Red Door Union Square Grand Opening This Weekend

The most iconic name in the spa industry is opening a new NYC location this weekend, with a totally new concept to boot.

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The already bustling Union Square is getting a red hot new addition this weekend—a brand new Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa will open its doors this Saturday, November 23rd! This new sprawling 10,000 square-foot space will also introduce a unique concept to the Red Door Spa brand. The two level Union Square location will feature two separate entities—the street level “express” service area, and the lower level, which is a luxury spa complete with a soothing decompression lounge and polished locker rooms.

As the blow dry bar craze only continues to explode, more and more customers are seeking quick, focused services on a regular basis. Red Door has recognized the need to incorporate more express services into its menu, and they are now accommodating that customer in Union Square. The street level express area boasts beautiful glass windows and a stunning interior brimming with Elizabeth Arden’s luxury products. As soon as you step inside and out of the cold, you will truly feel you are in the lap of luxury.

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This is where customers can go for quicker services (lunch break, anyone?), including “prettifiers” like lip facials, lash extensions, and a collagen eye refresher. This area’s treatments also include makeup application, a wide selection of waxing services and three manicure choices. They are even opening a blow dry bar for blowouts and scalp treatment add-ons. Finally, you can choose expedited facial treatments and five facial “extras” like peels, collagen blasts and eye treatments.

And of course, this location is also ready to accommodate customers who are looking for the renown Red Door experience! Book a treatment in the lower level of this location and experience “the calm.”  Downstairs you can decompress with Red Door’s signature menu of facials, massages, body treatments and luxury salon services. You’ll start by unwinding in a plush robe in the gorgeous relaxation lounge, where you can enjoy some delicious lemon cucumber spa water (a personal favorite!) while you wait. From there, you’ll be whisked into one of the plush treatment rooms to indulge in one of Red Door’s classic services sure to pamper and delight.

A couple of the Spa Week staffers got to experience some of the treatments beforehand to report back. Here’s our take on the new Union Square Red Door Spa:

Kelly: Makeup Refresher

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I’m a fan of Elizabeth Arden cosmetics, so when I saw that makeup application was offered on the express menu, I couldn’t resist. As soon as I sat down in the chair, I felt a huge sense of relaxation and let my beauty expert, Lisa Faye, work her magic. I received a subtle smoke-eye that wasn’t too dramatic for going back to the office along with some bronzer, a little blush and a lip gloss finish. The perfect pick-me-up! Whether you have an important meeting or plan to paint the town red, this is a quick, no nonsense service for putting your best face forward!

Arielle: Red Door Signature Massage

My Red Door Signature Massage was 50 minutes of pure bliss. I was experiencing lower back pain that day and my massage therapist, Katherine, made sure to pay extra attention to alleviate my discomfort (which she did, very successfully!). The lavender aromatherapy and heated massage table were relaxing touches that made it difficult to move after. I could have stayed all day!

Melissa: Elizabeth Arden Essential Facial

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I loved my Elizabeth Arden Essential Facial at Red Door! My esthetician Alie was extremely knowledgeable about my skin concerns and knew exactly how to help me improve my skin. The facility is stunning and clearly has a lot of options for pampering yourself–cannot wait to come back!

Kaitlin: Microdermabrasion Facial

Luxe. Luxe. Luxe! Red Door’s Microdermabrasion Facial is the one to beat in NYC. It’s a must for getting rid of the dry/dull winter skin. Renata’s attention to detail was amazing and left my skin feeling plumped and nourished.  She was so good, I might even call her the skin whisperer. I’ll definitely be back for round two, and three…

Breanna: Red Door Signature Manicure

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After experiencing a Signature Manicure at the new Red Door Union Square, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to return to a typical “nail spa” ever again!  Cheme, one of the best nail technicians I have ever encountered, made my experience nothing short of amazing. Between the sugar exfoliation, exquisite cuticle work, paraffin hand dip for hydration (who doesn’t need a little of that?!) and picture-perfect polish job, I am very much looking forward to my next visit!  Tip–the manicure took almost an hour, of which I enjoyed every second, so do yourself a favor and don’t be in a rush to get somewhere else.

