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Infused Spa Waters to Drink in the Hot Tub

March 4th, 2014 by

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When we normally speak of spa water, we are talking about the water in a tub. Today however, we look at Spa Water from another perspective. it’s common for resort spas to offer naturally flavored water to their guests – some people call it ‘spa water’.

Hot Tubs and Spas are great for ridding the body of toxins, cleansing the pores and skin. When you put good stuff inside of you while in the hot tub, you can ramp up the detox effects with natural fruit coolers that are easy to make, and so good for you!

Most of these infused water recipes have 3 ingredients, but in a pinch, 2 is OK. Get inventive! Raid the fridge for herbs, fruits and roots and the cabinet for spices and extracts.

Not to complicate things, but I am also a spa fragrance user, and of course I have quite a selection, big bottles of my favorites, and lots of samples of different exotic fragrances. The challenge is to try to match the essence of the cooler with the spa fragrance.  I’ve made some suggestions below.

 

Healthy Hot Tub Coolers

1. Honeydew, Cucumber, Lime, Mint - [recipe] Refreshing and invigorating, these ingredients settle digestion, reduce water weight and increase metabolism. A glass or two can help stave off after dinner hunger. If you are missing 1 or 2 or the ingredients, it’s still delicious! Pair this cleansing cooler with aromatherapy like the Elixirs Eucalyptus Mint, or the Crystals Cucumber-Melon spa aromatherapy.

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2. Raspberry, Rose, Vanilla – [recipe] Rich and exotic, Mash up the raspberries to release their color and rub together just a few natural rose petals (without any chemicals – organic flowers only). One vanilla bean, or you can substitute a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (almond is good, too!). This cooler will relax and soothe, and can be easily matched with other Vanilla scents or Paradise Floral spa aromatherapy scents.

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3. Citrus, Strawberry, Green Tea - [recipe] – Green tea has many health benefits, but you don’t have to drink it warm! It’s the perfect base for citrus, using a blend of lemon, grapefruit and orange, to your taste. The strawberries and honey add a touch of sweetness, while the mint adds a bit of enthusiasm ~ you can pair this infused water drink with aromatherapy spa scents like Peony Green Tea Elixir, or the Jasmine spa crystals.

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4. Strawberry, Kiwi, Mint – [recipe] Strawberries regulate sugar level, aid in digestion and immune system and cardiovascular health. Kiwi adds a natural tartness that’s a perfect complement to the dull sweetness of the berry. Mint speeds up metabolism and soothes. Take a big swig of this in the tub and I always feel calm, yet alert. To complement the flavors of this healthy infused water, try our Eucalyptus Mint or Kiwi Pear elixirs to add another dimension of relaxation.

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Spa Water – it’s not just something on the outside of your body – add fruit infused water to your spa routine, and you’ll come out feeling great! It’s always encouraged to drink lots of fluids while you’re in a hot tub, infuse some fruit to your water for refreshing detox therapy. I try to drink 24 ounces during a 30 minute spa session. It’s become part of my necessary gear, before I head out to the spa.

Cheers!

 

Carolyn Mosby
Hot Tub Works

 

 

Spa Aromatherapy – Crystals, Beads and Elixirs

January 13th, 2014 by

spa-aromatherapy-spa-scentsThe sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses of the body, and like the others, it can be manipulated. Scents can soothe the mind, and relax your muscles. It can also help trigger release of serotonin in the brain, bringing peace of mind.

It’s why resort spas always use relaxing scents throughout, the same with savvy department stores. It’s also why your grocery store has a bakery, and your movie theater has a popcorn counter.

Using spa scents in your spa or hot tub just makes sense! Without you even being very much aware of it, spa scents make your time in the hot water more tranquil and serene. Or, they can also energize and invigorate.

Here’s a run down of 3 types of spa scents for your hot tub, Beads, Crystals and Elixirs – such sexy names!

Spa Crystals

spa-crystals-hot-tub-works-Spa crystals are crystallized spa minerals as colorful as their scent. They come in an unbreakable, easy to open containers. Just shake a capful or two of spa crystals over the water, right before you enter the spa. Instantly the aromas dance off of the water, and the natural botanicals leave your skin supple.

There are 4 groups of Spa Crystals by Spazazz. I recommend that you have at least one from each category, so you can set the mood accordingly.

