Using Sound for Well-being in Your Self-Care Routine

Shannon Smyth
Our emotions and senses are deeply intertwined. Each of the five senses - sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell - feed important information about our environment back to our brain to make sense of the world around us.

Incorporating more of the senses into your self-care routine is an effective way to relax and ground yourself. Sensory self-care is a powerful tool and can really help to level up your well-being routine.

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Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Shannon Smyth
Each of these delicious vegan ice cream recipes are the perfect treat for anyone who has a dairy allergy, chooses not to eat dairy, or is vegan or vegetarian.

With some no churn recipes included, you can enjoy these yummy ice creams whether you have an ice cream maker or not.

From salted caramel and camomile ice cream, chunky maple peanut butter ice cream, mint chocolate chip ice cream and so much more, there is something here for whatever your favorite ice cream flavor is!

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Salt Scrub vs Sugar Scrub: Which is Better?

Shannon Smyth
Salt scrubs are often touted as the more natural alternative to sugar scrubs. But is this really true? Have you ever wondered what makes a scrub better than another?

Let's explore the differences between salt and sugar, their respective benefits, and which one might be right for you!

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The Lodge at Woodloch Crafted Cocktail Recipe

Shannon Smyth
Fifteen years ago, The Lodge at Woodloch first opened its doors. The luxurious spa resort in Hawley, PA, was designed as a destination like no other in the Northeast. The intent was to create a wellness respite for guests to find a personal awakening through discovering stress-relieving outlets to help them along their wellness journeys.

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What Does Wellness Really Mean?

Shannon Smyth

Wellness is when an individual is in the state of good health; mentally, physically and spiritually.

You might consider wellness a buzzword, especially when it’s tossed around in marketing constantly. It tends to be a topic that is very much focused on, and highlighted by, influencers and celebrities. There are wellness retreats and conferences, even YouTube tutorials that cover the topic of wellness.

But what does wellness really mean?

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5 Cruelty Free Perfumes from A Girl's Gotta Spa!

Shannon Smyth
A few years into our natural body care line, I began to hear more people talk about how hard it was to find cruelty free perfumes. Since A Girl's Gotta Spa! is a Leaping Bunny certified brand (and vegan), I decided we needed to do something to fill this void in the market.

Most people usually associate A Girl's Gotta Spa! with spa quality bath and body products, not perfumes. However, scent, to me, aligns with mood and the feelings generated from them.

As a brand intended to encourage and uplift women, fragrance is the perfect extension of our brand.

As I write this, we have 5 cruelty free perfumes with a 6th in development for Summer.

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Patchouli Oil - Fragrance and Oils to Mix With

Shannon Smyth
Back in the early 90's I distinctly remember my younger sister burning incense in the scent of patchouli. I wasn't exactly a fan then, but just like taste buds, how we feel about certain fragrances evolves over time.

First, let's start with the obvious:

What is Patchouli?

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Ways to Exfoliate for Healthier Skin

Shannon Smyth
To achieve healthy skin, sometimes it just needs some exfoliation in order to more readily absorb hydrating lotion. You don't need to step foot in a spa to achieve this - although I would never say no to a spa day!

There are many ways to exfoliate your body to remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. Our bodies shed their dead skin cells naturally every 30 days, but as we get older, the cycle begins to slow down.

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Why Nature is Good for Your Mental Health

Shannon Smyth
Spending time in the great outdoors of nature’s green space can benefit both your physical and mental well-being.

Nothing drove that home to many, more than the pandemic. Here in the Poconos, city dwellers made their escape to our lush, mountain landscape in droves over this past year. And it's no surprise, that they learned the healing abilities that nature has on your mental health.

For instance, exercising outdoors, growing flowers or food, being around animals are all examples of positive effects that may result thanks to nature.

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What is Aloe Vera Good For?

Shannon Smyth
Aloe Vera has been used by people for thousands of years and is a popular medicinal plant.

Otherwise known as Aloe Barbadensis, Aloe Vera is a short-stemmed and thick plant that stores water in its leaves. Aloe Vera is best known for its health benefits, homeopathic treatment of ailments and injuries, and in skin care (like our amazing body wash.) Read on below for six benefits of Aloe Vera

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