Infusion Fusion! ~ Aromatic Traditions, Elmira NY

Infusion Fusion ~ October 26, 2012…  a Celebration & a perfectly balanced experience for all of my senses at  Aromatic Traditions located in Elmira, NY. This special evening & event marked the launch of Aromatic Traditions first retail natural perfume called – Awakened Heart. 

A night for the senses indeed 🙂 –  in addition to experiencing this beautiful natural perfume, there was live music by Ash Grove,  an open studio & demo by local glass artist Jen Zitcov, infused cocktails & lemonade, apothecary glass jars filled with plump red raspberries & alcohol & another filled with the bright greens of Thai basil…

Shelves were filled with Aromatic Traditions product line – from body bars, to face serums, lip care, & infused oils, ahhhh 🙂 all perfectly packaged & created from local resources and done so by Aromatic Traditions creator, Susan Lewis Varga.  Aromatic Traditions began in 1999 & is located on 40 acres of wildflowers, herb gardens, & ancient forest in rural Pennsylvania, & is currently located in Elmira, NY.  Susan’s passion for quality, hand picked, and fresh materials is evident in her hand blended product line.  I found myself enjoying the way the products looked, smelled, the dancing, the glowing candles, and sipping on my pomegranate lemonade infused with rose water… Infusion!!!   Such a fantastic night!

The star of the evening was the natural perfume, Awakened Heart, which is a beautiful grounded floral perfume with notes of Rose Damask, Pink Lotus, Ruh Khus (Wild Vetiver), French Vanilla, Litsea Cubeba, cold pressed Lime, Pink Pepper, & fresh Raspberry Infused Alcohol.

This was my first natural perfume experience & it was amazing to me how the perfume takes on your own personal essence.  Susan’s vision with Awakened Heart, is to offer an experience to open & ground your heart with warm & comforting scents.  In addition to the perfume release, Aromatic Traditions is offering a personalized perfume special for $125, that runs through 12/31/21012. The special includes a personalized perfume session with Susan and a custom bead created by Jen Zitcov & with 5% of the proceeds going to support  Heart to Heart of the Southern Tier.

Two products I couldn’t walk away without that evening, were the Revive ~ Vegan Lip Shimmer & the Energize ~ Citrus & Calendula Salve.  The lip shimmer goes on so smoothly with just a subtle shimmer, it’s long lasting and doesn’t have that sticky glossy feel that I find in a lot of lip products… Love it!  I also have been using the Citrus & Calendula Salve all week!  I can’t get enough of its energizing scent, which is so refreshing this time of year.  It is luxurious, leaves my skin silky soft and glowing, but not greasy.  I appreciate the fresh, certified organic & vegan ingredients. A little goes a long way and I am using it on my hands & body… a new favorite product for me!

For more information about Aromatic Traditions, call, email or check out their website –

Products are also available for purchase at Skyland Farms on Seneca Lake, Burdett, NY & Emerge Spa in Wellsboro,PA…coming soon to Sundrees, Trumansburg, NY, & Green Star Market in Ithaca, NY.  Great gift ideas & clean LOCAL products to start incorporating into your body, face, & wellness routines.  Amazing & Inspiring Evening.  Thank You Aromatic Traditions!

Holistic Skin Care at Rasa Spa – Ithaca, NY

I attended Rasa Spa’s free Holistic Skin Care Talk this past Tuesday,  March 6th, 2012 in Ithaca, NY.

Rasa’s Lead licensed aesthetician, Holly Green, offered an informative discussion about holistic skin care and Rasa Spa’s commitment to whole health. The talk was given in Rasa Spa’s Tranquility Room which overlooks the Cayuga Lake Inlet.

The Tranquility Room is simply lovely, offering warm soft colors on the walls and window treatments, dark wood floors, fluffy pillows, soft blankets, glowing candles, and cozy chaise lounge chairs. Ahhhh – relaxation!!  This room also features local artists paintings and  local woodworked furniture & cabinets are found throughout the spa.  Cool cucumber water  and tea were served – so refreshing!

 Holistic Skin Care Talk

Holly Green has been practicing for over 14 years and is also a licensed massage therapist.  She is able to offer a holistic mind & body approach to skin care, combining aesthetics and massage therapy in her facials at Rasa.  Holly, along with Rasa’s other aestheticians,  are able to customize your facial for your specific needs.  Holly emphasized Rasa’s goals of  providing unique, individual, and quality services to each client that comes to Rasa Spa.

I appreciated Holly & Rasa Spa’s passion not only for skin care & education, but for health & wellness from within.  Bringing peace &  relaxation from within helps to create a healthy glow and healthy you on the outside!  Holly is excellent at communicating & educating her clients about what is most appropriate for their specific needs!

Facials range from 30 – 90 minutes for $55 – $140 and detailed descriptions of facials are available on Rasa’s website http://www.rasaspa.com.  Rasa also offers special facials for those with problem skin such as acne or rosacea, aging skin, and a gentleman’s facial.  Don’t forget to check out options for body treatments as well!

Holly also educated the group on three NEW options for facials at Rasa Spa:

  • RASA SPA ORGANIC INFUSION MICRODERMABRASION (a regenerating facial that uses organic buffing grains infused with lavender that allows for deeper penetration of products and helps to minimize fine lines & increase skin renewal) 60 minutes $140
  • RASA SPA HIGH FREQUENCY CURRENT (an argon filled glass electrode produces varying intensities of infrared light which help kill bacteria, is used to help soothe acne, ingrown hairs, and decrease enlarged pores.)  Add High Frequency to a Rasa Spa Facial of your choice.
  • THE NORABLOOM EXPERIENCE FACIAL for RASA (a custom facial curated by Holly Green (NORABLOOM) & Rasa Spa using botanically-derived products from Norabloom) Pricing – same as Rasa’s 30 – 90 minute facials.

Organic, clean, & nutrient rich products are a focus at Rasa since the skin absorbs 60% of what we apply to what is our largest organ.  Some of the product lines available at Rasa Spa include – Eminence Organics, Norabloom, redflower, and local products are also listed on the Rasa website.

What to expect during a facial at Rasa Spa 

  • Fill out an intake form to educate your aesthetician about you, your health history, allergies
  • Enjoy the Tranquility Room &  relax before your session
  • Heated treatment tables & cozy linens
  • Cleansing of the face, neck, decollete
  • Exfoliation of these areas in combination with steam to open pores, making extractions easier if needed
  • Face mask is applied based on your unique skin type
  • Relax & enjoy an arm & hand massage or foot massage while your mask sets
  • Hot towels are applied to soften the mask
  • Moisturizing the face, neck, decollete
  • Consultation/education/samples from your aesthetician complete your personalized experience at Rasa Spa

I appreciated the free and informative session on skin care and signed up for special spa offers, information, and upcoming events on Rasa’s Website.  I’m looking forward to my first facial at Rasa!!!

 
 
Rasa Spa is located at 
310 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850  
607.273.1740
 
Enjoy Rasa’s NEW, second location near Cornell University – Island Health & Fitness Community Corners located at
903 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
607.273.1740 (use the downtown phone number for appointments at this time)