Category: Massage

LUSH Organic Therapy Massage Bar Review

LUSH, the natural and handmade cosmetics company, recently updated an old favorite. The Therapy massage bar is now made with 100% organic ingredients. Therapy was my favorite massage bar made by LUSH, so I wanted to see how the new version compared with the original. This review will help you if you loved Therapy before or if you are thinking about getting your first massage bar.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a massage bar is basically a lotion in solid form. The base is cocoa butter and each has a different blend of essential oils to give it different properties. Cocoa butter’s melting point is very close to our body temperatures, so you heat the massage bar up in your hands or on another person’s body. The lotion begins to melt and you can use that as you would a liquid product.

The first thing I noticed about the 100% organic massage bar was its smell. This is the biggest difference between the old version of Therapy and the new. The new product has a rich, faintly chocolaty smell. I was told that this is because the cocoa butter in it is not as refined. I have to say that the new smell took some getting used to, but I think if you have never tried Therapy you will like it very much. “Lushies” may be a bit taken aback at first because of their familiarity with the smell of the original product. The turning point for me came one day after I had rubbed the new Therapy on my legs. I got in bed and was overwhelmed by a wonderful milk chocolate smell. After a few minutes I realized what it was-me!

Therapy is infused with essential oils like neroli and lavender. This is supposed to make it very calming. I love to use it when I need to relax. Those are the times when I can really feel the benefits of the natural essential oils inside the massage bar. It would be great for kids who need help falling asleep before bed-time and for moms who need a break. I highly recommend Therapy to anyone who just needs to relax. It is especially good if you are pregnant because the neroli helps increase the elasticity of the skin so you may have less stretch marks and it should encourage your skin to spring back after your delivery. Also, I heard a story of a pregnant woman who rubbed Therapy on her stomach during her pregnancy. When her baby was born he was clean and smooth instead of red and wrinkled!

Therapy is not as good on sore muscles as LUSH’s other massage bar called Wiccy Magic Muscles. It is very soothing though; perfect for sensual massage. It has a small nub on it that can be used during massage for texture. I love it but it wears down quickly. The cocoa butter in Therapy melts down at a nice pace. When you rub it between your hands it is not greasy or slimy, and I also never feel like I’m trying to start a fire when I’m using it.

Therapy is still my favorite massage bar. It is a great starter if you have never tried a massage bar or are giving one as a gift. I love that it is now 100% organic, and fans of the old Therapy would do well to remember the benefits of organic products when switching to the new version. It is a great all-around massage bar anyone can benefit from using.

Using Natural Oils for Skin Care

If you like to make your own cosmetics, lotions, massage oils, or perfume oils, this guide will help you to choose what type of oil to use in your product. Any of these carrier oils can be used as body lotions or massage lotions, by simply adding a few drops of an essential oil or other ingredients. They are great for your skin and will leave it soft and smooth. Using natural oils in your products will make you feel better about what you are making, and are better for the earth as well.

Environmentally Friendly Oils: Avoid Oils Made from Animals

Many body products that you buy at the store contain oils derived from animals. Avoid these in favor of plant oils, and help save the environment. Mineral oil is made from petroleum, and actually dries out your skin over time. Emu oil comes from dead emus. Castor oil is usually derived from castor beans, but sometimes comes from dead mammals like muskrats and beavers. Similarly, squaline may be made from plants, but is sometimes derived from sharks. Lanolin comes from sheep, but it is derived from shearing the sheep, so they are not hurt. Out of all of these, Lanolin is the only one that I would use, but there are so many great choices that you can avoid that as well if you prefer plant-based products.

Environmentally Friendly Oils: Choosing Plant Based Oils

Plant oils are the best choice for your body products and personal use. Here is a list of the oils that you can find in supermarkets and health food stores:

Avocado Oil – A great moisturizer

Almond Oil – High protein oil

Apricot Kernel Oil – makes great lip balm

Cocoa Butter – water repellent, good for very dry skin

Flaxseed Oil – rich in Omega-3

Grapeseed Oil – less greasy than other oils

Kukui Nut Oil – a new oil gaining popularity

Mango Butter – gives skin a healthy glow

Peanut Oil – good moisturizer, but may add a peanut odor

Sesame Oil – has some natural sunscreen properties, light nutty oil

Jojoba Oil – a liquid wax, make a great hair conditioner

Olive Oil – slow drying oil, great for anything

Shea Butter – a skin protectant and moisturizer

Wheat Germ Oil – high in vitamin E

A simple way to use these oils is to pour some into a reusable plastic container, so that you can use it in the bathroom without worrying about breaking glass. Add drops of essential oil until it has a nice fragrance. Now you can use it as massage oil, body oil, bath oil, shaving lotion, or for anything else you want. A tiny drop makes a good hair conditioner on dry hair. Experiment with these ingredients, and you will soon have a few great and practically free body products to use.

