Dreamtime is a temple balm from Lush. It comes presented in a small 10g metal tin, the same tins that Lush use for their lip balms. This appears as part of Lush's Retro range every so often and you can also buy it from their spas. Dreamtime contains lavender, chamomile, sandalwood and jasmine essential oils which are said to be the most calming and relaxing essential oils. Dreamtime is said to help you drift off into a deep sleep, perfect if you're a bit of an insomniac like myself! You are supposed to rub a little of the balm into your wrists and/ or temples before going to bed.
I love the scent of Dreamtime. Yes, it very much smells of lavender, however you can also detect the other essential oils in there too. It's a real pleasure to use! Luckily Dreamtime has a non greasy formula and it's easy to pick up a small amount from the tin. It's easily rubbed into the skin too. I don't feel any greasy residue on my skin after using this balm either, which is good. I wouldn't say that Dreamtime has helped me sleep all that well, however I am such a bad sleeper so I wasn't that hopeful! It definitely helped me to relax though. In fact, if I am having a bad day and I feel a bit stressed Dreamtime helps to calm me down. It relaxes and soothes me and the scent lasts and lasts on the skin, so it's a good thing I like it! In fact, I can never stop sniffing it!
Dreamtime is usually priced at around £5 but it lasts and lasts so I would say it's worth the money. I also use it as a solid perfume.
Overall this is a nice relaxing balm. It smells lovely, it comes in a handy sized tin and it helps to keep me calm. Just don't expect to fall asleep within seconds of sniffing it. If you do then I'd be extremely impressed!
I bought this back in 2007 when it was still for sale in Lush stores.
The balm comes in a small 10g metal tin, similar to the Lush lip balm tins. The balm is a creamy colour with a nice thick consistency. It smells very much like Lavender, a nice soothing and slightly herbal scent. The scent is quite strong but it's not too overpowering either.
The balm applies to the skin nicely and it glides on without much effort from you. The balm feels nice on the skin. It doesn't feel sticky or greasy. Once applied it stays on the skin and it doesn't wear off much. You may need to top it up a little but hopefully you will have fell asleep before it needs topping up anyway!
The tin is pretty small but a little goes a long way so it will last you a while. I paid just under £5 for it.
Did it work though? Yes, it did. The smell of the balm was that relaxing that I managed to fall asleep within about fifteen minutes of first applying the balm to my skin. I also felt much more relaxed as the scent managed to calm my nerves and settle me down.
After use the balm also wipes off from the skin without leaving any residue on your skin after use. I was pleased with it. It's just a pity that it's been discontinued.
Dreamtime is one of Lush's range of temple balms, and the only one I've tried so far. It's 4.30 for a 10g tin but I actually received one of these in a special offer goody bag. I probably wouldn't have bought one otherwise, but seeing as I had the opportunity to try it for free I thought I'd give it a go and see how it worked.
The balm has a solid substance similar to the solid perfumes that Lush also do. It has a smooth and non-greasy texture, and warms to the touch making it easy to transfer onto your skin from the tin. Lush say that the balms are for putting on your temples and gently change your mood. I have tested this out by applying to pulse points and usually dab a little behind my ears, over my neck and onto my inner wrists. It is easy to apply and sits on the skin without being heavy or sticky.
Dream Time has a soft and gentle scent, similar to talcum powder in my opinion. The lavender is comforting and relaxing, and it does smell different to the Dream Time bath melt which I find to be more strongly herbal, whereas the balm is softer and has a very clean smell. The scent is calming and I can usually feel an effect within minutes of putting it on, and it then lasts for long enough so that I am still able to smell the balm as I am drifting off to sleep.
This temple balm is intended to be used as a natural sleeping aid. The aromatherapy effects of the ingredients work together to help you soothe any tensions and unwind. I have used this when I am already feeling tired and need to settle down in order to sleep, as I often find that my mind keeps going and it can be difficult for me to drop off to sleep without a long period of thoughts rushing around and fidgeting! I was surprised to find that it really does work for me, as I had thought there would be little, if any, effect from using this product. I now use it almost every night and it instantly calms me down and the gentle scent helps me drift off to sleep easily. I am sleeping much better now and even having fewer problems with waking up through the night. This is something I would definitely buy again, and it's nice to have it around so I can take a quick whiff of it to calm me down from stressful situations. I think you have to be open-minded to try it but aromatherapy is something I would now consider for other treatments as well, it has had a really positive effect for me.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jasmine Flower and Chamomile Flower Infusion, Beeswax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Laneth-40, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Camellia Oil, Carnauba Wax, Ginger Oil, Fresh Rose Petal Extract, Sodium Borate, Sandalwood Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Jasmine Absolute, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
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I was getting a bit stressed out with work and stuff and finding it hard to sleep, so I decided to try out this product from one of my favourite stores, Lush. The balm comes in a 10g tin, the same tin that is used for lip balms and solid perfumes, a very cute little tin that I like! The label is purple with 'Dream Time Temple Balm' written on it. It costs £4.30 which seems like a lot, but Lush products generally are expensive and I've mostly found them to be worth it - so I decided to give it a try.
