Tag Archives: Ayurveda

Meet Tulsi Spa: Ayurvedic & Wellness Center

15 Nov

image1For those who are used to traditional day spas, Tulsi Spa is a different kind of experience. Hidden inside the infamous El Royale Gardens Hotel in Studio City, each treatment space is housed in a cozy, refurbished guest room.

Guests are greeted with a warm welcome upon entrance, where a lovely retail boutique sits on the left. The vibe is pure wellness. Everything is Ayurvedic. I’m told sessions are conducted by appointment only and therapists are called in according to their specialty.

My visit began with a facial. At the onset, my therapist told me she was an Ayurvedic Practitioner, not an esthetician. So my facial was more of a mask (homemade blend of chickpeas, orange, and rose) than a steamy multi-step process. It felt a bit like doing a DIY mask at home with your friend.

Next was a therapeutic treatment called Basti. It consists of placing a big dough ring on the affected area, then filling it with medicated oil said to reduce pain, swelling and tension. Truthfully, I’m not sure if it worked but it felt relaxing for the most part.

If you’re used to a day spa type of experience, some of the treatment names might feel a bit misleading. Like the facial, for example. But if you love Ayurveda and eastern wellness practices, Tulsi Spa is a must-visit in Los Angeles. And you should get familiar (if you aren’t already) with the spa’s co-owner Lissa Coffey… She’s a fountain of gentle, Ayurvedic knowledge.

Check out the website and call ahead for wellness appointments. Parking is super easy and there’s an abundance of herbs, oils, creams, and gifts at your disposal.

Tulsi Spa | 11117 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604 | 323-829-1882

Namaste?

Say Yes to Oils

25 Aug

SoaptopiaMost of us change up our look when summer comes around — be it wearing white, linen shirts, sandals, going a shade lighter on our highlights, etc. We wear more sunblock, bigger hats, bolder sunglasses. But what about fragrance? Do you mix it up?

I always switch up my fragrances from day to night. But come summer, I gravitate toward more citrus, light floral, and sea scents. I also opt for more of the roll-on vials, or replace perfume with body oil altogether.

If you have trouble with perfume lasting on hot summer days, I recommend trying body oils. Just slather them onto your damp skin right out of the shower. Look for blends made with almond oil to double as a skin softener.

Soaptopia are my go-to body oils this summer! Skip the perfume, skip the lotion. Just blend a few drops onto damp skin after the shower and you’re good to go. It’s much lighter than lotion so your skin won’t perspire and it doesn’t have the alcohol of perfume so its scent lingers longer. And because it’s an oil, your skin takes on a slight glow.

My favorite Soaptopia oil is Beauty & The Beach – a sweet orange, jasmine and vanilla scent that takes me from morning to cocktails!

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Lucy B makes beautiful roll-on oils. They’re perfect for travel and come in memory-evoking scents. My favorite is the Wild Jasmine, a crisp, feminine floral-based scent.

Also look into the Lucy B Gold Frangipani shimmer oil. Love this beachy coconut and argan oil scent (also avail in a non-shimmery roll-on oil!) for summer. It’s a sweet blend of tropical fruit and floral. Dab it on shoulders, décolleté, or wherever you want a sun-kissed shimmer.

Another portable roll-on fragrance worth checking out is by Jouer Cosmetics. I don’t think it has a name? They use a Jojoba Oil, which helps the scent wear really well. If you aren’t into florals, you may want to pass this one up though, since it’s all about the blend of gardenia, jasmine and honeysuckle. Needless to say, I personally love it.

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If you’re a spa goer, you’re familiar with Burke Williams. What you may not know is that they’ve added Ayurvedic body treatments to their menu. So since we’re on the subject of oils, it seems apropos to mention their new treatments using “aromatherapeutic” essential oils to help deliver mental relaxation, restoration, and an overall sense of contentment.

The spa chain has partnered with Shankara to provide some of the purest Ayurvedic aromatherapeutic oils in the world. All are made in India, and are 100% organic, paraben, alcohol and chemical free. And this is especially good information, since they’re gently heated and dripped all over you – from scalp to foot.

NOTE: This isn’t a massage, so don’t go in expecting that style of muscle kneading.

Your therapist uses your touch points and zones to create a flow of electromagnetic energy through your body. It’s takes longer than most treatments, too, which is nice. But in all that nourishing relaxation, it’s a challenge to not doze off – which for me always seems like a waste. (I can sleep at home for free!)

The experience should leave you healed and revitalized. Or at least on your way there.

While you’re at Burke Williams, ask about custom-made oils for massage. Certain locations, like Woodland Hills have an entire bar dedicated to them. I usually drive to Ojai for this!

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New RITUALS for Mom | No. 9

6 May

RITUALS Ayurveda

With so many tantalizing fragrances, ingredients and salves at our fingertips, the selection of body products on the market is endless. And I for one can never get enough. No matter how many I’ve tried or how few I actually keep as staples, I always get excited to try a new formula.

One brand I’ve only just learned about and am really enjoying is RITUALS Home and Body Cosmetics Collection. It actually launched back in 2000 but only came to the States (NYC specifically) last year.

There are so many skus in the line, I haven’t even begun to scratch the product surface. Here’s what I’ve tried and can whole-heartedly suggest for Mom’s Day gifting

The RITUALS Ayurveda Collection! It uses the power of nature’s gifts to find the balance between body, mind and soul. Mom’s senses will be serenely overcome by Indian Rose, Sweet Almond Oil and Himalayan Honey. Pickup the Ayurveda Honey Touch body cream for sure.

If Mom is into lighter scents, go for any of the Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom fragrances. The Foaming Shower Gels feel wonderful, too. Definitely add one to your package—like the Zensation or Hammam Delight.

Check out the Rituals website. The options are endless. Like really endless!

Or stop by Barneys in BH and have them wrap something gorgeous up.  NOTE: While you’re there, check out the RITUALS Urban Samurai collection for Father’s Day–coming up next month!

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