Old-World Italy Inspires New Beauty Workshop

Starting this spring, Essere Spa at Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resort (Siena, Italy) is inviting spa-goers to experience the Etruscan era with a beauty workshop and new treatments inspired by this elegant civilization's ancient remedies. Etruscan women were aware of the beneficial properties of select herbs, flowers and essential oils, and they developed rituals with local ingredients to care for their skin and wellbeing. In collaboration with the local Archaeological Etruscan Society, spa director Chiara Borghesi has introduced the following offerings to bring these traditions to life for modern spa-goers.

  • Nature at Your Fingertips Workshop ($44, 50 minutes) offers guests the opportunity to discover first-hand how the Etruscan women used local and natural ingredients as part of their daily routine. Led by Borghesi, each workshop is customized to the individual beauty needs of the participating guests. Participants will gain insight into the properties and benefits of homemade essential oils and their positive effects on the skin. Guests also have the opportunity to make their own face and body scrubs, as well as bath salts, to continue their Old-World beauty regime at home.
  • The Etruscan Beauty Lift Facial Massage is a relaxing experience involving a deep tissue massage that increases circulation and results in a lifting effect.  The stimulating treatment uses a blend of Etruscan ingredients including grapeseed oil, Juniper, rose and rosemary extracts for an invigorating effect.
  • The Divinity Etruscan Massage is a whole body massage performed simultaneously by two skilled therapists to restore vital energy, using olive oil, grapeseed and rose oils. At the end of the treatment, a rosehip and blueberry tea sweetened with honey is offered for its vitamin properties antioxidant benefits.
  • The DiVino Body Scrub & Massage is inspired by the resort’s surrounding vineyards and begins with a body exfoliation using grapeseed oil, honey, wine, and brown sugar to leave the skin soft and silky, followed by a full body massage to relax and tone with the use of calming essentials oils on the skin.

In addition to the new treatments, guests are greeted by the new Beauty Bar when they enter the spa as well. This state-of-the-art addition displays handmade bath and beauty products inspired by the Etruscan beauty rituals and made by the spa’s skilled therapists.