Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more

men’s skin care

Movember with method

Movember with method. Prostate cancer awareness

 Top Row: Connor and Duncan; Bottom Row: Brody and Gavin

All of us have a man in our lives that could fall victim to prostate cancer. Our dads, our sons, our husbands, boyfriends, brothers, friends, co-workers… During the summer my cousin was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he is in his mid-twenties, proving that cancer doesn’t discern by age.

method sent us their Designed for Good gel hand wash (which we always need plenty of in this house) complete with a mustache design and stickers. While the stickers were meant to be placed on the bottle, I felt it would be a good way to showcase my son’s personalities if they wore them and posed. They had fun and it gave me the opportunity to talk to them about the importance of seeing the doctor and preventative care (something I feel that most men ignore–so why not raise boys that understand the value from an early age?) Read more

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Nivea for Men. For Manly, Manly Men Who Want to Smell Sports Clean

So, I pull up to the mansion to hob-nob with the Hollywood elite. I’m supposed to be dressed in “Hollywood Chic” but no real clue what that means, so I snub the powers-that-be and wear flip-flips with a suit. And I still look better than most people. Plus it was supposed to be a “look like you give a damn” event … and I don’t need to, because I’m just that hot and cute.

Nivea For Men launches in Los Angeles with this Golden Globes pre-party. It’s an interesting concept, but from all my reading I figured out the product launch (we can thank Old Spice and all their press and messaging): men don’t buy products, but their wives and girlfriends DO buy products at the drugstore and grocery store.

That’s Nivea For Men: products for women to buy their men. Nivea is a well-known name in the female grocery experience, so this is their brand extension to capture males (through females.)

Now, I don’t think I’m their market. I’m metro, my shower is filled with Lush body gels (about 7 bottles), Lush shampoos plus other shampoos (10 – it’s about shampoo rotations), and I’m using my Clarisonic with Skinceuticals. Yep, I smell like cinnamon or grass or honey on a daily basis.

I took my baggie of goodies from the event, though, and tried a couple out: Post-Shave Balm for Sensitive Skin, as well as the biggie … Active3, an all-in-one shower, shampoo and shaving gel.  Read more

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Rejuvenating Moisturizer Review by Nando

Here’s another review from Neal’s Yard Remedies line of skincare products for men! You can find it at And check out my prior review on Neal’s Yard Remedies Invigorating Body Wash.

~ Nando

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Men’s Skin Care Review: Neal’s Yard Remedies Invigorating Body Wash

Guy’s, do you love natural and organic skin care products? Well check out my review of Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Invigorating Body Wash.

You can find it at

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Calling all NYC Dads: MAN UP! Contest at Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers

male_groomingFather’s Day is fast approaching and Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers in NYC is conducting their first annual Father’s Day MAN UP! Competition where NYer’s are invited to nominate a dad – most deserving of a grooming overhaul – for a chance to win a Truman’s membership (value: $600).  So if you know a dad in need of a makeover, you might want to nominate him on his behalf!

Here’s what you have to do no later than June 15th:  Read more

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Questions About Aging Hands and Black Heads? Dr. Jeffrey Benabio and Renee Rouleau Answer

blackheadsThis reader question comes from the A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Facebook fan page. And better yet, from a guy and one who is local here in Northeast PA! I love that he wasn’t shy to publicly ask his questions.

“Kind of embarrassing, but I’m a man and my hands look like they’re aging about 10-15 years faster than I am. How do I correct this or at least slow it down? And what is the secret to getting rid of blackheads on the nose? Embarrassing, yes. In real life, yes. Please help! Long time reader, first time poster.. you’re the bestestest! –Chris, Scranton, PA”

I know just the experts to answer these questions Chris! Board certified dermatologist and founding member of, Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, and celebrity esthetician and skin care expert, Renee Rouleau.  Read more

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Men’s Grooming: Grant for Men by Elizabeth Grant

In this segment of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! the men’s grooming edition, I review products from Grant for Men from Elizabeth Grant. Not only did I give them a try, but my new little hottie did as well. Hear what we both thought of these men’s skin care products:


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Guy’s Get the Ultimate Pampering at John Allan’s

I recently had THE most pampering experience at John Allan’s in Midtown Manhattan. From a shoe shine to a hair treatment to a manicure, I felt completely relaxed and well taken care of. Check out the video to hear all about it!

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Men’s Product Review: Joe Grooming Scrub, Shave and Moisturizer

In this men’s product review, I revisit my favorite brand again: Joe Grooming! This time they sent me their their Scrub, Shave and Moisturizer to review. To see all products mentioned in the video, please visit


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Men’s Grooming Products: PureBliss Shower Gel

PureBliss Essentials sent me a sample of their organic Shower Gel for men to review in this video for my men’s grooming series, I discuss what I liked…and what I didn’t like about it.


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