a Home Spa
, October 11, 2007
"Beauty is not simply skin deep. Beauty encompasses all
aspects of a person-mind, body, and soul-with each aspect key to
achieving ultimate beauty. It's quite amazing! When a person is
of sound mind, body, and spirit, they have a very distinct
glow." ~ Hippo Lipkin
Sunamita Lim's newest work is a book of rare beauty. Page after
page invites you into tranquil spaces where you can nourish body
and soul. The main chapters include:
The Quest for Radiant Beauty and Well-Being
An Introduction to Spas and Services
Incorporating Proper Skin Care
Balancing Body-Mind-Spirit with Meditation
Attaining Physical and Emotional Fitness
Enjoying Spa Cuisine
Choosing to Go Green
In order to write this book, Sunamita Lim traveled to the
world's best spas to uncover their inherent beauty. This is a
book filled with gorgeous pictures of hot tubs, glistening tiled
steam rooms, indoor pools, warm baths, fireplaces and dreamy
"The Inn at Loretto's SpaTerre in Santa Fe mixes warm
yogurt with the traditional lulur paste of turmeric, ground
rice, sandalwood and jasmine. Gentle massage works in the paste
together with warm honey. Afterwards a steam shower stimulates
yogurt cells to restore the skin's pH balance, while the honey
nourishes and moisturizes the skin." ~ pg. 56
While this book focuses on outward beauty there is also a sense
of inner beauty. There are also pages of advice and a glossary
of spa treatments for anyone new to the spa experience. If you
are looking for spa recipes, there are a few easy-to-make skin
scrubs and masks. Some of the spa cuisine recipes include:
Frozen Raspberry Mousse
Candied Ginger Sorbet
Mixed Vegetable Subji
Through reading this book you may feel inspired to visit a spa
or create your own spa experience at home. There is also advice
on how to begin a meditation practice.
~The Rebecca Review
Kneipp Bath Tablets
Relaxing Soak to Soothe the Senses, April 10, 2007
Review for Melissa Bath Tablet
The Kneipp Classic Herbal Bath Tablets are wonderfully
effervescent and dissolve into a warm bath effortlessly. The
warm water releases the aromatic essential oils, scenting the
air with soothing fragrances. The beneficial essential oils in
the Melissa bath tablet include: Lemon, Rosewood, Bergamot. This
tablet also contains Soybean oil, Citronella oil, Litsea Cubeba
fruit oil and Mentha Arvensis leaf oil. The experience of using
the Kneipp products is one of a calming soothing and refreshing
bath that has a certain purity to the experience because there
are no added colorings.
~The Rebecca Review
LUSH Smitten Handcream
Officially Smitten, February 20, 2007
I'm always on the hunt for a good hand cream that will provide
effective moisturizing and then seal in the benefits. When I
dipped my fingers into the dreamy summery yellow cream I could
instantly tell this was going to be especially comforting.
Almond oil, calendula, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Linseed
oil, Cocoa seed butter, avocado oil, wheat germ oil (may be the
main secret), beeswax (the other secret to seal in moisture) and
coconut oil are blended with floral extracts and perfumes. The
scent is very mild with hints of sweet rose and warm almond.
If you love this for your hands, wait until you try the Fair
Trade Foot Lotion! Both are equally impressive and the results
last for hours and hours, even overnight. I'd recommend Smitten
for the bedside table! You could even blend in more rose or any
essential oils you prefer. The base is mild enough so you can
experiment with fragrances to your heart's content. If you like
this scent, Skin Sin may impress you with its healing chamomile
and almond oil.
One of the main things I noticed with "Smitten" is
that if you wash your hands later, say with Rock Star soap, the
beeswax keeps your hands protected and you may not even have to
apply more cream. If I was going to recommend only one LUSH
product, and trust me that is difficult, I'd say try this one
~The Rebecca Review, smitten like a spa kitten
Spa Mister - Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential Oil Mister, December 4, 2006
Ever since seeing one of the fountain misters at a fair, I
wanted one. However, this company also makes a variety of
effective mist producing fountains in sizes that are more
acceptable in a small office environment.
