Click and Refresh
Want to find a yoga class in Thailand or a Parisian scent that’s not yet available where you live? Here, eight great sites for global nomads. By Sherri Eisenberg
Published on Feb 16, 2011
SPA AND WELLNESS
Based in London, Wahanda is an online community with user profiles and TripAdvisor-style reviews of 10,000 spas, salons and gyms, plus 2,500 independent therapists around the globe.
T+L Tip For each review you write, Wahanda gives US$1 to Charity: Water, a nonprofit that brings clean drinking water to developing nations.
When you’re not sure where to go for a last-minute mani-pedi amid manic Manila or a blowout in Bali, just type in your location on SpaFinder—the e-tool will find and book a place for you. The site also highlights exclusive deals and expert advice on destinations and day spas worldwide.
T+L Tip The Massage Matrix helps you determine the best technique to relieve your stress.
If you’re on the road and in serious need of a stretch, you can get info on classes from Australia to Taiwan.
T+L Tip Search for a range of yoga trips, whether at a temple in Thailand or on an Indian Ocean cruise.
Travelers love Beautyhabit for its stock of hard-to-find bath and skin-care products from all corners of the earth, like Christophe Robin’s color-safe shampoos and conditioners from Paris, or Ligne St. Barth’s Caribbean avocado oil, aloe-mint gel and vanilla body lotion.
T+L Tip The site sends free samples based on what you’ve ordered.
This Australia-based company carries essential oils—and explains how to use them—plus all-natural makeup and hair products from down under.
T+L Tip Look for Lucas Papaw ointment, made from an Australian papaya known for its antiseptic properties—it heals cuts, soothes sunburns and makes a great lip balm.
Husband-and-wife team Jeff and Kirstin Binder (he started a natural health-products brand; she studied phytotherapy) travel everywhere to scout fair-trade and certified biodynamic lines, like Primavera, from Germany, which grows its skin-care ingredients on co-op farms.
T+L Tip Not sure a product is truly organic? The Truth About Ingredients page breaks down what to look for and what to avoid.
You’ll find everything from this tiny gem of a shop on Manhattan’s West Village on its site, including European scents such as Nez à Nes Parfums from Paris.
T+L Tip Don’t miss Aedes’s private label; it has a cult following for mixing unexpected notes like leather and cardamon.
Used your favorite scent from Singapore to the last drop? If FragranceNet doesn’t have what you want, the site will track down your request and add it to the inventory. On top of scents, it offers beauty products by brands like La Prairie, plus discounts on limited editions—even after department stores stop carrying them.
T+L Tip If you can’t wait, the product selector will show you alternative scents with similar notes.