When you step into Atmosphere Essentials, admiring the boutique's Victorian-style decor, intoxicating array of make-your-own perfumes, and the pictures of beloved family members on the wall, you probably wouldn't guess that the cottage's cozy interior is also home to a high-tech laboratory. That’s where owner Antonio Sciortino creates his natural home and body products, a talent handed down to him by his Palermo-born ancestors. According to StatenIslandLifestyle.com, Sciortino's grandmother began making natural skincare remedies to help cope during difficult, post-war times. The innovative on-site lab allows him to share his family secrets and 15 years of research on a broader scale. Therein, his team produces 100% certified-organic formulas made with botanicals and essential oils, which are then blended into soy candles, lotions, and eco-friendly baseball-mitt softener.
In the upper echelons of the intimate spa and hair salon, massage therapists and aestheticians use the line in a variety of relaxing spa treatments. As documented by Fox News, some of Sciortino's products have also been inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's natural beauty and penchant for aromatherapy.
Tall, mahogany workstations line Mia Passione, holding the tools of trend-setting stylists at work on unruly locks. Armed with products from Brazilian Blowout and Enjoy, the team imbues hair with smoothness, color, volume, or the permanent ability to look wind-blown.
LaVida Massage of Staten Island plays the role of matchmaker by assessing clients' needs and pairing them with the massage that will meet their goals. A person dealing with a sports injury may find themselves best suited for the rigorous pressure of a deep-tissue massage, whereas a stressed-out office worker may mesh well with the essential oils of an aromatherapy massage.
Therapists also use a four-level system to help match the client with the amount of pressure they'd prefer during the treatment. For those who want to extend their stay at the studio, LaVida dabbles in other areas of beautification, cleansing pores during signature facials, waxing unwanted hair, and gluing pages from fashion magazines all over a person's body.
Inside Belle Allure Salon & Spa, the stylists stay busy beautifying guests with hair, nail, and makeup services. The homey space features zebra-covered chairs and warm burgundy colors for a relaxing oasis before indulging in beauty treatments. Facials, massages, waxing, makeup, and full-body treatments are also available.