Facial Massage

The face carries a lot of tension, this can be incredibly uncomfortable, and also very bad for your health, it can cause sinus problems, neuralgia, headaches and tiredness.

Facial massage is a quick and easy way to help alleviate tension in the face, it can also help unblock sinuses and relieve trapped fluids.

Massage your temples in an anti clockwise motion using your index and middle fingers.

Pinch the skin (gently) around your eyebrows, place your thumb below the eyebrow and the index finger above and gently pinch, starting from the inner corner of the eye and working outwards.

Relieve fluid retention and relax your eyes by using all four of your fingers to gently tap around the eye area; start at the brow and work right the way round in a circle. Use light tapping motions and use all of the fingers.

Help relieve neuralgia and a tight jaw muscle by using the knuckles of your index fingers to gently rub the jaw in circular motions, start near the jaw opening and work down.

Place your index, middle and ring fingers just below your cheekbones, push your cheeks up with the 3 fingers, smile, hold for 5 and release.

Place 3 fingers in the middle of your forehead, gently push up and slide them up, work all over your forehead.

What is a Cellulite Massager and How Does it Work?

Are you dreading the hot summer weather because you are worried about cellulite? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! The dreaded combination of cottage cheese thighs and shorts or bathing suits is enough to strike fear into the heart of any girl.

Cellulite can be embarrassing and difficult to get rid of. Many women are genetically predisposed to cellulite, so if your Mom suffered with it chances are you will have it too. Even women who are thin and have a normal body fat percentage can be plagued with cellulite since it has more to do with the structure of the fat itself and less to do with how much fat you actually have on your body.

One relatively new product on the market designed to combat the fat and smooth skin is a cellulite massager.

Cellulite massagers are small, hand-held devices that you use to stimulate blood flow and increase circulation in your problem areas. This helps to break down the cellulite, resulting in smoother, less dimpled skin.

Most of these massagers have a series of hard nubs or knobs that massage the skin. You use them either with plain body oil or with a specific cellulite cream and massage your thighs and hips, starting at your knee and working your way up. You should move the massager in circular motions and be sure to cover all areas of your legs and hips where you want to see a reduction in cellulite.

Some cellulite massagers are waterproof and can be used in the shower while others are for dry use only. There are number of different brands and models available in just about every price range. While more expensive models may be slightly more effective, cheaper models still can do a good job as long as they adequately massage deeply enough to increase blood flow to the area.

If you decide to try a cellulite massager it is important to keep in mind that the key to success is being consistent with it. You can’t just massage your legs and hips for a few days and expect the problem to go away immediately. However, if you stick with it and do it daily you will see a reduction in the appearance of cellulite and your skin will become smoother.

Many people report a visible difference in their cellulite within a week or two of starting treatment. Of course, results will vary depending upon your body and how well it responds to the treatment as well as how consistent you are with your massages.

All in all, though, cellulite massagers seem to be an effective way of combating cellulite and are much less invasive than many other available procedures. If you are plagued with cellulite you may want to consider giving it a shot to see if it can help you get the smooth skin you have been wanting. Then you’ll be able to look forward to summer instead of dreading it.

Makeup Advice from a Professional

From licensed esthetician and owner of the Divine Hands Day Spa , Angela Fort, comes 10 makeup tips you cannot afford to miss.

I had the unique opportunity to speak with Angela to get some inside information as to how she maintains flawless skin while helping countless other women to do the same, restoring their confidence in the process.

Now, these priceless tips are available to you:

1.) Ensure face is properly cleansed and moisturized prior to applying makeup; this will ensure a more smoother finish.

2.) Remember cosmetics have a shelf life. Cosmetics have gone bad if they have an odor or if the formula seems to have separated or dried out.

3.) Wash makeup brushes at least once a week. An anti-bacteria soap or shampoo can be used.

