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Published Friday Nov 15, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

ICYMI: A Recap on Boston’s Best of Wellness Event

Fitness
Beauty
Meditation
Recovery
Dance

If you’re an L.A. local, you remember our first Best of Wellness event at the AllBright West Hollywood. We loved it so much we decided to bring it to Boston! 

On a cold Boston night, Erin Foster and 200 attendees warmed up at the Artists For Humanity Art Gallery for an evening of all things wellness! After Eliza Shirazi kicked off the event with a sweat-worthy workout, attendees recovered with services by BDY SQD, organic skincare treatments from Balans Organic Spa, and reiki, tarot readings, and group meditation care from UNION

In case you missed it, here’s what we’re (still) talking about from the event – and our favorite moments! 
 

Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

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Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

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It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

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Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

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We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Holiday stockings hanging
Beauty
Published Friday Dec 06, 2019 by Paula Hoss

Under $25 Stocking Stuffers For the People on Your List

Skincare
Beauty
Expert Advice

It’s holiday gift-giving season, and if you’re like us, you’re starting to feel the pressure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 
Sure, it’s tempting to take a single trip to Target to knock out your holiday shopping list. However, with this list of unbeatable products from some awesome small businesses, we’re making it easy to find gifts and Shop Small® this season.

NATIVE Body Wash in Candy Cane ($8 for 11.5 oz)
The perfect gift for: Your creature-of-habit Mom 

If your mom used to stuff your stocking with a year’s worth of personal care products, this delightfully scented and completely natural body wash is the perfect gift for her. This candy cane scented body wash boasts crisp peppermint and vanilla natural oils to leave you feeling refreshed and smelling delicious.  

 

Photo credit: @native on Instagram

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NATIVE Body Wash in Candy Cane ($8 for 11.5 oz)
The perfect gift for: Your creature-of-habit Mom 

If your mom used to stuff your stocking with a year’s worth of personal care products, this delightfully scented and completely natural body wash is the perfect gift for her. This candy cane scented body wash boasts crisp peppermint and vanilla natural oils to leave you feeling refreshed and smelling delicious.  

 

Photo credit: @native on Instagram

Creatively Intentional Soy Candle in Holiday Hearth ($21.99 for 16 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your small-business-supporting Grandma  

Creatively Intentional is a top Etsy seller turned e-commerce powerhouse thanks to their constantly growing social following. Featuring handmade home and beauty products, they are not only plant-based, but also cruelty-free and made with therapeutic ingredients.

 

Photo credit: Creativelyintentional.com

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Creatively Intentional Soy Candle in Holiday Hearth ($21.99 for 16 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your small-business-supporting Grandma  

Creatively Intentional is a top Etsy seller turned e-commerce powerhouse thanks to their constantly growing social following. Featuring handmade home and beauty products, they are not only plant-based, but also cruelty-free and made with therapeutic ingredients.

 

Photo credit: Creativelyintentional.com

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack ($13.99)  
The perfect gift for: Your skincare-loving little sister 

There’s nothing jolly about pimples, but with the Mighty Patch Variety Pack, those holiday breakouts won’t stand a chance. The pack features their Invisible+ patch to heal and conceal during the day, Surface for bigger breakouts, and Original for overnight treatments.

 

Photo credit: Herocosmetics.us

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Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack ($13.99)  
The perfect gift for: Your skincare-loving little sister 

There’s nothing jolly about pimples, but with the Mighty Patch Variety Pack, those holiday breakouts won’t stand a chance. The pack features their Invisible+ patch to heal and conceal during the day, Surface for bigger breakouts, and Original for overnight treatments.

 

Photo credit: Herocosmetics.us

Versed Face Masks in “Look Alive,” “Photos Please,” and “Find Clarity” ($9.99 each for 1.5 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your self-care-obsessed BFF 


These masks come in super trendy squeeze pouches and for a variety of skin types. My favorite is “Look Alive,” a clear gel mask with smoothing rosehip seed oil, hydrating aloe leaf juice, and a plant-based collagen alternative. “Look Alive” instantly moisturizes and smoothes the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

 

Photo credit: Versedskin.com

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Versed Face Masks in “Look Alive,” “Photos Please,” and “Find Clarity” ($9.99 each for 1.5 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your self-care-obsessed BFF 


These masks come in super trendy squeeze pouches and for a variety of skin types. My favorite is “Look Alive,” a clear gel mask with smoothing rosehip seed oil, hydrating aloe leaf juice, and a plant-based collagen alternative. “Look Alive” instantly moisturizes and smoothes the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

 

Photo credit: Versedskin.com

CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare “Lavender Vanilla” Natural Deodorant ($16 for 2.2 oz)  
The perfect gift for: Your favorite fitness instructor 

With hundreds of 5-star reviews and an insanely loyal following, CLN&DRTY has taken over the natural skincare industry. Their natural deodorants feature arrowroot powder to absorb sweat and tea tree oil to kill odor-causing bacteria. Plus, they’re baking soda and aluminum-free.  
 

