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International Spas

Friday, August 7th, 2015

There’s a reason you can make the word “spa” from the letters in “passport.” That’s because international spa culture is such an incredible thing to explore. Whether it’s going to Bangkok for a true Thai massage (or, as they call it there, a “massage”) or indulging in a rejuvenating Venetian hot water bath, the spa-ternational world has so much to offer. Pack light, as we embark on this journey spanning the world of spa…remember, you’ll be filling your suitcase with inspiration! (Ooh, how touchy-feely of us!)

the-palmsOur trip begins in an area already well-known for its relaxative qualities: the Caribbean. But at The Spa at Regents Palms Turks & Caicos “relaxative” takes on a whole new accent. Their 90-minute “Zareeba” (an African term meaning “protected enclosure”) is a whole-body detoxification ritual that uses therapeutic herbs in conjunction with herbal steam to Zen you out, head-to-toe. Your Zareeba ends with a cooling wrap and body massage to release the toxins unearthed in the steam session. We think you’ll be saying “Turks and OK-cos.”

wine-lodge4And while we’re in the western hemisphere, let’s hop down to Argentina, where just outside Mendoza City (right near the Chilean border) is Cavas Wine Lodge, an acclaimed hotel, restaurant, and spa most notable for its unique regional treatment: vinotherapy. Whether you opt for a “Crushed Malbec Scrub” or a “Torrontés Wine Wrap” (yes, those are spa services, not appertifs), this is an international spa ritual that we most definitely want to toast. Cavas embraces the restorative power of grapes, with their age-defying, free-radical-combatting qualities, and offers visitors four wine-inspired treatments (including a red wine bubble bath!).

four-seasonsAlright, it’s flight time. Jet with us across the Pacific as we swing into Thailand, or more specifically, Chiang Mai, the largest city in the northern half of the country. And on this (imaginary) international spaventure, we’re making the Four Seasons our home base, to try out their Chakra Blessings treatments. In Hindu tradition, a chakra (which is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “disc”) is an aspect of your spiritual self, as realized in your physical body. They are described as “energy points” along the spinal column through which our life force flows; having ones chakras in balance is said to indicate the pinnacle of emotional and physical health. At the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, the well-being of ones chakras is the primary goal of their services. Treatments include targeted chakra sessions (different techniques that focus on individual chakras, like the Heart Chakra, which combines a Himalayan salt foot wash with a poppyseed scrub and a tuberose soak) as well as chakra massages designed for specific areas of the mind/body. The concept of aligning ones chakras is by no means exclusive to eastern geography. (ThermaSol’s Solitude App, which requires no frequent flyer miles to access, bases its Chromatherapy system on chakras, assigning a color and a quality – like Courage or Perception – to each part of the body. However, an entire spa devoted to chakra health is most certainly out of this world (or, at least, out of this country).

veneziaCanals schmanals. Let’s start a new trend: going to Venice for their spa rituals! Like those found at the Venezia Spa at the Abano Grand Hotel  – a beautiful getaway featuring specialized treatments that embrace the topography and agriculture of the Venetian region. With seven rooms and saunas each named for a local area (like “Campo d’Argilla,” or “Clay Field”), Venezia Spa couples basic techniques, like dry heat rooms and steam baths, with natural elements, such as muds, salts, and black soaps, to provide guests with an organic spa experience that has a pure connection to the surrounding geography. Thermal water treatments, wooden saunas brimming with eucalyptus (a throwback reference to Venice’s maritime history), and mint-based aromatherapy rooms are just a few ways Venezia Spa gives international spas a great name.

While there still is no place like home (which is where, of course, you have your ThermaSol Steam Shower ready and waiting for you every morning/afternoon/night, ready to relax and rejuvenate you at a moment’s notice), the international spa scene certainly proves that there’s no place like, well, the world. Adventuring through international spa life can take you on an amazing journey that goes beyond clear skin, scrubbed toes, or aligned chakras; it is truly a window into the world, one that allows us to explore other cultures through an organic and wonderfully unique lens. Wine bath, anyone?

Pamper your Pop this Father’s Day

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Fathers’ Day. That special time of year when love comes in the form of painted macaroni collages, necktie-shaped ice cream cakes, and coupon books filled with vouchers for “One Free Hug” or “A Day Off From Killing Bugs That Come In the House.”

