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Best muscle rubs - The Spa Man

Five of the best muscle rubs

The Spa Man picks his five of the best muscle rubs for soothing tired and aching muscles. Tried and tested, I know that these all work a treat with some classics and some fo the best from the world of spa and men’s grooming. Use pre and post exercise, these will help to warm the muscle and relieve any pain from working out. They are also great post running – indeed for any exercise. Grab one of the best muscle rubs today. Elemental Herbology Muscle Melt Melting into the skin like a beautiful balm, this is warming and soothing. Ginger and ho wood to warm and relax the muscles, whilst turmeric stimulates circulation and soothes aches and pains. Use this melting balm before and after exercise. £25 www.elementalherbology.com Aromatherapy Associates Destress Muscle Gel This is a heady blend of aromatherapy and I apply this to my calf muscles and biceps. Packed with Rosemary, Black Pepper, Lavender and Ginger essential oils, this light, easily absorbed gel is a treat. It instantly cools, then warms muscles. £28 …

Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit

Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit launches

Aromatherapy Associates has launched its new De-Stress Edit, a curated collection of  stress easing products to combat how stress impacts our body, mind and skin. Stress affects pretty much everyone at some point and for many it’s a daily affliction. Being able to switch off and ease the mind is essential. Known as one the original pioneers of wellbeing (especially with its powerful aromatherapy blends), Aromatherapy Associates has created the De-Stress Edit, allowing you to de-stress at home, work and on-the-go along with lifestyle advice and tips from the panel of Wellbeing Experts. The products all work together and form a powerful armoury against stress related issues. But each can be used independently too.   The Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit contains: De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil 9ml To give your mind clarity and focus with a calming blend of Frankincense, Petitgrainand Wild Camomile. De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil 9ml To treat your body to the warming blend of Rosemary, Black Pepper and Ginger plus the soothing powers of Lavender. De-Stress Muscle Gel 40ml The …

Best Bath Oils - The Spa Man

8 best bath oils to create a spa-like experience at home

Compiling a list of the best bath oils is like a dream job for The Spa Man. Bathing is one of life’s great pleasures and it’s a simple way to recreate the spa environment in your own home. Deeply relaxing or revitalising and re-energising. It’s up to you. Soothe aches and pains in your neck, shoulders and muscles, or let your troubles subside as you practice a little self-care. Tried and tested, these are the best bath oils on the market today. Elemental Herbology Earth Balance Bath and Body Oil Sometimes we need a little balance in our lives and a Elemental Herbology really helps here. This oil blend helps to calm and balance the mind and body. Formulated with the scents of mandarin, cedarwood and lime, it helps to restore energy and refresh the mind making it perfect for use after a long day. £28 www.elementalherbology.com ESPA Fitness Bath Oil I can’t recommend this highly enough post-workout when you have been moving your body I a new way. Whether it’s increasing weights or hitting a …

Korres Yoghurt Collection - The Spa Man

Korres launches new Yoghurt Bath and Body Collection

Greek yoghurt is part of the DNA of Greek Culture so it’s no surprise that Korres has developed its Yoghurt Bath and Body Collection. It’s the perfect summer skincare range for the body, cooling and soothing and instantly transports you to a sunny Mediterranean island in the Aegean Sea. The new Yoghurt bodycare essentials, including Showergel, Body Milk, Body Butter and Hand Cream, are powered with the leading ingredient’s ultra-moisturising properties to deliver lasting hydration, deep nourishment and smoothing action. Koreas offer some great Greek themed bath and body collections and infuse the skincare line with some of the very best ingredients from the Greek islands too. Greek Υoghurt is renowned for its beauty benefits due to its high levels of lactose, proteins, minerals and vitamins, which all work to increase the moisture levels in the upper layers of the skin. In fact Korres was the first brand to add real edible Yoghurt when it launched the iconic, Yoghurt Cooling Gel. The range includes: KORRES YOGHURT SHOWERGEL RRP: £8.00 Creamy-foam showergel enriched with moisturizing Yoghurt , Wheat proteins …

Olverum Bath Oil - the Spa Man

You need this bath oil in your life (PS: it’s Olverum)

Olverum Bath Oil really is a product you really do need in your life. It’s relaxing, stress-relieving, soothes aches and pains and helps to clear the head too. Regular readers will know that I love to bathe. It’s one of the few times I truly stop. I put down the iPhone and iPad, step away from the computer and stop. I might light a candle, play some music and occasionally will read a magazine. But one constant is an excellent bath oil formulated with the very best quality essential oils. Olverum Bath Oil is one such oil. It’s a heady mix of potent oils that pack a punch. You don’t need much – they say 5ml is plenty and thus, it spreads the cost and makes it a reasonable purchase and quite pocket friendly. It has a carefully selected range of botanical oils and plant extracts that is unisex and perfect after a long hard day in the office. This blend has been around since 1931 when it was developed in Germany. Give yourself a little me-time right now. …

