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Discovered in Phuket

On my recent trip to Phuket, I discovered a lovely, locally produced spa oriented bath and body range. Lemongrass House began its life in 1996 and has received accolades around the world. Produced on the island, it’s now available internationally in 28 countries across the globe. I used the Lemongrass Shower Gel this morning as a little pick-me-up in the shower (recovering from jet lag) and it instantly transported back to Thailand. The products are, as you would expect, based on local Thai ingredients. There was a small shop in Surin Beach where I was staying and many of the local restaurants have a bottle of the Lemongrass Mosquito Spray on hand to keep the pesky bugs at bay. The full range of fragrances and essential oils includes Thai Pomelo and Frangipani – two of my favourites. Lemongrass House prides itself on its ethical production – all products are made from local sources in Thailand, and are all handmade and contain absolutely no perfumes, dyes or sulphates, making them great for the skin, environment and …

4 of the best: detox

Here’s a quick round up – four of the best products to help you to detox post-Christmas (if you really feel you need it)                             SpaRitual Instinctual Sand Scrub Indonesian ginger essential oil warms the body and energizes the mind, whilst Bora Bora white sand, volcanic black sand and Moroccan argan oil aid the elimination of impurities. www.sparitual.co.uk Kerstin Florian Mineral Wellness Soak Powerful detoxifying mineral salts in this bath soak contain over 60 natural essential minerals and trace elements, which help to deliver a detoxifying, re-mineralising, muscle-relieving treatment. www.kerstinflorian.co.uk ESPA Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Rich in vitamins and minerals, this seaweed bath soak helps to cleanse and detoxify. Laminaria Digitata works to stimulate the lymphatic system and helps sweep away toxins. www.espaonline.com Voya Lazy Days Organic hand cut seaweed is infused in a hot bath to rehydrate for a relaxing, detoxifying soak.  Rich in algal polyphenols and carotenoids the seaweed improves blood circulation and metabolism. www.voya.ie

Christmas gift ideas for women

Yon-Ka Absolute Hydration Yon-Ka’s Absolute Hydration clutch is packed with the range’s top three most hydrating and comforting facial products. Crème 28, a luxuriously velvety day cream, Hydralia, a unique miracle working serum rich in fruit acids, and Masque N°1. This super hydrating trio will smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, relieve taut skin and leave the complexion feeling plump, soft and comfortable, for a truly velvety Christmas. £80.00 www.yonkashop.co.uk Dermalogica Favourites It seems like everyone loves Dermalogica so you can’t go wrong with this. Five top-selling, travel-friendly Dermalogica products suitable for all skin types and conditions. Includes: Daily Microfoliant®, 0.45g, Multi-Active Toner, 1.0oz., Skin Hydrating Masque, 0.75oz. Skin Hydrating Booster, 0.25oz. MultiVitamin Power Firm, 0.17oz. £30 www.dermalogica.co.uk Jessica’s ‘Let It Snow’ collection This is inspired. Contains three fabulous shades including a ravishing reindeer red, a crisp sparkling snowflake glitter and a blinding blue. Presented in a glow in the dark, 3D glitter box, the Let it Snow collection not only makes an ideal stocking filler but can also be hung from the Christmas tree …

Christmas stocking fillers

I love a Christmas stocking – it’s often more fun and way more interesting that one big gift. Mix it up and vary the contents with things to use, little luxuries and something to make them laugh too. Aromatherapy Associates Little Bell (£10) This little bell shaped box features the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Bath and Shower Oil. Hang it on the tree or pop it into a stocking. It screams Christmas. The oil is based on grapefruit, rosemary and juniper. www.aromatherapyassociates.com       Blackbird Ai Incence Pyres (£18) Unique incense pyres packaged by hand by Blackbird in Ballard, WA. Place the pyre in the lid of the tin, and lit – allow the flame to burn brightly for a couple of minutes, then blow out and leave to smoulder. The incense will smoulder for 15 minutes, after which the scent will begin to develop, and the aroma will fill the room for approximately 2-4 hours. SCENT NOTES: Moss, Geranium, Rose Stem and Mint. www.nivenandjoshua.com     This Works Cosmic Cracker (£9) A fabulous stocking …