4.) Never pump mascara wand in and out, instead place wand in tube and turn right to left, and then pull out. This will help eliminate bacteria from getting in tube.

5.) For longer lasting and more easily blended mascara, a primer can be used.

6.) For wedding makeup, always use a Waterproof mascara to avoid smearing due to joyful tears.

7.) Filling lips with a neutral lip liner will assist in lipstick staying on longer.

8.) Concealers should be at least 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation.

9.) Stay away from sponges; sponges absorb more of your makeup than what’s actually going on your face.

10.) To darken a lipstick apply a lip liner darker than the actual lipstick; to lighten a lipstick, apply a lip liner lighter than the actual lipstick used.

Bonus Tip: When using liquid foundation, remember less is always more; Build your makeup to the level of coverage you like.

Now, that you have this information, don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with your mothers, sisters, friends, cousins, and other loved ones.

Save this list for future reference. When having a makeup crisis, just ask yourself, W.W.A.D. What Would Angela Do?

How to Make Your Own Men’s Aftershave, Massage Oil and Bath Treatments

If you enjoy making individual gifts and gift baskets for friends and family you may want to consider making homemade men’s aftershave for the guys and bath treatments for the ladies this year. What follows are a few simple recipes to create your own distinct beauty products.

Once completed, the aftershave, massage oil and bath treatments can be put into ornamental containers and either added to a personal care themed gift basket or as a standalone gift.

All of the ingredients mentioned in the recipes can be readily found either online or at your local craft or all natural stores.

Men’s Aftershave Recipe #1

1 ounce 70% rubbing alcohol

2 ½ ounces distilled water or witch hazel

30 drops Swiss pine essential oil

10 drops grapefruit essential oil

Begin by mixing 1 ounce of the alcohol into the 2 ½ ounces of distilled water or witch hazel, whichever you purchased. Next add the essential oils and mix thoroughly. Once the mixture is done it is ready to be placed in a dark colored decorative glass container. Dark colored glass is preferred because direct sunlight can alter the aftershave’s effectiveness over time.

Men’s Aftershave Recipe #2 (For Sensitive Skin)

15 drops propolis tincture

10 drops grapefruit essential oil

30 drops Swiss pine essential oil

2 ½ ounces distilled water

1 ounce 70% rubbing alcohol

Begin by mixing 1 ounce of the alcohol into the 2 ½ ounces of distilled water. Next add the essential oils and mix thoroughly. Once the mixture is done it is ready to be placed in a dark colored decorative glass container. Dark colored glass is preferred because direct sunlight can alter the aftershave’s effectiveness over time.

Massage Oil Recipe #1

1/8 cup jojoba oil essential oil

7 drops sandalwood essential oil

4 drops cedar wood essential oil

1 drop frankincense essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe #2

1 ¾ almond essential oil

10 drops tangerine essential oil

2 drops neroli essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe #3

1 ¾ ounces of jojoba oil

10 drops sandalwood essential oil2 drops coriander essential oil

5 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

2 drops of rose essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe # 4

1 drop jasmine essential oil

2 drops tagetes essential oil

1 drop nutmeg essential oil

2 drops sandalwood essential oil

1 ¾ ounces of jojoba oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Massage Oil Recipe #5

3 1/8 ounces hazelnut essential oil

15 drops rosewood essential oil

3 drops of rose essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the massage oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Bath Oil Recipe #1

5 drops bergamot essential oil

10 drops sandalwood essential oil

5 drops neroli essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the bath oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Bath Oil Recipe #2 (Honey or Liquid Soap Based)

2 tablespoon of honey or liquid soap

2 drops Tonka bean essential oil

4 drops jasmine essential oil

2 drops honey oil

6 drops sandalwood oil

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly and then store the bath oil mixture into a dark colored container to prolong the shelf life of the oil.

Oatmeal Bath Recipe #1

1 cup bran or oatmeal

15 drops essential oil (your choice)

Mix the oatmeal and essential oil of choice together. Once the two ingredients have been combined, put the oatmeal mixture into a water soluble bag (i.e. cheesecloth or organza). To use, submerge the mixture filled bag into a tub filled with hot water and let it steep.

Bath Salt Recipe #1

Sea Salts

10 drops essential oil (your choice)

Begin by adding the essential oil to the sea salts. Shake the salt thoroughly to coat the salt crystals with the scented essential oil. Once that is done place the salts in a decorative container or add them to a hot bath.

