Many people don't put much stock into aromatherapy because they don't understand how smells can affect the chemistry of the brain and trigger things like sleep, or memory recognition. While it might be inconceivable to think about, it really does work and can have a profound affect on the way a person lives life. With that being said, I was recently contacted by Lauren Coley of the MSL Group, a representative for Febreze. She asked if I would like to test out the new Febreze Sleep Serenity line. Of course I said yes, not only because Febreze is a brand that I trust but also because I have been working with aromatherapy to help my son's autism and subsequent meltdowns.
The Febreze Sleep Serenity sprays come in three scents, milk and honey, lavender, and jasmine. While lavender is the most common to promote sleep, I receive a product in each scent to try. Unfortunately, due to the heat, the aresol can of the jasmine spray exploded. I purchased my own so that I could use the whole line to see what the results would be.
I sprayed the lavender on my son's bed and had him sleep with it for a couple of nights. He already has a stuffed cat filled with lavender that he sniffs when he starts getting upset. The first three nights of using the lavender spray, he slept all through the night which is completely unheard of. Admittedly, that was also the same time the weather started cooling and he had the sniffles so I can't honestly day if it was one or the other, or a combination of both. It smells pretty though and the smell is lasting enough that there is a faint flowery smell in the morning when he woke up.
The milk and honey product I was sent was a little stand with a scent pack that snapped in and sits on the dresser. It doesn't quite smell like milk and honey, but it's not a bad scent. I keep it in his room and it has not been helping with sleep at all. It also doesn't help when you combine it with the lavender. I largely attribute it's lack of aroma-therapeutic abilities to the fact that it's really not that strong.
Lastly, the jasmine spray is not my cup of tea. It gives my kiddo a headache and he says that it doesn't smell pretty. It makes my hubby just fall right to sleep. It does work (at least for an adult) and provides a soothing scent but it's heavy, and strong.
Overall, I think that the new Sleep serenity line works great for anyone that is interested in a line of products that promotes sleep in a healthy way. I highly recommend the lavender as it is the longest lasting scent and is already proven to promote healthful sleep. Jasmine is often thought of a high allergen and, therefore, doesn't work well for everyone with flower allergies.