The Lush website says:
"For a whole night of restful sleep, you can use a Dreamtime Bath Melt and the Balm on your temples. Keep a tin by your bedside for when you wake up at the wrong time. Have another dream-inducing pot of lavender, chamomile, sandalwood and jasmine balm in your pocket, so that you can fall asleep on planes, trains and anywhere else you fancy a nap."
The smell is quite old-fashioned, probably because of the lavender, but is not unpleasant, even though it reminds me somewhat of old ladies! I tried it over the course of a few nights, rubbing it on my temples and wrists as Lush recommends.
I might as well say straight away that this product did not help me sleep - judging by other reviews both here and on the Lush website, it seems to be hit and miss, and I found I was still staying awake. This was undoubtedly a disappointment.
Having said that, although I did not sleep more easily, I certainly felt relaxed and a good bit calmer, which in itself is not an effect to be sniffed at, especially when I am snowed under with uni assignments! I do get stressed and anxious quite easily, and I do find that this balm makes me feel better.
Would I buy it again? Well, I probably would. Despite this product not having the effect it promised - at least on me - it does have enough effect to make me think it is useful. I might try and buy the Dreamtime bath melt to see what that does.
If you're thinking about trying this, I would recommend going into a Lush shop and putting a little on your wrists to see if you fall asleep while shopping!
I have given the product three stars, as it didn't do what it claimed, but it did have some good effect.
I'm starting a new job soon so am feeling a bit nervous and do have trouble sleeping a lot more than usual lately so when I popped into my local Lush shop this morning, I decided to buy a tin of this dreamtime temple balm as I can use all the help I can get!
This little tin is the same size of their lip balms and this is meant to be rubbed onto your temples so you can feel more relaxed as you inhale the essential oils. This tin costs £4.16 for 10g, which isn't too bad. The balm is quite hard and not too soft or runny so it should hopefully last me quite a while.
The main scent of this stuff is of lavender, which I find very calming and soothing. The scent is quite strong so I don't think that I need to apply that much to get a good result from this.
Other essential oils used in this balm are camomile, sandalwood and jasmine oil. The blend of all these oils are soothing and help you get a more restful sleep. I tried some this afternoon as I was feeling a bit tired but couldn't really fall asleep right away so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give this my first try and I must say, it really worked!
The soothing scents of the essential oils made me feel quite sleepy and within a matter of minutes (but probably less) I drifted off into a deep sleep and felt well rested about 2 hours later!
I really like this and now that I associate this scent with deep restful sleeps, it should hopefully stay that way and keep me being able to sleep well when using this.
The balm isn't greasy or sticky feeling at all and I just need a small dab rubbed onto my temples to start feeling the effects of the oils. I just take a little bit out of the pot with my finger and rub my fingers together to warm the balm. Then I apply to my temples, massaging it in with circular motions for a few minutes and the scent and oils start working within a matter of minutes.
I really like this balm and can't wait to use it again later tonight so that I can get that same wonderful sleep.
This is a little pot - of lip balm size - full of what is basically a solid perfume under a different name.
Dreamtime smells just like the bath melt of the same name, it is a very soothing blend of ginger and sandalwood designed to help you relax.
The bath melt is great for this as whenever I use it I am asleep within minutes of getting into bed, so I was expecting great things from the balm.
It did smell just like the melt so I duly rubbed it on my temples. The smell was nice but not overpowering and the balm rubbed in to my skin easily and didn't leave a sticky residue.
I was disappointed though because it didn't seem to do anything. It didn't make me tired or relaxed it just smelt nice. I could have quite easily gone out for the evening wearing it and not felt tired.
If you like the smell of the bath melt then you could try using this as a perfume, just don't expect it to get you to sleep!
So here's the situation. I'm in Lush spending not even for myself, and I get to the till and they tell me if I spend £7 more I get a free goodie bag. I don't want to miss out but out of the corner of my eye I can see the fella sat disgruntled on a bench outside. He's not checking his watch every two seconds, but he may as well be. I'm on a strict time limit, how do I decide what to buy?
