8 Great Wellness Websites
Published: March 2011
By Sherri Eisenberg
Want to find a yoga class in Thailand, or a Parisian scent that’s not yet available in the U.S.? Here, eight great sites for global nomads.
Spas 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 $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 in London or a blowout in Buenos Aires, 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 destination 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 Arizona to Azerbaijan.
T+L Tip: Search a range of yoga trips, whether at a temple in Mozambique or on a Caribbean 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 in Manhattan’s West Village on its site: European scents not available in the U.S., such as Nez à Nez 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 cardamom.
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.