Spa

By Elizabeth Greene

Ahhhhh!!! The relaxation and rejuvenation that a visit to your favorite spa gives is hard to resist. But since we all don’t have the time in our busy (and budgeted) lives to, we can still experience a bit of bliss and serenity at home- even in our teensy, tiny NYC apartment bathrooms. Take advantage of some amazing spa products that not only work wonders to uplift your spirit and relax your body, but give back to various charities with their proceeds. Talk about feeling truly good… and nothing beats great karma!

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You don’t have to travel to a remote locale in India to achieve inner peace -Auromere brings India to you! Auromere’s products are based on ancient spiritual and traditional healing wisdoms into our fast-paced world with their handmade soaps, shampoos, oils, lotions and their amazing mud bath! Twelve Ayurvedic herbs mixed with four different types of clay, packed rich with minerals, create an exfoliating and detoxifying experience, with all materials 100% natural. The rejuvenating feeling isn’t just physical-100% of Auromere’s profits goes to nonprofit spiritual and religious organizations and communities! Auromere products can be found at health food, New Age and metaphysical book stores nationally, along with their online shop!

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“Shoes That Love You” is the motto for Oka b. shoes, and boy, are they right! Their best selling styles, the spa thong and spa slide are pure heaven for your feet. With their signature reflexology-inspired design and ergonomic foot beds (we love the amazingly comfortable Microbeads massaging our feet with every step. Your feet receive a personal massage just by walking around in these fantastic shoes! In a ballerina pink color, the Atlanta-based shoe company will donate five percent of the proceeds to Young Survival Coalition in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October.

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Speaking of feet, our summer time tootsies took a heck of a beating- blisters, bunions, calluses, especially since we were wearing open toed sandals and non supportive flip flops all summer long. We hate the feel of rough heels, and pedicures every week break the bank. Artemis Woman Heel Smoother is a sole saver. This hand-held, battery operated tool brushes away dry, dead skin, and the included Topaz foot butter helps to transform your feet, making them smooth and ever so touchable! Artemis Woman is a company owned and operated by women and focuses on products that improve our physical, spiritual and emotional health. They donate 2% portion of their corporate profits to support alternative treatments and screenings for women’s cancers. Your feet will thank you and so will thousands of women who are being helped by your purchase. The Heel Smoother can be found at Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, Target and other major retail stores; check out their website for a full listing of stores in your area that carry this miracle food smoother!

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Now that your feet are in tip top shape, paint them PINK with OPI’s Pink of Hearts . No fancy glitter or sparkles, just a pure, hopeful, natural light-pink that matches any skin tone, on our feet or for a perfect mani-pedi match. Created to honor those who have fought breast cancer and to celebrate those continuing to fight, the bottle has a special pink ribbon cap wrap and will be available October 2007. This year, OPI will make a donation of $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. OPI polishes can be found at salons nationwide.

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Another company that is donating a portion of their proceeds helping breast cancer victims achieve a better quality of life is Dearfoam, who make the comfy cozy and affordable slippers BN staffers all love to wear when we take off our Choos!! Dearfoams Pink Ribbon Slippers are not only comfortable and beautiful; but we especially love the bit of bling on the Microfiber Velour Scuff with Rhinestone Detail. Buy these slippers and help support Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, which works to give special memories to those suffering from the disease. These relaxing slippers soothe your soles (and soul!) after a long day! Dearfoam Slippers are available at major department stores.

Originally published September 2007
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