We have a better idea.

This Fathers’ Day, why not take care of dad in a totally different way? As in, bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “give the guy a break”? We’re talking about treating dad to a spa day. Because anyone can book a round of golf for the old man. It’s time to pamper our pops and do something great for their minds, bodies, and souls…the way they’ve always done for us.

greenhouseThe good news is that spas around the country are offering unbeatable Fathers’ Day specials to make a Day-With-Dad as relaxing (and manly!) as possible. Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn, New York, renowned for its yoga programs and Shiatsu techniques, is taking special time out of its regular routines to take care of dads, by offering tremendous deals on its signature massages, including Swedish, sports, deep tissue, and hot stone relaxation sessions.

mrcHead west a few thousand miles to Mr. C Spa & Beauty in Beverly Hills to, as they say “spoil dad with a full day of relaxation.” Their customized Fathers’ Day package (available for most of the month of June) includes a 30 minute eucalyptus steam session, a specially-designed men’s back, face, and scalp treatment (crafted to target tired muscles), a back massage, and more, all culminating in a shaken-for-dad gin cocktail – the perfect way to eke out some good old fashioned fatherly advice!

 

ritzAnd speaking of cocktails…The Ritz-Carlton South Beach in the heart of Miami knows that there’s only one way to get a less-than-enthusiastic spa-going dad to relax and enjoy the pampering: beer. Their “Mucho Macho MANicure & BEERicure” Fathers’ Day special includes a full mani-pedi and a choice of craft brews to sample. Spa technicians will even use beer-based exfoliants to hydrate Dad’s skin during the treatment. (And as always, their Gentleman’s Deep Cleansing Facial, part of their regular men’s menu at the spa, will be available.)

hiatus

Of course, even cowboys need a little R&R. Which is why we love what Dallas’ Hiatus Spa + Retreat has on their agenda to celebrate Dad. They’re offering three unique packages for fathers at all levels of spa-ed-ness. For dads who need a little Relaxation 101, their “Frosty Mug Men’s Retreat” is a great way to ease Pop into the world of spa treatments. The “invigorating full body scrub with organic hops, barley and malt” ends with a chilled stone massage and a pint of a local Texas IPA. For dads who know their way around a spa, their “Best Dad Ever!” package, featuring an 80 minute stress-fix massage, a reflexology session, and a “Well-Groomed Men’s Facial,” is dad-finitely the way to go. And for those dads who just have to get back to the barbecue before the afternoon’s up, Hiatus’ “Dad’s Essentials” lets Dad choose two signature spa services to revitalize and recharge just the way he needs.

While Spa-thers’ Day, ahem, we mean Fathers’ Day, can be all about the bells and whistles, don’t forget that sometimes all Dad wants is a quiet afternoon at home. ThermaSol makes it so easy to turn your home bath into a spa paradise. A customized steam shower at your fingertips means that a spa day for Dad might be as close as a walk down the hall. Load up Dad’s iPod with his favorite tunes (which he’ll play through ThermaSol’s Serenity Light & Sound System), deck out the bathroom with manly scents (think candles scented with leather, tobacco, or mesquite), and fire up the grill for some hearty post-pampering eats. Thanks for everything, Dad. We’ll kill the bugs today.

Spas for Men

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Though the lumberjack style of bearded man reigns supreme, it has become quite evident that this is simply a front. Today’s men are becoming more and more enthralled with the concept of self-pampering and are now attending spas in record numbers. Indeed, while you see these tough-looking fellows marching down the streets in their flannel shirts and blue jeans, flexing their muscles, looking oh so comfortable, the stark reality is that they haven’t just chopped down a 50ft tree to construct their new log cabin; they’ve been at the spa!

Truth be told, spas are wonderful facilities that offer all sorts of comforting and relaxing activities that not only rejuvenate the body, but also set the mind at ease. Traditionally, they offered a bit of respite for women and allowed them to indulge in all sorts of pleasing and soothing practices; mud baths, massages, steam rooms, saunas, and placing cucumber slices over their eyes. All these practices have been refined over the years to help preserve youthful beauty and place the mind in spiritual wellbeing.

