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Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Guerlain Spa Opening at The Plaza Hotel

Guerlain Spa Opening at The Plaza Hotel

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Guerlain Spa at The Plaza Hotel

Guerlain Spa at The Plaza Hotel

This spring the Guerlain Spa officially moved from the Waldorf Astoria New York to a new home at The Plaza Hotel. Currently in its soft opening phase, the spa’s grand opening is scheduled for October 2017

Continuing to provide NYC with an unrivaled spa experience, the new space will offer Guerlain’s signature menu of visible-results facials and luxurious body treatments, including the Orchidée Imperial CURE Facial, Abeille Royale Expert Treatment and the 4-Hand Impériale Relaxing Massage.

Highlights include:

–         Treatment Rooms: Each of the 11 customized treatment rooms (including a VIP couples suite) can be personalized with guests’ individual music preferences. A separate mani/pedi studio can be booked for private services.

–         Spa Au Revoir: Guerlain’s “Spa Au Revoir” service includes complimentary shoe shine, garment steaming and make-up refresher with every treatment.

–         Boutique: The spa boutique offers the exquisite skincare, fragrance and make-up of Guerlain Paris. Make-up application services are also available.

–         Group Wellness: Upon the official grand opening, the Guerlain Spa will offer a Group Wellness program for wellness-focused meetings and events.

–         Weddings: Ideal for pre-wedding pampering, bachelorette bashes and mini-moons, The Guerlain Spa is partnering with Warren Tricomi Salon at The Plaza to offer an exclusive menu of bridal spa and salon services that will launch upon the spa’s official grand opening.

 

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Health and Wellness, News, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?

How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?

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How Do I Choose And Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are Nature’s gift to mankind. A multitude of qualities has made essential oils make their way into cosmetics, healthcare and more. But to enjoy their benefits, knowing how to use and choose them is extremely important.

Firstly, the choice of oil depends on the purpose for which it will be used. Next, its purity and therapeutic value are essential to stay safe and reap the effectiveness. Once you have bought the right essential oil, next step is to use it properly for the problem you need to address.

Let’s take a look in the ways essential oils are used to help you make a decision.

  • A direct application on the skin
  • Inhalation
  • Sprays and Bathing
  • Compresses and more.

Applying Topically – For applying essential oils topically you must know your skin type. Some of the essential oils for topical use are:

  1. Neat oils – The oils that can be applied without any diluter are the neat oils. Because of their mild chemistry, they are not harmful for the skin. Frankincense, lavender, melissa and sandalwood are good examples of neat oils.
  2. Dilute or sensitive – Those oils which need to be diluted with carrier oil before use. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and peppermint are examples of dilute topical oils.

How to Use

  • Always dilute the essential oil first, then apply it on your skin.
  • Massage the essential oil on your joints, muscles and relax your body. While applying on arms and legs, massage in upward direction, move hands gently over the spine and the sensitive areas.
  • Choose mild, non-irritating oils for topical use. Beware of adulterated, re-distilled and rectified essential oils.

Inhalation  – Inhalation is a fast and secure method of using essential oils. This is an excellent method of relief from stress and anxiety, as well as respiratory issues. Some of the most effective essential oils for inhaling are:

  1. Lavender – Use to release nervous tension, to fight anxiety and depression.
  2. Chamomile – It improves digestion and leaky gut.

How to Use

  • Direct palm inhalation – Take 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, add a diluter and rub it gently on your palms before inhaling it.
  • Diffusers – The easiest way to inhale essential oil is to use candle diffusers. Take a heat-resistant vessel and pour a little water and essential oil before heating it over a candle. This will diffuse the aroma.
  • While choosing essential oils for inhalation, beware of synthetic fragrances. They are not good for you.

Bath – It is the most popular and effective way of using essential oils. Use it to increase circulation, alleviate stress, tension, insomnia, menstrual spasms and more. The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them with emulsifiers like milk or sesame oil. Essential oils that can be used for bathing are:

  1. Lemon and Sweet Orange – It benefits all skin types and lightens up the mood.
  2. Frankincense – It soothes the skin and is the best known stress buster.  Jasmine, rose and sandalwood are effective as bathing essential oils.

How to Use

  • While choosing essential oils for bathing, choose the one that has a calming and gentle effect on the skin and also suits your skin type. If you have a sensitive skin, test it before applying.
  • Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of carrier oil, then add the mixture to the bath water. OR add 5 drops of essential oil to a cup of milk and pour it into your bath water.
  • Using it overtly can cause skin irritation.

