When it comes to creating the spa atmosphere at home, I turn to the Italians. Let’s face it, Italians know a little something about beauty. The country has expressed la bellezza in countless forms. From Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida to the stunning masterpieces of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci to the heart-lifting tones of Pavorotti. Perhaps this rich heritage also explains why Italy’s finest beauty companies, many of them family-owned, have endured for decades, even centuries.
They faithfully use local ingredients for their soaps, skin creams and perfumes, and they adhere to recipes passed down for generations. Some of these products may be a little off the beaten track, but i think they’re well worth the wander.
First up is Borghese Fango.
The Fango Collection is a rich derivative of Borghese’s spa heritage that brings nourishing minerals, natural botanicals and their exclusive Acqua di Vita® Complex to treatments that polish, refine, renew and restore the skin, hair & scalp – All in the comfort of your own home. Whatever your skin concern, there’s a Fango for that! Check out the collection. www.Borghese.com
Acqua di Parma Oolong candle.
Fragrances and accessories for individuals of discerning taste. Because true class is as delicate and rarefied as a scent. It evades definition, fashion and commonplaces. Only in this way does it become a way of life. www.acquadiparma.com
Speziali Fiorentini lavender body cream.
Experience the true essence of Florence. Its’ artistic packaging with lovely scenes and beautiful paintings of Tuscan landscape are a tribute to the old-world tradition of making bath and body products with extraordinary scents from the past. Made in Italy of course. Speziali Fiorentini products are microbiologically tested in compliance with STOP ANIMAL TESTING LAW standard and controlled by the Italian Institute for ethical and environmental certification. http://www.euroganicsbeauty.com
Valobra Balsam soap.
A soothing soap made from pure, invigorating balsam and enriched with lecithin and vitamin E, Balsamo is a distinguished scent greatly enjoyed by men and is especially good for oily skin. From Valabro Soaps The Valobra family of Genova, Italy has been making soaps with hand-picked natural ingredients since 1903, and continues their commitment to craftsmanship to this day by seasoning each bar for six months and hard-milling for long use and a luxurious bathing experience. These hand-crafted, Italian soaps are made using methods unchanged since the 18th century. The soapmakers season pure soap base for four to six months; hard mill the soap six times with vegetable oils, pure essential oils, and vitamins; then gently hand wrap each beautiful bar with original vintage packaging. The soaps contain no harsh detergents or chemical agents, just skin-softening ingredients that make everything from washing your hands to bathing a better experience. www.westcoastshaving.com
Cali Olivia Notte night moisturizer. In the 19th century, on an olive tree grove, on the outskirts of Rome by the Mediterranean Sea, the Roman nobles discovered the Cali Beauty Farm. There, based upon ancient home made recipes, passed down from generation to generation, the nobles enjoyed and benefited from the recipes. Since the creation of the Cali Beauty Farm, their philosophy has been to treat the outside and the inside of our bodies with the same care while using the finest ingredients.
“Oliva Notte” is a very rich moisturizer, which replenishes and revitalizes your skin’s tone, texture and beauty while the body is at rest. It also contains rosemary (promotes healing, toning stimulating and softening properties), neroli (stimulates cell regeneration, soothing properties) and chamomile (anti-inflammatory and repairer properties, soothing, refreshing and purifying, neutralizes skin irritants) .
Give these gems a try and let me know how much more beautiful you feel.