I kill two birds with one stone by spending the extra money on things for my boyfriend. What?? Lush stuff for the anti-Lush bloke?? Surely not. If only I can make him love Lush though, we could spend our weekends happily strolling around the Lush shop, perhaps stopping to pick up a few items and smell them, before making our purchases and practically skipping home with glee. Okay, so that's never going to happen but you get the idea. Anything's better than the normal trolley dash style run around the shop while Mr "Mystery Guts" (as my daughter says hehe) sends in anti-Lush vibes powerful enough to shake the whole shop.
Not so long ago (although it feels it now), the fella started doing crazy shifts at work. He was working night shifts, which took a bit of getting into, and despite his working days being around 12-16 hours long, with only time to sleep between each shift, he couldn't sleep. I guess it was that classic "over-tired"-ness. Which always makes me laugh thinking of Lee Evans saying "I'm over-awake" before pretending to fall asleep! Due to his job involving driving, sleeping tablets, and next day grogginess were out of the question.
During one of those nights where he couldn't sleep, and as the night was going on it became one of those cycles of "I've only got 'x' amount of hours sleep now" that I'm sure we've all been stuck in at one time or another, I mentioned that Lush do a temple balm that helps you sleep. He must have been exhausted because he actually said I should have bought some (he will no doubt deny this now if asked).
So there I am and the temple balm is right at the till so will save me time and hopefully help break the news of how much I've spent in Lush, as it is of course a selfless act.
After I buy it, he has gotten used to the night shifts and doesn't need it the following week, and after that we go away for a month and I presume won't need any help in sleeping.
When the time comes for our long haul flight I decide to pack it in my hand luggage. Every year I think wouldn't it be nice to get on the plane, go to sleep and when you wake up be in the other country. Anyone who has ever been on a plane however knows this isn't going to happen. You can't sleep on a plane. Well, annoyingly I actually see lots of people pretending to be asleep on these flights. I say pretending because I of course know it is impossible to really be asleep in an upright position, with no room whatsoever.
So on the way over there, I'm feeling pretty damn horrendous. Our previous holiday (France, eurgh...) has left me full of a cold and added to which I have really bad stomach cramps. I decide to put some temple balm on, hopefully to sleep but if not to at least relax me.
After this I did actually start falling to sleep. Seriously. I was nearly asleep when I got interrupted by something or another. Another reason it is impossible to sleep on a plane. Then me and the fella started doing a puzzle in a magazine we'd bought and I was literally having to fight to stay awake, I hadn't even been tired before putting it on. It wasn't however such a miracle worker that I managed to get a good sleep on the plane.
Now whilst on holiday, after sleeping off hangovers most of the day sometimes, my boyfriend struggled to get to sleep at night, which he needed to in order to be up early for the beach the next day. I pinned him down and put some temple balm on him. Okay, I didn't he LET me but Shhh I didn't tell you that. Then the strangest thing happened. Each and every time he fell asleep not long after, and I fell asleep just from it being on my fingers from applying it, when I hadn't even been planning to go to sleep.
Ask the boyfriend, and he swears it doesn't work, that it is just co incidence. The facts are there though, he was struggling to sleep, I put it on, he falls asleep. He says this is because he would have fallen asleep anyway eventually but I've known nights he's been up nearly all night. As for it making me fall asleep? I think he thinks I'm either making it up, or it's all in my mind. I swear I'm not, and I swear it's not!!
It has Jasmine Flower infusion which has calming effects that promote better sleep and ease headaches. It has Chamomile Flower infusion which is a gentle sleep aid and can also soothe upset stomachs and nausea. Coconut Butter regulates sleep and gives you improved quality and duration of sleep. Lavender Oil is perhaps the most well known oil for inducing sleep and is also useful for easing stress and anxiety which can in itself help you sleep better. It contains Ginger Oil strangely, since it is stimulating, but it also helps with nausea, motion sickness, and stomach cramps, which was a handy addition for me. Sandalwood oil has a calming harmonizing effect and is a sedative. Camomile is another well known one for being particularly calming on the mind and body and is also a sedative. Jasmine Absolute improves the quality of sleep, leaving you more refreshed and alert after a better nights sleep.
With all those things proven to help you sleep, I really don't see how the fella can say that it DOESN'T work - not mentioning the fact that he's fallen asleep every time he's had it on!