Compresses

These are highly effective for both emergency first aid and pain relief. Compresses can be applied with pressure on specific body parts. It supports the body against infections. Essential oils that can be used for compresses are:

  1. Grapefruit essential oil – If you are feeling stressed and tired, use grapefruit oil to enhance positivity and power.
  2. Fennel essential oil – It reduces and prevents spasms in the gut. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties are good for healing wounds and infections. Defense Pure Essential Oils also provide protection against bacteria causing infections.

How to Use

  • To select an essential oil for compress use, look at its therapeutic properties first.
  • Add 10 drops of selected essential oil in 9 oz of water. Soak and then wrap.
  • Use cold water for sprains, insect bite and headache and hot water for boils, cystitis and dysmenorrhea.

Parting Thoughts

Essential oils are good, but only when you know how to choose and use them. It’s also import to take some precautions.

  • Use pure essential oils only;
  • Do not use internally;
  • Know that they can be harmful for the eyes and mucous membrane;
  • Don’t use them for kids;
  • Don’t use citrus oils if you are going to venture outside in a while.

 

Author Bio:

Amanda Dawson is a fitness coach with a Master’s degree. Her passion revolves around encouraging others rediscover their lifestyle and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle. Her keen interest in health can be seen in her writing. You can read her views on the use of tea tree oil soap, body wipes and sports-specific products.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Bargains, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Dominican Republic: Sublime Samana Opens New Spa

Dominican Republic: Sublime Samana Opens New Spa

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 Coconut Whispers Spa incorporates indigenous coconut in ancient energy balancing treatments

Nestled between the palm-tree dotted shore and the gentle beach of Playa Cosón, Sublime Samana is reminiscent of paradise. With a brand new spa, called Coconut Whispers, Sublime’s spa provides an unparalleled atmosphere, experience and a new offering in the Samaná Peninsula. The coconut, the most abundant fruit in the region, is a manifestation of this local, natural environment in this spa’s palm-filled sanctuary. This unusual 5,382 square foot spa redefines paradise, delivering a spiritual experience.

Serene and secluded, Sublime Samana is beautifully situated on the Samana Peninsula, the Dominican Republic’s northeastern coast. One of the islands most lush regions, it is abundant with coconut groves, tropical forests, birdlife, flora and fauna and large, protected national parks. Sublime Samana is set in a breathtaking alcove overlooking endless turquoise waters, with a crystalline white sandy beach.

A Soothing Retreat

Using ancient and modern techniques gathered over many generations, Sublime merges the two worlds into Coconut Whispers. As soon as the guest enters the indoor retreat filled with orchids and rustic decor, they are immersed in a soothing and restful experience. Enclosed in wood and nature, they are transported to a place where no rain or harsh sun can find them.

“We wanted to create a spa that rejuvenates both the body and the spirit. Our techniques make the best of both worlds, equalizing these two elements. Stress isn’t just felt in the body, but as mental and spiritual anguish as well. In Coconut Whispers, we utilize our natural environment with therapies that are soul deep,” explained Azucena Montes, the Spa Director.

Coconut Whispers Signature Treatment

The signature treatment, Coconut Whispers, awakens all five senses, interweaving aromas, tastes and textures to renew the self and spirit. The coconut symbolizes resilience, fortitude and inner peace. Many of the ingredients derived from the coconut give the guest a full experience from head to toe. A coconut salt and herb mixture, comprised of rosemary, rue, mint, and basil, exfoliates the skin, and afterwards a coconut water rinse soothes it. Aromatic incense wafting in air eases the spirit. Seawater, brought from the ocean, rinses the guest after they’ve been scrubbed. Finally, a coconut oil massage releases any remaining knots in the body. This treatment unites the body with nature and rebalances it with natural local ingredients from the region.

Realigning Energies

Using the ancient techniques of Mesoamericans, the coconut is the main ingredient for realigning the chakras — the energy points within the body. A massage from the base of the spine to the crown cleanses the weary tensions accumulated from busy lifestyles. Even the circular cabins were designed to drawn upon the strong energies of the earth and to stimulate a sense of peace.

Seek New Adventures

Coconut Whispers is offering traditional treatment used across Latin America, the Temazcal, which embraces the guests as a mother does her child in the womb.  Our palm-filled haven is the first spa in the Caribbean to offer guests an ancient tradition, the Temazcal, built from brick and wood.

