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Just in time for its 160th birthday, skincare brand Kiehl's has announced that it will be opening its first full-service spa. Named Spa 1851, the beauty retreat will occupy the second floor of Kiehl's new Upper East Side space, which will edge out the Meatpacking District shop as the latest Kiehl's location when it debuts next month.
Although the spa sits at 64th and Lexington, Kiehl's reps say that it will reflect the brand's roots as an old-fashioned East Village apothecary. In terms of services, that means natural ingredients and personalized attention. In terms of decor, it means tin ceilings, subway tiles, and lighting fixtures that look like the ones in the flagship—though all the old-timey appeal will be balanced with modern touches like energy-efficient lighting and a rainforest photo mural by David LaChapelle.
Treatments will all begin with a free lavender-scented message, and facials come with a gratis hot Argan oil hand treatment. If you go for a facial, you'll be scrutinized by a trained expert who will whip up a custom-blended potion based on your individual skin needs. Other little perks include iPads for customers in the lounge and limited-edition Havaianas to pad around in. Kiehl's has always been one of the more gender-neutral beauty brands, and everything at the spa is available for men and women, but guys can also take advantage of grooming services tailored specifically to them.
This all sounds perfectly lovely, but we're going to have to wait a few more weeks to experience it live. Right now, the Kiehl's-branded scaffolding around the 64th Street building is coming down. Sometime next week, the construction crew will hand over the space to the Kiehl's staff for stocking and graphics, and if all goes according to plan, the doors will open to the public in the middle of July.
Update: Want to book an appointment right this second? Here's the number to call: 1-888-SPA1851.
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