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. 

 

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?

A Look Inside The Salty Bath LUXE BATH BOX

A Look Inside The Salty Bath LUXE BATH BOX

Self-care is a journey of self love that can be challenging for so many people. But it doesn’t have to be. We want to help you thrive and be your best self, without feeling selfish, or guilty, because you are more than worthy of love — especially your own!

Just imagine the convenience of having the highest-quality natural ingredients delivered directly to your home.  Every Salty Bath Box includes a custom-formulated bath soak based on recipes we have developed, an essential-oil aromatherapy blend, and assorted self-care goodies.

Spotlighting the LUXE BATH BOX

Every Salty Bath box comes packed with all the essentials you need to have an organic and relaxing spa experience right in the convenience of your own bathroom.  I’m going to break it down for you so you can get an idea of what’s inside each box. (And you can read about what one blogger had to say about our Luxe box she received, here.)

One of the things I am most proud of is that we offer the highest quality and most luxurious natural products that you would expect to find in the most expensive spas in the world.  But, the beauty is that you get all the benefit of the experience without any of the hassle.  Think of us as your personal spa concierge, working behind the scenes to bring you an experience that you can’t get anywhere else.

Key Benefits of Our Monthly Holistic Self-Care Service:

  • Convenient monthly deliveries right to your door.
  • Completely affordable, all the luxury benefits for a fraction of the “luxury spa” cost.
  • No hunting around or figuring out the best products on the market – no harsh chemicals, cruelty-free, all natural and organic.
  • We give you a complete ritual that you can practice all month long, whenever you need to recharge, in the privacy of your own home.
  • The savings add up, and value of the box is always higher than what you pay! On average, over $50 value in a Luxe tier box. The subscription price is $34.95.
  • You’ll love it!

We are always creating new products to include in the Salty Bath experience.  Here’s what LUXE subscribers received in a past box:

THE SACRED SOAK: All our bath soaks are custom-formulated based on recipes we have developed.  This soak has a high concentration of minerals – featuring a mix of Dead Sea salts, sourced from Israel, along with Magnesium Sulfate – and a deeply therapeutic blend of essential oils: Sandalwood, Peppermint, Thyme & Frankincense. This soak is excellent for removing toxins from the body, alleviating fatigue and reducing stress, as well as uplifting mood, fortifying your immune system and grounding your spirit. You emerge completely restored and rested, so it’s an ideal way to end your day for a much better, more restful sleep. Luxe subscribers receive a 9.5 ounce jar, good for typically 3 to 4 soaks, depending on how much you like in your bath.  All you need is a warm, 20-minute SACRED SOAK to feel revitalized, it is that amazing!

TOTAL DEFENSE ESSENTIAL OIL:  Discover aromatherapy in every box. This incredible oil blend is legendary, and protects your health and effectively supports your immune system.  This powerful protective blend, which consists of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary, and eucalyptus radiata, is derived from a Medieval oil called Thieves Oil.  For our Salty Bath subscribers, we take this oil found in the Royal English Archives to produce a modern version that surpasses all others. We call it TOTAL DEFENSE. It’s your first line of defense against germs and bacteria. Luxe subscribers received a roller of TOTAL DEFENSE that can be easily applied on pulse points, the bottoms of the feet, as well as along the throat. We use organic jojoba oil as the carrier oil in our rollers.  These beauties are a great way to experience aromatherapy and its therapeutic benefits on the go, and beyond the bath.

BLACK TOURMALINE + MOONSTONE HEALING CRYSTALS: One of the spiritual aspects of the Salty Bath experience is to incorporate healing crystals into the bath ritual. Crystals are a powerful way to connect to you and the world around you, and use that energy to support positivity and manifestation in your life. Every box has at least one, and sometimes two.  Black Tourmaline is a powerful grounding stone, electrical in nature, known for dispelling negative energies or destructive forces.  Highly useful in purifying and neutralizing one’s own negative thoughts and internal conflicts, turning them into positive, usable energy.

Moonstone is a fantastic stone which allows the flow of intuition and understanding.  It can assist in times of change, and is often used for protection in traveling. Moonstone is also known for good fortune, self-discovery, insight, dreams and new beginnings.  We love working with this stone when bathing and reflecting on our deepest desires. Luxe subscribers received both stones in their box.

Creating a sacred space to renew body + spirit.

THE MANDALA CARD:  The mandala is an iconic Salty Bath element. Mandalas represent wholeness, and thus reflect the “whole body” experience that is at the center of what we create for you. Our boxes feature a series of custom-designed mandala mantra cards.  Each card accompanies the monthly soak to help you set an intention and affirm abundance and self-awareness in your life. The mantra for the month in this delivery was “I am light. I nourish my body, mind and soul.” When we practice self-care, we are tending to our needs – emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.  And doing so enables one to live optimally and more present, from a place of power and intention.

THE BUDDAHEAD ARTISANAL CANDLE: Luxe subscribers received this candle, made by artisans in Bali.  We love including candles in our boxes for two reasons: it helps you to remember to be the light in the world you came here to be, and also, we want to inspire your spark within.  We call this “mindful bathing,” as you soak in the salty, aromatic water, along with your crystals, mantra, and glowing candle, you can have a deeply rewarding experience – to just “be.”

THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE! Every box, regardless what tier you subscribed to, will always have a surprise or two inside.  Luxe subscribers received a generous 4-ounce bottle of our luscious COCONUT MILK + HONEY CLEANSER made of organic aloe and of course, coconut milk and honey. Gentle foaming, it heals as it cleans and moisturizes. And we included organic tea to sip while in the tub or after for an added spa touch!

THE CONVENIENCE OF A CURATED EXPERIENCE. That’s 8 full-sized amazing items in one box, expertly curated, with a retail value of over $69! Luxe subscribers pay $34.95 monthly (plus shipping). Where can you enjoy a month of spa experiences for that price? We truly offer a relaxing and rejuvenating spa retreat in one box. Many of our subscribers tell us they appreciate the beautiful packaging and the pure ingredients, but also that they now have a ritual they can enjoy knowing it’s good for them, and their optimal well-being.

Each month, we have a new theme and products for you to discover as part of that experience.  For March, it’s SPRING CLEAN: Body, Mind and Soul, and we give detox a whole new meaning.  This is one detox experience that you will love, and you’ll be glowing all over! We will be debuting new products that you will not want to miss. And as usual, the Luxe March Box will be packed with essentials to help relax easily but also help you enjoy a natural glow that comes from within, all hand-picked and created by us…for you!

Ready to experience higher vibes and claim your Luxe Box? Join us now to reserve your March box, which will ship around 3/24.

November Sneak Peek!

November Sneak Peek!

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There is so much I want to share with you about this month’s featured Essential Oil. I’m super excited to finally reveal this gem of an oil, and that it will only be available to our subscribers in all our November boxes. This botanical oil which we’ve aptly named TOTAL DEFENSE is loaded with health-inducing intelligence. So here is the scoop:

5 ESSENTIAL OILS IN ONE BLEND

Yep, it’s a blend of five therapeutic-grade essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. This potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness. Two of the oils found in the TOTAL DEFENSE Oil Blend, Cinnamon and Clove have been confirmed in multiple studies to be incompatible with most viruses and bacteria, which can not live in their presence.

In addition to Cinnamon, Clove,  TOTAL DEFENSE also includes Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This combination of healing oils covers a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system. The Lemon-Eucalyptus-Rosemary blend is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies for flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throat, strep, toothache, cuts, poison ivy.  It also is a powerful stimulant to the immune system.

HOW TO USE TOTAL DEFENSE OIL

Diffusing TOTAL DEFENSE Oil daily, rubbing it into your skin, and using it to disinfect around your home can help keep you and your family healthy.

Diffusion: Diffusing is a great way to get this healing oil blend into the respiratory system. Inhaling diffused oils strengthens the immune and respiratory systems, which are often the target of bacteria and viruses. Purifying the air adds a valuable level of protection and support in the health and wellness of your family. Many germs that travel through the air are linked to common ailments such as the cold and flu.

In addition to diffusing throughout the day, you can diffuse therapeutic-grade essential oils in the bedroom at night during sleep. It is a wonderful way to support the respiratory and immune system if someone is fighting an infection.

Anointing with Essential Oils: The Bible and other historical texts mention anointing loved ones with aromatic oils and spices for protection against illness and disease. This has been practiced by families for centuries. Just a drop or two goes a long way!

Massage or Topical Application: This healing oil can be diluted and massaged into the skin to help protect against the germs that cause illness. It is also very beneficial in the care of illness. Two very effective areas to massage are the reflex areas or vita-flex points on the feet, for example the lungs, sinus, bronchials, ears, etc., and also along the spine where bacteria and viruses tend to hibernate.

Some Practical Tips:

Test for sensitivity. Cinnamon and clove oil are powerful oils and could cause a reaction in some people. Diluting this essential oil in vegetable or carrier oil (we like Jojoba) before applying to the skin is recommended. The bottom of the feet is always the safest place to use and test oils, especially on children and those with known sensitivities or allergies. For your health and safety, always test first!

Disinfect and Clean: TOTAL DEFENSE oil diluted in water or vinegar is an amazing all purpose house cleaner. Kills germs and odors safely and naturally.

FINAL NOTE: Remember, all essential oils are potent, and only a tiny amount of oil is needed. If you have a medical condition, always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

 

 

 

October is DETOX Month: Sneak Peek

October is DETOX Month: Sneak Peek

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Every new season is an opportunity to invite change and growth.  To help you set the right mental balance, we’ve designed our October box around the practice of detoxifying.  Each ingredient is selected to interact with your individual chemistry and draw out the impurities from your body.

To extend the detoxifying impact, each of our subscribers will benefit from the powerful purifying punch of our CRYSTAL MINT therapeutic-grade essential oil blend.  This blend combines eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, lime, lemon and sweet orange and smells as good as it feels.

Plus, don’t miss the simple recipe we have for a DIY natural air freshener here on the blog.

Our subscribers get amazing exclusive products that you cannot get anywhere else. Order your own box at  www.saltybath.com.