The flavors of the holidays make for many culinary delights. That is a given. Pumpkin, cranberry, apple, vanilla, cinnamon and peppermint are flavors that reoccur every year, yet always seem fresh. At a time when calendars quickly fill up and consumption of all sorts is increased, taking the time to indulge in you should be a priority. And receiving the gift of relaxation and indulgence is one of the best ideas around. Several local spas have tweaked their menus to include seasonal ingredients. We pick five of the most delicious.
Tru Spa Peppermint Pedicure
For a quick treat for your feet, Tru Spa is icing their Peppermint Pedicure with a complimentary mint hot chocolate or raspberry-mint champagne cocktail, both served with a peppermint stick. Their signature peppermint pedicure combines an invigorating sugar and fresh mint scrub. An energizing massage with seaweed foot lotion will help get you back on your feet.
45 minutes, $45
International Orange Cranberry and Pumpkin Enzymes Deep Cleanse Facial
IO has added the bonuses of antioxidant-rich cranberry and vitamin-packed pumpkin to their signature facial. In addition to a deep cleansing, toning, exfoliating, rehydrating specialty treatment mask, pumpkin will bring beta-carotene and Vitamins A and C to the mix. Sun-damaged and congested skin will benefit from this nutritious treatment leaving you feeling hydrated, soft, and perhaps a little hungry.
75 minutes, $155
The Spa at Sports Club/LA Fruit and Spice Body Peel and Wrap
This body peel and wrap will restore skin and make it glow just in time for holiday festivities. The intoxicating peel contains pumpkin and apple enzymes that smooth away dead skin and rough areas. Then, a cinnamon vanilla brown sugar scrub seals in the nutrients from the peel and rehydrates skin. While you relax in your warm cocoon, bask in a scalp massage The Spa at Sports Club/LA is adding more to their holiday spa menu and if the fruit and spice peel and wrap don't tickle your fancy, ask about more.
50 minutes, $99; 80 minutes, $120
Remède Spa Sugar n’ Spice Ritual
Forbes Travel Guide's only four-star spa in San Francisco, Remède offers the Sugar n' Spice Ritual in an opulent setting. This scrub takes aromatherapy to another level with organic brown and raw sugars blended with coconut, avocado and sunflower oils with essential oils of cardamom and ginger. A hydrating body wrap uses a warming blend of Aphrodisia, containing sweet orange, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon. A sweet exfoliating mix topped by full body moisturizing will leave you feeling bodacious.
90 minutes, $265
Epi Med Spa Get Ready for Mistletoe with Cranberry Kisses Personal Skin Refinement Facial
Epi Med Spa's fabulous facial is centered around the skin and the lips to get your pucker in mistletoe shape. Beginning with a deep cleansing and exfoliation, an organic cranberry pomegranate masque helps clarify. A citrus enzyme lip exfoliator, lip plumping mask, and a coat of cinnamon lip plumper will soften lips while wine, hot cider, spiced wine, or champagne and an array of delicious treats will be supplied.
65 minutes, $125
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