The spa mister is a professional quality diffuser that works
well in the office or at home. It is small enough to fit on your
desk and makes less noise than the hum of your computer. The
calming LED lights automatically change the color display. You
can opt out of the color if you wish and only experience the
mist. I find the colors to be very soothing, like color therapy.
To add essential oils, I just poured in about six drops of my
current favorite. Sweet Orange worked very well and instantly
diffused into the room. When you pour in the water, the mist
(not hot like steam, so very safe) starts automatically. There
is a bubbling (like a mini fountain) so the lid keeps the water
from splashing on your desk. If you put your face or hand near
the unit, all you feel is a cool feathery mist.
Over time you may notice your skin isn't feeling as dry and you
feel calmer because your environment is more friendly and
nurturing. The use of essential oils can create a wide variety
of moods from energizing to relaxing. Since this unit turns off
automatically when the water level drops below the water level
sensor, this is perfect to use at night when falling asleep.
Some ideas for essential oils:
Mood enhancing/anger relief: Rose
Romantic: Ylang Ylang/Egyptian
Spiritual: White Lotus
Normally during the winter I boil water on the stove with
rosemary or other herbs to scent the house or to cleanse and
humidify the air. This unit makes it much safer because I
sometimes forget the water it boiling and with this unit, if you
forget to add more water, it shuts itself off. This gives me
much more peace of mind and I'm accomplishing the same results
with essential oils.
~The Rebecca Review
Moisturizing with Vanilla, February 20, 2007
If you have tried Dream On, this is a little less moisturizing,
but may seem perfect on a day when you want a bath without
leaves, flowers, coloring of any kind, bits of seaweed or any
such annoyance that may not bother you on any other day.
So, this completely white (not yellow as pictured) bath product
won't change the color of your bath water, but it will perfume
the water like an invisible field of exotic flowers.
Spending about 20 minutes in the bath is all it takes to
moisturize you all over. The delicate fragrance is a blend of
synthetic musk, ylang ylang oil and other perfumes. The catalog
states that this has vanilla in it, but I don't see it in the
list of ingredients and maybe that is considered part of the
Overall, I felt this was a relaxing bath with moisturizing
qualities but I think I like Dream On more than Butterball,
although the fragrant water was pretty impressive. My favorites
are still Think Pink, Youki Hi, Dream On, Golden Slumbers, Ne
Worry Pas and Romance In a Stone.
~The Rebecca Review
Kneipp Moisture Bath
Delicate Floral Bath, December 30, 2006
The delicate fragrance of the Kneipp Almond Blossom Bath is very
comforting. The oil can be used in the bath, in a footbath or
even just in a sink of warm water to soothe your hands. Perfect
for pedicure/manicure applications and a tablespoon added to a
bath creates a nurturing fragrant escape.
Kneipp Almond Blossom Bath
The orange oil is energizing and you might enjoy this for
steam facials. I put this in my SpaMist unit and have been
enjoying the warmth of the fragrance that is somewhat
reminiscent of a walk out in nature where wild honey almond
~The Rebecca Review
Spa: The Sensuous Experience
Hot Stone Therapy: The
Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, Connecticut
The Royal Treatment: Canyon
Ranch in Tucson, Arizona
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Bliss Diamancel #11
Luxurious Foot Pampering, February 27, 2006
Since my husband promptly stole my last foot file, I had to order
myself another one and decided to try this brand. This is honestly
the best foot file I've ever used and the idea of using diamonds
in a file adds an entire new dimension of luxury to this item.
The price seemed somewhat steep in comparison to other items, but
then I figured maybe it would last longer than files that needed
replacement files and maybe it wouldn't break as easily as cheaper
plastic files. So, the advantages are a longer lasting item that
works at least twice as well and the results are very apparent
within five minutes of using this product. My heels could now be
described as "silky." They are as smooth as satin
sheets, almost unbelievably smooth.
