When we stopped by O’Live Organic Spa for a Spa Week airbrush tan, we were expecting your basic quickie in-and-out service, but were pleasantly surprised to find a cozy, relaxing spa focused on organic ingredients — including their own self-tanning formula.
“Our formula doesn’t contain a bronzer, because the bronzing agents typically contain non-organic ingredients,” our airbrush tech explained. Then she asked us to pick a scent to be added to the formula (easy! coconut!) and advised us to lotion up areas of the body with thicker, dryer skin, since they usually absorb extra tanning solution and turn darker than the rest (knees, ankles, elbows…). Side note: There’s just something so soothing about a woman with a British accent saying things like “organic” “sweet almond” and “coconut.”
The room was airy and open, and we didn’t smell anything funky as she sprayed us from tip to toe — about a 10-15 minute process. After each body part was sprayed, she used a blow-dryer to speed the drying process — something we appreciated before getting dressed and heading back to work.
By the end of the workday, we were glowing, and when we showered off the solution, a bronze-y tan remained. We’ll definitely be back for more tans at this Gramercy location, just off Madison Square Park.
Intrigued? Book your airbrush tan at a discounted rate of just $50 during Spa Week — and that includes a $20 gift card for a future visit. Or, opt for a 60-minute massage or facial instead. See more info here.