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The Bald and the Beautiful: Shobha Review

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shobha

I slowly begin to realize that I have horrified Shobha’s Jennifer Pesce with my hair removal techniques which often include Nair.  It’s not the fact that I’m DIYing it, it’s that I’m letting chemicals burn hair off of my face.  At Shobha, where they’ll happily remove every last hair from your body, it’s about a holistic approach.  From the denim (washable) strips that also absorb the shock from each pull, to the strict “Shobha no double-dip policy” that keeps you from the possibility (even if it is tiny) of getting herpes on your eyebrows, to the special sugar that you really can eat (seriously), your principles won’t get removed with your hair.

I’ve validated that tube of Nair out of price and convenience, but after visiting Shobha, no more.  I have to admit that I’ve paid the same, if not more, for lousy bikini waxes (etc.) that have given me blood blisters and left hairs that I had to pluck at home in salons with decor that evoked a suburban MVD on a good day…

While lounging on the huge fluffy bed in the waiting area of the Columbus Circle location I drank delicious honey bush tea (had to stay in theme of course) and munched these crazy little Japanese milk candy things that are super tasty while browsing the retail shelves.  In addition to a plethora of lotions and potions made by friendly outside companies, Shobha offers their own line of prep, hair removal, and aftercare products.  All of which are eco friendly, vegan, and fair trade (of course).  So, even if you can’t afford a treatment in one of their three convenient locations, you can purchase a complete at home sugaring kit for just $30. Not yet brave enough to yank on my own, flexible enough to reach, or ready to give up the Shobha’s salon experience, I brought home the Shobha Exfoliating Cloth.  I love it!

Shobha makes you smarter:

  • Why take the chance?  Baby powder no more.  Make sure your prep powder is talc-free.
  • Double dipping wax sticks is nasty
  • When you get a bikini wax, your specialist should remove those pesky strays, not you with tweezers at home!
  • Don’t hit the bottle to take the edge off
  • Waxing can cause wrinkles — thread instead!

and PS, you can book your appointment online … what’s not to love?

The Reluctant Sweetheart Valentine’s Gift Guide

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Etsy Love Card

Etsy Love Card


Consumerism…ugh.  But if you’re going to buy something, might as well make it awesome.  The Elephantbeans staff has put together this list of sexy/romantic gifts to help you get some.

The Guide

1.  Subscription to Suicide Girls
2.  Organic undies and Sexy Lingerie from Tree Pruning Scraps
3.  Find locally made, organic, fair trade chocolates (we’ve seen some amazing stuff at Sustainable NY)
4.  Cook dinner at home.  Here are some “no-fuss” ideas
5.  Create a playlist — sexy or romantic and burn it to a cd
6.  Handmade stuff from Etsy:  search sexvalentine’s, and lingerie
7.   Sexy Valentine’s Gift Kits + Combos from Babeland and get some advice here
8.  Get loads of great green gift and Valentine’s ideas from planetgreen including on how to green your sex
9.  2 tickets to an epic concert
10.  Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Your Local Health Food Store will for sure have some great beauty gift sets.  Bath salts, shampoos, lotions, potions, etc.  Make sure it is organic, paraben and animal-free.
11.  If all else fails, just wear a wolf shirt

Tips:
-Avoid the corny (no stuffed animals, crappy chocolates, or balloons)
-Aim for sustainability
-Stay in budget
-Think about what your loved one is into and go with that
Also check out The ultimate yoga-enthusiast gift guide