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Confessions from Ada Polla – Alchimie Forever

I raised my face to the beaming Tucson sun with confidence that my skin was protected from its energizing and warming rays. With daily outdoor activities, and gazing at the morning sky, it only made sense to pack one of my travel essentials, Alchimie Forever’s Daily Defense Cream, during my trip to Arizona last Fall.  A botanical UV ray defense and moisturizer packed with Vitamins C and E, and Alchimie’s signature ingredient, the blueberry.   

I first met Alchimie Forever’s CEO, Ada Polla, during a Washington Spa Alliance event in Washington, DC.  Our paths have crossed several times since then, and her welcoming spirit and warm smile are just as inspiring as the poetic messages that grace the packaging of her skin care products.

With 2016 being the best year yet for Alchimie Forever, and after trying the products and learning more about the brand, I just had to get Ada’s “confessions” on business, skin care, lifestyle choices, beauty misconceptions, and more!

 al·che·my (feminine noun):
a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

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“Confessions from Ada Polla”

There are a lot of skincare companies out there, what is the most unique thing about Alchimie Forever that sets you apart from the crowd.

What sets Alchimie Forever apart from other brands is first and foremost my father, Dr. Luigi L. Polla, Switzerland’s top dermatologist. The products are based on his 30+ years of clinical experience treating skin, and his very anti-inflammatory approach to skin aging. Our formulations are results-oriented, but always anti-inflammatory (this is from our post-procedure origins). Inflammation accelerates aging, and aggressive skin care products lead to inflammation. Our products are effective and results-driven, but also feature calming ingredients. The second thing that sets our products apart is our commitment to clean formulations. Rather than being 100% natural (after all, poison ivy is natural, do you want that on your skin?!), we feature formulations that are free of the ingredients you don’t want to see on a label, and also gluten-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and cruelty-free.

“Rather than being 100% natural (after all, poison ivy is natural, do you want that on your skin?!), we feature formulations that are free of the ingredients you don’t want to see on a label, and also gluten-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and cruelty-free.”

 

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Ada Polla, CEO of Alchimie Forever|Photo from Adamant About Beauty

Some consumers want quick fixes, instant results, and perfect skin overnight.  While ideal, this is not always practical. Yet, consumers may move on from product to product looking for that instant gratification.   What length of time do you suggest individuals give a new skin care regimen time to work before anticipating visible results?

One of my favorite quotes is “Overnight success takes 20 years.” I feel the same about skin care. There is no such thing as perfect skin overnight. Perfect skin comes from daily skin care practices. I always recommend people to approach skin care the way they do oral care. You don’t wait to have cavities to brush your teeth twice daily; you don’t wait to have rotting teeth to go to the dentist at least annually. Skin care should be the same – don’t wait to have bad skin, old-looking skin, to take care of it. Don’t wait to have skin care issues to go see your dermatologist and aesthetician. Prevention is the name of the game.

Which Alchimie products would you say provide the most immediate results (that instant gratification) versus those that require more long-term use for lasting results?

All of our products provide instant gratification – the gratification of using a product that feels good, smells good, and makes you feel better. Some results are immediate (cleansed skin, hydrated skin, more supple or softer skin), while other results take more time (4-8 weeks), such as filling in fine lines and minimizing a brown spot.

 

“There is no such thing as perfect skin overnight. Perfect skin comes from daily skin care practices.”
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Photo courtesy Alchimie Forever|www.alchimie-forever.com

I received several weird emoji’s and comments from friends/followers when I posted pics of the Alchimie Forever’s “Pigment Lightening Serum”.  I think the product name raised a few eyebrows and led individuals to make misleading assumptions. With a disheartening and controversial trend of darker skinned individuals bleaching or using harmful chemicals on their skin in order to become “lighter” or fit into a false sense of what beauty is based on skin color, this raises concern on the intent behind certain products offered in the beauty industry.   Could you speak on your thoughts regarding skin lightening/bleaching/whitening, and clear up any misconceptions about what the Pigment Lightening Serum is for versus what “it is not”?

