It’s that time of year again!
Autumn (for me) used to mean going back to school, my birthday while going back to school (not exactly party time for a kid), sweater weather, and all the plants turning from their vibrant and alive green to dying reds and browns. Not anymore! Now, Fall means Spa Show Season with the annual ISPA Conference & Expo. This year the show went back to Las Vegas, and had over 2000 attendees, 30 speakers and 200 exhibitors.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my favorite finds from the Expo floor, divided into these categories:
- Wellbeing, Wellness, Self-Care
- Skin Care & Treatments – Face
- Skin Care & Treatments – Body
- Hands & Feet
- Sun Care
- Food & Beverage
- Spa Tech, Tools, Devices, Furniture
These are products that I discovered this year, or new products from brands that I already know and love. These 2019 favorites made my list because I think they would be excellent in innovative wellness-based treatments and services, or be great additions to any spa boutique retail plan.
Wellbeing, Wellness, Self-Care
Rosebud Woman has created “luscious intimate skincare” for women. The line is formulated for women’s most sensitive, delicate body parts. Rosebud Woman offers self-care products, information, community, and ritual to honor and celebrate our experience as a woman. Our flagship offerings are luxury vaginal skincare with impeccable plant-derived ingredients. They are formulated for daily and specialty use, to meet the specific concerns and desires of women.
In one of our ISPA room drop bags, Rosebud Woman provided a little Ritual Travel Kit (retail: $28) containing Honor: Everyday Balm (which heals, repairs and moisturizes skin using Bisabolol and adaptogens), Soothe: Calming Cream (calms redness and swelling with Arnica, Calendula, Comfrey and other herbs), Arouse: Stimulating Serum (which uses a combination of Buzz Buttons and Pepper, along with the traditional aphrodisiacs and adaptogens Damiana, Maca, Ashwagandha, and Suma to provide a little plumping and tingle) and Refresh: Cleansing Spray (cleans and cools safely without surfactants or soaps using witch hazel, aloe, purified water, tea tree, lavender and hydrogen peroxide)
Sight: Rosebud Women is beautifully branded and packaged, and they even have a book called The Invitation: Daily Love For Your Intimate Self (I received a free copy; it retails for $17 online) which contains lovely illustrations and super insightful information on our “usually ignored” parts and how to love and care for them.
Smell: Since Rosebud Woman products are all vegan or “beegan” there’s nothing synthetic or overly-perfumed smelling in this intimate skincare line. I found the scent of each product to be very soft and refreshing.
Touch: Cool, silky and smooth for Honor, Soothe and Arouse, and gently cooling for Refresh.
Bonus: Rosebud Woman believes in and supports women, donating a portion of their sales through their Reverence Fund to vetted non-profits who are moving the needle for women, and as a result, their families and communities.
Osea Vagus Nerve Oil
So, stimulating your vagus nerve is a thing! The Vagus Nerve is the longest running cranial nerve in your body. It is one of ten paired cranial nerves and runs from the stem of your brain all the way down to your gut. Simply put, it is one of the most essential parts of the body that most people never knew was important to our well-being until now. Osea says that we can now elevate our mood to a higher meditative state with their Vagus Nerve Oil (Retail: $48), which is formulated with Juniper, Chamomile, Lavender and Jojoba. The blend activates the calming effects of the vagus nerve response. I found that it also helps me sleep better when I use it before bedtime.
Sight: Osea products are beautifully and uniformly packaged which is great for branding consistency, but sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart. For me, the look of the oil itself walks the line between appealing and unappealing — if it was packaged any differently with lesser branding, I might not be inclined to put it on.
Smell: All the Osea products I have tried smell lovely, and the Vagus Nerve Oil is no exception. Its scent is soft with chamomile being the most dominant. As such, it’s indistinctively herbal, with sugary-fruity twist.
Touch: The sample I received came in a rollerball applicator, so I could just roll it directly on my neck. Massaging it in involves soft upward strokes of the light oil.
Bonus: All of Osea’s plant-derived ingredients are sustainably grown and their bioavailable seaweed is responsibly hand-harvested from the pristine waters of Patagonia. They were also the very first company to sign “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”, an initiative started by the Environmental Working Group that holds companies accountable for ensuring that their products are “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.”
Handcrafted in Minnesota, Essence One is an aromatherapy company that was founded as a way to help people discover the benefits of aromatherapy and the advantages of replacing toxic products with all-natural replacements. Owner and creator Lauren VanScoy decided to dedicate herself to aromatherapy after suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. Wanting to learn the science behind the practice, she received her Certification in Aromatherapy, studied phychoneuroimmunology, and is also working to become a Certified in Herbalism and international organic skincare.
The product I received at ISPA was the Sleep Rollerball (Retail: $18) which is made up of a unique blend of Grapeseed Oil, Lavender, Blue Tansy, Clary Sage, Green Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile and Vitamin E. Essence One only uses 100% pure essential oils (many of them organic) and natural colorants.
I would have loved to receive samples of other products they have since they make a variety of bath and body care, facial care, pet care, and cleaning products. I’m intrigued by this herbal Clarifying Facial Steam (Retail: $34) which is apparently a very popular thing now in natural facial care.
Sight: Essence One has a clean and simple black & white aesthetic to its branding. Very no-nonsense, down-to-earth and practical. It’s a bit difficult to see what the sleep blend looks like, but it appears to be blue — probably from the Blue Tansy.
Smell: Softer in scent than other sleepy-time essential oil blends that I use, and I smell mostly lavender and clary sage when I use this on my wrists and neck before bedtime.
Bonus: Essence One has partnered with Bring Change To Mind to sponsor their High School Club program. The sponsorship allows the launch and support of the Maple Grove Senior High School mental health awareness club. These funds provide new passionate club members with the resources, materials, and support necessary to impact how their peers view and talk about mental health.
Come back next week to see what other amazing products we found at #ISPA2019 that we think you’ll love. I’ll be covering Skin Care & Treatments for face (always a popular topic and one of the most dominant categories at ISPA) so you won’t want to miss it.