The Spa Spy blog

What’s hot in July? The Spa Spy edit

At GSG HQ, the Spa Spies did their best not to melt into their chairs with plenty of spritzing and spa-ing. We hope you managed to remain cool as the temperatures went through the roof. Some of us sampled festival spas as WOMAD and Latitude – we loved the mix of music, sunshine and spa. Here’s some of our Summer highlights so far.

Student Spy

Temple Spa Toning Essence

This last month I’ve been really loving my Temple Spa Toning Essence (150ml £16). It’s been essential for keeping cool and refreshed in the stupidly hot and humid weather, and acts as a great toner in my skincare routine too. I really love the unusual scent too, of citrus fruits, rosemary, basil and ginger. It smells really outdoors-y and like a burst of nature.

Scarlet Spy

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary

The one thing that has kept me sane in the weather is spritzing spa mists around the office. A particular favourite is Omorovicza Queen of Hungary, which at £50 for 100ml, is a bit special, but it smells divine. I too went to a Festival spa – read my blog here.

Savant Spy

Latitude

A spa at a festival is a brilliant idea, especially when you’ve been crushed in a tent or up all night dancing. At Latitude, I swam in the lake – utter bliss as temperatures soared – and then went to the SOLAS spa area for a gorgeous deep tissue massage. My therapist Edward had 25 years of experience as a masseur: I lay in his yurt with gentle breezes drifting over me, listening to music from the main stage.

Supreme Spy

Hydra-marine 25H Eye Fluid

This month I tried a new eye cream from French marine-based skincare company Thalgo. The Hydra-marine 25H Eye Fluid (50ml £27) is supposed to give you “incredibly relaxed eyes that sparkle with light.” I don’t know about that (what are relaxed eyes?) but I loved the way it felt. Light and refreshing, it melted onto the skin, and not just because of the hot weather.

Stylish Spy

Aqua Sana Elveden Forest

I enjoyed my trip to Aqua Sana at Elveden Forest in Suffolk. They have had a spruce and I was very impressed with their new décor. The facelift has made the spa look more spacious, despite nothing being taken away, and the new colours – mushrooms, fawns, deep blues and deep purples – are both earthy and relaxing. I also loved my Made for Life treatment: the one and only massage in which I have actually fallen asleep!