Modern man has taken note. Of course the men of today have become more focused on their appearance, and with research into the benefits of mental stability and overcoming anxiety and stress, placing your mind at ease has never been of more importance. Past practices like drinking and smoking to calm a man’s nerves have been clearly ousted as unhealthy and liable to cause all sorts of health problems. Spas bring about calm, naturally soothing refreshment, and they are catering more and more to male customers.

The Gendarmerie Boutique and Spa

Normal procedures like massages, steam rooms, and saunas are still commonplace, but these male spas also offer extended options like hair grooming, hair removal, hand and foot care, as well as a wide variety of body treatments. One popular spa in West Hollywood is the Gendarmerie, featuring big-screen TV’s and overstuffed leather chairs catering to masculine style. Popular services include hair waxing, facial enhancement, body treatments, and of course, massage.

Another hip LA location catering to men is Hammer & Nails, also in West Hollywood. Similarly themed chairs and TV’s speak to the masculine nature of this place. Additionally, each chair comes with a pair of headphones, allowing visitors to jam to whatever music they so choose, so long as they don’t keep rhythm with their hands or feet, because here is the store’s point of business. In this trendy location, men can have their hands and feet tended to through manicures and pedicures without feeling out of place as they would in a typically female-oriented nail salon.

Across the country in New York City lies the Kiehl’s Spa 1851, with a focus on precision shaves complete with moisturizing oils and creams, and even a eucalyptus-scented towel for softening the hairs in between lathering. The spa also offers body treatments and waxing, as well as a wide variety of nourishing lotions and products to enhance a man’s features and preserve a youthful appearance. Inspired by an apothecary in the neighborhood during the mid 19th century, Kiehl’s Spa 1851 strives to provide nourishment of more modern times, to men.

The stigma that surrounded a man treating himself to a day at the spa has seemingly vanished as more and more men discover just how wonderful and beneficial this experience can be. Just a few years ago, male visits to spas made up just 10% of the total clientele; now that number has expanded to more than a third of all spa visitors!

There’s no shame these days for men seeking the relaxing enjoyment of attending a spa, and as greater numbers of facilities gear themselves to cater to male visitors, the practice will only become more common. It’s really a surprise that men have withheld themselves from such pleasing delights for so long, but as our population strives for further gender equality, men are discovering things historically reserved for women that can benefit them too. It’s quite evident that the modern spa is one which caters to both sexes, offering the same relaxation and mood-enhancing experiences to suit both the man and woman of present times.

Steam Shower vs. Soaking Tubs

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Most of our Daily Basis Choices are pretty easy. Coffee or tea, subway or bus, sweater or jacket. You know, the “nice” decisions. And then, there are the Big Massive Home Choices. The ones we toss-and-turn over. Stainless steel or ceramic, wood or tile, EGGSHELL OR BUTTERCREAM??

(Sorry. We got a little out of control.)

Wouldn’t it be nice if some of those Big Massive Home Choices came with a little cheat sheet? Well, here you go: your insider’s guide to one of the biggest decisions about your bath – should I soak, or should I steam?

Steam showers and soaking tubs are two of the most popular bathroom upgrades, and with good reason. They both offer a luxurious spa experience from the comfort of one’s home, and can increase the value of one’s remodel. But which is the better investment? What nets you a better return? And which offers more utility?

First, what is a soaking tub, and what is a steam shower? Soaking tubs are deep bath basins – usually crafted in slightly different dimensions than traditional tubs (in addition to the greater depth, soaking tubs typically feature a narrow taper, and can come in an oval or circles shapes). Most often free-standing, so they’re rarely connected to a shower hookup. And they range from simple, basic varieties, sporting only a faucet and spigot, to more ooh-la-la versions, with tingly jets or built-in lighting. Available in a bevy of materials (from economical acrylic finishes to luxurious stone-crafted vessels), soaking tubs are beautiful, relaxing, and spa-esque, but don’t provide many more benefits (beyond that of size) than what you get out of your traditional bathtub.

 

Oh, did someone say benefits? Why yes, Steam Shower, over there, waiting to be defined, we DID say benefits. When it comes to health and wellness perks, steam showers rule. The unit itself consists of a generator (which can be housed either in your bathroom or, in certain cases, farther out for convenient installation, like ThermaSol’s generator units, which can live up to 50 feet beyond the bathroom) that delivers steam through your stall shower. Set your desired time and temperature, turn it on, and the generator delivers a luxurious stream of steam that envelops the stall, and invigorates your body. Steam showers are proven to have myriad medical benefits for your skin, your muscles, cellular recovery, and so much more.

