By Robbie Parry
Jingle bells, jingle bells. Or does this holiday season have you feeling more Bah Humbug? If the season to be jolly stresses you out and turns you into the Grinch, then just relax, BN has the answer! We bring you ideas for gifts; beautiful sets and products from some of the most luxurious spas in New York and beyond.
Gifts from Bliss Spa
Hands up; who doesn’t love Bliss Spa and its fab spa services and products? For the one or two of you (shame!), check out the set of Two Turtle Gloves. Or maybe you should slip into a pair of Softening Socks. Simply ‘Blissful’. If you want to impress your favourite spa-mate then look no further than The Best Of Bliss. Covering all the bases, this set includes lemon sage soap, vanilla and bergamot bubbling bath gel, lemon sage body butter, high intensity hand cream and foot patrol (a gorgeous peppermint packed foot softener which will work wonders for your poor feet which just spent five hours dancing at the office party). You know where to go – www.blissworld.com.
Gifts from Sanctuary Spa
It’s a U.K invasion. The Sanctuary Spa has long been a name in England associated with luxury. The London based spa is a world leader when it comes to beauty innovation. Their products have only recently become available in this country and can be found exclusively at Target. They have three fantastic gift sets to suit all seasonal tastes. The Mini Spa Treats is the perfect ‘stocking filler.’ A classic quartet of body wash, scrub, lotion, and foaming bath soak come in an elegant suede wash bag. Spa Pure Pamper Box is one for under the tree. With larger size lotions and scrubs than the ones found in Mini Treats, this gift set contains a delightful body butter, an exfoliating washcloth and a scented votive candle. There is also the Spa Relaxation set. With its scrubs and lotions, as well as body wash, votive candle and exfoliating wash cloth set in an adorable orange hatbox, this set will leave you relaxed, soothed, pampered and ready to face even the toughest of family get-togethers. Visit www.target.com or buy these gift sets in Target stores.
Gifts from A.L.E.K. & Lush Beauty and Wellness Day Spa
As they say at Lush Beauty and Wellness Day Spa; ‘It’s a delicate balance…. to sustain the pace and daily pressure of life and yet remember we deserve time to pamper ourselves.’ So true, and never more so than at Christmas. Well, they also say to try a range of new products from A.L.E.K. Essentials, perfect for both men and women. These spa products were not only handed out to the winners at this year’s ESPY Beauty Awards but they’ve also found their way into the wash bags of Maria Sharapova, Samuel L Jackson and Katie Walsh, to mention but a few. It’s not surprising when you see that they’re formulated with rejuvenators and antioxidants and an arsenal of free-radical fighters to keep you feeling sophisticated and smooth. This line contains everything you need from a Velvet Moisturiser, Toning Pads rich in omega 3’s & 6’s, an almond oil and shea butter Hydrating Body Silk, and a Foaming Facial Cleanser (for all skin types) containing green tea and vitamins A and E. My personal choice is the Essential Face and Body Exfoliate. Ultra gentle, this scrub is mega-rich with minerals. Refreshing, hydrating, smoothing and elegantly packaged, any of these products would make the perfect gift for the man or woman in your life. This name is going to be big over the next year, so get it first and soak in its luxury. www.alekessentials.com
Gifts from The 10-Minute Manicure
Now how about this for a cool little number? The 10-Minute Manicure took off in airports with its quick and easy mani-pedi kits, designed for those with time on their hands, nothing on their toes (shock! horror!) and a plane to catch. Now they have come up with the Sky Spa Pillow Pack. This clever little pack is for those high flyers who want spa style relaxation while up among the clouds. Simply slip the baby soft black pillow cover over the airline pillow (you know they don’t wash those things!), open the kit and take your pick from the range of mobile spa products. The kit has everything from an eye gel for those puffy after flight eyes to a bio freeze ‘rub’ for those aching neck, shoulders and leg muscles. It even has dental floss. It’s a complete mid-air spa; just remember to take the pillowslip with you for the journey home. The Sky Spa Pillow Pack is available at J.F.K, Newark, Miami and other airports. For all locations visit www.10minutemanicure.com.
Gifts from Thom Fleming Skincare
From our west coast cousins comes celebrity favourite Thom Fleming Skincare. This Hollywood spa star has an indulgent range of glorious body scrubs in three deliciously scented flavors – the Lemon Soufflé, the Mochanilla and Rainbow Sorbet. Make no mistake – this stuff is simply amazing. The scrubs were conceived while on location (so very L.A.) at the Dead Sea. Containing Dead Sea salts and pure vitamins, they’re good for all skin types and feel fantastic. The gentle exfoliant will leave you glowing just like Pamela Anderson and legendary photographer, Herb Ritts – both of whom are big fans of this line. These salt scrubs will get you feeling like a “rock”-star and looking like a supermodel for your Christmas party. Visit www.thomflemingskincare.com.
Gifts from Linden Leaves
Now if its pure luxury that you’re after, then Linden Leaves is all you will ever need. Their sophisticated range wouldn’t look out of place in a princess’ palace. These sets are just bursting with the elegance and style to nurture your soul and soften your skin into the New Year. The three kings came carrying gifts of gold at Christmas and the Glorious Gold Gift Set does the same. With a revitalizing face spritz of chamomile and witch hazel, it is enriched with 23kt floating gold flakes. The gold oil, a massage oil or after bath moisturiser, again made with 23kt gold flakes but also sweet almond, pure fruit and flower oils, also acts as a sensual vanilla perfume. The set is finished off with a golden soap bar. King Midas himself would approve.
For those of us less bling-oriented but just as discerning, how about the Linden leaves Herbalist Gift Set, which contains a heavenly flax seed body polish and two wonderfully aromatic bath salts (one in passion fruit and Echinacea and the other in green tea and lime). It also has organic goats milk soap, an olive leaf and cypress flowing soap and a baby soft washcloth to apply. To order these divine sets go to www.lindenleaves.com.
Gift from the Village Company
But when the party is over and all you want is to slip out of your Prada shoes and into a hot bath, then the Village Company has got your back (and shoulders and neck and feet!). Since 1971, these guys and gals have been blending botanicals and essential oils to de-stress, de-congest and soothe our aches and pains. The village company has a wonderful range of bath and spa products that will keep you feeling more bouncy than Tinkerbelle after two cranberry martinis. Let the therapeutic range of Liquid Mineral Bath, enriched with vitamins and aromatherapy vapours, soften your skin and soothe you. For aches and pains try the wonderful, naturally derived rosehip, camomile and eucalyptus bath soak. Or to alleviate stress and tension, not to mention that Christmas party hangover, then the orange, menthol and juniper bath soak could be for you. Visit www.thevillagecompany.com.
These Spa Gift Sets may just be all you need to enjoy an ‘almost’ relaxing Holiday Season. Now what ARE you going to wear for New Year’s?