3 TIPS FOR CREATING A SPA DAY (OR NIGHT) AT HOME

3 TIPS FOR CREATING A SPA DAY (OR NIGHT) AT HOME

Who doesn’t love going to a spa? It’s relaxing, rejuvenating and helps us recharge from our typically busy and responsibility-filled lives. Everything about a spa visit is designed to help you unplug from the real world – time spent enjoying pampering treatments such as a massage or a facial, and even long hot soaks or other therapeutic sessions to help you decompress. Unfortunately, a spa isn’t always the most affordable luxury. For many of us, we only get to go a handful of times in our lives, even though most of us could really use it on the regular! While the price it costs to go to the spa isn’t going to change any time soon, the good news is that you can recreate your own version of a spa day at home. With a little bit of time set aside and a few essential spa products of your own, you can be well on your way to some much needed, low cost relaxation.

Do a mask: Facial masks are one of the best skincare products to have on hand for times when you need an excuse to relax and recharge. You can even do a mask while you multitask around your house, but if you can, we recommend trying to really give yourself a break- even if it’s only twenty minutes. If you have sensitive skin try a calming mask with ingredients like cucumber and aloe. If you want to get a little exfoliating action going then an enzyme mask is right up your alley.

In our July Salty Bath box, we are introducing an incredible Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Mask. This berry-filled formulation will hyper-oxygenate your skin cells with its antioxidant load of berries. Blueberries bring to your skin an arsenal of anti-aging benefits. Cranberries add to the blend with active bioflavonoids as well as much needed vitamins. A gentle exfoliation utilizing fresh fruit pulp, and a deeper cell renewal and collagen production with Glycolic and Alpha Lipoic acids, make this an amazing restorative treatment that you can do right at home.

Take a bath: Baths are so relaxing, and often referred to as “nature’s medicine. Newsweek magazine even featured an article with the latest research on “why taking a hot bath may be as good for your health as exercise.” Our custom-formulated, small-batch bath soaks cannot be found anywhere else and are loaded with magnesium + nutrient-rich ingredients that help the muscles to relax, balances your pH level, reduces stress, and much more. Our salts are sourced straight from the Dead Sea where we blend them with magnesium sulfate and therapeutic grade essential oils for the ultimate soak experience. Put on a face mask, play some of your favorite tunes, add in our bath salts, dim the lights, light the candle (also part of your self-care box we send you), arrange crystals (we provide these too!) or flowers around the tub for more powerful energy and soak in your very own, custom made relaxation space. Having a warm cup of herbal tea or a glass of vino also adds a touch of indulgence that makes the experience even more spa-like.

DIY this easy foot treatment: Everyone who’s tried a foot soak knows just how relaxing it can be after a long day spent on your feet. Make a relaxing foot bath by diluting 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of sea salt, and 1 cup of Epsom salt in water as hot as you can tolerate. You can also add essential oils such as lavender to level up its soothing power, and peppermint oil to make it super refreshing. Apple cider vinegar is a favorite holistic remedy for all kinds of issues and has many benefits to heal and nourish your skin and body.

I like to time my spa-at-home experience to night.  That way, my commitments for the day are done, and I can wash away all the energy I collected, slip into something cozy afterwards, and really unwind.  Or even better, drift off to a great night’s sleep!

Want to learn more about our Salty Bath monthly deliveries that bring the spa to your doorstep? Visit us at www.SaltyBath.com. Each month brings a new theme and a box packed with all-natural bath, body and mindful products to help you relax, restore, and renew! Our July box, themed TRANSFORMATION, ships around July 24th. Sign up before July 19th to receive yours. 

 

LETTING GO TO ALLOW TRANSFORMATION IN

LETTING GO TO ALLOW TRANSFORMATION IN

A simple reminder to carve out time for yourself. We all need time to unplug and get in touch with our feelings.  Otherwise, life loses its magical deliciousness which can only truly be felt when we are being present.

