The Best Canadian Bath and Body Products for Your Next Spa Night
We all can appreciate how a little self-care can turn your mood around in a snap. For some people, it’s sitting down with a book and a cup of coffee. For others, journaling their feelings in a notebook bound in soft leather. For a few others, it’s taking the time out of their day to relax at the spa.
But, weekly trips to the spa are not within everyone’s budget. For those that don’t want to miss out on the part of their week that reenergizes them to face daily life again, creating your own kit to use at home might be a smart option. It’s affordable, customizable, and can give you as close to the same results you’d get if you walked into your favorite relaxation spot in town.
Your Own Spa at Home
The first step is to look at what you already have handy to start building your kit. Bath salts, bath bombs, and bubble baths are things we tend to receive as gifts for both big and small celebrations. Most of us tend to hoard them and only break them out on special occasions worried that we’ll use them up too fast. But, that just means it’s another chance to replenish your stock and try out new things.
If you don’t have anything at home, however, the good news is that you don’t need to wait for your next birthday! Making your kit yourself can be just as satisfying as receiving one.
Small Local Companies for Bath and Body Products
When you think about your happy place, what comes to mind? If it looks something like the bath or the fresh scents section coming out of a big box store, you’re not alone. Those companies have pioneered the concept of low-cost generic bath bombs, creams and soaps. But, if you’re hoping to support local the next time you replenish your kit, allow us to point you in the right direction. No need for big multinationals, when you can access high-quality products at great prices from small local companies.
Founded in 1999 by 3 sisters, Barefoot Venus was created with the idea of bringing old-time ingredients into the modern world. Consciously crafted to provide both serious results as well as a remarkably memorable experience, the company is a collective of women aiming to create a space of wellbeing and calm. Some of the Canadian brand’s best products include their award-winning Mustard Bath, as well as their Body, Hand and Foot Creams. Their amazing product graphics make them the perfect gifts as well.
Canadian Andrew Wingrove founded Bee By The Sea in 2008 after discovering sea buckthorn berry during a trip abroad. He mixed this new-to-him discovery with his years of experience as a beekeeper, and his knowledge of honey as a medicinal element, to create an anti-aging and healing cream. From there several new products were added to the line until the company became what it is today, a complete line of skin healing products, ideal for dry skin and for those suffering from rosacea, eczema, age spots and other skin afflictions.
It all started in Sharon Springs, NY with 100 goats and the idea of sharing the benefits of goat milk for sensitive skin. From one bar of soap the company grew and grew. Today they carry dozens of products formulated for the pickiest skin out there. As both leaping bunny and Peta certified cruelty-free, Beekman 1802 aims to make sure both the animals that help source the milk and the customers using it can experience a relaxed and calm life. Their goat milk products are now available in Canada.
For Every Occasion, and for Everyone
If after reading this article you’re excited to pick up something new for your bath kit, but it’s currently overflowing with products – don’t worry! Self-care is not just for the women in the family, or for birthday gifts alone. Here are some other ideas of occasions, and loved ones that would probably enjoy receiving their own spa kit too.
- Baby shower. We know what you’re thinking, but this is not for the baby! While there are certainly spa products for them out there, in this case we’re thinking about the new mom. Having a child is a lot of work, and the lack of sleep that comes with the first little while is probably not the best to allow for finding a self-care moment. Give mom a reason to take a minute for herself.
- Kids birthday. If you grew up watching your mom do a daily beauty routine, then you probably have fond memories of her setting up her bath, doing her nails, and putting makeup on. Your children are likely forming those same memories with you. Teach them their own self-care early, and let them share it with their friends with a spa-themed birthday. Look for natural, non-toxic products that are safe for little ones and you’re good to go.
- Father’s day. Dads can also benefit from a good self-care moment. A warm, relaxing bath with fragrant bath salts to help heal muscles after a hard day at work knows no gender.