Spa socks can be a blessing to tired feet. Kissable Lavender & Aloe Infused Chenille Socks ($19.99 for two pairs, amazon.com) contain natural oils that are supposed to relax you and make your feet feel soft and kissable. On the upside, the socks are supremely comfortable, on the downside, the oils and scents won’t last forever.
Lavender Relaxes You
Lavandula, or lavender as most of us call it is a small plant that produces purple flowers (Lavender). The plant is prized for its beauty and medicinal uses. Lavender is usually found in the Mediterranean mountains, the Arabian Peninsula and Russia. It is harvested using a steam process.
Lavender has been used in the treatment of mood disorders, as a sedative and for headaches (PubMed). The scent of lavender has also been shown to help people relax. One study measured EEG and heart rates before, during and after the participant’s sniffed lavender. The EEG and heart rate profiles produced during and after smelling lavender were consistent with relaxation profiles seen while someone is receiving a massage (International Journal of Neurology).
Aloe Vera Softens Skin
Aloe vera is a plant that is believed to have origins in northern Africa. Aloe vera is consistently used in the cosmetic and alternative medicine industry. It is prized for its healing, rejuvenating and soothing properties (Aloe).
Aloe has been used or theorized to be effective in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, wound healing, frostbite, alopecia and constipation (NIH). The gel inside the plant is the moisturizing part. Aloe gel is 99% water that is why it is so hydrating. It also contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins help with pain and inflammation while polysaccharides stimulate growth and repair. In some instances glycoproteins have been shown to affect the immune system (University of Maryland).
Personal Use and Opinion
Kissable Lavender & Aloe Infused Chenille Socks did not relax me or soften my feet, but they were very warm and cozy. The inside of the socks seems to be a little slippery, which may make some think their feet are actually softer, when in actuality it is just the slippery feeling of the inside of the sock. Once I removed the socks I saw no difference in the condition of my skin. The lavender scent wasn’t particularly strong, but I think that it may diminish in the socks over time.
One thing I really liked about the spa socks was that they had traction on the bottom. This is helpful when walking on hard slippery cold floors during the winter. I thought the socks were nice, but I was disappointed that they didn’t deliver.
Though Kissable Lavender & Aloe Infused Chenille Socks had no major effects on my skin I would repurchase them. The softness, warmth and comfort are worth what they cost in my opinion. I think that when you first get them, the scent is stronger, but don’t expect it to last forever. If you are looking for softer feet you are probably better off with a foot scrub and lotion, but if you just want something to keep your feet warm and cute these are a good choice.