While lying on a massage table being thoroughly pampered this morning, my eyes closed and gentle music playing in the background, my mind started whirring and I came up with an idea. I know so many talented and clever people in my area all running small independent businesses, most of which could be of interest to guests in my gite or nearby readers and some of which are online companies thereby reaching much further afield. My idea is to write a little word about each over the next few weeks, introducing them. So, as the first in this new series today I’m going to tell you about Sandra MacLeod Beauty Therapy where I was when this inspiration came to me.
Sandra, a gentle Geordie originally from Newcastle, opened her beauty salon in La Colle sur Loup in 2012 after being on the Côte d’Azur for 10 years. She offers aromatherapy facials, pedicures, body treatments and massage using organic products and essential oils. I was lucky enough to be given a gift voucher by friends for my birthday for an 80 minute hot stone facial. It was absolutely lovely and my skin feels wonderful now. The treatment consisted of a series of different oils and honey being softly massaged into my skin to cleanse, tone and moisturise. It all smelt heavenly. I then had hot volcanic stones placed on my face to draw out toxins and stimulate circulation. These small smooth stones retain their heat as they are gently massaged over the face. It really felt devine. After the hot stones came the icy cold ones centered on the sinus area to help diminish puffiness and congestion, followed by a tingly peppermint mask. The cold stones were quite surprisingly painful at first, like going for a swim in freezing water where you feel like your forehead is going to split, but Sandra had warned me and the discomfort didn’t last long. As recompense for this the rest of the session was taken up with a relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage which I never wanted to end.
Sandra’s bijou salon is prettily decorated with a distressed Provençal antique desk and chair in the waiting area, and the treatment space behind a curtain. It is excellently located in the semi-pedestrian main street of La Colle sur Loup right opposite a delicious pâtisserie/salon de thé, perfect for a coffee and cake afterwards!
Sandra offers treatments in both French and English so if you’re looking for a little pampering while on holiday at Lou Messugo (or elsewhere, though why aren’t you staying at Lou Messugo?!) or you live nearby, get in touch on 06.25.33.02.62 or email email@example.com. For more information visit her website or Facebook page.