If there's one thing the "green movement" has really affected this year, it's beauty. Many grooming lines are adding botanicals to newer products introduced, understanding the benefits and, if you ask me, aware of the trend. If you know me, I'm a big fan of organic and natural ingredients in my products. Not only can you benefit greatly but you also eliminate weird chemicals from your skincare regimen (obviously this is not always true but the more earth-derived ingredients featured, the better).
Spas all over the world are also becoming aware of "organic," and you'll be hardpressed to find one in the next few months that does not feature organic treatments of some sort. I've been fortunate enough to try "organic treatments" at various international spas but nothing was really as special as Venus Spa at CuisinArt Resort in Anguilla.
I went to visit last weekend. The resort is one of the top rated in the Caribbean, and the spa ranked one of the highest in the last issue of Conde Nast Traveler. The Venus Spa just reopened in January after a $10-million dollar renovation, so I sort of had high expectations (and yes, they were met).
One of the highlights of the resort is the featured Hydroponic Farm. These special greenhouses only use water for growth, as plant nutrients are added in the correct concentrations and ratios for the plants. Not only does this save water but you can expect incredibly fresh produce (no pesticides, and no long treks on ships to get here).
The reason I mention the farm is because fresh ingredients are used in the spa treatments. How's that for organic?
Natural essential oils derived from plants and flowers are used in specific massages and scrubs. I tried the Organic Garden-Fresh Wrap. My therapist gave me the option of rosemary, mint and lavender to use for the treatment. They were handpicked (literally) that morning, and I couldn't not say no to any so I chose them all. It was pretty awesome. It reminded me of when I went to Korea with my parents. We went to a restaurant where we picked our fish from an aquarium, and it was that specific fish that we ate 30 minutes later. After the therapist mixed the fresh herbs in the seaweed mud, I was cocooned for twenty minutes. The scent was incredibly potent, and the tingling on my body was surreal (thanks, mint!). I could still smell the lavender faintly on my skin hours later.
The other cool thing about the spa was the Healing Waters Pool, where fresh sea salt water is pumped straight from their own wells, providing therapeutic benefits. Sure, you can take a dip in the Caribbean sea but here the water is set at your body temperature so you can relax without your body having to work at maintaining its homeostatic temperature.
I love the direction the spa industry is going but, more importantly, I love how Venus Spa at CuisinArt is spearheading this movement.