What if you had $1,000 to spend on your health?
Welcome to Wellness Diaries. In this series, we send readers $1,000 to splurge on any product, service, or experience—as long as it’s something that can enhance health. (Any leftover cash is donated to a charity of the diarist’s choice.)
In this diary, we have Forever35 podcast hosts, Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer. They spent their money on the exact same trendy Canopy humidifier, shoes for HIIT classes, and a sensory deprivation tank experience.
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Meet Doree Shafrir
Doree is a writer and podcaster. She co-hosts self-care podcast Forever35 with Kate Spencer and infertility and IVF podcast Matt & Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure with her husband, Matt Mira. She is also the author of the memoir Thanks for Waiting and the novel Startup, and writes the Now We’re Talking newsletter.
Her charity of choice: Leftover funds were donated to The Loveland Foundation.
$107(+ tip) Massage
$69 Floating Session
I am *so curious* about float therapy. The practice has a long—and frankly somewhat unbelievable—list of purported benefits, including “super learning.” Per Pause, the studio I’ll be trying: “Marvel as your relaxed, undistracted mind floats into remarkable ‘super learning’—a state of startlingly deep neural connections.” But it’s super trendy right now and it does look relaxing.
$185(+ tip) Gua Sha Facial
My brows are a HOT MESS and I need someone to get them together. I’ve never been to Crispy Brows, but brow artist Roxanne Crisp comes highly recommended by a makeup artist I know.
This is THE iconic Vitamin C serum that I have somehow never tried! Some Vitamin C serums have made me break out in the past, which made me hesitant to spend so much money on something that might not work for me. But lately I’ve been able to use Vitamin C serums with no issues so I think I’m ready. Only danger is… what if I love it??
I have never had great luck with humidifiers—they’re annoying to clean, they get moldy, etc. But I’ve heard amazing things about Canopy’s humidifier and I’m intrigued. I have eczema and my skin gets SO dry (doubly so because I live in LA). I’d really like to try this out to see if it helps my skin.
A few years ago I got a rosemary candle (not from Flamingo Estate) and I have never been able to find one since. This one looks so yummy and will be so relaxing.
$80 Body Soak
I haven’t indulged in a fancy lip gloss or lipstick for so long. I feel like having this in my bag will just bring joy.
Doree’s Total: $902
$399 Sleep Tracker Ring
$210 Pasta Class
Healing my relationship with food has been a massive part of my self-care practices, and part of that has been 1. Embracing carbs and 2. My Italian heritage. I also just really want to learn how to make pasta!
I need new shoes for my beloved HIIT classes, which are vital to my self-care. HOKAs are my favorite sneakers thanks to their superior cushioning and support. They keep my bones and joints feeling good too!
I am DYING to find a humidifier that I love, helps me breathe at night, and moisturizes my skin here in hot, dry Los Angeles. Sleep and skincare totally go hand in hand, and this feels like the perfect step to add to both my routines.
This is one of the most healing, nourishing scents I’ve ever had the pleasure of sniffing. I have been dying to own this candle, with the dream of covering my home in its beautiful, rainy-day smell.
Kate’s Total: $949
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