Friday, February 17, 2017

FACE FORWARD


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The harsh effects of winter are still upon us.  Up until now, biting winds and frigid temperatures have contributed to raw, assaulted skin, which is often plagued with chaffing and irritation.  Winter also brings about decreased humidity levels outside, as well as inside from heating; reduced humidity levels also contribute to dry skin.  Then there’s the decreased levels of sunshine, which leads to pale, drab skintone.  With all of these negatives, it’s no wonder why winter isn’t exactly the most favorite of the four seasons for many folks.  As we look forward to the end of winter, and the beginning of spring, it’s a hopeful time for skincare transitioning, whether in areas of grooming, treatment, or color.  Following are some ideal products to try as you transition from one season into the next.  Enjoy!

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~ Bobbi Brown Deluxe Rubis Tweezers ~

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics ~ This ultimate precision handcrafted implement for tweezing is made by Rubis Switzerland.  Rubis has a sixty-year history of making implements that use superior grade surgical stainless steel that’s rustproof, anti-magnetic, and also acid-proof.  The slant tip design made it easy to grasp even superfine hairs for ease of removal.  Nicely weighted and easy to hold with a soft contour that prevents slippage.  For more information, visit their Facebook page, or http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/


~ Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner ~

The new Mystikol Powdered Eyeliners are just in time for seasonal transitioning, and will definitely add some beautiful color dimension to your eyes.  The fashion-forward colors include Smoky Quartz, Dark Topaz, Amethyst, and Onyx; I tried all but the Onyx.  I loved the clever design of the container; the cap contains the applicator brush, which is easily removed and snapped back into the cap to create an extended applicator tool.  The tapered brush takes the cream to powder, allowing for the ease of application of either a thin accentuated line of color, a line that’s easily smudged, or color than can be applied all over the lid, and dabbled, for a smoky effect.  The colors are water-resistant, crease and fade proof, and beautifully accentuate and highlight.  These new Mystikol Powdered Eyeliners pair beautifully with other Jane Iredale eyeshadow colors.  For a great demo of this new product, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwtfuwOWKpU  For more information, visit their Facebook page, or https://janeiredale.com


~ Trilogy Natural and Certified Organic Skincare from New Zealand ~

Sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot founded Trilogy Products in 2002.  They saw a need for a product line that offered pure, safe, all natural, organic, and sustainable skincare product solutions, which weren’t readily available for the average consumer in New Zealand.  Their original product line included five mainstay products, which were all based on pure Rosehip Oil, an ingredient they had firsthand experience using, which gave them optimal results.  They also appreciated how Rosehip Oil was nature’s perfect answer for maintaining skin’s pH balance and for providing effective hydration, while being ideally suited for all skin types.  Over the years, the product line has grown to include some forty products for skincare, body care, and hair care.  Trilogy Products are the leading natural skincare line in New Zealand, which also enjoys a global outreach to some twenty countries.  In the U.S., Trilogy Products are exclusively available at Whole Foods Market locations.  I recently had the opportunity to try a number of these products and overall, found them to be very gentle and non-irritating, which was great for my often-finicky skin.  Following are the various products I tried, along with their key ingredients:  Certified Organic Rosehip Oil100% Certified Organic Rosehip OilRosehip Cream Cleanser…key ingredients included Sweet Almond Oil, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Vitamin E.  Rosehip Vital Moisturising Cream…key ingredients included Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Marula Seed Oil, Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Vitamin ERosehip Oil Antioxidant+…key ingredients included Tomato Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Acai Fruit Oil, Lycopene, Oat Kernel Extract, and Vitamin ECoQ10 Booster Oil…key ingredients included Macadamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Strawberry Seed Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Ubiquinone, and Vitamin E.  CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate…key ingredients included Chia Seed Oil, Licorice Root Extract, Green Coffee Seed Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Evening Primrose Oil, and UbiquinoneAge-Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream…key ingredients included Papaya Fruit Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Pineapple Fruit Extract, and Vitamin EAge-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream…key ingredients included Chia Seed Oil, Strawberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Acai Fruit Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Vitamin EEverything Balm…key ingredients included Sweet Almond Oil, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Vitamin E.  Here are my overall reactions to using these products over a three week period:  Both cleansers were effective in removing all traces of debris, and left my skin feeling clean and supple; their subtle aromas were lovely.  Both moisturizers effectively hydrated the skin, and were quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky, or greasy residue; I especially loved the beautiful aromas of each of these products.  All three oils were used as part of my nighttime regimen; each hydrated effectively, and were quickly absorbed; I had to make sure I used a small amount, because the formulation was very dense; any excess was rubbed on my dry lips, or dry cuticles.  The eye serum also hydrated effectively; I loved how the product was dispensed via a cooling metal roller ball; I applied it around the orbital bone only; it was gentle and non-irritating.  Lastly, the balm was a great go-to product for applying to dry lips, cuticles, dry knuckles, and even on some of the dry areas of my feet; this product also had a lovely aroma.  All in all, if you’re looking for a gentle, natural, and effective group of products, Trilogy Products is your one-stop source.  For more information, visit their Facebook page, or https://www.trilogyproducts.com

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~ In Closing ~

No matter the season, be sure to take care of your skin.  Remember too, that as the seasons change, your skin also changes, and with it, your skincare regimen and products should also be assessed and adjusted accordingly.  That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

TOP WELLNESS TIPS FOR HEALTHFUL LONGEVITY

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We’re well into the New Year and many are still feeling a bit of angst when it comes to pursuing a simple and meaningful strategy for attaining improved health and wellness.

Internationally respected health and wellness expert, Premchit Na Thalang, shares her wisdom on this subject.  "I truly believe wellness is for everyone and my desire is that if you wish to have a long life of joy and vitality, you may do so, regardless of where you live or the circumstances of your life, simply by deciding to live your life comprised of four key elements: a healthy diet, moving and resting, a healthy lifestyle, and having healthy relationships".

Her “Top Wellness Tips for Healthful Longevity” are easy, simple wellness ideas that promote a long life of joy and vitality.  Imagine having a long life of joy and vitality, staying healthy in body, mind and spirit, while enjoying an active and fulfilling life!  Following are her simple steps to achieving these goals.  Enjoy!

HEALTHY DIET IDEAS
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~ Eat and Drink More Fresh Fruits, Herbs, Spices, and Vegetables ~
All fresh fruits, herbs, spices and vegetables taste good and are good for you. Eat as many and as wide a variety as possible. Fruit, herbs, spices and vegetables are a rich source of amino acids, antioxidants, carotenoids, enzymes, fats, fiber, flavonoids, minerals, oils, pectin, sugars, trace elements, vitamins, water and phytochemicals with anti-bacterial, anti-aging, anti-allergenic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-tumor, anti-viral, blood thinning, detoxifying, memory and vision enhancement, immune-stimulating, tonic, wound healing and vasoprotective properties, amongst others - promoting healthy cellular metabolism and growth, as well as the efficient detoxification and elimination of metabolic toxins.

Eating fresh fruits, herbs, spices and vegetables in juice form, sometimes referred to as "juice therapy", meaning "the use of concentrated nutritional elixirs made from fresh fruits, herbs, spices and vegetables for nutritional maintenance, illness prevention, body detoxification and the treatment of ailments and diseases", is very beneficial in promoting a long life of joy and vitality.

Every fresh fruit, herb, spice and vegetable offers one or more positive effects on promoting a long life of joy and vitality, including preventing or minimizing risks associated with: Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, constipation, diabetes, glaucoma, heart attack, obesity, osteoporosis, over-weight, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and urinary tract infections, amongst others.

