Link Love Weekend Sendoff, December 19th

It’s finally, Friday! Wind down from a hectic work week with the latest health, beauty and wellness stories from around the web. 

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5 Hacks For a Healthier Week via Refinery29.com

The Beauty Product That Prevents Scaly Winter Skin via WomensHealthMag.com

Could Weighing Yourself More Often Help You Lose Weight? via Cosmopolitan.com

How To Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling via Shape.com

Your Diet Doesn’t Matter If You Don’t Consider These 5 Things via MindBodyGreen.com

Best Products of 2014 via TruthinAging

Friday Favorites: Bronze Beauty Products & More

A shimmery bronzer and a musky cedar soap are a few of our Friday Favorites this week! See what else we’re loving, below:

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Clockwise From Left: Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Mask available at net-a-porter.com, Ambience Unscented Candle available at hm.com, Nars Bronzing Powder in ‘Laguna’ available at sephora.com, Benefit Cosmetics ‘They’re Real’ Push-Up Liner available at ulta.com, Cedar Wood Soap available at cb2.com, Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint available at tartecosmetics.com, Nina Ricci ‘Mies’ Genuine Kangaroo Fur and Leather Clutch available at intermixonline.com

Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily. 

The Best Scents of the Season

It’s starting to smell a lot like Christmas! Inhale the spirit of the season with our five favorite holiday scents.

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There’s no better comfort on cold winter nights than the flickering light of a cozy candle. Whether it’s the warm glow, or the candle’s ability to conjure up memories of happy holidays gone by, we’re not sure. One thing is certain, however—we dig seasonal scents so much that we’ll happily forego holiday décor in favor of a few festive candles. And since we’re so crazy about them, this year, we thought we’d share our favorites with you. Here are five scents that have brightened our lives and our living rooms this December.

($25.15, hillhousenaturals.com)

($25.15, hillhousenaturals.com)

Hillhouse Naturals Christmas Candle – With a name like “Christmas,” you know this candle is all about capturing the quintessential scents of the season. Indeed, ripe oranges, cinnamon sticks, frosted cones and evergreen needles blend together to create the best aroma Christmas has to offer.

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($44, daynadecker.com)

Estancia Chardonnay by DayNa Decker Candle – Created to complement your wine experience, DayNa Decker’s Estancia Chardonnay candle seeks to capture the beautiful scent of a balanced glass of wine. Containing notes of lemon zest, Anjou pear, tropical pineapple and creamy vanilla, the Estancia Chardonnay is a slightly less traditional holiday fragrance, but warm and wonderful all the same.

($16, anthropologie.com)

($16, anthropologie.com)

Illume Boulangerie Vanilla Fig Candle – Leave it to Anthropologie to sell a candle that smells as good as it looks. The Boulangerie Vanilla Fig by Minnesota-based fragrance label Illume comes in an adorable jar that on its own conjures up the feeling of Christmas. This clean-burning candle made from all-natural, food-grade ingredients exudes an aroma of  lush vanilla, orchid petals, figwood and black mission figs.

($48, olavie.com)

($48, olavie.com)

Olavie Cassis & French Oak Scented Candle – If you enjoy a nice glass of Bordeaux in the evenings, Olavie’s wine-inspired Cassis & French Oak Candle is the one for you. Hand poured using a soy wax blend, this luxurious fragrance is bold and full-bodied, making it the perfect companion for pre-bedtime reads in front of the fire.

($38, voluspa.com)

($38, voluspa.com)

Voluspa Spruce Cuttings Classic Maison Candle – If cutting your own Christmas tree is a holiday tradition, Voluspa’s Spruce Cuttings Candle will take you on a trip down memory lane. This woodsy scent is quite literally the essence of freshly snapped Royal Colorado Blue Spruce trimmings. Packaged in a gorgeous green-tinted jar, the candle’s elegant container lends itself to reuse once the holiday season is over.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Workout Wednesday: Core Yoga

Heavy holiday meals don’t have to cause a bloated belly! NYHRC’s Core Yoga class will leave you looking svelte all season.

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Just in time for those hearty holiday meals, a fat burning Core Yoga class at New York Health & Racquet Club was the perfect way to kick off the impending celebrations. Taught by yogi, Michael McArdle, the 45-minute class blends yoga, Pilates and strength training techniques that target typical trouble areas like the tummy, waist and glutes.

While different techniques are incorporated throughout, the class takes a more traditional approach, integrating classic yoga poses like warrior and upward dog. The class is ideal for devout yogis and beginners alike, because each move is carefully explained and executed before they are integrated into a vinyassa flow.

Core Yoga is particularly effective if you’re in need of deep, penetrating stretches. Countless hours spent sitting at a desk are erased as lower back and shoulder tension melts away. And coupled with stomach-flattening results, ‘tis the season to try out this workout!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

8 Cute and Creative Hanukkah Gifts

Happy Hanukkah! Celebrate the holiday with eight meaningful gifts for your loved ones.

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Tonight marks the first day of Hanukkah, and we want to wish everybody who’s celebrating a very happy holiday from Spa Week. While you were busy planning an unforgettable Shabbat dinner, you may not have had time to search for the perfect Hanukkah presents, but luckily we’ve got you covered!

This year, we’re taking the pressure out of finding the perfect Hanukkah presents with our list of fool-proof gift ideas. These unique and thoughtful presents will make everyone feel extra-special this year, and keep the holiday spirit in the air long after the dreidel stops spinning. Browse our eight favorite Hanukkah gifts below, and tell us which ones made your must-have list in the comments below!

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Chai Bracelets available for $48 at uncommongoods.com

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Star of David Necklace available for $28 at etsy.com

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Oy Vey Sticky available for 3.99 at knockknockstuff.com

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Festive Kosher Gift Tower available for $39.95 at harryanddavid.com

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The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art and Culture available for $55 at metmuseum.org

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Jewish Hebrew Peace Letters Print available for $85 at society6.com

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Blue Macabee Dreidel available for $4.95 at crateandbarrel.com

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Michael Aram Rock Menorah available for $179 at neimanmarcus.com

PS – In need of a last-minute Hanukkah gift? Give the gift of wellness in an instant! At spaweek.com you can PRINT customizable eGift cards with Hanukkah themes! Click here to grab yours now.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.