CALM Bath Salts

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As you might have guessed from my blog name, I’ve always found comfort in water. Oceans, pools, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and, maybe not surprisingly…baths! I’ve been in the market for new spa accessories for awhile so when I came across these bath salts from HERBIVORE I knew I had to try them

HERBIVORE has long been a favorite brand of mine, so I check in every few months to see what products should be next on my test list. I own several of the clay soaps, so I thought it would be a good idea to branch out into a new product. After reading reviews for a few different products, I decided to try out the CALM Bath Salts.

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One of my favorite things about HERBIVORE is their packaging. The brand has a very streamlined aesthetic and let’s the product speak for itself. I loved that the gorgeous hue of the crystals are visible through the bottle and add color to my bathroom without clashing with my other products.

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After a particularly stressful day, I decided to give the bath salts a try. I didn’t expect to be so impressed, but I can honestly say you should run to buy these bath salts. The scent is absolutely incredible, and my skin felt so soft after I toweled off! I used about a quarter of the bottle, and spent about 25 minutes soaking. By the time I was ready to get out, all the crystals had dissolved and the room was filled with relaxing steam. What more can you ask for?

Do you have a favorite spa product you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!

Jasmine Aroma Diffuser

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For me, one of the best parts about visiting a spa is aromatherapy. Even if I don’t incorporate it into my treatment, there’s just something about the air in spas that instantly relaxes me. I’ve been trying to recreate that feeling in my own home and I think I’ve found the answer!

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Growing up, my mom was a big fan of reed diffusers and our house always smelled like oranges. I wanted to find something similar that could permeate my space but didn’t smell as strongly. I finally settled on an essential oil diffuser! After reading a few different reviews on Amazon, I decided to go with the Jasmine Aroma Diffuser. The diffuser can run for up to 24 hours, works well with larger rooms, and has a setting that lets you manage scent levels by automatically switching between on and off modes.

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When it comes to aromatherapy, I love the idea of using essential oils because you can avoid the chemicals found in other scented products (like candles and sprays). I’ve always liked eucalyptus, but after reading a few different reviews about the effects of different scents, I decided to start with lavender and peppermint. I use peppermint in the mornings to start my day and re-energize, and lavender at nights to unwind! I’ve noticed a huge difference in my ability to transition from my busy days into more restful nights and I really think the diffuser is to thank. If you struggle leaving work at the office, or winding down at the end of the day, I’d highly recommend trying the Jasmine Aroma Diffuser. The brand sells several different products to fit a variety of spaces, which makes it easy to find the perfect diffuser for your home!

Have you ever tried bringing aromatherapy into your home? I’d love to hear about your experience. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what should be next on my “to try” list!

Bumble and Bumble

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I’m all for hair of the dog, but not when it comes to the top of my head. After a month of summer sand and sun, I noticed my mane was looking a little worse for the wear. I’ve always loved Bumble and Bumble products so I decided to browse for a few pick me ups. I’m super picky when it comes to hair products so I never buy full sized until I’ve tested out the product first. That means first time use is restricted to generous friends and sample sizes! In this case, I went with the sample sizes.

I settled on a few products from the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s line (all invisible oil products). I chose the Balm-to-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque, the shampoo, and the conditioner. It seemed like a perfect trifecta!

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I started with the masque. When it comes to this product, a little goes a long way! You just need enough to fully coat the strands of hair. I squeezed out the suggested amount and warmed it in my palms before applying it to my dry hair (since dry hair absorbs more product than wet hair will). I’ve read reviews where people leave this product in their hair overnight, but I just left it in for about 30 mins.

Once the masque had had time to work it’s magic, I used the shampoo to wash out the product and the conditioner to seal the moisture. I’m not a huge fan of blow drying (especially not when I’m trying to reverse damage) so I towel dried my hair and waited for it to air dry. I have to say I was impressed! My hair felt SO soft, the way it does right after you leave the salon. I’ve already ordered the full size products, and can’t wait to make them part of my regular routine.

Why I Love My Jade Facial Roller

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Ok so I did it, I fell for the newest beauty craze, the jade roller. I know it looks like some weird alien instrument, but I’m going to tell you why I’m completely in love with it.

Have you ever been to a spa where they put the cucumber slices over your eyes? Lo and behold, there’s actually a reason for this—the coldness of the cucumbers is supposed to have a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect. A jade roller is basically the non-edible equivalent of cucumber slices, for your whole face (and neck).

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Jade rolling has been practiced by Chinese royalty for centuries, in order to draw out negative chi, but has just recently gained widespread popularity.

Benefits include:

  • Increase blood circulation
  • Reduce redness & inflammation
  • Assist lymphatic drainage
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines

Jade is a naturally cold stone, but I heard that storing your jade roller in the fridge could amplify its effects. I tried out my jade roller for a few weeks without putting it in the fridge, then switched over to the fridge, and I definitely prefer it colder.

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DIY Pineapple Sugar Scrub

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Does anyone else get the winter blues? I get them, bad, and I’m betting I’m not alone. If you’re like me, then you MUST make this pineapple sugar scrub—it’s so incredibly easy, smells AMAZING, and it’s like this bright dose of summer sunshine every time you use it! I’ve been using this scrub all over my body before I shower or take a bath, and I seriously don’t know how I’ve been living without it up until now.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Yes, that’s really it! Sugar is an fantastic natural exfoliant, and coconut oil is…well we all know how amazing coconut oil is for your hair/body/face etc.

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DIY Fabric Flower Pot

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There is almost nothing I love more than having flowers in my house. Over the years I’ve bought and/or made countless vases and flower pots, but somehow I’m always finding new ideas I want to test out.

Over the holidays I decided I needed some more Christmas-y flower pot decor, so I threw this DIY together. I wanted something cute, but not too time consuming or extravagant to where I would regret only being able to use them a couple months out of the year. Of course you can do this with any color fabric and use them year-round, so it’s a great one to have in your DIY arsenal.

What you’ll need:

  • Basic flower pot
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun

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