Pumpkin pampering and more

Pumpkin Pampering

Pumpkin, cloves, ginger—just the words conjure up the heavenly scent of a pie baking in the oven. Here are two ways to indulge, minus the calories. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Westchester (3 Renaissance Sq, White Plains, 914-467-5888) is offering a pumpkin facial (60 minutes, $130) that promises to invigorate dull skin.

And Devra Bader Skin Care and Beauty Spa (38 Garth Rd, Scarsdale, 914-725-1158) is featuring a pumpkin-spice body scrub (60 minutes, $110; introductory price $95 through October) that exfoliates and hydrates (and smells heavenly). Why pumpkin? It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and E, alpha and beta carotene, potassium, and zinc—all fabulous antioxidants.

Stretch Massage

Bruce Baltz of Oasis Day Spa (50 Livingstone Ave, Dobbs Ferry, 914-409-1900), an early disciple of both hot-stone massage and AIS (active isolated stretching), has developed AIS—The Spa Method, which incorporates massage techniques along with assisted isolated stretching. The value? Stretching and manipulation help loosen very tight muscle groups or help rehab an injury for a faster recovery. It is combined with acupressure work to help increase circulation. As with Thai massage, the recipient wears loose clothing; sessions can be either 30 ($70), 60 ($120), or 90 ($155) minutes depending upon the region of the body being worked on. Psst: Mention Westchester Magazine and get 15 percent off this service through October 31.

It’s Back!

Even though we’re all feeling a wee bit broke, we owe it to our fans (you know, partners, kids, friends) to look good. And here’s a way to keep up appearances without breaking the bank: take advantage of Spa Week, during which selected treatments are just $50 each! Spa Week runs from October 12 through 18, and available slots get snapped up fast, so book now. Visit for details. The following spas are participating:

Advanced Laser & Medical Spa of Rye
Rye (914) 921-2506

Emmary Day Spa
Chappaqua (914) 238-8830

Facelogic Spa
Mount Kisco (914) 241-3223

Natural Nails

Marie Elena Lamari of Yonkers and Cherie Corso of Pelham have developed a natural, non-toxic line of nail products, G2Organics (914-738-9151). The non-acetone polish remover is completely odorless and supplemented with aloe vera and vitamin E, which help protect nails and cuticles. The polishes are safe, the company vouches, even for children and those with health problems and allergies and come in fun colors like Baby Butt (a perfect nude) or Epidural Please! (a bright orange-red). They come with a “side kick,” a tiny touchup tube to keep in your purse. Taking the good-karma route a step further, each product is packaged with a reiki-charged crystal, so you feel as good as you look. But don’t take our word for it; Mitchell Kline, MD, a Park Avenue dermatologist, is a fan. “I tried the polish remover on my patients and was amazed how quickly and easily it took the polish off. The fact, that it was odorless was a bonus.”

Beauty Essentials

You have to give a business props for having the moxie to open up in this economic climate. Charles Sorkin, former owner of the Larchmont Pharmacy, which closed in 1997 after 25 years, has opened My Essentials (11 Addison St, Larchmont, 914-834-2220), offering both health and beauty products from such companies as Bumble and bumble, Crabtree & Evelyn, Caswell Massey, and more.



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