A Who Knew? Wellness Moment Found at Florida’s Crowne Plaza Hotels
Hotel loo amenities are a free opportunity for discovering great new products. My former life as a hospitality PR specialist provided ample samples from many a brand. Ladies, if you travel you know what I mean: Four Seasons - Bulgari Green Tea,, Bliss at W, Asprey at The Chatwal.
(NOTE FROM DANA: Molton Brown, Le Labo, Peter Thomas Roth and Malin + Goetz are also supremely nab-able on the hotel front.)
You get the picture.
But this not a travel blog.
We’re Florida Beauty Problems, and much to my surprise, I’ve discovered a new favorite collection via various Sunshine State Crowne Plaza locales: Temple Spa, a UK-based brand that fuses botanicals from the Mediterranean into really lovely skincare and wellness products.
Not to sound like a snob, it’s rare to receive 5-star goods at a 4-star joint, especially those catering to overnight biz travelers like my hubby, who infrequently crosses the state for work meetings.
Following a convention in Tampa, he returned home with beaucoup travel-sized “Sleep Kit” goodies, as he knows I’m a sucker for undiscovered lotions and potions.
When heading to Orlando, he planned another Crowne Plaza stay. I gave him $20 of my hard-earned buckaroos for tipping (bribing?) housekeeping into giving him more than a night’s worth on the off-chance this location carried Temple Spa too.
They pretended not to understand his request, so he came home with just one sample pack. #thatswhathesaid
Dear Readers, I am hooked and YAY! traded my 12-year-long one-nightly Benadryl habit for a four-step Temple Spa product cocktail.
While I’ve always wanted to follow Dana’s lead and passion for aromatherapy, I couldn’t find products that worked.
If sleep aids are your go-to too - I think you might want to give this a try.
1. Mist my sleep mask and pillow with Quietude, a spray blending lavender, patchouli, grapefruit and thyme.
2. A dab of Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream under my nose then smearing it over philtrum (aka upper lip line) for breathing the lovely fragrance of frankincense, hops and lavender. It’s chockfull of antioxidants that also target fine lines on my #sleepingbitchface.
3. Massage hands with a dime-sized dollop of Peace Be Still, a cooling balm of lemon, nutmeg, orange and yes - again - lavender essential oils.
4. AAAHHH - while meant for your lower half, I use it on my upper joints to soothe muscles stressed from when the dog pulls me in various directions.
My Two Beefs:
The font size on the products is microscopic. Read the usage directions with the lights on and perhaps your Peepers prior to applying before bed. Also, this stuff is expensive and the travel-sized bottles of my favorites aren’t yet available in the USA online, except on eBay which weirds me out as some of the well-traveled sleep kits have seen better days.
(BEAUTEOUS) SLEEPING CHICK PHOTO ABOVE: KINGA CICHEWICZ