Survival of the Mellowest: Make Your Own Portable Zen Den for the Holidays

Protect yourself from the drama and trauma that holiday time sometimes brings. We like to call this kindest of armor — the “zen den.”

It doesn’t matter how the conversation begins — at some point, it’s pretty likely that our holiday musings may take a turn for the…sour.

“It’ll be nice to ignore my email for a few days.

I can’t wait to eat PIE

It’s been so long since I slept past 7am…”

Slow fade to: “I’m already planning my vacation from this vacation.

We have SEVEN houses to visit in 3 days — why?!?

How am I going to remember to take my probiotics??”

Holidays, and all of the juggling that goes along with them, unfortunately stir up a lot of stress. So no matter whether you’re traveling, hosting, bunkering in, we’ve curated a little list of things to cushion your self and your surroundings during the break. Consider it your own personal — and portable — zen den.

Need to literally block out your periphery?

Whether it’s your neighbor’s reading light on the flight out, sheer curtains in the family’s spare bedroom, Illuminage’s Skin Rejuvenating Eyemask will keep you in the dark just as you like. For an added bonus, its patented copper technology is designed to minimize the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles. Would it be inappropriate to wear all day long, too?

Need a wellness shoulder to lean on?

Moon Juice’s Cosmic Matcha is the stuff that energized days are made of. Amanda Chantal Bacon’s team dreamed up an idyllic blend of green tea and adaptogen-rich Beauty Dust, along with a dose of collagen, to help support your possibly-maxed-out self.

Need to take things up — or down — a notch?

Wherever we go, there’s a good chance that a few crystals are not too far behind. Choosing the type of crystal you need can be a little daunting, so we’ve curated a 5-piece“starter kit,” with the help of crystalzxcacti, for those of you who are looking for a well-rounded mix of on-the-go power: Clear quartz is thought to amplify energy and thought, rose quartz can attract love and emotional healing, pyrite may attract wealth and willpower, citrine is known for attracting energy and joy, and amethyst can enhance stability, strength and inner peace.

Need a little “lightlife?”

We’ve got six testimonials that confirm our Gardenia & Cedarwood candle is a must-have for creating subdued, cozy moments — which is of paramount importance during the holidays. On the lip of your bathtub, on the sill of a window, right in front of your weary and ever-so-grateful eyes, this candle is here only to protect and serve.

Need to sustain 100% easy mode?

Why? Why not?! Just Because!

Need a quick and thoughtful gift?

It’s no secret that Pai — especially its Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil — gets extraordinarily high marks within the FP community for its complexion-brightening properties. And, since we’re fans of divulging rather than keeping our secrets, we thought it only right to *suggest* wrapping up the Pai Skincare National Treasures Kit for someone in your life who might also appreciate its loveliest of virtues?


Happiest of holidays — be kind to yourself and to the world around you. XO



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4 years ago

Cosmic Matcha sounds riiiight up my alley! I haven’t tried that one yet. :]

Thanks for all the recommendations! They’d make really nice gifts too! ❤️✨

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