So when it comes to a better investment for your body, steam showers have a significant edge. But let’s talk about that other kind of investment…the wallet sort. Like most things, soaking tubs and steam showers are available in a range of prices and qualities. Soaking tubs can be procured for as low as $500, and as high as $8,000, based on size and material. And while a soaking tub itself requires little maintenance, it can put a strain on two things: space and your water bill. Unlike a steam shower, which can be installed in a space as small as four feet by four feet, a soaking tub is an additional element in your bath. Which means that if you have the space, great – by all means, soak away. But if you’re lacking for room, wedging a soaking tub in a tiny bath not only limits utility (of the basin and the bathroom as a whole), it isn’t ideal for resale. And then, there’s the H20 factor. Because soaking tubs are deeper than traditional bathtub vessels, it’s very time-, energy-, and water-consuming to regularly fill a soaking tub…and your water bill will reflect this usage. (Plus, the million dollar, ahem, million gallon question…how often will you REALLY spend a half hour to fill and use your soaking tub?)

Steam showers are a different story when it comes to the quality of their investment. With a steam shower, your initial overhead is a little higher than that of a soaking tub. If your bath already has a stall shower, any modifications needed to make it steam shower-friendly are usually pretty minor. And the steam shower components – typically a generator and a controller – are available at a mid-point of around $3,500. So while you might spend more at the outset, post-installation, there are very few lingering costs. ThermaSol’s MicroTouch and Temp Touch technology, for example, has the power to generate heat and steam within seconds; and water usage for a 20 minute steam shower consists of a pretty memorable amount: ONE GALLON. Which all boils down to this: steam showers have a significantly lower impact on your water bill and your electric bill.

The spa-nalysis: in the short term and the long run, the better bang for your buck is a steam shower. The slightly-higher initial cost is well-worth what you get back. A steam shower is an upgrade that provides unique health and wellness benefits (versus a soaking tub, which has such limited advantages over your already-existing bathtub), a space-conscious luxury add-on – proven to be a hot resale amenity – an eco- and bill-friendly installation, and a piece of equipment that can be initiated with such speed and efficiency, you’ll actually use it. Our take: join Team Steam!

All About Foot Spas

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

We attentively moisturize our faces, lovingly manicure our hands, condition each and every strand of delicate hair, but for all the devoted care we lather on our physiques, goodness gracious…what about our feet? Why do we ignore them so? It’s not like we use them for hours a day, or that they’re burdened by the weight of our bodies, or that they get us from here to there and back again. Or anything like that.

With these words, we intend to make feet a touchy subject. As in, “it’s time that we learn to touch our feet.” Because underneath our ankles sit two little chapped heels, ten little squished toes, and a couple of soles in desperate need of some TLC. And so we present, your guide to the wonderful world of foot spas. Which will start with…the act of not leaving your house.

That’s right! Did you know you essentially live in a foot spa? (Or, you will in about three sentences.) Like so many spa treatments today (think ThermaSol’s in-home steam shower systems), pampering your feet can easily happen from the comforts of your casa. Let’s start with the most basic part of foot care: the soak. It’s what every pedicure begins with, and there’s a reason. Soaking one’s feet – a practice that we should all employ much more often than we do – is the first step in relieving our poor peds, and giving them a chance to relax and recharge. Power up a warm water soak with a cup of Epsom salt (or, as scientists like to call it, magnesium sulfate – a compound ideal for its toxin-clearing properties and effectiveness in increasing circulation and minimizing joint pain) and let your toesies chill (well, in warm water) for up to 15 minutes.

And like other spa treatments, infusing your at-home foot soak with essential oils (lavender, a natural pain reliever, and wintergreen, which provides an organic anesthetic quality, are amongst the most popular) will increase the benefits and effectiveness of your foot soak. Follow your sole bath with a generous slathering of moisturizer (you know, with that bottle of foot lotion you got in that gift pack that one time that’s been sitting under the sink for two years…it’s time to break that sucker out!), and wrap your piggies in a clean pair of breathable cotton socks. And tomorrow, you’ll be walking on sunshine. For real.