Upon entering this structure, a vapor shower opens the pores, and all the toxins are released, purifying the body and soul. All the negative energies of the body are excreted relaxing the muscles and elevating joint tension. At the end, seawater bathes the body to calm the soul and cleanse any lasting energy blocks.

Our spa has a new twist on the traditional Temazcal experience by also offering guests full treatments inside.  Guests emerge from the Temazcal cleansed, refreshed and with a new sense energy.

Coconut Whispers offers an authentic Samaná experience. As the finishing touch to every treatment, all guests are offered coconut water to drink straight from the coconut itself which replenishes the soul and rejuvenates the mind.

For further information and reservations visit the webitse or call (888) 896-9416. If you’re interested please visit the spa menu for more information about the  spa treatments.

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Aspire–For “Barely There” Eyewear

Aspire–For “Barely There” Eyewear

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Aspire frames are lighter, thinner and more pliable than any other frames I've seen.

Aspire frames are lighter, thinner and more pliable than any other frames I’ve seen.

Jewelry for your face

When I started wearing eyeglasses at the age of 8, very much against my will, I hated the ugly utilitarian frames and took them off whenever I could manage to see, albeit myopically, without the correction.

When comfortable contact lenses became available, I jumped on that solution and used them for years.

And then a couple of strange things happened. I got older (again very much against my will). Presbyopia set in, which meant that if I wanted to see things (like restaurant menus) close up, I had to put on a pair of drugstore readers. And even stranger, I found that I actually looked better and younger when I was wearing a pair of really great-looking glasses.

So out went the contacts. I bought animal print glasses big, bold prescription sunglasses, plastic frames, titanium frames, etc. All had good points, all had one or two flaws. The great-looking plastic frames were often heavy and left groove marks on my nose. The titanium frames often lacked style.

And now came Aspire Eyewear, in both optical and sun-glass frames that were lighter, thinner, stronger and more pliable than anything I’d ever seen. According to the numbers, these frames were 50 percent thinner than a typical acetate frame, 50 percent lighter than a typical acetate frame – and even 22 percent lighter than a typical titanium frame!

When I had the opportunity to try one of those frames, I couldn’t wait to see how it would look and feel with my prescription lenses. I wasn’t disappointed. I chose the style called “Remarkable,” which was described as “A true conversation piece, Remarkable is a perfect P3 shape offering a unique keyhole bridge design and very thin stainless steel temples. A men’s style that works for women, too. Available in tortoise, hunter and crystal.” I chose the hunter color, which was very dark—almost black.

I had my prescription filled very quickly—the same day, actually—at Union Square Optical in New York City. I chose that optician because they carry Aspire frames, and I thought they would be knowledgeable and well-equipped to offer quick service.

When I tried my glasses on for the first time, they looked terrific and they delivered on that “barely there” promise. As they sat a little high on my face, the optician simple adjusted the (proprietary) anti-slip nose pad—and voila! Perfect. (I should mention that the nose pad never, ever leaves dent marks on my nose.

Needless to say I’ve had my share of compliments with these glasses, and in addition to being attractive and lightweight, they are also sturdy.  As they have a seamless hinge, something I’d not seen before, there will never be a need to replace screws that have fallen out.

So what’s the story behind this unusual eyewear?

Aspire frames by ClearVision Optical are created with SDN-4, a specially designed hypoallergenic nylon material proprietary to the brand; it is heat-resistant, has “shape memory” and will not fade in UV exposure. The frames are not injection molded, but created with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to produce unique shapes and a dazzling array of color possibilities. That makes Aspire Eyewear “wearable technology.”

The brand asks the eyeglass wearer: “Who Do You Aspire To Be?” It references popular trends, classic motifs, and advanced architectural aesthetics to appeal to different personality types when designing its initial collection of 12 styles for men and women, as well as three sunglasses styles.

Each of the 36 frames and 5 temple designs in the collection are detachable, giving the wearer the opportunity to further personalize their own eyewear. The Aspire Eyewear logo is placed inside the frame of each pair of glasses, because the label feels it shares creative responsibility with the wearer.

