Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Zents Holiday Candles Evoke the Right Scent-Iment

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Freshly baked Christmas cookies: check.
Holiday cards hanging from the mantle of my fireplace: check.
Views of a record NYC snowfall outside of my windows: check.

Yes, I’m heading down the right path, but, unfortunately, the holiday ambience stops there. I would love to have a Christmas tree, but there’s just no room in my apartment. I mean, there is really no room—at one point while moving into my tiny studio, I thought that I was going to have to choose between my bed and my couch. (Thanks to some stealthy space-saving friends, I was able to keep both.)

In any case, my saving grace this winter season has been Zents Holiday Candles. These non-toxic, 100 percent vegetable- and soy-wax candles emit the most subtle scents that put me in a holiday state of mind. Even the product descriptions on the website give you a warm, fuzzy feeling—i.e. City Sidewalks, my favorite candle, is supposed to remind you of “luscious fruit-filled cakes [that] sweeten the air as ice skaters clasp mitten-covered hands; berries adorn festive windowsills, while inside bubbling champagne glasses are raised to toast new and old friends.” Sure, without a tree, my apartment may not look like the mecca of merriment, but, with the festive fragrance of Zents, it feels like it is.

‘Tis the Season at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver

gingerbread-cookie-thumbAlthough I have never been a big fan of sweets, the smell of hot chocolate brewing or gingerbread baking conjures up memories from when I was a little girl eagerly waiting for Santa to deliver my toys. Now, thanks to the Holiday Indulgence menu at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver, guests can find their own joy in these delectable scents. Available through January 31st, the seasonal menu includes the following sweet treats guaranteed to get any spa-goer in the holiday spirit:

Gingerbread Cookie Scrub ($100, 45 minutes) This treatment includes an exfoliation with a brown sugar, ginger, and nutmeg scrub that contains the aromas of cinnamon and vanilla to stimulate the senses while smoothing the skin. Guests then rinse off under a Vichy shower before an application of Holiday Spice Body Cream is applied.

Peppermint Bliss Massage ($125, 65 minutes) More than just a basic massage, this is a deeply therapeutic treatment customized with peppermint aromatherapy.

Pear-Fig Polishing Facial ($95, 50 minutes; $135 80 minutes) This fruit enzyme-exfoliating facial begins with a cleansing and exfoliation, followed by a face, neck, shoulder, and décolleté massage. A customized mask is then applied, prior to the application of moisturizer.

Hot Chocolate Mani/Pedi ($150, 90 minutes) Hands and feet get quite the treat, beginning with a nail shaping and buffing, an exfoliating mask and the application of Chocoholic Body Icing on the hands and arms, and a warm foot soak with a scoop of Peppermint Me? Bath Ice Cream. The legs and feet are then exfoliated with a chocolate scrub before hands and feet are dipped in warm paraffin.

Winter Retreat at The Ritz-Carlton Spa ($400, 4 hours) The ultimate indulgence, this package combines the Peppermint Bliss Massage, the Pear-Fig Polishing Facial, the Hot Chocolate Mani/Pedi, and a relaxing spa lunch.

Ring in the Holidays with Thymes

thymesSpread holiday cheer and have a chance to win! Thymes is inviting people to share their favorite holiday traditions and is offering them a shot at winning more than $500 in Thymes gifts. Once voters pick their favorite entries, winners will be able to send six of their loved ones a gift, as well as enjoy a treat for themselves. Click here for more information!

How Are You Preparing for the Upcoming
Holiday Season?

By Guest Blogger | Nov 5, 2009

Ruth Walsh, spa director, Spa at the Hotel Galvez (Galveston Island, TX)“For those who still want to get away for the holidays for leisure or shopping, we are planning to offer some holiday-themed treatments packaged with a great rate at our hotel, the historic Hotel Galvez. As part of this package, we are discounting a holiday-themed treatment of their choice by 15 percent. Our holiday treatments include a “Thank You” Massage Treatment, Autumn Spice Manicure/Pedicure Combo, Christmas Massage, Winter Wonderland Pedicure, Champagne Body Scrub, and Transformational Facial. We know our clients want to treat themselves, but we also understand that everyone appreciates a discount.”—Ruth Walsh, spa director, Spa at the Hotel Galvez (Galveston Island, TX)

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