With so much on your wedding-planning plate, you deserve to unwind. These pampering items are here to help.
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You've probably heard of the Scandinavian word hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), as it's recently taken the world by storm. Americans don't care that there's no direct translation in English—here, it's become a catchall term for all things kicked-back and comfy. It's representative of a feeling—a sense of pleasant and soothing contentment—that's hard not to be drawn to. With life moving at an ever-frantic pace, it's really no wonder that everyone wants a piece of the concept.
And while this couch-potato attitude would seem the complete opposite of, well, anything wedding-related, that's exactly the reason most brides-to-be would benefit from a day (or a few hours) of me time. Yes, your to-do list is long, but you deserve to take a step back and gain some perspective before the big day—it may just save you from a total meltdown. Ideally, hygge has nothing to do with material possessions. But if a shopping spree offers you its own kind of satisfaction, make sure that what you buy really counts. We recommend reaching for a handful of beauty and lifestyle products that might just bring you closer to that elusive, desirable feeling everyone's been obsessing over.
Ahead, we've recommended some buys that'll help you master the art of being cozy. Some items have practical purposes, like treating your hair and skin, while others are almost entirely indulgent. From transformative scents to body-and-soul-pampering treasures, they all give you permission to unwind while planning your wedding to the love of your life.
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Repair strands as you snooze. The two strains of algae in this hair product help restore elasticity, manageability, and shine without damaging your bedding.
Sachajuan "Overnight Hair Repair" Hair Treatment, $66, davidpirrotta.com.
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Envelop your space in a cloud of tea, baked strawberry cake, rose petals, and wild mint—an ode "to the simple things," says Skandinavisk founder Shaun Russell.
Skandinavisk "Hygge" Candle and Diffuser, $49 and $65, skandinavisk-usa.com.
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Nothing says #checkedout like snuggling by the fire with your feet nestled in these. Filled with goose down and feathers, they deliver warmth and pillow-soft cushioning to tired soles.
Hastens Down Slipper Boots, $110, chicagoluxurybeds.com.
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Ten minutes is all it takes for the glycolic and lactic acids in this lemon peel to lift away dead, sluggish cells, revealing a renewed, radiant surface—the ultimate complexion reboot.
Ole Henriksen "Instant Transformation" Facial Peel, $48, olehenriksen.com.
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Go Beyond Balm
Your lips will be playing a starring role, so give them some TLC. This contains retinol, a superstar skin-care ingredient. The serum helps smooth the kisser and minimizes fine lines around the mouth.
Verso Lip Serum, $65, sephora.com.
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Give hair some much-needed TLC with a hydrating mask, and be sure to use a good comb to untangle and distribute the treatment from roots to ends.
Sprekenhus Hydrating Mask, $48, and Rake Comb, $68, sprekenhus.com.
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A men's grooming classic gets a unisex—and luxe—update. This soap on the rope is scented with cardamom and vanilla, and it's made in small batches that are mixed by hand. The braided cord allows for easy access and dry storage.
Iris Hantverk Almond-Butter Soap on a Rope, $12.95, cb2.com.
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Replenish tight, parched skin on contact with the blend of antioxidant-rich black currant, bilberry, and lingonberry-seed oils in this facial oil.
Lumene "Recover & Protect" Facial Oil, $29.99, lumene.com.
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