A couple of weeks ago I gave myself the whole day off. This might sound a bit strange as I have days off here and there when everything has overwhelmed and there hasn’t been enough time in the day to achieve everything I’d set out to do, but this specific day I’m referring to was planned and deliberate – from start to finish, I wanted a day of nothing but indulgence, so in the evening I met up with a friend, caught and a film and had some dinner, but before that I visited Sorbet Salon in Muswell Hill for some serious pampering.
Sorbet is the biggest salon chain in South Africa and they’ve just arrived in the UK, with their UK flagship launching just a short walk from me in Muswell Hill, North London. The store itself is wonderfully bright, airy and inviting with an impressive array of products on view to purchase, from brands like Dermalogica, Environ, Morgan Taylor and Butter London. The salon itself offers a decent selection of treatments that you would expect to find at such a salon, including manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, threading and various different massages, and there are even a few treatments available for younger visitors too!
I was booked in for three treatments, which started with the Full Body Swedish Massage with the unassuming Robina, who took me to the treatment room and left me to it whilst I got ready for my treatment. I couldn’t not rate Robina more highly as her technique is spot-on; she worked away at all my knots (there are always many – using crutches and carrying a heavy toddler make for some serious back knots) yet she was gentle enough so that it was still relaxing, thus combining both a pampering and physical massage to ensure I left with a back that felt looser, easier and a lot more relaxed – I will be booking in again soon!
After my massage I moved on to my Power Mani and Pedi, which is basically the full works, including massage and exfoliation on both hands and feet. I’m used to getting a good massage and exfoliation on my feet, but I’ve never had it on my hands and I think it makes the biggest difference, so it’s a great element to include in the treatment. The pedicure takes places on a nice and comfy chair where you can happily have a read and a coffee whilst your feet are pampered. During my pedicure, I was told about the Environ skincare and facials available and I felt this was a bit “hard sell”, especially as I hadn’t asked for any kind of skincare advice, yet I was told all about the products that would help my “skin problems”, which was obviously a reference to my breakouts – I don’t think it’s ever nice to have these pointed out to me if I haven’t requested advice to start with, so that was the only real negative in the whole experience. Apart from that, the treatments were brilliant; the file, buff and cuticle work was spot-on, the massage and exfoliation was truly dreamy and took the pampering up to the next level, and I left feeling polished, preened and extremely boosted!
I was pleasantly surprised by the prices of the massage which is £50 for a 60 minute massage, making that extremely good value. The manicures and pedicures are a little more in-keeping with the salon and area, with prices starting at £15 or £17 for a buff, file and paint manicure or pedicure respectively, going up to £30 and and £35 for the Power Manicure and Power Pedicure. Find out more about treatments available here – link.