2018 has been a year focusing on personal wellness. There has been a shift in the way we take care of ourselves. More and more people are going from overlooking their mental and physical health to putting more emphasis on self-care. In this ugly political climate and uneasy news, a stress-free home is the respite we all need. In this part of the world, living a spa lifestyle is expensive. It is still considered a luxury, instead of a normal part of your lifestyle routine that is accessible to all. Take a time-out from your worries, because cultivating an at-home spa is easier than you think. In fact, there are so many ways to incorporating the spa lifestyle into your home that I am separating it into three parts. Let’s begin.
START IN THE BATHROOM
Starting with what products to use seems like a sales pitch, but trust me when I tell you that I do my research. Although I don’t always use all chemical-free brands, I am doing my best to switch to all clean products. Brands that make it into my home are not only vetted for ingredients but I also pay attention to the way they do business. I believe this brings positive energy into my home. Products are an important part of the spa. Spas were the first to start bringing green beauty to consumers. Many of the green brands we use today started out as spa brands. Remember: whatever you put on your skin, absorbs into the body.
Keeping everything organized and together ensures that you can easily find it and remember to use it. Organize a basket or tray of your favorites near your tub. This means your body scrubs, body oils and body butters. The same round-up would include any other bath products, such as bath salts and soaks, or aromatherapy. That’s right. Aromatherapy can transform your steamy shower into not only smelling like a spa but it does wonders for your sinuses and calming the senses (simply spray or drop a few drops into your steamy shower). Better yet, keep a bunch of eucalyptus in your shower or bathroom for easy breathing.
Product Tip: Laguna Herbals has made it onto my radar since I spoke to the owners at Indie Beauty Expo. Getting to try their luscious products, such as the Rose Scrub and Whipped Body Butter, certainly made my shower experience feel like a spa. The texture alone helps you see that what you are putting on your skin is real. I have had a few health scares in the last few years and knowing their products are natural and/or organic comforts me. All I have to worry about is making my skin the best it could be. Laguna Herbals is an independent company that employs herbalists to create their batches of non-toxic goodies. Companies like this one help you live a healthy and natural lifestyle, without having to question ingredients.
Spas typically have a place to relax before and after a treatment. Some of the best spas have a meditation sanctuary. I tend to judge a spa by how they execute the design and cleanliness of their meditation room. It is that important. Stress effects your physical body in more ways than you think. Learning how to keep calm is essential.
Create a meditation nook in your home. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. Designate an area that is quiet and comfortable. You should be able to un-plug from technology, relax for ten minutes, or longer. My nook includes a soy candle, my favorite crystals, pillows, soothing music and a glass of water (meditating can be thirsty business). I am surrounded by my favorite books, art and pictures of my ancestors. Of course, you don’t need any of those things to meditate but meditation is not easy and we could use all the help we can get. It takes practice. In high school my best friend was from India and she lived in an Ashram. I have fond memories of spending a lot of my time there and we learned a lot from each others culture. She taught me meditation, how to open up my third eye, and her mother taught me yoga. Although I have been doing meditation since way back then, it can still be a challenge.
Product Tip: William Roam understands beautiful design, minimalism and luxury. They are the ideal spa-like brand to bring into your home because not only do they care about their customer, they also care about the environment. A ROAM soy candle sits on my nightstand right now and I cannot get over the subtle, yet soothing scent. I know it is there but I am not overwhelmed. The brand is American-inspired and American-made. The clean simplicity and scents brings you closer to a sense of mindfulness and peace. I do believe surrounding yourself with this brand will help you feel like you are staying at a luxury resort.
DECORATING LIKE A SPA DIRECTOR
Sometimes all it takes to perk up your day is to incorporate comforting, functional and beautiful items into your home. They help you execute your stress-free beauty rituals a lot more effectively. Spas are experts at create an atmosphere. Why not re-create it at home.
Himalayan Salt Lamps not only give off a soothing light but they are meant to help you breathe easier. It might not be the same as using a himalayan salt sauna but these lamps seem to have an effect on the calming the psyche, minimizing migraines, and improving sleep.
Crystals might be called a “trend” by some but if you really love them I recommend studying up on what they do and where they come from. Genuine crystals are sacred and very useful in some cultures. Whether they are “in” our “out” right now should not be important to you. Do what makes you happy and surround yourself with items that give you a sense of peace and comfort. Visit a shop with staff that knows what they are talking about.
Flowers do make an appearance in a spa. You will typically see them in the locker room. Take this a step further. Instead of flowers, gather a bunch of your favorite herbs to decorate with. This addition creates a pleasant atmosphere and scent in the air. I like to mix lavender with eucalyptus, tie it, and either hang it off my shower rod or put it in a vase right at the entrance of my home.
Product Tip: If you happen to live in New York City, a place I call home, visit the East Village Florist and Crystal Garden right next door. All your crystal, floral and spiritual needs will be met. It is one of the most intriguing shops in New York. I like to visit them for their wonderfully calming energy and knowledgable staff. On certain days you might get to speak to a healer.