FINDING YOUR SPARK

This month, as we celebrate our independence and freedom as a country, let’s also allow ourselves the freedom to just be. That means letting go, tuning in, and reflecting about where you are in your life. Are you where you need or want to be? Are you thriving or simply surviving? Taking quiet moments, away from technology, the pressures of everyday life, and countless tugs for your time and attention can be one of the most incredible gifts you give to yourself.  By letting go, we often can make way for transformation. It allows us to let in an awakening of the senses, a decluttering of the mind, a sense of calm and confidence is restored and from there, we own our power.

So here’s to the freedom to TRANSFORM and live your most joyful, centered, abundant life! (hint: this is also our theme for JULY!)

We are curating an experience for our July TRANSFORMATION Box that will leverage the healing power of essential oils to influence your mindset, mood and feelings, helping you to get in touch with your true self. As you deeply relax and experience these therapeutic, aromatherapy benefits you will feel a greater connection to yourself and the world around you…and that’s where the magic happens. As with all our boxes, we provide a complete self-care ritual to pamper, nourish and relax you….so all you need to do is enjoy… and let go!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE! 

P.S.  Ready to jump in and experience total bliss? Visit Salty Bath to check out our subscription offerings featuring state-of-the-art, all-natural and organic bath and body products.  We also include artisanal goods from makers around the globe that complement our holistic whole body philosophy.

 

 

Marine Ingredients and Botanicals: Superfood for the Skin

Marine Ingredients and Botanicals: Superfood for the Skin

Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) grows in a thick forest off the coast of Monterey, California.

At Salty Bath, we have built relaxing bathing experiences that heal and restore the body with our bath soaks that are loaded with mineral-rich salts from the Dead Sea and infused with therapeutic-grade botanicals. Soon, we are branching out even further to bring the powerful benefits of the ocean, and specifically sea water, seaweed, kelp and algae to cleanse, hydrate, protect and replenish the whole body.

The ocean has long held the secrets of youth and anti-aging. Phyto-chemicals and 92+ minerals, micro-minerals and structured water along with polysaccharides and so much more make up the magic of the ocean and her bounteous fruit.

Seaweed, sea kelp, and algae offer superior hydration as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. Combined with protective antioxidant extracts, nourishing plant oils, and reparative botanicals, regular use in skincare products will keep skin youthful and luminous. 

Seaweed itself has more than 50 powerful minerals and, because of that, people have benefited from long soaks in seaweed baths for centuries. The heavy-duty detoxification properties in mineral-rich seaweed nourish and rejuvenate the skin, fight cellulite, and minimize the visible appearance of wrinkles.

The wealth of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants in seaweed helps in keeping the skin revitalized, moisturized, and youthful. These elements guard the skin against the harmful effects of environmental pollutants and helps to slow down the skin’s aging process. Scientific research has made it evident that seaweed extracts contain anti-aging properties and are a useful ingredient in the manufacturing of skin care cosmetics. The anti-inflammatory properties present in seaweed are useful in treating skin rashes and wounds. The phytonutrients elevate blood flow and bring a healthy glow to the face. Seaweed wraps detoxify and cleanse the skin by expelling toxins out of the pores. Seaweed baths have also been admired among British and Irish people for ages due to their therapeutic effects. – Organic Facts Article 

Our upcoming Seaweed Essentials from our new TAMBRA skincare line is innovative natural science, designed to help you reap the benefits of marine plants along with nourishing vitamins and organic and natural botanicals — think of it as superfood for your skin! Age spots disappear, wrinkles fill in, collagen is boosted, and your skin glows. Plus, anti-radiation properties found in seaweed protect skin from daily and long-term sun damage.