ESCAPE SPA CRYSTALS

escape-spa-crystalsEscape aromatherapy crystals are formulated to help you escape the stress and tension of the time spent outside of your spa, and transport you and your lucky spa companion to a state of blissful relaxation. Allow yourself to drift into a citrus grove, a tropical island, or a field of lavender. Escape spa crystals are available in 8 tranquil scents, in a 24 oz. bottle.

ORIGINAL SPA CRYSTALS

original-spa-crystals by SpazazzOriginal spa crystals are tranquil and luxurious. Indulge your senses with mind-mending  olfactory therapy and repair your skin with moisturizing botanicals. Spazazz aromatherapy crystals relax the mind and stimulate your natural rejuvenation processes. Feelings of calm security waft over you as you release the stress of the mind and muscles. Original Spa Aromatherapy Crystals are available in 8 delicious scents, in a 17 oz. bottle.

MOOD SPA CRYSTALS

mood-spa-crystalsMood crystals are for when you’re feeling passionate; with names like Temptation, Seduction and Fantasize. Potent love potions arouse feelings of intimacy and heighten sensual response. These seductive spa scents can really set the mood, so turn down the light and turn up the Barry White. Sprinkle just a few capfuls in the tub to ignite a fire! Mood spa crystals are available in 7 sexy scents, in a 17 oz. bottle.

Rx SPA CRYSTALS

rx-spa-crystals - detox, energy, respiratory, muscle, brainUse Rx spa crystals to take care of aches and pains, Detox the body, improve respiration or energy levels. “Soak in Vitamins” is the tag line for these spa scents, and they may be just what the doctor ordered! Rich botanical moisturizers and natural vitamin extracts rejuvenate as you soak and breathe rejuvenating natural minerals. If you’re sick, sore or dog tired – Rx spa scents will improve energy, breathing and rid the body of harmful toxins. Rx spa crystals are available in 5 quick relief blends, in a 19 oz. bottle.

Spa Beads

spa-beadsSpa beads are another way to add the power of aromatherapy to your hot tub experience. Instead of crystals, these are smooth balls about the size of a peanut, you just toss a small handful in the spa.

Quick and fun to use, and the sensuous scent of Capri Colada and the euphoric experience of Fiji Apple will transport your spa soak into something special. Spa Beads are available in 2 sensual scents, in a 5 oz. bag. I have a bag of these in my car, and they are a great air freshener, too!

Spa Elixirs

spa-elixirsSpa Elixirs are a liquid form of spa scent. Just pop the top, and squirt in a small amount, about a tablespoon or so, to quickly infuse your spa with fragrant botanical extracts and moisturizing emollients. The same most popular spa scents that are available as Spa Crystals are have been liquified into a rich, pearly honey for your spa. Spa Elixirs are available in 12 indulgent scents, in 9 oz. and 12 oz. bottles.

 

Try some of these spa scents, if you can decide which one to choose! To make it easier, I suggest selecting one from each group. They are cheap enough that you can buy a collection for under $20.

Added bonus to the spa aromatherapy experience is soft skin, and no chlorine smell on your skin when you leave the spa. You’ll keep a soft scent and a lingering aroma of your scented spa or hot tub – all night long.

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

Spa & Hot Tub Aromatherapy Guide

June 21st, 2013 by

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By the end of a day, my olfactory senses are dulled by offices and highways, but a dip in the hot tub always restores.

Did you know that you can distinguish over 10,000 scents? Certain aromas or scents have a very real physiological effect on humans. They can soothe, energize and produce a sense of well being. Certain scents are also known to give a sensual or euphoric feeling, especially to those already relaxing in a hot tub.

I’ve been using spa scents for as long as I remember, but recently I was given a box full of spa scent samples – to test out for you, my dear reader! I have to admit that I haven’t had time to try them all – after all we have over 60 different spa crystals, beads and elixirs. I grouped them into ‘scent categories’, to simplify the testing of the different spa scents.

What resulted was a list of my favorite hot tub scents – used to create different moods in your spa or hot tub, sometimes serene, sometimes sensual.