Ready to go beyond the basics? Bling out your home foot spa with a pumice stone (cheap, light, and available at almost any drug store) and a tub of shea butter (remember: buttered toes, not buttered toast), to take extra special care of dry heels and callouses. And if you’re really serious about putting your best foot forward and creating an ideal in-home spa experience, a portable heated foot bath (make sure it makes bubbles!) is well worth the splurge.

But sometimes, our precious peds need more than just an Epsom bath. And for that, it’s time to delicately strap on your comfiest shoes and turn your toes over to a professional. Brick and mortar foot spas – practices solely devoted to foot care – are amongst the hottest new businesses popping up around the country. Dedicated to the art of reflexology, foot spas go beyond the pedicure to help rejuvenate tired walkers. Outfitted with unique foot-friendly chairs (these are not your typical massage tables, but instead nap-inspiring loungers dressed with uber-thick cushions, allowing you to recline while giving your technician total toe access), foot spas typically offer herbal treatments and invigorating reflexology massages. Warning: those who have ticklish feet need not apply (seriously, it’ll be more discomfort than enjoyment). But if you can handle the sensation, your feet will forever thank you. Reflexology induces pressure points, relieving our insteps and in fact our whole legs.

So as we enter a new year, and dutifully make our resolutions, why not add “Take Better Care Of My Feet” to the list? (Because chances are you already have “Be More Active” on there and, well, happy feet make for happy exercising.) Give your tootsies the loving care they deserve, at home or under the toe-telage of a foot pro, to make every step count, comfortably.

Pamper Your Pet At A Pet Spa!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Just outside Seattle lies quiet Woodinville, Washington, a small town known for its local wineries and extraordinary landscapes. It’s also home to an exclusive relaxation resort, where patrons can indulge in massages, water therapy, and luxurious skin treatments. There’s just one catch: you have to have a tail.

Welcome to the wonderful, four-legged world of pet spas, where the furriest among us can get pampered to their hearts’ content! If the notion seems a little im-PAW-ssible to grasp, consider this. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households own dogs – that’s over 69 million canine pals in the United States alone! With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that we’ve found ways to go above and beyond for our wet-nosed loved ones.

So what is a pet spa? At Woodinville’s Paradise Pet Lodge, doggies and kitties (with the help of their owners, of course) can take advantage of numerous health and wellness programs, including relaxation massages designed to alleviate muscle pain and help with anxiety, swimming sessions in a warm saltwater pool, and signature grooming packages. If this all sounds slightly familiar (ahem, like the spa menu at any human resort), you’re right! Turns out what works for people, works for pups!

And much like a People Spa, Dog and Cat Spas also serve the rehabilitative needs of their clients. A therapeutic swim is a fantastic way to help dogs regain movement after surgery, as well as aid those who face chronic pain, arthritis, or any number of physical difficulties. At Cat’s Meow outside San Francisco, kitties can indulge in “Feline Devine,” a soothing experience that includes a signature bath, a heated towel wrap treatment (complete with cat-centric aromatherapy), and a sugar scrub, all designed to calm the nerves of anxious furballs.

Okay, so maybe there’s not a candlelit magazine room and a stack of terrycloth robes (although a carafe of cucumber water isn’t that far of a stretch…). But when it comes to caring for our perky-eared companions who need a little TLC (or are just going through a “ruff” time), pet spas are an amazing resource for man’s best friend. Now if only Rover could master downward-facing dog…

Chromatherapy and the Art of Healing Colors

Monday, October 8th, 2012

How are you feeling today? Tickled pink, a little blue, or perhaps green with envy? When moods are so tied to color, it’s no wonder chromatherapy, or color therapy, has become so popular in the home spa environment. In a previous post we discussed the benefits of aromatherapy in the steam shower. Today we’ll explore the effect of color healing on the body and how it can be combined with aromatherapy and steam for maximum relaxation.

Derived from the theories of Indian Ayurvedic healers, chromatherapy is based on the body’s seven chakras. When these “energy centers” become unaligned, color and light are used to restore the balance where it’s lacking— whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. Each chakra is tied to a location in the body and possesses a corresponding color and physical/emotional association:

Violet/Top of Head: Meditative. Soothes organs, relaxes muscles and calms the nervous system.

