Clarins’ New Spa, A Couture Calendar Must-------
While most of us have the U.S. of A. on the brain as our great nation’s birthday approaches on Monday, devout members of the style set will be traveling to Paris for the 4th as Couture week kicks off in the City of Light. With three jam-packed days of presentations to take in, it’s unlikely that there will be time for much else—except, of course, cocktails at L’Avenue and maybe some retail therapy at Le Bon Marché. But fashion warriors should take note that Clarins’ new My Blend spa officially opens for business tomorrow, July 1, and could be just the thing for some much needed R&R in between shows. Created by Dr. Olivier Courtin, a second-generation member of the brand’s founding family, the My Blend menu offers custom-tailored skin treatments, and its namesake pampering destination promises a one-way pass to a new well-being philosophy termed “ego-ology” (sometimes “me first” is the only way to go).
Housed in the new luxury hotel Le Royal Monceau—home to a L’Eclaireur boutique, an in-house cinema, and Pierre Hermé’s €93 brunch—no expense was spared when building the Philippe Starck-designed spa/fitness center, which is more than evident inside the sprawling complex of pristine white marble. There is a gallery of high-tech gadgets (art for fitness machines’ sake, if you will), a pool, sauna, hammam, and lounge, plus seven private rooms dedicated to My Blend treatments in which a “beauty coach” analyses each client’s skin and lifestyle before composing a personalized recipe of Formules Essentielles and Boosters d’Urgence. There are over 200 possible combinations of the heavily researched neurocosmetics, which boast three exclusive peptides for cellular renewal and calibrated doses of concentrated active ingredients. This kind of serious skincare does not come cheap, of course, and a facial can run you up to €295/$415 for 80 minutes. But the promise of the most effective youth cure this side of a surgeon’s scalpel—plus an extra two weeks’ worth of product (a day cream and a booster are your parting gift)—makes it totally worth it. As an added bonus, there’s a beauty bar with a makeup artist on hand for a mise en beauté before a night on the town—or a long, extra-glamorous flight back to the States.
The Spa My Blend By Clarins at Le Royal Monceau, 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris France 75008; +33 1 42 99 88 00, www.leroyalmonceau.com.