I love pumpkin spice (I even wrote a post about it last year) but this year I’m pretty much over everyone having pumpkin spice in everything from coffee and tea to foot scrubs. It seems many spas feel the same. I’ve been seeing new trends for 2015 in seasonal Fall treatments, and I couldn’t be more excited to try some of them — though I will probably leave the spas very, very hungry. While many of these treatments sound decadent and seem to fall under the “pampering” category, remember — many (if not most) of these delicious ingredients are traditionally therapeutic. So go ahead and indulge!
All Manners of Sugar
There’s more sugar than anything else I’ve seen so far, with treatment names involving sweet desserts, honey and milk:
- The Bathhouse Spa in the Mandalay Bay/Delano in Las Vegas has a Warm Crème Brulée massage (featuring a warm brown sugar oil), Sweet Crème Soak and a Snickerdoodle Mani and Pedi until November 30.
- Allora Salon & Spa in Victor, NY has a Toasted S’mores Spa Pedicure which includes yummy things like Brown Sugar Exfoliation, Melted Chocolate Hydrating Masque, Toasted Marshmallow Leg Massage, Sweet Spun Sugar Hand and Arm Massage, and a S’Mores Martini to complete the decadent treatment.
- Honey-based treatments using honey from their on-site apiary are being offered at the Spa at Norwich Inn, located in Norwich, CT. Until November 30th, spa-goers can choose from a Facial with Honey Masque, an Oatmeal Cookie Manicure or Pedicure, an Oatmeal and Honey Body Polish and Hydrating Honey Body Wrap.
- The Qua Baths & Spa at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas is offering the boozy-sounding Bourbon Bubbler & Sweet Cream Tops & Tails 50-minute treatment for hands, feet and scalp. You start with a Brown Sugar scrub, move on to a scalp massage using Agave nectar, and then finish with a Sweet Cream Body Milk massage for your hands and feet.
- Across the street on the other side of the Las Vegas strip, the Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian/Palazzo is offering an Autumn Soufflé Cocoon which is a scrub and wrap featuring vanilla, caramel, coconut, almond oil and brown sugar cane crystals.
Savory and Spice
Autumn herbs and spices minus the pumpkin are being offered at a bunch of different spas this Fall. All of these seem to have a natural warming element to them, so those of you in cooler climates can escape to the spa for a little therapeutic warmth.
- It’s rare to find seasonal specials from spas inside the Ritz-Carlton, so I was surprised to find that the Waihua Spa inside the Ritz-Carlton Kapaula was offering an Herbal Spice Body Polish & Massage and a Sugar & Spice Manicure/Pedicure. They don’t say what spices are in the body polish and massage, just that it is “aromatic” and it will detoxify, soften, improve circulation, relieve muscle tension and encourage natural healing. Cinnamon and vanilla are used in the Sugar & Spice manis and pedis.
- The spa at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA is promoting the use of nutmeg and cinnamon for therapeutic reasons in their Cinnamon Oil Massage, Sugar & Nutmeg Scrub and Chai Spice Pedicure.
- The spa at the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, CA has a luxurious 90 or 120-minute Autumn Harvest Renewal scrub and massage treatment featuring juniper, lavender, poppy and fig. They also give you the option of adding an outdoor soak in a herbal-infused bath.
- The Oasis Day Spa in New York has a Spiced Orange Swedish Massage using essential oils of clove, cinnamon and ginger to warm you up and sweet orange and bergamot to “invigorate the senses.”
Harvest Fruits and Wine
A nice trend this year seems to be “farm to spa”, where spas are opting more for house-made scrubs, oils and lotions made from local and seasonal ingredients. Autumn harvest bounties are full of apples and pears, and it’s also grape-crushing season, so skipping the pumpkin seems to mean more tarty treatments.
- The Bathhouse Spa at the Delano/Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas also has a Fall Harvest Facial featuring a pear and green apple masque.
- Allora Salon & Spa has a couple of other sweet treatments, this time using using fruit: there’s a Caramelized Pear Express Body Scrub using Bartlett pears and brandy, as well as a Wine Poached Pear Spa Manicure/Pedicure which features a sea salt and pear-infused brandy exfoliation.
- More brandied pears can be found at the spa inside the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ. This season they are offering a Brandied Pear Massage + Exfoliation using a blend of Bartlett pear, shea butter and sea salt.
- Taking a break from their usual chocolate-based treatments, the Spa at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA is putting another great antioxidant on the menu with their Vineyard Hands & Feet treatment. This mani/pedi features wine-based scrubs and moisturizers.
- The Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, CA uses grape seed extract in their Chardonnay Sugar Scrub. This also includes a complimentary glass of Chardonnay.
I wouldn’t say it’s a Fall trend quite yet because only a few spas are offering chocolate-based treatments in their seasonal Fall menus. Many other spas already use chocolate year round (as they should!) or (strangely) just around Valentine’s Day. It would be great if spas could use chocolate year round, but with seasonal ingredients as their specials.
- The Milliken Creek Inn and Spa in Napa Valley, CA has the right idea with their Wrap Yourself In Chocolate Decadence which uses chocolate mud and massage oils.
- That Toasted S’mores Spa Pedicure at Allora Salon & Spa has a Melted Chocolate Hydrating Masque as part of its treatment.
What are your thoughts on these treatments? Are they worth it, or are they just gimmicky? Tell us on our Facebook page! I myself will be trying a sweet seasonal body treatment at one of these spas, and will let you know how it goes in an upcoming review.