, lemon, citronella, rosemary.

To say I fell in love with this spray is an understatement. This is the one that Margaret whipped out on the train and has been my constant companion ever since – it goes everywhere with me. It’s been my absolute life line this summer with the heatwaves as it’s been way too hot to cook with the kitchen window closed, but our neighbours smoke so it always floods our kitchen with the smell. Thankfully I could just spray a few bursts of the re-energising spray and hey presto, smoke-be-gone!

It wasn’t actually originally designed for this, mind you, although Margaret has been super happy to find out that it’s got another amazing use (and of course, I’m extremely happy it does too!). The spray, as the name suggests, is blended from organic essential oils known for their positive properties. When sprayed they weave together to not just boost your mood, but also clear your head – something that we all need in this busy world. The result is an uplifting, clean and positive space for you to move forward with whatever you need to do. It comes in multiple sizes so you can pop a little one in your bag and take it with you to work, so when things get a bit overwhelming you can just spritz it.

The scent is also not designed to be overwhelming either – my fiancé, Chris, is quite sensitive to strong scents and he is happy for me to spray this around. It’s very light and airy, with a very slight citrus under tone that gives it that burst of energy.

It isn’t just amazing for cigarette smoke either. I’ve been testing it on pretty much any strong smell that causes me irritation – or annoyance – and it’s been great. It really does help to disperse it and unlike most air fresheners it doesn’t leave anything hanging in the air, it literally does what it’s name for; it re-energises and clears the room. So far I have tested it on; bonfire smoke, cat urine and cat poop. If you have cats you will know how strong the smell of cat urine is and nothing, and I mean nothing, ever gets rid of that smell. So I am really happy to have found something that helps disperse that AND smoke in one bottle! I will definitely be buying a new one of these when this one is finished!

 

 

The Divine Hag - Blissful Sleep Spray

 

Bliss Sleep Spray

Ingredients: geranium, roman chamomile, rose, lavender, rosemary and ylang ylang.

I’m fortunate not to struggle with sleep that often, however, Chris suffers from chronic insomnia so we have tried a lot of sleep sprays out to try to help him. I also like to use them because sometimes when I go to bed I find that the events of the day, or the lack of productivity, catches up with me and hits me full force right before bed. Sleep sprays are naturally designed to ease your mind and relax you so they help me drift into sleep.

Most sleep sprays are chock full of lavender but as Margaret explains here that’s not a good thing as it can result in you waking up groggy or with a headache. Many people are also quite sensitive to lavender too, so The Divine Hag Bliss Sleep Spray only has a touch of lavender in it, letting the other wonderful oils do the rest of the work to relieve anxiety and help ease you into a relaxing sleep.

I certainly found that it did the trick, and I didn’t feel as groggy in the morning. As I have rhinitis as well as asthma I can get groggy quite easily, so it was a relief to not feel like that in the morning. The spray can be as strong as you want it to be depending on how much you choose to layer it, or how you use it. I prefer to spray it directly onto a pillow, whereas, other people may benefit more from having it on a tissue placed inside a pillow.

 

 

The Divine Hag - Anti-Nausea Spray

Anti-Nausea Spray

Ingredients: peppermint, grapefruit, sage, lime, and ginger.

Nausea is to put it bluntly a right pest, especially if you have a strong nose. Even the tiniest hint of a smell can set your stomach heaving so I’m always a bit unsure of any anti-nausea scents. I always find that some of them are unbearable, filled with rich scents that are far too strong when your stomach is rolling around. Like the other Divine Hag products much care has been taken to ensure that this spray doesn’t do that and uses distinctive ingredients that you may recognise from various travel sickness home remedies. There’s peppermint which I recognise from IBS and upset stomach remedies as it’s well known for settling tummies, as well as ginger, another ingredient common in many home remedies. By mixing these with the uplifting scents of lime, sage and grapefruit Margaret has created a light and airy spray that I didn’t bog me down. This was especially important for me because my nausea always accompanies my migraines so anything too strong will just make my head feel very stuffy.

