For the Avocado Stone Facial (50 min./$75) at The Retreat at Serendipity Province in Valparaiso, Indiana, steam is applied to the client’s face and neck before an organic mashed avocado mask is gently massaged onto the skin using heated stones. “The steam’s heat pushes in the mask further,” says owner Laura Ott in describing the treatment, which has been on the menu since the spa opened nearly a decade ago. Chamomile and lavender teabags—either iced or warmed—are placed over the guest’s closed eyelids during the facial to encourage further relaxation and firm up under-eye baggage. Using raw avocado fits the spa’s philosophy of choosing organic ingredients—preferably purchased fresh from the market—wherever possible.
Featuring products exclusive to Ivy Spa Club in Minneapolis, the Avocado Abundance body polish (100 min./$165) begins with an exfoliation using a walnut-shell polish that contains green tea extracts. Next comes the application of an avocado clay mask which, after removal, is followed by a vitamin-rich avocado shea butter lotion. The treatment also includes a 50-minute massage using avocado oil “to stimulate circulation and draw toxins out of the body,” says owner Pam Margolis. “Avocado is nourishing, anti-aging and leaves skin silky-smooth and hydrated; for clients with really dry skin, this service is a game changer,” she adds. Post-treatment, the avocado shea butter is recommended for follow-up care and, for client convenience, retailed in the spa’s boutique.
Key to the Invigorating Avocado Wrap (50 min./$130) at The Spa at Travaasa in Austin, Texas, is an organic avocado butter packed with lavender, pine, orange and lemon essential oils. “It not only feels and smells great, it’s detoxifying too,” says spa manager Kayla Fournerat. To prep the skin, dry brushing exfoliates while it boosts circulation. After the butter application, a mineral mist is sprayed head to toe, and the client is wrapped in hot towels for 30 minutes to allow the products to penetrate; during this time, he or she enjoys a scalp massage using warmed oils. “September is the perfect time for this treatment: skin is dry and dehydrated from the sun and can also be readied for winter,” notes Fournerat.
–by Kristine Hansen