Make a spa while traveling or at home with Erbaviva[classic article]

Travel wreaks havoc on how you look and feel. Even “luxury” travel cramps you up. Food on the road tends to contain a lot of salt and have not enough fiber. Factor in increased alcohol consumption, lack of sleep and not enough water — often so expensive overseas! — and you’re gonna need some serious help shaping up.

How about being able to bring a professional quality spa treatment on the road, even in a 3-1-1 carry-on flight travel case? Erbaviva to the rescue! I was very happy to be hosted to experience it.

Erbaviva is a green company creating therapeutic skin careproducts with herbs, natural oils, etc. Here’s what they say about them:

Does Erbaviva use any synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances or additives?

No. All of our products are made of 100% natural or organic ingredients without any synthetic chemicals, harsh detergents, unnatural fragrances, artificial colors or unhealthy additives. Our formulas are crafted to nourish the skin using only the finest therapeutic grade organic and wild-crafted essential oils. The result is a luxurious collection of authentically organic skincare products.

Do you test your products on animals?

No. Erbaviva’s products are never tested on animals.

Do your products contain animal derived ingredients?

Yes. A few of our formulas contain organic beeswax, honey or organic milk. We have chosen these ingredients because of their excellent moisturizing and antiseptic properties as well as their natural origin compared to other harsh and synthetic alternatives.

They have a number of categories, including “shaping and firming”. The first step involves using the shaping salts and oils, then the firming salts and oils. The salts are finely ground, so you can use them in a bath or mix them with the corresponding oil to create a scrub. I like that — especially while traveling — as sometimes, you don’t really know how clean the bathtub is. My mom, who travels the globes, especially warns against that . . . you don’t want to bring home an unintended souvenir! Either way, I found the products relaxing and stimulating at the same time, if that makes sense. The citrus and other natural oils do help combat “orange peel” skin. Isn’t that ironic?

Since the salts are dry, you don’t have to include them in a 3-1-1 carry-on flight travel bag. The oils fit a 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag beautifully.

The scents are delicious and efficacious. In the Shaping phase, this is what they say about it:

Organic pink pepper stimulates healthy circulation and tone. Organic ginger naturally warms the skin, promoting healthy circulation. Organic grapefruit promotes vibrant skin tone and complexion, while its diuretic properties are known to help alleviate water retention.

In the Firming phase, this is what they say about it:

Frankincense eases skin inflammation, enhances general skin tone and aids in the smoothing of wrinkles. Helichrysum carries skin regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties, while sandalwood soothes and calms as it boosts skin hydration.

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