Self-care during the holidays should be a balance of treats and treatments. This season The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles is collaborating with renowned Los Angeles-based chocolatier, Valerie Gordon, to design a collection of winter treatments that pamper guests in the aroma and natural nutrients of chocolate. Healing iterations of Valerie Confections’ Peppermint Bark, Champagne Truffles, Nature is Slow bar, and Scotch & Stout Truffles are offered as a Massage, Facial, Scrub, and Pedicure. Organic oils, spices, and herbs are used to match the flavor and fragrant notes found in each sweet. Guests begin with a cup of Valerie’s hot chocolate blend and are gifted with the treatment’s corresponding chocolate to enjoy at the spa or take home.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles “Wrapped in Chocolate by Valerie Confections” is available October 15 through December 31, 2017 and includes the following offers:
Chocolate Peppermint Pedicure – Inspired by Valerie’s Peppermint Bark, this invigorating treatment begins with a lavender-chocolate scrub using 100 percent pure organic cocoa oil to relax tense muscles, followed by a mint aromatherapy mask and moisturizing cocoa massage. Finish with a polish application and the Peppermint Bark to nibble on during or after the treatment. (50 minutes/$95)
Chocolate Spice Organic Facial – Chocolate, spice and everything nice for your complexion come together in this treatment which features an application of paprika herbal mud infused with cinnamon, willow and sage to exfoliate and revitalize skin, followed by chocolate hydration mask to help promote elasticity. An aromatic moisturizing application leaves the complexion dewy, glowing and ready for holiday festivities. Complementing the facial is the Nature is Slow bar featuring candied and dried rose petals. (50 minutes/$185)
Chocolate Glow Body Ritual – For an experience as velvety smooth as Valerie’s Champagne Truffles, this treatment that starts with a gentle peppermint scrub to smooth and even out skin, followed by an aromatic chocolate crème mask and wrap to deeply hydrate and soften – a much needed boost during dry fall and winter months. After a brief rinse, enjoy a moisturizing body massage that leaves skin bright and revived. Finish with a dusting of shimmering, gold powder along the décolletage for the perfect holiday glow. Leave with a box of Champagne Truffles. (50 minutes/$185)
Whiskey-ing Away for the Holidays – Drawing upon Valerie’s Scotch & Stout Truffles infused with 10-year old Macallan Scotch or Rogue Chocolate Stout, this holiday twist on the traditional hot stone massage, uses soothing essential oils that invoke the essences of whiskey – such as vanilla, honey and oak – with heated basalt stones to relax knotted muscles, relieve tension, and rejuvenate the holiday spirit. After the massage, relax with a glass of scotch and a box of the Scotch & Stout Truffles.
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