Wash with Joe

Yes, you literally wash with joe – it’s a brand name for a shower gel a coffee and mint shower gel formulated by (so I’m told) one of New York’s most respected designers, Jane Schub. The coffee contained within it acts as as strong deodoriser whilst the triple distilled peppermint oil helps to invigorate the body and mind and is a sharp wake-up call in the morning. It’s an odd one, I’ve never used a dark brown shower gel before. This looks a bit like coffee syrup and smells incredibly minty. There’s a touch of coffee there – but not as much as you would imagine. When I first tried it, I wasn’t convinced, but was happy to give it another go. Now, a week on and I really rather like it. It’s not been banished to the rubbish heap of forgotten grooming products. It’s found a permanent place in the bathroom. You can find it in a number of spots on the internet, but mine came directly from the Grooming Clinic. Never heard of …

SenSpa launches in Waitrose

SenSpa launches in Waitrose

SenSpa launches in Waitrose much to the delight of fans of the spa. Based at Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst in the New Forest its very popular on the spa circuit. Like a number of other big players in the spa market, SenSpa has created its own range of spa products which are now available on the high street in Waitrose right across the UK. Made in the UK, the SenSpa Body Therapy Range has been formulated to be as clean as possible – 97% natural with no harsh chemicals or ingredients such as parabens, mineral oils, SLS and artificial fragrances. There has also been no animal testing or animal ingredients. SenSpa Body Therapy Range launch The SenSpa Body Therapy Range is divided into four categories these include Bath, Shower/Scrub, Body and Hands each with three main fragrances of Relaxing, Nourishing and Detox, all of which are made from 100% natural essential oils. The Relaxing fragrance contains organic Lavender with a beautiful blend of Patchouli, Geranium, Bergamot and Bensoin. The Nourishing fragrance contains organic Argan Oil …

The Great Elemis Giveaway

The Spa Man has teamed up with Elemis for a super-special giveaway to celebrate a weekend of Elemis on QVC this November – from midnight on the 16th and all day on the 17th. Not only is the brand launching the new Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath, it will be offering two special gift sets at incredible prices. The Indulgent Face and Body Collection (QVC price is under £40 which saves you over £85) and the Men’s Face and Body Essentials Collection (worth over £85 but will be exclusively available on QVC for a jaw-dropping value of £38.64). THE GREAT ELEMIS GIVEAWAY We have 5 sets of each of these sets to giveaway, so:   5 x Indulgent Face and Body Collection Which includes: • Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml • NEW Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 30ml • NEW Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm 15ml • Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream 200ml • Frangipani Monoi Body Oil 35ml   AND       5 x Men’s Face and Body Collection Full size products in a black lightweight wash bag …

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Candle

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Candle has been my saviour over the past few weeks. It’s citrus based, uplifting and ever so spa-like. It takes around 15 minutes for the scent to infuse the air with a light blend of citrus oils of grapefruit and petitgrain. It’s a great combination which revives the spirit and soul. The centre piece of my home spa experience – to spa at home requires a warm bath, some bath oil and a fabulous candle. A simple church candle or a cheapie from IKEA will do the trick – and don’t get me wrong, I have a store cupboard full and use them around the house and in the bathroom. But if you want to really do it properly, I suggest you invest in an essential oil based candle from a top notch brand. You might pay more, but the results are a hundred times better.  Aromatherapy Associates Revive Candle really hits the spot. It’s elegant (can you say that about a candle?) so perfectly balanced and doesn’t have any pretence or …

Wingman

So, I was sent a full set of Wingman products recently. It’s suprisingly good and keenly priced at £3.49 and available from Tesco (and online). Wingman is a three in one product to shower, shampoo and shave. I was a bit sceptical as 3-in-1 products don’t always live up to the hype and cheap isn’t always cheerful when it comes to men’s grooming. It’s been around since 2009 and delivers a good product at a great price. I like the consistency of the gel. It’s thick enough so that it doesn’t drip all over the shower floor, it holds to the body so you can soap-up and was really rather good for shaving (this did surprise me). It’s a little bit too turbo charged with testosterone, but they are marketing it at a sporty, adventure seeking crowd. However, when it all boils down to it, this product does exactly what it promises. £3.49 www.worldofwingman.com

The Spa Man’s favourite shower gels

I can’t remember when we stopped using soap in the shower. I have memories of using soap still whilst at University in the early 90’s, but after that – I must have soon switched to shower gel. Coming in all shapes, sizes and scents, there are the good, bad and the ugly. It’s an important product as it’s quite often the first one you use in the shower, cleans you froom head to toe and has a big impact on you as you wake up. Get it right – it’s going to be a good day. Get it wrong, well I’ll leave that up to you. Here’s a round up of my favourite ones that I have been trialling over the past few months.   Thalgo Men Wake Up Shower Gel This has a lilght marine-like scent, is blue in colour (I quite like that) and evokes thoughts of the sea. It foams reasonably well, cleans in an instant and doesn’t require any extra effort. Thalgo Men Wake Up Shower Gel is boosted as it’s …

