Who doesn’t love an at home spa day? It’s a great idea, and I think a spa day gift is even better if the products are new and unusual. I recently tried some pretty amazing bath and body items from the website Gold Sakura, which specializes in natural Japanese beauty products. Theycarry three brands: Hanayuki, Hinoki Deitanseki, and Shirasu. It’s a blast to putter around this site, everything looks delightful and is very affordable. This company ships incredibly fast. You can get all of these things within a few days, so it’s a perfect gift basket or gift bag to put together.
Here are a few ideas:
The Hinoki Deitanseki line features wood charcoal and Hinoki cypress oil products. They have really neat bath packets for $3.00 each, or you can get 6 for $12.60. I tried one of each. The Bath Oil softens bath water and leaves your skin moisturized. It has lemon fruit extract, citric acid, and Hinoki oil. The Bath Salts soften bath water plus have minerals. Ingredients include mandarin orange peel extract, sea salts, and Hinoki oil. The Bath Powder is another great way to soften bath water, and it includes yuzu fruit extract, silica, and Hinoki oil. I think one of each is a great addition to an at home spa gift.
Another really cool idea are Body Wash Towels. These are traditional Japanese towels for the bath or shower. Maybe I am extremely late to this party, but I have never seen anything like these before.
Body wash towels aren’t for drying off, they are for soaping up in the bath or shower. They are large enough to make washing your back a breeze. The pink towel ($6.50) is stretchy and slightly exfoliating. It makes gorgeous foam with a tiny amount of soap, and it dries super quick. It has vitamin C and acerola as antioxidants, plus marine collagen. The blue towel ($7.50) is like the pink but with sea kelp for minerals and squalene to soften the skin.
And the packaging? So cute!!! These make awesome stocking stuffers as well as a perfect addition to an at home spa gift. Another Body Wash Towel option is the ST Takesumi ($7.50), which is a thicker version that really exfoliates. This one has bamboo charcoal in it to help deodorize and clean clogged pores.
The weave in this one is thicker for deeper cleansing.
It feels super scrubby and is perfect for cleaning your back. I love the Body Wash Towels, they are inexpensive and so different from anything you can find in the states.
A spa gift definitely needs a facial cleanser, and there are several great options at Gold Sakura. Check out this lovely face soap, Shirasu Sakura Facial Cleansing Foam ($18.50).
The packaging is sublime, it’s exquisite and just looking at it makes me happy.
This is a thick creamy cleanser made with volcanic ash and Yoshino cherry (Sakura) extract. I find it to be gentle and hydrating. The volcanic ash is for deep-cleaning pores, and the Yoshino cherry moisturizes.
Plus, it comes with this fascinating mesh net that you put right over your hand. You just need a tiny amount of the soap, and the netting works it into a foamy lather that cleans beautifully.
Or, for something really different you could go with a jar of facial soap. I am loving the Shirasu Cleansing Facial Soap ($22.50).
This jar of soap is the coolest thing. It has a slightly grainy texture and foams up into a splendid lather. The grains are the volcanic ash. Gold Sakura says, “Ultra fine particles of specially processed volcanic ash have a balloon-like structure – smooth on the outside and hollow inside. It allows ultra fine particles to reach deep inside the pores to remove impurities without damaging the skin.” How awesome is that?? It comes with a slightly larger mesh netting similar to the Shirasu Sakura Facial Cleansing Foam. This soap also has Aloe extract, Pearl protein, Royal jelly extract and Collagen.
A great way to complete a home spa gift basket is with a facial mask. I adore the Shirasu Facial Mask ($22.50).
The packaging is fascinating, and so is what’s inside. This looks and feels almost like a clay mask, just a little more smooth and creamy. It has all kinds of interesting ingredients like skin softeners olive fruit oil, glycerin and squalane. It also has pearl protein, royal jelly extract, collagen, soybean seed extract, and aloe leaf extract to nourish and moisturize. Plus it does deep cleaning with volcanic ash and Bentonite and Kaolin clays.
Using the Shirasu Facial Mask several times a week results in healthy, clean, glowing skin. This is gorgeous stuff, inexpensive, and unusual!
I have listed just a small sampling of goodies available at Gold Sakura. A customized spa gift is perfect for someone special, and there are all kinds of other unique items at Gold Sakura. Get creative this holiday and make someone very happy! - Lisa