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Spa | Written By, NOW! BALI |

Heading into the giving season the opportunities to find unusual and exquisite gifts in Bali are plentiful, and where better to find products than some of Bali’s lovely spa boutiques. Massage oils are ‘bespoke’ and will often be sourced by the spa company to meet their standards, ethical production, organic and locally sourced ingredients and recycled or eco-aware packaging. Facial and skin care ranges are also excellent spa presents as again, the gift will be unique and created in small batches to preserve optimum effectiveness.

Text by Sarah Prewitt

Heading into the giving season the opportunities to find unusual and exquisite gifts in Bali are plentiful, and where better to find products than some of Bali’s lovely spa boutiques. Massage oils are ‘bespoke’ and will often be sourced by the spa company to meet their standards, ethical production, organic and locally sourced ingredients and recycled or eco-aware packaging. Facial and skin care ranges are also excellent spa presents as again, the gift will be unique and created in small batches to preserve optimum effectiveness.

Perfumes and essential oils too are available, Bali Temple Flowers is one product that uses 100% organic essential oils from the flowers of Bali to create an intoxicating perfume that will bring Bali alive wherever you are.

Karma Kandara’s body & skincare line is sold in their cliff top spa in Ungasan and is made from 100% raw, unprocessed and organic ingredients without any parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol or polyethylene glycol, sulphate-based detergents, synthetic colorants or artificial fragrances. Each collection is beautifully packaged in handcrafted and decorated boxes to reflect the beauty and diversity of South East Asia. Les Enfants Paradis is sold through their own store on Jalan Raya Seminyak and the new lifestyle store Souq on Jalan Basankasa, which has a range of spa themed items including elegant silk slips and wraps and Bali Towel’s collection of sarong backed towels.

Jewelry is also popular in spa retail and some innovative collections, again with a special twist can be found in individual spas.
Celia Persephone Gregory, designs the lovely Mermaid Collection that is sold to support The Marine Foundation. Her collection has recently launched in Bali, and can be located through Karma Spa and their facebook page Mermaid Collections. All profits go towards protecting the marine environment of Bali. Outstanding work from Natalie Dissel is available through the Aman Nusa and like Celia Natalie’s work supports the craftspeople through NGOs and contributes to non-profits that provide educational support for children without families. Soma Temple’s stunning Aum Rudrakshas also make exceptional gifts for men and women. The masculine quality of the rudraksha bead when combined with darker stones such as garnet and obsidian is very attractive and the inclusion of river pearls and gentle aventurine creates a delicate femininity that elevates Aum Rudraksha’s necklaces into a personal story for the giver and receiver.

A NOW! Bali favorite, both to give and receive, is the handcrafted soap by Sensatia Botanicals. Sensatia is another company that supports the industry of rural Bali and uses only organic ingredients in their products that expand into body scrubs and aromatherapy sprays. Blue Stone Aromatherapy, which is based in Ubud, make scented mists and sell a range of essential oils to use in oil burners that bring the tropical mood of Indonesia to life.

If you prefer to create your own gifts the purchase of the raw ingredients to make your own spa is very simple. Utama Spice in Pengosekan, Ubud retails their own body products and essential ingredients, like virgin coconut oil and raw cocoa butter that can be used in handcrafted items. Here are some super easy ideas for handcrafted Bali themed spa products.

Bali Coffee makes a wonderfully energizing body scrub when mixed with Virgin Coconut Oil and a little raw palm sugar, just mix the ingredients in a jar and seal, it will last for at least a week when opened. An exfoliate made from crushed white rice tempered with some cracked black pepper and grated lime peel looks amazing, and all it takes is a whizz in the coffee grinder. Bali sea salt mixed with vanilla infused coconut oil is an uplifting mix either dissolved into a bath or used on the body as a scrub and although you must be aware of your local import regulations, the medicinal live honey, often from Borneo or Sumbawa sold in health food shops such as Bali Buda is incredibly good for the skin, just as is you can use it as a mask or a gentle face wash. And who knows where your experimentations may lead, many of the world’s greatest product innovators have started here in Bali with just a handful of simple ingredients.!

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