Spa

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

‘Tis the season…. oh wait. I guess it’s a bit early for that. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there’s still time to enjoy all things autumnal. This month, try these Thanksgiving inspired spa products and let more than just tryptophan relax you before the stresses of the holiday season set in and the winter frost starts nipping at your nose.

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Bidwell Botanicals puts a little spice in your life with their exclusive Spiced Pumpkin Gift Set. Their signature Sugar Scrub paired with matching Spiced Pumpkin Handmade Soap (made with rich shea butter and enzyme-rich pumpkin pulp) make up the perfect gift for your Thanksgiving dinner hostess. Also available is their Cranberry Fig gift set of Hydrating Body Milk, Shea Butter Sugar Scrub and scented Handmade Soap.

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If the only time you drink water is at the gym, it’s time you add a little fruit flavor to your H2O. Pure Inventions, a delicious and nutritious liquid fruit extract for your (hot or cold) water, is chock-full of antioxidants. Their Cranberry with Elderberry liquid formulation boosts immunity, reduces stress, supports digestion and even stabilizes LDL cholesterol. Combine it with their Cholesterol Balance for added health benefits after a big Thanksgiving day meal. And did we mention it’s calorie free, caffeine free and is all-natural? You might just get your 8-10 glasses of water per day this year!

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While you’re at Whole Foods shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, be sure to pick up a bottle of their exclusive Harvest Hand Soap. It smells delicious and like everything at Whole Foods, it nourishes your body inside and out.

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Soothing, smoothing, softening, exfoliating, moisturizing and mega- nutritious… This delectable mask has it all! Face Food’s all-natural Pumpkin Mask comes as a long-lasting powder and is made with pumpkin (obviously ;-), Kaolin Clay, Oatmeal, Honey Powder and Yogurt Powder. This all natural DIY face mask sounds good enough to eat!

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Saphoros’ Cranberry Dream Scrub is made with Hemp, Soy, & Jojoba oils, plus the moisturizing power of Mango, Shealoe and Macadamia butters. Cranberry seeds add not only beauty, but extra exfoliating power. On contact with water, this scrub emulsifies into a rich lotion scrub, leaving you completely moisturized without feeling greasy. Pair it with their Whipping Body Polish for extra smoothness.

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In the mood for an aromatherapy massage by candlelight? Try Sensual Light’s Natural Pomegranate Candle in 3 different ways: as a fragrant, clean burning candle, as a body oil moisturizer and as a warm massage oil. Made with soy, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and essential fragrance oils, this candle burns at a cooler temperature than the paraffin variety so it will not burn your skin. And with 60-80 hours of burning power, this candle is sure to last well through the winter months.

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Take it from the Swiss and try Alchimie Forever’s Excimer antioxidant refining scrub. Made with cranberries, papaya, jojoba, lychee, shea butter and rosemary, this scrub, used once to twice a week, will leave your skin healthier, softer and glowing.

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Chocolate Sun’s Cranberry-Vanilla Skin Revitalizer not only exfoliates but also combats fluid retention and muscle stiffness due to its’ magnesium, calcium and bromide content. Cranberry Seeds are a great natural exfoliant and help balance the immune system by replenishing essential minerals. The cranberry-vanilla scrub gently adheres to the body until you are ready to rinse it away, and the Extra Virgin Olive Oil lubricates the skin leaving you luxuriously soft and silky. Call 1-800-350-2980 or visit their website for more information.

If DIY isn’t your style but you still want to savor the flavor of autumn, why not treat yourself to a pumpkin facial at Metamorphosis Day Spa? Including a delicious smelling and tingling pumpkin enzyme mask, a moisturizing head, neck and hand massage, as well as a cinnamon peel-off mask, this facial is sure to leave you smelling as sweet as pumpkin pie and feeling like jello.

With these holiday-inspired spa products, our skin certainly has a lot to be thankful for this season!

Originally published November 2007
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