~ Eat Like the Animals and the Birds ~
Many animals and birds eat in harmony with "trophology", the science of combining compatible foods to ensure optimal digestion leading to optimal health and a long life of joy and vitality. The key principles of trophology are:
~ Consume only one type of food during any meal, such as carbohydrate or protein.
~ Eat animal proteins, with plenty of non-starch vegetables, preferably raw such as in a salad, once a day.
~ Eat starches, with vegetables, preferably raw, as in a salad, and/or with non-acid fruits, once a day.
~ Eat fats with carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and light plant proteins, not with concentrated animal proteins. Do NOT eat margarine, other butter substitutes, or hydrogenated oils.
~ Eat at least one large fresh salad of raw non-starch vegetables every day, ideally just before a protein or carbohydrate meal.
~ Eat fresh fruits, nuts and seeds on an empty stomach.

~ Forget Food-Like Substances ~ 
There are many "food-like substances" that must be avoided if you want to pursue a long life of joy and vitality. The worst food-like substances are artificial sweeteners, margarine, processed foods and sugar. Other food-like substances best avoided are pasteurized and/or homogenized milk, salty foods, soft drinks and white wheat-flour.

MOVING AND RESTING IDEAS
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~ Move Your Body ~ 
For a long life of joy and vitality it is very important to move your body on a regular basis, preferably every day, for at least a moderate amount of time, in a way that you like doing, such as gently exercise, light sport, martial arts, playing, swimming, walking, yoga, etc. Natural movement of the body, ideally to a rhythm, is the foundation to cultivating a long life of joy and vitality.

The best forms of body movement are slow and rhythmic, which will loosen, stretch and relax your body, to collect and store energy, to leave you feeling refreshed. This type of movement is aerobic, beneficial to the particular body part being moved, as well as to the cardiovascular system and all other body systems.

Be sure to warm up before doing a movement or exercise regime, especially to relax a stressed or tired body and to stimulate blood and energy circulation. Loosening movements should be focused on the joints, with stretching movements should be focused on the ligaments, muscles and tendons.

It is now recognized that regular movement of the body offers diverse and significant benefits, including positive effects on: addiction, aging, anxiety, attention, attraction to the opposite sex, blood pressure, blood, bones, brain, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, confidence, constipation, dementia, depression, diabetes, emotions, energy levels, erectile dysfunction, euphoria, fun, heart, immunity, infections, injury pain, learning, longevity, motivation, muscles, obesity, osteoporosis, Parkinson's, physical function, prostate, self esteem, sex, skin, sleep, stress, strokes, weight.

~ Rest Your Mind ~
Meditating for just ten minutes a day makes a positive difference to one’s wellbeing and the pursuit of a long life of joy and vitality. Meditation can mean many things, however fundamentally it involves stilling the movement of the mind and bringing it to a state of undisturbed silence.

People approach meditation for many reasons, some to reduce stress and others to heal themselves physically and mentally. Some people just want to calm the mind and reflect. Meditation can effectively do all of these things, and much more. A review of the literature identifies 101 benefits of meditation, including physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits.

Meditation is also one of the ways of knowing the most important person in your life. Yourself! Not through others opinions, or through reading self-help books, but through sitting quietly, tuning into your breath, and going into that vast world inside yourself. When the thought waves are under control, the mind becomes quiet and we then experience our higher state of consciousness.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IDEAS
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~ Enjoy a Red, or a Blond ~ 
Red wine contains resveratrol, a polyphenol also found in cranberries and blueberries, which is a powerful antioxidant and which reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as having anti-aging properties. White wine also contains resveratrol, however in smaller amounts than red wine.

The optimal consumption of red wine has indicated a reduction in the risk of heart attack in middle age people by 30% to 50% and the optimal consumption of red wine is one glass per day for women and two glasses per day for men.

Recent research indicates there appears to be a direct link between the incidence of drinking alcohol and breast cancer in women however, if a woman consumes sufficient amounts of folic acid (Vitamin B9), the risk of breast cancer reduces and even disappears.

