G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.
Essence Fragrance Lab tickles discerning noses with its fragrances and blendable scents. A custom scent can be created with more than 300 perfume oils, including carnation, blue lilac, cedarwood, coconut, and more. Once base notes, middle notes, middle base notes, upper middle notes, and top notes are selected, the head perfumer concocts each creator's body bouquet on-site for immediate neck dabbing. Each oil is alcohol-free, perfect for sensitive skin, allergies, and adding to tiramisu intended to be sold at a children's bake sale.
Oliviers and Co. is a unique Boston market that specializes in a wide swath of Mediterranean foodstuffs, with a particular emphasis on olive oils. The showroom is practically a playground for anyone who wants to spend their afternoon sampling through vibrant, spicy, warming olive oils and accompanying balsamic vinegars. Bottled options for both vinegars and oils are near-endless, with versions that rely on infusions of basil, lemon, chili and cherries, among other flavors. Customers looking for a bit of take-home funk can grab a bottle of truffle oil, while patient workers are more than happy to discuss the characteristics of different oils. Though part of a chain, Oliviers and Co. feels like a cozy one-off shop, and its location on tony Newbury Street gives a bit of cred to the operation. The well-appointed store also sells spreads, pastas, tapenades and various unique gift items.
When it comes to making hair look great, the stylists at Mogi'z on Newbury know every trick in the book. Haircuts are just the tip of the iceberg that is their treatment menu, which also includes color touchups, highlights, perms, and Japanese straightening treatments. They can even prep hair for special occasions such as weddings and coronations, helping you look your best on the throne with a formal updo or elegant extensions.
Kiehl‰Ûªs skin and body care, developed by John Kiehl, has helped customers take care of their skin since the company opened in 1851 as an Old World apothecary in New York‰Ûªs East Village. Like all Kiehl‰Ûªs outposts, the Newbury Street location, one of 250 retail stores worldwide, exudes a clean and airy feel. The store is located in one of the city‰Ûªs tonier retail neighborhoods and is small but well merchandised. Shelves are lined with scrubs, toners, serums, cleansers and sun care products, from their popular Creme de Corps Body Moisturizer to their signature scent Musk Eau de Toilette Spray. They also offer a line of skin care products for men. Animal lovers will enjoy the selection of pet products that include grooming shampoo and conditioner for dogs. All products contain natural ingredients and botanical extracts. Friendly knowledgeable professionals are on hand to help shoppers make the right choices.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.