Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

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Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

@vegancuts @leapingbunny Fresh Start Kit #review via @agirlsgottaspa

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands.

Up front I’ll tell you that I love Leaping Bunny, and as a certified cruelty free brand ourselves, I can 100% get behind this Vegan Cuts Fresh Start Kit.

Here’s what you’ll get: Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

Video: @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion #beauty #bathandbody

You deserve to be pampered.

Do you believe that? You should!

In this video I talk about A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, including the ingredients, how it works and what I was looking to achieve in order to meet your needs when creating this beauty brand. This isn’t your typical shea lotion and I truly believe it is the best lotion for dry skin (or any skin!) Watch the video for more info: Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Natural Bath and Body Products on Amazon

Reviews on Amazon for @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. #natural #crueltyfree #vegan

A Girl's Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products on Amazon.com. Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. @agirlsgottaspa

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products can now be found on Amazon.com via etailz. I’m beyond thrilled at the exponential growth we’re having with our retail partnerships!

Amazon.com strives to be Earth’s most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online. I honestly don’t know a single person who hasn’t shopped Amazon at least once. Now that A Girl’s Gotta Spa! can be found on this expansive e-commerce platform, the potential to reach more eco-conscious consumers looking for a naturally luxurious and cruelty free body care brand is endless. Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Partners with Eco-Friendly Greencupboards

A Girl's Gotta Spa! partners with #ecofriendly @greencupboards #green #vegan #crueltyfree

GreenCupboards is a leading online retailer of eco-friendly products for homes and businesses. I’m happy to announce that A Girl’s Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products are now sold on Greencupboards.com.

Greencupboards has something unique that caught my eye right away and it’s their Eco-traits that accompany each product sold on their website. The Eco-Traits reflect unique, environmentally friendly characteristics of the products, and although they are not certifications, it does give you a good idea about each brand at a glance. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Eco-traits are: cruelty free (we are Leaping Bunny certified), recyclable, vegan, BPA-free packaging, made in the USA and smart packaging (minimal packing = minimal waste.) Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Partners with Cruelty Free Consumer

A Girl's Gotta Spa! natural bath and body brand partners with Cruelty Free Consumer. #crueltyfree #beauty #bathandbody

Cruelty Free Consumer takes the guesswork out of finding great beauty, baby, pet and lifestyle brands that are truly cruelty free.

I love Leaping Bunny’s approach to sorting out which brands are certified cruelty free, because you can certainly say you are, but until you are certified…it’s simply just a marketing point on your product page. As a Leaping Bunny certified bath and body brand, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is able to partner with other like-minded retailers, like Cruelty Free Consumer, who take the guesswork out of asking yourself, “Is this brand cruelty free?” Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Natural Bath and Body Products

A Girl's Gotta Spa! launches natural bath and body products. #vegan #crueltyfree #natural #bathandbody

The concept of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began simple enough 9 years ago this October.

I was 31 years old at the time. I moved from the suburbs of the Philadelphia area to the rural surroundings of the Pocono mountains just two years prior. I had 3 boys already and soon enough would be having a 4th. The idea of taking time for myself was not a foreign concept, although one that seems to have some duplicity in the notion of it. On the one hand you have people telling you that you need some me time, “Take some time for yourself,” they’d say, “You deserve it.” Then, on the other hand, you have people tsking you and accusing you of being selfish for doing so.

I believe you deserve to be pampered. Read more

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My Beauty Bunny All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer

My Beauty Bunny All Natural AHA Moisturizer #vegan #crueltyfree

Well known cruelty-free beauty blogger, Jennifer Matthews of My Beauty Bunny (sm), is dipping her toes into the personal care industry and I couldn’t be more excited!

My Beauty Bunny’s initial launch into the cruelty free, vegan beauty space is with her All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer. Great for all skin types and the AHA (5%) is sourced from fruit. Other ingredients include aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane (from olives), bilberry fruit, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract; and antioxidants: camellia oleifera (white tea), camellia sinensis (green tea), and aspalathus linearis (AKA rooibus or “red tea”).   This facial moisturizer is fragranced with a grapefruit cranberry scent. Read more

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