10 Eco-Conscious Ways to Pamper Yourself This Holiday Season
Excess may be the North Star of the holiday season, but there are great ways to indulge that treat yourself and the environment right, too. Whether you’re into in mani/pedis, yoga or crafting, we’ve gathered a list of 10 ways to eco-pamper yourself for the holidays.
Get a fume-free mani/pedi
Paint Nail Bar in Richmond Heights offers luxe and long-lasting mani/pedis without the mystery chemical ingredients. All of its polishes are vegan and formaldehyde-free, and the shop uses only LED lamps for curing the water-based gel polishes. Paint Nail Bar also uses ceramic pedicure basins in lieu of bacteria-loving whirlpool jet tubs.
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Sip a cold-pressed juice
Head to Rootbound Juice Bar in Clayton for a cleansing break from holiday indulgence. Stop in for a refreshing juice to go or sign up for one of the juicing and detox plans, offered in single-day, three-day, five-day or 30-day plans. We recommend the Harmony juice with green apple, spinach, celery, pineapple, lemon and ginger and the Glow juice with red apple, beet, cucumber, red bell pepper, lemon and ginger.
Shop all-natural skincare products
Visit Blissoma Botanical Beauty Store in the Lafayette Square area for vegan-certified and chemical-free makeup, hair care, body care and nontoxic nail products. Every product in the shop is made by Blissoma or other independent companies, and the shop’s knowledgeable staff also offers skin care and makeup consultations, makeup lessons, event makeup and green beauty swap services, where you can upgrade your current beauty products for eco-conscious equivalents.
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Experience an eco-friendly salon
Keep your hair and skin healthy and happy with eco-conscious hair treatments at Blend Salon in Maplewood. While you beautify with the broad menu of wellness services, you’ll also rest assured in the knowledge that Blend uses environmentally conscious products made by Aveda and Kevin Murphy.
Visit an organic spa and yoga studio
A small boutique spa located in Florissant, Om Turtle Yoga & Spa uses its own handmade brand of all-natural products for massage therapy, facials, nails and waxing. Om Turtle also offers yoga for all body types at its Ferguson studio, with classes styles ranging from Vinyasa Power Flow to Chair Yoga for those with limited mobility. While you’re at the Ferguson location, enjoy a fresh juice or superfood-centric breakfast or lunch at its café.
Light an organic candle
Hand poured in small batches in St. Louis, Glow Candle Co.’s all-natural candles are made with eco-friendly soy wax derived from American-grown soybeans. Glow’s candles are dye free and nontoxic, with lead-free cotton wicks. For year-round relaxation, we recommend the Mediterranean Fig and Blood Orange scents. To get you in the mood for the holidays, try White Pine or Autumn Apple.
Image courtesy of Glow Candle Co.
Get your bronze on
If your summer glow has faded, Sol Organic Sunless Tanning in Kirkwood offers flawless spray tans without the harsh chemicals. Its tans are organic, vegan, cruelty free and created with all naturally derived ingredients. Post-session, the shop offers all-natural products that prolong your tan’s longevity.
Update your pantry with local foods
A Maplewood specialty foods and kitchen goods shop, Larder and Cupboard finds specialty goods you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Stop by for a great bottle of wine and locally made cheeses, preserves and pickled veggies and invite a friend over to savor a stand-out cheese board, or pick up local coffee and tea to keep you cozy on those cold winter nights. Larder and Cupboard seeks out small producers that don’t work with big distributors, offering you culinary treats with a lower carbon footprint.
Take an eco-conscious craft class
Craft your way to relaxation with a fun group class at Perennial. A nonprofit organization that utilizes as many repurposed and recycled materials as possible in its South City workshops, Perennial offers classes that teach new skills like sewing, woodworking, welding, fabric dyeing and weaving—and let you take something beautiful home at the end of the day.
Featured image courtesy of Rootbound Juice Bar.