5 Alternatives to the Midday Latte

You start to feel the tell-tale jitters as you finish the last hour of work for the day, your heart beating a touch too quickly and your veins running cold. Or even worse, you lie awake that night staring at the ceiling, willing your tired eyes to close as you run through the list of things that have to get done in the morning.

The culprit? It's the caffeine in the midday latte that was supposed to boost you up but instead it's bringing you down. Next time, skip the coffee when you start to drag.

In this era of busyness, take a moment to intentionally relax. Utilize these five natural alternatives to lift your spirits and get you through the day. We've picked products that leverage therapeutic essential oils and botanicals to make you feel good without negative side effects.

Take advantage of scent, taste, and touch to center yourself and recover the mindfulness that will help you tackle the rest of the day in stride.

Set the Tone

Imagine what a refreshing spritz of bright and citrusy lemongrass water could do for your spirits. Rosewater is famous for its therapeutic properties, but what is less well known is that the same distillation process that creates rosewater can also be applied to other plants and botanicals. At the Microsoapery, lemongrass is one of our favorite ingredients to distill.

Our unusual Lemongrass Toner is distilled from whole stalks of the lemongrass plant. The result is fresh lemongrass essential oil, plus the liquid that becomes our toner: lemongrass hydrosol, otherwise known as lemongrass water. It contains droplets of the essential oil as well as other compounds found in lemongrass. The scent is herbaceous, sweet, and earthy, reminiscent of the essential oil but unmistakably unique.

A midday spritz can help get you through the day while replenishing moisture and soothing skin.

Woman at desk spritzes face with Lemongrass Toner
Nicholette enjoys a spritz of Lemongrass Toner

A Healthy Snack for Skin

Your eyes are getting weary, and it's hard to concentrate on your computer screen. Pull out a bottle of our Face Serum rich in vitamins and antioxidants when you need a mini wake-up.

Close your eyes and gently rub the light, non-comedogenic formula onto your face, taking care not to disturb makeup. Leave your eyes closed and take this opportunity to reset as the oils rich in omega fatty acids soak into your tired skin. 

Bright yellow Face Serum in a small bottle with a treatment pump
Baobab and marula seed oils lend a bright yellow color to our Face Serum  

Smell-o-Vision

Even just the scent of coffee can sometimes give your mood a boost. Scent has incredible power. Here at Spinster Sisters Co., we've studied the art of aromatherapy, using scent to affect mood and well-being.

We use a rich and varied selection of essential oils and botanicals to scent our rubs and balms. Next time you feel a wave of tension coming on, you can untwist a tin of Temple Rub with the ambrosial aroma of lavender, chamomile, jasmine, and lemon balm. Rub the smooth shea butter salve onto temples and neck and let your stress melt away.

If it's a pick-me-up you need, try a swipe of zippy Peppermint Lip Balm. The beeswax balm is infused with a strong dose of peppermint oil that can help you banish the doldrums.

A tin of Temple Rub sits in a tray next to a tube of Peppermint Lip Balm
Relax with Temple Rub or give yourself a kick with Peppermint Lip Balm

Butter It Up

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the best part of a pedicure is the 2-3 minute massage you get as the lotion is applied. If the technician keeps going for as much as 5 minutes? You better give them an excellent tip, my friend.

Take this strategy beyond the salon with your own mini hand massage. First, be sure to keep a tube of lotion in your bag. Pick an invigorating scent like our Lemongrass Sage Body Butter. Squeeze out a generous amount, a bit more than you would need just to moisturize, and take your time when rubbing it in. Make sure to massage the cream into each joint of the fingers and press deeply on the center of the palm. 

Woman at desk applies Lemongrass Sage Body Butter
Travel size Body Butter comes packaged in a black tube made of sugarcane bioplastic