I am the first to admit I've been known to use beauty products to cope with emotions. Everyone has their vices, and mine occasionally just happen to be seltzer water and a great Tom Ford lipstick instead of ice cream and wine.
However, despite the fact that beauty products are often able to lift my emotions, I recognize that this is far from a universal experience. I'm sure some of you deal with heartbreak in more constructive ways than going to Sephora and spending a small fortune on face masks. Yet, the experience is apparently common enough that many beauty brands specifically market the mood-altering properties of their products. In fact, a ton of beauty products are marketed under the auspices of making you feel good, as opposed to simply improving your appearance. They are said to make you happy, calm you down, pep you up, or clear your mind — all in an awesome face cream!
Does it sound too good to be true? That's because mostly, it is. However, I've found eight products that I've actually experienced to have mild mood altering properties. I could be crazy, but feel free to try them out for yourself and tell me so.
There's this restaurant in Austin called Curra's Grill that famously serves avocado margaritas (and they are truly something special). My second favorite unconventional iteration of avocados, after the aforementioned refreshing Texas goodness, is LUSH's Avobath bath bomb. The avocado + lemongrass + olive oil combination is atypically energizing for a bath product, and the bright green color only adds to the perceived brain-fog-busting properties. And, as a bonus, like all LUSH products, it is (well, almost) completely natural.
Fresh's Cannabis Santal Spray is an earthy scent that contains notes of fruit, herbs, and patchouli. Though it may not act as a real substitute for the chronic, it certainly calls to mind long conversations about ethical relativism or how to make a grilled cheese using Pop-Tarts as bread (this may or may not be a real thing that happened). The scent is invigorating and for that reason it is one of my favorite pick-me-ups even without any truly mind-bending properties. It's the ghost of mood altering experiences past.
I'm a freak and I really don't like actually eating grapefruits, but the smell of grapefruits is one of my top five favorite scents in the world. Grapefruit is purported (in aromatherapy) to have antidepressant properties and while that is in no legitimate way scientifically supported (that I could find, at least), it does smell really, really good.
Origins clearly believed in the mood-boosting power of grapefruit when they created their Gloomaway line, and though I don't really understand why the citrusy smell of this creamy lotion brightens my mood, it absolutely does.
This sleep mask is apparently created with "fragrance technology" designed to relax and calm you while you sleep. Though I wasn't hooked up to a REM monitor, the product does not slack when it comes to firming properties and I must say I did find my sleep to be far more relaxed than usual.
This cream contains a ton of highly calming ingredients like lavender, chamomile, and frankincense (plus, if you live in Colorado, Oregon, or California, the cream will be infused with actual THC, making it the most legit mood-alterer of the bunch). It's also really moisturizing and smells earthy but not dirty, if you know what I mean.
I've been obsessed with Milk Makeup recently, and this product of theirs hits a home run by containing almost all of the previously mentioned mood-altering ingredients found in the above products. It's a veritable home run. With grapefruit, lemon, and avocado oils, the product smells like a citrus explosion, but also works to hydrate anything from the face to the lips to the elbows. I'm obsessed with it and I keep it in my purse because it is so multi-functional and it always boosts my mood.
Love + Roses smells like a gardener really doubled down on the whole "roses" thing, but even in addition to the amazing scent, it also contains anti-aging properties and antioxidants all over the place. It's also meant to be an aphrodisiac (though I have yet to see that come to fruition, but there is still time, right?)
First of all, this blush is adorable, but it also contains two natural plant extracts called Happy Skin and Euphoryl, which are meant to promote joy by mimicking the functionality of endorphins. I'm not quite so sure about that, but the blush is so cute and it imparts that perfect pop of color easily. It's also a steal!