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  Summer at last and so much to celebrate – Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory, a new royal baby and a continuous run of gloriously sunny days and soaring temperatures – almost unheard of in the UK! Waking up to blue skies every morning is a treat – even if...

Glorious summer

 

Summer at last and so much to celebrate – Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory, a new royal baby and a continuous run of gloriously sunny days and soaring temperatures – almost unheard of in the UK! Waking up to blue skies every morning is a treat – even if it does get extremely hot later in the day. . . but I’m not complaining!

I’m continuing to make good progress after my op. Until I can resume my travels, I’m posting spa reviews by Spa Wellbeing contributors instead. This first one is by Sarah Dawson and is her account of a Sodashi treatment at the Four Seasons Hotel Spa in rural Hampshire, when Sarah also met Megan Larsen, the brand’s inspirational creator.

 

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Sodashi is the creation of Megan Larsen, a former beauty therapist from New Zealand who moved to Western-Australia in the late 1990s. In 1999 Larsen developed the Sodashi range out of a desire to develop natural, yet luxury, beauty products which blend therapeutic grade natural ingredients resulting in a top end skin care range suitable for sensitive skin.

 Blending biochemistry with aromatherapy and taking her steer from ancient Indian Ayurvedic principles, Larsen consulted an Indian Sanskrit dictionary before deciding upon its name, and when she came upon ‘Sodashi,’ meaning Wholeness, Purity and Radiance in ancient Sanskrit, she knew it perfectly encapsulated her brand which, like Ayurveda, draws on regeneration from plants, herbs and plant essences, as well as marine algae extracts.

 The skin care products and spa treatments are 100% chemical free with not a single paraben, synthetic fragrance or toxic chemical used. Larsen claims that Sodashi’s secret is partly due to the natural ingredients used (Rosewood and rose oil are two which feature regularly), but also the methods in which they’re applied. Sodashi therapists are encouraged to meditate every day- to ensure their own energy is in tip-top condition before giving treatments to guests.

 The Sodashi menu at the Four Season’s offers an enticing selection of treatments.  Choose from ‘Mankind’, a Himalayan salt therapy back massage, (60 mins, £105), Chakra Balancing Therapy, a massage using oil blends and crystals to energise the body’s chakras (90 minutes, £190) or the piece de resistance, which I experienced –the Samadara™ Ultimate Age-Defying facial (105 mins, £250).

 Lasting 105 minutes, the facial encompassed a whole lot more than my face and was deeply holistic. First, my feet were cleansed and various pressure points activated before being compressed in warm towels. Later, my neck, back and décolletage were exfoliated and massaged, and while the mask was applied, my arms were also treated to the same.

 It was an amazing facial – unique in that smooth, round rose quartz crystals were used to massage my skin to stimulate cell renewal and the crystal water helps promote cell renewal and healing. 

 The concept of an entirely natural wonder product and treatment, without trace of a chemical or paraben, is likely to raise a few sceptical eye brows in the beauty world.  But Larsen believes that Sodashi’s age-defying Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Crème contains the right mix of ingredients for a younger and renewed complexion. 

 She explains it’s all about the purified rose quartz crystal water, combined with the sweet almond oil, shea nut butter, among other plant derived ingredients (organic where possible) which, blended together, has the ability to erase sun damaged marks and discolouration after six months of use.

 

Sodashi Products

Sodashi Products

I tried more Sodashi products at home; the newly launched Brightening Marine Mineral Mask does what it says on the tin rather magnificently, (detoxified, firmed and evened my skin tone) and it’s quickly become one of my favourite power products – not least because it’s all natural.  

 I love Sodashi’s ethos, the fact that none are tested on animals, packaging is recyclable, labels printed with natural vegetable dyes and the ingredients are ethically sourced from around the world.  My only criticism is the packaging – the plain, masculine-style tubes and pots could be improved upon aesthetically.

Sodashi offers a range for both women, and men, featuring over 120 face, body and lifestyle products, available online at www.sodashi.com and manufactured in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is located in the Hotel’s 18th-century stable block, and offers both Sodashi treatments which harness the benefits of plant essences, with chemical free ingredients and marine-based ESPA aromatherapy products to create truly relaxing spa experiences.

 

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The Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane ,Dogmersfield, Hampshire RG27 8TD  Tel: 01252 853000

www.fourseasons.com/hampshire

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