Spa treatments often look to exotic destinations for their theme, or luxurious ingredients. But there’s nothing more reminiscent of Christmas than gold, so precious so the story goes, that the Three Wise Men gave it to the infant Jesus for his very first Christmas present!
Opulence is very much the theme of the Baby it’s GOLD outside spa day at Malvern Spa. They’ve really gone overboard on the theme here with no less than three gold-themed treats, all wrapped up for you in the shape of a fabulous spa day. While you’re there you get to indulge in a relaxing golden anti-ageing body wrap, plus gold face and a body massage…and when you leave you’ll be presented with a gorgeously indulgent Gold Dry Oil gift set worth £25.00. I quite fancy this myself – it’s absolutely perfect for lovers of luxury.
The smell of Frankincense is a sure-fire reminder of Christmas – but you can treat yourself to its rejuvenating properties every day of the week if you want to. Neal’s Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Oil moisturises for up to 12 hours and of course, smells absolutely divine as it’s doing it. There’s also a Firming Neck Cream, Rejuvenating Facial Mask, Rejuvenating Toner, a n Eye and Lip Serum and a Beauty Sleep Concentrate.
Frankincense is also known for its relaxing properties, and Aromatherapy Associates have captured its essence in the De-Stress Oil, ideal for burning when you’re expecting Christmas visitors or for a quick scalp massage (it’s dry oil so it won’t leave your hair looking revolting).
Getting Myrrh into a beauty treatment is trickier but if you want to aim for the hat-trick of Christmas gifts, it’s possible! Myrrh essential oil can be used as an antiseptic a bit like Tea Tree, and it’s also supposed to be great for stretch marks, eczema and blemishes. The Wise Men knew a thing or two about natural health too, as it’s also good if you have a cold – just mix a couple of drops of the oil in with some Vaseline and rub it under your nose, it works a bit like a Vicks rub! If you’ve got a cough, pop some in an oil burner, or mix a couple of drops with carrier oil and rub it onto your chest.
Myrrh also sometimes crops up in luxury perfumes - DIANE by Diane von Furstenberg is one example. It’s a woody, floral fragrance that combines Frangipani and violet with a twist of Myrrh…sounds intriguing.
Have you tried any gold, frankincense or myrrh treatments? Do you think gold beauty treatments are a fabulous idea – or a bit gimmicky? We’d love to know what you think.