Honestly, while I understand this question, it also makes me sad. Overall, we have always marketed our skin care line to all skin types, and all skin tones, and believe in being inclusive, not exclusive. Specifically, the Pigment lightening serum is meant to even out pigmentation and minimize brown spots – this regardless of skin tone. This is not a product to whiten the skin (it on purpose does not say whiten or bleach), but to deal with uneven pigmentation. All skin types and all skin tones suffer from uneven pigmentation. The non-hydroquinone ingredients that help with brown spots (including vitamin C, alpha-arbutin, and citrus extract) work specifically on areas with higher-than-normal melanin concentrations – so that you are minimizing dark spots exclusively. This is however a product to use on the entire face and neck, not “just” on brown spots, as we all have brown spots forming under our epidermis, there but not yet visible to the naked eye.

“We have always marketed our skin care line to all skin types, and all skin tones, and believe in being inclusive, not exclusive.”

If someone is new to Alchimie Forever and wants to find the best “starting line-up” for their skin, what would you recommend? 

My favorite start is always: cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream. These three products are the foundation of any good skin care regimen. I would recommend the following, based on skin type:

Normal – dry skin: Gentle cream cleanser, Kantic calming cream, Rejuvenating eye balm

Normal – oily skin: Purifying facial cleanser, Daily defense SPF23, Tightening eye contour gel

And then you add the extra steps, including our Pigment lightening serum daily, and our Gentle refining scrub and Kantic brightening moisture mask once per week.

 

Alchimie (feminine noun): 
the art of purifying the impure by imitating and accelerating the operations of nature in order to perfect the matter
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Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask|Photo courtesy Alchimie Forever

Skincare routines and products can be hindered, or even sabotaged by other lifestyle choices.  What lifestyle choices or daily habits do you feel individuals should make (or not make) to better enhance/improve the effects of a skincare regimen?

I just wrote about my favorite 15 Beauty Rules here: www.adamantaboutbeauty.com/15-beauty-rules/ . This addresses many of the lifestyle questions people always ask about. The most two important ones really are no smoking and no sunning / tanning. But everything makes a difference. No matter your lifestyle, however, a great skin care routine will always help!

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Interested in learning more about Alchimie Forever and trying their fabulous products for yourself?

Visit alchimie-forever.com and enjoy 20% off your shopping cart by using promo code“spabunny” at checkout! You also get free shipping and skin care samples with each order.

 

 

*Definition sources from:  Google and Dictionnaires de Francais Larousse

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Featuring Carita Paris at Four Seasons Washington

The Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC carries the luxurious Carita skincare line, a leader in anti-aging skin care products . Founded by the Carita sisters, well known hairdressers in Paris, they created a brand that symbolizes luxury and beauty that’s proven itself for over 60 years!

This brief  “60 seconds or less” Confessions of a Spa Bunny video highlights my introduction to Carita and exhibits a style reflective of the history and luxury feel behind the brand.

“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Top 10 “Time-Out”Gifts for the Holidays

So it’s the “eve” of Christmas Eve, and many of you may still be shopping for those last minute gifts for family and friends (or even for yourself).     I don’t get overly involved in Christmas shopping anymore, as I buy enough things throughout the year, and like to share special items with friends and family when I discover them, versus waiting for a particular day of the year to do so.

As such, figured I’d do a quick list to feature some items and activities I’ve enjoyed recently, and they may just be the right last minute gift idea you were looking for.  Most of these items are fairly easy to find or create, inexpensive, and can be picked up at that 11th hour before stores start closing their doors for the holidays.

Believing that individuals should take the time to take a “time-out”, each of these gift ideas allows you (or your gift recipient) to do just that.  Whether its for 5 minutes or 50 minutes, I’ve integrated these things into my life in 2015 to stimulate my mind, take care of my body, and nourish my soul.

Hope you will enjoy a spa bunny “time-out” during the holidays and in the New Year to come!

