Elisa's Daily Scoop
Tanya's Daily Scoop
COUSINS PRIVATE TOUR OF LUSH SPA - OXFORD STREET, LONDON FLAGSHIP STORE
By Elisa & Tanya
As we were approaching the largest Lush store in the world, located on Oxford Street in jolly old London, we could smell that we were close nearly, five stores away!!
This visit was super special, because while we were all roaming about the store, smelling this and trying that, I struck up a conversation with one of the sales girls, and asking some questions about the store, when she asked if we had ever visited the Lush Spa. I told her I hadn't but she informed me that they rarely do it, but, would I be interested in having a tour of the spa facilities!
Well, what do you think I replied? I told her I had a gang of six in tow and she was all the more pleased because she wanted to pull together a small group for the tour.
When I told the girls, they were even more excited! So, off we went and let me tell you, this spa is so different than any other spa you have experienced. The owner of Lush and management have come up with some altogether clever and original ways to enliven the body, spirit and mind with the treatments they offer!!
Our "tour guides" were Carla and Bethen, who were most gracious, knowledgable and a sheer delight. Carla was a wealth of knowledge and made the tour super fun.
With all the hustle bustle, music and crowds in the store, the spa was made to be soundproof for the ultimate in relaxation. In total there are 10 treatments and we were shown the various spa rooms - all with their own unique theme and special focus.
We were made privy to four of the treatments, the first of which that we learned about, "Karma" is exclusive to the Oxford Street store at present, although it is anticipated that "Karma" will spread to the other stores that have within them spas.
The theme of this treatment is inspired by the east combining an Indial treatment fused with the modern and there is even an exclusive "Karma" perfume. The main focus of this treatment is to help release negative energy - its motto is "Slow down to speed up."
A stomach massage is an intregal part of this treatment along with working the chakras. A large urn is used to trickle coconut water into the hair!
Synaestesia was the treatment room we visited next. It is based on stimulated all of the senses to work together using some interesting techniques that jog your memory, and combine your sense of smell to achieve the most from the spa experience. The oils are labeled with various words and in choosing a word, that scent is then used during the treatment.
Based on a fairy tale originated in Bath, England, Tales of Bath takes you virtually through the story of a man who travels underground and discovers beautiful waters (among other things) and while listening to the soundtrack of the story, you are whisked away in a bath with a glowing bath bomb. The story instructs you when to get out and a special aspect of Tales of Bath is a leg massage, with tranquil music playing.
There is also a room specifically meant to receive a treatment with a friend, with two beds and two therapists! How fun is that!
Lots of other goodies include snacks and drinks!
The prices were pretty reasonable, in my opinion with all that is offered in each experience.
Comforter - 80 GBP
Tales of Bath - 115 GBP
Synaestesia - 125 GBP
Karma - 245 GB
The least expensive treatment is a deep tissue massage at 50 GBP.
Currently, the Spas are only in the big city store locations including New York, Toronto and with one opening in Japan.
The age requirement is 16 years and over and 14 years old with a parent. Karma is only available to those 18 years an older.
Wow - guess where Gianna and Cosette have on their bucket list now? I think their moms will be joining in on the fun once the Lush Spas open in a location near each of us!!
Thanks to Carla and Bethen for a wonderful time!