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3 luxurious Mother’s day gifts with a purpose

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Many retail stores will try to sell you Mother’s day gifts that are simply that – Mother’s day gifts; small tokens of appreciation that don’t really accomplish anything other than wishing someone a happy Mother’s day. Sure, you can get her a box of assorted chocolates, and she may even appreciate it and thank you for your thoughtfulness. But as the weeks go by and the contents of that box of chocolates dwindles in size, all you will have really accomplished is to thwart her efforts at dieting.

Going purely practical isn’t always the best solution to gift giving either. After all, giving the perfect gift is just as much about presentation as it is about the gift itself. Surprise, suspense, and showmanship are just as important as what you give, and sometimes even more so. Let’s face facts; there really isn’t a whole lot of showmanship and surprise in getting your mom, who happens to be an avid gardener, a collection of new gardening tools for Mother’s day.mother's day gifts - sweet escapespa gift basket - enchanted eveningdozen roses chocolate soap

Recap: A great gift should deliver:

  • Surprise
  • Suspense
  • Showmanship
  • Purpose

Is it too much to ask that a gift serve a purpose beyond simply saying, “Happy Mother’s day!” and still be presented in a sophisticated and elegant manner? The folks at Castle Baths Spa Products didn’t think this was too demanding of a request, which is why they like to refer to all their customizable spa gift baskets as “products with a purpose.”

Products with Purpose: Anti-Aging Spa Gifts

Castle Baths offers a wide selection of spa gift baskets to serve a variety of purposes, but for the sake of time, we’ll just be talking about anti-aging gifts this week.

Now, getting your mom an anti-aging spa gift basket for Mother’s day can be tricky. It needs to include some key products and ingredients to achieve this purpose, but not to the point where it’s obviously an anti-aging gift, as these can spoil the gift giving moment with the unfortunate subliminal message of, “you’re getting older so you’ll probably need these things soon.”

For this reason, it’s probably best to avoid baskets containing products with obvious ant-aging titles like “anti-wrinkle cream” unless the said products are something she’s specifically asked for (but then, where’s the surprise?) Instead, try to find baskets containing products that could be useful to anyone who wants to look their best this spring and summer, such as:

  • Dead Sea Products – Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud are both great skin care ingredients for any age, and can help with adult acne, pore minimizing, and a variety of other skin care concerns.
  • Chocolate Spa Products – Real cocoa and chocolate both contain naturally high levels of antioxidants, which help fight off the free radicals caused by sun overexposure and can help Mom avoid free-radical-induced signs of aging such as sun spots and overly wrinkled, leathery skin.
  • Coffee Spa Products – Coffee is another natural skin care ingredient to look for in spa products. Spa products made with coffee tend to have a scratchy feel that works great for exfoliation. Plus, coffee has been shown to be helpful in stimulating skin to provide temporary smoothing of cellulite deposits.

Recommended Anti-Aging Spa Gifts for Mother’s Daygift basket - dead sea spa anti-aging

Here are some of Castle Baths’ top anti-aging staff picks for Mother’s Day 2014:

The Dead Sea Spa Gift Basket – Treat Mom to the rejuvenating powers of the Dead Sea with this unique, luxurious spa gift basket. The Dead Sea Spa Gift Basket includes:

pore minimizer giftThe Pore Minimizer Spa Kit – Give Mom what she needs to deep-cleanse her pores so she’ll have clear skin in time for the first family beach outing. The Pore Minimizer Spa Kit includes:

  • One 4 oz container of Pure, Authentic, Wet Dead Sea Mud (great for mud masks)
  • One 2 oz Coffee Cocoa Face and Body Scrub (for face and/or body exfoliation)
  • One Dead Sea Mud Bar Soap (for acne and deep facial cleansing)

The Slice of Life Spa Gift Basket – Give Mom the sweet scent of chocolate and vanilla in this aromatic moisturizer gift basket. The Slice of Life Spa Gift Basket includes:

When Mom sees the delivery man walking up to her front door with one of these gift baskets, the suspense will rise. Once she sees the luxury and artistry that went into the basket, she’ll be in for a huge (and welcome) surprise, and once she discovers that each product included serves more purpose than just a pleasing scent, that’s when she’ll finally realize that this may truly be the best Mother’s Day gift ever!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Castle Baths’ One Dozen Chocolate Soap Roses are back by popular demand for Valentine’s Day 2014 and are now available for purchase all year round too!

one dozen chocolate rose soapsIf you want to give your significant other these unique decorative soaps as a Valentine’s Day gift, be sure to place your order with Castle Baths no later than February 10, 2014 to ensure delivery by February 14.

If you do end up ordering after February 10, don’t worry! Chances are we’ll still be able to get your roses out in time. But just to be on the safe side, please try to have your order in as soon as possible. These were very popular last year and we’re expecting them to be even more popular this year!

