Spice Up the Spa

Aromatic, flavorful spices are integral to the holiday season. It's really not Christmas until you get a whiff of cinnamon sticks and gingerbread, pine trees and peppermint. Adding these aromas to spa treatments makes them extra festive and beneficial for clients too. Many spices have proven skincare benefits and are powerful antioxidants. For example, cloves are an effective cleanser and have antimicrobial properties, and cinnamon imparts a warming sensation on the skin. Here are a few spas offering unique, spirited (and spicy) treatments for the holidays.

  • Solitude Spa at Teton Mountain Lodge (Teton Village, WY) has a full menu of services to help visitors combat the high altitude all year round. During the holidays it also offers the Gingerbread Body Scrub ($145, 45 minutes). This intoxicating brown sugar polish exfoliates and revives winter skin, leaving the scent of gingersnap-bourbon behind.  The treatment is concluded with a thorough skin-quenching housemade product.
  • Mayflower Grace (Washington, CT) offers guests its Hot Toddy for the Body ($175, 60 minutes; $265, 90 minutes) spa treatment, guaranteed to generate a warm glow from head to toe, whatever the weather outside.  This restorative and muscle-ache relieving session is bursting with spice, scent, and texture.  Organic cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and whole grains combine together to increase circulation.  The finishing touch is a calendula cocoon with a warm hand and foot massage to melt away any remaining tension and replenish stressed skin. 
  • L’Auberge de Sedona (AZ) helps clients warm up and ward off the winter blues with the Winter Blessings Body Scrub at L’Apothecary Spa. With orange peel, cedar leaf, cinnamon, cloves, and a choice of either clove or tangerine essential oil, the treatment provides guests with antiseptic properties as well as many antioxidants to help boost the immune system. 

What are your favorite spices to include in spa treatments?