The initial products we will debut include our Ocean Breeze Seaweed Wash, Ocean Mineral Serum, and Seaweed Replenish Lotion. We will also have a few amazing treatment products such as a mask, among others. In general, our line is for all skin types – gentle for regular use and rejuvenating for the skin from head-to-toe. Some of our key ingredients include:

Sea Water Extract

Kelp Extract

Organic Aloe

Organic Rosehip

Organic Olive Oil

Organic Rosemary Oil

Organic Calendula

Organic Gotu Kola

Organic Red Clover

Tea Tree Oil

Oregano Extract

Vitamin B5

Vitamin E

Irish Moss

Red Seaweed Extract

Orange Peel

Grapefruit Seed

Witch Hazel

Initially, we will make these new products available exclusively to our Salty Bath subscribers. We are currently shipping our June “Clarity” Box.  We’ll be announcing the theme for July soon… you won’t want to miss out. Stay tuned for more details!

How Do You Find Clarity Among The Chaos?

How Do You Find Clarity Among The Chaos?

“I am guided by my inner wisdom. I love, accept and trust myself fully.”

Sometimes life pulls us in so many directions, it’s hard to keep our wits about us. We feel overwhelmed, stretched too thin and depleted. Our instinct is too often to try to escape the chaos in our own heart, and to search outside ourselves for things that will make us feel better.  What if the answer is simply to sit still?  To tune in.  To quiet the madness of our own minds to really feel and hear our own voices.

Truth is, when we are in the midst of of feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard to find clarity. It’s even harder to be present, much less to tap into our inner wisdom and fully love ourselves. But unless we stop the vicious cycle of self-neglect, the consequences can take a toll on our well-being.

It doesn’t have to be so hard.  When we created Salty Bath, our mission was more than just providing amazing, pure, high-integrity bath and body products. The broader mission is to help motivate people to take better care of their bodies, in every sense of the word: physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Our experiences are especially created for people who find it hard to sit still and not feel guilty for doing so. For the multi-tasker. The crazy-busy/never-has-time person. The can’t-afford-to-go-to-the-spa person. The curious-about-meditation person. The yogi. The athlete.  The chronically fatigued. The stay-at-home- mom.  The stay-at-home-dad. The list of people our bath experiences helps goes on and on.

Why are we so passionate about this? Well, for starters, we have seen first-hand how being a slave to your schedule and your obligations, but not to yourself can create significant levels of stress.  But when we began living intentionally – meditating, spending more time in nature, focusing on our heart’s desire, paying attention to our intuition, and dedicating time to restore our energy, for example — we noticed big shifts. Rituals and simple routines are very grounding as well as empowering. When we noticed how well our bath soaks worked and how they ticked off so many boxes for holistic health, we knew we wanted to share this experience with the world, to create something that was there for you instead of you having to go out and find it yourself.  All the work, the details and the hassle have been done, so that you simply get to experience the journey.  The journey though is deeply personal and rewarding because it becomes yours and yours alone. Every bath comes with a mantra/ meditation card and other spirited goods to support you on your path to serenity.

In a simple 20-minute warm soak in the privacy of your own bathtub, you will go from chaos to calm. From overwhelmed to overjoyed.  From tense to relaxed. When you are in this relaxed state, you begin to get clarity and your spirit is restored. The cycle of self-neglect has been broken, and you now have an amazing ritual that centers you, heals you, empowers you.

The funny thing is, if you think just spending 20 minutes with yourself is hard or impossible, then you should check out Kyle Cease. We love Kyle’s work and impact as a best-selling author/”transformational comedian,” which has won him a worldwide cult-like following. He also advocates meditation and falling in love with your fears because that is where the gold is…and he sits quietly for 2 hours a day! We got to check out his Evolving Out Loud tour in New York last year and were completely blown away and inspired. Why not start with a warm soak for 20 minutes and see where that takes you?

Our belief is whatever you can do to truly tune in and hear your own thoughts but also conquer your fears, doubts or limitations, you should do! And what we have been learning is that so many people find it hard to just start. Our self-care packages can be a very effective tool for that, and for your own transformational journey. Or, you may be looking for a great way to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles and sleep better, in which case, you will be happy to know our soaks do that too! The fun is in the discovery — and that discovery is defined by you.

