I’m most definitely a warm weather person so you may be able to appreciate just how excited I am for an upcoming trip to Panama! This trip is especially significant because we will be traveling with my parents. My father has always wanted to see the Panama Canal and my bona fide Engineer geek husband, well he just couldn’t resist the temptation.

In addition to the adventure of going somewhere new (and did I mention it will be warm there?), I’m looking forward to escaping what has been an unusually cold and dreary spring. The season has arrived in fits and starts (mainly fits), with late blooms, far too much rain and not enough sun. Were it possible, I would have made my tropical getaway back in February, but that was not in the cards this year. A sunshine break is long overdue!

While holidays can be stressful, they are also a great way to reset. Although they may be busy and packed with activity, stepping away from the usual day to day stuff is rejuvenating in a way that a staycation just can’t match. I won’t deny that going away comes with its own set of issues:

  • Planning the itinerary
  • Booking the travel and accommodation
  • Mentally preparing for the inevitable delays, cancellations and mishaps that can occur while away from home
  • Getting ready for the trip – packing, shopping (am I the only one who finds that there is something I absolutely must buy for a trip?!)
  • Finding someone to look after the house and all the responsibilities that entails
  • The journey there and back – bad (or no) airline food, cramped quarters, jet lag
  • And in my case, trying not to stress about leaving your business (usually in very capable hands, but stressful, nonetheless)

I know that once we arrive, I’ll start to get into holiday mode and all the pre-trip travel stuff will fade away quite quickly.

While the main reason for the trip is to see the Panama Canal, we’re also excited to explore the rest of the country as well. We will be visiting the town of Boquete in the mountainous Highlands – home to the country’s famous coffee region. Hiking, zip lining (we’ll see…) and apparently, terrific restaurants are in store for us. Then we’ll check out Bocas del Toro, a collection of islands in the Caribbean with palm-fringed beaches, dense jungles and clear waters. We plan to take a few tours around the islands, laze on the beach and stay at an eco-jungle lodge, which has its own cocoa plantation. I wonder if chocolate will be included in our stay?

I won’t be blogging as much while I’m away but please follow along on Instagram (@apothekari_skin) and Facebook (@apothekariskin), where I’ll be sharing my travel adventures.

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My Fave Four Apothekari products

The first product I purchased from Apothekari was the A for Anti Aging. I have Never been able to tolerate retinol products and always ended up bailing because of dry flaky skin. Until A for Anti Aging. It's Amazing! I have now added the Vitamin C, the Deodorant (Neroli Rose is my current favourite but the Lavender is great too), and most recently the More than Lip Service (thank you thank you thank you Apothekari :)). While deodorant and vaginal moisturizer may sound like odd gifts, these are my latest go-to's for the gal who has everything. All have become fans!

THIS WORKS! No odour for 24+ hours including a yoga session!

I'm blown away by how effective this is, and by how clean and well thought out the formula is. I'm not used to roll-on so that took a couple days to adjust to, but its so much more effective than the solids/creams i was using that it is totally worth it. I'm converted - and i think i have probably tried 90% of the natural deodorants out there over the last 10 years LOL. thank you for creating this.

I love this body oil!

This is so luxurious and moisturizing (i have dry, sensitive skin and most oils don't do the trick) and also miraculously absorbs very quickly. And the lemon rose scent is just transporting - i look forward to using this after my shower.

Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

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