Aspire Eyewear is carried nationwide.  http://aspireeyewear.com/    Suggested retail pricing ranges from $249.99-$289.99

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer to Feature L’Occitane Bath Amenities

Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer to Feature L’Occitane Bath Amenities

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Bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line

Bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line

The world’s most luxurious ship, Regent‘s Seven Seas Explorer, will feature an exclusive collection of bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line, becoming the first cruise ship to offer complimentary amenities from this exclusive line of products.  The new L’Occitane products will serve as the standard amenity for all suites onboard Seven Seas Explorer.

The Mer & Mistral line is part of L’Occitane’s La Collection de Grasse assortment, inspired and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France.  This collection of products celebrates L’Occitane’s French Provencal roots by bringing together fresh aquatic notes blended with an aromatic chord of pine, cypress and rosemary. The complimentary Mer & Mistral collection of exclusive amenities from L’Occitane will initially be available only on Seven Seas Explorer, but will roll out on the remainder of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet of all-suite luxury vessels this summer.

Included in the exclusive Seven Seas Explorer collection are 75 ml bottles of L’Occitane shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, body lotions, and fresh soaps. In addition, guests will receive a complimentary 100-ml bottle of Lavender Liquid Foaming Bath, in which the fresh and delightful fragrance contains lavender oil from Provence. Guests will realize all relaxing benefits of lavender captured in this rich formula that generously foams in the bath and leaves skin clean, supple and delicately scented.

“It’s imperative, that down to our amenities, Seven Seas Explorer conveys the highest level of luxury,” said Jason Montague, president and COO for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “This partnership demonstrates our dedication to providing guests with the most upmost, luxurious level of excellence, and we’re thrilled to have L’Occitane as part of our exclusive collection of amenities.”

The newest member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, Seven Seas Explorer has been hailed as the most luxurious ship ever built. Carrying only 750 guests, it boasts one of the highest space ratios in the cruise industry and features extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces and lavish gourmet restaurants. The luxury liner’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 20, 2016, and will spend its inaugural season in Europe before heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.

 

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Bargains, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Offers Mother’s Day Package

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Offers Mother’s Day Package

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Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Celebrates Mom with Spa and Brunch package

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa celebrates mothers and mothers-to-be with a special spa package that will be available throughout the month of May and a beachside outdoor brunch on Sunday, May 8.
Mother’s Day Seaside Brunch – On Sunday, May 8 Executive Chef Michael Poompan dishes out an exciting outdoor brunch on the property’s picturesque Bayside Lawn, which boasts an exceptional view of the San Diego skyline. Featuring a variety of menu options, including a Wellness Station complete with Greek Yogurt and a selection of toppings, Farmer’s Market Fruit Jars and Bananas with Almond and Flax Seeds, and seasonal vegetables, the nutrient packed brunch is designed to renew physical and mental energy for busy moms. Additional menu highlights include, Cider Glazed Chicken Breast, Baja Grouper, Braised Local Octopus and a Carving Station featuring Slow Roasted Pork Leg and Smoked Trip-Tip with Maple Bourbon Sauce.
The Coronado Island Marriott Mother’s Day Brunch is held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm., and is priced at $75 per adult, and $35 for children 12 and under.  For reservations, call: 619.522.3193 or book on OpenTable.com.
Mom and Me Rejuvenation Spa Package – The brand new Spa at Coronado Island Resort & Spa features a special “create your own” Mother’s Day Spa Package for two. Each guest can select among a 50-minute massage, body treatment or facial. The package also includes parking, lunch for two at the Spa Café and two complimentary glasses of champagne. In the Spa Café, moms and their guests enjoy conscious cuisine, and can create their own Wellness Bento Box, which can be customized with an array of different sides, proteins, healthy sandwiches and entrées; the Spa Menu also features pitaya bowls and cold pressed juices.
The Mom and Me Rejuvenation Spa Package is priced at $280 for two people ($360 value) and is available from May 1 until May 31. Appointments can be booked by calling, The Spa at Coronado Island at 619.522.3043.
About Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa: There is a certain life altering energy the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. Away from the crowds, on the quiet side of California’s famed Coronado Island, it is a seaside destination that possesses an air of seclusion. The resort features three floors with 273 rooms, 27 suites, 23 meeting rooms with 25,000 square feet of total event space, two restaurants, outdoor pool and whirlpool, the brand new Spa Coronado and state-of-the-art fitness center, scheduled to open April 2016. The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa provides nearby access to popular San Diego attractions including, Balboa Park, PETCO Park and the San Diego Zoo, and is located at 2000 Second St. in Coronado. For information, visit the website or call 1-619-435-3000.
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