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Lavender has been used for thousands of years, since Romans added it to their bath houses. It’s a known antiseptic, useful in treating mild infections, especially candida, but is mainly used to bring calming to the mind. Inhaling the aroma of lavender can help with sleep problems, depression and worry. As a circulatory stimulant, it brings relief for muscle pain, cramping, migraines and other head and body pain. Lavender is also good for your skin. It helps skin cells to regenerate, and is used to treat scarring or stretch marks, and can also be used with rashes, sunburns or skin infections.lavender-spa-crystals

We have lots of Lavender spa scents at Hottubworks. I’m told it’s one of our best selling scents. It’s one that people know, commonly used in soaps, pillows or sachets. I like the Lavender Spa Crystals. They come in a large, 2 lb. box with a scoop, and is so fragrant I began to relax before even opening the box. I sprinkled in the spa scent crystals, watching them sink slowly, while they immediately release the soothing scent, along with natural plant moisturizers, into the water.

lavender-palmarosaAnother Lavender spa scent that tested well with me was the Lavender Palmarosa Escape Elixir. As opposed to the spa crystals, Elixirs are a thick and shiny liquid, in beautiful colors, that is poured into the water. Lavender is mixed with botanical oils, and in this case, Palmarosa, which is a type of Lemon Grass. Lemon is another scent that rejuvenates, and I really liked the experience more than just the lavender alone.  The Lavender Palmarosa Escape Elixir is a thick liquid, but if you prefer spa crystals to liquid – the same scent by SpaZazz is also made in crystal form, as the Escape Crystals – Lavender Palmarosa.

 

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Jasmine is a rich and warm floral fragrance, seductive and sensual. It has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac, and I can see why! Jasmine is sweetly exotic, and is also called ‘Mistress of the Night’ or ‘Moonlight of the Grove’, because the seductive scent is at it’s strongest in the middle of the night. When you add Jasmine to a hot tub, you may be calling for your lover to join you! Jasmine is sweet, soft and very sexy.

Jasmine is considered a mild sedative, and it certainly also helped me to relax, and really enjoy the spa session. It helps with anxiety, depression or a general blah feeling. It relaxes the central nervous system. Jasmine is also used in some countries as an aid to skin healing, by adding a few drops of Jasmine essence to a mineral or vegetable oil.

Jasmine Spa CrystalsThe samples of Jasmine that I had included the Jasmine Spa Crystals, and the White Musk Vanilla Jasmine Escape Crystals, with the word “Soothe” on the label. The Jasmine Spa Crystals were more fruity and floral, and the Escape Crystals were also sweet, but less so – toned down by the Vanilla and Musk aromas. musk-vanilla-jasmine-aromatherapy-for-the-spa

I used these scents on consecutive nights, so I could best compare. Both Jasmine crystals were soothing and sensual, and when I closed my eyes, I could easily imagine that I was in the south pacific, on a floating island. The Musk Vanilla Jasmine blend was definitely the sexier of the two, as you may have guessed.

 

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Mint is one of the most widely used aromatic herbs, used in everything from food and drinks to lip balm. In 1879, the British Journal of Medicine noted that the vapors of menthol gave relief to headaches and nerve pain. It improves alertness and helps one to concentrate, and could be perfect after a long day, to prepare for a long evening. Peppermint increases blood flow, reduces itching and is helpful with arthritic cramps or muscle pain. And, it’s good for your skin, stimulating natural skin oil production.

Mint grows wild throughout North America, Europe and Australia. It’s an abundant perennial in some areas, like my backyard! For this test, I picked a small basket of leaves and laid them in the spa water, to give peppermint aromatherapy a more authentic feel.

eucalyptus-mintAdded to the leaves on my peppermint trial, I used the SpaZazz Eucalyptus Mint Elixir, also available in crystal form. The packet was labeled “stimulate”, so I was prepared and ready for stimulation. It was a calm stimulation – I felt my breathing open up, like when Mom would rub Vicks on my chest. After 15 minutes, I noticed that my skin did feel stimulated, almost to the point of goosebumps. This fresh feeling lasted for hours, as did the energy boost – which may have come from deeper breathing in the hot tub.

 

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Eucalyptus leaves have long been used in early cultures, for relief from aches and pains, and for treatment of altitude sickness. Early Incas, in the highlands of Peru would bathe in natural hot springs, filled with eucalyptus leaves. Similar to peppermint, Eucalyptus has an element of camphor, and can be used to treat sore throats, sinus problems, flu and fever.