Bath Potpourri Recipe #1

1 cup dried wild strawberry leaves

Place the wild strawberry leaves into a decorative water soluble bag (i.e. cheese cloth or organza). To use, submerge the mixture filled bag into a tub filled with hot water and let it steep.

Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage has become my new best friend. I have real sensitive eyes and this formula does not burn and irritate my eyes like other products.

Clinique’s product really does help my eyes depuff. You need to use the product religiously for the best results. The puffiness and dark circles do go away over time with this product. You can use this product alone or under other facial and cosmetic products which is an added bonus. If you suffer from eye puffiness or dark circles I recommend that you try this product.

Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage bottle is so neat. It has a rollerball as an applicator that gently massages the product into your skin. It glides on smooth and it does brighten and soothe the eye area. No using your fingers is a plus and you can easily direct the product application right onto the trouble spots.

It contains ingredients that are designed to cool your eye area and gently erase puffy bags and works great if you just need an instant wake up look. Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage contains caffeine, antioxidants and soothing botanicals that start to work immediately. With continued use you will brighten your eye area so you will always have that “Wake up and ready” look.

A great plus is you can take this eye treatment anywhere. It applies so easily since it has the rollerball. has this product available for purchase on their website. For a 0.5 oz. container it’s cost is $25.50. A little pricey but worth every penny.

Not sure you want to spend that much cash on the product yet, has a list of questions and answers plus customer reviews on the product.

It is well worth the price in my opinion. IT is a pleasurable soothing product that does work. As with all Clinique products they state they are allergy tested. 100% Frangrance Free.

Types of Health Spas

You might think that health spas are all about pampering yourself, and while that is true, they also have more to offer. Don’t overlook the health aspects of spas treatments, including physical therapy, nutrition, stress management and alternative medicine. Spa treatments can address the whole body and inner well-being as well as provide pampering services, such as facials and manicures. Spas are found all over the country in a wide variety of settings, from airports and office buildings to remote resorts.

Day Spa

You can spend anywhere from an hour to a full day at a day spa and choose from a menu of services. Small day spas may offer just a few specialties, such as waxing, pedicures and facials. Larger day spas often have package deals where you don a robe and slippers and move from room to room for a variety of treatments. These spas can give you full body treatments, including body wraps, exfoliation and toning. A variety of facial treatments, aromatherapy, massage and saunas are common services.

Destination Spa

A destination spa functions like a spa and hotel in one. Guests stay for a weekend, a week or more and partake in a variety of services, from day spa treatments to organized sports. The focus of destination spas is often on changing lifestyles. There is an emphasis on nutrition, physical activity and healthful living. Personal trainers, counselors and estheticians are all employed by destination spas to provide a well-rounded experience. You can generally choose which activities, treatments and programs to participate in depending on your needs.

Medical Spa

A medical spa can sound intimidating, but it’s actually designed to relax and pamper you if you are undergoing a medical procedure. Licensed doctors run medical spas and offer the kinds of procedures you should only get from qualified medical specialists. These can include Botox, chemical peels, collagen injections, cryotherapy and laser vein removal. Dental spas offer a wide range of medical and cosmetic dental treatments. Medical and dental spas offer esthetic services, such as day spas offer, as a complement to the medical procedures.

Mineral Springs

A mineral spa is built up around a natural mineral spring or hot springs. Hydrotherapy treatments utilizing the springs is the focus of the spa. Mineral springs have higher concentrations of minerals such as magnesium, sulphur, iron and potassium than other sources of water and these are thought to be beneficial to health and in skincare. Natural mineral springs range in temperature from warm to hot and soaking in them is relaxing. Some spas are very basic with bathing done outside in natural pools, while some facilities are elaborate and pipe water to special baths. The spas also tend to offer other services, such as massage, while large resorts have estheticians on staff.

Ayurvedic Spa

Ayurvedic spas are based on a form of alternative medicine founded in India. Aromatherapy, essential oils and various massage procedures are central to Ayurvedic treatments. Herbal wraps, steam and exfoliants are also used in treatments. Relaxation and health are addressed with ayurvedic treatments and spas are designed to be calming and serene.