Photo credit: Clnanddrty.com

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CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare “Lavender Vanilla” Natural Deodorant ($16 for 2.2 oz)  
The perfect gift for: Your favorite fitness instructor 

With hundreds of 5-star reviews and an insanely loyal following, CLN&DRTY has taken over the natural skincare industry. Their natural deodorants feature arrowroot powder to absorb sweat and tea tree oil to kill odor-causing bacteria. Plus, they’re baking soda and aluminum-free.  
 

Photo credit: Clnanddrty.com

Simply Gum “Assorted Gum - Classics” ($15.99 for 6 packs)  
The perfect gift for: Your cubicle buddy 


Simply Gum’s variety pack features their top-selling favorites for mint lovers. Each pack of gum is made in New York with absolutely nothing artificial. (FYI, did you know most commercial gums actually have plastic in them?) Plus, every pack of gum comes with ultra-cute and convenient “post-chew” wraps for easy and clean disposal.

 

Photo credit: Simplygum.com

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Simply Gum “Assorted Gum - Classics” ($15.99 for 6 packs)  
The perfect gift for: Your cubicle buddy 


Simply Gum’s variety pack features their top-selling favorites for mint lovers. Each pack of gum is made in New York with absolutely nothing artificial. (FYI, did you know most commercial gums actually have plastic in them?) Plus, every pack of gum comes with ultra-cute and convenient “post-chew” wraps for easy and clean disposal.

 

Photo credit: Simplygum.com

Jade Leaf “Matcha Latte Infusions - GLOW” ($14.95 for 10 packets)  
The perfect gift for: Your health-nut Aunt  


Jade Leaf combines three health powerhouses, matcha, biotin, and collagen, into one easy-to-use drink mix. This gift set comes with 10 convenient single-serve sticks. Just blend, whisk, or shake with a dairy or non-dairy milk base for a satisfying, nutritious latte! 

 

Photo credit: Jadeleafmatcha.com

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Jade Leaf “Matcha Latte Infusions - GLOW” ($14.95 for 10 packets)  
The perfect gift for: Your health-nut Aunt  


Jade Leaf combines three health powerhouses, matcha, biotin, and collagen, into one easy-to-use drink mix. This gift set comes with 10 convenient single-serve sticks. Just blend, whisk, or shake with a dairy or non-dairy milk base for a satisfying, nutritious latte! 

 

Photo credit: Jadeleafmatcha.com

Copper Cow Coffee “Churro Latte” 5-pack ($17)  
The perfect gift for: Your coffee-loving dad 


This women-owned Vietnamese coffee brand is equal parts stylish and delicious. Guaranteed to create a buzz on Christmas morning, each single-use pour-over set is perfect for on-the-go and even comes with a decadent packet of condensed milk. It’s sure to be an afternoon pick-me-up favorite! A few other flavors include Lavender Latte, Rose, and Cardamom.

 

All the businesses in our gift guide have easy to use e-commerce platforms that make late-night shopping super easy. So, click on over, add to cart, and show a little love one of these businesses today.

 

Photo credit: Coppercowcoffee.com

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Copper Cow Coffee “Churro Latte” 5-pack ($17)  
The perfect gift for: Your coffee-loving dad 


This women-owned Vietnamese coffee brand is equal parts stylish and delicious. Guaranteed to create a buzz on Christmas morning, each single-use pour-over set is perfect for on-the-go and even comes with a decadent packet of condensed milk. It’s sure to be an afternoon pick-me-up favorite! A few other flavors include Lavender Latte, Rose, and Cardamom.

 

All the businesses in our gift guide have easy to use e-commerce platforms that make late-night shopping super easy. So, click on over, add to cart, and show a little love one of these businesses today.

 

Photo credit: Coppercowcoffee.com

Paula Hoss
Written by
Paula Hoss
Founder | CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare
About the author
The founder of CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare, Paula Hoss is a mental health and substance abuse recovery advocate. Featured in Beauty Independent and Brit + Co, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a flock of chickens.