Fall in Scottsdale is denoted not by a change in color, but a cool off to 90 degrees. The Essence of Autumn, a new facial at the Westin Agave Spa, brings fall to desert dwellers.
A strength of all unique treatments at the Westin Agave Spa is that when they do a special treatment, they follow through on the theme more so than other spas. The first thing I notice entering the treatment room is that pictures of fall are projected as a video canopy above the table. Anytime I look up I can see the fall colors of my childhood. The music mimics sounds you’d hear in nature-birds, rustling leaves, babbling brooks and a gentle wind. The room is also decorated with pumpkins, leaves and candles.
Once I’m settled on the table the therapist puts an herbal pillow on my chest and the scents that swirl around me are cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. (Cue the pumpkin pie!)
The 50-minute treatment follows a European facial protocol but uses Eminence products that scream fall. After a cleansing and granular exfoliation, a pumpkin enzyme exfoliant is applied. The fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxyl acids in pumpkin increase cell turnover and help brighten and smooth skin. A spiced pear and apple soufflé is used to perform a divine facial and neck massage. Without a doubt, my favorite part of the treatment! The signature element of the service is a Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque. Pumpkin also contains Vitamins A and C to soften skin and pump up collagen production. A hydrating and toning serum is applied along with a coconut anti-aging moisturizer and red currant sunscreen protection. Neroli eye serum and a lip balm completes the facial.
Carrying the theme even further, after the treatment, I’m offered an Apple Cider Mimosa or Pumpkin smoothie to sip in the relaxation room or poolside. It pains me to turn down the mimosa (I have a wine tasting event later in the day #pacing). I opt for the pumpkin smoothie. I’m sure there is some detoxifying element in it that I can store to cancel the later wine tasting!
The Essence of Autumn Facial is priced from $159 and available from Oct. 1 to Nov. 27, 2016. Each 50-minute treatment, including the Essence of Autumn Facial, includes use of the spa’s facilities including complimentary use of the Aguamiel Pool, complimentary yoga class and use of the relaxation area, whirlpool, steam room and sauna. For information or reservations, call 480-624-1202 or visit www.kierlandresort.com.