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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Home Spa Experience

The primary goal of the SkIndulgence Bath and Body collection is to provide a spa experience at home.  Who doesn't love a day of pampering and relaxation at the day spa?  I know that's MY idea of a perfect time!  The state of this economy has created more stress, but greatly impaired our ability to fund its relief.  Solution? Bring the day spa home with you.  Under the right settings, using spa products at home benefits your body and your spirit just as much as at a fancy spa, but without the stress-inducing price tag that comes with it.

My perfect home spa item is the Salty & Sweet Body Scrub. Prep your items in the bathroom, light some candles, turn on some relaxing music, perhaps even brew a cup of strong chamomile tea and get to it!

The body scrub mimics a salt glo at any day spa.  Use it on dry skin and rub in a circular motion over the entire body.  Those who have used the SkIndulgence scrub (and my own vast experiences) have told me that it completely removes dry patches after just one use and leaves the skin feeling super nourished.

If you are up for an extra step (make time for it, it's so totally worth it), you can extend this into a body wrap.  Start by placing a blanket in an empty bathtub. Next, lay an old sheet (one that can get icky) over that. If you have one, aim a space heater at the bathtub and set it just a tad higher than what's comfortable.  Stand on the sheet and massage in the salt glo.  Then lay down (use a rolled-up towel as a pillow), and wrap the sheet around you, then the blanket. If you brewed some herbal tea, now would be a great time to place a tea bag over each eye.  The herbs don't only taste great, but they will soothe tired and stressed out eyes, too!  Chill like a mummy for about 20 minutes.  The ingredients in the scrub combined with the heat, will help to draw impurities out of your body while simultaneously replenishing vital minerals and moisture.

After using the scrub, shower as usual (or keep on relaxing in a hot bath - try the Bath Pack!) and don't forget to moisturize (I recommend the Body Butter, of course)!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

All About Lavender

You'll notice I use a lot of lavender in my products.  This is because it is one amazing herb with a rich history and many uses from culinary to medicinal to cosmetic, not to mention it smells absolutely amazing.

The use of Lavender goes back thousands of years, with the first recorded uses by the Egyptians during the mummification process. Both the Greeks and the Romans had many uses for it, the most popular being for bathing, cooking, as an ingredient in perfume, healing wounds, and as an insect repellent. Lavender was used as an after-bath perfume by the Romans, who gave the herb its name from the Latin lavare, to wash. During the Great Plague of 1665, grave robbers would wash their hands in a concoction called "Four Thieves Vinegar", which contained lavender, wormwood, rue, sage, mint, and rosemary, and vinegar; they rarely became infected.

English folklore tells that a mixture of lavender, mugwort, chamomile, and rose petals will attract sprites, fairies, brownies, and elves.  Lavender has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world.

In SkIndulgence products I include lavender in my First Aid Balm for its pain and burn relief properties, in my Insect Repellent to keep the bugs at bay naturally, and in the entire Facial Skin Care for dry skin collection for its gentle antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.