[Images courtesy of Phyto]
For starters, let me preface this review by being brutally honest: I LOVE this place! There really is no better way to describe it then as a zen botanical oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s Midtown East. Situated at 58th and Lexington, the Phyto Universe experience sells and uses products by Phyto and Lierac Paris, with Caron Perfume products also available for purchase. Compliments of the brand, I strolled around the spa and received a complimentary hair and skin treatment to fully indulge in the botanical treatment philosophy that the brands so strongly pride themselves upon. I do think I dozed off during my facial, it was so relaxing, with the aromatic botanicals and argan oil of Lierac’s latest product, Sensorielle, lulling me into relaxation.
Afterward, I received a scalp analysis and hair treatment that included products created by Phyto Founder Mr. Patrick Ales decades ago, leaving my hair with a rewarding sheen and health that it hasn’t felt in a long time. One of the most interesting things about Phyto’s haircare here at the Universe is that there is no cuts or color being applied; it is merely to treat, and style hair. Upon leaving, I received a customized prescription, based on my skin and hair needs, found within the brands’ product offerings. If you find yourself in need of a spa getaway in NYC, check out Phyto Universe, with it’s amazingly tranquil setting and gorgeous vertical garden, visible from its third story windows onto Lexington Avenue.