Remember, our One Dozen Chocolate Soap Roses are available in two scents: dark chocolate or vanilla musk with a hint of chocolate, so be sure to specify which scent you think she’ll like best when placing your order. You may also request a custom handwritten message be included in the complimentary Valentine’s Day greeting card that comes with these soaps.

dozen chocolate rose soaps vaseTo learn more about these soaps and how truly unique they are, please watch our YouTube video. Be sure to watch it all the way through to catch our bloopers at the end (included for your entertainment.) If the video does not play correctly below, please click here to watch it on YouTube.



One Dozen Chocolate Rose Soaps Back by Popular Demand!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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What do you want for Valentine’s Day? Chocolate? Roses? A spa day? Dinner at a nice restaurant? All of the above?

Don’t feel rushed if you haven’t given it much thought. After all, Christmas was only one month ago and February 14 probably still feels like the distant future, but it’s important to start thinking about what you might want so you can start dropping hints to your significant other.

one dozen chocolate rose soapsIf you’re into classic romantic gestures like receiving fresh delivered flowers or a box of chocolates we have the perfect gift idea for you to request this year: One Dozen Chocolate Rose Soaps.

This specialty item by Castle Baths combines three of your favorite Valentine’s Day treats (chocolate, roses, and a spa day) into one luxurious experience! These natural soap roses are made entirely from natural, organic and wild-crafted ingredients and hand-dipped in real cocoa to give you a long-lasting sweet scent and soft, smooth skin.

dozen chocolate roses vaseEach rose is a fully functional bar of natural soap you can use in your kitchen or shower, and serves as a decorative soap and conversation piece at the same time! Try arranging your dozen rose soaps in a vase by the sink as demonstrated in the picture to the right.

chocolate roses soap dishWhen you want to use one of your rose soaps as a bar of soap, simply pull one off its stem (they separate easily) and place it in a soap dish.

These soaps are scented in your choice of dark chocolate or vanilla musk with a hint of chocolate, and should retain their scents for months!

chocolate roses soap deliveredSold on a gift idea? Great! But this is supposed to be a gift for you from your significant other, so now comes the hard part: finding ways to drop hints of what you want without outright asking for them. Fortunately, we have a few suggestions here as well.

  1. Clip a picture of the roses to your refrigerator. Maybe even place the picture near or on the February 14 block on the calendar. Too obvious? Well, maybe… but it certainly gets the point across.
  2. Leave your computer’s web browser open to the Castle Baths website – perhaps even leave it on the roses page.
  3. Make some sort of random comment like, “I wonder if anyone has ever tried to make a chocolate rose? That would be a really great Valentine’s Day gift!”

We hope you enjoy your roses and that you have a happy Valentine’s Day!

All Christmas Orders Must be Placed by 12:00 PM EST Friday

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

For those of you who haven’t ordered yet and are wondering if there is still time to place an order with Castle Baths and have it arrive in time for Christmas, the answer is “yes” – most likely. However, all orders must be placed no later than 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, December 20, 2013 if you want them to arrive in time for the Christmas holiday.

If you place an order between now and noon on Friday and the shipping address you specify is in the continental U.S., chances are you will receive your package in time for Christmas. If you do place an order with us, or have done so already, and you are wondering where your package is, please refer to our blog from last week on the shipping process and potential holdups. If you suspect your package was delayed, please give us a call at (757) 788-8157 and we will help you track it down.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Castle Baths!

How to Select the Perfect Holiday Spa Gift Basket

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

It’s never too early to start thinking about gift ideas for the holidays, especially considering we’re halfway through October already. But if you have distant friends or relatives, (or even if they live close by,) you’re likely to at some point encounter the dilemma many gift givers encounter this time of year: “What would they enjoy?”

If your distant friend, relative, or loved one happens to be female, this can further complicate your dilemma (especially if you’re male). Should you go practical and get her something she really needs that will be useful around the house? If so, what does she need? Should you go for something more pampering like a spa gift basket, or would she consider that too gender stereotypical?  If so, what types of spa products should it include? What scents would she like? There are so many choices.

Practical vs. Pampering: the gift giver’s dilemma

If you’re male and looking for gifts for women, your first inclination may be to shy away from the typically feminine gifts such as spa gift baskets and go practical simply because you just don’t feel you know enough about the spa and bath industry to select the right spa gift. Going practical with your gift giving this year may seem like the ideal solution, but practical gifts can backfire just as easily. Just ask the guy who bought a bucket and mop for his wife for Christmas 20 years ago how that worked out.

If your practical gift is something she’s specifically requested from you or has hinted at on more than one occasion as to its ability to make her life easier, than all is well. Otherwise, it’s a shot in the dark, and you may be better off with something more pampering and lifestyle-oriented.