Will you be stopping by for a treatment at 200 Park Avenue South this weekend?! We’d highly recommend it…

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Aromatherapy to Ward Off Cold and Flu Symptoms

It’s true, essential oils and aromatherapy—one of the most common add-on’s to different spa treatments—offer multiple health benefits to fight off illness in the cold weather.

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According to a recent article on SkinInc.com, aromatherapy may offer more than just comfort to those fighting cold and flu symptoms this season. It may help cure, and even prevent these symptoms from appearing altogether! Lavender, one of the most popular aromatherapy oils, has antiseptic properties, as does eucalyptus oil. These can help fight off germs and help your skin stay clean of bacteria. Inhaling essential oils, like during a spa treatment, can also aid decongestion and ease inflammation.

The menthol in another favorite essential oil, peppermint, also helps to ease breathing difficulties, and the astringent eases inflammation. Menthol even releases a temperature sensor that tricks the brain into thinking it’s no longer congested!

These options sound a whole lot more enjoyable than coughing down horrible-tasting cough and cold medicine or laying on the couch all day with a tissue stuffed up your nose. So go, my friends, take your new found scientific knowledge and head to the spa to prevent that oncoming cold!

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Here we have spa deals that include aromatherapy, lavender, peppermint and more all for your health & wellness benefit (and relaxation!) this season…

$50 60 Minute Aromatherapy Massage with 20 Minute Sauna Session at Rosa Beauty Spa in Brooklyn, NY (was $105)

$110 60 Minute Signature Aromatherapy Massage at Healing Waters & Cosmetic Clinic in Durham, NC (was $115)

$119 90 Minute Lemongrass and Lavender Aromatherapy Warm Stone Massage at Osetra Wellness Massage Therapy Center in San Mateo, CA (was $140)

$79 50 Minute Calming Lavender Massage at Rachele Rose Day Spa in Hartsdale, NY (was $105)

$98 Spa Package includes 60 Minute Aroma Massage and 60 Minute Deep Cleansing Facial at Knot Knot Wellness Lounge in Pennington, NJ (was $136)

$50 50 Minute Aromatherapy Massage, Reflexology, Back Scrub and Warming Heat Pack at Little Tor Skin Care Studio in New City, NY (was $95)

$60 45 Minute Therapeutic Massage with Essential Oils at Euro Day Spa & Salon in Winter Park, FL (was $90)

$29 25 Minute Peppermint Foot Treatment with Scrub and Massage at Spa Moments in Engelwood, CO (was $59)

$65 50 Minute Essential Seasonal Aromatherapy Massage at Legends Hair Designs & Day Spa in Stony Brook, NY (was $95)

$99 90 Minute Hot Stone Massage with Aromatherapy at Bodywaves Therapeutic Massage in Boston, MA (was $139)

$99 90 Minute Aromatherapy Massage with Lavender at Euphoria Massage & Spa in Little Falls, NJ (was $149)

$99 120 Minute Deluxe Massage including Aromatherapy and Hot Towels at NAMTI Spa in Sedona, AZ (was $130)

$79 60 Minute Relax and Restore Aroma Massage at Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach, FL (was $110)

$55 60 Minute Hot Stone Massage with Aromatherapy at Laura LaMontanaro, LMT in Plainview, NY (was $80)

Check out spaweek.com/deals for more options near your hometown!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Five Delectable Recipes for National Peanut Butter Month

Celebrate this foodie-favorite month with five delicious recipes starring peanut butter!

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Happy National Peanut Butter Month! Seeing as peanut butter is definitely one of life’s healthier indulgences (food-wise, that is), we see this as just cause to celebrate. Last November, we counted down PB’s Top 10 Pop Culture Moments. This year, we’ve decided to just give in to our stomachs and bring you five totally delicious recipes to prepare this month. Let the mouthwatering commence…

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Fluffernutter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream

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These cookies are the perfect comfort food to whip up on a cold (and it seems this year, even snowy!) November afternoon. The combination of a soft, peanut butter cookie, mixed with chocolate chips and Reeses Pieces stands alone. But add marshmallows and a rich peanut butter buttercream frosting to the mix? These cookies are otherworldly.