ANNOUNCING THE BOX THEME FOR JUNE

Each month, we create a new theme and a curated self-care experience. As makers of small-batch bath soaks and body products, the monthly soak is the crown jewel and the theme drives the elements of that. For June our theme is CLARITY. We have designed our exclusive BRAIN BOOSTER SOAK experience with the healing powers of mineral salts sourced from the Dead Sea infused with 5 wondrous essential oils known for their ability to enhance cognitive function and sharpen mental focus. As you soak in the warm water, this formula draws out toxins from the body, and replenishes it with vital minerals to balance and restore your energy.  The essential oils further enhance your experience based on each oil’s specific properties. Leveraging the power of nature is a wholesome way to feel deeply connected to yourself and the world around you.

Our SALTY BRAIN BOOSTER features ROSEMARY oil, known for its entire body-strengthening ability and healing powers related to increasing mental energy and working wonders for anxiety. ORANGE oil promotes a feeling of happiness and warmth, relieves anger and anxiety, detoxifies the body and promotes an overall sense of well-being. Next, LAVENDER oil to help get you relaxed and in a better frame of mind, and SANDALWOOD oil, one of the most beneficial and calming oils widely known for its ability to effect a “union of the senses,” and incredibly harmonizing for the mind, helping to reduce daily stress, tension and confusion; and finally LEMON oil which is super uplifting and aids in maximum brain efficiency.

Our custom blended, natural and organic ingredients will provide you with the ultimate affordable luxury, where you not only have a spa-like experience at home, but also enjoy the luxurious benefits of our natural products without any negative side effects or harsh chemicals.

What else will our June “CLARITY” box include? Well, you will just have to stay tuned for sneak peeks, of course!

Luxuriate in all the possibilities of giving your overworked self the love it deserves. Soak away toxins, stress, pain, anxiety, and aches, while you breathe in the healing aroma of natural essences selected to transport you to sacred places filled with life’s abundance, love and prosperity. The next time you feel overwhelmed with the rigors of a busy and blessed life, take a deep breath and get thee to the tub.  Salty Bath has everything you need to be the best you can be, and more importantly, to love yourself…guilt-free!

–Om, Shanti, OM!

 

Finding Joy, Feeling Centered

Finding Joy, Feeling Centered

It can be hard to maintain a joyful mindset. Even if you have the cheeriest disposition, are thankful and joyful in the grand scheme of things, and commit to taking steps to find joy as a matter of everyday habit, all you need to do is go online where gloom, doom and negativity will flood your screen. Current events are volatile.  Local communities are struggling. Global affairs are tenuous. At times, it’s hard to know what to believe or to be blunt: what the hell is going on.

Talk about a buzzkill for feeling joyful!

Unplugging helps. Another BIG PLUS is decluttering anything in your life that does not bring you joy. (That is another topic, entirely!) But recently, I personally wanted something to stretch me even more.  So, I had to ratchet up my mindful game with some new tools — ways to not only re-focus and maintain joy, but also to help keep me centered.

I have my habitual toolkit: using my go-to essential oils, such as Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Frankincense, surrounding myself in nature whenever possible, and of course, taking warm, salty baths to relax me and help me unwind.  But this time I wanted something old school to add to the mix. I like journaling, which packs many surprising benefits – it’s a great way to evoke mindfulness, it’s helpful to stay present and even helps in the healing process. But I wanted something a bit more specific, rather than blank pages for me to fill up.  Something that could function as a kind of “assistant” for my mindfulness journey.  And there it was, spotted on a shelf in a NYC store…

a mindfulness journal

This incredible journal is the perfect tool to extend the centering and mindful message of our our Salty Bath mantra cards. A nifty, digest-sized journal, “Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You” helps guide me on my path for creating a centered, joyful life. This dynamo is filled with inspiration from poets, writers, entrepreneurs, athletes, scientists, authors, philosophers, presidents, saints and gurus and coupled with loads of prompts and activities to “help you grow in heart, mind, body and spirit.” This felt like my partner in crime, and I was happy to read the following intro:

The word “centers” in its use today, and even in the title of this book, is a slippery one, often defined by other intangible terms — mindfulness, gratitude, wholeness, groundedness, focus, flow, serenity, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance. The best definition, however, comes not from the heady realm of ideas, but from the hands-on-world of craft. Every potter knows how difficult it is to learn how to center clay on wheel.  It takes hours and hours and days and days of dedication and practice, until your hands “know” the clay well enough to center it. If you move ahead too early, your pot will be unsteady, fragile, and unattractive. But once you find the center, your pot – whatever your personal desire for it – will be balanced, secure and beautiful.

