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Shop Local: Unwind

Published in Citygram Magazine, July 2013

There are few things as relaxing as a day at the spa or as satisfying as buying from a local business. These hand-crafted products allow you to pamper yourself and provide support to Austin makers at the same time.

After years spent teaching survival, plant medicine, and healing to soldiers, Trish Moran left the military and used her botanical knowledge to found Praerie Organic Spa and Skincare. All of her products are handmade and 100% natural, with no synthetic colors, fragrances, preservatives, or sudsing agents. The Detox Soap Sample Set is an excellent example of the simplicity, purity, and easy luxury of the Praerie skincare line. Trish uses ingredients grown near Austin whenever possible, as with the locally-sourced clay, lavender, and sunflower oil used in these soaps.

The only thing more lovely than the scent of evo*luxe’s Spa de Terre candle is the handmade porcelain vessel it comes in. From the beautiful packaging to the natural wood wick that crackles lightly as it’s burned, this candle recreates the spa experience for all of your senses. Spa de Terre offers more than 60 hours of burn time to fill your home with the relaxing scents of lavender, chamomile, and a hint of sandalwood. Made with organic soybean oil, natural beeswax, and essential oils, these candles are hand-poured and created without paraffin or other additives in evo*luxe’s North Austin studio.

Latika Soaps began as a hobby, but has now expanded into a full line of locally-made bath and beauty treats. The Herbal Bath Tea pictured here is a collection of organic flowers and plants selected for their fragrance and ability to soften and nourish skin. Each bottle comes with a muslin bag that you can use to steep this blend of rose and passion flowers, orange peel, lavender, lemongrass, and chamomile.