The Confessions of a Spa Bunny Top 10″Time-Out” Gift Ideas:

imageAlluring Aromatherapy – I’m so in love with aromatherapy, and can always find a scent to match my mood, lift my mood, and combat whatever ails me.   Essential oils (EO) offer you so many health benefits, from easing a headache (peppermint oil), to invoking a sense of calm (lavender), helping you breath easier (eucalyptus), or helping your mind focus (rosemary).  I’ve moved beyond just using oils topically  My favorite EO brand is 21 drops for applying topically, as it is already pre-blended in 100% organic Jojoba oil to a safe and effective concentration.  I throw them in my purse and can use throughout the day as needed.

My latest obsession however, is with aromatherapy diffusers.  Little machines that allow you to place pure essential oils in them (do not use oils already blended with a carrier in your diffuser), and the resulting

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Aromatherapy Diffusers at Marshall’s

scent is diffused into the air.  Some require water, some don’t.  Some require an electrical outlet, and some are portable and powered by batteries.  There are even some designed especially for your car!  The fancier offer color and/or sound therapy as an additional feature.  The type of diffuser you choose is up to you, but most are very easy to use.  They all have the same goal in mind:  allowing you to experience the benefits of aromatherapy through unconscious inhalation, as the selected scent magically fills your room or office.  Beats the chemical laden air fresheners that are sold by many manufacturers, and causes more harm than good.  I’ve tried several and must say my favorite is palm-sized portable diffuser by Spa Room that runs on AA batteries and uses an essential oil absorbing pad which you can layer with one scent or multiple scents to create your own customized blend.   You can find aromatherapy oils and diffusers online at places like Amazon or Puritans Pride, or in your local home goods stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Ross.

 

Invoking Childlike Creativity – Word on the street is adult coloring books are the next best thing to meditation.  While I can’t attest to the validity of that statement at this time, I did recently provide attendees from my last  Confessions of a Spa Bunny”time-out” event with their own mandala coloring book and a set of coloring pencils.  One night I picked a page and started coloring in my book – a design with lots of parrots in trees – Jungle Wonders I believe was the theme of this particular book.   I did not feel the 2015-12-23 23.07.31same sense of calm as meditation, but it did take my mind off of anything else I may have been pondering on before I started.  It allowed me to focus in the moment on that parrot and what color his next feather would be.  Definitely a great gift for keeping your mind sharp and sparking that creativity you may not have otherwise brought to life.    The types of books and designs in them seem endless, so find one that speaks to you and give it a try.   I found my book and supplies at Five Below, but have also seen them in Barnes & Nobles, and Dollar General.

Spa Pedicure & Chill – This past Saturday night, I gathered all my pedicure products and had me a good ole at-home spa pedicure night.  Whether you want to give the pedicure or let the individual do their own, it really dimageoesn’t take much to create a basket full of pampering goodies for your feet!  Whether you buy a spa pedicure machine, or just pour hot water in a large pot or tub, the desired effect can still be created.   Visit your local Walgreens, CVS, or spa boutique, and pick up some nail files/clippers, buffers, body or foot scrub, moisturizing lotion, fuzzy socks, and nail polish.  You can take it a step further and create a more organic and detoxifying foot soak by adding fresh lemon, essential oils, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar to the water.  Light some candles or turn on that aromatherapy diffuser to further create a relaxing spa-like environment.  Proceed to meditate, put on a Netflix movie, or start that book you’ve been wanting to read while you let those toes soak and chill.  A perfect winter “time-out” whether you are solo or if you make it a pedicure pampering party for two.

Motivating Mindfulness– How often does one stop to live in the imagemoment?  To recognize the beauty around you, to put that thought to paper, to set intention into your day, or to just say thanks for all the things you are grateful for.    Find gifts that inspire, that invoke these feelings of gratitude.   Whether its a journal inscribed with an inspirational message, a book of mindful quotes, a scenic picture of nature, a spiritual symbol, or cards printed with positive words and affirmations which you can reflect on throughout the day, sometimes it just takes a small momentum to motivate mindfulness throughout your day.

