WELLNESS

  • ESCAPE HAVEN

    ESCAPE HAVEN

    Surf Your Cares Away.

    When her successful corporate career lost its allure, fashion marketer Janine Hall turned to her personal loves — surfing, yoga and travel — for inspiration. Escape Haven Bali was her resulting labor of love—a women’s-only surfing and wellness luxury retreat focused on health, mindfulness and yoga.

    Choose from a range of wellness and detox packages against the glorious backdrop of two of the world's top surf and yoga locations—Bali, Indonesia and Byron Bay, Australia.

    Guests, limited to eight per retreat, can learn to surf with internationally qualified instructors as well as focus on meditation and yoga. Then there’s Australian therapeutic chef Samantha Gowing’s amazing cuisine. And if the surfing and yoga wasn’t enough, there’s a variety of activities from cultural expeditions to Ubud; sunset rides through the rice fields; and of course, mani/pedis by the villas’ pools.

    Sorry, gents. It’s for women only. That said, Escape Haven is definitely the ticket to get your wellness on.

    Escape Haven, Package Pricing Varies; escape haven.com

  • TAZO PASSION HIBISCUS MINT ICED TEA

    TAZO PASSION HIBISCUS MINT ICED TEA

    Flower Power.

    The hibiscus plant is native to warm, temperate and tropical regions throughout the world. As tea, it's the perfect soothing drink to have on hand, whatever your locale.

    It doesn’t hurt that tea made with hibiscus is popular as a natural diuretic and it contains vitamin C and minerals. There's also a long-standing belief that drinking hibiscus tea can aid in the reduction of blood pressure. Health benefits aside, when served over ice, we love how vibrant and refreshing this combo is. We’re particularly fond of Tazo Passion blend with its herbal infusion of hibiscus, cinnamon & tropical fruits.

    In the spirit of upping the luxury factor, we present a hibiscus and mint tea recipe guaranteed to keep you cool this summer:

    In a large heatproof pitcher, combine the Tazo Passion tea bags, mint leaves, and boiling water; steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and mint. Add all-natural apple juice and cold water; refrigerate until cold. Serve with a squeeze of lemon over ice with sprigs of mint.

    Now pour and, well, chill.

    Tazo Passion Hibiscus Tea Bags, 2-4oz; $5.95-$11.90; tazo.com

    Tazo Passion Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea Recipe:

    • 4 Tazo Passion hibiscus tea bags
    • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
    • 4 cups boiling water
    • 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-natural apple juice
    • 2 cups cold water
    • Ice cubes, for serving
    • Mint sprigs for garnish
  • ACCA KAPPA NATURAL LIP BALM 15 SPF

    ACCA KAPPA NATURAL LIP BALM 15 SPF

    Get Lippy.

    Summer is a-coming. Or so we hear. Which means sunshine and inevitably, those pesky UV rays. So give your lips a little loving with one of our favorites from Acca Kappa. Founded in Treviso, Italy in 1869, Acca Kappa is a brand that knows how to pamper and soothe your body to the lux-most.

    The SPF 15 antioxidant formula protects, moisturizes, nourishes and soothes the lips thanks to its artful blend of shea butter, jojoba oil, carnauba wax, beeswax and vitamin E.

    So pamper away; your precious lips are worth it!

    Acca Kappa Natural Lip Balm 15 SPF, $11.50; shop acca kappa.com

  • DR. TEAL'S THERAPEUTIC SOLUTIONS FOAMING BATH COMFORT & CALM WITH CHAMOMILE

    DR. TEAL'S THERAPEUTIC SOLUTIONS FOAMING BATH COMFORT & CALM WITH CHAMOMILE

    Put a Spa in Your Home.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we believe in every day pampering, whether it’s gestures big or small. And what could be more of a daily treat than a long luxurious soak in the tub?

    Which is why we’re huge fans of Dr. Teal’s—a treat for the mind as well as the body.

    The foaming solution contains epsom salt to relieve sore, tired muscles. And the chamomile moisturizes and softens your skin. It’ll transform your ordinary bath into a mini spa experience.

    We might add Dr. Teal’s also makes an Epsom Salt Soaking Solution. So feel free to mix it up between the foaming bubbles or the salts.

    Either way, you may never want to leave your tub.

    Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath and Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, $5.99 each; dr. teals.com

  • EVA SOLO TEA BAG

    EVA SOLO TEA BAG

    The Re-Invention of Tea.

    At TheLUXURIAN, we think it's time to lose the mesh ball contraption. The Eva Solo Tea Bag turns high tea into high art. Dishwasher safe, its stainless steel construction won’t interfere with the flavors of your tea. And its generous size allows whole-leaf teas to breathe freely—leaving you with pure, aromatic tea the way nature intended.

