Author: Cultivated Gazette

Water Is Life: 10 Powerful Benefits of a Bath Soak

Water is a precious resource. Treat it with respect and take a bath like you mean it. Whether you call it self-care, spa life, time-out or me time, bath soaks are real medicine for the soul. We consider ourselves quite the bath aficionados and firmly believe in using baths as spa therapy for all types of ailments. While balneotherapy deserves more studies, the evidence that baths have powerful benefits has been there for years. In fact, studies have shown that being near water is good for our mental health because it helps soothe anxiety and boost our mood. The father of medicine himself, Hippocrates, prescribed and documented hydrotherapy as a powerful treatment. When you enjoy meditating to the sound of waves, swimming in the lake, drinking water, or playing a water sport, you are taking part in healing and nurturing yourself with the powerful force that is water. Think a bout it, in times of stress, we are often offered water as a calming antidote. Water is a life source, and bathing in water helps …

Face Sauna: Time-Honored Beauty & Wellness Remedy

We just cannot stop talking about the face sauna, aka: face steaming, and for a good reason. According to the International Spa Association, spa-goers are slowly trickling back to spas, but mostly for massages. Facials still seem like too much of a risk. If you feel like a facial is long overdue, there is an easy way to clean out your pores at home. While this is in no way going to be as effective as a 4-10 step brightening or anti-aging in-office facial, it will do the trick for pore purging. Trust us, it’s easy and very relaxing. All you need is water, an herbal medley or essential oil, and a good clarifying mask. Face steaming is an old wellness practice shared by many cultures? The first time I encountered the face sauna was when I was just a little girl living in Slovakia. My sisters and I all caught a cold and in order to provide relief, my mother boiled a large pot of water and filled it with dry chamomile flowers. We …

We Launched an At-Home Spa Shop, Join The Soak Club

Soak Club is the brainchild of our Editorial Manager, Paulina Kajankova. The idea for The Soak Club was born out of the necessity to seek out better at-home spa experiences for everyone. From ancient baths to traditional Finnish saunas, our ancestors understood the benefits of spa living. They made it a routine part of their lives – and you should too! Spa living should not be thought of as luxury, but as a fundamental part of our healthy lifestyle. The Soak Club is fueled by the desire to find ways towards better physical, skin and mental health. Our brands are hand-picked, well-researched, tried-and-true, and clean ingredients are important to us. In addition, we like to seek out brands that explore untapped areas of the world for powerful ingredients. Some of our heroes are herbalists who climb mountains in order to find that one magical herb. It is our belief that spa beauty is the most effective beauty, and that’s why we want you to incorporate it into your beauty and wellness rituals. Why shop The Soak …

10 Best Lip Balms, Scrubs and Masks For Dry and Chapped Lips This Winter

This is no lip service, we genuinely want to protect your lips. Did you know that the skin on our lips is extremely thin compared to the rest of your body? That is because the stratum corneum is much thinner here, making our blood vessels visible and your skin more susceptible to injury. Now you can see why we deem protecting your lips essential. Do this through exfoliation, hydration, nourishing ingredients, and most importantly, SPF. From the affordable, to the pricier options, here are some of our current clean favorites. Henné Organics Lip Mask The last step in your nighttime skincare routine should be a lip mask. Since you will not be eating or moving your lips, this luxurious and nourishing mask can really seep in. Using this product is an experience for multiple senses: it has a light sweet citrus scent and glides on with ease. If you care about organic ingredients, Henne is USDA Certified Organic and made in the USA. Cornelia International Lip Enhancing Complex Do you ever find yourself admiring your …

Get Headache Relief With Yoga Tips From Shahada Karim

Headaches pain can be debilitating and rarely do we turn to yoga for relief, but Shahada Karim recommends just that. The Certified Yoga Instructor, Movement Therapist and Owner of Habibi Sport gives us tips on relieving headaches with the help of six different types of yoga poses. Child’s Pose (Shishuasana) Seated on your knees, touch your big toes, open your knees and lay your torso forward and down between your knees. Let your head rest comfortably on a mat, block or bolster. This position takes pressure off the need to breathe into the chest by lifting breath into the back and sides of the ribs, relieving compression in the head and neck associated with headaches.   Wall Butterfly Pose (Supta Baddha Konsana Viparita Karani) Lie on your back, extend legs to the ceiling and press the feet’s soles together, keeping the glutes loose; open your knees in the shape of a diamond. Breathe deeply, relaxing the abdominal muscles. Use support against a wall or with a bolster or pillow under the outer thighs to support the …

Talking Spa Beauty, Wellness & Seaweed with Repêchage Founder, Lydia Sarfati

Spa industry giants everywhere know Lydia Sarfati as the seaweed skincare authority – the Repêchage founder has worked her way up from esthetician who loved formulating and creating, to spa owner on Madison Avenue, to running one of the most well-known professional skincare brands in the spa community. Beauty insiders continue to be impressed by the Repêchage Four Layer Facial (I have yet to try it for myself). It is Lydia Sarfati who has helped set the professional and business standard in the field of esthetics. Many new brand creators can learn from this founder’s contributions and dedication to giving us the gift of effective and lasting beauty. Q & A with Lydia Sarfati Cultivated: I read that as a young girl you loved science and chemistry. Where did your passion for skincare and formulating products come from?  LS: My approach has always been based on chemistry and biology coupled with a holistic approach, looking at the skin from within as well as what you put on topically. Growing up in Poland, every Friday our kitchen …

