Wednesday, January 29, 2014


As the Polar Vortex continues its stranglehold on much of the nation, thoughts of traveling to a warmer clime have become imperative.  As a spa aficionado, however, it’s not always practical to travel to a location that has a full-service spa, including if you’re doing an overnight at a friend’s home.  Not to worry.  The next best thing is to take the spa with you regardless of your destination, and create a spa-like experience in your room; when booking your room, try to also get a room that has a soaking tub or Jacuzzi in it, to maximize the in-spa experience.  The following kits are ideal for creating an in-room spa experience and include sufficient product quantity for several uses.   
The products in each of these kits met my performance criteria… 
·       Products should be gentle and non-irritating.
·       Products should treat and condition the skin and improve texture and tone.
·       Products should be quickly absorbed and replenish hydration levels without leaving any greasy or tacky residue.
·       Products should have aromatherapeutic properties based on the use of natural or organic pure essential oils, which benefit relaxation and other favorable performance attributes.

Other points to keep in mind… 
·       Bring exfoliation gloves or a mitt to elevate the efficacy of any cleansing or exfoliation product used.
·       Bring your favorite CD of relaxation music, or download your favorite music to your mobile device.
·       Bing your favorite tea and make a nice hot cup to sip and savor as you cap off your in-room travel spa experience.
·       For those of you flying, product containers must conform to the TSA mandated three-ounce size and placed in a see-through one-quart plastic container for your carry-on.
·       If you’re hosting an overnight guest, consider having one of these kits in a welcome basket along with other handy guest needs. 
·       Keep the empty containers and refill them with your favorite products for your next trip. 
·       You can also invest in travel kits that have empty containers and then fill them with your favorite products for your next getaway.

Aromafloria ~ Stress Less Spa Rescue Kit ~ Included in this kit are Bath Salts, Foaming Bubble Bath, Foaming Salt Glow Body Polish, and Bath & Body Massage Oil.  Each product is infused with healing and relaxing essential oils of Lavender, Chamomile and Sage.  There’s even a handy how-to recipe card for The Perfect Bath.
Dr. Hauschka ~ Daily Body Care Kit ~ Included in this kit are Hand Cream, Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash, Quince Body Moisturizer, Rose Body Moisturizer, Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil, and Rose Body Oil.  All products come in a reusable tin.
JAMU & Organic Spa Rituals ~ Spa To Go ~ Included are Traditional Scrub and Organic Oil in choice of essential oils; I prefer Thai Lemongrass, which helps to detoxify.  Included is a handy “To Go” presentation box.

Pevonia Botanica ~ Spa At Home Essentials ~ Included in this kit are Anti-Stress Bath & Shower Gel, Silky Skin Body Scrub, Bath Salts with Essential Anti-Stress Oil (Lavender, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Balsam Fir), Preserve Body Moisturizer, and a Lavender Votive.  Products come in a cute quilted cloth carrying pouch and a guide on how to achieve the ultimate spa-at-home experience.

Red Flower ~ Japanese Onsen Sento Set ~ Included in this kit are Yuzu Mimosa Sea Algae Wash, Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub, Rose Camellia Plum Soft Water Mist, Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil, Plum Blossom Silk Cream, and a mini Wild Cherry Blossom Rice Buff.   There’s also a reusable woven fabric pouch.

~ In Closing ~

Remember to try and set aside some personal time each day so you can take care of yourself, unwind and decompress, even if it’s only for ten minutes.  You’ve earned this time and you deserve it.  Think of it as an investment in your health and well-being.

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.  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, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and online 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 currently serves on EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness Advisory Board, which is comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  You can email her at


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N.B.  Google’s blog platform is incompatible with my Mac OS X and Firefox browser latest software versions, which is why some web links appear in different colors and why when attempting to have embedded images their sizing is consistent and/or can’t be sized.


  1. Hi Terry,
    Thanks for including us in your article...really appreciate.
    Sharon K.Christie

  2. Hi Sharon,
    You're quite welcome. Love your products and this is a great take-with kit! Keep warm.


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