Sticking to a healthy regimen when you get home from a spa has just become a little bit easier. Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, is now making its renowned bread available even to those who aren’t paying $5,000 a week. The hearty, all-natural, preservative- and additive-free loaves, which come in sprouted multigrain, flax-seed sourdough, whole wheat, and caraway rye, are shipped overnight from the Ranch bakery for $6.50 per loaf, plus shipping (to order, call 413-637-4400, ext. 5210).
Beauty buffs looking for rejuvenation generally head to the bit of real estate on the Upper East Side, stretching from the sixties to the eighties between Park and Fifth Avenues, that’s populated with plastic surgeons, derms, and celebrity dentists. But starting this month, two of the top uptown beauty doctors – cosmetic dentist Larry Rosenthal and cosmetic dermatologist Steven Victor – are going downtown to team with Cindy Barshop of Madison Avenue’s Completely Bare salon. The 2,200-square-foot Completely Bare Downtown (103 Fifth Avenue, near 17th Street; 212-366-6060) will offer massage and body treatments, tooth whitening, Botox, Restylane injections, the new fat-melting lipo-dissolve shots, laser resurfacing, and leg-vein treatments in addition to Completely Bare’s signature intense-pulsed-light hair removal and facials. Now you won’t have to go uptown on a Saturday afternoon – unless you want to shop at Barneys.
Just because you’re steering clear of Halloween candy doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of your favorite fall treats. Several spas are offering services that allow you to indulge your addiction to sweets without packing on the pounds. Just Calm Down has a new Malt Shop Wrap, during which your body is scrubbed with sugar and coffee grains, steeped in a detoxifying paste made from brewed coffee and cocoa powder, and moisturized with vanilla or chocolate cream (32 West 22nd Street; 212-337-0032; $140). At Dorit Baxter, you can have your face cleansed with an exfoliating honey-and-almond mix, steamed with papaya-soaked water and iced with a layer of vitamin-rich cooked acorn squash (45 West 57th Street; 212-371-4542; $85). And at Paul LaBrecque they’ll scrub you with brown sugar and vanilla oil, smother you with warm cinnamon and nutmeg-spiced eggnog, and massage you with vanilla lotion ($115). Relax, inhale deeply, and be happy it’s just going on the outside of your thighs.
We all know that consuming essential fatty acids like omega oils – found in fish and plants – helps keep the brain agile. Now we’re told they do wonders for the skin as well. Prada’s new Reviving Bio-Firm Concentrate adds omega oils – which they say plump up wrinkled skin – to a mixture of other plant oils, marine collagen, and elastin from mollusk fibers ($130 at Barneys New York). The oils in Sonya Dakar’s Omega-3 Repair Complex, meant to repair skin cells and strengthen elasticity, are derived from flax seeds and bergamot, combined with chamomile to relieve irritation. Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, and Debra Messing have all come back for refills ($40 at the W Hotel’s Away Spa).
Armani’s Natural Palette
Leave it to Armani to come up with a truly elegant pocket-size makeup palette. The double-tiered compact has a top level of shadows in champagne, bronze, and brown; the second level includes a gold-flecked rust lipstick and a perfect pearl gloss ($55 at Saks Fifth Avenue; available next month).