Homespunspa Ewesletter

Maria Alexandra Koropecky, esthetician and owner

Homespunspa Mobile Spa is based out of Victoria, BC, Canada

E-Newsletter Archives

* April 2015 Chair Massage Anyone?

* March 2015 Hello Spring!

* February 2015 Focus on Fitness this February.

* January 2015 Super Exciting Announcement!

* December 2014 Wishing You A Wonderful Winter Season!

* November 2014 Take the Chill out of November with these Ideas!

* October 2014 You're Invited to Borscht Fest

* September 2014 Have you ever read "The Alchemist?"

* August 2014 Amazing Avocados & Cool Cucumbers Team Up in this Summer Soup Recipe

* July 2014 Planning a staycation or spa party this summer?

Sunshine and Tangerines

Welcome all new Ewesletter subscribers and hello to all readers. Please enjoy this newsletter and thank you for subscribing and for sharing this Ewesletter with your friends. As a subscriber, you are among the first to hear about what's going on at Homespunspa. ~ Maria

This month's Ewesletter is inspired by the promise of summer — it's just around the corner! When I think of summer, I think of the colour orange and today I'd like to give a little nod to the sun and tangerines. I think biting into a nice, tangy and juicy tangerine section is a wonderfully cooling and refreshing thing to do on a sunny afternoon.

"Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries." ~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road.

Tangerine Essential Oil

I'm in the process of writing a book called "Supernatural Spa Ingredients" and here's what I've discovered so far about Tangerine Essential Oil.

TANGERINE ESSENTIAL OIL (Citrus tangerina): Another member of the cheery citrus family, tangerine helps curb stress and depression. In massage oils, it heals problem skin and stretch marks.
Texture: liquid, carrier oil, extract, essential oil.
Category: vegetable, fruit, grain, berry.
Home spa recipes: masques, refiners, massage oils, aromatherapy blends, soaps, perfumes.
Role in cosmetic formulation: masking, skin conditioning. Sleep Aid: Use to sleep better.
Face: Add to facials to tone, exfoliate skin, heal scars, clear oily skin, stimulate cell renewal, relax expression, de-stress.
Skin Types: Use especially on OILY skin and ACNE.
Massage Oil: Add to massage oil to relax, lift depression, aid digestion, lessen stretch marks, relax muscle cramps, cool skin, thwart cellulite.
Baths & Body: Add to baths and body care products to maintain moisture in skin.
Hair: Add to shampoo recipes to cleanse hair and curb dandruff.
Soap & Candles: Add to soap and candle recipes for fragrance.
Diffuse: Add drops to atomizer or burner to calm mind, uplift mood, foster sleep, relieve stress, sharpen the senses.
Aromatherapy: Top note in perfumery; blends well with: bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, lavender, lemongrass, nutmeg, pine, rose, vanilla, ylang ylang.
Balances: Sacral (2nd) chakra plus Vata (Infinity/Air) and Pitta (Fire) doshas.
Native Region: China.
Find in: Healthfood stores, spas, wellness centres, new age stores, cosmetics, and online.
Caution: 1) Avoid in pregnancy. 2) Do skin patch test first. 3) Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun after application. Can cause photosensitivity.

New! Ancient Market Spa Salts

If you like markets and chair massges, come see me at the Moss Street Market this summer. The market has inspired me to create my newest Spa Salts recipe, Ancient Market.

This blend of rose, tangerine and spice in our new Ancient Market Spa Salts will take you back to the exotic markets you may have visited along your travels.

Email me if you'd like to place an order.

ancient market spa salts.


New! Saturna Island Spa Party Theme Package

If having fun in the sun isn't your cup of tea but you'd still like to have a tan this summer, I invite you to consider hosting a Saturna Island Spa Party.

We've teamed up with Spray Tan Artist, Anna, and Palm Reader, Susan, to bring you an over-the-top spa day that will leave everyone feeling relaxed, energized, and beautiful.

In the Saturna Island Spa Party theme package, each guest will receive a palm reading, chair massage and spray tan (or equivalent alternative depending on their needs) for a total of 1 hour of spa services each.

Please read our blog posts, New! Spa Party Theme Packages at Homespunspa and My Interview with Spray Tan Artist, Anna for more info.

Our Saturna Island Spa Party is great for bridal parties, staggettes, milstone birthdays, and grads so if you know anyone who might enjoy this, please let them know about us. Thanks for your referral!

About Homespunspa

The concept of Homespunspa was sprung from a sleep-over in 1999 after I invited some friends to a slumber party that turned into a spa party.

We each created our own home spa treatments for hair, nails, face and body using natural ingredients like avocados, lemons and essential oils.

That night, my love of spas was awakened and as my head hit the pillow, the word, "Homespunspa" was born.

Homespunspa Enterprises was established in 2001 and the sheep logo was commissioned later that year. In 2002, I launched and the site has been live on the Internet without interruption all of these years.

In 2006, I self-published a book of home spa recipes entitled, How to Throw a Home Spa Pajama Party the Homespunspa Way.

In 2009, I added a blog to the Homespunspa website. In 2010, I graduated from the Aveda Institute with a diploma in Esthetics. In 2011, I added a mobile spa department to Homespunspa. In 2014, I added life coaching to the Homespunspa menu of services.

Also in 2014, I started publishing the Homespunspa e-newsletter, Ewesletter, each month, during the third week of the month, on or after the 16th day.

Thanks for reading the Homespunspa Ewesletter. I hope to see you in person soon.


Maria Alexandra Koropecky

esthetician and owner of Homespunspa.


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