The Eucalyptus tree is fast growing, to heights of 80 foot or more. Popular in sub-tropical regions (like California), you can often find wild eucalyptus trees that you can harvest for your spa aromatherapy sessions. In fact, I did just that – a neighbor down the street has large Eucalyptus trees lining their driveway. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind, so I trimmed a few stems.eucalyptus-spa-crystals

Added the Eucalyptus directly to the hot tub and then sprinkled in a scoop of my 2 pound “sample” of Eucalyptus Spa Crystals. Energizing and pungent, my soak in eucalyptus oils, with the mist surrounding me, was the most stimulating of all the spa scents that I tried. It also completely removed a headache that I had brought home with me. Like the peppermint aromatherapy, my soak in eucalyptus also made my skin dance a bit, and allowed my sinuses to open up for some deep breathing in the spa.

In summary, if you are looking to increase your spa relaxation, try a Lavender spa scent. For a romantic evening, go with a Jasmine fragrance. For a rejuvenating and energizing aromatherapy spa session, use Mint or Eucalyptus.

This has been a fun experiment, and I have enough left over spa scents to host some fun hot tub aromatherapy parties!

 

XOXO;

Gina Galvin
Hot Tub Works

 

Favorite Hot Tub Aromatherapy Products

April 22nd, 2011 by

Hot Tub Scents

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My favorite sets of items that we have on the site are the 2 lb. containers of spa crystals. Not only do they come with a little measuring cup but the scents are my favorite out of the aromatherapy items that we sell on the site.

The Eucalyptus has an earthy eucalyptus scent, the lavender has a scent almost like fresh laundry with a hint of lavender, the jasmine has a vanilla scent with a hint of jasmine, the cucumber melon has a sweet fruity scent, and the lime basil mandarin is the lightest scent and has a hint of citrus.

My most favorite scent is pomegranate. It has a strong fruit smell and reminds me of the scent of jolly rancher candy.

I love these crystals because not only could you use them in your hot tub but they are also great to use in a bath as well. If you want to learn even more about these items please give us a call and we could answer any of your questions.

~Nick

Spring is in the…Warehouse

April 21st, 2011 by

I was on my way to lunch and took a shortcut out the back door through the warehouse. It sure smells good out there…wonder why?

Another shipment of SPAZAZZ has arrived!

If you’ve never tried spa aromatherapy, treat yourself this year to some great smelling and soothing spa salts.

 

The perfect Get Well gift – Spa Hot Tub Aromatherapy

April 15th, 2011 by

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If cold and flu got you down – try Detox Therapy!

April is here and in Southern California that means unpredictable weather. One day it can be sunny and over 80 degrees then the next day cool and cloudy with a high of 60 degrees.

Unpredictable weather usually means the predictable spring cold. Boy did I get one! The cold came with fever, aches, sore throat and cough. Other than cold medicine and sleep the only relief I found was a soak in the tub. I tried for the first time Our Spazazz RX Crystals.

I used the Respiratory Therapy Crystals and the Muscle Therapy Crystals. Wow is all I can say! Both of these really worked well. I used both of these in the bath tub and I recommend them to anyone who gets a Spring Cold like I did.

Tonight I plan on trying the Joint Therapy Crystals. I also think this trio would make the perfect “get well” gift for any friend or family member who gets sick.

The Soak is Always Better on the Other Side…

March 9th, 2011 by

soak in a spa - hot tubs are great no matter where they areAlthough I live in beautiful Southern California and the weather is usually amazing, I found myself becoming envious of our customers living in the Mid-West and North-East.

It always sounded crazy to me that anyone would go into their hot tub when it is freezing outside. So I had to ask why? My first thought was I would never go out in freezing weather to get in my hot tub. As it was explained why and described to me how wonderful it is to be in the warm water while snow is falling from the sky I could feel myself “turning green”.

One customer mentioned that while soaking in her lavender scented water not only can she enjoy the snow falling on her head, she has seen comets fly by.

Another customer mentioned how he watches the sunrise over snow covered trees while safe and warm in his hot tub. He actually eats breakfast and drinks coffee in his tub hot every morning. He was buying a new Spa Caddy to hold his morning meal.

Now, California may have nice weather but I want to see comets fly by, snow fall on my head and the sun rise over snow covered trees while safe and warm in my hot tub.

I guess the soak is always better on the other side.