Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spa Slut: Sense, A Rosewood Spa (SF Bay Area) Part 2

Yesterday I made you drool with tales of cucumber water and dark chocolate decadence combined with sweet-smelling amenities like California Woods-scented air and lemongrass bath products — all enjoyed while gazing out of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Santa Cruz mountains. Welcome to Sense Spa at the Rosewood Sand Hill (about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco).  Read Part 1 to this delicious spa saga here and enjoy Part 2 where I relive my two 90-minute sublime treatments below…


Gold Rush Renewal (90 minutes; $195)

I love this play on the California Gold Rush, which infuses 24K gold into an all-natural antioxidant- and vitamin-rich scrub combined with raw sugar and fruit extracts to “polish, nourish and revitalize.”  The treatment started in an enormous dimly-lit wet room (shower and Vichy shower) where Antoinette, my massage therapist, had prepared a little tray with samples of the scrub and shea body butter she intended to spoil me with over the next 90 minutes.  She urged me to smell and feel them (which obviously I did) — both were sumptuous and smelled like spicy lavender lemonade (if there is such a thing). Next Antoinette left the room as I slipped into the plush towels on the heated table and sunk my head into the fluffy pillow.  Upon her return, Antoinette gave me a scrub within an inch of my life.  She left no skin cell untouched and went over several areas twice in about 20 minutes.  See, I am one of those OCD spa snobs who carefully pays attention to every second of my treatment, monitoring if the therapist addresses every area and with gusto.  Oh, I got gusto and then some.  Once my skin was pink and my blood was circulating to a boil, Antoinette ran the shower for me and left the room.  Of course this was no ordinary shower — it had a rainshower ceiling and six different shower heads positioned up and down my body.  Ahhh…  Once I reluctantly stepped out off the shower heaven, I climbed into the clean warm towels Antoinette had put on the massage table.  Now, I’ll tell you right now I’ve had hundreds of these scrub/massage combo treatments at some of the best spas in the country and I almost always feel cheated by the massage portion, which ends up being more of a lotion application than an actual massage.  Not with Ms. Antoinette.  Talk about  magic fingers — she spent the next 60 minutes giving me without question one of the best massages of my life.  Antoinette, if you are reading this, know that you are a superstar.

Oxygen Hydration Facial with Rejuvenate Anti-Aging infusion®  (90 minutes; $275)

If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m a whore for a good Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial. It’s perfect before a wedding or black-tie event since it immediately plumps your skin and gives you an instant glow (I had one the day before my wedding).  While my past Intraceuticals facials included the Rejuvenate Infusion® (Safe for all skin types, skin will emerge deeply hydrated, youthful and glowing with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and a visible lift) which gave me great results, this facial included the Rejuvenate Anti-Aging infusion® (Rejuvenate and Atoxelene Infusions® work together to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while creating a more defined facial contour. Special care is taken to smooth, open and refine the eye contour area, while the lips are plumped and hydrated.) which is like the Rejuvenate Infusion® on steroids.  Talk about a results-driven facial… Sarah, my esthetician, spent about 10 minutes gently cleansing and exfoliating my face and then used the remaining 80 minutes to slowly and meticulously trace every fine line and imperfection on my face, neck and décolleté with the oxygen wand.  She went over problem areas like my forehead and under my eyes a few times and ensured every inch of my face had been sprayed with oxygen.  When she handed me the mirror after the 90 minutes my wrinkles looked less pronounced and the visible redness on my cheeks and chin were gone.  I have great news…  My skin looked even better the next day. It was the gift that kept on giving.

On my next visit (you bet your sweet ass there will be a next visit) I intend to book Antoinette for a 90-minute massage (the scrub was amazing but I’m pretty sure I’ll float if she massages me for 90 minutes) and unless I’m attending a big event I intend to book Sarah for the 90-minute Organic Care Facial ($195) since I’m dying to see what this California-centric spa does with a 90 minute organic treatment and poor Sarah was unable to show off her art of facial and shoulder massage since she was so busy making me look 5 years younger. I lead a rough life…

 

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5 Responses to “Spa Slut: Sense, A Rosewood Spa (SF Bay Area) Part 2”

  1. April 06, 2013 at 4:48 pm, Julie said:

    Hey Janna, I’m absolutely loving your blog and podcasts!! I love going to spas but never even think of getting a facial since the ones I’ve had included extractions which hurt like hell and left me looking like I’d been attacked with a fork! But after listening to your podcast I found out that the spa I go to does the Intraceuticals Oxygen Rejuvenate Anti-Aging Facials. If I book a series of them, I get the full line of products. Just wondering if you think it’s worth it, and if you like the products?
    Thanks for your help,
    Julie

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    • April 06, 2013 at 8:50 pm, janna said:

      Hi Julie!
      First of all, thank you so much for listening and reading! I think if you’re getting a discount on a series, definitely go for the series of Intraceuticals facials. On the other hand, I’m not blown away by their products, though I’ve only used their serum. My aesthetician at the Rosewood Spa uses all their products and she swears by them. For an anti-aging line I think you may be better off going with Revive if you can afford it. It’s the only one I hear really works. xoxoxo

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  2. April 07, 2013 at 3:53 pm, Julie said:

    Thanks Janna so much for responding! I’m not familiar with Revive. Any idea which products are the best? I hate to buy the entire line if I can get results with one or two particular products.
    Thanks for your help!!
    Julie

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    • April 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm, janna said:

      If you have really dry skin — Intensité Fluide Superbe — is known for being best on the market, but it’s insanely expensive ($400). I take it back — let’s not go Revive — it’s too friggin expensive. What is your biggest concern? Can you take aggressive ingredients?

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      • April 15, 2013 at 8:56 am, Julie said:

        I have combination skin, that gets really oily during the day but is always flaking as well. Constantly battling blackheads, two or more pimples, and fine lines /wrinkles. I waste so much money on products that don’t work. I want to get the fastest / best results possible, regardless of cost. So basically, my biggest concern is that I want flawless skin! Is that too much to ask? (Haha, don’t we all)!!
        Thanks for taking the time to help,
        Julie

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