Saturday, 21 March 2009 15:45
Recess Nail Spa (Los Angeles): ReviewWritten by Whitney Lauritsen
Today I treated myself to a mani/pedi at Recess Nail Spa in West Hollywood. It was my first time there, so I got both for $50 (normally it's $60).
I was really excited to go because it's a very eco-friendly place. Not only are the polishes and body products non-toxic and organic, but the space is entirely green. "Recess builders used only wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), guaranteeing that it came from well-managed forests, defined by far-reaching standards governing everything from worker's rights to environmental impact. In the loft-style salon, low-emitting paint coats the natural tone walls and skylights let in plenty of natural light. The furniture is made of recycled materials or those made from renewable or sustainable sources." And, "most of the salon's equipment is Energy Star rated"
I was very warmly greeted by Jessie at the front desk - he was incredibly helpful and kind. I was the only client there (it was a dreary day, plus the economy), so I got all the attention.
It was a challenge choosing from all the pretty polishes by Zoya, but I decided on a pastel pink for my fingers and pastel blue for my toes (I kinda look like an Easter egg! But hey, it's the first day of spring). I didn't look at the names, but based on the website: the pink was either Maria or Piper; and the blue was probably Yummy but maybe Tart.
After you pick your polish, you get to pick the scent for the lotions and oils the technicians use on you. There are a bunch to choose from. I almost picked Rose but Jamie convinced me to go with his favorite: Sugar Cookie. It wasn't a strong smell - I didn't leave smelling like a cookie - it was just a subtle, sweet, non-chemical scent.
I was a little disappointed that they don't have massaging chairs, but realized that they probably consume a lot of energy. Besides, I got great simultaneous lower leg and arm massages from the the technicians (Yayo did my manicure and Naima did the pedicure). Before applying the polish they wrapped my hands in warm bamboo towels - ahhhh. It was so nice not to smell chemicals! And there was a big screen TV in the middle of the room for my entertainment.
I really enjoyed my time at Recess. It's a bit of a drive from Venice and I'm not that into getting my nails done, but next time I feel the desire I will definitely consider going back. $60 is three times the price of a mani/pedi on Main Street, but it's worth it for the all-natural and eco-friendliness. The only other drawback to Recess is that they only have 2 parking spaces - if they're full you either have to park on the street or risk being towed from the restaurant's lot next door (I did the latter and I was fine).
Recess is located on Beverly near La Cienga (east of the Beverly Center). Parking is in the back or on the street.