The spa industry, in general, is known to be an industry that uses a lot of water and energy, while releasing a lot of toxins into the air and water streams. Facials and makeup applications, body treatments like exfoliation, wraps, and packs; aromatherapy or hair services like cutting, styling, and coloring all flushes out chemicals that can affect our oceans and surroundings.
However, can this be avoided to an extent if the products are sustainable? Yes, it can. Using natural or earth-conscious soaps, shampoos, lotions, essentials oils among others can drastically make a change. Moreover by applying ingredients derived from nature allows us to connect with the natural world!
Now you must be thinking that organic products (especially beauty ones) tend to be more expensive than normal ones most of the time. And even if you get cheaper ones are they natural and sustainable or will they be of poor quality and do you harm than good. Well, worry not because Pookipoiga has some amazing spa products that are beneficial, chemical-free, environmentally friendly as well as cost-friendly!
Synonymous with natural, ANSC produces soaps that use ingredients extracted directly from nature which is wholesome in its quality and feel. Their hand made vegan soaps for less than $10 include the Bondi Breeze Soap which is made with powdered seaweed, a natural exfoliate that will gently remove dead skin cells and encourage improved blood circulation. The antibacterial Lemon Myrtle Soap is a combination of the Australian lemon myrtle scent with olive oil that uplifts leaving the skin clean and re-energized. For the ones with sensitive or dry skin, the Absolute Avacado is a deep moisturizing soap made up of 100% pure virgin avocado oil. For detoxifying, the Australian Pink Clay helps to purify and tighten pores leaving the face smooth, clean and acne-free. The ingredients include saponified macadamia oil, Australian pink clay, Himalayan cedarwood oil, and lemongrass oil.
Apart from ANSC, Rohr Remedy’s Charcoal with Kakadu Plum Oil Soap and Goats Milk and Honey Soap for $18 are great natural bars. While the former combines the detoxifying properties of charcoal, Franconia and Kakadu plum oil with the hydrating and antioxidant-rich omega 3 oils, the latter is a mix of the antioxidant-rich organic goats' milk with anti-inflammatory Manuka honey.
Shampoos and Conditioners
Along with soaps, ANSC also has an interesting selection of shampoos for less than $20. The Solid Shampoo for oily hair is enriched with moisturizing plant and nut oils, while the Solid Shampoo for dry hair is combined with oils such as Macadamia (which contains fatty acids), argan, lavender, clary sage, and peppermint all known to remove frizz and stimulate hair growth. For the ones with a sensitive scalp, try the Solid Shampoo for sensitive scalp which is made up of gentle plant oils such as sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil. The shampoos also come with matching conditioners with cocoa butter, rosemary and lavender oils for normal/dry hair and shea butter with pure lemon and juniper oil for sensitive/oily hair.
Not just for the head, ANSC also produces Beard Shampoo for a luscious beard! The main ingredients in this include a mix of plant and nut oils combined with a fresh citrus scent. And for the ones who don’t want to grow a beard or want to remove unwanted hair then use the ANSC Shave Soap which combines coconut, grapeseed and macadamia oils for rich conditioning lather along with ginger, rosemary and rosewood oils to leave the skin beautifully moisturized.
Face Masks and Scrubs
Cleanse, revitalize and pamper your skin with some mind-blowing masks and scrubs. The Exfoliating Clay for oily or acne-prone skin from The Raw Philosophy is a great antibacterial mask for pore tightening, refining and purifying. The ingredients include kaolin clay, olive green Australian clay, and tea tree exfoliant. Likewise, the Purifying Mediterranean Chocolate Clay Masque or Mini Chocolate Clay Masque from Summer Salt Body has wonderful anti-aging properties and is beneficial for oily or impure skin. It purifies and detoxifies as it draws toxins, dirt, and oil from the pores along with stimulating oxygenation and firming of skin tissues. Ingredients in this include, illite clay, organic cocoa powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba esters).
As far as the scrubs are concerned, go for Summer Salt Body’s Pink Grapefruit Himalayan Salt Scrub where mineral-rich sea salt and Himalayan salt are blended with nourishing jojoba and coconut oils to exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse the skin leaving a natural radiant glow. For the men, the Peppermint Scrub –Workers Soap Bar from Shave with Valor based on organic Australian olive oil, cold-pressed organic coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, and castor bean oil is a great scrub for tired feet or hardworking hands. Since its mega scrubby please note that it is not meant for the face guys!
If your body is feeling tired or your muscles are stressed soak yourself in the Salt Soak from the same brand. A luxurious blend of salts, clays, oils and vitamins, this bath will leave you feeling calm while detoxifying and rejuvenating your skin. For a tropical feel, indulge in the luxurious Coconut Bath Milk where the nourishing coconut milk will leave the skin silky smooth and soft. The mineral-rich salts of the Celtic sea combined with muscle-relaxing magnesium and Himalayan salts help detoxify and cleanse the skin. As a bonus simply add the desired amount of Rose Petals and combine with your bath milk or salts for the ultimate indulgence.
Along with the long stress-free bath in nature’s goodness don’t you feel that your eyes need the same relaxation too? Filled with locally sourced and natural linseed, the Feathers Eye Pillow or the Namaskar Yellow Eye Pillow from Sabine & Sparrow is a great cushion for the eyes that reduces strain and helps prevent stress. It can be placed in the freezer for quick relief or tired or sore eyes or gently heated for migraines or mini-recharges!
Stimulate the body, mind, and spirit with some awesome aromatherapy products such as the Lavender Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil or even the Relaxation Essential Oil from Aroma. Beyond their alluring smell, essential oils penetrate the body through the skin, creating multiple gains. For less than $16, choose your scents and detoxify your body, alleviate pain, boost your immune system and uplift your mood!
In addition to essential oils and aromatherapy massages, spas also provide a refreshing experience by creating an aromatic environment with the help of Incense sticks. The mesmerizing aroma not just calms and relaxes the body but also offers medical benefits such as relief from pain, unhappiness, depression and so on. Premium quality incense, Moondance is a toxin-free incense that hasn't been dipped into alcohol, perfume or in any other chemicals. The sticks have a strong scent with a low smoke output and can be smelled before they have been lit. for just $4, some of their interesting scents include Musk, Divine Sandal, Silver Lotus and Tibetan Spice among others.
So, without having to spend too much, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the advantages of organic and earth-friendly spa products!