Sticking to your sustainable principles doesn’t mean putting the pause on pampering. With a host of salons and spas across the UAE now offering organic treatments, here’s our pick of the treats…
Organic Glow’s fresh facial
Get some of your five-a-day with a facial at this environmentally friendly salon. Masks at Organic Glow Beauty Lounge are freshly blended to suit different skin types – including oily, acne-prone, dry and sensitive – and include a host of natural fruit and veg ingredients such as exfoliating apple, antioxidant avocado, strengthening and astringent cucumber or vitamin and mineral-rich dates for an über-healthy treat. And if you fancy a top-to-toe overhaul, stay a little longer; the salon has a full menu of beauty services that are all as green as the facials.
Oudah Tower, Street 14, District 13, Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai, Mon to Thur 10am to 8pm, Fri noon to 7pm, closed Sun, Dhs350 for 60 minutes. Tel: (055) 2341429. Taxi: Oudah Tower JVC. facebook.com/organicglowuae
Kosme Paris’ treatment range
Treat yourself to a little organic luxury with cult French brand Kosme, known for its sustainably produced range featuring preservative, paraben and silicone-free ingredients including prickly pear seed oil, acai berry, babassu nut butter, argan oil and kukui nut oil. Treatments using the range are available at the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons spas, and you can also buy retail products to take home.
Pearl at Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, daily 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 2707732. Taxi: Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach. fourseasons.com/dubai
Also at Four Seasons DIFC, Ritz Carlton DIFC and Ritz Carton JBR.
Sisters’ organic facials
Popular salon Sisters Beauty Lounge uses products from renowned London-based brand The Organic Pharmacy for its highly effective facials. Choose from purifying, detoxing, enzyme peeling and combination skin options, combining the most effective techniques from intense cleansing, steaming, exfoliation and toning to masks and massage. There’s even a ‘facial’ for your back – the Back Detox Facial features exfoliation, massage and a detoxifying mask to leave this often-neglected area refreshed and glowing.
The Dubai Mall, Dubai, daily 10am to 11pm, from Dhs350 for 45 minutes. Tel: (04) 3398500. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. sistersbeautylounge.com
Also available at Sisters’ locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Rahua Omega-9 oil treatment for hair
Organic treats needn’t be reserved for your face and body when there’s a rich and indulgent option for your hair too. The Rahua range features plant-derived ingredients sustainably sourced from the Amazon rainforest and promises to repair, nourish, fortify and regenerate locks while adding bounce, volume and shine. The range is used in professional treatments at a number of selected salons and spas across the UAE – but we particularly love the omega-9 treatments at Be Bar, which can be tailored for even the finest of tresses.
Villa 594, Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai, Sun 10am to 7pm, Mon 8am to 8pm, Tue to Sat 9am to 8pm, from Dhs250. Tel: (04) 3212348. Taxi: Be Bar (look for the blue door). mybebar.com
Also available at Plethora Hair Lab and Liv Nordic Spas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Neal’s Yard’s mini facial
If you’re pushed for time or just need a quick pick-me-up on a shopping trip, pop into a branch of Neal’s Yard Remedies for a quick and free mini facial. You’ll have a short consultation to determine your skin type and needs before the knowledgable staff get to work using a variety of their all-natural, made-in-England products. Warning: you won’t leave without buying at least one of their divine-smelling treats and we particularly love the new oil-free serum for summer.
Dubai Marina Mall, SZR, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight, free. Tel: (050) 1893191. Metro: JLT. nealsyardremedies.com
Also available at all Neal’s Yard Remedies stores across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
TanOrganics’ bronzing at Pastels
Love the bronzed look but not keen on the chemicals often involved? Made in Ireland and now available in Dubai, TanOrganics oil, lotion, dry oil, application gloves and even a TanErase exfoliation mitt in case of mistakes boast all natural ingredients. If you’re anything like us though, you’ll want the option of leaving it to a professional. Head to Pastels Salon where you can get the same all-natural product in a professional spray tan formula.
Al Wasl Road, Dubai, Sat to Tue, plus Thur, 9am to 7pm, Wed 9am to 9pm, closed Fri, Dhs190. Tel: (04) 3883534. Taxi: Al Wasl Road. pastels-salon.com
Also available at Pastels at Mercato Mall and The Ritz Carlton JBR