Indigo/Forehead: Perception. Promotes intuition.

Blue/Throat: Tranquility. Relieves headaches, migraines, stomach pains and muscle cramps.

Green/Heart: Harmony. Promotes relaxation and detoxification.

Yellow/ Stomach: Freedom. Assists the metabolism, strengthens the nervous system and combats glandular disease.

Orange/Pelvis: Alertness. Helps depression, discontent and pessimism.

Red/Lower Body: Courage. Increases blood pressure and circulation.

Chromatherapy is heightened when paired with aromatherapy and the power of steam. For relaxation, it’s recommended to combine violet chromatherapy with the soothing scents of lavender and jasmine. For a more stimulating effect, the aroma of rosemary and red chromatherapy are recommended. For general strength and wellness, blue chromatherapy mixed with the scents of bergamot, rose, or tea tree oil is ideal, depending on your symptoms. And for mental wellness, indigo chromatherapy and jasmine, lavender or rose are recommended.

In need of a steam shower upgrade? ThermaSol offers the Serenity Light and Music System, which produces full spectrum, high-intensity light and sound. Just add a few drops of aromatherapy essential oil into the steamhead reservoir before your steam session and you are ready to relax.

Let chromatherapy color your world.

Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Monday, August 6th, 2012

If you’re in London this week and you’re already feeling Olympic-overload, we suggest that you break from the festivities and visit one of London’s lesser known historical sites. The Kew Bridge Steam Museum  celebrates the power of water and steam, and the ways it revolutionized life in Europe’s largest city and has become a major point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The museum has even starred in uniquely British television series such as Doctor Who and EastEnders, and films like Jude’s Law.

According to the museum website, by 1830 water quality coming from a public water pumping station in Chelsea had been deteriorating and so the Grand Junction Waterworks Company built a replacement pumping station at Kew Bridge, opening for operation in 1838. The station was powered by massive steam-powered engines, marvels of cutting edge engineering at the time, which drew water from the River Thames into London’s potable water supply. The power and capacity of these steam engines allowed city and regional planners of the time to supply the city with clean water, critical for fighting off persistent Cholera epidemics. Powered down in 1944, the pumping station became a national landmark and is preserved to commemorate the great change in sanitation and urban living made possible by man’s ability to harness and apply the power of steam.

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Top 3 Differences Between Steam Showers & Saunas

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

With regards to misconceptions in the bath and shower industry, the one where people think that steam showers and saunas are essentially, or even exactly the same thing is one of the biggest. The fact is steam showers and saunas have distinctions in areas including health benefits, heat emission and construction; distinctions to which you should pay close attention if you are considering adding either to your home bath environment. To help you better navigate the two products, the Talk Spas editorial team has put together the following list of the top 3 differences between steam showers and saunas:

3) Materials & Construction

One of the primary differences between steam showers and saunas is the materials utilized to construct them. Steam showers typically utilize a steam generator, like one made by ThermaSol, to pump moisture into an airtight enclosure often made of ceramic tile and glass. Since the moisture is intentionally trapped in the enclosure, typically the ceiling will be slanted to allow condensation to run down the side rather than drip directly down on you. Saunas on the other hand utilize stones placed under a heater to generate heat. The heat rises into a room, often made of wood and well insulated to trap the heat, where the occupant sits on a bench to enjoy the benefits of the heat.

A ThermaSol Steam Shower

A ThermaSol Steam Shower.

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Spa Gear: 8 Things to Consider When Buying Bath Towels

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

So you want the quality spa experience at home, but your cheap, thin bath towels that refuse to absorb the water off your body just aren’t cutting it? You’ve come to the right place. The crack editorial team at Talk Spas has spent countless man and woman hours wiping ourselves dry after dips in the sauna and sweats in the steam bath. Based on our hands-on research, we’ve formulated a list of eight considerations when buying bath towels, in order to ensure you get the best quality bath towel at the price point you can afford.

8) Consider the Purpose: Ask yourself, what am I going to be using these towels for? Are they really for your luxury home, or are they heading to your kid’s college dorm, or worse, going to be used to towel off the dog? If you’ve decided they’re for your home spa, use them exclusively in that environment to help them maintain their integrity.

Know Your Fabric.

Know Your Fabric.

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