SenSpa Thai Rituals

SenSpa launches new Thai Rituals Range

I was very excited to hear that SenSpa has launched the Thai Rituals Range. I’m a big fan of the brand and have loved each product range they have launched so far.  Now you too can treat yourself with an escape to the Far East – at home! The SenSpa Thai Rituals collection combines the best of natural and exotic ingredients and essential oils, including organic hibiscus flower and slang slang. Its more floral than I expected, and lacks the distinctive notes of ginger or lemongrass. What you will find is a blend that is more complex, exploring some more of the lesser known scents of the Far East. With this capsule collection of four bath and body products you can transform your everyday bathing ritual in an instant. Each product has been expertly formulated to deliver an unparalleled at-home-spa experience. SenSpa Thai Rituals Range The SenSpa Thai Rituals range includes four inspiring new products: Float Away Bath Soak (£5.95, 250ml) – Combining bamboo shoot and frangipani extracts with neroli, ylang ylang and jasmine essential oils, this bath soak offers …

Voya Lazy Days

Voya Lazy Days reviewed

I’ve been a fan of Voya for some time and was privileged to visit the home of the brand on the West Coast of Ireland a few years back to learn about the benefits of seaweed and the joys of a seaweed bath – which you can now enjoy at home thanks to the spa-at-home seaweed bath in a box – Voya Lazy Days. Voya hand-harvests organic seaweed using traditional methods and combines it with Dead Sea salt to create Lazy Days. The seaweed is dried using a special technique and packaged and sent around the world so that everyone can enjoy the hydrating, skin-caring benefits of a relaxing seaweed bath. Voya Lazy Days Placed in hot water, the seaweed naturally rehydrates and springs back to life in an instant and releases a kind of alginate which is both soothing and moisturising. It feels great on the skin and because the seaweed is in a mesh bag – its not too weird on the skin. For a full experience I ripped the bag open to allow the seaweed to float …

Malée Conditioning Body Scrub 250ml

You need this in your life: Malée

I was recently introduced to a new brand, Malée, which heralds from Africa. It is not only natural but uses some uplifting ingredients that create a lovely body care range to spa-at-home. Malée [pronounced May-lay] has first launched its Verdure line in the UK, which has a fresh light summery scent. Said to be inspired by Africa’s wetlands on a dewy morning when moisture is plentiful it combines a pleasing blend of essential oils. The uplifting and revitalising notes of Citrus, Mint and the earthy warmth of Patchouli. It reminded me of a recent holiday in Mauritius. All natural ingredients in Malée All Malée products use 100% natural active ingredients sourced for their efficacy and quality. Gentle enough for daily use, they are suitable for all skin types. No allergens, parabens, silicones, mineral oils or animal derived ingredients. Each Malée product contains carefully selected natural active ingredients which can be found plentiful in the African plains. The average kitchen cupboard and have been used over generations to heal, soothe, nourish and protect skin. Ingredients such as shea butter, cacao seed …

Five of the best bath oils

The beauty of bath oils is that, in an instant you can create a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. Any time of the year is a good time to bathe. However, the cooler months Autumn and winter are my favourites. Choose the oil to suit your needs – whether you need a pick-me-up or a soothing calm and relaxing treat. Light a candle or two, pop on some soothing sounds and a glass of wine is fine too. This is The Spa Man’s pick of his favourite bath oils at the moment. The Spa Man’s Five of the best bath oils Russie Blanche Banya De-stress Bath & Shower Oil Lavender, ginger, vetiver and bergamot essential oils combine with nourishing sweet almond and macadamia oil to relax the muscles and calm the mind. For me this is one of the best bath oils around. www.spavoyage.co.uk Repêchage Sea Spa Massage, Bath & Body Oil Rosemary and geranium essential oils are blended with hydrating soybean and anti-oxidant rich Carrot oil and vitamin E, to …

I love a bit of LUX*

I came across the LUX* ME range of spa products earlier in the year and was immediately impressed with the smart packaging and no-nonsense style. It tells it how it is. The Lemongrass and Marjoram Bath Oil is a heady mix of asian infused spicy oils which also includes peach, evening primrose, rose hip, peppermint, lavender and of course there is lemongrass and marjoram. You are instantly transported to a tropical island from the minute you pour the oil into a warm bath. Soak for half an hour – it’s bliss. What I was most surprised about was my new-found love for the room spray. Give me a candle or reed diffuser – I’m there. But I’ve always associated room spray with air freshener and the rooms sprays I’ve tried up till now have been fake smelling, overly fragranced and really rather cheap. LUX* ME Mauritius Mango & Papaya Room Mist (how could you resist a name like that) is sweet-smelling and a true delight. It’s like opening the window and a tropical breeze blowing …

