I consider myself to be a new Lush addict, considering I didn’t fully get to know the brand until about 2 years ago. While I’m not quite sure why I didn’t fall in love with them earlier since I’m a beauty junkie, I love everything about Lush — from all their homemade products, to their commitment to charities and not testing on animals, and not to mention that all their products are freshly made. The brand carries some of my favorite scents, there so good I have to remind myself that they’re not edible!
Since (1) I wasn’t able to treat myself to a massage while in Cabo and (2) all the stress that work has brought (it’s premiere season!) I decided to finally give the Lush Spa a chance! Lush currently only has two spas in the U.S.: one in New York and the other in Philadelphia and they currrently offer a handful of treatments. These treatments aren’t like any of the other treatments you’d receive at another spa, Lush is all about the overall experience from beginning to end, affecting all sensories! I chose The Good Hour for my first-ever treatment at the Lush Spa since it was more massage-focused compared to the other treatments offered.
The Lush Spa in New York is located on Lexington in the Upper East Side. The first floor is the usual Lush retail store, bath bombs and other Lush goodies galore. Nestled towards the back of the floor is a waiting area for the spa, but if you arrive earlier and in my case I was nearly 45 minute early, you’re welcomed to shop around and figure out what your next Lush haul could contain. The sales associates at this store were so friendly and to kill time they demo’d Buffy (shower scrub) on my hands while we talked about my new chrome nails and shared relationship stories. Before I knew it, my therapist, Jay, came down to gather me for my spa treatment.
We walked a few steps upstairs and I was brought into what resembled a cozy English kitchen. There was a long wooden table in the center where Jay and I went over a quick questionnaire about myself. Jay then explained what to expect with The Good Hour, mentioning that this wasn’t your ordinary spa treatment. We chatted more about his history working with Lush and the different Lush Spas. He then presented me a platter containing 4 different massage bars and a bath bomb. Between Wiccy Magic, Hottie, Organic Therapy, and Each Peach, I chose Each Peach for my treatment — the citrus-y scent just seemed to make me smile! After selecting the massage bar, I was instructed to drop the Big Blue bath bomb into a pitcher full of water and immediately the smells of the ocean engulfed the room!
The room I was brought into was fairly large with a couple candle lights and a ship’s lantern to illuminate it. Jay poured our Big Blue pitcher over dry ice and clouds of smoke escaped from under the massage table. It’s correct to say that this treatment is unlike any other as the music isn’t at all zen-like or an after thought, it plays a huge role in the treatment and the massage is choreographed to it. To say that the music was Sea-shanties is absolutely true, but the music was so much more than that. I did my usual research on the treatment prior to booking, so when I first read about the music I couldn’t fully grasp how I’d be able to relax, but I found the music to go perfectly with the treatment. It’s also noted that this massage is a deep massage, focusing on releasing tension knots. I had also read that shower jellies were used in this treatment to cool the knots after applying pressure — for some reason that didn’t happen during my treatment nor was there even mention of it. Maybe they had gotten rid of that bit?
After 70 minutes of having my body and knots rubbed blissfully, I returned into the kitchen-like common area and was presented with black tea, ship’s rum, and biscuits to gather and prep myself to return to reality. I chatted more with Jay and enjoyed the yummy biscuits before I touched up in their fully stocked bathroom. Jay also left me to part with the massage bar we used during the treatment + a brand new bar!
Overall, the entire treatment was magical and the service was unbelievably good. There were just two things that stood out to me during the treatment:
I’m not sure if it was the not-so-deep massage or the music cutting out that left me wanting more, or maybe it was just that good. Whether you’re a Lush-ie or not, I recommend treating yourself to an experience/treatment at the Lush Spa! I’m definitely coming back to try Hard Days Night, Validation, or their signature Synaesthesia.