As a freelance videographer, I may have the most chaotic life of anyone I know. My schedule is constantly changing; unlike my friends who work a traditional nine-to-five, I don’t keep regular hours, and a big part of my job is being able to take a phone call or respond to an email at any time. That means I’m always working … and even if I’m not actually working, it still feels like I’m on the clock.
Add to that being a single parent with a kindergartener, and some peace and quiet is all I’m looking for these days. I keep telling myself that I just have to get through a few more days or weeks of chaos, and then I’ll be in the clear. After years of using this mental trick to get through the week, I’ve finally realized that I’m lying to myself. This is the life I’ve chosen. Even though I love it, there’s no getting around how crazy it can be.
Rather than desperately trying to get through each week, I needed to find a way to create and embrace calm within the life I already have.
Ever since I had this realization, I’ve devoted myself to finding peace and serenity even amidst my crazy schedule, caring for the needs of a young child, and working in an industry that’s only as good as the economy is. I’ve incorporated meditation and daily journaling into my schedule, gotten better at planning and time management, and made friends with other parents at my daughter’s school to coordinate playdates and carpools.
All of this has made a difference in my sanity and my quality of life — but do you know what I think has made the biggest difference? It’s so silly and feels so ridiculous to say, but I think the best investment I’ve made in creating an oasis of calm for myself has been my Inscents Waterfall.
The Incents Waterfall is a little decorative waterfall that you can place anywhere in any room. Instead of trickling normal water – or water at all – a cone of incense smoke flows through it. This incense is scented with essential oils, creating an incredibly soothing aroma in the room while providing a lovely decorative focal point. It’s almost hypnotizing. Like watching bonfire flames, I can’t look away from the trickling smoke.
If you don’t already know what you’re seeing, it’s hard to tell if the smoke is liquid or gas at first glance.
The waterfall’s incense cones come in many different aromas, and all the ones I’ve tried smell incredible. Currently, I’ve used the Lavender, Orange, and Peppermint scents, but they also sell Tea Tree, Lemon, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Rose, Lily, and Apple.
What I really love is that unlike many types of incense, which are made from sawdust and other materials that you don’t necessarily want to be breathing in, the incense cones in each Inscents Waterfall are made from organic, therapeutic-grade essential oils. These aromas smell amazing, and it’s reassuring to know that they’re safe to breathe long-term.
Speaking of those aromas, let’s talk aromatherapy. I was never a believer in the practice until my sister-in-law explained the benefits. She’s a long-time aromatherapy fan and has essential oil diffusers all around her house. In my family, she’s the first to address symptoms like a headache and cold with essential oils rather than traditional medicine.
Now, that’s a bit too much for me — but I have listened to her suggestions, and I’ve noticed that a lot of her advice seems to work. For instance, lavender is definitely calming, and I can sense my stress dropping when I’m around something lavender-scented.
On the other hand, citrus wakes me up and helps me focus, especially in the morning. And while I can’t put my finger on what, exactly, tea tree oil smells like, I know for sure that it’s antimicrobial, so I don’t mind having that floating around in my personal airspace.
Once my sister-in-law tried convincing me to give aromatherapy a try (and once I actually started listening to her), I realized how much I love being surrounded by beautiful scents, especially scents with a purpose. That’s when I decided to order my Inscents Waterfall.
Now that I’m used to the Inscents Waterfall, I can’t imagine my room without it. I keep it on my nightstand, and it’s so soothing to watch curls of smoke drift down the waterfall as I smell the incense — which I change at least every day, if not multiple times per day. I usually burn an Orange incense cone in the morning and Lavender at night. I’ll do Peppermint every once in a while if I need to focus or if I’m in the mood for a little extra wintery scent.
Maybe it’s a placebo effect or maybe it really works, but ever since I incorporated my Incents Waterfall into my daily routine, I swear I’ve been sleeping better, focusing more easily, and generally feeling calmer, especially in my own space. I usually have trouble focusing — something about being raised on a steady diet of technology must’ve done that — but with my Peppermint or Orange incense, it feels much easier to get into the groove. The ritual of lighting the incense cone and placing it in its specified spot in the waterfall also feels calming and allows me to destress and focus the way I previously thought only a deep clean could.
Another thing I really love about my Incscents Waterfall is that it’s so easy to use. As I just mentioned, all you have to do is light the incense cone and place it at the start of the waterfall. Gravity takes care of the rest of the work for you. It’s nice when the thing that brings me the most joy is so low-maintenance!
One consideration you should note: Although the packaging says that all of the ingredients in these incense cones are safe for pets, I would still ask your vet about using this product around your furry friends, just to be on the safe side. Sometimes, animals can be sensitive to essential oils, especially if they’re on the smaller side. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Whether you work a stressful job like I do, have a busy and chaotic household, or just need a little bit more tranquility in your life, I definitely recommend checking out this product. My Inscents Waterfall is one of the best items I’ve purchased for my peace of mind, and I’m sure that it can do the same for others.
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