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We all know an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but it can also keep the wrinkles away! With it’s acidic properties and thick, fibrous texture, apples make an exfoliating scrub to retexturize the body. Honey is added to give flexibility to the scrub & polenta as an extra exfoliant. Here’s our DIY version:
Combine in a bowl
1 Cup Applesauce
1/2 Cup Dry Polenta
3 Tablespoons honey
In the shower: rub onto body (this is a body only scrub) in circular motions, focusing on knees and elbows. (Place a piece of cheesecloth over drain to stop clogging) Rinse! Finish w/your fave lotion.
You can also soak your fingers in it as a pre-manicure softener.
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Vigilius Mountain Resort may not have a gym, but it has something better – an incredible natural outdoor setting in which to move and meditate. You can elect every morning to do The Five Tibetans with Vigilius’ personal trainer in The Paradise Garden.
The Five Tibetans are highly energizing yogic postures and exercises that originated in the Himalayas. Liberating and enhancing the innate energetic power of the human body and mind, these five exercises take a minimum of daily time and effort but offer remarkable results in the way of increased physical strength and suppleness as well as mental acuity.
Amazon has the classic how to book: The Five Tibetans which demonstrates the original exercises. However, our friends at Yoga Today have a free and supereasy to follow Five Tibetans video on YouTube which you can do every morning! Click here to watch now.
Live, love & lounge, Candy
This year is proving quite fun no? Thanks for accompanying us to our sixth spa this year the Vigilius Mountain Resort in Tyrol, Italy. A secluded mountain spa retreat is the perfect apres Valentine’s surprise for our sweeties, don’t ya think?
Check out this architecture! The clean lines are making me feel more serene already! I wonder if architect Matteo Thun makes US housecalls? He has been quoted saying that Vigilius is a treehouse like retreat & we agree!
The piazza with free-standing fireplace is a stunning combo of locally sourced larchwood walls (which smell divine) & silver quartz floor. Red curtains & furniture beckon. No way, we’re ready to see our room.
Ciao simplicity! Check out that view of the Dolomites! The unadorned furniture, good lighting, lots of wood and a free standing clay wall are orchestrated to cradle us and to draw our eye to that view. Did we mention the Frette sheets? We may never leave.
A surefire remedy to post flight leg cramps, we scheduled our 1st treatment in the Paradise Garden. And it’s a Vigilius specialty called Phytomassopodia. Say that five times fast!
PHP Phytomassopodia (trademarked) is a foot treatment researched by Prof. G Mazzocco based on the studies of kinesiology, physiotherapy, podiatry, thermal medicine and aromatherapy. An hour incorporating peeling, massage, cold/warm wraps, algae and PMP herb prepartaions Improves circulation, cramps and muscle pains and activates inner organs.
Fancy a swim anyone? How about a lounge by the fireplace?
Pool view from the lounge chair!
Refreshed we felt like giving archery a go. Who knew it was such a good arm workout? Mine are numb! Watch out Robin Hood!
There is no “official” gym at Vigilius. Hurray! Instead, the grounds are your playground. Hike, snowshoe, ski, play Boccia ball or schedule a session with their personal trainer. We are dying to try the Five Tibetans: five poses said to extend youth & vitality.
All that exercise calls for a roll in the hay! One of Vigilius’ signature treatments calls for hay comprised of Tyrolean mountain herbs which are said to invigorate & increase circulation. We can’t wait to try the Apple & Polenta scrub either!
A nightcap of design books in the Vigilius library conjures designer spa dreams to end our day.
We hope you enjoyed your day at Vigilius. Follow along the rest of the week for:
-A DIY version of the Polenta Apple Peel
-Eco-friendly bathroom decor inspired by Vigilius
-Ideas for your own meditation spot (for those without space for an entire room to devote to it like at Vigilius)
-A video lesson on how to do the Five Tibetans
Live, Love and Lounge, Candy
*Images courtesy Vigilius Mountain Resort
Have you ever wondered why people pay $4 or 5 for even a small bottle of water? Does it really taste better? Is it a packaging or marketing ploy? Is it really any better?
This “watered down” version of wine party will not only answer these questions, but it’s also a fun way to help your friends keep their “drink more water” resolutions AND BEAUTY BONUS! leaves their skin superhydrated!
Assign the Aqua
There are SO many waters to choose from – limiting criteria is essential. 1st decide on still or sparkling. Next, go to the grocery and see what’s available. Choose five – you may even want to limit to a certain country. Or even take it a step further and do vitamin enchanced water beauty waters. Ideas for waters to taste:
There’s a waterworld online too at the ultimate guide to bottled water at Fine Water for a selection sure to leave you thirsty for more!
