Simplify Your Summer – DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow #MyDawnSummer

by Janice

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Please Note: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dawn. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

It always amazes me how quickly a scent can transport me. With one breath, I am in another place, living in a memory.

Sometimes, those whiffs of the past are unpredictable — a random smell that triggered a memory. But I don’t want to wait for random. So, I seek out scents that bring me to peaceful, wonderful places — that add some zen to my busy life.

I use a shampoo with such a thick coconut smell that, when I pour it into my hand and close my eyes, I am seven years old again, stepping onto the hot sand in Honolulu.

I make Apple Crisp with extra cinnamon and my kitchen becomes my childhood kitchen, with me waiting for my mom to spoon ice cream onto my steaming plate of Apple Rhubarb Crisp.

dawn-escapes-new-zealand-springsAnd so when I opened the new bottle of Dawn Destinations – New Zealand Springs and squeezed it into my dish-filled sink, I closed my eyes to see where it would take me. With one breath, I was in a spa, next to a fresh waterfall, and I was calm for a moment.

A busy parent knows, that sometimes standing at a sink full of dishes can be the most “alone time” we get all day. Plunging our hands into the hot, soapy water, while we wash up the day’s dishes, can actually be the easiest of our tasks. And if we close our eyes and breathe deeply, dish duty can almost become a blessing.

Doing my dishes with Dawn Destinations may not really take me on a wild escape to an exotic locale, but it is an easy way to bring me some extra zen. And I was pleased to see that Dawn Destinations not only treated me to a quick “trip away,” but did all the dirty work fighting grease in the sink that I expect from Dawn.

DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow with Lavender Oil

In celebration of the power of scents, Dawn sent us a fun kit to make our own DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow.

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I love to soothe sore muscles with a warm neck pillow or calm down a headache with a cold pack, and so I was happy to quickly throw together this DIY Aromatherapy Pillow. It was super easy — it took me about two minutes.

Step 1 — Fill one tube or knee sock with uncooked rice

Step 2 — Add 10-15 drops of essential oil

Step 3 — Tie a tight knot and stitch secure if desired

With this fast project, you can use any of your favorite essential oils to bring some aromatherapy zen into your life, while soothing your sore muscles at the same time.

DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow Kit GIVEAWAY

We have a special #MyDawnSummer DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow with Lavender Oil KIT to giveaway to one of our lucky readers…

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The kit includes what you need to make your own Lavender Neck Pillow, plus some extras to add even more calm to your summer…

  • A sock
  • Aromatherapy neck and shoulder pillow recipe/how-to
  • A Bottle of Dawn Destination
  • Lavender oil
  • Rice
  • $25 iTunes gift card (for spa music)

For more about Dawn Destinations, check out Dawn on Facebook, Twitter, and on their website.

Thanks again to Dawn and Double Duty Divas for making this fun review and giveaway possible. And no worries — opinions are always our own!

Written and photographed by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom and owner of Janice Croze Photography



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Marya June 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I love citrus scents.

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2 latanya June 12, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I like cotton linen

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3 Jessie C. June 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Lavender scent lets you escape.

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4 Elena June 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I like mango scents

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5 Leigh Anne June 13, 2014 at 12:44 am

Love lavender and it helps me relax.

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6 vickie couturier June 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

I love melon scents

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7 Amanda Sakovitz June 13, 2014 at 6:05 am

Lavender and coconut helps me escape

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8 Karen Ev. June 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

Fresh scents like linen or ocean breezes help me to escape.

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9 Vicky June 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I enjoy beaches from thunderstorm at night
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10 Jessica To June 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I like floral scents and lilac scents.

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11 Ashley C June 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I love tropical scents like pineapple and coconut

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12 DEBIJOT June 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

I love the scent of magnolia.

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13 Amy Orvin June 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

The relaxing scents of Lavender and Chamomile let me escape.

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14 Margaret Smith June 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

The smell of the ocean

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15 Denise S June 14, 2014 at 7:02 pm

I like cucumber melon to help me escape.

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16 angie June 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Coconut and Cinnamon

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17 nickie June 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

Lavender scent or chamomile

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18 Chris Martinez June 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

I love the scent of lemon.

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19 Ann Fantom June 15, 2014 at 9:05 am

The smell of the ocean beach lets me escape

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20 Amy Pratt June 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

I love the smell of lavender. It lets me just drift away.