I do have to admit that out of the three products this was my least favourite. That isn’t to say that it doesn’t work; I think it is probably because I’m not a huge fan of peppermint and I can smell it quite strongly in this spray. It doesn’t overpower everything else, I’m just one of those people who just doesn’t get on well with it. The lime in the spray balances off the menthol smell of the peppermint nicely, taking off the sharp edge so if you’re not keen on peppermint like me it does make it usable – unlike other products that contain peppermint and all you can smell is the peppermint!

I can certainly see this being a product much more useful for someone with nausea caused by anxiety or travel sickness. I do tend to experience it with anxiety, however, did not have any such moments during the testing period. When I breathe in the spray I feel the sense of calm relief that I associate with treatments for travel sickness that I had when I was a child. I used to suffer from terrible car sickness as a child and we tried everything, eventually I grew out of it (thankfully), but I do remember that cool sense of relief as it flooded my body and my stomach settled. This spray gives me that same feeling, so if you suffer from travel sickness I would suggest picking up a sample to try – and based on the amazing quality and results of the other products I’d vouch for it working!

 

Conclusion

Aromatherapy is one of those things that has become trendy in recent years and almost everyone has become a dabbler; The Divine Hag is not one of those. Margaret is a connoisseur and as she puts it on her website she has chosen to put her super sensory nose to good use. The result is a variety of products that also include sprays for menopause, babies and studying/concentration (something I might check out for my focus issues due to fatigue!).  The Divine Hag also runs a series of workshops in London and Glasgow for a range of aromatherapy topics so if your interested in learning more about creating something for yourself you can do that too!

 

Over to You!

I really hope you have found this review useful. I had quite a few people ask me about the Clearing and Re-Energising Spray when I posted about it on instagram so I hope that this is useful to a few more of you. A lot of people struggle with unwanted smells and finding a calm space, so it’s a great addition to any home for a multiple of reasons. If you have any questions about that or any of the other sprays featured in this review please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

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If you’ve never used aromatherapy has this review tempted you to try something?

Geeking By in February

February Update

It was really difficult to find the motivation to write this catch up because February seemed to just blow through our lives and leave a heap of snow in it’s wake. Here in Glasgow we got hit pretty badly and we still have snow on the ground now. We were quite literally snowed in, which is a first for me. Here’s a few pictures and you can also see a few videos of the snow on my instagram. ((Image from Public Domain Images. Brushes by morfachas.))

 

Gaming Bullet Journal

I seem to have splurts of activity with my gaming bullet journal, and recently I’ve been delving into the world of transmogs from Legion and Argus world bosses and rares, so this has lead to a bunch of new trackers! I’ve tried to vary my page design and styles to make them a bit more interesting visually. In some cases being more adventurous worked, while in others it back fired spectacularly. I’ve also slowly working my way through my hidden artifact pages. I decided to add illustration to them which has been harder so it’s taking longer to complete.  For now there’s just a few pencil sketches which I’m hoping to eventually colour and outline in pen. I’ll be continuing with that through March and also working on some trackers for achievements. Here’s a few photos of what I’ve been up to, but once again my instagram is the best place to see what I’m up to if you’re interested in following my progress!

Credit for the inspiration for my gaming journal goes to the fantastic Bujo Gamer Girls group on facebook!

 

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Gaming in February

While January was all about Neverwinter, in February we moved on to a new game; Divinity 2: Original Sin. I’d never heard of it but Chris is a youtube junkie, especially game playthroughs and had come across it. He got so annoyed at not finding a decent playthrough that he ended up getting it for us both with his birthday money! He also picked up the first game for himself and that looks good too, so I might try that out t some point. Unlike our usual games, Divinity 2 isn’t an MMO, it’s a co-op game with turned based combat. It took me a while to get into it because the controls are quite different to my usual games, however, I’m really enjoying it even if I do occasionally hit a friendly target instead of a bad guy… (Chris is used to it).