 ~ Sleep to Learn ~
Despite all the research, we still do not know exactly why we sleep and how much sleep we need. We do know the optimum amount of sleep varies from one person to the next, and for each person it varies over time. We know almost everyone experiences a period of sleepiness during each afternoon, and that if a person has too little sleep or too much sleep, they become dysfunctional. It seems the primary reason for sleep has a lot to do with learning, and the optimal amount of sleep for most people is between six and eight hours.

By simple trial you can determine the optimum amount of sleep you need at any time of your life, and once determined, maintaining this optimum, including having an afternoon nap, creates many benefits on the journey to a long life of joy and vitality, including significantly improving attention, dexterity, digestion, emotion, glucose metabolism, learning, memory, reasoning, recall and thinking.

 ~ Detox for Love ~ 
The key reasons why people must detoxify their body, not only through attending a regular detoxification retreat, but also preferably as a daily lifestyle activity, is to quite simply enjoy a long life of joy and vitality, to experience health is the prerequisite for wealth and happiness.

In today’s world, most people need to work actively on detoxifying their body, because:
~ Regular multiple-exposures to environmental toxins, for the air, building materials, cosmetic and personal care products and water, amongst others, reduce the normal metabolic functioning and inherent self-healing capability of the body.
~ So called "modern lifestyles", characterized by poor nutrition, deficient exercise and chronic stress, pollute the body with chemical and emotional toxins, which cannot be neutralized due to a lack of necessary nutrients in the optimal proportions.

Whilst toxicity is expressed by a variety of symptoms, the most common indicators of toxicity are: abnormal pregnancy outcomes, acne, allergic reactions, anxiety, atherosclerosis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, constipation, depression, dermatitis, eczema, fatigue, female infertility, headaches, immune system impairment, indigestion, inflammation, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, joint and muscle stiffness and pain, kidney dysfunction, learning disorders, male infertility, memory loss, migraines, multiple chemical sensitivity, obesity, over-weight, Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis, skin puffiness, sleeplessness, susceptibility to cold, flu, infection, injury and tiredness.

By regularly detoxifying your body, as a daily lifestyle activity, as well as by attending regular intensive detoxification retreats, it is possible to remove many of the toxins that cause dis-ease, disease and the inability to enjoy life to its fullest.

Regular detoxification enables the restoration and maintenance of every-day good health, characterized by joy, love, vitality and longevity.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IDEAS
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~ Find Your Inner Spirit ~
Find a kindred-spirit or significant other; love him or her, every day, for all days. Love family. Nurture good friendships. Forgive. Smile. Socialize. Be curious. Use your imagination. Have zeal, for something. Relax, let go.  Find your inner spirit…
~ Take the time to play, for it is the secret of perpetual youth…
~ Take the time to read, for it is the fountain of wisdom…
~ Take the time to be friendly, for it is the road to happiness…
~ Take the time to love and be loved, for it is the nourishment of the soul…
~ Take the time to share, for it is too short a life to be selfish…
~ Take the time to laugh, for it is the music of the heart…
~ Take the time to dream, for it is hitching your wagon to a star…
~ Sing, write, dance, photograph, whistle…
~ Do whatever brings calm to your mind, relaxation to your body, and joy to your heart.
~ Live all of life with loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity, to nourish, preserve and restore your-self, as well as animals, people, plants, and the one earth we call home.

~ About Premchit Prateap Na Thalang ~


Premchit Prateap Na Thalang is an internationally certified aromatherapist, organic cosmetics formulator, natural perfumer, acclaimed chef, and inheritor of twelve generations of ancestral Siamese healing wisdom and secrets.  Her family has been growing, trading, studying, using and dispensing indigenous plants of southern Thailand and traditional Siamese knowledge for beauty, medicinal, nutritional and perfumery benefits for more than twelve generations.  For nearly 200 years, Premchit´s family traded aromatic plants with the British East India Company, including Thao Thep Kasatri, heroine of the Battle of Thalang (Phuket) in 1785, who also traded with Sir Francis Light while he was based in Thalang, the home of Premchit´s family.

