A New Sparring Partner By Belinda Morris
You probably imagine that as someone who writes about grooming on a regular basis, I spend a great deal of time receiving the undivided and nurturing attention of massage therapists, manicurists, hairdressers and the like.
So when I was invited to not only discover a new, natural, bath and body oil, but also experience it in conjunction with a luxury spa treatment, this was clearly a case for doing the job myself and not sending a trusty male tester (sorry John!)
I did however consider masculine sensibilities when choosing which of the five kokolokahi oils I wanted to be used by Molly, my massage therapist at Third Space Spa at Canary Wharf, London. All have been blended to create optimum results and specific benefits… with wellbeing as a key aim. So, I chose ‘Strength’, with ingredients to ‘strengthen and refresh the mind, body and soul’ – patchouli, sandalwood and frangipani. The blend of argan, coconut and shea oils (which are in all the oils, except ‘Balance’ which is pure coconut oil) to hydrate and condition skin. It’s a warm, sensual and unisex fragrance. A blind sniffing allows clients to select the oil that most appeals to them at that moment.
The hour-long kokolokahi massage (pretty deep and intense to complement the ‘Strength’ oil) was hugely relaxing (except in the knotted-up parts of me obviously) and Molly began with a ‘welcome touch’ and head massage and got me to breathe in deeply for a minute or so, to get the full benefits of the aromas. It was my first visit to the health and fitness club Third Space Spa, which is a luxuriously calm and cocooning refuge from the slick, be-suited frenzy of the high-rise business district outside.
And if you love the oil that your therapist is using (and I did) you can buy a bottle to take home – not least of all because it’s so gorgeous looking. Bold-coloured oils in recycled glass bottles with swing-top, Grolsch-style lids – you almost need to buy one of each. Or, if you prefer, they come in less fancy aluminium tins for those whose personal space is rather more industrial than Rococo.
Bottled kokolokahi oils: Strength, Revive, Balance, Serenity, Harmony: 200ml – £35.50
For stockists, visit: the Shared Beauty Secrets website
For treatment details at Third Space:
Scroll down to ‘Our Treatments’ and click on ‘Sports Massage & Wellbeing’, with ‘kokolokahi’ listed.