Cozy Therapy – There’s nothing like coming home from a long day at work, getting a shower, making a cup of tea and winding down with a warm neck wrap. you’d be surprised how much tension you carry in your neck, back, and shoulders throughout the day.  A little hot neck wrap therapy can do wonders!  These also come in many varieties, and for different areas of your body.  You have your traditional neck wraps, which you can heat in the microwave (or with a towel warmer), or some styles require an electrical outlet, but provide continuous heat without the need to reheat.  Then you also have larger body wraps that cover larger portions of your targeted area,  cozy socks that can also be heated for those tired feet, as well as eye masks and warming wrist wraps.  I’ve seen them all.  For kids (or big adult kids), they even have stuffed animals that actually turn into heated buddies that you can warm up and cuddle  with at night. Some of the electric or battery operated ones add the element of massage, while others are infused with aromatherapy, so you get those benefits as well.  Most  can be served cold to relieve different ailments (by placing in the freezer for a designated time period) thus serving as both a heat and ice pack in one gift.  I always see these in my local Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Ross stores, as well as spa boutiques, online, and other department stores.2015-12-23 23.17.44

Music for the Soul – Sound can be so therapeutic.  Ever been having a bad day, then your favorite jam comes on the radio, and you totally forget all the negative things that were consuming your mind?  Somehow music gets into your bones, into your head, and into your soul.  It does allow you to dance like no one is watching, and most times you don’t even care if someone is.  Brighten a day with the sound of music.  Whether its buying a CD of a favorite artists, a subscription to unlimited music downloads or access via MP3, creating a customized playlist, buying an instrument, or gadgets to help enhance your music experience like speakers or headphones, the options are limitless for bringing sound therapy into your next “time-out” session.

Wine & Dine – I must say, until this past week, my wine experiences have been quite novice to say the least.  Usually sticking with white wines, a chardonnay or semi-sweet selection of some sort.  However, with recent holiday parties and festivities, I’ve broadened my palette and have grown

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Perfect for the Full Moon on Christmas!

rather fond of these sweet red wines I’ve been introduced to.   Having said that, when I went into the store to pick up some selections of my own, the array of choices was quite overwhelming.  One thing I did notice though was the bottles of wine looked like an art display themselves.  Each unique, classy, and eye catching in some capacity.  I picked one, not because I knew the wine, but for the captivating artwork alone, which felt so mysterious and wild!  It is then I realized what an experience one can create with the perfect bottle of wine, a nicely prepared meal (whether home-cooked or at a restaurant), some soothing tunes, and a moment to  take a nice deep breath and savor each sip as your taste buds have a time-out all their own.  A bottle of wine is a timeless gift, and can be found at your local alcoholic retail establishment, select grocery stores, and some bulk wholesalers like Sam’s Club/Costco.

 

Bringing Sexy Back – hey, it doesn’t matter if you have someone to show your sexy to or not, everybody (male and female) needs that article of clothing, undergarments, or lingerie that makes them feel oh so good!  Whether its a matching bra/panty set, a plush robe, some designer boxers, or a sexy sheet set, find those items that bring sexy back to yourself and to your bedroom.  I found a black lace set of bunny ears, that I just had to have, as it exuded a certain sexy spa bunny swag, paired with a lacy lingerie ensemble, and VIOLA!   Any department store or specialty lingerie boutique will have several options to choose from.  If you don’t know the exact size needed, just get a gift receipt for easy trades or a gift card with a customized note that indicates the gift they seek should help them find their sexy!

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Bra-la-la in Fulton, MD

 

Spa Day Surprises – Who doesn’t like a spa day?  Well, maybe there are those who don’t, and maybe there are those who don’t know if they do or not because they’ve never been, but I wouldn’t be the spa bunny I am today if I didn’t mention this in my list.  Spa days are so much more than massages.  Nowadays, your service options are endless, ranging from body treatments, facials, reflexology, holistic counseling, acupuncture, reiki, and much more (that’s not even taking into consideration spa amenities like the sauna and steam room offered at some locations).   Typically, there really is something for everybody at the right spa.