Heavenly Facial Oils For Every Skin Type

The romance of facial oils has not worn off. In fact, we urge you to anoint yourself with enthusiasm. While we we feel we no longer need to make the case for facial oils (most would agree that they have become a widely accepted skincare hero and a genderless beauty product), some skepticism is understandable. Our best advice? You know your skin better than anyone – Turn your focus on learning to read labels for ingredients, research them, and heed advice from the professionals. With the right oil in hand you can either balance oily skin or boost moisture for dry skin. Best scanario of all, you get the most plump and radiant skin of your life, just like Chrissy Teigen does with Le Prunier Plum Oil. Yes, we’ve tried it, and yes, we love it. With so many facial oils on the market, it can be quite difficult to find the one that your skin loves the most. Here is what we tried in 2020 and will continue using going into 2021. For further …

Quarantine-Inspired 2020 Holiday Gift Guide For the Most Hated Year

The 2020 holiday season might look different, but is is more important than ever to show how much we care. Choose your gifts carefully and with their health in mind. The year might have sucked, but the gifts don’t have to. Lola’s Apothecary For extra special holiday splendor give them the gift of at-home spa. Lola’s Apothecary is an English brand that puts a ridiculous amount of attention into each product. If your loved one likes to indulge in a luxury bath or take extra special care of their skin, Lola’s Apothecary has you covered. Plus, they can share their love of beautiful skin with their partner or family through massage oils, candle aromatherapy and shower oils. The brand has created special packaging just for the holidays so go ahead and get shopping. Sanara If your gift receiver enjoys the at-home spa experience, and supporting Latin brands, Sanara should be your go-to. Sanara has tapped into botanical ingredients that make very effective body care, especially for those who suffer from dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis. …

The Most Nourishing and Luscious Body Butters You’ll Ever Experience

SOOTHING SELF-MASSAGE TO THE RESCUE We said it before and we will say it again – skin is your largest organ, one that protects you, feed it luxurious skin food and it will thank you back with health and radiance. Testing body care products is one of our favorite perks of the job, and these brands know how to quench the thirst with hydration and flurry textures. ENGLISH LUXURY If your budget allows for one luxurious collection this winter, make it this English brand. Lola’s Apothecary has artisans whip up each and every product, and their body soufflés are beautifully designed glass tubs of goddess containing a fragrant cloud of tranquil aromatherapy. The one-of-a-kind scents will have you keep coming back. As soon as the product touches your skin it melts in like butter. Among other rich ingredients, this soufflé is made up of shea butter, coconut oil, and rosehip CO2. Use it as a skin treat after a bath or shower, and let it all seep in with a proper self-massage. WHIPPED INTO PERFECTION …

Wellness & The City: Best Places For Socially Distanced Beauty & Wellness Treatments

In today’s uncertain world escapism is the ultimate luxury. We combed our beloved city for socially distanced beauty and wellness treatments – three places helped us indulge in beauty and wellness, standing out as the best and safest to help us practice self-care. SALT LIVE ENERGIZED 180 Avenue of the Americas Respiratory health and immune health should be our priority, and salt therapy has the potential to become your new favorite pastime. While we have been to a number of salt rooms in the city (each unique in their own way), SALT is the only one that focuses solely on the respiratory system and makes their own body care line of products. Salt air therapy is natural and it is what makes SALT unique is the dry particles of pharmaceutical grade salt, as small as 1 micrometer (aka “micron”), released in a low humidity environment. We can tell you about the science of it all, but instead we’ll just tell you that our sinus headache was relieved upon exit. So what happens in the room …

Cannabis Is The Election Winner: Keep Calm and Destress With CBD Products

2020 has been a tense year, and because we are all human here, none of us are immune to stress. The last few days has put a lot more pressure on Americans due to the presidential election and rising cases of Covid-19. When it comes to CBD and cannabis-infused products, we’ve always taken a conservative approach. The regulation of CBD products is not where we’d like it to be, but that doesn’t stop us from trying high-quality and researched brands. The election stress might not be over, but cannabis has been the clear winner. Voters have spoken and made cannabis legal in New Jersey, Montana, Mississippi, Arizona and South Dakota. Here are a few of our favorite high-quality CBD brands to help you ease into relaxation. Too Pretty To Eat CBD Gumdrops For relief from stress, anxiety and even depression eat a yummy gumdrop from Molly Jones. Its a delicious way to calm down. Molly Jones confections come in flavors like Lemon Lavender, Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail, Plum Cardamom and Berry. Relaxing with a sweet treat …

Best Pumpkin & Vitamin Rich Skincare Products For Glowing Skin

It’s National Pumpkin Day, and while pumpkin spice lattes aren’t our thing, we do find pumpkin formulated skincare products to be very effective. This is exfoliation season and this stand-out ingredient is good for all skin types. Celebrate what the Autumn pumpkin has to offer – it is superfood for your skin. Let’s get glowing! Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter Elemis Pumpkin Glow Facial Cleanser gives your skin healthy radiance with a unique blend of a fermented Pumpkin enzymes, Acerola Cherry, Mango Butter and Chia Seed Oil. Acerola Cherry is naturally rich in AHAs, while Mango Butter and Chia Seed Oil are rich in omega fatty acids. Combined with Pumpkin enzymes your skin will be bright, nourished and hydrated. You’ll never have to worry about this cleanser making your skin dry or tight, plus it is fragrance-free, which means no overpowering scent of pumpkin. So feel free to melt the day, and your makeup, off your skin with this yummy looking facial cleanser that looks and feels like butter. Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque …