Beauty Ritual: Navarasas by Nikki

‘Health is not simply the absence of disease’ is the philosophy on which the brand Navarasas bases its products. Holistic medicine is the concept of treating the whole person or animal rather than just parts. Harmonizing holistic healing & nature’s living energy in the form of Essential Oil blends & Aromatherapy, at Navarasas they cater to a wide range of all natural products for humans & animals alike. To keep the interaction pure, they don’t use any chemicals or additives.Their mission at Navarasas is to bring about eternal wellness & balance of mind, body & soul! While my mission was to test these products and give an honest feedback, and that is what I have done.

Navarasas Produces Styled by: Aparna Kaistha
Navarasas Produces
Styled by: Aparna Kaistha

Hand Sanitizer, Rs.149
I know it is a strange product to begin with, but that is because being obsessed with Hand Sanitizers, this one i am addicted to. Unlike most Hand Sanitizer’s, this one does not smell like an antiseptic cream while having all the essential antiseptic properties and genuinely makes your palm smooth.

Lavender Ylang Ylang Sugar and Sea Salt Scrub, Rs.849
This scrub has excellent cleansing qualities and the essential oil leaves the skin feeling replenished and a glow on the face. Though the salt makes it slightly itchy if you have broken or dry skin, so you need to be careful for even despite the essential oils for it may pinch slightly.

Lavender Ylang Ylang Body Wash and Foam Wash, Rs.399
A very relaxing product, this is excellent for a soak in the bath after work. Inspired by the tranquil properties of lavender and Ylang Ylang it is bound to relax you and make you feel stress free. But it is better used as a foam bath than Body wash.

Hand Wash,Rs.349
The tree and lemon Hand wash same as the Hand Sanitizer shows excellent results in terms of hand care. Crafted with all-natural germicide properties of tea tree and lemon oil it is a definite must buy!

Boost Shampoo, Rs.599
Packed with essential oils, this shampoo is supposed to be excellent for damaged hair and dandruff. It did have a good result on my hair texture, but I felt the consistency was too watery and too much product got wasted. Maybe after being used to soaps which lather a lot this was a bit different, but I would need more than one wash to be able to judge properly.

Beauty Ritual: Heavenly Spa at Westin, Mumbai

TREATMENT: Harmony Treatment, 75 mins, Rs.4,000
LOCATION: Heavenly Spa at Westin, Mumbai

Spa for most of us means a place where you get a massage. Which is actually not the case and the Westin, Heavenly Spa shows us why. The concept at Westin Heavenly Spa is to create a complete wellness experience. This is done by focussing on the body, mind and spirit simultaneously to promote longevity and good health. Even the tag line of the Spa is restore the body, expand the mind. The treatments are divided into HEAVENLY TOUCH which includes a variety of massages, HEAVENLY GLOW which includes facials and other body wraps, HOLISTIC WELLNESS which has many Ayurvedic therapies and massages, YOGIC WELLNESS where Yoga practices are incorporated to suit and compliment you body and mind. Besides this there is also a special Spa Cuisine available at Splash. As you can see the menu is vast and will take me more than one visit to really capture the complete essence of the place but I decided to go in for the Harmony massage, which as the name suggests is meant to restore balance and harmony back to the body.

Before the treatment I go in for a steam, here they have infused Eucalyptus oil into the Steam which is supposed to be great for any ailments such as cold cough and in my case my bothersome Sinus. For once I did not feel like rushing out of the steam room as I could actually feel the oil open up my sinuses and I wanted to take full advantage of that fact. From the steam I head for a quick shower and then go in for my therapy. As I had mentioned earlier, at Westin it is not just about a massage but also wellness. So my therapist starts with soaking my feet in warm water and using mineral salt to clean them, while reciting a shloka through the process. She reprimanded me for crossing my hands which I agree is a bad habit since the salt is meant to remove negativity and if you cross you your hands or legs the energy flow gets stalled.

From here begins my Harmony treatment which is basically a combination of Swedish massage and Aromatherapy. The long gentle strokes with firm kneading movements done to increase circulation, combined with the smell of the aroma oil has a very soothing effect. The therapist begins the massage with my feet and slowly moves her way upwards. As the warm oil seeps into my body I can feel my aches slowly fade away and I am entering a state of absolute bliss. This goes over an hour and she slowly kneads on my muscles combining that with gentle strokes. The last 10-15 minutes she spends massaging my face and head. More like pressing the correct pressure points and releasing stress. The treatment ends with her gently tapping a singing bowl over my body. From here I go for a shower and decide to not use any soap as I really want to let my very dry body soak in the oil. The post therapy consists of a cup of tea, with options varying from Basil to Chamomile to Green tea. I stick to the green tea and then go back very relaxed waiting desperately to get home and sleep, which I do very soundly that night.

Beauty Ritual: The Claridges Spa, Surajkund

TREATMENT: Aromatherapy, 50mins, Rs.2,950
LOCATION: The Claridges Spa, Claridges Hotel, Surajkund

After my first few days in Delhi I started feeling physically and emotionally drained. I have been away really long and lots has piled up. When I got a chance to review The Claridges Spa I was more than excited to take it up.Sprawled over 15,500 sq ft, The Claridges Spa embodies the essence of the historic Surajkund, in its neighbourhood. The name is reflective of the two primal energies of life – fire and water. The concept and design are inspired by ancient Indian Baoli (reservoir). The main room leading to the therapy rooms showcases this concept, with a gold sculpture representing the sun directly over a body of water inspired by Surajkund.The over all colour scheme is neutral and subtle with about 10 therapy rooms including a 770 square feet,couple suite which allows a combination of treatments for couples and is the perfect getaway for a “time for two”. These traditional techniques overcome stress and promote serenity with the use of natural remedies and enriching oils.The lifestyle boutique perfectly complements the spa,the boutique offers exclusive products like international skin and body care products, lifestyle items like candles, tea, lounge wear, bathroom amenities & toiletries, books and music.The Spa cuisine & Juice bar offers a selection of freshly squeezed juices. The menu is based on the goodness of fresh & healthy ingredients.

The treatment I was getting today was Aromatherapy. As my therapist Sangtei explained to me this treatment done with Aroma oils is very rejuvenating and relaxing perfect to de-stress. The focus is mainly on the back and face pressure points using Aroma oils. Keeping to the Fire and Water elements I began my treatment with a shower and a 10 minute steam, which is wet heating which helps to open pores. After which I was encouraged to apply ice from the ice-fountain outside the steam room on my face so it can shut the pores and ice is supposed to be good for giving my face a glow. Post this I went in for a 5 min Sauna which is dry heating.

We then move into the treatment room, where I am encouraged to test 3 different aromas to choose which one I want to use. All products used are from Aromatherapy association a UK-based brand and I end up selecting Renew Rose. She asks me if I have any problem areas and I decline but ask her not too massage to gently. I like a bit of pressure. I then lay on my stomach while my therapist gently massages and kneads at the muscles on my back. There is a pleasant music playing in the backdrop and I can slowly feel the tensions of the past few days melt away. In this manner each area of my body is individually massaged and the knots are eased away. Finally she moves on to my face where she presses on the pressure points on my face which I did not know existed or could help calm me down so much, ending with a head massage. Sangtei, after completing my 50 min massage tells me to leave the oil on my body for atleast 2 hours so it can get soaked up into my body and I can feel its benefits for a few days.

Like she said the oil genuinely worked and I could feel my skin supple and light for close to 36 hours after my treatment. I can’t wait to go back there to try their signature  ‘Surajkund Ritual’,  which combines cleansing body scrub, advanced four-hand synchronized massage and the healing properties of hot stones.