If you’ve ever wished that Castle Baths had a gift guide to help you decide which of our spa gift baskets work best for which occasions, your wish has been granted. We are currently working to bring greater organization to our many natural spa and bath gift baskets to help people like you find and select the perfect gift for every occasion.
Want to know which of our spa gift baskets make the best birthday gifts? Find the answer by going to our homepage and clicking the “gift guide” link near the top, and then select the “birthday” icon on our gift guide page. It will take you directly to where you can learn more about our birthday spa gift baskets, at which point you will see that we offer several spa gift baskets featuring our popular chocolate cake slice soap (which really does look and smell just like a slice of real chocolate cake – don’t try eating it, though, as it is really soap.) Some of our recommended birthday spa gift baskets even include a small candle to provide you with the experience of blowing out a candle with your cake, or to set a quiet, secluded mood to your bathroom or kitchen.
In addition to our new birthday category, another new category you will find in our gift guide is our inspirational spa gift baskets. Our inspirational spa gift baskets category features nearly all of our gift baskets that include one or more Prayer scented spa products, our Easter spa baskets, and baskets that include Castle Baths Founder Laura Thomas’ autobiographical spiritual book How to Have Purr-fect Faith.
Additionally, though you will find no shortage of natural pet grooming products throughout our site, you may wish to know if we offer any pet-related products for people. To answer this question, simply visit our gift guide and go to the “pet lovers” category. You’ll find our Anna Designer Pet Gift Baskets, plus our specialty Fat Cat and Fat Dog soaps, which can be used as functioning natural soap bars, or as decorations (or both!)
If you find yourself scrolling through our gift guide and still not finding the holiday or occasion for which you are hoping to purchase and send a spa gift basket, you may wish to check out our “other occasions” category, where you will find information on our friendship gift baskets, “miss you” gift baskets, and all other spa gift baskets that don’t fit neatly into any of our other categories. For example, say you were looking for a spa gift basket to send to your niece who just graduated from college. After visiting our “other” category, you’ll see we offer a special gift basket targeted specifically to 20-somethings called our Slice of Life Gift Basket (which also happens to be one of our baskets to feature a collection of chocolate spa products.)
As always, if you still have any questions or concerns about our gift guide, products, or spa gift baskets, you can always call or e-mail us. We are more than happy to help you anyway we can!
If you haven’t visited Castle Baths recently, you may wish to do so, as we are offering two new, exclusive Mother’s Day Gift Baskets, both of which are on sale for 20% off! In fact, we’re offering ALL our spa gift baskets at a 20% discount until the last Friday before Mother’s Day (May 10.)
Our two new Mother’s Day gift baskets aren’t just random collections of natural spa products either. The spa products and aromatherapy scents we have chosen for each of our Mother’s Day gift baskets are the result of our extensive research into which products and scents different demographics of mothers actually prefer and use. For example, our new Sweet Escape Gift Basket contains a collection of our Sweet Dreams spa products, which have been proven to appeal to young (Gen. Y) mothers. Our Enchanted Evening Gift Basket, on the other hand, contains a collection of our Bathsheba products, which have proven extremely popular with mothers of adult children.
The idea behind our Sweet Escape Mother’s Day gift basket is that its recipient, as a young mother, is likely to have children aged 2 through school age. As such, the only peace and quiet she may find throughout the day may be in the confines of her bathroom. So, we thought we’d help turn that bathroom into a luxurious spa retreat where she can relax and remember, “I exist!” Sweet Dreams, as our relaxing and soothing aromatherapy blend, in addition to being our most preferred scent among young mothers, accomplishes this goal quite nicely.
Our Enchanted Evening Mother’s Day gift basket is intended for moms who are trying to avoid the dreaded “empty nest” feeling. After caring for children for 18 years with little to no time to consider her own needs, she probably needs help remembering how to pamper herself, and how to feel sexy and beautiful. Bathsheba, our mature romantic aromatherapy scent, seemed the most appropriate choice to accomplish this task, especially given that it is also the most preferred scent among mature mothers.
Don’t worry, we haven’t neglected expecting mothers! Our New Mom Gift Basket is filled with natural spa products from our Passion aromatherapy line to help expecting mothers and mothers of newborns feel sexy again.
We’re even offering you the opportunity to win one of our Mother’s Day Gift Baskets for FREE! Our Sweet Escape Gift Basket is our featured gift basket for our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Just follow the instruction on our giveaways page for how to enter (it’s free to sign up) and learn how you can increase your chances of winning by engaging with Castle Baths via social media.
Castle Baths is pleased to be able to offer you these exclusive Mother’s Day Gift Baskets for all stages of motherhood. Order yours today and have it well in time for Mother’s Day!
