Spa Day: O’Live Organic Spa New York

Olive Spa Buddha

I have been travelling to Europe for the holidays enjoying time with family and friends (you can see photos on my instagram). Just before I left New York I was able to get a wonderful organic facial at O’Live Organic Spa – a perfect place for New Yorkers and visitors to get pampered between the holidays. My friend Julia found this cozy and friendly gem of a spa which is situated close to Madison Square Park.

O’Live exclusively uses the Hungarian organic skin care line Éminence and the lovely Gosia fed my curious mind with information about the products she was using. Éminence products are all plant based and can be mixed together to perfectly target all needs of the skin. Starting the treatment with the Mimosa Champagne tonic consisting of grapes and orange oil not only set the right mood but also hydrated and detoxified my skin. One of my favorites was the Hungarian Paprika masque which had a spicy twist and gave my sensitive cheeks a tingling sensation without irritating them. The Eight Greens Youth Serum, which Gosia applied after cleaning up my face, smelled healthier than my kale juice and I could sense how it cooled and relaxed my skin instantly. It actually calmed down my skin so much that I didn’t have any red spots after the treatment. The Strawberry Rhubarb Serum smelled deliciously while nourishing and hydrating. Finally, a mix of calming Lavender and soothing Calendula oil with a vitamin-bursting Açai Berry Moisturizer, gave my skin enough hydration, vitamins and antioxidants to feel pampered throughout the day. ❤️❤️❤️ $148

The spa is small but cozy, drink some green tea before or after the treatment and comb through some organic lifestyle magazines. At the front desk you can buy Éminence products and Jin’s own beautifully made soaps which I haven’t tried yet, but which look as if they were made with lots of love for little details:

Soap by Jin


Just Neem Holiday Spa Gift Set

Neem Spa Gift Set 3

When it’s cold and snowy outside and I’m running around all day preparing for the holidays shopping for presents and attending Christmas parties, my body literally screams for a spa day – or at least a hot and relaxing bath.

That’s why I was super excited to try out the Just Neem Holiday Spa Gift set. The Neem tree is an evergreen which has its origins in Africa and Southern Asia. Neem leaves are bursting with cosmetic and medical benefits: they are natural antiseptics with anti- viral, -fungal, -bacterial and -microbial functions. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin C which helps exfoliate and rejuvenate.

Bath Salt with Neem Tub Tea comes with a reusable tea bag and loose tea leaves combining the healing properties of Neem leaves with the anti-oxidative benefits of green tea and  mineral-high Dead Sea salt (remember my post about Dead Sea minerals). Bathing in Neem tea is therapeutic, immune-boosting and soothing. Any kind of irritations or blemishes heal faster and it is a truly exquisite feeling afterwards. I wish we could just substitute the chlorine in our pools with Neem leaves. ♥♥♥ $13.95

Green Tea Body Polish uses exfoliating sugar, nourishing oils and neem tea as its main ingredients. The smell is wonderfully green and the scrub is massaging and mild, leaving the skin polished. Put it on dry skin all over body and massage in circular movements, then wash off. ♥♥ $16.95

Neem Clay Face Mask is wonderful to use before your bath. It may tingle a bit while wearing it, especially if you have sensitive skin, but that just means that the clay and the neem leaves are at work. Afterwards skin feels clean and clear and pores seem smaller. ♥♥♥ $27.00

The package makes for a great gift, whether to yourself or someone else.