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Pamper Yourself at home with an exclusive ‘El Grito’ body polish

Pamper Yourself at home with an exclusive ‘El Grito’ body polish

Pamper Yourself at home with an exclusive ‘El Grito’ body polish. Spa enthusiasts can now pamper themselves at home with an exclusive ‘El Grito’ body polish recipe honoring Mexico’s Independence Day (September 16th). The DIY treatment is part of a lineup of new Vegan Spa offerings available at SE Spa at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya that also includes mocktail recipes and organic treatments, recently introduced.

El Grito is known as “The Cry of Dolores,” which occurred in Dolores, Mexico, on September 16th, 1810. The occurrence marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. Created by spa director Leticia Fernández to honor the holiday, the ‘El Grito’ Organic Body Polish incorporates regionally sourced products from Mexico, such as rose petals, coconut, and aromatic herbs.

Along with the El Grito recipe, spa-loving travelers at home can enjoy the below DIY spa treatments and mocktails from Fernandez, featuring healthy ingredients like organic honey, soothing aloe vera, calming lavender, and anti-inflammatory oatmeal, all found at local health food stores.

Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day With At-Home Vegan Spa Treatments








‘El Grito’ Organic Body Polish



1 C crushed rose petals

2 C sugar

2/3 C oil of choice (Fernandez suggests coconut, almond, or lavender)

2 C fine herbs (Fernandez suggests dry rosemary, rue, or basil)


Combine crushed petals with sugar in a bowl.

Add oil of choice and fine herbs. Mix together.

Apply to the body with hands in a circular motion.

Allow it to stay for 3 minutes then rinse with warm water.

Aloe Vera Lemonade Mocktail



1 leaf Aloe Vera

1 L water

1 T dried oatmeal

5 lemons, juice only

1 peach


Wash the Aloe Vera leaf. Cut off the spiky edges on the top and alongside the plant and slice off the skin on the flat side. Make sure to wash the skin thoroughly to remove any dirt, debris and latex. Cut into 2 inch pieces.

In a blender, pulse Aloe Vera into pulp. Add water, lemon, and oatmeal.

Blend until completely mixed then serve.

For complete relaxation, one can try out the resort collection’s Spa Atelier at home. DIY Mandala Workshop aims to inspire individuals to lead a more focused, present life. Using Bougainvillea leaves and aromatic essential oils enhance the experience and encourage ultimate relaxation. Instructions for the workshop can be found here.


Inspired by the jungle and natural water pools of the Yucatan Peninsula, SE Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is 90,000 square feet with 40 spa suites. The stone, plants and streams specific to the Riviera Maya landscape were incorporated into the curved, organic design of the two-level spa, set just below ground level to allow a living rock wall with plants and flowers, and even a small stream, to form part of its structure. Included with any treatment 50 minutes or more, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Water Journey is composed of seven different water experiences, including a sauna, color therapy steam, clay room, ice room, experiences showers, polar pool and experience pool with various water elements.


For additional information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, visit

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