If you are a Spa Girl at heart, this product will completely
impress you. You will also save money by creating your own little
spa at home. This doesn't just remove dry skin it polishes your
feet. The file rinses very easily, it's nice and sturdy and is
very easy to use.
This may be a 100 star product!
~The Rebecca Review
Favorite Lush Products:
Melt Warning - Even if this melts, it will
solidify again, just in another shape
LUSH Therapy Bar
Dreamy and Melting, March 26, 2006
The Lush massage bars melt over your skin and release exotic
scents reminiscent of summer nights and flickering candles. If you
are using this massage bar by yourself or with someone you love,
climb into bed after a warm bath and you can use this like you
would body lotion, except it is easy to apply from head to foot
and you get the added benefit of massage.
This is much more sensuous than a massage oil. The way it slides
over your skin like cocoa butter and the way it melts in your hand
very slowly, but just enough, makes this a high priority on my
Delicious after a bath with a Lush bath bomb...
~The Rebecca Review
Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm
The Newest Buzz..., July 24, 2006
Burt's Bees, famous for their natural beauty products, has now
added honey powder to the already delicious lip balm, known for
its fresh pepperminty flavor. It was with great intrigue that I
decided to try the new version. Alas, it does not have the same
tingly peppermint flavor, but is milder and has more honey
mystique. The texture is slightly more grainy upon application
because of the honey powder, but it quickly turns silky.
Here is a comparison between this product and the original
Beeswax Lip Balm - Ingredients: Beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower
oil, vitamin E, lanoline, peppermint oil, comfrey root extract,
A soothing treat for any time of the year, minty and refreshing.
Smooth application with healing comfrey root. Made me an instant
Burt's Bees fan. Needs to be applied more often.
Honey Lip Balm - Ingredients: Shea butter, almond oil, cocoa
butter, coconut oil, beeswax, candelila wax, lanolin, comfrey
root, honey powder, rosemary extract, vegetable oil, fragrance.
A slightly more nourishing formula that seems to last a bit longer
and has appeal for dry weather. Seems to last a bit longer and has
a richer texture once applied. Soothing comfort, perfect for
outdoor life or applying before you put on lipstick.
The only solution for anyone who misses the peppermint flavor is
to apply both at the same time. I like that we now have two
options because I can use the honey flavor before applying
lipstick and then apply a vanilla lip gloss. I could see an entire
line of various flavors appearing. How about vanilla, chocolate
~The Rebecca Review, wearing both at once
Micro Vitamin C Scrub
Miniature Bath Oils
Indulge: A Day at the Spa
Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions
own retreat. Most of the ingredients may be
found at your nearest health store.
1/4 cup citric or
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 drops natural food
15 drops grapefruit
Mix together and use
2 tablespoons per bath.
for a Spa in a Bag
or each item is
and Cream Bath
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup powdered
15 drops strawberry
Mix together and add
1/3 of the recipe per bath.
Try a scrubber glove for smooth skin!
2 ounces chopped
4 cups boiling water
2 tablespoon Epsom
Steep herbs in water
for 1 hour.
Pour into a large
bowl of hot water.
salts. Soak away!
Foot Spa Bath
2 tablespoons dried lavender
2 cups sea salt
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/2 cup light olive oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
2 drops lavender
Crush the lavender in a
mortar with a pestle. Mix together with salt and oils. While standing in a tub, work the salt paste into skin.
careful as the oil can make the tub slippery. Place a towel in
the tub if needed. Rinse in warm water. Dr. Scholl's
Salt Scrub for Feet & Legs is also recommended by Maria
2 tablespoons dried
Boiling water in a
large bowl set on a towel
Place bowl on table,
pour in boiling water and
sprinkle with rosemary
or an essential oil.
Place a towel over your
head and keep
your face at least a
foot above the steam.