Setting up the Tasting Area
Unlike wine, where I think a tasting works better standing up, a water tasting is best seated. Set up a circle with chairs and a low table in the center – a glass or lucite table especially looks cool. I also make sure the lighting is bright so we can see the waters.
Keep the water in the refrigerator prior to guests’ arriving. About 10 minutes before the party starts, I take the water out and decant each water into it’s own glass pitcher. So I can remember which water is in what pitcher, I tie different color/pattern ribbons to the pitcher handles and keep a “key” away from the tasters.
Have a large bowl or ice tub nearby for each guest to dump their water remnants into if they don’t wish to drink the whole “taste”.
Cleanse the Palate & Whet Your Whistles
Each guest gets one water glass.
Pour tastes as you go along, reminding each guest to write at the top of their scorecards the ribbon “code” for that taste.
Make sure each guest has one scorecard for each taste. The scorecards from wine tasting kits work really well for water. As you hand these out, it’s the perfect time to instruct guests how waters have unique body, fragrance, mouth feel & undertones just like wines.
Here’s a free scorecard to download if you don’t have a store bought wine tasting kit. Just substitute water for wine.
Give each guest a few sprigs of parsley to nibble on to cleanse their palate in between each taste of water (Beauty Bonus: It’s also a detox food.)
Sip and survey! Salut!
PS: We’d love to know what waters are you and your friends’ favorites – comment below or in our Facebook Lounge.
Live, love and lounge, Candy
Shiatsu is often compared to acupuncture without the needles. A rigorous form of acupressure in which pressure from the fingertips stimulates your body’s meridians (energy points) Evian offers it’s own brand of shiatsu while you are submersed in a pool of water.
Here are a few products and ideas to turn your next bath into a virtual Aqua Shiatsu session:
Do it Yourself
Feeling ambitious? Buy the book: Do It Yourself Shiatsu considered the bible of self practice. Master the techniques while you’re watching TV or relaxing then try it in the bath!
Aquasense Massage Mat from WalMart
Super simple to use and a bargain less than $18, the Aquasense Mat has massage zones with unique textures for each zone. Pop it into the tub, lay down and rev up your circulation.
Conair Thermal Massage Mat
The Conair Thermal Massage Mat fully padded mat offers stimulating allover bubbles. The neck rests on an adjustable massaging pad, and moving down the mat, a dual back massager calms tight muscles and relaxes the spine.
For Aqua Shiatsu ambiance pop this Shiatsu music compilation into your (watersafe) CD player.
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A long relaxing soak is one of the quickest relaxation and beauty measures we can do at home. The therapeutic aspects of bathing are achieved at Evian by using water directly out of the spring & then upping the ante with infused baths for specific conditions.
You may remember last year, I wrote about the Hotel Victor in Miami which offers a bath in an entire tub full of evian water. Well you can do that at home (just buy it at Costco) if you’re feeling really decadent – but most of us aren’t going to blow $100 or more to fill our baths with evian.
But we can emulate the therapy baths from the actual Evian spa!
Chinese “New Year’s” Tea Bath
Tea can protect and moisturize the skin when added to a bath. The Chinese actually take herb specific baths at certain times of the year to attract good fortune. Since yesterday was Chinese New Year‘s here’s our version of Evian’s Chinese Tea Bath:
Take a washcloth size piece of cheesecloth and add the following herbs to the center:
1 TBSP Basil
1/2 C Ginger Root (Shaved off of a fresh ginger root)
5 – 7 drops of Sandalwood essential oil over top
Tie cheesecloth together and hang over bath faucet so water filters through the bag. Then throw and tub and soak away!
Alpine Essence Bath
This is the basic bath therapy at Evian. The tub is filled with water having been filtered through the mineral rocks at Evian and thus contains traces of Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. It’s also pure with no additives or preservatives that most water has.
This bath is noted to be good for anxiety relief, purification of skin, insomnia and eczema. And the minerals can be infused into your bath:
Sodium & Magnesium 1/2 c of epsom salts (aka Magnesium Sulfate)
Calcium: 1 cup of powdered milk
Potassium: Must be purchased from a soapmaker’s resource like Snowdrift Farm 1 Tblsp. add and dissolve in water first.
If you don’t feel like gathering ingredients, Ahava The Source Mineral Bath Salts are rich in these four minerals.
Hydro Massage Bath with Plant Extracts
Because fresh plant extracts can be expensive and hard to find it’s best to use a pre-made concoction like: Red Flower Bath Salts which contain chlorophyll to nourish the skin.
