On day Duex of the Ultimate Spa Party series, I'm happy to have Katie Berwitt, 1/3 of the Smarty Panties team, chime in on what her Ultimate Spaliday Party would be.
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If I were to host the most fabulous Spa-liday party I'd mix up some homemade treatments with some luxurious faves of mine. Our motto is Live Luxe. Less Bucks. More Green. So, one good thing is that right now it's totally in vogue to "go green," so homemade and organic things are considered posh these days. This is great because then when I do things at home, I feel like I'm doing something good for myself as opposed to feeling like I'm missing out on a luxurious spa day. (Added bonus? I feel safe because by making some homemade spa treatments, I know there are no scary chemicals or preservatives going into them!)
So before the party, I'd hit up a health store and buy some yummy smelling organic shampoos, conditioners and cremes to sample for my guests. I like Fairway Organic Market (upstairs) if you're in NYC, otherwise a Whole Foods will totally do (just more $$$). This way you're off to a great start of cleansing yourself of chemicals. Have your friends all bring over fun and comfy robes, get some pretty candles and put on some relaxing music in the bathroom. Make some fun tea and have some light snacks like fresh cut fruit and veggies and take turns all going into the shower and getting clean and pretty. I love to shower first with my new organic products but I also like to make up a batch of Honey Lemon Sugar Body scrub to take in. It leaves my skin soft and exfoliated. Then snuggle up in your robes with a good girly movie while you do your nails!
Here is a fave of mine, it kind of mimics Fresh's Sugar Lemon scent but minus all the added chemicals and preservatives.
2 ½ Cups sugar
½ Cup Sweet almond oil (you can use Olive but it won't smell as divine!)
4 teaspoons Lemon juice
5 Tablespoons Honey
Combine the sugar and oil and stir. Then add the lemon juice, followed by the honey and stir well to combine. This will gently exfoliate your skin and I think it smells delish. Next on my list, I'm going to try it with brown sugar! (PS, you may want to test a patch before slathering it all over you if you have sensitive skin!)
After my shower a Spaliday party with your friends can't be complete unless you do man-pedis. Pick up your favorite polishes (make sure they're Toulene, DBP and Formalehyde free- like Dashing Diva, Zoya, Essie, etc.) Also, I'm obsessed with this Organic Nail Polish Remover. It's amazing. I use nothing else since I found it!
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