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Play hooky: Everything you need for a blissful personal day
by Laurel |  Aug 15, 2013

Every once in a while, you deserve to take a personal day. Because with all of the stressors you deal with on a day-to-day basis, a full afternoon or evening or self-pampering in the comfort of your own abode might be exactly what you need to rejuvenate your body and refresh your mindset. Not sure how to get started? Just follow these steps for a heavenly home spa experience.

Set the mood
There's no way you can achieve full relaxation with screaming kids, a boyfriend watching the football game or any other potential distractions. Mathilde Thomas, founder of French skincare line Caudalie, told the Wall Street Journal that her husband regularly takes their three kids out of the house for a few hours so that she's free to clear her head. Take a cue from Thomas and turn off your cell phone to prevent any interruptions. Contacting anyone from work, checking your email or reading anything job-related are all big no-nos.

Dimming the lights and turning on some jazz music creates the right environment for Thomas, but you can establish the mood according to your own tastes. One of the best ways to add ambience is with a candle, and the bougie de massage au yuzu envoûtant by erborian does more than just emit a pleasant scent. The coconut-infused wax in this dual-use decoration melts into a massage oil as the candle burns, which you can pour from the built-in spout into your hands or directly onto sore areas - just be sure to test the temperature first. 

As a final touch, spritz the elemis sp@home quiet mind room mist, which fills the air with the sensual scents of patchouli and eucalyptus for ultimate tranquility. You can even mist it onto your bed linens to help you catch some Z's. 

Soak it up
The best way to calm your nerves is with a warm bath, but most of us don't take the time for one, instead opting for a quick shower. Fill the tub with lukewarm to hot water and pour in the intoxincating sp@home tranquil touch indulgent bath elixir. The fragrant mixture releases natural oils and cocoa butter to nourish your skin.

After a hot bath is the best time to exfoliate, because the skin is softened. Buff away dead cells with the rosemary-infused bliss hot salt scrub, which is self-heating and just as powerful as the exfoliating treatments you'd get in a professional spa.

After that, your skin is primed for moisture, so lather on the sweet-smelling paraben free bliss vanilla+bergamot body butter, which will leave your entire body feeling like, well - you know.

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