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Vichy Shower Treatment Room

 

Surprising someone with a spa day can sometimes be difficult, especially when trying to catch up with someone who has a busy schedule,  and not knowing with they are comfortable with, but most spas offer gift certificates!  This allows the individual to make an appointment that is convenient to them, and pick the services that appeal to them most.  Even better, some spas allow you to purchase gift certificates online – instant gratification – and you don’t even have to leave your house to retrieve the gift!   This may not be as inexpensive as the other options, but you can also catch some amazing spa deals at high-end luxury spas for a fraction of the cost on sites like Travelzoo, Spa Week, and Groupon to name a few (be sure to read all the fine print though when purchasing voucher deals).

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Spa Bunny enjoying Pure Vida in Costa Rica

 

Travel Bliss – nothing says a “time-out” like a getaway.  Whether its a tropical trip to a warm destination with a beach, a cozy retreat to a ski lodge, or a local overnight getaway to a B&B, time away from your normal surroundings always provides an opportunity for rejuvenation of some sort.  Check out deals on sites like Travelzoo, LivingSocial, Jetsetter, or your favorite hotel’s website to plan your next travel bliss escape.

I’ll be talking more about each of these “time-out” gifts on future Periscope broadcasts, and posting pictures on Instagram, so be sure to follow @confessspabunny.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

Toma’s Botanical Bug-Off: A “Confessions of a Spa Bunny” Summer Documentary

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I am what one would call a mosquito magnet, and to make matters worse, I feel that my backyard is as mosquito infested as it gets. Some days it’s so bad, I’ve actually considered offering bats a place of refuge in return for their pest control services.  When the warm weather hits, and normal people go outside to enjoy the change in seasons, I normally have to cover up in long sleeves and pants or ruin my whole summer outfit by covering it with the smells of toxic bug repellent.

In late Spring, during one of my visits to The Still Point Spa in Columbia, MD, I did my typical browsing of the spa boutique items and noticed a new addition to the Toma product line-up: “botanical bug-off”.  After reading the ingredients, and giving it a sniff, I decided “why not”, for only $9 it was worth giving it a shot.

This short video tells you a little bit about my latest find and what happened after 15 minutes in my backyard.

IMG_3998Since that initial “test”, I have toted the botanical bug-off around with me this summer to cookouts, waterfront dining, ballparks, pig roasts, outdoor movies, or anywhere that would require me to be outside and subject to the typical feeding frenzy mosquitoes choose to inflict upon me. Since the bottle comes with either a spray or lotion bottle top, I’ve also lathered the easy to glide-on and rub in solution on other willing participants who have been captivated by the smell of lemongrass, lavender, patchouli, and cedarwood.

I must say, I have thus far been pleased with the results, and have definitely noticed the days I do get bitten, are the days I have forgotten to put on this bug-off.   Though it doesn’t seem to deter gnats or flies from being a nuisance, I haven’t had to deal with the mosquito bite hives that usually sting, swell, and break-out on my body after I have been attacked by these often invisible creatures, and the days of uncomfortable scratching and itching that follow.   “Maybe the mosquitoes just aren’t out the days you use it”, is what I’ve often told myself, as it was hard to believe something that smelled so pleasant was really keeping one of my worst enemies at bay.  However, I knew this couldn’t be the case, as on more than one occasion, I’ve worn my gladiator sandals, and though I put the bug-off on my legs and arms, I didn’t bother to put it on my feet since I already had my shoes on.   Well, wouldn’t you know it, that on all those occasions, Mr. Mosquito decided to take advantage of my vulnerability and take a bite out of whatever uncovered skin he could get to between that sandal!!