Looking for a last-minute Easter Basket idea? Do you need to find a vegan and/or gluten free Easter gift basket? If you haven’t been having much luck finding the perfect gift basket for Easter and feel you’re running out of time, Castle Baths may have a solution for you: a vegan and gluten-free Easter spa gift basket.
Castle Baths’ Easter Gift Basket contains one 6oz bottle of natural hand and body lotion, and one 6oz bottle of massage oil, scented in the floral, fruity aroma of Prayer. Our Prayer essential oil blend is ideal for helping to calm the mind and help you reach a spiritual, meditative peace. It also includes a small bath tub and an Easter greeting card, in which you can request a custom, handwritten message for no extra cost!
For those who prefer bath products over body moisturizers, we also offer an Easter Salt Gift Bag, which features our Sexy Eucalyptus Dead Sea Bath Salts, packaged in a decorative gift bag with an Easter greeting card. The aroma of Eucalyptus is both energizing and sensual for a fun and exciting Easter holiday, and Dead Sea Salt has many skin care benefits too! It will help detoxify your skin’s pores and moisturize by infusing your skin with much needed minerals. Experience renewal in the tub with this all natural yet powerful cleansing sea salt blend. As with our Easter Gift Basket, you may request a custom, handwritten message for the included Easter greeting card at no extra cost.
Both of these Easter gift ideas are vegan, gluten free, and won’t add any calories to your diet (they’re spa products, after all, not food) so they make great alternative Easter Basket ideas for people with dietary sensitivities.
We at Castle Baths wish you a very happy Easter, and hope you will find joy and renewal this holiday, whether it be in church, with family and friends, and/or in the bathtub with one of our Easter gift basket ideas! Be sure to check back with us next week too, as we’ll be starting another giveaway contest!
When it comes to selecting a romantic Valentine’s Day gift for your girlfriend or wife, spa products are always a staple. But, if you’re a guy, chances are you’re not all that up-to-date on the latest home spa and cosmetics trends for women. So how do you proceed? Sure, you could go into your nearest Bath & Body Works and ask a sales associate to recommend something, grab it, go through express checkout, and be done shopping in about half an hour. But what does taking this course of action really say about you? That you took the time and effort to get your significant other something you know she’ll enjoy? Or that you almost forgot all about Valentine’s Day and rushed to purchase the cheapest and quickest gift you could find on such short notice?
Chances are, she’ll interpret it to be the latter, especially once she notices that you forgot to cut the price tag off the bottom. So, if you do decide to go with spa products this Valentine’s Day, be sure to do your homework before you buy. Or, if you feel embarrassed about potentially being seen researching such a feminine topic on the Internet, just take a look at the suggestions below.
Go natural. Nothing says, “I love you” quite like a collection of bottles filled with cancer-causing chemical soup, right? Handmade, natural spa products make for a much more romantic (and healthful) gift than the synthetic, chemical-based products you’re likely to find in box stores. Many creators of handmade, natural spa products operate exclusively online, so you can shop around from the comfort of your home, and some will even offer you perks such as a free Valentine’s Day card with a custom, handwritten message, and free shipping.
Consider a gift basket. Not sure what she’d like. Give her some of everything. Natural spa gift baskets make great romantic gifts, and some can be enjoyed by both the giver and the recipient. For example, Castle Baths’ Love Gift Basket includes one 8oz bottle of natural massage oil, scented in a sexy aromatherapy blend of essential oils. Conclude the evening by offering her a sensual massage using the oil you have given her, and then let her do the same for you!
Three words: chocolate spa products. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is another staple Valentine’s Day gift. But before you go and buy that box of chocolates like every other guy in line ahead of you at the store, consider thinking outside the box (literally) when it comes to your gift this year and give her some chocolate-scented spa products. Chocolate-scented natural spa products combine these two classic Valentine’s gifts into one. Also, did you know that dark chocolate is good for the skin? Consider this Cocoa Body Butter or Coffee Cocoa Body Scrub (pictured right.)
Soap is always useful. If you don’t know her tastes or she isn’t a big spa aficionado, handmade, patterned bars of natural soap are usually a safe bet. She can use it in the tub, in the kitchen, or just as a decorative item if the soap is patterned. You can even find chocolate-scented patterned soaps such as Castle Baths’ new Valentine’s Day Rose Soap Bouquet, available in your choice of dark chocolate or vanilla musk with a hint of white chocolate.
