Relaxation is one of the five elemental forces that keep human bodies ticking, alongside air, water, fire, and rock candy. Ease into your element with today's Groupon: for $32, you get $65 worth of any spa services at Merle Norman Cosmetics and Day Spa. This deal is valid only at the Victoria location.
Merle Norman's certified pampering professionals bolster attention-starved exteriors with a variety of time-tested and contemporary spa treatments. Coiled tension stands little chance against the muscle-mending powers of an aromatic relaxation massage, during which invigorating pressure and tissue kneading promote improved circulation, ushering in a newfound sense of well-being and clearing the mind of preoccupations with the chicken-egg debate ($65). A refreshing mask and soothing face and neck massage work magic during the spa facial, along with a cleanser, toner, and exfoliator to slough away dead cells and buff skin to radiant perfection ($50). To treat digit doldrums, perk up pinkies and their pointing peers with a deluxe manicure, wherein expert detailers shape nails, push back cuticles, and soak fingers before lacquering tips with OPI nail polish ($45). Merle Norman's newly renovated walls nestle patrons in their rejuvenating embrace and ensure cunning ceilings and their party tricks don't steal any attention from them.
Merle Norman Cosmetics and Day Spa
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
#40 797 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, British Columbia V8T1Z5