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The Making of our

Facial Massage Oil

The development of this transformative facial oil and massage routine was a testament to my unwavering dedication to excellence and my belief in the power of innovation to revolutionize Napa spa practices. It was a journey of passion, determination, and a relentless pursuit of creating techniques that would not only delight clients but also elevate standards for therapists in the Napa Spa Industry.

A Long Journey

My Story

During my time working in Napa spas and resorts, I couldn’t help but notice that the menus lacked the innovation and involvement I believed could truly enhance the client experience. It became evident that many were not finding ways to incorporate a myriad of options in the ever growing trends which inspired me to take matters into my own hands.

I opened my first studio in 2008 and my first spa package invention was the Decadence. Over the last 15 years, the Decadence has been thee most booked treatment we have ever had. It involves a massage, body scrub and herbal facial that can all be performed by one massage therapist. Our herbal facial has always been about the manual massage techniques involving the facial anatomy, targeting headaches and TMJ and how those manipulations can release not only neck tension but connecting in to the face resulting in an uplifted appearance. It is only in the last 8 years or so that we have begun incorporating gua sha as part of the treatment. But I am always proud to say that no one else in Napa was providing Gua Sha before. 

I have always been driven to elevate the standard of our spa treatments and impart what I know on to my staff and what has resulted is many employees setting off on their own and writing menus for other spas in the area with the training and knowledge learned here.

I have been on a mission to develop routines that would not only provide relaxation but also deliver a wealth of skin nourishing benefits. When it came to massage therapists offering facial massage, I recognized the importance of using the best oil with non comedogenic properties, with the perfect glide to ensure a seamless and luxurious massage experience for clients. Additionally, I was determined to incorporate ingredients that would nourish, rejuvenate, and transform the skin, without over powering scents, setting a new benchmark for skincare practices in the Napa spa industry. This is not just a blend of regular oil with essential oil drops added to it. That would be way too over powering and too much for the body to take in. 

By drawing on my family’s rich history of herbalism and my dedication to staying ahead of trends, I curated a mixture of high-quality oils infused with dried whole flowers and herbs that were not only perfect for the face, but also inspired by the Napa Valley. Providing the perfect solution for our massage therapists and facialists. The facial massage routine I developed was meticulously crafted to blend relaxation and skincare benefits seamlessly, offering clients a holistic and rejuvenating experience that went above and beyond traditional spa treatments.

Through this innovative approach, I aimed to bridge the gap between relaxation and skincare efficacy, creating a unique offering that would set a new standard. My commitment to staying informed and pushing boundaries allowed me to pioneer a facial massage routine that not only met but exceeded the evolving demands of clients seeking a more immersive and results-driven spa experience.

 

Development

Embarking on the journey to create the perfect all in one facial oil was a labor of love that spanned years of meticulous research and development. Each step in this journey was a quest to uncover the most effective and beneficial components that would synergistically work together to deliver unparalleled skincare benefits. The process involved exploring a vast array of botanical extracts, oils, and active compounds to carefully curate a blend that would surpass all expectations.

Years of dedicated research were poured into understanding the properties and benefits of each ingredient, delving into their scientific foundations and historical uses in skincare. Countless hours were spent, meticulously formulating and testing different combinations to achieve the perfect balance of exfoliation, nourishment, hydration, protection, and rejuvenation for the skin.

Through trial and error, this unfolded the discovery of a powerful lineup of botanical wonders. Each ingredient was carefully chosen for its unique properties and contributions to the overall efficacy of the facial oil. With the harmonious fusion of nature’s finest botanicals and cutting-edge skincare science, this facial oil stands as a testament to the power of research, development, and the pursuit of evolving perfection.

Ingredients

Our Napa Valley Grapeseed Oil is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E, and linoleic acid, making it great for moisturizing and protecting the skin.

Jojoba Oil closely resembles the skin’s natural oils, aiding in balancing oil production and keeping the skin nourished.

Sunflower Seed Oil is high in Vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids, promoting skin regeneration and protecting against environmental damage.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil locks in moisture and helps the skin stay hydrated for longer periods.

Calendula Flower has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, soothing sensitive skin and reducing redness.

Helichrysum Flower is renowned for its skin-repairing abilities and can help with scarring and damaged skin.

Chamomile Flower calms irritated skin and is gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Red Clover Flower is rich in antioxidants and can promote a clearer complexion.

Hibiscus Flower is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, gently exfoliating the skin and promoting a radiant glow.

Buzz Button Flower has a tingling sensation that increases blood flow to the skin. This helps with the speed of healing and lymphatic drainage and enhances the absorption of other ingredients. 

Lemon Peel has alpha hydroxy acids that chemically exfoliate. It brightens and clarifies the skin, while Grapefruit Peel is refreshing and can help tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of pores.

Buchu Leaf has antibacterial properties that can benefit acne-prone skin.

Hawthorn Berries are rich in antioxidants, protecting the skin from oxidative stress. 

Green Tea Leaf is loaded with antioxidants and can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.

Licorice Root is known for its brightening properties and can help with hyperpigmentation. Oatstraw is calming and soothing, perfect for sensitive and dry skin.

Astragalus Root boosts the skin’s immune system and can help with skin regeneration.

UVA Ursi has skin-lightening properties that can reduce hyperpigmentation.

Irish moss is hydrating and can leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. ALGICA is a potent algae extract that nourishes and revitalizes the skin. It is an efficient moisturizer, cleanser, anti-pollution agent, SPF booster and sensory modifier. It is also an excellent booster of other active substances.

Witch Hazel Bark is a natural astringent that can help tighten the skin and reduce inflammation. White Willow Bark contains salicin, a natural exfoliant that can unclog pores and promote cell turnover.

Carrot Seed Oil is rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants, promoting skin renewal and elasticity.

Pomegranate Seed Oil is deeply nourishing and can help with skin regeneration and repair. Raspberry Seed Oil is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, protecting the skin against environmental damage. Lavender Flower has calming and antibacterial properties, ideal for soothing the skin.

Frankincense Resin is rejuvenating and can help with skin elasticity and firmness.

The Rose triad – Rosehip Oil, Rosehip CO₂ and Rosehips are packed with antioxidants Vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids, Rose is known for brightening and hydrating the skin and for collagen production and skin brightening. 

Rosemary CO₂ is an antioxidant powerhouse that can protect the skin from free radicals and environmental stressors.

Sugarcane Squalane – mimics the skin’s natural oils, providing intense hydration without a greasy feel.

Neem Leaf has antibacterial properties and can benefit acne-prone skin.

Nettle Leaf is detoxifying and can help purify the skin and reduce inflammation.

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that can protect the skin from damage and signs of aging.

Neroli Oil is aromatic and has skin-regenerating properties, promoting smooth and healthy skin.

Each ingredient in this facial oil plays a crucial role in exfoliating, nourishing, protecting, and enhancing the skin, making it a comprehensive solution for your skincare needs.