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Akasha.

The Conservatorium hotel’s spa focusses on comprehensive restoration and rejuvenation. The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is divided into different areas which align with the four elements.

‘Earth’ is the Organic Bar lounge which provides freshly prepared organic sandwiches and juices to be enjoyed in the relaxation area.

‘Water’ is the main spa area, featuring sound, music and aroma therapies, an exclusive Watsu pool, whirlpool sauna and Hammam. The 18m x 5m swimming pool provides an oasis of calmness and serenity within the comfort of the indulgent simplicity of Piero Lissoni’s design.

‘Fire’ is the fitness club, equipped with the most up-to-date apparatus including Life Fitness® and a Kinesis Personal from TechnoGym, all under personal trainer guidance.

‘Air’ is the calming, peaceful space for yoga and Pilates classes.

All hotel guests have complimentary access to Akasha. A limited range of memberships are also available for the local community and thus so have I and I truly love it!

My favourite thing to do when visiting this amazing city spa is to do a pilates session with Barbara Rose and combine it with a dip in the pool and a good Hammam session, bless…

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Homemade sunscreen.

Wellnessmama gives you an insight on how bad most of the sunscreens really are and has come up with a great recepie for a Natural Homemade Sunscreen.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
1/4 cup beeswax
2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

Note: All ingredients and many essential oils are available here.

How to Make Natural Sunscreen
Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives, or other foods.

Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.

As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!

Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

For the lazy ones: An Even Faster Way To Make Sunscreen. Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!) Add a couple Tablespoons of Zinc Oxide. Mix well. Use as Sunscreen!

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Organic Salads.

I’m so proud of our newly opened organic salad bar, SLA

Hope you love it too!

See you there..

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I LOVE SLA

I’m so super proud to say that we (Jop, Nina & Hans) finally opened our first organic salad bar in Amsterdam! SLA is all about organic food that is local, grown and prepared with love and care. You visit SLA for all your favourite seasonal take-away healthy foods & goods. You can have a seat an order your DIY range of salads and juices. Or just come for an inspiring workshop in our SLA LAB You Can even see how we grow our own little range of seeds & weeds in the greenhouse in the backyard!

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Sleep like a baby.

Love Khasto (pronounce as ‘khashto’) a cotton product that originates in the 19th century Nepal. Khasto consists of three layers of fine cotton (muslin) of which the middle layer is often printed or plain colour. This technique gives it a remarkable softness and wearing comfort. I get mine at BLOOM in Amsterdam

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Nourish yourself.

Love these products. First discovered Malin+ Goetz at a super nice department store called Options! In Amsterdam. Now at 50% off there!

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