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So far the spa bunny is in love with the Toma Botanical Bug-Off!  With proper and frequent usage, I think I can get through the summer with minimal mosquito and other bug bites, while utilizing what the label calls a “natural alternative to toxic bug repellents”.  I almost hate to brag too much about the product, as I don’t want it to sell out or be unavailable when I need to restock!  However, I bring you this “confession” as a way to help others who are looking for a natural bug-off solution that actually works so that you too can enjoy your summer bug bite free.

*The Still Point Spa has 3 locations in Maryland and Toma products are available online at:  http://tomaskintherapies.com/

“Confessions of a Spa Bunny” – Mother’s Day Spa Deal Round-Up

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Guess what I’ve worked on just for you? The spa bunny’s hand-picked round-up of some of the best “spa bunny approved” deals and specials for Mother’s Day in the DC Metro area, all in one handy list!  From spa days, spa getaways, and spa products, there’s surely something to please everyone!

Treat that special lady in your life: your mom, wife, sister, aunts, grandma, or book a pamper day for yourself!  Don’t worry if you haven’t picked up that special Mother’s Day gift yet, “Confessions of a Spa Bunny” is here to help.

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Salamander Resort & Spa – Middleburg, VA

Pamper mom with a Salamander Experience!  By far my favorite resort to retreat to in the area, is offering a Mother’s Day Weekend Getaway package—starting at just $425/night—includes a free spa gift and $200 credit* to spend how you like around the resort. It may be hard to choose with so many activities and events happening all weekend—from brunch to afternoon tea, mini-makeovers to Mother-Daughter yoga and spa specials to pasta making.

http://www.salamanderresort.com/experiences/seasonal-happenings/all-about-moms#mothers-day-getaway

Four Seasons Georgetown – Washington, DC

With a great offer from The Capitol Deal, that special lady can pick a day to enjoy a massage or facial with a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne, and access to the spa amenities, including the sauna, whirlpool, steam room, and relaxation areas, plus complimentary three-hour parking with prices starting at $119.  Details at: http://us2.nmb.ly/1f8ayy

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Fountains Day Spa – Alexandria, VA

Starting as low as $215, a variety of Mother’s Day Specials include a Sweet Beginnings package for expecting mom’s, a Day of Lavender package with includes a lavender body polish, mini massage, and facial.  Or go all out with the 4.5 hour Mother’s Day Retreat package which includes a mud wrap, combination massage, Ultra Hydradermie facial, and a catered lunch for a special price of $399Mother’s Day Gifts Certificates for these specials can be purchased anytime from now until May 17, 2015 at: http://fountainsdayspa.com/index.php/mothers-day-gifts/

Lorien Spa – Alexandria, VA

Located inside of the Lorien Hotel and Spa, for $219 enjoy an 80 min Cavier Dreams Facial, 50 min Lava Shell Massage with hot stone therapy, and access to the fitness center and complimentary valet parking. Details at: http://us2.nmb.ly/1f40xd

Spa Minerale at Lansdowne Resort – Leesburg, VA

A variety of spa specials and packages are being offered during the entire month of May for services Monday – Friday.  Highlights include an Antioxidant Manicure and Pedicure (105 Minutes for $100), a Luxury Spa Day Retreat which includes a Swedish Massage, Facial, Mani/Pedi, and Glass of Champagne (190 Minutes for $249).  More packages listed at: http://www.lansdowneresort.com/vacations/virginia-day-spa-packages

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Boutiques and Spa Products

Maybe she’s not into spa treatments, but loves those body creams, bath soaks, essential oils, teas, warm neck wraps, and other luxury spa products.   You can find a great selection of “pamper me” products at most spa boutiques and can freely browse and shop without having to book services. Some of my favorite locations, which have a wide variety of unique items to tickle anybody’s shopping preferences, include The Pearl Spa in Maple Lawn, MD (http://www.thepearlspa.com), tuanh boutique in Old Town Alexandria, VA (http://www.tu-anhboutique.com), The Still Point at Haven on the Lake (http://www.havenonthelake.org) in Columbia, MD, and Progressions Salon Spa Store (http://progressions.com) in Rockville, MD, and to my most recent discovery, local Marshall’s and TJ Maxx stores have a great selection of high-end discounted beauty and bath products!