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21 Melissa Nagy June 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

Coconut scent always “takes me away”. I can’t smell coconut without envisioning a calming beach scene.

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22 Katherine June 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

The smell of rain

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23 David Fultner June 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Love the smell of pumpkin.

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24 Mary Casper June 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

lavender, its my all time favorite

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25 Geoff K June 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

My go-to escape scents would probably be sandlewood and lemon.

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26 melanie Borhi June 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Vanilla jasmine is my escape scent

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27 Jane Thomas June 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Lavender is so relaxing.

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28 janna johnson June 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Lavender or Lilac for me!

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29 Beth June 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I prefer herbal scents, like lavender, rosemary and sage.

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30 marian boll June 16, 2014 at 12:50 am

The smells of the Ocean remind me of my younger days!!

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31 Becca June 16, 2014 at 2:08 am

I love lavender, peppermint, and citrus blends
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32 Crystal F June 16, 2014 at 2:49 am

Cinnamon or citrus are favorite smells for me. thank you!

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33 Sue June 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

My favorite is the smell of my Snickerdoodle coffee (a splurge my MIL gets me). But, in essential oils, vanilla and lavendar are definitely my favorites. During the holiday season, I love peppermint smells.
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34 Meagan bs June 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

i love clean smells!

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35 Tammy S June 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I like the scent of lavender. It makes me feel relaxed.

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36 Maria B June 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I love anything lavender or cotton scents, so relaxing!

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37 JenniferB June 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I like lemon or orange

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38 Beth C June 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I like lilac and rose scents.

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39 Tammy June 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

The minute I get a whiff of coconut I am immediately transported to a tropical island

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40 Anne June 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

For me, it’s food-related scents, especially vanilla or cinnamon.

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41 Lynne June 18, 2014 at 7:13 am

I love the scent of rosemary and lemon verbena!

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42 Julie Price June 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

The ocean and lavender are my 2 favorite scents.

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43 danielle June 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I like lavendar

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44 Crystal Rose June 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Chamomile does it for me.
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45 deana c June 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

The scent of lavender makes me escape!

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46 kim June 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I think citrus relaxes me, also I feel like eucalyptus for relaxing and stress

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47 Robyn Bellefleur June 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I love Lavender scent

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48 Julie Murphy June 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

I like fresh or rain scents

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49 Cheryl Free June 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Lavender and eucalyptus let me escape.
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50 Mary Hoffman June 21, 2014 at 3:11 am

Lilac, Lavendar & Coconut works for me!

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51 Robin June 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

My scent is french vanilla

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52 natalie yeoman June 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

mine would have to be coconut

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53 Lisa V. June 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I like coconut and honeysuckle scents.

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54 Wehaf June 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Rose and jasmine scents are my favorites.

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55 Abigail's Mommy June 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Pine makes me think of my home state. Maine :)

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56 janetfaye June 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Lavender scent lets me escape into relaxation.

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57 Nicole C. June 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

The scent of coconut or lemon makes me escape.

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58 Sarah L June 24, 2014 at 2:00 am

Lavender always relaxes me.
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59 Jill Myrick June 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

Summer scents such as coconut , vanilla and pineapple help me to escape.

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60 Cathy Burnett June 24, 2014 at 11:17 am

I love the scent of lavender to help me relax and “escape”.

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61 Debra Hall June 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

lavender takes me back to my childhood

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62 Amy Lynn June 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I love lilac and lemon.

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63 Chavonne H June 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Vanilla is a scent that helps me escape.

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64 john iavarone June 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Cinnamon has always let me daydream and escape !

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65 Helga June 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Lavender, lemon grass, and mint are my favorite scents.

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66 Jennifer Reed June 25, 2014 at 12:24 am

The scent that helps me relax is coconut.

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67 Tina W June 25, 2014 at 1:03 am

The smell of gardenias or jasmine is very relaxing for me.

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68 Pam H. June 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

Lavendar, eucalyptus, honeysuckle, and cotton are my go to scents for relaxation.

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69 Taryn T. June 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

Lavender, orange, cinnamon, and fresh baked cookies…. well, I am not sure fresh baked cookies are relaxing, but they make me happy!

