Sometimes I hate the West VIllage. Ok. Hate is a strong word. I dislike going to the West Village. Not because there's anything wrong with the neighborhood. In fact, it's quite amazing and incredibly historic. But it's not like the normal gridded neighborhoods of New York City and, every time I visit, I get ridiculously lost. Even if I were to venture out there three times a week, the map on my Blackberry wouldn't save me from being directionally disinclined. Sometimes I feel like a tourist there, asking other locals for directions.

On my last venture, I took the train to West 4 to meet a friend at Grey Dog Cafe, which I hadn't been to since moving here back in 2002. I knew where it was (it's a popular spot for college kids and first dates for the young) as I had walked past it several times but this time around, I managed to get lost again.

Which, when I think about it, wasn't a bad thing. I happened to stumble upon the Patyka spa (which is actually on the same street of Grey Dog). It was a nice discovery as I have always been a fan of Patyka, a French brand that's all organic. Not only is it all-organic, it's certified organic by ECOCERT, an independent board accredited by the European Union and the US Ministry of Agriculture. They use no silicone, petroleum, PG, sulfates, parabens or phenoxyethanol. Basically nothing that's potentially harmful for your skin. Patyka also grows and extracts all of its own organic materials.

One of my favorite products is the Rosewood Body Cream, 100% organic and a new addition to their line. I love the packaging (yellow and red are one of my favorite combos): very simple, playful and poppy. The cream itself is smooth and creamy. The sesame seed oil is a nice ingredient for hydrating and moisturizing. Rosewood oil is great for cell stimulating and tissue generating, so its perfect for anti-aging. It's incredibly therapeutic (aside from the relaxing fragrance) and rejuvenates the skin. The scent is rich, spicy, floral and sweet. I don't even have to put on cologne when I go out (!) and its great for summer.
I'm looking forward to actually trying out a treatment at the spa... that is, if I ever find it again.

Ingredients:

Aqua (water), sesamum indicum oil (sesame seed oil)*, butyrospermum parkii butter, (shea butter)*, glyceryl stearate citrate, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, behenyl alcohol, aniba rosaeodora oil (rose wood oil)*, tocopherol, xanthan gum, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide, d-limonene, benzyl benzoate, linalool, geraniol * Organic Ingredients