Be tactful with anti-aging spa products. Anti-aging spa products make great gifts so long as you do not draw too much attention to the fact that they are anti-aging. While she’s sure to appreciate and use the products you give her, she may interpret it as a subliminal message that you consider her less attractive. This is, most likely, not the case, and indeed, a good anti-aging moisturizing cream can benefit anyone, even people in their 20s. But to avoid any miscommunication during your romantic evening, it’s best you stick with natural, herbal anti-aging products if you choose to go this route for your gift. Natural anti-aging products, as opposed to the often less-than-effective “cosmeceuticals” sold in beauty stores, are more like good preventative care than purported miracle cures for wrinkles, and, when used regularly, can help delay the onset of many physical signs of aging. So why not give her a spa gift basket like this Tre’Yours Dead Sea Spa Gift Basket that says, “I want to preserve us, our relationship, and this moment forever,” instead of one that simply says, “You look old.”
Finding the perfect romantic gift doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when you keep these tips in mind during your search. Have a happy, romantic Valentine’s Day this year, and many more to come!
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What do you get when you combine a dozen roses, chocolate, and luxurious natural soaps and spa products? The answer is: Castle Baths’ new Valentine’s Day Rose Bouquet Soap. This Castle Baths specialty gift item gives you 12 rose-shaped natural soaps scented in your choice of dark chocolate or a musky vanilla with a hint of white chocolate. The product went live on Castle Baths’ website on Monday, January 14, 2013.
As its title suggests, the product was developed as a Valentine’s Day gift idea for women – one that could serve as an alternative to the cliche box of chocolates or dozen real roses.
“The idea was to give men who were uncertain what to get their sweethearts for Valentine’s Day or who wanted to give a gift that was different from what everybody gives a unique alternative,” said Castle Baths owner and product developer Laura Thomas. “A bouquet of real roses might be a romantic gift, but it’s something almost everybody does around Valentine’s Day. But you won’t find these chocolate soap roses anywhere else. Plus, 12 bars of soap are a lot more useful than 12 cut roses when you consider your gift choices from a practical standpoint.”
Unlike some of Castle Baths other gift items targeted towards Valentine’s Day, such as their Love Spa Gift Basket, which is available for purchase year-round, this particular gift item will only be available until February 14. Afterwards, it will be taken off Castle Baths’ website, not to be seen again until one month before Valentine’s Day 2014.
To promote the new, intentionally short-lived gift item, Castle Baths is hosting a social media giveaway. Those interested in receiving their Valentine’s Day Rose Soap Bouquet for free are encouraged to take the social media actions listed on Castle Baths’ giveaway page in order to increase their chances of being a winner. After signing up using the form below, the only required action is that all participants comment on this blog post. NO SPAM! – Comments deemed to be spam will be deleted and result in ineligibility to win the current contest.
Not sure what to comment about? Here’s a start: Do you think your significant other would prefer our Valentine’s Roses in their dark chocolate or vanilla musk scents? Be sure to check back with us next week for more Castle Baths news and tips and especially so once Valentine’s Day is over – as we will be announcing the winner within two weeks after February 14!
Sending a friend or loved one a get well spa gift basket is a wonderful way to show someone who has been hospitalized that you care. But, if that person has been hospitalized for cancer, and is undergoing or has undergone chemotherapy, you will need to think carefully about what types of spa products your gift basket includes.
If you’re a spa aficionado or you’ve been following our previous blog posts, you may know that there are five different skin types: normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, combination, and sensitive. The fact you must remember when selecting spa products for a chemo patient is that all post-chemo skin is sensitive skin, regardless of what type the patient had before undergoing treatment. A chemo patient’s normal skin type will reassert itself in time, but for several days, and sometimes even weeks after treatment, his or her skin will react like that of someone with very sensitive skin.
As such, spa products containing synthetic chemicals should be avoided whenever possible, as these may do more harm than good where the patient’s skin is concerned. Synthetic fragrances should also be avoided as these will cause the chemo patient to become nauseous and possibly develop headaches.
This does not mean, however, that every product you include in your spa gift basket must be unscented. Products that are scented with pure essential oils, rather than artificial fragrance oils, should be perfectly fine. They may even help speed your friend or loved one’s recovery along through aromatherapy.
Make sure your gift basket includes at least one type of body moisturizer, as post-chemo skin, in addition to being extremely sensitive, will be extremely dehydrated. If left untreated, post-chemo skin can even show symptoms of eczema such as peeling and cracking.
You or your recovering friend or loved one may also notice an unpleasant metallic smell emanating from within his or her skin. This is caused by the use of heavy metals in chemotherapy to kill cancer cells. So make sure your gift basket includes something to help deep-cleanse skin, detoxifying pores while masking odor. Bath salts are a great natural way to accomplish this.
Castle Baths is here to help you, your friends, and your loved ones stay beautiful, inside and out. If you have any questions regarding aromatherapy and chemo or are uncertain what you should and should not include in your gift basket, please ask us. We hope all of your friends and loved ones who are ill or injured feel better. Be sure to check back with us next week for more skin care education and tips.
