The spa owners already belonged to a green spa network, but wanted to go more earth-friendly and organic and to attract guests that wouldn’t necessarily get a body treatment for fear of chemicals or non-vegan products. All the body care treatments Spa Velia offers are vegan, and everything is medicinal and holistic, based on traditional Chinese medicine. Everything in their body care, massage and wax services is organic; their skin care is not completely organic, but many natural products are used.
First I was drenched with heated non-GMO organic soymilk which is said to soften the skin. Next I was scrubbed and coated with exfoliating bamboo coffee and blackstrap molasses. Then I was wrapped into what Lang called a “vegan burrito” with a mylar blanket, allowing organic botanicals to sink into my skin to “firm, repair, nourish and tone the complexion.” I enjoyed the molasses facial mask and soothing scalp massage. Receiving a hot shower while lying down definitely added to the unique and refreshing treatment. In the end, I was covered in organic coconut and ginger oils and left smelling good enough to eat, with softer skin, and much more relaxed.
It was nice talking with Lang, a flexitarian (a vegetarian at times), who’s supportive of the veggie lifestyle. She describes herself as “fully a vegetable lover” and blogs on green living.