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 Elixir to 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

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 so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're 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

Why Oral Health is Important #Listerine

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more


Review: Soap & Glory Bath and Body Products

Soap & Glory’s iconic retro images and whimsical product titles have captured the hearts of beauty lovers across the globe. Though the funky packaging has caught my eye quite a few times while browsing my local Sephora, I hadn’t had a chance to actually try the products until now.

I was very pleased with the products, and I loved how seamlessly they worked together:

1. Exfoliate. First, I sloughed off any dead or flaky skin with Flake Away. As a woman with chronically dry skin, I’m a big critic of  exfoliators. This particular scrub ranks among my top 5 all-time favorites, with only Sabon’s exfoliator ahead of it.  Read more

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Spa Review: Canyon Ranch Spa Miami Beach

Receiving an invitation to visit the largest spa in South Florida (70,000 sq ft to be exact), was definitely one of the highlights of my year in Miami and it just happened to materialize when a visit to the spa was very much needed…at the tail end of the moving process when I was sore, running low on energy,  and anxious about fitting a studio apartment’s worth of stuff into a minivan to go across the U.S.  So the invitation to visit The Spa at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach was a very welcome diversion from the moving process.  As soon as I checked, in the staff was very welcoming and friendly…something that was rare during my year in Miami.  The Canyon Ranch Miami Beach property is impressive and absolutely breathtaking to say the least.  The service I received from the spa is called Yatra.  Yatra, as explained to me by my service provider, is a Sanskrit word that means journey.  The treatment  is a journey through the senses and is intended to unwind every sense, relax every nerve and melt every muscle.  Read more

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Review: Kanshi Salted Coconut Body Scrub

I love exfoliating.  Something about scrubbing away all of those dead skin cells that makes me feel pretty productive. As a lot of you  already know, I am also in love with the aroma of coconuts, it just makes me feel good about life.  So it probably won’t come as a surprise that passing up a scrub with any hint of coconut in it is virtually impossible for me.  This uncontrollable tendency to consume any and all coconut scented scrubs has at times left me with dry, flaky, irritated skin…due  to scrubs that were so harsh and aggressive that the only thing pleasant about them was the aroma of coconut.  But I still find it difficult to not at least give a new coconut scented scrub a try, especially when that scrub not only smells like coconuts but is also natural, paraben free and contains sea salts and coconut shell.  I am of course referring to the new Kanshi Salted Coconut Body Scrub.

The Salted Coconut Scrub of course smells like coconuts but not overwhelmingly so.  The scent is more naturally coconut, not at all manufactured.  The scrub does a great job of exfoliating without feeling scratchy or irritating my skin.  The first time I used it, I applied it in the shower after my skin was already wet and to me it felt a bit slimy.  However, the second time I used it I rubbed it onto my skin before getting my skin wet and it worked a lot better for me, my skin was soft, smooth, moisturized and smelled great.  The slimy feeling that I experienced the first time was the natural oils in the scrub…which actually left my skin feeling a bit moisturized even after I rinsed it with warm water.  Now I can’t promise that I won’t try other coconut scented scrubs out there but I can promise that I am definitely keeping this one as a constant in my beauty drawer. Have you tried it?

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