The imagery this conjured up really resonated for me.

For most people, creating a centered life, like molding that pot, requires dedication and practice.

Indeed, this handy little book stated its goal:

You will be urged to expand your knowledge and to edge it toward wisdom. You will appreciate the places, people, and experiences that give peace to to your body and meaning to your life.

As someone who not only considers herself lucky, I am also deeply grateful for the life I have (and all the people and experiences it encompasses).  At the same time, the idea of taking this foundation and expanding it, deepening it, excites me. As the English poet, Walter de la Mare said “Go far; come near; You still must be the center of your own small mystery,” we can all use a bit of inspiration and prompting when we are dedicated to being mindful… or going inward. It’s so easy to fall off our center in that process.

I love that the pages in the journal are unnumbered, it’s fun to flip to a page and land on something meant to stretch you, calm you, focus you, etc. and then you can always refer back to them when you need to.  Like this little gem, pictured below.

a mindful prompt

Ever have a day where, despite best intentions and plans, you feel like you are just having to react to less than ideal situations, or stuff pops up where you feel like a ship lost at sea? This is especially true for working moms and entrepreneurs who struggle with work/life balance, and for whom finding your center can feel more challenging than not. Daily life is hectic, and it’s often hard to find little opportunities to catch our breath, slow down, and get more introspective. This mindful journal is one way to help solve for that.

I also think we are way more resilient and creative than we give ourselves credit for. Having a sound body, and serene mind takes effort, sure, but exercises like this remind us that it’s also ok to recognize — celebrate, even — those times when we defy “bad weather.” It also allows us to not only feel a sense of accomplishment – but let’s face it, gives us permission to let off some much-needed steam too. That’s just one page, the book is chock-full of awesome stuff that will expand your awareness.

If, like me, your life is full and busy, you know all too well how easy it is to lose your center. Sometimes I think to myself, “why do I take on so much…I must be crazy!” But when I think about what things I should cut back on — I have 2 businesses, I’m an actress, and Mom of 3, plus 2 furry pups — I don’t want to give up anything, and especially relish my time with my kids, husband, pets and home life.

Recently, I had a conversation with someone while attending Accepted Students Day at The New School / Parsons School of Design where my son will go this Fall.  Turns out, in fact, that my son is not only attending my alma mater, but has also chosen the same major I studied: Strategic Design and Management. Sitting there that day in one of the breakout sessions, I was overcome with the most surreal joy I have experienced — reminiscing about my student days there 28 years ago was pretty intense coupled with my son’s journey ahead of him. But the program director mentioned the word “multi-passionate” as a word to describe the students in the program. It was that moment that centered me in a profound way…when I realized – hey! that is me! – and also why being centered can also feel so fleeting when you are passionate about, and equally engaged in, so many things. Even with the love and support I have, there are days that make me want to pull my hair out.

As the mindful journal mentioned, it’s a slippery slope. Even the most positive, creative, successful people need guidance, tricks and tools to SLOW DOWN, and stay on the elusive path to a centered life. Getting grounded and being mindful in this crazy world is powerful and it’s healthy. So, take time to honor that. Take time (even 5 to 10 minutes will work wonders) to do one thing to center you today. If that seems like a confusing, but intriguing, concept and you don’t know where to start, use the example in the photo above… or pick up the same journal I did. This Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from the book may also help inspire you to tune in to that inner voice. “Trust to that prompting within you.” Here’s to defying bad weather … and finding joy…together!

How will you find the joy today? How will it center you?