Use a face mask,
rinse. Then close
pores with a cold water
3 tablespoon oatmeal,
crush in mortar with pestle
2 tablespoons rose
2 teaspoons almond oil
Heat mixture in
microwave and apply to hands.
Wrap in a towel. Sit for 5 minutes, rinse.
to the good you deserve for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind.
You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight." —Mark
Oil Hair Mask
1/4 cup olive oil, heat in microwave
Comb into dry hair. Cover hair with a plastic cap, cover
with a warm towel. Keep wrapped up for 15 minutes.
Wash hair. Your hair will seem thicker! The hair mask
from onze is my personal
favorite. They also have the best hand cream.
Hint: Add your favorite essential
Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress
HoMedics PAR200 ParaSpa Deluxe Paraffin Bath
Warm paraffin is so comforting in the winter when the skin on your hands and feet can start to dry out more than in the summer months. You may also notice your feet needing extra attention in the summer months due to wearing open shoes.
So, this paraffin bath is perfect year round. While you can find smaller paraffin baths (one sitting on the bathroom counter is nice), the larger size is more versatile if you only want to buy one.
Once you have your paraffin bath all set up, turn on the heat the day before you want to dip your hands, feet or elbows.
When the paraffin wax starts getting low, you can reorder more wax and add it to the bath as needed. To use, simply dip your hand, elbow or food into the warm melted wax and then dip again so you get two coats.
Parrafin Wax Six 1-lb. Bags of Paraffin Beads - Peach Beads
You will feel as if you just put on a warm glove. Now, to increase the benefit of the heat, I first put on some great hand cream and then dip my hands. That way the cream is absorbed and your hands feel soft and smooth. You can slip your hands into the disposable gloves and sit and watch TV for 15 minutes. Then, slip off the wax which is now hardened on your hand.
A few paraffin hand dips at a salon will cost you more than one paraffin bath, so it is worth the initial cost of purchasing your own and you can also use it before a manicure to help your cuticles. Put some almond or vitamin E oil on your nails and cuticles and then dip your hands, the results are amazing!
~The Rebecca Review
Masada TOTAL TRANQUILITY TREAT GIFT BASKET
Spa Lovers List
Palms Spa - Palm
Oaks Spa - Palm
Nob Hill Spa
- San Francisco
Stream Spa - Scottsdale, Arizona - They feature
outdoor massage, heated waterfalls and sports.
Beaver Creek -
Beaver Creek, Colorado - Aromatherapy massage and warm
honey foot scrubs.
Mountain Spa - Ivins, Utah - Features gourmet food and
Burt's Bees Delicious Body Products
Washington (near Seattle) - River Rock massages and the
food is amazing!
Ojai Valley Inn &
Spa - Ojai, California - Fresh flower facials
and citrus honey body wraps.
Clara Ranch - Galisteo, New Mexico
Lush Golden Slumbers Bath
Intoxicating Lavender Bath, December 11, 2006
Depending on your mood (and the time of
day you take a luscious bath with the Golden Slumbers bath
ballistic) you could either end up feeling especially
sleepy or especially interested in going out on a date or
staying home swapping massages with the lovely LUSH
massage bars. The comforting warmth of the bath with
generous quantities of lavender oil and lavender flowers
is blended with chamomile oil and Neroli oil. The Golden
sparkle is pretty, but washes off easily.
Most of what you feel while in the bath is the lavender
blossoms tickling your skin as you move about. The water was
silky, fragrant and simply intoxicating. The bath
ballistic won't give you any bubbles, so a bit of a bubble
bar should do the trick. Follow this bath with the lovely
Sleepy Head massage bar for an even more dreamy sleep. The
Therapy bar is great for couples or any of the bars are
fun just to spoil your skin with rich dreamy oils and
If the little bits of lavender don't sound appealing, then
you might prefer other ballistics with rose petals
(Romance In a Stone) or one of the buttery bath ballistics without the
flowers/herbs. The LUSH bath ballistics are so fun to use
and instead of standing over the tub dropping in essential
oils, you just toss one of these in the tub and watch is
spin around in the water, fizzing your bath into a
supremely luxurious experience.