~ In Closing ~

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed by over analyzing what one needs to do, especially if a person listens to the cacophony of too many voices on the subject matter.  This cacophony can lead to self-sabotaging and abandoning targeted goals, which results in disappointment.  One key to achieving these goals is to have a simple plan, and then taking things slowly, deliberately, and with consistency and focus.  Giving yourself a chance and celebrate yourself and what you’ve been able to accomplish and are about to accomplish

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

GIFTS TO BRIGHTEN THE SEASON


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This is the time of year when thoughts of gifting someone special becomes a preoccupation, and often a stressful one at that.  Over the years, I’ve assembled these Holiday Gift Guides as a way to help you minimize any concerns you might have deciding on a gifting solution, by featuring suggestions on some of the season’s best and brightest gift ideas.  Whether your holiday gifting is for Hanukkah, Christmas, housewarming, work, place of worship, Secret Santa, etc., the following gift ideas will inspire you to find that perfect gift that indulges the spirit with little to no effort.  Enjoy!

~ FACE GIFTING ~


Skin Authority ~ Beauty Infusion Gift Set
This must-have Gift Set is an exceptional mix of curated products for achieving skincare perfection.  Skin Authority continues to bring professional-quality, results-driven esthetic products to the non-professional, making this the perfect addition to any skincare regimen, or at-home spa experience.  The Gift Set includes all you’ll need for achieving revived and healthy skin, like Instant Perfection Peel Pads, Hydrating Infusion, Clarifying Infusion, Anti-Aging Infusion, and Brightening Infusion.  These products are formulated with ingredients that contain no dyes, fragrances, or parabens. Some of the super-charged ingredients of these formulations include Quinoa (Protein and Amino Acid Booster), Avocado, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Lemon, Turmeric, and Blueberry (Brighteners and Clarifying), Safflower Oil, Meadowfoam (Antioxidant Oil), Swertia Chirata (Gentian Herb), Abyssinian Oil (Hydration), Gorgonia (Skin Soother), AHA Glycolic Acid, and Fireweed Extract (Skin Soother). The beauty of these Infusions is that they can be worn alone, mixed into a moisturizer, or mixed into a primer or foundation.  Each Infusion can also be combined with another to personalize a treatment experience.  For example, some days I’d used each individual Infusion without any other product; then, other days I’d combine the Clarifying Infusion with the Brightening Infusion for my morning routine, and I’d combine the Hydrating Infusion with the Anti-Aging Infusion for my evening routine.  I only found it necessary to use the Instant Perfection Peel Pads a few times a week; this product helped to prime my skin to receive the Infusion, and maximize its efficacy; they also helped to refine texture, minimize pores, and soften fine lines and wrinkles.  I thoroughly enjoyed using each of the Infusions, and was always impressed with the results each one delivered.  With consistent use of the Infusions, visible results included dry patches being eliminated; skin that looked healthier and more vibrant; hyperpigmentation and general skintone became more even; pore sizes were minimized; and, fine lines and wrinkles were diminished.  Each Infusion was quickly absorbed, as well as being gentle, and non-irritating; they also provided exceptional hydration levels throughout the day.

~ BODY GIFTING ~

Claus Porto ~ Gift Box of Classico Soaps
Since 1887, this Portuguese company has been the luxury brand for artisan crafted soaps and candles.  This Classic Collection includes eight 50g artisan crafted French-milled soaps made from pure essential oils, and include exquisite scents like Pomegranate, Vetiver, Almond Milk, Tulip, Tuberose, Lemongrass, Lettuce, and Wild Moss; a Belle Époque intricately designed lithographic wrapper adorns each bar.  Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of each product.

