(ARA) - It's Valentine's Day and the pressure is on. What will you do to show your special someone that you care? And how will you find a gift that's personal and meaningful and fits your budget? You could fall back on the predictable dinner, but why not give a gift of indulgence and relaxation by creating a spa at home.
While everyone enjoys a bit of pampering, you can go one step further by tailoring your gift to fit the unique taste of the recipient. Start with a basic foundation to turn your home into a luxurious retreat. A fluffy new robe (or a cashmere one if your budget allows), slippers and some soothing music will go a long way in creating a romantic mood and can be enjoyed long after Valentine's Day has passed.
Some people firmly believe that Valentine's Day just isn't the same without chocolate, even if it means breaking New Year's resolutions. But indulgence doesn't have to come with a fear of the scale. New from Lush Cosmetics, purveyor of hand made bath and body products, is the Honey Bunch gift box. A collection of their sweetest treats, the Honey Bunch includes a Honey Bee bath bomb that not only holds an assortment of finds, but also fills your bath with a fizzy combination of honey, aloe vera and sweet orange oil. Combine two loves -- chocolate and backrubs -- with the Soft Coeur massage bar, crafted with skin-silkening cocoa butter and a gooey honey and chocolate center. The Ma Bar bubble bar creates mountains of suds with caramelized sugar, chocolate and honey.
What could be better than sinking into the tub with a glass of Champagne? For a Parisian inspired delight, check out Lush's Je T'aime gift box. This lavender luxury will leave you anything but blue. Holding it all together is a box made from the Blackberry Bath Bomb, infused with calming frankincense. At the heart of this collection is the purple Ooh La La soap, blended with juice from organic grapes to promote relaxation and calm. The French Kiss bubble bar invites long leisurely soaks after a hard day, but for more "inspiring" baths, try the Bathos bubble bar, a lavender colored mix of aphrodisiacs like ylang ylang, jasmine and rose.
"We at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics believe in long, candlelit baths, massage and pampering," says Jennifer Graybeal, U.S. media relations coordinator. "That's why these new heart-shaped gifts filled with our most sensuous and indulgent treats were created. They are a romantic way to steam things up this Valentine's Day."
Girly-girls will love the Kiss Chase collection with its sweet-smelling and heart-shaped bath treats. A heart-shaped bath bomb container scented with Lush's famous Candy Fluff fragrance tints the bathwater pink, and holds a wealth of goodies. Your sweetie won't be able to resist a bubble bar like Melting Marshmallow Moment that's made with softening and gentle cleansing marshmallow. Finish off with Rock Star soap -- pink, vanilla-scented and heart-shaped in honor of Valentine's Day. Add some fun pajamas or lacy underthings to complete the package.
If you're more of the creative type, combine lots of little goodies to create one sure to get her blood-boiling gift. Lush has lots of treats, so if you want to give just a token of your affection, exchange calorie-free chocolate kisses with Whipstick lip balm. This little pot of heaven is jam-packed with chocolate and essential oils of orange, tangerine and vanilla.
Lush Cosmetics has stores in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Portland, California, Honolulu, Aspen, Boulder and Chicago. Log on to www.lush.com to shop online or request a mail-order catalog by calling (888) 733-LUSH.
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