Golden Slumbers is especially
moisturizing, skin soothing and relaxing. Invite your
partner to scrub your back with some lovely sea salts and
then promise them a massage later. This bath ballistic
could be the start of a very lovely relaxing evening.
Spoil yourself, you deserve it.
~The Rebecca Review
The Japanese Bath
Warming Read, September 14, 2004
In spring, one enjoys gazing at the
fragile white petals of plum and watching the cherry
blossoms fall; in summer, the rich green wisteria leaves
threaten to climb through the window into the bathroom; in
autumn, while taking a bath, one can watch how the
brilliantly colored Japanese maples darken in color day by
day; and, in winter, the perfect complement to a hot
steamy bath is the cold wind that brushes through the bare
silvery branches covered with crisp white snow. ~Bruce
Smith and Yoshiko Yamamoto
If you dream of bathing in a forest as the moon rises over
pine trees, then this book will inspire you to keep
dreaming and I knew I was not the only person in the world
to wish to bathe outdoors. Bruce Smith and Yoshiko
Yamamoto have created a book filled with bathing
experiences to cleanse the soul. This is about the
philosophy of the bathing experience and how to recreate
this experience in your own home. You will find
information on the setting of the bath, what the entry
should look like, how to create scenery and how to create
lighting with lanterns.
The authors do not recommend
use of bath salts in the wooden baths, but I don't see why
you could not use them in other materials. If you are
thinking of building your own Japanese bath, there is a
section on resources, mainly companies in California and
New Mexico. There are also a number of websites for
further research. The list of Public Baths may inspire a
visit to a Hot Spring style spa. The Glossary is a quick
reference for the Japanese names like lanterns and plum
After reading this book, I'm even more determined to find
a vacation spot complete with a private Japanese bath. I
found the text to be soul warming, the pictures
inspirational and a part of my heart understands the need
for soaking in solitude, preferably in a beautiful garden
by the light of the moon, with the reflection of a
mountain dancing in the ripples.
What we have given up with morning showers! After reading
this beautiful work of art, you may find yourself longing
for the luxury of bathing in deep water. I loved the
picture of the Japanese bath in the winter snow. If only
there was a view from my garden tub. At least there are
many ideas you can incorporate into your bathing
experience, even if it is indoors.
This book would make a perfect gift inside a small cedar
bucket along with bath salts, lotions, essential oils,
body brush and a fluffy towel or robe/yukata. This is a
book you can read in the tub or curl up with in bed after
a warm bath.
~The Rebecca Review
Lush Bath Big Blue
Mermaid Bath, January 19, 2007
Swimming in the sea with seaweed all around you seems
normal, but looking into your tub and seeing so much
seaweed swimming around made me a little nervous (normally
I'm more brave) and I did consider looking for a strainer.
However I said to myself: "Self, you get in that tub
and stop being so silly." And so I did and the
experience was rather pleasant. I'm used to rose petals
floating about, but this was actually even better as the
seaweed doesn't tickle.
So, what happens when you add this bath bomb to the tub?
Well, it is one of the prettiest Lush baths which foams
around the bath, first creating an island that looks also
like a volcano bubbling up from the tub. Then the colors
appear about as the bath bomb swirls beneath the foamy
island, creating a seashore and waves. It is actually very
Finally, you have a deep blue bath with Atlantic Sea Salt.
The lavender oil and lemon oil seem to deep cleanse the
skin and the lemon oil is rather refreshing. The Seaweed
seems to float about, but then it just keeps to itself
until you stir it back up into the water by moving around.
So, if you are looking for a deep cleansing spa-like
experience and you don't mind swimming about like a
mermaid in seaweed, then this might be for you. If you
don't like the seaweed, you might be able to put this in
some cheesecloth, tie it up with a string and still get
all the benefits, without all the seaweed floating about.
It would be cute if they packaged this in some netting
with a string.