Crabtree & Evelyn ~ Gardener’s Ultimate Luxury Gift Set
An ideal Gift Set for the gardener who needs to take care of, protect, and nurture the delicate skin of their hands, cuticles and nails.  It includes products formulated to restore, recover, and protect like Gardener’s Hand Therapy, Gardener’s Hand Scrub With Pumice, and Gardener’s Hand Recovery; the Gift Set also includes Gloves, and Gardening Tool Bag made of durable fabric.

Red Flower ~ Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub
This beautiful and complex Scrub delicately sloughs off dry skin without irritating the delicate tissue; also leaves skin exceptionally hydrated; includes natural ingredients like Apricot Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Coffee, Coffee Blossom Oil, Lemon Oil, Litsea Oil, Monoi Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Pink Grapefruit Oil, Shea Butter, Sugar, and Sweet Almond Oil.  Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.

            
Shiffa Dubai ~ Rose Bliss Balm
An extravagant way to drench your body with a restorative, hydrating, and nurturing aromatic Balm; gentle, non-irritating, and quickly absorbed, this luxurious formulation includes natural ingredients like Damascene Rose Oil, Rose Absolute Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Honey, Chamomile Extract, Jasmine Oil, Frangipani Oil, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and Macadamia Oil.  Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.

~ COLOR GIFTING ~


Jane Iredale ~ Champagne On Ice Kit of Mini Lip Glosses and Daytime Eye Shadow Kit
These adorable “minis” are perfect as stocking-stuffers, or to tuck inside a purse.  The Mini Lip Gloss Kit includes three beautiful colors, You Go To My Head (a Sheer Gold), Lips On Crystal (a Fuschia Red With Gold Shimmer), and Lovely Bubbles (a Clear Iridescent) that are perfect for all skintones; each are formulated with natural organic oils that naturally hydrate the delicate lip tissue, drenching it with restorative and protective ingredients like Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Moringa Seed Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Lemon Peel Oil, Tangerine Extract, Safflower Seed Oil, Ginger Root Extract, Lotus Flower Extract, Vitamins A and E.  The Daytime Eye Shadow Kit is the perfect take-with kit includes five gorgeous colors that are perfect worn alone, to highlight, to define, or to layer; beautiful colors include Oyster, Almond, Cappuccino, Dark Suede, and Charcoal; the sleek mirrored compact also includes the perfect brush tip applicator.

~ SENSORY GIFTING ~

Agraria Home ~ Golden Cassis Petite Essence Diffuser
This is a beautiful addition for your living spaces.  A delicate sola wood artisan-crafted flower shaped diffuser pulls the natural essential oils of Oranges, Berries, Cassis, Rose, Jasmine, Lily, Sandalwood, Galbanum, Amber Musk, and White Musk filling your space with long-lasting complex aromas; includes a decorative holder and tray.  Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.


Claus Porto ~ Chypre Candle
Since 1887, this Portuguese company has been the luxury brand for artisan crafted soaps and candles.  This clean and long-burning candle, perfect for the holidays, is infused with natural essential oils that include Crushed Roses and Cedarwood, plus Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange, and Blackcurrant Leaves; his perfect combination emits a very calming aroma.  The porcelain bisque holder is also beautifully designed and complements all decors.  Beautiful natural fragrance adds to the aromatherapeutic aspect of the product.

~ RESOURCES ~



Crabtree & Evelyn ~ http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com


Red Flower ~ https://redflower.com

Shiffa Dubai ~ https://www.shiffa.com


~ IN CLOSING ~

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While this festive season may have our thoughts focused on finding the right gift for someone, let’s not forget the best gift to give, which doesn’t cost any money, and that’s the gift of our time with those we love and care about…family and friends.  Lastly, don’t forget those in need…find a local or national charity and contribute what you can…that might even include volunteering for special projects, or sponsoring a food or clothing drive in your neighborhood, place of worship, or at your work place.  To you and yours, I wish you peace, joy, and love!

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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