It's true that "going green" has quickly gone from a bona-fide make-the-world-a-better-place movement to a marketing tool, with everyone from hotels to food manufacturers jumping onboard. The spa industry is no exception, and despite my apparent cynicism, I think this is a good thing. Of course, spas and salons still have a long way to go. Think, for example, of the toxic gases that perfume the air at many nail salons (to think nothing of the chemical processes that go into making most brands of nail polish) For a literal breath of fresh air, I present Recess Nail Spa.
My visit to Recess started inauspiciously - bad traffic delayed the arrival of a manager to let me in for my opening-time 10am appointment, and she was a bit flustered by the ringing phones and scramble to set up. She invited me to choose my favorite scent from their line of aromatherapy products; all of Recess' soaks, lotions, scrubs and essential oils are fair trade and free of parabens, synthetic dyes, petroleum and other nasty stuff - a load off of this gal's mind. I was feeling traditional, so I selected the decidedly un-exotic lavender, and then settled into a chair, pillows comfortably positioned behind my back, for my Recess Signature Pedicure. This hour-long service adds a foot scrub/massage and paraffin wrap to the basic manicure's shaping, buffing, cuticle care and polish.
Recess is not only eco-friendly, but also supremely hygienic. Any tools that cannot be thoroughly sanitized are either disposed of or sent home with the client after treatment. My nail technician wasn't the chatty type, which was fine with me. I zoned out watching the E! channel as she treated my feet and lower legs to one of the most relaxing scrub/massage treatments I've ever had the pleasure to receive during a pedicure. She shaped my toenails to perfection and painted them pretty pink with a Zoya non-toxic polish before sending me on my way in a pair of disposable flip-flops (as I'd shortsightedly arrived in boots).
Recess offers pretty reasonable prices for an upscale nail salon ($25 for a basic mani/$35 for a pedi) and also regularly runs special offers and package deals to entice new clients. Please visit the salon's website to see what deals are currently available.