Selecting a pampering gift

holiday gift basketIf you decide to go with a pampering, lifestyle-oriented gift, you may find yourself back at your original question: what would she enjoy? If you don’t know much about the spa and bath industry, keep in mind that there are two staples when it comes to pampering gifts: gift cards to a local day spa and home spa gift baskets. While the idea of receiving a professional massage appeals to some women, others are put off by the idea of being touched by a stranger. If you suspect this may be the case with the person for whom you are shopping, a luxury spa gift basket may be the better choice.

“But what type of spa gift basket?” you may wonder. There are so many from which to choose, and so many factors to consider when deciding what types of spa products it should include. Here are a few tips for selecting the perfect spa gift basket  for your female friend, relative, or significant other:

If you are on a budget, you can still find a classy gift within your price range by shopping via our Gifts Under $75, Gifts Under $50, or Gifts Under $25 categories.
  • Don’t cheap out. Going to the nearest department store may seem like the quickest and easiest solution, but if the person for whom you are shopping is knowledgeable about skin care, doing so can come across as tacky. Many mass retailers of skin care products offer only products made with synthetic ingredients, including chemicals and preservatives that can be very bad for the skin. So, unless you know which ingredients to look for and which to avoid, it is better to go with natural spa gift baskets. Besides, natural spa products are all the more luxurious, and can really show that you put time and effort into your gift.
  • Consider her age and ethnicity. We’ve found that women in different age groups  and ethnic groups tend to prefer different scents. Consult our gift guide to see the results of our research on aromatherapy scents and age groups and demographics. In general, we’ve found that women belonging to Generation X and Y tend to prefer our Sweet Dreams (Lavender and Vanilla) aromatherapy essential oil blend, while Baby Boomer and Greatest Generation women tend to prefer our Bathsheba Rosewood Rose aromatherapy blend. Our Jubilee (Bergamot and Pink Grapefruit) aromatherapy blend is very popular among African American women (and men too!)
  • new mom gift basketConsider her lifestyle. Ethnicity and age group don’t always give you the whole picture. These days, many women in their late 30s and early 40s are just starting to have children, whereas 20-30 years ago women of this same age group were more likely to have children in their teens or even adult children. As such, these women may prefer a spa gift basket specifically geared towards new moms such as our Sweet Escape Gift Basket or our New Mom Gift Basket. If she’s into natural anti-aging solutions, our Dead Sea Spa Gift Basket may be of interest.

Chocolate Spa Gifts: the perfect pampering combination

chocolate spa gift - happy birthdayWe also offer several holiday-themed spa gift baskets for both men and women, to include our popular Happy Birthday Spa Gift Basket and Slice of Life Gift Basket (both of which feature a unique assortment of chocolate scented spa products.) We also offer a Holiday Spa Gift Basket that includes our Coffee Cocoa Body Scrub and our Key Lime Pie Slice Soap, as well as several decorative soaps from which to choose. (Check out our Lavender Bon Bons.)

We’ve set aside all of next week to make fresh batches of our Chocolate Cake Slice Soap (included in our Slice of Life and Happy Birthday Gift Baskets,) and our Fruit Cake Slice Soap as each takes approximately six weeks to cure and harden. They were both very popular last holiday season, so we want to make sure we have enough to satisfy everyone this year. If you’re interested, be sure to order yours while supplies last!)

If you have any questions about our spa gift baskets, or need help selecting the perfect gift this holiday season, please contact us and/or view our gift guide. Happy gift giving!


Decorative Soap Ideas: One Dozen Roses

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

A few weeks ago, we talked about decorative soap and gave you a few ideas on how to use them. Now, we’d like to share a particularly unique decorative soap design we offer: one dozen roses.

These unique little soaps actually look like a bouquet of one dozen roses when assembled, and give you the ability to use them as a decoration and as soap at the same time. Here’s how:

1. First, assemble your dozen roses. If you purchase our Dozen Friendship Roses (scented in the essential oil of bergamot), your roses will come pre-attached to their stems, and a base (which also functions as a bar of soap) will be included. See assembly instructions below:

Use a stick or other similar item to poke holes in the flower pot soap in the following configuration. Next, remove roses from plastic and bow. Place each rose in one of the holes, with the longest stem in the center hole. If the stems do not fit properly in the pot holes, microwave the pot – full pot soap side up – for less than one minute or warm it in an oven.


You may want to allow the pot to sit and harden for a few hours. Start arranging the stems once the pot has cooled and hardened. The pot contains both herbs and soap in a cupcake oven-safe dish.

2. Place your assembled dozen roses near your bathroom or kitchen sink. If you purchase our Vanilla Musk Roses* please keep in mind that these do not come with a flower pot base, so you will need to use a vase or other container to create your rose soap bouquet. You may even want to try this with our Dozen Friendship Roses, even though they come with their own base. See the video below for ideas on how to decorate your bathroom or kitchen with Vanilla Musk Roses.

