Health & Wellness

Face the Flowers

A fresh outlook for spring through botanical spa treatments around the state


May flowers aren’t just for gardens… and they aren’t just for May. Bring a whole new meaning to stopping to smell the flowers with spa services that bring the garden to you.

Sea the Relaxation
Farmaesthetics is a Portsmouth-made line of all-natural beauty products that uses the natural properties of plants to maintain naturally beautiful skin. The Retreat at Castle Hill is a Farmaesthetics spa within the seaside Newport hotel that offers facials and massages using products like Fine Herbal Cleanser, Vassar Rose Perfecting Polish and Nourishing Lavender Milk, all made with simple plant essences.

Locavore Spa Services

At Citron Spa in Providence, locavore goes beyond just eating local: they want you to pamper local, too. Every season, owner Christina Allen creates a new service featuring fresh, local ingredients. This spring, indulge in a Peach Mango and Sage manicure and pedicure, which use natural Aveda products, and add in the locally sourced scrub, made fresh every day. The added bonus of fresh flowers in your foot bath will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation, if only for an hour... but what an hour.

Flower Power
At Spa Yadira in Bristol, aesthetician and owner Yadira Alexander puts natural beauty first: that’s why her organic microdermabrasion machine uses actual rose or lavender grains. The service – especially combined with the Lumafirm Lift and Glow Facial using Pevonia, a botanical European line – creates a dewy, mid-summer glow in any season. The microdermabrasion helps products penetrate further into the skin, brightens by stimulating collagen and helps minimize dark spots and fine lines.

Seeds of Health
Raffa Yoga is a wellness center in Cranston that has yoga classes, a juice bar and Urban Sweat, which is a series of wet and dry saunas designed to purify and rejuvenate the body. They also have a spa, which offers facials, massages and body treatments – one of which is the Platza Treatment, which is a Russian heated leaf massage. The practice applies a venik – a bundle of birch, oak eucalyptus, juniper and other tree branches, soaked in warm water – to your entire body, purifying the skin, improving breathing and soothing muscle and joint pain.