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I think we can all agree that this Christmas / holiday season we really need some stress relief and relaxation! With the ongoing global pandemic, holiday parties and gift exchanges may be a thing of the past or at least scaled down. But you can still treat the woman in your life–whether she’s your sister, mom, spouse, aunt, grandmother, teacher, friend–you name it–to a dose of self-care treats along with some inspiration to help her finish out the year!
Here are my top five stress relief and relaxation gift ideas. All of these gifts are sourced from women-owned, small businesses with a commitment to keeping it clean (nontoxic)!
This gift box is FILLED with self-care treats from A Girl’s Gotta Spa! It’s a lavender-themed DIY spa kit with so many goodies, including:
(1) Synergy Himalayan Salt Scrub (great exfoliant);
(2) Lavender Chamomile Candle: hand poured blend of soy and coconut wax with 25 hours burn time (think relaxation and romance);
(3) Multipurpose Lavender Hydrosol Spray (spritz a little peace onto your body, lines, or freshen up a room);
(4) Aromatherapy Pillow (3.5 x 9″): a melodic blend of lavender, chamomile and flax seed (rest your eyes or use it as a sachet to help you stay calm during those long Zoom meetings; and
(5) sample size of Known Perfume (made with rose oil to reduce anxiety and stress; dab on pulse points as needed)
I interviewed the CEO of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, Shannon Smyth, on the All Things Relax with Sandi D. podcast earlier this year. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is a woman-owned natural self-care brand that uses plant-based ingredients, pure essential oils and seed oils to create natural bath and body products that are vegan, non-toxic and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free. Shannon was a beauty blogger who also worked in the mental health space before creating her skincare line. She truly understands the connection between mind-body and the importance of using nontoxic ingredients!
[Listen to my interview with Shannon Smyth, founder of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! here.]
Also from A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, this lotion smells so good you’ll want to eat it (but don’t)! It’s been featured in Forbes magazine. A fusion of shea, cocoa butter and olive oil that quickly absorbs and visibly softens skin with a delicious, this aromatic blend of pink grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime pure essential oils is sure to delight!
The energizing citrus body lotion is actually great for him and her. When I interviewed Shannon for our podcast, she told us the story of how a veteran tried it out and said he didn’t care if the label was ‘A Girl’s Gotta Spa!’ – it was the only lotion that gave his skin immediate relief!
Kathy Rose Naturals, an Afro-Latina owned skincare based in New York, makes this rejuvenating face cleanser. The Turmeric and Honey Face Wash exfoliates and brings out your natural glow. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Combined with manuka honey which contains a naturally-occurring enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, that has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, your skin will love this.
This skincare product line is handmade, clean and natural. Yet another product that smells so naturally good, you’ll want to eat it!
Hanna Herbals brings us this spa set of cold cream, lotion and peppermint foot cream. The body lotion has a light fruity aroma. The peppermint foot cream smells like Christmas! The peppermint used in the foot cream is sourced in two ways. First, dried organic peppermint leaf grown organically on Hanna Herbals’ farm is hand picked, dried, then hand ground and stored in air tight containers in a cool dry room to preserve its freshness.
Peppermint essential oils are also in the foot cream.
Peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper which help relieve pain in your feet and legs.
Hanna Herbals is an artisan skincare company. We love her mission and purpose:
I believe in living a healthful life, one that focuses on the medicine of Mother Nature and eschews the chemicals that are so prevalent in today’s products. It is this simple philosophy that has led me to become and advocate for using herbs to maintain a healthy skin and a healthy life. I truly believe in living a chemical free life, and it bothers me that there are so many unhealthy products out there. If you cannot pronounce it, you should not be putting it on your skin! I grow my own herbs and hand pick them.
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