Banish tax-time stress with these indulgences
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By Rachel Hayes
It's already almost February, which means before you know it, it will almost be March, then April, then (gasp!) April 15. If the prospect of sorting through mountains of receipts and tax forms has you stressed, take a deep breath—inhale and…exhale. Here are nine time-saving spa-inspired treatments to help you unwind. And don't fret about your bank account—none of these products costs more than $20!
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Worried about writing off all those business lunches? Don't let IRS-induced anxiety show up on your skin. This soothing nutrient-rich mask contains Dead Sea minerals, seaweed extract and kaolin clay to help unclog pores and replenish moisture. The best part? Aromatherapeutic lavender and bergamot help you relax.
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Maybe you can't afford to escape the taxman by flying to the Caribbean to stash your cash in an offshore account, but you can have a mini getaway in your bathtub. Soak your cares away in this decadent foaming bubble bath.
SHOP NOW: L'Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath, $10
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No time for a soothing soak? Hop in the shower and lather up with this moisturizing lavender body wash. Get the shower extra steamy so the relaxing scent fills up your whole bathroom for maximum tension-melting results.
SHOP NOW: The Seaweed Bath Co. Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Wash Lavender Scent, from $6
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When times get tough, rub this tension reliever on your temples and pulse points, then breathe deeply. According to the principles of aromatherapy, rosemary helps clear your mind; tangerine and spearmint will cheer you up; cedarwood summons your inner strength; Roman chamomile and lavender chill you out.
SHOP NOW: Badger Stress Soother, $8
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No time to worry about how your hair looks when you're crunching numbers on a deadline? This clever comb instantly tames frizzed-out hair by infusing it with argan oil, olive oil and keratin protein. Run it through your hair for an instant fix.
SHOP NOW: Cricket Ultra-Smooth Argan & Olive Oil Detangling Comb, $6
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If you're having trouble decompressing after a day spent reviewing tax codes, spritz this aromatherapeutic mist over your pillow and sheets. Eucalyptus oil helps quiet your mind while spearmint oil improves concentration. Now focus on the positive: How will you spend your refund?
SHOP NOW: Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Pillow Mist, $10
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Wouldn't it be easier to wrestle with Turbo Tax at your kitchen table if your feet were soaking in a luxurious lavender foot bath simultaneously? Be the ultimate multitasker and give yourself a soothing treat while you add up your deductions.
SHOP NOW: Avon Foot Works Beautiful Lavender Comfort Foot Soak, $4
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Here's a not-so-fun fact: Sweat caused by stress smells funkier than regular perspiration. The reason? Sweat stress comes from a gland that's concentrated right in the middle of the armpit and contains more lipids and proteins (thus, more food for foul-smelling bacteria). The new Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response antiperspirant and deodorant not only has odor-neutralizing technology that kills the fret-induced stink, it also has a crisp, clean scent.
SHOP NOW: Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response in Serene Citrus, $11
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Take time to stop and smell the…frankincense. This rich body cream contains frankincense and other essential oils that help to clear away worries. What better way to replenish your spiritual bank account?
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