Low Budget Pampering

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I have been dreaming of spa treatments ever since Michelle wrote her Eco Spa post earlier this week, but the truth of the matter is that I can’t often afford to be in the lap of luxury.

As a freelance writer (read: poor) I have learned to improvise some of life’s luxuries and in the current economy I know that many people are doing the same. I thought that today I would share some of my favorite at-home pampering products with you.

bubble-bath-mediumMy top choice for an at-home “spa treatment” is a big ass bubble bath. My absolute favorite bubbles are from EO, an amazing company that makes all natural personal care products. I was given the Bubble Bubble Gift set, which contains a selection of bubble baths and bath salts, plus a natural bath mitt. The set lasts a long time and gives you the option to switch up the scents depending on your mood.

Once out of the bath, nothing says spa day like a big fluffy robe. This organic cotton velour spa robe from Green Home (shown above) is so lush that is weighs 3 pounds. Designed for both men and women featuring a roll collar, two front pockets and a sash wrap, the robe retails for $106.

Now for a mani-pedi. Making my fingers and toes look girly again is key to me feeling pretty but many nail polishes are really toxic. I have pared my once extensive nail polish collection down to just a few. My faves: Mini-How High, a pale pink from essie, zoyaand Cyma, a slightly metallic red by Zoya. Neither brand contains formaldehyde, DBP or Toluene but both last as long as conventional nail polishes.

OK, so it ain’t Canyon Ranch. But an evening of pampering does leave me feeling relaxed and refreshed for a fraction of the cost of a few hours at the spa. And when I can call my honey into my at-home spa to play masseur, well, sometimes things happen that just don’t when I go to Elizabeth Arden. Wink, wink.

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2 Responses to “Low Budget Pampering”

  1. Hi that’s a nice introduction to a low cost approach to a luxurious lifestyle. Its true that most people think that a luxurious lifestyle requires a lot of money. But with innovative methods and smart thinking, almost anyone can have a luxurious lifestyle with the things that they already have. Just got to spend the time to look around for what they’ve got.

    Thanks for the ideas.
    Joost Hoogstrate

  2. Hi I guess this piece of advice is equally applicable to all daters irrespective of whether or not they are green. Its so good. Perhaps green singles would find something more to talk about since they both share common interests and would sort of understand each other better from that perspective. But on the whole a great piece of advice.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Joost Hoogstrate

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