Often, we find ourselves pulled into thinking about the negative things that may be happening in our lives or those of the people around us. We all hear the stories on the news about earthly disasters, human suffering, and the generally murky outlook of the economy; these things can permeate our minds, bodies, and souls, if we let them. God’s light shines in each of us and we may not always understand why the events in our lives happen, but we certainly know He does. Let’s consciously refocus our energy and our thoughts on the good things happening around us – the things we see God in, or the people who give us, and others, hope.
Love thy neighbor as thyself (Roman 13:9)
This week, order something special for that person in your life who always knows what to say to make you feel better. The one you can call in the middle of the night, crying, who will answer and talk you through the anger, frustration, or sadness that recent events may have put you through. Take the time, today, to really reach out to them and give them back some of the peace that you have found through your friendship.
This basket was created specifically for these special angels in our lives who help us remember that God has a plan for us and we must have faith in Him. We have included everything your friend will need to pamper themselves.
We can all use a reminder of God’s love for us when things are down. So go ahead, send your friendly angel a special pampering gift to show your thanks – and do what you can to be that same light in another’s life.
Castle Baths is a different kind of retailer than other spa and bath product shops. We not only apply our Christian tenets to the products themselves, but also in our customer service approach. We feel that God is in all we do, and so we do what we can to be as gentle to the earth, our bodies, our customers, and our community, in a spirit of service.
All Natural Products
Our products are created with all natural, organic ingredients in order to eliminate one source of man-made chemicals that pollute the earth and our bodies on a daily basis. Our entire spa bath line are:
Made to order, as fresh as possible
Vegan (except 3 goats milk soap bars)
Handmade (no machines or factories)
Shipped daily for shelf life
Never tested on animals
Created with Certified Organic and Wild Crafted Ingredients
Made with you in mind
Castle Baths offers a full line of Beauty Products, top spa products and therapeutic bath products, along with one of a kind spa gift baskets and designer natural pet products. We offer Pampering Beauty and lots of Hope to our customers!
Helping People through Service
Effective January 1, 2011: We wish to give back some of our profits to our charitable causes.
We feel that the bank doesn’t need to hold money that people in need could use! This has brought us to the decision of donating to those in need.
Castle Baths Charities:
We receive lots (I mean LOTS) of request for charitable donations and giveaways….we really have to have them budgeted before we can help- if you have a charity of importance let us know and we can add it to our list to be reviewed.
Castle Baths gives back a bare minimum of 10% of our time, talents and tithe. Our staff is also given a full day each quarter Paid to offer their support within the community. For example: Racheal walks and donates her time to speak with neighbors and groups to collect donations for the troops each month, while Castle Baths pays for the postage and supplies needed to ship the items to the Soldiers. Here’s a note from one of our Support Our Troops groups:-)
Animal Rescue – Animals need love, shelter and food- not a death sentence!
Save the Bay -Chesapeake Bay Foundation – this is where we live. We hope you’ll care enough to help a cause where you live. We help clean the bay up annually with this one.
Support Our Troops -Donated Items welcomed to send to our troops overseas- We ship monthly to our solider’s. Email Racheal Brennan for how you can help or call us 757-813-7891
MS Society – Owner, Laura Thomas was diagnosed with MS in January of 2009, what was once a walk to help has now become a part of Laura’s Life- literally:-) Go here to support! MS WALK RACHEAL for mom and others.
You have a choice in Bath and Spa Products
We know that you have a choice in where you buy your bath and spa products – we want to provide you with a guilt free, charitable option that you can be proud of and tell your friends about. Help us to make a difference by donating to a charity while you get your all natural, bath, spa, and beauty products from us!
Our kids are growing up faster and have longer working years ahead of them than ever before – show your teenager how to naturally take care of their skin as well as relieve stress. After all, they will need this skill and this is advice that will be used on a daily basis (unlike some of your other advice)!
Sometimes, as adults, we forget how very stressful being a teenager can be. Hormones are all over the place, large decisions about where their life will head are coming up quickly and self-confidence is almost always an issue. Help your teen to be self assured, confident, and ready to face the changes and challenges that God has in store for them by teaching them how to relieve stress and protect their skin in a natural, healthy way.
It is imperative in the stressful, busy world we have brought our children into, that they learn how to relax and let stressful emotions go on a daily basis. Our Sweet Dreams scent can be found in several different product types (body wash, bath tea, aromatherapy oils, etc.) and will help your teen to relax, sleep well, and be ready for another day in their busy life.
Natural Skin Care
Nothing seems more important when you are a teenager than your appearance. If your teen suffers from lack of confidence in their skin appearance, it may be the kind of body wash or face wash that is being applied. See this video on the difference that a natural body wash makes versus a leading competitor’s body wash.
If you have a specific situation, and would like to discuss how our natural products could be used or applied to help, please contact us at (757) 788-8157 or by email.