Italiana Spa Day for Mama
Treat her to an indulgent spa day featuring Giada’s favorite DIY face scrub, a luxurious bath, and chocolates—of course!
This special gift set contains everything you need to put together an Italian-accented home spa day for the woman who does it all. Mix up a batch of Giada’s signature DIY face scrub, and run her a Roman-style bath scented with organic lavender flowers. Add in some of Italy’s most sought-after chocolates from a master chocolatier and you’ve got the perfect recipe for relaxation.
Glow Like Giada With This Easy At-Home Scrub
In Giada’s skin routine, she has one tried-and-true recipe that aids in both cleansing and moisturizing, a family secret her mom taught her years ago. This DIY rice flour scrub uses just two simple ingredients that are good enough to eat—literally! Using just extra-virgin olive oil and finely ground pure Carnaroli or Artemide rice flour, this clean scrub utilizes some of Giada's favorite ingredients for cooking, too.
The minute texture of the rice flour in this method gives just enough traction to remove those dead skin cells without any scratching or pulling, and the olive oil helps it glide smoothly. Plus, the rich Sicilian olive oil contributes a major dose of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols (the same thing that makes it taste so incredible), which can improve the skin’s natural renewal process and reduce inflammation.
Simply take a teaspoon or so of the rice flour in your palm and add a drizzle of olive oil until you have a sandy paste that spreads easily. For avid measurers, Giada recommends about a 2:1 ratio of rice to olive oil - but you'll get a feel for the right texture.
Gently massage the mixture into your skin, then rinse thoroughly. A very light residue will be left from the olive oil, giving you a major moisturizing boost and instant glow. If your skin doesn’t tolerate oils well, simply use your everyday cleanser after rinsing off the scrub to remove those last traces of olive oil. Either way, you’ll be glowing.
Relaxation, The Ancient Italian Way: Lavender
Our lavender is organically grown in a mountain preserve in Sicily and is just as gorgeous in a lavender honey cake or refreshing spritz as it is in a relaxing soak.
The use of lavender can be traced back to ancient times, when Romans would place bouquets of sprigs into their thermal baths to help them relax, unwind, and soothe tired muscles.
To this day, lavender is still widely believed to have therapeutic benefits and reduce stress levels, and might play a part in reducing pain and discomfort. There's one thing that's not up for debate: the floral scent of lavender wafting from a bath is as relaxing as it gets!
Masterful Italian Chocolate
Made with care by a second-generation master chocolatier, this assortment of Guido Gobino’s signature soft gianduja chocolates known as Tourinot is an exquisite taste of Piedmont. Known as the chocolate capital of Italy, the Piedmont region is home to a number of the country’s top artisans—and Guido Gobino is considered one of the best.