You splurge on a facial at a spa in your town. Or maybe you book a massage at the hotel spa where you're vacationing. It goes without saying that you're psyched about being pampered to the fullest...until you find out that the products used in your treatment are packed with questionable ingredients—parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and preservatives—that you don't want on your body! How's a girl supposed to relax and feel good about that?
Suddenly pampering comes with a major downside other than the price tag.
Very slowly, this all too common scenario is changing. Not only are *some* spas adding natural and organic beauty lines like Naturopathica, Marie Veronique Organics, Eminence, and Amala, there are even a few spas creating handmade natural products of their own, in a new spa trend called 'farm to spa.'
Where can you take advantage of these flower- and herb-filled products, and indulge in true natural luxury?
Start with these pioneering spas:
Rancho La Puerta uses Amala, Jane Iredale, Primavera and Coola natural products in its spa treatments. And if you want to treat yourself to a little in-room pampering, sign up for the Farm-to-Skincare activity program while you're visiting. You'll be able to use herbs grown on the spa property, along with spices, essential oils, sugars and salts to create a scrub or bath sachet of your own. Some of the aromatic results are pictured above.
The chef at The Charles Hotel also brings his culinary expertise to Corbu Spa, where he guides the creation of seasonal scrubs and lotions crafted from organic, locally-sourced ingredients. You can expect fresh herbs and other ingredients from the hotel's gardens to show up in your treatments.
The Tree Spa uses Naturopathica products, along with plenty of fresh ingredients picked directly from Hidden Pond's organic gardens. Treatments can be performed in one of three treetop spa treatment rooms, so you feel even more connected to nature!
Where is your favorite spot to spa—naturally?