Spa

By Bahar Takhtehchian

Sometimes a spa day can be more enjoyable when you don’t have to actually leave your house and go to the spa. We’ve compiled a list of the best do-it-yourself body and skincare products that will help you get a luxury spa experience for half the price and in the comfort of your own home. From eye treatments to massaging slippers and organic cotton towels, we’ve got you covered head to toe. So go on and leave your bulky winter coat in the closet. Why step out in the cold when you’ve got a warm, sweet-smelling bath awaiting you at home?


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L’Occitane Crushed-Grape Polish
This luxurious polish is made from a natural blend of organic grape juice (from Provence) and walnut shells. Grape seed and walnut particles exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells while the grape seed oil (rich in vitamins and fatty acids) moisturizes dry, scaly skin. Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com



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Ole Henriksen Muscle Comfort Soak
Marathon runners will love treating their sore muscles to this soothing mix of sea minerals and plant extracts. Get the tub running, shut off your cell phone, and indulge in the exotic aroma and feel of peppermint, seaweed extract, camphor, ginger and eucalyptus. Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

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Tocca Candle Collection
Whether you’re looking to fill the bathroom with a relaxing or romantic scent, set the mood right with a candle from the Tocca Candle Collection. Opt for a clean-smelling candle such as Cleopatra, or spice things up with Rodolfo. Each candle burns for 60 hours. Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

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Eyelid Gel Mask
Looking to give your puffy, tired eyes a quick wake up call? This soothing eyelid gel mask–which can be used hot or cold – creates a well-rested look, even if you got less than 8 hours of shut eye last night. And unlike the cumbersome cucumber trick your mom swears by, there’s no messy clean up! www.thebodyshop.com

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Moisture Booties
Keep your feet soft and warm with these easy-to-use moisture booties made from natural cotton. Lather up in your favorite lotion and slip into pure comfort before going to bed. You’ll wake up with softer soles in no time. Available at The Body Shop stores. www.thebodyshop.com

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Massaging Slippers
Give your poor, tortured feet a break from the wear and tear of city life and step into these massaging slippers. The vibrating mechanism increases circulation and leaves your feet feeling energized. The soft fleece material is ideal for staying cozy and warm during those cold winter nights. Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond. www.bedbathandbeyond.com

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Organic Cotton Bath Towels
Wrap yourself in one of these plush, super-absorbent organic cotton towels, imported from Europe. Thick, soft and luxurious, they’re the perfect way to wind down a day of indulgence. Available at www.rawganique.com

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GeLuscious Booties (by Kathryn Holl)
Despite the many pedicures you may get, are your tootsies still dry, cracked and tired? Whether its damage caused by flip-flops, stiletto heels or athletic shoes, your feet need some every-day pampering to prevent calluses and flaking. GeLuscious, a leading spa and at-home spa products company has created GeLuscious booty’s (and gloves) that combine medical-grade, patented and scientifically proven formulas that restore moisture and glow to feet.

These booties are made with a light terry cloth material, feel like a cozy pair of socks and even have a non-skid surface that allows you to walk around the house. The gel lining releases skin-nourishing hydrators including Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Olive Oil to relieve dry flaky skin. Easy to care for, GeLuscious booty’s can be hand-washed with a mild soap and hanged to dry. They make a perfect gift and are great for traveling. I wear mine while getting ready for work and I’m guaranteed soft feet all day long. Recommended use is three times a week for 20-30 minutes. One pair of booties yields approximately 40 treatments. They come in pink and turquoise blue and retail for approximately $24.99. For more information on the GeLuscious booties, gloves or any of their other at-home-spa products, visit www.geluscious.com.

Originally published November 2006
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