Wednesday, 19 December 2007

The Wine Lovers Beauty Cabinet

Lovers of Chardonnay can now relax in a bath of Olavie Chardonnay 2007 Bubble Bath. It’s a lavender-scented froth made with an extract of white grape seeds and just one of the current wave of wine-centric spa products and services on the market today.

Coast to coast, spas are offering beauty treatments utilizing wine products. New York’s Delluva Vinotherapy Day Spa has employed a staff of “Spa Sommeliers” to administer a Tasting Menu of treatments including a barrel bath in grape skins. The first all-vinotherapy spa on the east coast, Delluva carries products like d‘Vine’s Zinfandel Exfoliating Scrub-Mask and is the only U.S. outlet for TheraVINE, which uses indigenous South African Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc grapes in its products.

Even all-purpose skin care companies are now using grapes, such as L’Occitane, whose “30-Day Grape Cure” is derived from a century-old French remedy. But some beat the trend, such as Les Sources de Caudalíe, which launched an entire vinotherapy line in 1993 from Château Smith-Haut-Lafite grapes in Bordeaux-Martillac. Caudalie has set the bar high with its creations, like the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, which is potted in a jam jar and redolent of herbal vineyard aromas.

The Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. has also touted the products, and swaths clients in Chardonnay-soaked towels. Défense from Fruits & Passion whose Chardonnay grape extract Purifying Mask uses green and white clay. Professional products available online include Burgundy-inspired delicacies from Janssen Cosmeceutical, such as Bordeaux-red Grape Body Gel, Stellar Spa’s Resveratrol-rich Vita-C and Mega-C serums; and B. Kamins Chemist’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer, which promises to lift fatigued complexions to a rosy glow.

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