Sunday, 25 May 2014

Spa In The City - Treatments and more!

Spa in the City is taking place this weekend and we were invited, along with some other Edinburgh bloggers, to come and have a look at what's on offer.  For those that don't know, Spa in the City is a weekend event showcasing treatments and products from shops, spas and beauty boutiques around Edinburgh.  Based primarily in St Andrews Square, this year they've extended to the West End and the Grassmarket and have treatments ranging from manicures, massage, hairstyling, makeovers, threading and skincare consultations, alongside workshops such on confidence, wardrobe styling, flirting and dancing.  One of the most important things to mention about Spa in the City: all of the events are free.  Free!  Pretty amazing - you just need to show up bright and early before the start of the event at 9:30 and register for the events that you'd like to attend.

Arriving at St Andrews Square at quarter past nine, there was already a long queue of people ready to book their treatments however once the registration began the queue moved pretty quickly.  We were given a quick tour of some of the cool such as blow-dries and styling from Electric HairVelaShape cellulite blasting from Harvey Nichol's Medi-Spa, makeovers from Smashbox and mini-facials from Origins - it was a pretty impressive line-up of premium brands.
We ended up in the Lush tent, which was beautifully decorated in their signature vintage style (you can check out our wee peek at their Edinburgh spa) and had a tour of their three rooms.  There was a taster of their spa with a room dedicated to relaxing arm, hand and headmassages, done with your choice of Lush massage bars.  Another of their rooms was dedicated to their Gorilla perfume range, where we could sample their range available of traditional perfumes, solid perfumes and incense, along with some of their fragrances available only on the internet.  Each perfume had a different motivation and story behind it and we were told about Lush founder Mark Constantine's thinking behind each one, such as Dear John, a unisex scent which he created whilst looking for his own father and B Scent, inspired by the smell of French women.  Edinburgh's most popular fragrance is Karma, their signature scent which is heavily scented with patchouli and orange - it's both heavy and sunny at the same time.  And finally there was a chance to make one of their signature bath bombs.  Before donning some fetching blue rubber gloves, we had a go at mixing together the fizzing ingredients for a cocoa butter rich Butterball and then packing together the mix into a dainty little ball.  All of the Lush staff are enthusiastic and lovely and it was awesome to have the chance to hear about their products from the experts in more detail.

I was also lucky enough to have an Aveda massage at the West End site with Julia, the Aveda manager at House of Fraser.  Aveda take their customer service very seriously; customers are referred to as guests and each of their skin and hair consultations in House of Fraser includes a complimentary back massage or hand massage.  To begin with there is a cup of their signature herbal tea before checking if there are any particular stresses or strains.  After inhaling some of the lavender based Stress Fix Concentrate, I had a super relaxing back massage and then a hand massage with Stress Fix Body Lotion.  The scent of their Stress Fix products is heavenly and the hand massage is particularly lovely and comforting too.  I popped from their tent into House of Fraser to have a quick hair consultation and Julia recommended their Brilliant range which again smelled fantastic, just like a posh spa.  House of Fraser also have a dedicated Aveda spa room located inside, with a full range of facial and massage treatments.  Best of all, these treatments are fully redeemable against Aveda products.  It's really quite a good deal - a facial would include tailored Aveda product advice which you could then purchase with the cost of the facial offset against the products.  Or if you already know what you're after, you could pop in for a massage and basically be getting it for free against the cost of your purchase.  If you'e an Aveda newbie or looking to get some tailored product advice along with a facial, it would definitely be a good place to start and Julia was super helpful and friendly.  It was great discovering something new which is what Spa in the City is all about!


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