A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

Aromatherapy

Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil, Aetheric Inhalation Oil

Instant Stress Relief…who wouldn’t love something that offers that on a daily basis, or like me, a few times throughout the day?

There are a ton of studies out there about the havoc that stress wreaks on our bodies and also a lot of remedies for instant stress relief, but depending on where you are at the very moment when stress consumes you, it’s not always easy, or convenient, to laugh or sing out loud,or go for a brisk walk.  And this is exactly why I am a believer in aromatherapy.  It works for me, but it is also an instant and convenient form of stress relief, which is why I have chosen to start toting around a vial of Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil with me all the time.

With ingredients such as lavender and clary sage organic essential oils and organic soybean oil, the Dreaming Oil promotes calm and relaxation.  There are a few different ways in which the oil can be applied but my favorite is rubbing a few drops in my palms, then rubbing them together to warm and release the vapors and taking in a few deep breaths while cupping my palms over my nose.  After doing this for about a minute, I become noticeably more calm and focused and a lot less anxious.  I also love putting a few drops of the Dreaming Oil in my bath water, I definitely go to bed in a more relaxed state.  Read more

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The Spa at Stone House in Little Compton, RI

I am a native Rhode Islander (go West Warwick Wizards!) and I love all things about the ocean and New England. It’s no wonder I had such amazing skin when I was younger since I spent so many days swimming in the ocean (err looking at boys.) I’m planning at some point to make my way to Stone House in Little Compton RI some time in 2011 (it’s on my I really want to go here list) simply because I have heard so many people rave about their spa. What could be more perfect than staying in a historic building in Newport County to take in all that my quaint home state has to offer?

Since it’s the holidays, here are some Peppermint spa treatments that Stone House has on their menu:

Peppermint Pedicure $45
Cooling Peppermint Pedicure completely natural and intensely nourishing and hydrating. This pedicure utilizes natural peppermint essential oil and organic sugar.

Peppermint Massage $75
Fresh, cool, and lively, Peppermint massage is wonderful for the circulation, this sparkling scent invigorates the mind, increases memory and concentration, and relieves fatigue. You will be massaged with super-absorbable exotic oils and peppermint essential oil.  Read more

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Review: Crabtree & Evelyn’s Skin Conditioning Body Wash and Body Lotion

Guest post by Morgan Siler:

I have a new morning routine:

I get up before either my son or my man stirs and walk out into the den with Yoga mat, sports bra and ipod in hand.

I do 20 minutes of Sun Salutations and concentrate only on my breath and the feeling that I am truly a goddess or a rock star…or both.

I put off mentally listing the day’s “To-Do’s” until I am in the shower and can think with clarity as I sud up.

I owe this refreshing new sense of mental clarity in part to yoga and in part to Crabtree & Evelyn’s line of Aromatherapy Distillations.

Since aromatheraphy is known to enhance well-being, I knew it would be a great thing to incorporate into my daily routine.

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Review: Bath & Body Works Optimism Sudsing Body Scrub

aromatherapy_sudsing_body_scrubToday is the last day of winter, can I get an Amen to that? By far my favorite seasons are spring and fall. Tomorrow being the first day of spring symbols the start of new life and new beginnings. This is clearly something quite relatable in my life right now. And with a new beginning comes the feeling of Optimism. It just so happens that this week I had the chance to try out Bath & Body Works aromatherapy line, specifically their Optimism Sudsing Body Scrub. A perfect metaphor for ridding myself of the old (dead, dry skin) and embracing the new (healthier skin.)

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Half hour of Peace and Power (Part 1)

~~Peace~~

Follow these steps three times a week before bed and you will feel the stress melt away.

Turn off or down the lights and light 3 or 4 Lavender Essential Oil candles in your bathroom.

Dispense Relax Essential Oil Bubble Bath under warm running water in your bathtub.


Play relaxing music in the background.

Soak in the tub for 20 minutes and read your favorite book or magazine.


Drain tub and pat your skin dry. Be sure to blow out the candles.

Apply Relax Essential Oil Olive Butter and dress in comfortable pajamas.

Spritz Relax Body Spray on your body and lightly over bed sheets.

Apply Relax Essential Oil Lotion Bar to hands and feet.

Why our Relax scent? Country Bunny Bath & Body‘s Relax fragrance is Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Balsam. It is a smooth blend that makes you want to take a deep soulful rest.

Ylang ylang, which means flowers of flowers, is a traditional topical remedy that acts as a sedative, antidepressant and a tonic for the nervous system. Depression, anxiety, tension, irritability and stress-related insonmia can all benefit from its soothing properties. It can also be used to calm irritated skin, as well as, bites and stings.

Lavender is the most therapuetic of all the essential oils. It is a calming, soothing, antidepressant and emotionally balancing oil. Lavender has been known to lower blood pressure, tension, depression, insomnia, headaches and stress.

Balsam is a very pleasant smelling warming essential oil useful for arthritis and other forms of joint pain. Emotionally, it is said to be grounding and calming and effective in anti-anxiety blends.

Don’t you feel relaxed already?

Where to buy Relax Aromatherapy products: www.BigLakeSpa.com
Shipping: Fed Ex and UPS (Fed Ex arrives faster)
Where to buy Lavender Candles: www.RevivalSoy.com, drugstore.com
Related posts: Life Song Aromatherapy

Part 2 ~~Power~~ will be posted on Tuesday.

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