So what if the daily grind prevents you from going to the spa every day? Take things into your own hands and bring the spa to you—with a “spath”, or spa-bath. Turn regular showers into sensorial, synergistic rituals with twice-weekly exfoliations, once with a dry brush and another with a therapeutic-grade scrub, like Mmerci Encore’s Nightshade Organic Sugar Body Scrub, a lavender-led concoction to help you release tension and unwind on all levels. A good scrub—gentle, circular motions from hands and feet towards your heart—will not only slough off dead skin cells and stimulate the lymphatic system to release toxins, but also reduce cellulite and boost overall glow. On other days, turn to Saltwater Atelier’s handcrafted soaps that look like colourful crystals in nourishing blends like the spearmint Orion Bar or the rosy-nectarine Bengal Bar. If you have a tub, gently buff damp skin with Aman’s two-in-one Purifying Quartz Scrub and Soak before letting your stresses dissolve in a warm bath as citrus and earthy olfactory notes transport you to a tropical sanctuary.
Why hydrate for good health and skin when you can also elevate your spirits? Seen in the hands of editors and naturopaths alike, Vitajuwel’s next-gen water bottles come with a hand-blown glass pod packed with a medley of fair trade gems that are said to hygienically charge H2O with a range of energies that can calm, revitalise and even increase intuition. There are 18 different blends, including Balance, which has high blood pressure-regulating sodalite, lymph flow-boosting chalcedony, and harmonising clear quartz.
With its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, various hemp-derived ingredients are being used in the form of topical therapies and as a superfood. Boasting high levels of vitamin E, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it is also one of the few plant foods that contains all nine essential amino acids. Ease into the trend with Nutiva’s Hemp Protein, which is great for smoothies and baked treats. Those who want to delve into hemp skincare can reach for products they already know and love: Allies of Skin’s Fresh Slate Clay & Manuka Honey Purifying Cleanser + Masque contains hemp seed oil to provide essential nutrients and calm inflammation; while Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Oil blends hemp seed, abyssinian and avocado oils to turn up skin’s luminosity.
A mid-day mist can work wonders on the skin and psyche if you pick a formula that’s as nutrient-rich as it is sensorial—like Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum Mist, which infuses and veils faces with the herbal goodness of ginseng; or Herbivore’s Hydrating Face Mist that’s a blend of refreshing coconut water, cellular turnover-boosting hibiscus, and antioxidant-rich Bulgarian rose.
Not literally, of course. Aromatherapy has a profound effect on the brain, with the ability to inspire focus or calm, and wake up the senses—so you don’t have to down an extra shot (of caffeine) in the office. Meaning burning candles and essential oils promise to do good when and where you need it the most. Bright and crisp with a hint of spice, Diptyque’s Menthe Verte will assist in invigorating the mind while prepping for that big meeting; while Carrière Frères’ Lily Of The Valley will lift the office mood with the buoyancy of this sprightly flowering plant. And when things get too much, light Boy Smell’s Ash and take deep breaths. Its smoky-earthy notes of firewood, hay, palo santo and an accord of juniper berry calls to mind a dark forest after the rain—instant tranquillity.
The New Moon and Full Moon are the best times for a cleansing ritual. The former, symbolising new beginnings, is perfect to detox and set fresh intentions; and the latter, an optimal time to reflect and recharge while basking in that lunar lustre. Harnessing the healing energies of rare, high quality natural ingredients, Moon Body Soul is a brand that specialises in bath soaks, and its Blue Moon Dust is an aromatic blend of organic dried buttery pea flowers, Epsom salt, a pure mineral compound in crystal form that helps to soothe muscles, and vitamin and essential oils like jasmine and blue tansy. The blue comes from the organic spirulina, extracted from a mystical lake in Oregon
In line with Chopard’s “do good, feel good” approach to luxury craftsmanship, the Maison’s perfume collection is concocted with premium, environmental and responsibly-sourced materials through the Naturals Together sustainability programme. These include precious natural ingredients known to generate uplifting emotions through the scent, unleashing a sense of wellbeing. Bursting with “happy molecules” is Happy Chopard Lemon Dulci, with lemon, bergamot and mandarin essences all sourced in southern Italy, buoyed by vivifying notes of ginger, peppermint and orange flower water.