I definitely think it works, more so than I actually thought it would, I can't believe how I've felt with it on.
I think it smells quite mild, slightly sweet and nice enough. Not as nice as some Lush products that make you go "mmmmm" but certainly not bad. The other half on the other hand says he doesn't like the smell. Pah. Are you starting to get the feeling he protests too much (he must be a closet Lushie!). It is a mild scent yet you can really smell it. I realise that doesn't make sense, it does smell fairly strongly but of a mild scent!! I like inhaling it as I go to sleep and it is so relaxing.
It comes in a small tin, the same size as the lip balms and solid perfumes from Lush, which do look tiny on first inspection but last ages. The tins contain 10g of product. It is slightly softer than the solid perfumes so is easy to apply but isn't overly liquidy.
At £4.25 for a tiny tub it does initially sound expensive but even with daily use I'd expect this to last at least six months possibly longer. For anyone whose ever had a sleepless night, you'll know that £4.25 seems nothing for a good nights sleep and you'll get many out of this.
It's great, it DOES work. It's not a miracle worker, it won't make a plane comfy or an air hostess come round less often, or a boyfriend actually admit out loud that Lush IS good, but it will give you a good nights sleep, without the next day grogginess of sleeping tablets.
This worked SO well that I now want to purchase the other two temple balms, one of which helps you stop blowing a fuse when it's one of those days (I definitely need one of those!) and one that gives you a bit of an energy boost!
Having tried and tested the Dreamtime bath melt and posted up a review, I thought it was time to try the Dreamtime Temple Balm.
For the past 4 years I have had severe sleeping problems. It would take me anywhere up to 3 hours to drop off to sleep and even then I would wake up every hour or so, until about 7 in the morning when I'd about given up and just stayed awake. I'd tried all sorts, ranging from natural remedy tablets, having a hot drink and bath before bed, exercising more in the day, tablets prescribed by the doctors and none of these did the trick.
So after much deliberation and out of desperation for a proper night's sleep, I remembered having seen and heard about Dreamtime Temple Balm, which is made by Lush. I don't know why I'd never thought of trying Dreamtime Temple Balm before, as I've probably seen it a thousand times before! They make various kinds of bath and body products out of natural ingredients, as well as being 100% against animal testing. The balm is meant to be massaged into temple points, including the wrists before bedtime and is apparantly supposed to help you drift off into the land of nod.
The balm comes in a relatively small tin of 10g which costs £4.25. This sounds a little expensive, and at the time I bought it I was fairly hesitant at parting with my cash for something which might not even work! Anyway, the tin is nicely presented with a sticker on the front with the words Dreamtime and furthermore, a sticker on the back with a list of ingredients and the date of when the product was made and when to use by. Ingredients included are lavendar oil, jojoba oil, ginger oil, chamomile oil and sandalwood oil, which altogether, sounds like a very soothing concoction!
So before getting into bed, I opened the very fiddly tin which is a screw top lid, and found what was a pale creamy yellow balm and smelling quite strongly actually of lavendar, sandalwood and less strongly, ginger. There was a warm creamy fragrance in the back of all the essential oils also which is quite nice. Application is fairly easy, although I found the balm to be much softer than I expected, along the lines of having the same texture as a pate (Strange comparison I know, but it is the nearest I can think of!).
The balm absorbs easily into the skin and the fragrance is particularly strong, which I found a bit of a put off to be honest, as I was just about to get into bed! I found it would be great as a perfume, definitely, but having gone to bed that night and had barely 2 hours sleep, I would probably not recommend it. I found the fragrance was so strong, it actually kept my senses awake and struggling to settle down. However, these things do work differently for people, so you never know it might work for you. I was quite disappointed at the fact that it didn't really relax me when it came to getting some sleep, however I'm happy to use it as a fragrance as it does smell very pleasant.
The only thing that really bugs me about using the balm is the fiddly container! It can be quite hard to grip the underneath of the tin in order to twist the top off. Price-wise, I do think it is expensive, since it didn't really work, but as a fragrance, I'd rather spend £4.25 on something that smells lovely than £30 on something which smells pretty much average.
I wouldn't completely dismiss this product, as it might work differently for you, but then again I wouldn't completely get your hopes too high either. If it doesn't help to get you to sleep or help to relax you, you could always just use it as a perfume instead.
Sleep-inducing temple balm / contains essential oils / Keep a pot of this lavender, chamomile, sandalwood and jasmine balm in your pocket so you can fall asleep on planes, trains and anywhere else you fancy a nap /