Last week I had the pleasure of indulging in an Eminence Organic facial thanks to the wonderful people at Spa Solarice. The experience was friendly and intimate, lacked any pretension and left me feeling rejuvenated and possibly even looking a few years younger!
My Spa Diary
I arrived early so I could partake in a lengthy eucalyptus steam before my treatment. I changed into the robe and slippers provided and shuffled over to the steam room. Every day should start with a eucalyptus steam – it was so refreshing! I was told it would open my pores so they could receive all the nourishment from the facial coming up next.
After about 10 minutes, I left the steam room and had a quick shower. I then headed down to the lounge which was warm with moody lighting and soothing music, and had wooden slats in the ground in front of each seat that lifted to reveal foot sinks for pedicures. Neat feature! I decided I’d have to come back to try that. I felt calm and relaxed as I kicked back with Metropolitan Cats, a book about cat-related art at the Met. Major bonus!
I was then greeted by the beautiful Fatima who escorted me upstairs to a private room where I could undress then tuck in under the cozy comforter on the spa table.
After an assessment that determined that my skin was on the dryer side and prone to redness, Fatima began the facial with a stone crop gel wash. Stone crop is a succulent that hydrates the skin and protects against pigmentation. Then a stone crop toner was swept gently over my cleansed skin to balance its PH levels.
Next came a really neat treatment. An almond mineral treatment* that has paprika in it. After it’s been rubbed into the skin it begins to heat up and tingle all over creating a fiery sensation! While the paprika rejuvenated my tired, dehydrated skin, Fatima massaged each of my arms and hands with a yummy soft cream. It was fantastic! Who doesn’t love a good massage?
Next, Fatima wiped away the hot mask with a warm cloth to reveal my freshly flushed skin. The mask promotes circulation and directs blood towards the surface to bring it back to life.
Then a hibiscus calendula mask was applied. The scent was intoxicating and very calming. She then proceeded to unwrap my hair and massage my head, neck and shoulders. Man, was I glad I had washed my hair in the shower after the steam! (I still had cabin hair from the weekend). It was intense and much needed. A lot of stress can be carried around in these parts of the body.
As if that wasn’t enough, she then massaged a Stone Crop serum into my face, neck and chest. Who knew a facial massage could feel so good? She finished with Eminence’s Stone Crop moisturizer and Wild Plum eye cream and I was good to go.
Thank you to Spa Solarice for your kindness and generosity and a special thanks to Simone, Cadi and Fatima for making it all possible.
2200 4 Avenue West
Vancouver, BC V6K1N8
There are two locations in Whistler as well! Check their website for details: www.solarice.com
*This product and a few others in the Eminence line contain honey.
~The Vegan Project