3. Start using your dozen roses. To begin using your roses as soap, simply detach one of the roses from its stem (they separate easily) and place it in your soap dish. Your dozen roses should retain their scent for up to two months, and should last a family of five up to six months.

vanilla musk roses*Additional info about our Vanilla Musk Roses: Our Vanilla Musk Roses were originally created as an exclusive Valentine’s Day gift, and were offered in your choice of dark chocolate or vanilla musk. Both scents were a huge success, and the Vanilla Musk Roses particularly so. So we decided to make both versions available year-round as part of our decorative soap collection.



Back-to-School Relaxation and Pampering Tips for Parents

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

With the kids off to school, it’s time for a little luxurious pampering!

The new academic year is approaching rapidly for those with school-aged or college-aged children. This means you’ll soon have some time to yourself again, so why not start planning for a day of luxurious pampering. After all the hard work you’ve done this summer to keep your kids occupied, keep the house clean, and keep the bills paid, you deserve a break!

If you want to feel pampered, a day at the spa is always a good start – or even better yet, turn your home into your own personal spa with one of these luxurious handmade spa gift baskets.

sweet escape spa gift basketThe Sweet Escape Spa Gift Basket , originally intended as a Mother’s Day gift basket, is the perfect pampering indulgence for mothers of school-aged children, as it includes a unique selection of aromatherapy spa products scented in Castle Baths’ soothing Sweet Dreams essential oil blend of lavender and vanilla. This particular aromatherapy blend has proven very popular among Generation Y/Millenial women.

enchanted evening spa gift basketIf you’re a mother of college-aged children, the Enchanted Evening Spa Gift Basket , also originally a Mother’s Day gift basket, is likely to be the perfect choice for you! It includes a wide variety of natural spa products scented in Castle Baths’ Bathsheba aromatherapy essential oil blend of rosewood and pure rose absolute for romance-inspiring sensations. The Enchanted Evening Spa Gift Basket has proven extremely popular among Baby Boomer and Generation X women.

At Castle Baths, we treat every day as Mother’s Day, because you need more than just one day per year to take time off to pamper yourself and relax!

mediterranean breeze bath body scrubIf gift baskets aren’t your cup of tea, perhaps you would prefer some pampering spa products you can enjoy with your significant other, such as natural massage oils or bath oils. The quiet hours when the kids are away at school is also the perfect time to indulge in an anti-aging mud mask or body scrub.

Whatever you decide, make sure you make time for yourself during the upcoming weeks. Relaxation and pampering aren’t just indulgences, they’re necessities for maintaining your physical and mental health during your hectic schedule!

Spa Gift Baskets and Other Unconventional Father’s Day Gifts from Castle Baths

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s going to be Father’s Day in only a week and a half. It feels like it was Mother’s Day just last weekend, so we at Castle Baths certainly can understand if you’re behind on your efforts to find a father’s day gift. “What should I get, and where?” you may be wondering as you shop around frantically. “Power tools?” “Clothes?” Aren’t those what everybody gets their dad for Father’s Day?

If you’ve been looking for a unique and unconventional Father’s Day gift, have you considered a spa gift basket from Castle Baths? You probably haven’t, and, like a lot of people, consider spa gift baskets to be firmly in the realm of feminine gifts, but you may be surprised to learn that Castle Baths attracts a fair number of male customers too!

dead sea anti-aging spa gift basketSpa products and spa gift baskets for men are a growing trend in the natural bath and body industry, as more and more men come to realize the value of a good moisturizing and skin care routine. To meet this growing demand, Castle Baths has singled out numerous products likely to appeal to men, and particularly so, to dads. You can view them all on our gifts for dad page. (Be sure to check out our Bay Rum Soap, which has been very popular among men who remember it as the scent of classic downtown barber shops.)

dead sea salt soapWe’re also offering two special deals available until Father’s Day (June 16.) Our Dead Sea Anti-Aging Spa Gift Basket is on sale at 30% off our regular price, and we’re offering FREE guest-size bars of our Dead Sea Salt Soap with all purchases over $25.

We at Castle Baths wish you a very happy Father’s Day, and encourage you to treat dad to something special this year.

New Gift Guide to Help You Select Spa Gift Baskets for Any Occasion!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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.

chocolate cake ice cream slice soapWant 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.

how to have purrfect faithIn 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.

fat cat soap gift setAdditionally, 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!

New Exclusive Mother’s Day Gift Baskets Available from Castle Baths

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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.Mother's Day gift basket sweet escape

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.

Mother's Day gift basket enchanted eveningOur 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.

Mother's Day gift basket new momWe’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!