With Melburnians cooped up and increasingly stressed out, the thought of a relaxing, at-home spa experience is pretty damn appealing.
In fact, local label Salus Body, which sells luxe spa and body products, has seen an uptick in sales. “2020 has been a year like no other,” says founder Jason Cook. “With an increasing amount of time at home, people are looking for brands that offer sensorial experiences or ‘moments of calm’ … The divide between mental health, wellness and beauty is getting smaller.”
Want to transform your place into a DIY spa? We’ve rounded up 12 beauty, skincare and wellness labels – all featured on Click for Vic, a new online hub where you can shop hundreds of struggling Victorian businesses in one place – which have everything you’ll need.
Plus, Cook shares four easy steps to creating a fully-fledged treatment at home.
The Salus Body range is extensive, and it includes pretty much all the ingredients you need to create a spa experience at home. The scrubs, oils and moisturisers combine powerful botanicals, natural plant extracts and essential oils. And they’re all produced locally and champion native ingredients – including eucalyptus and lemon myrtle, which are combined with blackcurrant and vanilla in this fragrant hand sanitising spray.
Bee One of a Kind
Produced by local maker Melissa Mendes, who has a background in natural therapies, this female-focused skincare brand uses local ingredients to produce luxe products that are 100 per cent natural, Aussie made and cruelty-free. Try the magnesium oil spray for muscle aches and restless sleep, or this Skinfood sugar scrub to enhance skin elasticity and encourage good circulation.
This Aussie skincare company has garnered something of a cult following. From its bestselling gentle face cleanser with bergamot and willow bark, to pandemic-appropriate products – such as the hydrating hand sanitiser and luxe, Persian-rose scented hand cream – there’s plenty to choose from.
With a chic, all-black aesthetic, Hunter Lab’s face, hair and body products are made with sensitive skin in mind. The focus is on eliminating synthetic formulas, which can cause skin irritation. Try the nourishing anti-ageing elixir, or level up your daily routine with a 24-carat-gold facial sculpting tool that delivers a gentle microcurrent to stimulate your facial muscles – and help keep your skin toned.
Melbourne’s well-loved Aesop is known as much for its beautifully formulated and fragranced products as it is for its sleek retail spaces. The iconic brand has a huge range of skin, hair and body products – from richly hydrating hand balms, to natural, aluminium-free deodorants scented with essential oils.
Botanicals by Luxe
Created by a skin therapist with more than a decade of experience, the Botanicals by Luxe skincare range is focused on ethical and sustainable small-batch production – and it’s free from nasty parabens and sulphates. The cute, brightly packaged collection of Skin Juice products, for cleansing and moisturising, is also 100 per cent vegan and cruelty-free.
The Spa Beechworth
Delivering “wellbeing to your door” is Beechworth Spa’s mantra. At the online wellness store, find skin-stimulating Japanese body brushes, and [nourishing organic soaps that will liven up your bath ritual.
Peninsula Hot Springs Australian Earth Clay Collection
Although we can’t soak at Victoria’s famous Peninsula Hot Springs right now, we can draw a hot bath, pop on some Enya, and slather ourselves in the springs’ detoxifying clay (which may go some way to counteracting your lockdown red-wine consumption). The clay is also said to draw out impurities in your skin and boost circulation.
Olieve & Olie
Now handmade on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, this beauty brand started out under the shade of 2000 olive trees on a small property west of Echuca. So it’s no surprise all of its natural products feature cold-pressed olive oil – which is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. Our pick? The Cream of Life – a potent combo of activated charcoal, green tea, stevia and, of course, olive oil that works to hydrate and reduce redness from scars and blemishes.
Bright Botanic Alps
Grounded in a holistic approach, this mostly organic skincare label channels the power of plants to help you achieve healthy, glowing skin, using aromatic ingredients such as frankincense, rose and magnolia. Here, you’ll also find alternatives to medicine-cabinet go-tos such as Deep Heat and Vicks that are made with all-natural ingredients.
The Grampians Goods Co
Find luxury homewares and gifts alongside organic body products and calming aromatherapy candles at The Grampians Goods Co’s online shop. The sweet-smelling candles are available in combinations such as clove and jasmine, geranium and grapefruit, and lemon and basil – all of which will make your next bath that little bit more zen.
Alabasta Organik, based in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian Alps, is making skincare products that are vegan, organic and earth-conscious. From its petite range, try the skin-brightening Rose Hip Face Love oil and the conditioning lip balm with coconut, shea butter, avocado, peppermint.
Tips on creating an at-home spa experience from Salus Body founder Jason Cook
Step one: Set up your space. Dim the lights, light an essential-oil candle, turn up the heat, make a cup of herbal tea, and play your favourite music.
Step two: Apply a 15-minute clay face mask – we recommend our cucumber and chamomile rejuvenating mask, as it’s both detoxifying and exfoliating.
Step three: While the mask is on, exfoliate your hands using a body scrub such as our eucalyptus and rosemary one. Rinse off the scrub and apply a generous layer of lavender and mandarin hand and cuticle cream.
Step four: When your 15 minutes is up, shower, remove the mask and complete the experience with a full-body application of body oil. We recommend our patchouli and rose oil.