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.
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.
Vito Mazza helps men and women dealing with hair loss increase follicular forestation with a variety of services designed to restore and bulk up thinning strands. During each laser-hair-therapy session, a low-level laser shines onto the scalp for 20 minutes to help stimulate the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which helps boost cell activity and produce healthier, stronger manes. Meanwhile, guests can relax and spend their time reading, watching television, or writing personalized welcome letters to each new head thread. Though results can vary, this treatment can help halt excessive hair shedding and create a fuller, thicker, and more versatile villus. Groupon users will receive a total of eight sessions that should be scheduled twice per week to optimize results and scare away birds that may nest in tresses between treatments.
Venus Esthetics’ tranquil spa retreat is a honeycomb of intimate treatment rooms in which clients rejuvenate their looks or shed undue stress. Aestheticians pamper the countenances of men and women alike, glazing faces with antioxidant-rich products, aromatic essential oils, or cheekbone-enhancing Venetian masks. To nourish skin below the neck, clients can wallow in full-body treatments infused with organically grown seaweed, algae, or sea salt. The spa’s massage therapists employ therapeutic bodywork that soothes musculature sore from stress, injury, or physical exertion. The center's cosmetic technicians outfit themselves with top-secret technology, including a skin-firming ultrasound machine and an aesthetic laser system.
Luminesse Laser turns back the clock with the rejuvenating power of supercharged light. Laser-abetted services include hair removal, which can eliminate fur permanently or near-permanently, and spider vein treatments that can obliterate web-like patterns of blood vessels. Tattoo removal erases unwanted ink while LED teeth whitening dissolves stains caused by years of drinking or gargling with coffee and cola. Laser-less services include relaxing massage, facials, microdermabrasion, and sunless spray tans, which bronze bodies using a completely organic solution.
Gateway Center Massage calms tense backs with 45 minutes of soothing Swedish massage followed by 45 minutes of targeted pressure-point activations in a reflexology session. Massage therapists apply soothing Swedish strokes to extremities, slowly dissipating stress until bodies feel as relaxed as a seal slumbering in a velvet hammock. Light pressure increases muscular circulation while reducing fatigue, restoring bodies to factory condition. Massage therapists versed in reflexology then apply firm pressure to areas on the feet that correspond to problem areas, attempting to hot-wire patrons’ qi to promote whole-body health. After finishing the 90-minute pampering, patrons leave the serene spa environment feeling revitalized and energetic enough to challenge passing wrestlers to shouting contests.