World’s Most Extravagant Beauty Treatments
Gold… Diamonds… Rubies… Caviar and Truffles… Washed down the drain??
This is exactly what happens during some of the world’s most luxurious – and expensive – beauty treatments. It’s hard to imagine but precious gems and exotic delicacies – prized for centuries for their rare beauty – are being ground up in an attempt to recreate some of that beauty for ourselves.
Mila Kunis provoked amazement when it was revealed she indulges in $7000 facials. The HD Diamond and Ruby Peel from Scott Vincent Borba uses real diamonds and rubies to create a ‘lustrous sheen’ for her face, neck, décolleté, arms and back of her hands. The treatment is not widely available yet and details of exactly how it works are not known but it is far from the only treatment to use precious gems in a spa environment. Spa on location in Santa Monica offered the ‘Dream Girl’ massage, using $1,000,000 worth of loose diamonds in a back massage. The cost of this treatment? A reputed $25,000. Optional extras involve the application of 1.5 carats worth of diamond powder, supposed to detoxify the skin while helping to defend it against harmful electromagnetic waves emitted by modern technology. So… is that why Naomi Campbell has a diamond encrusted cell phone?
2. Gold Standard
24K gold leaf facial masks are designed to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin. The treatment boasts ’100% natural ingredients’ and is believed to have wide range of healing benefits. This may be a novel idea to those of us in the West but gold has actually been used as an anti-aging technique for centuries in many Oriental cultures while gold facials may even have originated in ancient Egypt – with Queen Cleopatra herself being its most famous fan.
A gold facial may pale in comparison (price-wise) to a gold bath though. While even Cleopatra may have preferred bathing in milk, ME! Bath has created the world’s ‘most expensive bath’. They are not exaggerating – prices start from $50,000. This covers the eight week production time, water (but not just any water – Arctic and Hawaiian deep-sea water…), Sidr honey (the most expensive honey in the world. Obviously.), Peruvian pink salt, Illipe butter, Murumuru butter, Kokum butter, Israeli jojoba oil and, of course, pure 24-karat gold. To top the experience, the order will be delivered in a ‘handcrafted Sterling Silver masterpiece’ designed by Israeli craftsmen. Do you blame me for expecting it also came with a solid gold bath tub?
3. And the Gods Wept…
It’s not just Arctic and Hawaiian water that’s in high demand with the high maintenance – the Hotel Victor in South Beach, Florida offers its guests baths filled with 1000 bottles of Evian water. It will add $5000 to the bill but then they do throw in some rose petals too. Just a thought though… if a 2 litre bottle of Evian can be bought in the supermarket for roughly… $1.30? Let’s say a deep bath could hold 250 litres… bear with me as I get my calculator out… right, that would cost $162.50. Those are some expensive rose petals. And a lot of guests without calculators.
4. Guilt-free? Not so much…
You may not be putting any in your mouth (or onto your waistline) but these gourmet delicacies will certainly lighten your wallet. The Aroma-Listic Spa in L.A. is famous for offering a decadent White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Body Treatment – for your feet. Meanwhile caviar treatments are also growing in popularity.
For £100 the staff at Hari’s Hair Spa in South Kensington will wash your hair in a truffle shampoo before slathering your locks in the finest Iranian caviar. For those concerned by possible pongs – and class as well as luxury – Hari’s promises that “this treatment, like old money, is truly discreet and has no odour at all.” Well that’s a relief. I’d take pungent fish over the stench of new money any day.
La Prairie have developed a whole line of caviar-infused products and a caviar facial at the La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton New York can set you back $310. The Grand Luxe Facial at Spa Radiance in San Francisco, meanwhile, incorporates diamonds and caviar in a 3 hour-long, $750 treatment. Now that’s Eggs-travangant.