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The human body, by weight, is: 65% water, 20% protein, 12% fats, and a few other, less significant things for ther last 8%. In other words, water is not only something we require to sustain us, we are pretty much made up entirely of water!
So, it’s not surprising that so many healing rituals around the world center around water. One that almost every woman knows well, is the luxury of a hot bath at the end of a long, stressful day. We light candles, we bring in a good book or music, and we sink into the bath letting the tension of the day melt away. The bath holds an extra special place in these gloomy winter months, when we all need some healing and a gentle reminder that we can make it through the dark mornings, dirty snow, grumpy commuters, icy stairs, runny noses, and dry skin.
Luckily, Healing Waters, a new, natural bath & body collection from Aromafloria, (the purveyors of another fine line, Sensory Fusion), is right on target to help us to make the most of the magical moments — the ones in which we actually slow down and take care of ourselves. There’s only one thing better than pampering, and that’s pampering with products are beautifully packaged, eco-friendly, high-quality, and don’t break the bank, although they look and feel as though they could.
Healing Waters products pamper luxuriously, but affordably, with products inspired by the essential benefits of the ocean and the earth’s natural essences. The line consists of five eco friendly, solution-specific products that will pamper, purify, and offer a sense of well-being.
The Body Mineral Bath Treatment Salt Soak (32 oz retails for $20) has a crisp, citrus scent and is jam-packed with ingredients that sooth aching muscles and moisturize winter skin. Just one cup of these salts in the bath transforms the tub into a detoxifying treatment of potassium, magnesium, mandarin and bergamot oil, vetiver, juniper, and more! The ingredients are naturally antibacterial, and the salts help to reduce inflammation and stiffness. This is the perfect remedy for a bad boss, screaming kids, noisy upstairs neighbors, and everything in between!
The Body Purifying Treatment Bath and Shower Gel (12 oz retails for $18) shares the same fresh citrus scent of bergamot, vetiver, and juniper, making it the perfect complement to the salt soak. This dual-action gel can be used to make a power bubble bath, and can also be used with a loofah as a cleansing shower gel. 100% vegan, this pharmacist-formulated cleanser leaves your skin feeling clean and smelling guilt-free delicious!
Scrubs have gained popularity and are a common shower product these days. Healing Waters does their Body Exfoliating Treatment Sugar and Salt Scrub (22 oz retails for $24) particularly well. The first thing you’ll notice is the intoxicating scent that ties this scrub into the Healing Waters line perfectly. You can use it alone, but it will make the perfect addition to the entire head-to-toe pampering intended by using these products in conjunction with one another. This scrub is also unique in that it uses the exfoliating powers of both sea salt and organic sugar granules to gently scrub away dead skin and leave you glowing. It’s the flawless combination of light abrasion and soothing oil, and you may have to resist the urge to over-exfoliate, simply because it feels so good on dry winter skin.
When you leave the comfort of the bath or shower in your winter ritual, there’s always that moment between stepping out of the water and grabbing your towel when the chilled air against your wet skin makes your teeth chatter. When you’re desperately reaching for the terry cloth, it’s nice to know that Healing Waters has even more treats waiting to make your body feel great. The Body Smoothing Treatment Dry Body Oil (5 oz retails for $20) contains the moisturizing oils of coconut, apricot kernel, avocado, jojoba seed, borage, mandarin, bergamot, mandarin, and vetiver, in addition to vitamins A, D3, and E. This body oil is anything but oily, which is great for when you want to moisturize in a rush. You can almost spray and go as this oil absorbs quickly enough that you don’t have to worry about staining your silk blouse if you throw it on after spraying.
The best way to wrap up the Healing Waters experience is with their Body Firming Treatment Anti-Aging Lotion (12 oz retails for $22). Marine extracts, Green Tea, and Caffeine are the key ingredients that help with a temporary tightening of the skin’s top layer. Anti-aging properties aside, this lotion is non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and has a light, clean, natural citrus scent that tops off the Healing Waters Experience with style.
Luxury is often more about the “little things” than the big-ticket splurge. These last, long months of February and March are the perfect time to treat yourself to the Healing Waters collection. If you purchase everything listed here, for your at-home spa nights, it will still cost you less than a trip to the day spa, (and a lot less than a trip to the Caribbean). You’ll get enough product to pamper yourself now through the end of Winter. Come Spring, you’ll still find yourself wanting to hang out at home re-creating your own, special, rituals that you’ve developed around this unique, healthy, natural, and modern line of affordable luxury bath products. Go ahead – this exceptional line deserves to be used year-round!
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*special thanks to Johanna Thomsen in helping to put this special beauty report together
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