Best Spa Treatments with Almost-Edible Ingredients


While it might have been a Pavlovian response to the intoxicating perfume of ingredients, we felt drunk with relaxation during our ’Ritas and Rocks Pedicure at Paint Shop Beverly Hills. Using margarita salt as an exfoliator, lime as aromatherapy, and avocado for moisture, this treatment polished off the competition. (319 1/2 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-652-5563)

No need to worry about smelling rotten afterward; the Caviar Firming Facial at the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa isn’t fish eggs on your face but products with a high concentration of odorless caviar extracts from the pricey Swiss cosmetics house La Prairie. An aesthetician customized each step of the treatment for our skin type. (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-887-2505)

Think comforting tea—milk, honey, hot water—but instead of sipping it, you soak in it naked on a Mylar sheet at Kinara Spa’s Milk and Honey Wrap. First, they scrub you down—gently compared to the sandpapery treatments around town that use food—then you’re cocooned in honey and rinsed off in a Vichy shower. The treatment left our skin soft for weeks. (656 N. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310-657-9188)

We found ourselves suppressing the urge to sneak a taste of our mask—when we weren’t drifting off to sleep—during our Everything’s Coming Up Roses & Chocolate Facial at Verabella, which involves aromatic cocoa infused with crushed rose petals. The result? Compliments on our radiant complexion, not the pimples we associate with chocolate. (301 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-4733) 

The premise of the Punta Mita Massage at the Four Seasons Hotel made us giddy. The posh retreat’s light-touch massage incorporates tequila and sage as a means of detox. Be warned: Like your average cocktail, the ingredients act as a diuretic. This is not a “no pain, no gain” rubdown but a mild massage using repetitive soft strokes that left us renewed. We’ll drink to that. (300 S. Doheny Dr., L.A., 310-273-2222)

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