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70 Diana Hatch June 25, 2014 at 9:01 am

I love the scent of vanilla

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71 Darlene Owen June 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

Vanilla is my favorite scent.

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72 kathy dalton June 25, 2014 at 9:47 am

cocanut and plumeria helps me escape

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73 Lauren E. June 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

My fave escape was an asian fig scent.

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74 Ashley P June 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

I love Lemongrass. The smell is clean and relaxing.

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75 Mary Williams June 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

I love anything tropical!

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76 debbie June 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

I love anything with vanilla.

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77 Heather R June 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

I like christmassy scents to make me feel like I’m on holiday! my favorite is one called “christmas wish”, it smells sort of like cookies and a fresh tree in my house haha.

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78 robyn paris June 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

i love evergreen for relaxation

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79 Mandy June 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Fresh scents I love

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80 Nicole June 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Lavender is my go to scent. Or anything that reminds me of the ocean

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81 Erica C. June 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I like lavender.

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82 Helen June 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Tropical beachy scents

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83 Tammy Woodall June 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm

One of my favorite scents is Eucalyptus.
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84 Stephanie Galbraith June 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Vanilla helps me escape.

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85 Jessica Ruggiero June 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I love apple scents!

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86 wen budro June 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

A vanilla and lavender combo scent helps me relax and escape.

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87 Chic Southern Charm June 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Coconut always relaxes me. It makes me think of the beach.

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88 Em Mahr June 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Lavender scents definitely help me escape

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89 Peggy Rydzewski June 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I am drawn to the scent of flowers.. Mostly lilacs and honeysuckle.

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90 Claire
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The smell of vanilla reminds me of a lot of escappes

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91 Jaclyn Reynolds June 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Pine scent and lavendar!

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92 Corey Olomon June 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I like cinnamon scent.

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93 jenn giannetto June 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm

i love eucalyptus scented things, they are very relaxing

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94 deanna June 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Lavender is my go to choice when I visit day spas. It just relaxes me SO much.

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95 kelly mcgrew June 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

aloe & lavender scents.

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96 Sherry Fowler June 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I like the tropics so I love the smell of the tropics and suntan oil

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97 Mihaela Day June 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I love melon scents

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98 Elizabeth Ray June 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I like sandalwood.

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99 susan smoaks June 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm

the fresh linen scent helps me to escape.

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100 Melinda Stephens June 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Vanilla. It always helps me calm down and feel happy.

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101 Laurie Emerson June 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Lavender and Vanilla scents let me escape.

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102 Annmarie W. June 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Honeysuckle symbolizes escape to me!

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103 pamela j June 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Lavender for me.

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104 Lorena Keech June 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I love the scent of lemons, they remind me of summer.

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105 Sadie B. June 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I love to escape with lavender.

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106 Veronica V June 25, 2014 at 10:23 pm

The scent of lavender makes me escape.

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107 Rebecca Lock June 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Coconut, orange, lemon, lime, and vanilla are the scents that help me escape.

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108 Birdiebee June 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Lavender scent helps me in my big great escape.

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109 Diane Cooper June 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Scents that let me escape are clean cotton, linen, eucalyptus, and lavender.

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110 Breanne June 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I like floral scents.

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111 Sherri J June 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm

I think the vanilla or lavender smells help me escape and relax.
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112 Rita A June 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I like the scents of vanilla and citrus.

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113 jaclyndryden June 25, 2014 at 11:39 pm

I love vanilla and lavender scents…When I want to get away from everything I just throw my homemade bath bombs in the tub and I am gone….

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114 Trisha McKee June 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

The smell of vanilla. I find that scent very relazing.

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115 Thomas Murphy June 26, 2014 at 12:18 am

I like Lavender scents.

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116 Brian E. June 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

Thanks for the giveaway… love the scent of balsam, pine, evergreen, etc.

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117 Rhonda Burke June 26, 2014 at 12:48 am

I love the friut and wood scents i feel so relaxed in them

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118 christy colln June 26, 2014 at 1:05 am

vanilla and lavendar

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119 Sand June 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

Vanilla and lavender help me to escape.

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120 Sylvie Doucet June 26, 2014 at 6:19 am

I love everything pine scented.

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121 J Spatafora June 26, 2014 at 6:59 am

The fresh cut smell of Key Lime

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122 Penny Snyder June 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

I love the scent of apples!

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