Get the full recipe at Averie Cooks

Asian Sesame Noodles with Chicken

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A delicious, peanut butter infused dinner awaits! This savory noodle recipe goes perfectly with a bottle of hearty red wine, and maybe a night vegging on the couch. But don’t be fooled, you’ll still score a hearty serving of veggies with this dinner dish! It’s the perfect meal to keep you satisfied this month.

Get the full recipe at My Recipes

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Brie

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Behold, the perfect sandwich. I can’t think of a better lunch food to make in the chilly fall months!  Plus, it’s painfully simple. Brie and jelly is already one of my favorite combinations, and peanut butter added to anything is always perfection! Throw this one together with whole wheat toast for a (little bit) of a lighter version.

Get the full recipe at Finding Clarity

Peanut Butter Balls

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Attending a friends-giving this year? This is the perfect dessert to bring. They look professional and difficult to make. Little will your friends know how simple they are! Just mix peanut butter with butter, milk and powdered sugar, roll into balls, and dip in chocolate! The white chocolate drizzle is a definite added touch of class.

Get the full recipe at Miranda’s Recipes

Frozen Nutty Banana Nibblers

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Definitely the healthiest treat on our list, yet they won’t sacrifice in the flavor department! These bite-sized treats are just 160 calories each, so keep a few stocked away as a healthier alternative to reach for when the sugar cravings kick in this holiday season.

Get the full recipe at Fitsugar

What’s your favorite peanut butter recipe? Leave a link in the comments below!

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Five Ways You Can Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last week, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced in it’s wake. Here’s what you can do to help those in need.

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As the shocking images of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan dominate the daily news, and urgent pleas for help ring through our TV screens from on-location reporters, one thing has become abundantly clear. The situation in the Philippines is continuing to deteriorate quickly, and anyone with the means to should truly make it a priority to help. Here are five organizations where you can donate money and resources to assist those in need:

United Nations World Food Programme is working quickly to help people in need, but they in turn need our help in order to do so. You can donate via credit card online. One of the things that has been made blatantly clear is that the people in the Philippines need food. For $100, the WFP can provide 1,000 packages of biscuits to hungry survivors.

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There is an urgent need for medical supplies in the Philippines. Thousands are wounded and tragically, at this time there is simply not enough medication available to save everybody. Donate to Doctors Without Borders, an organization sending volunteers and supplies to the ravaged areas in an effort to save as many lives as possible.

UNICEF is working hard to ensure the health and safety of survivors. Your donations will go to providing children clean, safe drinking water (of the utmost importance at this time), hygiene supplies, and will help stock evacuation centers with needed goods.

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The Philippine Red Cross is working nonstop to deploy rescue teams into the hardest hit areas, searching for trapped survivors and offering aid to those in shelters (or just taking shelter on the street). People in the area can also walk-in to the headquarters to offer personal assistance in packaging supply kits.

Google has launched a Person Finder to help loved ones locate displaced persons. Log on if you are looking for someone or have information about someone who was in the Philippines at the time of the storm! You can also do your part by spreading the link on the web, so that everyone knows about it, helping more people to be found.

Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy.

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

 

 

Hot Mom Monday: Six Uses for Coconut Oil

Hot Mom Monday is back–our first guest blogger this go round is Angel Fuchs of yaybabyblog.com! 

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Are you searching for a miracle elixir? One that will get you looking and feeling great from the inside out? A natural, chemical-free catch-all remedy to help with everything from hair and skin care to keeping you regular? Does such a wonder even exist?

It sure does–coconut oil.

The benefits of coconut oil are many—it is a natural anti-fungal so that can help treat yeast infections and athlete’s foot. It’s rich in lauric acid, an MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and has been shown to increase the good HDL cholesterol in the blood and help improve cholesterol ratio levels. Furthermore, coconut oil makes a fantastic personal lubricant (I’m blushing) and can help expedite healing after childbirth.

All that (and more) plus shiny hair, strong nails and smooth skin too!

Here are six life-changing uses for this all-natural elixir of miracles.

