The Sleep Balms

30 Sept 2014

I've always been a bit of a night owl, but the older I get, the more I really wish I had a proper sleep pattern in place. Years of staying up all hours, not having a regular time pattern or needing to get up at a certain time, it's left my body clock all over the place. I'm pretty good at getting up early, but when I stay up all night that can soon mean I'm wanting a nap by afternoon. Yes, I'm a 26-year-old adult who naps (and loves it).

A review of this works Sleep Balm and Badger Balms Sleep Balm

Every now and then when I'm trying to sort my sleeping pattern out, I use 'sleeping aids' to help me drop off to sleep quickly, something which usually takes me hours. One type of product I've now tried from a couple of brands, one a high-street version, the other high-end, is sleep balms. Let me tell you, I was sceptical at first, but now? I am a complete convert.  

this works Sleep Balm (10g, £12) was the first one I tried, quite a cult blogger favourite and one I wanted to try on the back of rave reviews. For the price, you don't get much - but that said balms are really long-lasting products, so you'd be surprised by how long this little pot can stick around. With a combination of French Lavender oil to calm, Tahitian Monoi oil to hydrate and anti-oxidant Rose oil to strengthen and purify dry skin, it works to relieve tension and insomnia when applied to pulse points. I can genuinely say that whenever I use this sleep balm, it doesn't take me long at all to fall asleep and it's pretty effective, even for someone like me who can usually take up to 2 hours to fall asleep. 

The Badger Balm Sleep Balm (56g, £7.99) is one I picked up in a recent beauty haul (see here), and by both price and size, it's a much better alternative if you're on a budget. I wanted to give this one a try to see how it compared to the current favourite this works, as well as being cheaper to repurchase if I ended up preferring it. With Rosemary, Bergamot, Ginger, Balsam Fir and Lavender, it works to strengthen, refresh and relax, helping you clear your mind and fall into a peaceful sleep. As a sleeping aid, it does work - after every use I've got a good, deep nights sleep and felt refreshed and better for it by morning. But I find the this works Sleep Balm is quicker and more effective.

Despite this works having a more effective product, Badger Balm is just as good and for the price and size, I think it'll be my first choice to repurchase. I also love the little tin it comes with, I'm really starting to get into Badger Balms, so if you have any favourite products and recommendations, let me know! What's your take on sleep balms, have you tried one before?