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Life-Saving Soaps

Written on April 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm , by

Tiffany blue Hand in Hand Sustainable Suds soaps make adorable, affordable hostess or shower gifts.

Do good while you wash up with soaps from Hand in Hand Sustainable Suds and SoapBox Soaps. Similar to the Toms Shoes “One for One” credo, for every soap purchased from these brands, one is donated to a child in a developing country to prevent the spread of water-related illnesses, which kill more than five million people per year worldwide. And you’re not sacrificing quality for conscience: The hydrating glycerin and shea butter-based bars come in sophisticated, fresh scents like orange blossom, lavender and lemongrass.

SoapBox Soap in fresh, citrusy Lemongrass, our favorite scent.

Favorite Find Friday: Aveda Light the Way Candle

Written on March 25, 2011 at 10:07 am , by

This week’s pick falls into the do good, feel good category: 100 percent of the purchase price of Aveda’s Limited Edition Light the Way Candle ($12) goes to the Global Greengrants Fund, which works to supply clean water to people around the world.  The Light the Way program has raised a whopping $12 million over the past four years—their goal is to contribute $4 million more this year. And the candle itself isn’t too shabby: The French lavender and sage organically-scented soy wax is housed in a glass made from a reclaimed beverage bottle. Helping someone by buying something beautiful? Now that’s a beautiful thing.


Home Stretch

Written on December 8, 2010 at 7:34 am , by

Can’t make it to the spa for a sports massage? “Give yourself a break from everyday stresses with stretches that target overworked or tight muscles in the body,” says Cassandra LeDonne, lead therapist at the Spa at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach, Florida. “They’re simple and can be done in bed without equipment.” Her regimen:

  • Lie comfortably on your back and pull your knee to your chest, stretching the hamstrings.
  • Drop your knee at a right angle to the side and rest in that position to loosen the hips.
  • With knees bent and feet flat, place your left foot at a right angle on top of the opposite knee, pushing the right knee into the chest.
  • Extend your arm above your head and slightly out, relaxing it and adjusting to target the tight spots in your chest and shoulder.
  • Repeat on both sides, breathing deeply as you go and settling into each for at least one minute. Follow with a calming sea or Epsom salt bath. “The salts help to relieve sore muscles,” she says. Our pick: Super-soothing LaNatura Feel-Well Organic Lavender Mineral Bath Salts—they come with seashells for scooping!