Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care Check out the end of this post for a GIVEAWAY!   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other Read more

Customized Nexxus Hair Care at Sam's Club

Sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Lately I've been on the hunt for products that aim to treat my skin and hair for the issues I'm having as I age (not just things to make me look younger.) Being in my 40's comes with a plethora of issues Read more

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Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

Looking for a sulfate free body wash but still want the bubbles? Take a look at these body washes from @agirlsgottaspa @nurturemybody and Lancer.

It’s a common beauty myth – switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun.

But it’s not true. Sure, you won’t be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don’t have to sacrifice the suds if you go sulfate free.

Here are our favorite sulfate-free body washes that will still make you want to hasthag with #treatyoself Read more

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Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe from @willcook4smiles using ingredients inspired by @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus scent

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble.

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe from @willcook4smiles using ingredients inspired by @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus scent

Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I’m Lyuba and I am from Will Cook For Smiles. I am taking over today to show you another sweet way to treat yourself. You already know about spa days, wonderful skin and hair products, but you can’t forget to treat your taste buds and your tummy once in a while too.

I’m sure you already know about Shannon’s bath and body line intended to pamper you. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products are made with all-natural ingredients, they are purely honest, simple, effective, and made in small batches to ensure the best results. In addition to being perfect for your skin, they are also engaging to your senses. Making your skin beautiful and luscious to the touch, it also engages you with an aromatic citrus scent. Read more

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Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Best body washes for acne prone skin via @agirlsgottaspa

Bacne. Something that is often dreaded when the warmer weather hits and you want to ditch the layers.

While I personally haven’t experience body acne, I do have keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs, so I know the feeling of having a skin condition I want to clear up and am often embarrassed by.

There’s a lot of great body washes out there that can help diminish body acne without a prescription and without the uber drying effects of benzoyl peroxide. While that’s an effective ingredient, it just creates a secondary issue for you to have to deal with – dry, flaky skin. No thanks!

Here are 4 body washes that we’ve found work best on body acne (and smell great too!) Read more

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6 Tips to Avoid These Summer Skin Problems




6 tips to avoid these summer skin problems via @agirlsgottaspa

Oh the summer skin care woes. From sunburn to body acne to sun parched skin, we’ve gathered expert tips for how to avoid them from the start.

Perspiration, body acne

Expert Tip:  “To prevent breakouts in the summer, use oil-free moisturizer. During the hotter months skin’s natural oil combined with oil-free moisturizer is enough to keep skin well-hydrated. This trick will also help prevent skin from looking too shiny in the summer.” –Alina Cimpoeru, lead esthetician at The Guerlain Spa Read more

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5 Sun-Kissed Summer Prep Tips For Glowing Skin

6 Sun-kissed summer prep tips for glowing skin via @agirlsgottaspa

If you’re looking to get your skin Summer-ready, read on for tips from spas that give some skin advice you’ll want to start using ASAP.

Inflammation, Environmental Irritant Damage

Tip: The wound healing herb, Calendula, is traditionally known to reduce inflammation and soothe irritation.  Create an at-home face mist, combine dried Calendula flowers and oats in a French press, letting it steep in boiled distilled water for 10 minutes.  Once cool, pour into spray bottle and spritz face liberally for soft and hydrated skin. – Barbara Close, Founder at Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center & Spa Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Partners with Lilly’s Bathcarry

A Girl's Gotta Spa! partners with Lilly's Bathcarry

Lilly’s Bathcarry is an online boutique that has been providing luxurious skincare and scent therapy products to customers since 2002. Lilly’s Bathcarry has a wide selection of indie, emerging and established brands all with the same singular focus – seeking out the best pampering products on the market. Read more

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Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

Get swimsuit ready with these amazing smoothies from some of the best spas! via @agirlsgottaspa

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we’ve compiled a list for you!

So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies!

Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort fuses tropical fruits from Costa Rica in its SIBO Smoothie. Crafting a potassium-packed concoction, the smoothie features papaya, banana, pineapple, spinach, beets and orange juice.

Smoothie Recipe:

1 Tbs Pineapple

3/8 cup Banana

1 Tbs Papaya

1 Tbs Spinach

¼ cup Beets

6 oz Orange Juice

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10 Year Blogiversary $25 Lock and Mane Gift Card + A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

10 year @agirlsgottaspa blogiversary giveaway! $25 Lock and Mane gift card plus A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set

What an amazing blogiversary month! Thank you all so much for making 10 years so spectacular!

For our final giveaway, one winner will receive A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set along with a $25 Gift Card (which will be emailed in the form of a promo code) to our newest retailer, Lock & Mane.

Lock & Mane was started with two goals: bringing you the best hair and beauty products and giving you a luxurious, easy and fun shopping experience. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit their website, I encourage you to do so and begin windowshopping for how you’ll spend your $25 when you win! Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: A Girl’s Gotta Spa! ®

10 year blogiversary giveaway @agirlsgottaspa cruelty free bath and body products

10 years ago having my own beauty brand was just a dream out of reach. A year and a half ago, I made it a reality.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! ® bath and body products are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free, and contain vegan and natural ingredients.

Where most companies launch with the very popular lavender fragrance, I chose citrus due to its uplifting qualities. There’s always some point in our day when we need a little invigoration to make it through.

I’m giving away A Girl’s Gotta Spa! 3-Piece Gift Set (ARV $76) to one winner. The gift set includes Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, Body Wash and Salt Scrub.

Dates of entry are October 14, 2015 at 12am EST until October 21, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Please read the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too. Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Partners with Lock and Mane

A Girl's Gotta Spa! partners with luxury retailer, Lock & Mane. via @agirlsgottaspa

“Lock & Mane was started with two goals: bringing you the best hair and beauty products and giving you a luxurious, easy and fun shopping experience.”

What drew me to Lock & Mane is that their selection is not overwhelming. You won’t find hundreds of brands, 20-30 pages to search through for a lotion, or more frustrating, a company that has never tried the products they sell themselves. Read more

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