Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Edinburgh Spa Life: Sobo Boutique

Sobo Boutique opened recently in Newhaven, exclusively using Aveda products for their hair and beauty treatments.  Aveda are known for their natural eco-friendly brand whilst still providing luxury products that work well, which make them perfect for salon and beauty treatments.  Sobo invited us to try out one of their treatments and I was delighted to accept, deciding to sample their one hour Elemental Nature facial (£60) - their classic customised facial which should always be a good measure of a salon. 

Sobo has a cool and relaxed style with a good dose of New York chic - bare brick walls house huge, extravagant gilt mirrors and soft leather seats in muted olive and aubergine tones.  I was introduced to Lynsey, my therapist, who took me to the lovely treatment room, complete with heated table, soothing music and more Aveda products that you could shake a stick at.  Lynsey asked me about my current routine, any skincare concerns that I had and what I'd like the treatment to focus on (all of which are good signs that you have a knowledgeable therapist).  After a super-stressful work month my skin was in need of a little tlc.  Lynsey suggested some products from the Outer Peace range, which helps with problem skin and oiliness, and talked me through what the treatment involved. There was to be an oil pre-cleanse, foaming Outer Peace cleanser, liquid exfoliant, facial massage, clay mask and moisturiser.

Lynsey gave me three fragrant blends to select from (tea tree, tangerine and rose) and used my favourite (rose) in elements of the treatment.  All  Aveda's products smell gorgeous, but having the scent throughout the treatment gave a nice feeling of personalisation.  Highlights of the treatment included the clay mask which left my skin feeling super clean, and the oil facial massage which was not only great for the skin to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, but also relaxed the tension I'd been holding in my face.  In fact the whole treatment was intensely relaxing, with a blissful back, shoulder and scalp massage whilst the clay mask was on.  I can thoroughly recommended it for you when you need a spa treatment to be therapeutic for your skin and for your soul.

Sobo currently have an amazing deal of 50% off treatments on the first visit and 30% off on the second visit and all Aveda products are 20% off too.  Lynsey had some excellent recommendations for skincare products too and I can't wait to go back!


  1. I have loved Aveda products for ever, I really do need to get out more, but failing that will follow you!

    1. Aveda proeucts are just so lovely! They all have such a gorgeous spa smell to them.