Sure, there’s lots of cell phones and concrete in this town but between the walking, subway riding, minimalist living quarters, and farm to table dining, the Big Apple’s pretty green. For those of us who can’t quite relax while an aesthetician slathers products loaded with chemicals and toxins on our prized faces, there are a number of eco New York City spas to find your Zen.
Great Jones Spa
This destination spa in Soho has all of the amenities and treatments for the perfect afternoon getaway. The famous water lounge features a stunning three-story indoor waterfall that overlooks the Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool. Step a few feet away into the chakra-light steam room or river rock sauna. After the water therapy, get treated with some of the best green beauty products available – manis and pedis are offered with Spa Ritual, Londontown and OPI brands, all polishes that omit gross DPB (dibutyl phthalate toluene formaldehyde) and Jurlique, Naturopathica, and Vered Organic Botanicals are some of the delicious eco brand used for divine face and body treatments.
Joanna Vargas Salon
Joanna Vargas is a luxurious organic spa on Fifth Avenue that offers face and body treatments with their own small batch of cruelty-free and paraben-free lotions and potions product line which is available online and in select Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus stores. Vargas believes in not only making your skin beautiful but in spreading beauty, joy and love around the world. The salon has philanthropic relationships with several feel good organizations like Ubuntu Pathways which provides impoverished South African youth lifelong individualized support for a better life.
Lanshin Holistic Healing Studio
Natural medicine and holistic methodologies for healing and relaxation are what the practitioners order at this healing studio in Brooklyn. Services include massage, acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, facials and Ortho-Bionomy, a bodywork therapy that reduces chronic pain, stress, tension and corrects structural and somatic dysfunction resulting from bad posture to sports injuries. Aestheticians administer healing facials using Jade Gua Sha, an ancient Chinese massage technique that moves lymph and congestion, releases tensions from multiple tissue layers and opens circulation and energetic pathways.
Olive Organic Spa
A complete wellness center designed for spiritual, physical and mental rejuvenation, this spa offers the standard massages, facials, and waxes in a serene earthy environment but you can also get Reiki, nutrition consultation, and organic spa tan treatments! The spray tan is an exclusive proprietary, organic, alcohol and chemical-free formula that provides a safe, glowing tan that lasts from 7 to 10 days.
Go Green Organic Spa and Shop
Massages, detox peels, microdermabrasion and waxing treatments are all provided with Eminence organic skin care at this Bowery Street spa. Winner of the 2016 Earth Day Beauty Award, this organic treatment center has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant a tree for every Eminence product sold in its shop. The 2400 square foot space is a tranquil retreat from the grime and grid of the New York City streets.
When you’re looking for some pampering in New York City spas, make sure they offer cruelty-free bliss. It’s all about feeling good inside and out.