You can choose to create a character from scratch or pick an origin character which is a character with a pre-written background and storyline. While we’re both creative in character creation else where – me in online RPGs and him in tabletop RPGs – we love the story element of video games. Most of the games we play have a rich story and it’s really important to us, so we chose two origin characters. The abilities and spells are really dynamic in the sense that you don’t have a set talent tree; you can play an elemental mage and then throw in some rogue skills too. You just need to put points in the right abilities and get the books to learn the spells. We’re into Act 2 at the moment and while it’s slow going because we are very thorough, it doesn’t feel like a slow grind. You’re always doing something, finding a new clue and so forth. I’ll do a full review when we’re a bit further through the game.

In World of Warcraft I’ve been finishing up my class order hall campaigns and mount quests! Once they were done I turned my attention to Argus and have finally gotten all characters through that campaign too. As a result of completing all the class mount quests I managed to hit 300 mounts and now have a gorgeous blue cloud serpent in my collection. For March I’m going to be starting to farm some transmog gear, mounts and pets again and maybe get some leveling done on my second paladin. She’s the last one to get to 110 and I want her completed before we get the next expansion and start leveling the allied races.

 

Silent Witness

Silent Witness is a British crime TV show that is now in it’s 21st season. It follows the lives of pathologists as they work with the police to solve crimes by giving them evidence from the dead, aka the silent witness. I would describe it as a much more serious and hard-hitting version of Bones; there’s not so much humor, hardly any mad experiments and no grand conspiracies.  It started in 1996, so I was about 11 and it wasn’t something that I really grew up watching. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve caught the most recent seasons and after watching the end of the last season I wanted more. I have a habit of going back and watching old British crime shows right from the beginning. I’ve done it with a Touch of Frost (I’d watched a lot of this when growing up but never all of it) and then more recently with Prime Suspect (after watching the new 1973 prequel). So Silent Witness has been on my list for a long time, however, as you can imagine 21 seasons worth is a lot. It got put off until I felt that nagging need to do it and so I bit the bullet and started way back with season 1.

I’ve always been a fan of Emilia Fox and really like her character, Nikki, and her relationship with the team. I came into season 20 with the team fully formed and obviously had been working together for a while, so I wanted to know how they first met. Nikki isn’t the first lead character; originally it was Amanda Burton’s formidable Sam Ryan and it took me a while to come around to her. It didn’t help that Sam was a strong female character in a time when they were very new and still frowned upon, so the first few seasons feel like it’s just about who she’s sleeping with. Eventually in about season 3 she takes on a Professorship and the real work begins. Things get more serious, bigger and the show begins to touch upon every day issues that really hit home. In the 90s it’s AIDs and the IRA, and then more recent seasons have covered immigrants and disabilities. The later, at the end of season 21, was very tough to watch and thus well written and acted. One of the main cast is the wonderful Liz Carr who herself is disabled and an advocate for the disabled, so it was a particularly important issue for her to see raised in a show.

I’m currently two episodes into season 12, and loving the current team dynamic of Leo, Harry and Nikki. From the looks of the posters the team remains the same for a few more seasons before Harry leaves and Jack (a current cast member) joins.

 

Health

I have inadvertently left the hardest part until last. I spent the whole month struggling with my chest and breathing, and ended up getting an x-ray; only to find that everything is clear and healthy! It should have been a happy moment, instead I’m left wondering what now? I was so sure something was wrong, something that could be found and fixed. Of course, my health is never that simple. My doctor is now in the process of taking me off the new migraine medication which helped my migraines immensely because it can cause respiratory problems as a side effect. Her thinking is that there was an infection, and then the side effect was triggered or kicked in and it’s all rolled into one big mess. As she pointed out, the new medication hadn’t solved the migraine problem entirely; they were less painful but still frequent. So this is the next logical step, however, the timing sucks because we’re away at a Sci Fi convention in a few weeks – right smack bang in the middle of me lowering my dosage /facepalm. I’d been looking forward to no migraines this year after having them for three days last year! Unfortunately my breathing has been so bad that I can’t wait, and it’s a toss up between that or the migraines hampering my fun. Once I’ve weaned myself back off this medication it’s time to try another one – and we’re running out of options. I’m being referred to the headache specialist as well, which considering I’ve been suffering from migraines since I was 17 is probably a bit overdue.

 

Over to You

And that was my February! How was yours? Did you have any bad weather? Anything interesting happen? Let me know in the comments 🙂