Spa

By Kim Taylor

With the romance of Valentine’s Day in the crisp chilled air, treat yourself to these spirit-warming spa indulgences.

Aromafloria has a complete line of stress-busting spa products, including the luxurious Healing Waters and Sensory Fusion lines. Healing waters features five eco-friendly bath and skin products inspired by the ocean’s benefits. Sensory Fusion features candles, foaming body washes, butters, and polishes in lemongrass, bamboo, honey papaya, green tea and pomegranate with oil of coconut. This line’s hand-poured soy candles are 100% eco-friendly and infused with exotic fruits and spices. Visit http://www.aromafloria.com to check out the extensive offerings.

Philosophy introduces two new body scrubs that will transform your bath or shower in a home spa session: Be Somebody Green Tea Hot Salt Tub and Shower Scrub and Be Somebody Water Lily Salt Tub and Shower Scrub. Exfoliate winter skin with beneficial sea salts, then moisturize with natural extracts; find these at Sephora or http://www.philosophy.com.

During the cold weather months, Dr. Hauschka’s homeopathic Berberis Nose Balm relieves nasal congestion and irritation with natural astringents such as barberry and blackthorn. This inflammation-reducing balm fits in a pocket and provides relief when your nose just isn’t cooperating. Find it at Whole Foods and at http://www.DrHauschka.com.

Abe’s Market is a surprisingly fantastic source for green and healthy products that leave you feeling pampered and intelligent. The Sprout Wellness products such as Sugar Body Scrub (and the line’s creams, cleanser and toner) created in Brooklyn by a holistic health counselor, contains ingredients that won’t assail your skin and are packaging in glass containers without chemicals. Lovely! Abe’s Market is also a source for Karma Organic all natural nail polish. Support http://www.abesmarket.com.

Dentisse oral mouthwash brightens your smile without the harsh, hazardous ingredients – and instead contains refined kaolin (a natural white clay), which cleans and polishes in a low-abrasion formula. Dentisse also features a stain-prevention/removal system for added luster. Give your smile a razzle-dazzle makeover. Find this at http://www.dentisse.com

Poo-Pourri is a perennial favorite for anyone who has ever tried it. This essential oil spritzer is meant to be kept in the washroom, but it diffuses such an enchanting aroma that it can be used anywhere. Pocket-sized and ideal for travel, it can be used anywhere when you need a quick aromatherapy spa moment. Choose your preferred version at http://www.PooPourri.com.

Kind Notes are a brilliant premise: offer someone you love a note each day. Bundled in a glass jar, these mini notes with envelopes in a variety of styles and colors are an endearing way to say I love you to someone you care about – which always makes you feel fantastic too. So treat yourself this Valentine’s Day by treating someone you love to kind, supportive thoughts. Kindness is beautiful, whereas contempt always leaves you looking a little twisted – so find Kind Notes at http://www.KindNotes.com, and customize them yourself to be more original, hilarious or memorably wicked.

Originally published February 2011
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