    Eva Solo Tea Bag, eva solo.com

  • LA ROCHE-POSAY LIPIKAR BODY BALM

    LA ROCHE-POSAY LIPIKAR BODY BALM

    Replenish. Then Rejoice.

    That's what you'll be doing when you try Lipikar Balm, an amazing body moisturizer, from the geniuses at La Roche-Posay. Based in France and owned by L'Oreal, La Roche-Posay is a company committed to the latest advances in dermatology, and with this product, it shows.

    Lipikar Balm is for both men and women; it's fragrance free, has an ultra-absorbing texture, and as we move into Winter, a little will go a long way to moisturize and protect. Good for the kiddos, too!

    Sold at spas, online and now in Walgreen's, TheLUXURIAN is hooked on this wonder cream. (We think you might be, too.)

    La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm, $29.95; la roche posay.us

  • PHILIPS SONICARE FLEXCARE+

    PHILIPS SONICARE FLEXCARE+

    Flash Them Pearly Brights.

    If sparkling clean teeth isn't a luxury, then we don’t know what is. And when it comes to getting your pearly whites their cleanest, TheLUXURIAN likes how this clean machine uses patented sonic technology to polish plaque from your teeth. And when you’re not brushing, the head slides into a germ-killing UV-light box. This power washer is so full of awesome, you may just start brushing for fun.

    Philips Sonicare Flexcare+ with Sanitizer, $190; http://www.usa.philips.com/c/flexcare-plus/139914/cat/en/

  • RED FLOWER JASMINE TEA

    RED FLOWER JASMINE TEA

    It's High Time For Haute Tea.

    Any time of day and for any occasion--whether cozying up with a good book or entertaining guests--tea is a simplistic little indulgence. TheLUXURIAN loves red flower jasmine, a delicious and gorgeous display tea. Individual green tea leaves wrapped and gently tied together by hand, they expand and literally “blossom” in your cup when brewed, delivering a flavor that is smooth and sweet, with a lovely floral aroma. For a true show stopper--who knew tea could be this impressive?--try serving in a stemmed wine glass. We realize hot tea in a glass doesn't sound plausible, but it is. Drop one blossom in your wine goblet, fill with steaming water (170 degrees) and steep 1-2 minutes.

    Whether for just one, or tea for two, you're sure to enjoy!

    For Red Flower Jasmine Tea, $8.99; tea source.com

  • THE BEAUTY DETOX SOLUTION BY KIMBERLY SNYDER

    THE BEAUTY DETOX SOLUTION BY KIMBERLY SNYDER

    Your Daily Dose of Goddess.

    Eating clean and getting the proper nutrition always feels luxurious. Sometimes though, we just need to find the right approach and something that's smart and easy to follow (and doesn't feel like a scam).

    Enter Kimberly Snyder. She's a highly sought after nutritionist for many of the entertainment industry’s top celebrities and is the author of The Beauty Detox Solution. Don't let the title fool you; this is less about beauty and detox and more about just feeling great. At at TheLUXURIAN, we're drinking every bit of her green Kool Aid.

    In the book, Kimberly primarily discusses food combining, the order in which we eat foods and why that's important to overall digestion and health. But she also tees up some super fine, key recipes that you can get jazzed about. (We're serious.) Our favorite recipe by far is the Glowing Green Smoothie. This recipe packs in a blender-full of fruits and veggies so you can start your day free of the guilt of having to squeeze in all those daily recommended veggie servings from the food pyramid. You'd never think a bright green drink could be so luxuriously delish, but it is!

    Following is the recipe we're obsessed with; make it first thing in the AM following a hot water or tea with lemon and you'll be energetic all day.

    Kimberly loves the VitaMix as her blender of choice; we also truly love the Ninja brand. We've tried both and you can't go wrong with either. Enjoy!

    The Beauty Detox Solution, $11.95;  amazon

    Kimberly Snyder | Vitamix | Ninja | Bed Bath & Beyond

     

  • LUXE YOURSELF

    LUXE YOURSELF

    Being luxe isn't just about material goods. It's also about a state of mind. As we become a nation that works increasingly at our desks and our laptops, luxury also means making time for you.

    Sometimes it's good to have a reminder that we all need to take a break to avoid getting "computer chubby." Our advice? Step away from the keyboard, my friends, and go for a walk or a run or a swim. Play some hoops. Grab a partner and perfect that cross court forehand. Don't worry, there's plenty of luxe in the world and we'll be right here when you get back.

    Ciao!