Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, and massages. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
In 1997, LoveJoy Day Spa and Shop opened its doors for the first time, luring guests in with relaxing services such as massages, facials, and mani-pedis. Located in Old Metairie, the charming spa features treatment tables draped in clean white linens, a plush pedicure chair, and a granite-topped manicure table. LoveJoy Day Spa and Shop carries an assortment of beauty products, ranging from skin creams to hairbrushes to stuffed animals who were supermodels in their former lives.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
One on One Day Spa and Salon aestheticians Lynnette Jones, Terilyn Young, and Kimberly Williams relocated their practice to a new Bullard Avenue digs in April 2012. The trio's spa menu continues to pamper bodies from head to toe with indulgent products such as Dead Sea salt and enzyme-based exfoliants. Massages comfort tender, worn-out muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or the gentle pressure of warm stones. Manicures and pedicures pamper feet and groom hands until they're properly prepared to high-five the president.
In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres surprised the audience on the final day of her 12 Days of Giveaways show with a trip to New Orleans. Their stay included pampering at Serenity Spa New Orleans, voted one of the best mani-pedis by Gambit?s Best of New Orleans. Away from the daily grind of life, experts swaddle clients in a body wrap of Baltic mud collected from a 30,000-year-old lake in Eastern Europe. Heated basalt stones or pet rocks enhance any massage, facial, or pedicure, and warm wax gently removes unwanted bros hairs and lip fuzz.
Dr. Kelly Burkenstock's Azure Spa rejuvenates weary muscle bags amid gilded walls in an upscale, beautifully detailed environment abounding with wrought-iron ivy, European antiques, and warm, relaxing lighting. Your spa package will open up with a one-hour vitamin-enriched facial treatment, including a mask and moisturizers infused with cool, comforting cucumber extract ($150). Further slip into a state of bliss by taking deep breaths of slippery serenity aromatherapy oils during 60 minutes of gentle Swedish massage ($100). Choose a different essential oil to envelop your senses during a snuggle in the steam spa, which will cleanse your pores while eliminating wrinkles from permanent argyle socks ($40). Sip on wine and nibble on chocolates ($10) before your experience concludes with a calming German massage rain shower, featuring droplets collected midair from the Black Forest. Guests should check in 15 minutes prior to their appointment.