September 13, 2008

The Ultimate Pamper Package

Make sure to try one of their scones," said a friend when I told her I was visiting Tonic. That's the problem with this place: people rave about the Cairn Cafe and the branch of outdoor shop Tiso, but few know of the upstairs health and beauty clinic.

It's been a while since I visited, so I was surprised and pleased to see how much it's come on in the last couple of years. The little shop, for one thing, is looking fantastic, offering a range of cult organic products from the likes of Figs & Rouge, Pukka teas and Burt's Bees.

The treatment rooms are also a lot nicer; last time I was here for a treatment my feet were freezing and the decor was pretty basic. This time round, the room was perfectly temperate and has been given a zen-style makeover.

Not that I was staring at the walls while my Ren Five-Phase Bespoke Facial Treatment was being administered. Nope, I was enjoying the chance to rest my eyes. This relaxing treatment incorporates a thorough cleanse, firm facial massage, exfoliation, mask (using Ren's lovely Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask) and some intensive moisturising, thanks to some of the brand's organic products. There are no shocks, surprises or weird music playing in the background during the treatment. However, I asked my therapist, Jodie Fox, for radiance, and she delivered. My skin was certainly bright afterwards, and firm too - or, as she so aptly put it, "clinging to your bones".

Maybe it was the constant application of delicious, rose-scented hot towels that did it; but whatever gave me that glow, it was nice to know it would be free from petrochemicals and sulphates. If those kind of nasties make you nervous, I'd recommend you get along and try this treatment out, as Tonic is the only salon in Scotland doing it. Oh, and make sure to have a browse in the shop afterwards, and factor in a visit to the Cairn Cafe - I can thoroughly recommend the fruit scone.

Ren Five-Phase Bespoke Facial Treatment, GBP 45 for one hour at Tonic, 41 Commercial Street, Leith (0131-554 6161,

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