Best of the Hamptons: Naturopathica Healing Arts Center & Spa Klaudia Tirico
So you spent the day at the beach in Montauk and your skin is in need of some TLC. You didn't pack any of your usual skin saviors and could use a spa day. Well, the answer to all of your skincare woes is nestled in East Hampton. Naturopathica Healing Arts Center and Spa is just the place to go while you're vacationing in the Hamptons and want some time to yourself. The spa is dedicated to the overall well-being of you and your skin, so you know it's going to be taken care of with the best of the best. Click through the slideshow for a tour of this cozy location featuring natural remedies, an on-site aromatherapy bar, and a top-notch treatment menu.Photo by: Courtesy of Naturopathica
The Spa Klaudia Tirico
"When I started the spa, I really wanted to create a place where people could learn about wellness education," says founder Barbara Close. "To learn the ancient arts of aromatherapy and herbal medicine. I wanted it to be more than a beauty spa."
The location opened in 1995, before the skincare line was born. It's a one-stop-shop for holistic skincare, herbal remedies, massage therapy and more. Plus, the boutique features the entire Naturopathica skincare collection and a variety of other niche, vegan brands.Photo by: Courtesy of Naturopathica
The Founder: Barbara Close Klaudia Tirico
Barbara Close is a woman of many talents. Aside from founding Naturopathica in hopes of teaching consumers about holistic well being, she is also an aromatherapist, herbalist and clinical esthetician. And if that resume doesn't prove to you that she knows what she's talking about, Barbara has also written three books: Aromatherapy - The A to Z Guide to Healing with Essential Oils, Well Being – Rejuvenating Recipes for Body and Soul and Pure Skin – Organic Beauty Basics.Photo by: Courtesy of Naturopathica
Aromatherapy Bar Klaudia Tirico
Looking for a DIY that's good for the skin and soul? Look no further than Naturopathica's in-house aromatherapy bar, featuring essential oils like Tea Tree, Ylang-Ylang, Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli and more! With help from the trained staff, customers can create custom remedies for a variety of different concerns. Suffering from bruising, muscle tension and eczema? Naturopathica has oil for that! Or if you're looking to soothe your senses with aromatherapeutic healing, they have blends for that, too!Photo by: Courtesy of Naturopathica
Wise Concoctions Klaudia Tirico
"When I started to look at skincare lines and looking at what was out there in the natural space, I was realizing that there wasn’t really anything that was all-natural," said Barbara.
Her inspiration to create Naturopathica Skincare was the fact that chronic inflammation and irritation is the cause of aging. The high-performance skincare is made with natural and active ingredients that promise zero-irritation - just effective, good-for-you blends. The products are used in over three million treatments at the spa, as well as other leading spas around the country.
"Obviously our lines are known for high performance," she added. "But another thing that’s interesting is that the line is very sensorial. A lot of times, when you look at the cosmeceutical lines, they just don’t smell that great."Photo by: Klaudia Kaczmarek
Holistic Skincare Klaudia Tirico
Barbara's goal is to slow down that inflammation with 100-percent, good-for-the-skin products. The line, created shortly after the Center and Spa, features 10 body care products, two hair care products and 34 skincare products all made with breakthrough technologies and trusted ingredients to promote healthy, younger-looking skin."As an esthetician, part of my background is really getting people to learn," said Barbara. "There’s so much hype in the natural world about ‘this ingredient is toxic.’ Nothing is toxic. None of that’s been proven - parabens, any of that. What has been proven is that parabens, propylene glycol sulfates are irritating to the skin. And when the skin is in chronic, what we call “inflam-aging”, it accelerates the aging process."Photo by: Klaudia Kaczmarek
Shop the Boutique Klaudia Tirico
Upon entering Naturopathica, you'll find an entire boutique dedicated to your well being. The shop features clothing, robes, blankets and a large supply of brands that promote the same values as Naturopathica. There are candles and soaps galore! Plus, stock up on some holistic medicines and teas for a happier you.Photo by: Klaudia Kaczmarek
Royal Apothic Hand Cream Klaudia Tirico
Try Royal Apothic's classic, beautifully packaged hand cremes. A must have for the harsh winter months.Photo by: Klaudia Kaczmarek
Herbivore Botanicals Soap Bars Klaudia Tirico
Don't forget to pick up some clay and charcoal soap bars fom Herbivore Botanicals. The brand hails from Seattle, Washington and offers luxurious and 100 percent natural goodies.Photo by: Klaudia Kaczmarek
Kobo Candles Klaudia Tirico
Get your flame fix at the spa's shop, which features a variety of to-die-for candles in yummy scents. Case in point: these delicious pure soy candles from Kobo.Photo by: Klaudia Kaczmarek
Naturopathica-Made Soaps Klaudia Tirico
Aside from their holistic skincare, Naturopathica also carries soap bars made of unique blends like Lavender Lemongrass and Tangerine Patchouli.Photo by: Klaudia Kaczmarek
High-Tech Skin Analyses Klaudia Tirico
What's a visit to Naturopathica without a relaxing spa treatment? But before you hit the treatment room, the experts at the spa will ask you to stick you face in a cool box that analyzes your complexion deep down below. This skin analyzer will help the esthetician get to know your skin and figure out just what type of treatment it will benefit most from. It can reveal issues like brown spots (left image) and redness (right image). Cool, right?
Get a glimpse of Naturopathica's treatments here! And make sure to book an appointment at this luxurious spa the next time you visit East Hampton!