Elemental Herbology and Resense create new Kempinski amenities

I love hotel amenities. And I hold my hands up to admit I take a clean sweep of them as I exit the room. They are, for the most part all travel sized, which means they are perfect for an overnight stay or a weekend away with limited cabin baggage (i.e. under 100ml). And what’s best is that you get to try new and interesting brands and sometimes ones you’ve not heard of before. So I was pleased to hear about the triple partnership between Resense (a spa consultant and management brand) and Elemental Herbology, who have jointly created amenities that will be exclusively available in suites throughout Kempinski Hotels globally. Made in Italy and prescribed by Resense, the amenity range consists of four “base products”, handpicked for their individual efficacy. The Deep Cleanse (body wash), Shiny Locks (shampoo) and Hair Soufflé (conditioner) adds an element of luxury to guests’ shower rituals, while the Skin Drink (body lotion) will deeply hydrate leaving skin nourished and soft. I’ve been testing the body wash and am impressed. …

Aveda’s Earth Month Candle

Aveda has launched a charity candle in support of Earth Month this April and pledges to donate 100% of the RRP of its signature limited edition Light the Way Candle to Global Greengrants Fund, which is a non-profit organisation that channels high-impact grassroots groups working to solve environmental problems around the world. Now that’s what I call a proper charitable donation. Most beauty companies offer a paltry 5% of profits for charity. In fact since 2009 Aveda has raised $9 million  through the sales of this candle. Buying the candle, which is perfect for creating a spa at home, will support people to access clean water. One purchase can provide one year’s worth of drinking water for a person living in Madagascar. The candle is housed in 100% reclaimed glass beverage bottles, outer cartons are made from 90% post-consumer recycled paperboard. And the candle you burn?  It’s made from pure flower and plant aromas crafted from 100% certified organic oils, including Organic Vanilla, Cinnamon and Ylang Ylang from Madagascar. Oh so spa. £16 www.aveda.co.uk

What a BRYT idea

A new addition to the skincare and grooming scene is great little British brand called BRYT Skincare. It’s a bright, fresh concept which has just launched in Waitrose. The basic premise is a simple 3-step process of Cleansing, Nourishing and Protecting to maintain an uncomplicated  regime. It embraces skincare as part of a healthy lifestyle, along with the basics of exercising, getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and drinking lots of water. Aromatherapy meets Phytoscience is the USP,  utilising botanical ingredients which make it a sensory pleasure to use, but deliver some great results. The range consists of eight products for Her and four for Him. Each features the innovative Advanced Phytoscience System (APS), which includes pure aloe vera, healing allantoin and rich ‘super antioxidants’ extracted from organic Australian wild-harvested plums Kakadu, Burdekin and Illawarra – these superfruits contain up to five times more antioxidant power than blueberries. I am a sucker for a great smelling shower gel and BRYT didn’t disappoint. There’s four products in the men’s range and this would suit a …

AromaWorks goes spa

AromaWorks is an aromatherapy brand that’s been on the edge of my radar for a few years, but is now firmly in my sights as it’s launched in two of the UK’s best spas – Grayshott Spa in Surrey and Lifehouse Spa, in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex. I thought it was high time I gave the brand a trial run, so the candle and reed diffuser were put to the test and came up trumps. The candle is lovely and creates a fine fragrance in the home. AromaWorks’ candles are hand poured in Britain and are made using only natural soy and beeswax with no additives. What really impressed me was the reed diffuser. I’ve tried and failed with reed diffusers in the past – most being chucked out because the fragrance is too strong, too overpowering or simply too synthetic or just plain horrible. Serenity Reed Diffuser contains pure essential oils of lemongrass, geranium and neroli and it filled the room gently and elegantly.   You can find the brand online and now, as previously mentioned …

Five of the best body oils

The Spa Man rounds up one his favourite categories looking at the five best body oils. Here is the Spa Man’s pick of the best. ishga Invigorating Body Oil Lavender, Geranium Rose, Lemon Grass hydrate, revitalise, nourish and detoxifies the skin, whilst Scottish seaweed is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and trace elements and amino acids. £35 www.ishga.co.uk ESPA Detoxifying Body Oil Purifying Cypress and Juniper Berry stimulate the lymphatic system. Grapefruit lifts the spirits, Sweet Almond Oil hydrates. This uplifting detox oil boosts circulation, diminishes cellulite and nourishes the skin. £30 www.espaskincare.com SpaRitual Close Your Eyes Body Oil Egyptian Geranium calms and soothes the mind, whilst Organic Sesame Seed, Safflower and Jojoba Oils, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids help hydrate, condition and soften the skin. £21.50 www.sparitual.co.uk Elemental Herbology Botanical Body Repair Rich in essential fatty acids, Argan, Rosa Mosqueta, Sacha Inchi, Buriti and Sweet Almond Oil moisturise and delicate scents of Frangipani, Jasmine and Mandarin leave skin fragrant and hydrated. £34 www.elementalherbology.com Bodhi & Birch Ginger Brew Body Oil …