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At Evian’s Spa, their programs offer a different herbal water each day. The idea is that different herbs have unique restorative properties and complement the spa treatments prescribed for each step of their guests’ health and beauty transformations.
We love this because let’s face it, plain water for many of us is so boring and we have trouble getting our 8 glasses a day. That’s why we shared the Spa Water Infusion ideas below with our eHow audience. Enjoy! Once you try our versions, get creative and make your own water cocktails.
“Water water everywhere” should be the theme for this week’s waterlogged spa – not only is The Evian Resort & Hotel Royal (formerly the Royal Parc Evian) situated on the awe-inspiring South Bank of Lake Geneva at the foothills of the Alps but. . .
Spa Evian Source sits on the mineral springs that spit forth the magical Evian water. Found in grocers & beauty retailers worldwide, Evian hydrates the world from the inside out. What makes it so special? As the Alps formed a natural filter was created protecting the mineral rich water. Evian even hired a hydrogeologist to explain it see his video here. Drink it, spray it on your face, even bathe in it.
Play in the Water
Water in all it’s forms, frozen, frothy, still provides the canvas for all sorts of activities. Evian is not a place to just lay around. Have an invigorating ski in the Alps, go river rafting. sailing, even paragliding! The sky is literally the limit.
At Spa Evian Source the philosophy is water is the original source of all energy, And Evian specializes in pre-set personal well-being and youth regaining courses.
The spa even creates a different herbal water for each day of their programs. The herbs vary depending on an individual’s health & beauty goals. For instance, check out their Source of Re-energy course:
Day 1 Elder or Rosemary essential water
Facial purity treatment – 1h00
Purity bath with essential oils – 20 min
Ancestral Indian skin scrub – 1h15
Purifying massage with oils – 50 min
Day 2 Lavander essential water
Chi Cong – 1h00
Energising massage :
Tui Na or Shiatsu or Nuad Bo Lan – 1h15
Instantaneous plenitude treatment – 1h15
Day 3 Sage essential water
Stimulating hydro-massage bath – 20 min
Balinese massage – 50 min
Kansu – 50 min
Day 4 Mint or thyme essential water
Energising facial drainage – 25 min
Seaweed or mud treatment with trace elements – 50 min
Foot reflexology – 50 min
Energising abdominal massage or Relaxation massage – 25 min
Day 5 Wild rose essential water
Regenerating facial treatment with coloured clay – 1h15
Abhyanga massage – 1h15
Shirodhara – 45 min
Shiny hair treatment
Sup in Style
To end the day how about some fine French cuisine overlooking the twinkling Lake Geneva? Fois Gras, Cassoulet and Crepes are typical menu choices.
In honor of our watery spa this week, join us as we take a waterlogged approach to fitness, learn how to turn bottles of Evian (or any water) into H2O health cocktails, how to purify your tap water, host a Water tasting party and recreate 2 of Evian’s famed bath treatments.
Live, love and lounge, Candy
The L’ile aux Oiseaux Suite (literally the Island of the Birds) designed by Maison Martin Margiela moves me in a way I can’t explain. How could this apres spa chambre be so avant garde & be located in a Gilligan’s Island style hut?
AND it’s located on a island on the lake of a world class vineyard & spa. . .sigh!
Save the bath nook below, every flat surface that isn’t mirrored is trompe l’oieled with secret passageways, doors and faux architectural detailing. Very Alice in Wonderlandish! Keeping the rest of the furnishings and textiles white make this the focal feature of the room.
SpaHome it: Try Trompe L’oeil wallpaper like this one below from Couture Deco
Or upload any image – I’m thinking a black and white storybook drawing would be gorgeous like the one below from Fine Art America for $50 – and send it to Block Posters who will turn into a poster large enough to cover entire walls.
The iconic Heller Bocca Lips sofa with it’s solitary red mouth beckons you to sit.
Waft across thin white carpet which is layered with white faux animal hides. The exact ones are available at West Elm.
SpaHome: Layer these flatwoven Bomull carpets from Ikea.
The Bath Nook
Curtains flanking a nook create a minimalist bath area. Narrow wall-mounted trough sinks take the place of a double vanity & create more open space. Distressed mirrors reminiscent of an urban skyline presiding above adding the right amount of edge.
SpaHome: I love this Carrara marble trough sink from Signature Hardware. The gray veining makes it more forgiving for cleaning.
Walls are outfitted with tongue and groove panels clad painted in white.
SpaHome: Pine paneling about 1/4 or 3/8 inches wide painted white will give you the same effect on your own bathroom walls.
Live, love and lounge, Candy