1. Everyday Skin Care

Coconut oil makes an incredible moisturizer. Simply swap it out for your favorite lotion and slather it on your body generously. It absorbs easily and leaves your skin satiny smooth. For a bit of added luxury, mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

I like to use citrus oil for an energizing burst when I’m ready to start my day and lavender for night when I’m ready to wind down. The possibilities are endless.

2.Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris

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Those unsightly white, rough bumps that appear on your arms have met their match. I found relief from KP nastiness by laying off of super-hot showers followed by an after-shower spritz of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar to the affected areas. After gently patting dry, I moisturized with plain straight-up coconut oil right out of my pantry.

3. Hair Care

I’m not the biggest fan of putting oils in my already oily hair but this is a heat-styled-hair MUST!

Before a shower dampen your hair with warm water. Take one scoop of pure, organic coconut oil and work it into your hair. Since my hair is already somewhat oily, I work the coconut oil into my ends only; but if you have dandruff or dry scalp you definitely want to get it onto the roots. Cover your head with a shower cap and set about your business. I wouldn’t suggest leaving the house, however this is a good time to catch up on some reading or to get some chores done. Leave the coconut oil in your hair for at least half hour. If your hair is particularly dry and damaged you can leave it in for up to an hour. When that time is up you’re ready to wash and style as usual. Your hair will be noticeably softer and more manageable.

To eliminate static in a jiff, take a pea-sized dollop of coconut oil and rub into your palms, then gently work it into dry, static-y hair! Voila, like magic – no more fly-aways to make you look like a mad scientist!

4. Digestive Regularity

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Sometimes constipation plagues our bodies no matter how much fiber we consume. Menstruation, pregnancy, diet, hormones, and medications can all be the culprits of intestinal back-up.

A spoonful of coconut oil in your morning coffee can do just the trick. Coconut oil is pretty tasteless but adds a subtle richness to your cup o’ Joe.

Don’t jive with java? Not to worry. Try blending a spoonful into a fruit smoothie or mixing it into a warm bowl of oatmeal.

Remember the good MCTs coconut oil boasts can help lower your cholesterol and the anti-fungal properties will help balance the flora and fauna in your gut to keep things moving along. Plus, all that goodness can help kick start your immune system.

In addition, consumption of coconut oil can also contribute to glossier hair, healthier skin and stronger nails.

5. Baby Care

Babies and toxic soup aren’t a good mix; yet have you seen the list of junk in some of the products we’re supposed to cake on the precious skin of our most precious beings? Yikes! And the expense of it all can be outrageous.

My daughter suffered from crusty cradle cap on her eyebrows and eczema on her cheeks. Her beautiful face featured dry, red, flaky patches and gunky, yellow brows. I tried several ointments (some natural and some not-so-much) without success.

Then, a friend turned me on to a homemade body butter of whipped coconut oil mixed with tea tree oil (Melaleuca) which I applied to her face and body. The results were fast and astounding; in less than a week her cradle cap was gone and a few days after that there was no sign of the eczema.

Also, because coconut oil is an anti-fungal it works great as a diaper cream.

6. Cooking

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Coconut oil gets the most use in my kitchen; it’s the only oil I use for cooking (except olive oil). You can easily replace heavy vegetable oil with coconut oil for sautees and when shallow pan-frying.

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so be sure to warm it up to liquify when using it for baking, to help it mix better. You can use it in the same measurements that you would any other oil. The results yield a clean taste with just a hint of the coconut fragrance—absolutely delicious.

Here are a couple recipes utilizing coconut oil for preparation:

Chicken Wraps with Pico de Gallo and Buffalo Bleu Sauce from my blog Yay Baby!

Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes from Chef Chloe

Oh, and you don’t need to buy different kinds of coconut oil; as long as it’s pure it will work for everything listed here. You definitely want to look for an organic oil labeled “unrefined,” “virgin,” or “extra-virgin.” You can find some great ones at stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

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Angel

Angel is a stay-at-home mama to a feisty, rambunctious toddler girl named Jacquelyn (aka Jax). A lover of all things adorable, Angel enjoys party-planning, cooking, napping with her daughter and date nights with her husband. You can catch up with Angel at Yay! Baby blog where she muses about motherhood, shares delicious family favorite recipes and offers tips for fabulous entertaining. There’s always reason to shout out loud – Yay Baby!