Gift Certificates

Not sure which treatments that special lady will like best?  You can never go wrong with a spa gift certificate which will give allow them to pick their own treatments, and most gift certificates can also be utilized for spa boutique purchases so she can continue to reap the benefits of her spa benefit at home!

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Connect with the Spa Bunny

Rather have the “spa bunny” provide specialized concierge and spa buddy services for your mom or the next girl’s (or guys) spa day or getaway? No need trying to figure it out yourself,  get the most out of your spa adventures and email me at:  spabunny@hisincorporated.com for more details.

For more recommendations and information on spa gift ideas, spa education, spa getaways, and all things spa-related, connect with Confessions of a Spa Bunny on Facebook www.facebook.com/confessionsofaspabunny and Twitter @confessspabunny.  Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the spa bunny “confessions” which include “Confession 101: Losing Your Virginity”, “Confession 102: Butt Naked or Nah”, and much more at: www.confessionsofaspabunny.com.

A Wellness Rainshower with 21 Drops – Aromatherapy Modernized

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01, 02,03, 04…..21 colorful drops ignite my spirit.  Its more than just a product, it’s a total sensory experience.  From the visually enticing bottles, inhaling the earthy, flowery, natural scents, and feeling the oils permeate your being; to speaking the included bi-lingual affirmations aloud for reassurance to your own ear .  Awww (deep breath), you can almost taste the wellness though there is nothing to ingest.

I first encountered the 21 drops product line several years ago at one of my favorite local spas, The Pearl – Modern Spa & Boutique (http://www.thepearlspa.com) located in Fulton, MD.  The Pearl always showcases amazing products, and on this visit I was introduced to my first 21 drops bottle (Invigorate – 01).  These products are 100% natural and according to the 21 drops website:

“21 Drops captures the incredible power of the purest, most effective essential oils for our therapeutic blends, empowering you to Feel Better. Be Better.”

Since then, my drops inventory has increased substantially (especially since they really work), and I’m only a few bottles away from my own personal Blackjack – having tried all 21!  Of course, there are my repeat users, I hate to call them favorites, because they all serve a specific purpose, but the Immunity – 14, De-Stress – 11, and Headache – 05  blends seem to need re-ordering more frequently than others.

These compact 8.0 ml bottles, outfitted in their own custom jackets, are quite the social trendsetters.  Easy to throw in a purse or your pocket, and utilized by inhalation or topical application, my 21 drops have shown up at work/school (Focus – 09), on the airplane (Immunity – 14), at parties (Hangover – 04 ), walks in the park (Decongest – 15), during workouts (Willpower -19), and in my dreams (Sleep -18).  These aromatherapy oils have pretty much become a permanent part of my lifestyle. When faced with a decision on what to throw in that clutch purse for a night out, or a networking mix-n-mingle, it usually boils down to:  cellphone, keys, ID, lip gloss, money, and 21 drops!

I had the pleasure of meeting 21 drops creator and visionary, Cary Caster,  last year at “The Shift – A Movement Toward Absolute Wellness”, an event hosted at The Pearl – Modern Spa & Boutique.  Cary has a degree in Botany, and studied in Europe where she received her certification as an Advanced Clinical Aromatherapist.  Her “modern approach to aromatherapy” allows a whole new generation of individuals to easily incorporate alternative therapies into their lives.

From physical ailments to unconscious thoughts of the mind, these all natural essential oil therapies cover it all.  Whatever you need, there’s a drop for that! Like a rainstorm from nature, 21 drops shower you with wellness for your mind, body, and soul.  Umbrellas not required!  As the 21 drops website states:

“Simply:  Stop. Inhale. Transform.”

To learn more about this amazing product, and to join the 21 Drops Inner Circle (for rewards, perks, and insights on new products and events) check out the 21 drops website at:  http://www.21drops.com.   Enter “hisinc” in the coupon code at checkout to receive 15% off your first order!

India K. Robinson – Avid 21 Drops User