A Mary Oliver Poem For Your Skin

If you’ve made it into the spa recently, you know that we have made some changes. After this torrid year of unpleasant surprises and rapidly developing medical research, I know you probably can’t stomach much more change. But Quarantine 2020 afforded us plenty of time to invest in the Lakewood space, making changes that fit our intention going forward. Her trust in the healing qualities of the natural world guided Tabitha to choose to dress Sacred Hour Lakewood like a spring morning, crisp and cool, and adorned the common areas with some living green. By freshening the interior aesthetic, we lifted the mood from one that was dark and luxurious to a brightened one that embraces the beauty of the natural world. Cleveland Hardwood refinished the floors to their natural color, and we lightened the wall color to an inviting airy grey, with a warm clay color that greets you within the treatment rooms. The simplicity and predictability of natural beauty is the inspiration for the new aesthetic of our flagship location, and the healing properties of ingredients found in nature is the cornerstone of our new skincare line, Laurel.

Based in the Bay Area, Laurel uses almost exclusively farmed and foraged botanicals from within a 100-mile radius of her studio in Sausalito, California. The owner and purveyor, Laurel Shaffer, has training in both the wine and herbalism worlds. Her background (and nose) of a somm positions her to be exacting with the quality of herbs and flowers she uses in her products, and hunts down the best sourcing and storage conditions for all the products she offers. Her passion for harnessing the natural world for the purpose of self-care is evident in the product itself and the way she talks about it. From her website: “I made it my life’s mission to create products that I wanted for myself: products that harnessed the efficacy of authentic vibrant plant medicine, that were made thoughtfully by hand by real farmed ingredients, and that only elevated the sacred ritual spa experience of each unique destination.” Each bottle of Laurel product, from cleansers to moisturizers, is quite literally a handpicked bouquet. While we love Naturopathica and will continue to carry their CBD line, Laurel is a skincare line that is remarkable in its purity and quality. This boutique experience will be featured in all our facials from here on out, so if your mask-addled skin needs a breath of fresh air, there is no better time than now to treat yourself.

– Colleen, Staff Writer / Massage Therapist / Reiki Master