Jun 2017 > Summer Craze

The Scents of Summer

Intoxicating Aromas to Awaken Your Clients’ Senses

by Carrie Borzillo

Spring is officially over, so it’s time to mix up your aromatherapy in the spa with the scents of summer! Using the most refreshing summer scents and ingredients is a great way to take a typical treatment and put a fresh, seasonal spin on it. From lemonade scrubs to floral-scented massages, here are five intoxicating ways to incorporate the scents of summer into your spa this season.


When just about anyone thinks of summer — especially their childhood summers — lemonade stands often spring to mind. That nostalgic memory is what inspired Sage Springs Club & Spa at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., to serve up two lemonade-themed treatments: Spiked Lemonade Massage (50 minutes, $115) and Warm Oil Massage and Spiked Lemonade Scrub (75 minutes, $175).

“Lemon has always been one of my favorite scents in the spa. I can close my eyes and almost hear the sounds of my friends splashing their feet in the water while sipping a refreshing glass of lemonade,” says Tifany LeGuyonne, spa manager and spa wedding specialist at Sunriver Resort Sage Springs Spa at Sunriver Resort. “We really love our seasons here in Sunriver and we love finding unique ways to celebrate them.”

The Spiked Lemonade Massage uses lemon in the essential oil for the customized massage, as well as in the body butter applied as a finishing touch on the feet. “The lemon essential oil is the refreshing foundation of the scent, but the organic whiskey [i.e., the “spiked” part of the treatment] is what gives life to product,” says LeGuyonne.

For the Warm Oil Massage and Spiked Lemonade Scrub, the scrub is made with lemon peel, organic lemon essential oil and organic whiskey. “The skin definitely needs the exfoliation after braving the cold harsh winters and it’s a perfect way to prepare the skin for a spray tan,” she adds. “Even self-bronzers will perform better after an exfoliation. It’s a great way to get your summer tan to really glow in the summer.”


Another staple of summer are brightly colored and sweet-smelling flowers, such as Hibiscus, the flower often seen behind the ears of Hawaiian hula dancers. Hualalai Spa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua Kona, Hawaii has combined this flower with one of summer’s favorite snacks, coconut, for their popular Hibiscus and Coconut Milk Water Cure (50 minutes, $160 / 80 minutes, $240).

“Combing the earthy smell of coconut with the tangy and sweet Hibiscus is really what the aroma of Hawaii is all about,” says spa and sports club director Crystal Poe- Cabatbat. “The coconut is very grounding and together the scent is calming and relaxing for the body and mind.”

The treatment begins with dry brushing with a boar bristle brush to aid circulation and rid the body of tired skin cells, followed by a massage on the head, neck, shoulders and feet before soaking in the tub. The bath itself is filled with water, moisturizing vitamin-rich coconut milk (which helps to soften and replenish the skin), tea bags filled with coconut flakes and dried hibiscus flowers for the aromatherapy aspect of the treatment, and a dash of rice powder, which helps to exfoliate and brighten the skin.

“A water cure is just another name for a therapeutic bath experience,” adds Poe-Cabatbat. “The dry brushing and massage helps with the body’s lymphatic system, allows for really nice exfoliation, and assists in increased energy and blood flow. And then the bath helps to relieve an achy body, reduce stress, calm the mind, allows to naturally induce sleep.”


Fresh fruit and citrus trees are what make the Citrus Pa’akai Scrub (50 minutes, $185/80 minutes, $245) at Hualalai Spa a popular summer treat. Pa’akai is the Hawaiian word for salt. This treatment blends together local lemon salt, lemon and orange peel, and passion fruit extracts for an invigorating and exfoliating body scrub, which finishes with a passion fruit and lemon body butter for ultra hydration.

“The citrus scent really invigorates the senses, waking up the body and mind,” says Poe-Cabatbat. “It’s very uplifting and energizing, gets the circulation moving, and brightens up your body and mind as well as your skin.” Poe-Cabatbat says this treatment is popular year round with women, but mostly in the summer, for clients who want to show off a youthful skin. “The more you exfoliate the healthier and more vibrant your skin appears,” she adds.


Night-blooming jasmine is the star ingredient of Sun & Moon (60 minutes, $205) at Kohanaiki Spa at Kohanaiki Golf & Ocean Club in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii due to its bold, floral fragrance.

Billed as an after-sun treatment, this cooling, relaxing service includes a soothing body wrap featuring aloe, lavender and cucumber, as well as an aloe and cucumber face mask that hydrates and refreshes and a comforting head, neck and foot massage using wild crafted massage oil containing nightblooming jasmine.

“Our night-blooming jasmine scent is reminiscent of a garden full of blossoming summer flowers,” says spa manager Karen Cosgrove. “But, besides being extremely fragrant, it’s also a relaxer and it has antiseptic properties that help keep skin infections at bay. It’s wonderful for the scalp and hair because it moisturizes the hair and scalp, strengthens the hair root, and treats dry and brittle hair, which adds luster and smoothness to all hair types.”


Honeybees buzzing around the garden are another staple of summertime, which is why honey treatments are a perfect fit for the season. The Honey Rose Body Treatment (80 minutes, $200/105 minutes, $260 Monday-Thursday or $225/$285 on weekends) at Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.

The treatment begins with an inhalation of a rose neroli oil blend to relax and introduce the guest to the aromatic scent of the products being used. Next comes a full body exfoliation using unscented bath salts mixed with the rose neroli oil, which is immediately followed by an application of warm honey (mixed with a small amount of water and rose neroli oil to reach a smooth consistency).

During the 10-minute wrap in an insulated blanket, guests receive a face and scalp massage using organic calendula oil. After the wrap, the guest showers off and returns to the massage table where the therapist finishes the treatment with a light massage application of the rose neroli oil.

“We use raw honey (unprocessed) from a local farm for its anti-bacterial properties and high content of antioxidants,” says spa director Karen Erickson. “Honey does wonders for the skin because it acts as a moisturizer and anti-aging agent. Since honey doesn’t really have a distinctive scent, we add just a little of the rose neroli oil to it for the continuation of that aromatic smell throughout the treatment.”

About the Author

Carrie Borzillo is an award-winning lifestyle and entertainment journalist covering spas, health and wellness, sex and relationships. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Men's Health, SELF, People, Entertainment Weekly and more. She is the author of three pop culture books. Borzillo can be reached at carrie.borzillo@ gmail.com.
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