Holiday in Greece

I holiday in Greece every year, it’s where I truly relax and always feel supremely happy there, so the launch of ‘Holiday in Greece’ Travel set from Korres was like being treated to a mini-break. The cover shot alone instantly transports you to Santorini (which, if you have never been is a must-visit destination). Korres Holiday in Greece contains mini-travel sizes of Aloe &Dittany Shampoo, Basil Lemon Shower Gel, Basil Lemon Body Milk, Guava Shower Gel and Guava Body Butter. With scents and textures that personify the Greek experience, this is a great little travel set. If you have never tried Korres before – do it now. And it’s easy with the new Holiday in Greece set. £19, available from www.FeelUnique.com

Bodhi Ginger Brew

THE STORY: I nearly fell over when I took a whiff of this. OK that might be a bit dramatic, I love ginger and was excited to try this new launch – but seriously, if you love ginger – Bodhi Ginger Brew should be on your Christmas list, Birthday list and top of your shopping list too. It’s potent, packs a ginger punch and maintains this without any hint of a synthetic or manufactured smell. That’s no mean easy thing. An inferior brand would have delivered up a sickly sweet or chemically induced product. But no, not Bodhi. Designed to relieve muscular aches and pains it’s a potent blend of Plai, Galangal, Turmeric and Ginger oils. Inspired by traditional Thai massage techniques, this aromatherapeutic blend of essential oils helps to alleviate physical and mental stresses.  Ginger oils help reduce inflammation and soothe muscle aches and pains. It’s penetrates the skin quickly and is hydrating at the same time. THE SCIENCE: Plai –  Grown wild in Thailand, this uplifting oil is highly regarded for its analgesic, …

Terraké Men Anti-fatigue Shower Gel

THE STORY: Terraké is a spa brand that is one to watch. Not that well-known at the moment, but you will find it in some great spas including Stoke Park. I’ve had a spa treatment by Terraké – brilliant. I’ve recently have been trialling the Anti-fatigue Shower Gel for Men. It’s got quite a thick consisitency – almost like honey – but this is not sticky at all – it lathers up well, has a mild spicy fragrance and lasts forever. As you can only squeeze a small amount each time – it doesn’t come running out everywhere. So, you only use what you need. Genuis. THE SCIENCE: Contains Magnesium for energising vitality THE VERDICT: I really like the consistency and smell – it’s got my vote. THE DETAILS: £22.45 Stockist info: 020 7512 0872

Champneys Mineral Detox Bath Salts

THE STORY: Champneys Mineral Detox Collection was inspired by the popular Thalassotherapy treatment available at Champneys Spas. There are four products in the collection enriched with sea minerals and seaweed extracts to help detoxify the skin. I decided to give the Mineral Detox Bath Salts a go. It’s quite a potent smell and slightly sickly and synthetic. Once you mix it into a bath, it’s not so strong, but not my favourite. THE SCIENCE: The bath salts are formulated with a blend of seaweed extract and sea salt to help detoxify, leaving your skin feeling cleansed, smooth and refreshed. It’s said to have scents of patchouli, lemon peel oil and orange oil that are designed to revive and refresh. I got a lemony scent. THE VERDICT: Sadly, I wouldn’t bathe in it again. Sorry, thumbs down for this one. THE DETAILS: £8 www.boots.com

Eyre BioBotanics Hand & Body

THE STORY: I’ve had this sample of Eyre BioBotanics Fusion Hand & Body Moisturiser on the shelf looking at me for ages. It’s in a pump pack (split into two chambers) which, to be honest, I thought was a bit of a gimmick. You pump the lid down and the cocoa butter and light gel come out together, you then mix them up as you rub into the skin. I still think its a bit of a gimmick – but agree, it’s a great hydrating moisturiser – particularly for the elbows and knees. It’s got quite a nice smell too. Light, fresh and really gets to work on dry skin. THE SCIENCE: The light gel is rich in refreshing Aloe Vera and Vitamin C whilst the cream contains Sea Buckthorn Berry and Cocoa Butter to condition and nourish. Boosted with Amino acids, Lycopene and Vitamin B5 it will leave your skin feeling energised and refreshed. Polysaccharides from Certified Organic Aloe Vera are a type of carbohydrate that stimulate skin repair and support the natural healing …