Big Blue is perhaps the most adventurous Lush bath product
I've tried. If you prefer rose petals, try the Romance in
a Stone bath ballistic (has a romantic poem inside). I'm also
looking forward to trying "Still Life" with sunflower petals, lemon and wild sweet orange.
Life would be less fun without Lush. The therapy massage bar is lovely after this bath
and you might enjoy the Sea Vegetable Soap - it also seems
to have the same seaweed in it.
~The Rebecca Review
Spa Girl Selections
Review for Queen
Pampering , November 30, 2005
"Cleopatra, renowned for her beauty, bathed in
milk and almonds to keep her skin silky smooth and well
nourished. Modern day goddesses can also enjoy the
relaxing and cosmetic benefits of herbal bathing, a simple
ritual almost forgotten in these tense and hurried times."
~Burt's Bees Herbal Milk Bath
The hand woven Abaca bag creates a little mystery because
you can't quite see all the treats in the bag. What you
will find when you open this luxurious Burt's Bees sampler
bag is the following surprises:
A Lavender Mask - Blocks out all the light so you can
relax. A delicate and very natural lavender fragrance is
subtly relaxing and not overpowering. The silk is quite
luxurious and this is a comforting item that will last for
Burt's Bees Pore Refining Mask - Ingredients (they have
changed the ingredients to make it work even better than
before): French green clay, bentonite, fragrance,
peppermint leaf, shavegrass herb, calendula, rosemary leaf
and sage. This mask is a lovely avocado green and will
make you feel more calm. I loved how the powder can also
be mixed with my favorite moisture mask or with natural
ingredients for variety.
I've rarely seen a product clean pores this well. You can
simply pour some of the green powder into your hand and
mix in a little water. After applying, let dry and then
Burt's Bees Royal Jelly Eye Crème - A rich eye crème
that is more like the consistency of a salve. You may be
tempted to use this on hands and feet for a little healing
luxury. The ingredients are delicious and include apricot
kernel oil, aloe, grapefruit extract, royal jelly and
vitamin E. Tempting to use as a lip gloss.
Burt's Bees Moisturizing Herbal Milk Bath - If you were
addicted to the Burt's Bees Baby Buttermilk bath, this is
a nice grownup alternative. It contains milk powder,
buttermilk powder, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary
oil and peppermint oil. Very relaxing and you may find
yourself reading a little longer as you soak away your
cares. You may notice your skin being especially healed
Burt's Bees Calm Balm - A yummy lemon balm made from sweet
almond oil, olive oil, beeswax, lemon oil, vitamin E,
comfrey root extract, rosemary leaf, lavender, lemongrass
oil and lemon verbena. You may start to imagine you are
very close to a lemon meringue pie and wonder if you
should probably make one. A delicious relaxing scent of
Burt's Bees Calming Candle - The tiny candle in this kit
is super relaxing and can take you from stressed out to
especially calm in a matter of minutes. I tried this
candle when I was stressed and it definitely works. Would
be a wonderful item to take with you when traveling as it
has a lid.
Burt's Bees Repair Serum - This product supports skin
repair and renewal and works to reduce fine lines and
wrinkles. Borage and Evening Primrose oils help to promote
healthy skin. The oils absorb quickly and soothe and heal
the skin. Ingredients: Rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil,
lavender oil, vitamin E, evening primrose oil, borage seed
oil, wheat germ oil, hazelnut oil, neroli oil, rose oil,
calendula extract, green tea extract, beta carotene,
tocopherol, vitamin C, vitamin A.
Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Crème - A luxurious
blend of shea butter and cocoa butter, not to mention
lavender, calendula, rose oil and rosemary. Not only will
this heal and soothe your skin, it is emotionally calming
and beautifully scented.
As a gift, this is filled with healing ingredients that
will create a very memorable experience. If you want to
sample some of the best of Burt's Bees, it is also an
ideal introduction to the world of natural skincare.
~The Rebecca Review