When I was asked to go along to see the new Aveda store at Bluewater and have a mini facial I was very excited, a facial is a treat for me as I normally do my own skincare at home. I had been sent a few of their products to try out beforehand but I had no idea what was waiting in store for me.
You see Aveda is more than skin and hair products, it’s a concept, it’s a life choice and there is a wonderful wholeness to any treatment or lotion you have from Aveda. In fact Aveda means All life knowledge
Horst Rechelbacher is the brains behind the company and got the idea in 1978 when he was on a trip to India and came across the wonders of Ayurveda, the Hindu holistic system of medicine and surgery. He fell in love with the whole idea, returned home and formulated his first product, a clove shampoo in his kitchen sink.
You get more than the kitchen sink when you visit the Aveda store though and my trip started with a Chakra journey
Chakras quite simply are energy points in your body and there are seven of them in a line from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. Each one is represented by a different colour and together they are Prana, the vital life force which keeps us vibrant, healthy and alive.
It is essential to our wellbeing that our chakras are open, aligned and fluid, if there is a blockage our energy cannot flow and we can become ill or feel down in certain areas of our life.
The Aveda chakra journey requires you to focus on the bottles and colours and see which one you are drawn to, in my case I chose yellow and Pami the assistant sat me down and sprayed the air above my head with the bottle allowing a wonderful smell to cascade around me. I filled my lungs and breathed out slowly savouring every moment. Pami expalined I had been drawn to the third chakra
The third chakra. The Manipura chakra means lustrous gem and it’s the area from the navel to the breastbone. The third chakra is our source of personal power.
A cup of tea
My next treat was a cup of tea, a herbal infusion of licorice root and peppermint. It is said this combination calms your senses and promotes a sense of well-being. It was served warm and was delicious. I must admit I was starting to feel very relaxed and looked after by now.
Pami asked me a lot of skin questions filling in a purpose board as she went with my answers and with the results in front of her she decided on the Botanical Kinetics range for me. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the mini facial treatment which was a pleasure. It took about 20 minutes and is a complimentary service offered by Aveda to anyone who wishes. Before you leave the store you are given a list of the products best suited to your skincare and there is no obligation to buy but I did, I treated myself to the Intense hydrating cream which doesn’t need taking off. I use it on the days I am at home and pottering about allowing the goodness to soak into my skin throughout the day.
My treats weren’t over as before I left Pami gave me a hand massage using the Aveda Hand relief moisturising cream. I could live on the smell of this tube alone, it’s a real pick me up and whenever I use it I swear the smell is doing just as much work as the cream penetrating my poor dry hands.
All the treatments are free and they have some wonderful Christmas gift ideas for any family member who loves a special treat.
Soaking salts – Stress Fix
I don’t often bath preferring to shower but the smell of these is divine bath a luxurious experience indeed. A fabulous gift for any bath lover indeed.
Botanical Kinetics Energising eye cream
Love, love, love this; not a strong smell but diminishes dark circles and puffiness.
Smooth Infusion – nourishing styling creme
For styling your hair, Aveda have a wonderful range of hair products.
Dry remedy – daily moisturising oil
This lotion promises to instantly moisturise your hair, the brittle hair and ends, place a couple of drops on your fingers and work through the ends. It’s wonderful. It’s one of those products you know are doing more than just treating your hair.
Disclosure: I was invited to the new Aveda salon at Bluewater and sent the above mentioned products for the purpose of this post, all words and opinions are my own.