Let’s just get one thing out of the way. This isn’t my back, pictured below being lovingly drizzled with honey.
It’s possibly the back of someone who regularly partakes in such indulgent activities as body exfoliation and massage. I am, how should I put it?, extremely
lazy time poor and at this time of year my back’s lucky to get more than a bit of scrub in the shower and a 30 second slap of body lotion afterwards.
I am a cold fish and in winter I spend as little time as possible standing in the bathroom worrying about the skin that I’m going to immediately cover with leggings and knits.
So when the lovely Alison Shaw, owner of Ripple Massage, emailed to say her therapists were set to launch new honey massage packages* and would I like to experience one, if my skin could type it would have replied, “how soon can you get here?”. Instead, I answered on my skin’s behalf: “Is next week too soon?”
“Honey is magic for the skin. It promotes tissue growth and is fabulous for exfoliation. Amino acids help retain the skin’s natural moisture and antioxidants assist in reversing skin damage,” says Alison.
And Ripple hasn’t had to look far for just the right honey to include in these packages. Ripple offers a mobile massage service** but is based in the Gold Coast hinterland and that’s where they found the honey … in the Numimbah Valley.
Alison says the Numimbah Valley is a utopia for bees, especially during the cooler months when pollen is scarce. Ripple’s honey is produced by a third generation bee keeper, whose family has been producing honey for more than 100 years.
“As soon as we found this boutique honey, I knew we had to use it to create a unique massage that spoils the senses of smell and touch with the honey massage, and which also has amazing benefits for the skin.”
I’ve experienced a few Ripple massages in my life as a beauty writer. And they have a number of things going for them.
Firstly, the massage therapist comes to you. Last week this worked particularly in my favour as I’d forgotten that it was a student-free day. Thankfully the youngest was happy to be bought off with a serious session on the wii.
Secondly, the massage therapist comes to you. There is nothing like doing the beauty walk of shame, leaving a salon in a public area with oil-streaked hair and flushed skin. It’s exactly at that time that you are guaranteed to run into the most glamorous mum from your son’s class.
And thirdly, the massage therapist comes to you. That moment when you’re told it’s all over and you need to get dressed is softened with the knowledge that you can actually just get dressed and roll into bed with a good book or your iPad.
Now, if you’re thinking that a treatment with honey is going to leave you feeling super icky and attractive to bears, think again.
The honey is warmed and massaged with oil and toweled off as they go.
The two hours of bliss ($195) starts with a peppermint foot soak, followed by full body honey exfoliation, massage and organic green clay mask. You also receive a gift box with a pot of the honey, a handmade soap made with the honey and clean wax from the hives and a handmade beeswax candle to continue the honey love after your therapist has packed up and left the building.
**Ripple provides a unique mobile day spa service to women, men and couples throughout the Gold Coast, Mt Tamborine, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong regions.
*This massage treatment was offered to me for blog consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.
When was the last time you had a massage?