Since 1988, this small, unassuming spa has become a Soho hotspot for its facials and massages, favored by longtime area residents and names like Daniel Day Lewis, Lauren Hutton and Kate Moss. Italian for "herbs," Erbe took root in Rome: owner Carmen Miraglia is a native of the Eternal City, and her signature line of organic botanicals and herbs—the bedrock of both her spa and beauty product business—are imported from Italy. She and her extended family extract essential oils from chamomile, juniper, lavender and more from their farms in Basilicata, Calabria, Tuscany and Umbria; distill water from the Carnic Alps; and formulate wellness and aromatherapy products—without animal substances, colorants, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or wax—in her Udine-based lab. Pre-Erbe, Miraglia spent a couple of years writing an "Herb of the Month" column for an Italian magazine, then went on to study herbology from monks in Umbria. In the eighties she moved to Manhattan, where Erbe quickly blossomed. The intimate underground space dedicates one room to one-hour Swedish and Shiatsu aromatherapy massages and two rooms for waxing, eyebrow- and lash-dying, and skin treatments. The latter include aroma/phytotherapy, herbal, fruit acid and acne facials for the face, back or chest, ranging from 30- to 75-minutes. Guests check-in at the "erboristeria," modeled after the herbal shops Italy, where products sit alongside apothecary jars on medical-grade glass shelves and hand-painted walls are adorned with Renaissance-inspired artwork and pages from Miraglia's library of old herbal recipes.
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