I took a Core Fusion class at the Exhale Spa in Atlanta a few months back. I loved it, so I had to take it again here in NYC. I totally forgot how much it hurt (Marta can probably vouch for me!). A few hours after the class, I was stiff as all hell, my muscles sore and aching. It was as if my body was sick. Though it hurt in the best possible way (I took this class two days ago and still feel it today), aspirin helped a bit. And so did Naturopathica Arnica Muscle Gel. Believe me, some times aches and pains need some topical love too, and I'm not talking about an ice pack.

I like Naturopathica because their products are all natural. Naturopathica Arnica Muscle Gel ($24) is different from all the other muscle gels I've tried in that it's not gooped up with tons of alcohol and fragrances. Remember, your body will be absorbing it! Naturopathica's Arnica Muscle Gel's highlight is arnica montana flower extract. This herb has been traditionally used as a homeopathic treatment for muscle soreness, bruises, sprain, aches and works as a great anti-inflammatory. It's found in several great body oils, so you can ensure it's a nice ingredient for the body in general. There's also will bark, which improves skin texture, and zink, copper and magnesium, great minerals for healthy skin.

So not only does this ease your muscles but it does a body good. There's tons of other great oils here, not to mention beneficial ingredients like algae extract, which helps firm the skin and normalize's the skin's moisture content. There's also yeast extract, rich in vitamin B and amino acids! You totally get bang for your buck with Arnica Muscle Gel.

When applied, the menthol takes over pretty quickly, instantly cooling the inflammation. It feels like a pain killer for the skin itself. It's a few minutes of elation as your sore spots absorbs some amazing cool, refreshing tingles. It's only temporary but with the other ingredients involved, the benefits go a long way.


Aqua/Water/Eau, Algae Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Menthol Crystals, Faex/Yeast Extract/Extrait de Levure, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Yucca Glauca (Yucca) Root Extract, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Melissa Officinalis (Balm) Leaf  Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus (Rock Rose) Leaf/Flower Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol