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A Feast for the Senses
By: Naomi Serviss
Posted: January 30, 2013, from the February 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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As an extension of the treatment, clients are offered skin care products to take home after the service. “There’s interest in going back to a simpler time, and the idea that you could create the recipes at home is exciting for people,” says Davis.
Hotel Healdsburg’s Sonoma County location is a big food and wine destination for visitors, and the spa takes advantage of the availability of wine in its wine and honey wrap. “Sonoma County wine is added to honey and shea butter, and is used for body work,” Davis explains. The beauty of using local ingredients is that every batch is individually prepared. “I think one reason why people enjoy these treatments so much is that we are using really fresh ingredients that are mixed together right here, and we can target different skin types with different herbs,” she says.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa Skaneateles, New York
In the Finger Lakes region of New York state, the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles also draws from its abundance of local wineries and freshly grown ingredients. Vinotherapy treatments, from massage to a pinot wrap and mask, are popular among clients, says Mary Manning, marketing coordinator. An anti-aging facial also uses local wine. Another in-demand treatment incorporates lavender for aromatherapy massage.
“We have a specialty bath for clients who want to experience it in their own room,” says Matthew Dower, general manager and former spa director of Mirbeau. Herbs grown right outside the window are used in the bath treatment. “We use rosemary for a revive bath, and it is infused with our special aromatherapy oils.” A capful of the delicious infusion might be paired with fresh sprigs of rosemary, grapefruit and orange peel essence. The on-site garden offers a bounty of seasonal herbs that are used in the kitchen, as well.
A body massage and wrap dubbed an Orange Parfait treatment has also proven successful. Honey from a local provider is warmed with citrus; after the wrap, a special milk bath is drawn for clients. “Honey is very hydrating and has a lot of healing properties,” he says.