The Day Spa Association

International Spa Association

The International Medical Spa Association

The Chopra CenterSpa Magazine

Product Review: Wellbox Lipo Massage Machine

The Wellbox Lipo Massage Machine is designed to reduce the signs of aging by fighting cellulite. This product can be purchased and used privately in your own home. It is rather expensive, costing $1,500 at Brookstone, but the product will give you results if you use it faithfully.

The Lipo Massage Machine can be used on your face and body to reduce fine lines and firm the skin. It does this by improving connective tissue functioning. The machine has two actions called tissular rolling and tissular lifting. Tissular lifting gives you firmer skill while tissular lifting improves elasticity and complexion to get rid of wrinkles. It is commonly used on the thighs, stomach, butt, and face.

The product is easy to use at home although it is quite time consuming. I use mine for about 45 minutes per day, most days of the week. This sounds like a long time but it is rather relaxing and I can do it while watching TV since the machine is not very loud. At first, I just noticed smoother skin, but after about two months I did being to see a reduction in cellulite. If you do not have the time to use this product religiously every day, do not bother buying it because you will not see results.

A friend of mine also owns this product and told me that it helped to keep her skin firm while she lost weight instead of getting droopy like what often happens. If you are using it in addition to a workout program, you will see results faster and notice your muscles looking leaner. So speed the process along, you may want to consider using an anti-cellulite cream with it.

The machine appears to be durable because I have been using it all the time for about six months now and have had no problems with it. For its price, it should be high quality. It also comes with many different attachments to use on different parts of your body for different purposes. The instructions are very clear and explain everything so that the machine is easy to use effectively.

Some people use this machine to replace professional endermologie sessions and find it to be similarly as effective for less cost.

There are many anti-cellulite treatments out there but most do not seem to be effective. While privacy, the Wellbox Lipomassage Machine works well for the purpose it was designed for and is therefore worth the money if you are looking to reduce your cellulite.

Product Review: Eucalyptus Spearmint Massage Oil from Bath & Body Works

One of my all time favorite relaxing aromatherapy products to use is Eucalyptus Spearmint Massage Oil from Bath amp; Body Works. It has a lovely light eucalyptus scent with a hint of mint. The aroma of the massage fills the room when I use it and it really helps soften the skin and give an excellent massage.

The Eucalyptus Spearmint Massage Oil comes in a green glass bottle and contains about 4 ounces in it. I find the massage oil last a long time because a little bit at a time goes along ways. You do not need a lot to give a good massage, moisturize your skin, or make a relaxing moisturizing bath. The price of the massage oil I think is a bit expensive being $16 a bottle so I usually wait until it goes on sale. Once the product goes on sale I stock up. I buy my massage oil online at Bath amp; Body Work’s Online Store because I do not have a local store in the area and you can too if there isn’t one in your area either. I do think the massage oil is worth buying because it does relax and pamper the body, mind, and spirit.

The way I like to use the Eucalyptus Spearmint Massage Oil from Bath amp; Body Work’s is usually in my bath as a bath oil and after my bath as a moisturizing oil. I usually fill my bathtub up with plenty of hot water and pour 1 tablespoon of the massage oil into my bathwater with 1 cup of Epsom salt and allow the ingredients to dissolve into the water. After I get into my bath and relax. The eucalyptus spearmint aroma is very calming and refreshing. It really helps relieve my stresses and anxiety a lot. I even this massage oil helps relieve aches and pains when I have a cold. After my bath my skin feels really soft and is lightly scented with the wonderful eucalyptus spearmint aroma, but I still like to massage some of the oil directly onto my body and skin to help give it a deep moisturizing. Then I have to allow my skin to absorb all the oil in before I put on my clothing because it will become all oily if I do not. It usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes before the oil is fully absorbed into my skin. I usually just brush my teeth and do my hair while I am waiting.

The other ways I have used the Eucalyptus Spearmint Massage Oil is by pouring a tablespoon of it into my candle burner with a tablespoon of water. After I place a tea light candle underneath it and allow the eucalyptus aroma to fill my home. I even use it to give back massages to my boyfriend and he finds it really relaxing as well, and I like that I do not have to keep pouring oil into my hands during the massage because one little handful of it last until I am done the massage which is very nice.

Anyways, I hope those of you who are looking for a relaxing massage oil enjoy the Eucalyptus Spearmint Massage Oil if you try it. I know I love it so much and will continue to use it as long as I can. I hope you all have a wonderful time pampering and relaxing yourselves.