Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas - or buy it for yourself? Find out why this is one of the most relaxing ways to unwind before and after the crazy busy festive season. By editor Trudi Brewer.
Exotic Bliss Christmas Gift, $139.
What is it?
75 minutes of pure relaxation from your feet to your face.
What does it involve?
Let's face it most of us have everything we need, expect time-out to relax and unwind. An hour or so with no noise, no emails, no kids and no stress. Well, that is precisely what About Face have on offer this year as a Christmas gift. And guess who was lucky enough to try this treatment - all in the name of research of course. Once under the fluffy duvet, the back exfoliation begins, with the latest scrub from Pure Fiji Coconut Crush. Gritty thanks to the ground coconut shell, and ultra hydrating it’s laced with pineapple enzyme. Hot towels remove the excess, and with that goes my week old self-tan. Next, my back is drizzled with Pure Fiji Coconut and Lime Blossom Exotic Bath and Body Oil. The Lomi Lomi back massage starts, a technique Pure Fiji is famous for. Long, lingering strokes with the therapist’s forearm help knead away the knots in my shoulders and the middle of my back. Designed to help your body let go of behaviours, such as bad posture and stress, just the remedy my tired body needs with the anxious buildup to the silly season.
Next, I roll over so my therapist can attend to my long-suffering feet. After a weekend of parties wearing heels, the skin on my feet soaked up the nourishing Pure Fiji Coconut Lime Blossom Body Butter, which are then wrapped and tucked into hot wheat bags, and next the nourishing enzyme facial begins. If you have never experienced the scent and texture of Pure Fiji products on your skin you’re missing out on one of Mother Nature's best creations. The blend of tropical fruit enzymes and hydrating hydrosols (the water that comes from the fruit and oil distillation process), makes this pure skincare range hard to beat. It's suited in the luxe-y spa-like surrounds of About Face where in the hands of experts your skin can be given a fresh-looking glow in under an hour. The enzyme facial mask and foot massage segway nicely into what marks the end of this superb treatment, a scalp massage. Then sadly this dreamy face and body service comes to an end. The final touch, a layer of Elta MD tinted sunscreen. Even when you have this treatment that is geared around total relaxation, the attention to the health of your skin is still at the forefront of my therapist's mind.
Leaving About Face, back to the reality of my busy day I stumble onto Auckland's' busy Ponsonby road on a rainy day, and it hits me. Why don’t we busy working women take enough time out of our frantic schedules to just be still. Turn off the screens for an hour, and lie in a dimly lit room and relax under the spell of healing hands? It’s not only good for the skin, it's good for the soul. If you could share one gift this Christmas pass on the feeling of pure relaxation with an Exotic Bliss gift voucher. If you could buy peace on earth this comes pretty close to it.