Posted on Feb 13th, 2006

Do you need a vacation but can’t escape your office or cubicle? Don’t worry. Simply turn your bathtub into an exotic retreat with beneficial products and therapeutic aroma’s. Great ingredients such as oatmeal, glycerin, lavender, and shea butter will help you to create an amazingly beneficial pampering experience.

With our busy lives and hectic schedules, we often forget to pamper ourselves. This is where stress release is needed. Release stress with a soothing 30-minute bath and ease your mind while soothing sore muscles – all at the same time. An important part of stress management is to pamper yourself on a regular basis.

It’s simple to run to your local bath and body store or supermarket and grab a few pampering items, but when you have the option of handmade items, you may think twice before using just any products. Handmade items are made with all-natural ingredients that benefit your skin and your mind. A few examples of natural ingredients are:

• Epsom Salts: Used in bath salts, foot soaks, and also in some soaps, this is a great ingredient to help you ease sore muscles and draw away toxins from the body.
• Cocoa Butter: Cocoa Butter is a rich emollient with excellent skin softening and conditioning properties.
• Glycerin Soap: Those who suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as people that have sensitive skin or are hypoallergenic often find immediate relief by switching to handmade soap. One of the biggest differences between commercial soap and handmade soap is glycerin. Glycerin is a clear liquid that absorbs water from the air and is a key factor in keeping skin soft and healthy. Glycerin soap is especially good for sensitive and delicate skin, and for children.
• Lavender: Lavender is an aromatherapy relaxant, stress reliever, aphrodisiac. Essential oil of lavender is used in aromatherapy to lift depression, combat tiredness and help relaxation.
• Oatmeal: The benefits of oatmeal come from its ability to bind to the skin. Because of its affinity for water, it acts as a moisturizer by attracting and holding water on the skin’s surface. In addition, the ground oatmeal acts as a soothing agent which helps reduce redness, itching and many minor skin irritations. It is a gentle exfoliant as well.
• Shea Butter: Shea Butter lotion melts on your skin - light and creamy for your face, elbows, knees & hands. Shea butter has an amazing amount of healing properties and softening capability. Shea butter benefits also include the protection of skin from environmental damage.

Customers are buying handmade natural soap in record numbers. According to The U.S. Market for Natural Personal Care Products, a report published by Packaged Facts available at MarketResearch.com, more Americans are taking a holistic approach to maintaining both body and mind, combining grooming and beauty products free of synthetic ingredients with stress relief programs. There is a keen awareness of the possible unpleasant effects of many of the synthetic additives in commercial skin care products. Because of this, many people are turning to all-natural bath and body products.

Take the time to relax and reduce stress using all-natural products. Your skin will thank you.

Created by Kristen Somerville in April 2001, The Sublime Dragonfly produces bath and body products including soaps, lotions, body scrubs and a full line of luxurious personal items. The company uses only the finest natural ingredients to create quality products for your “at-home” spa experience.

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