Time to fess up. I am a toiletries junkie. I love me my product. I have shelves of shampoos, shower gels, masks, and I am really fussy about what I use.
So it is not a small thing to say I am a huge fan of Bliss, especially the Lemon and Sage range. Bliss started out as a little spa in New York City in 1996, with a few spa-quality products that worked really well, clever branding and good word of mouth, and has grown now to an international spa and beauty product brand. With spa-quality treatment products available here at Sephora, which saves me the hassle of getting my supplies from the US.
Yet the fact that there has been a spa here completely escaped my notice!
Actually it’s more like a Mini-Spa, located in the back of Sephora at Ion.
Although it’s small they’ve made good use of the little space. There’s a section for your nails, and another for treatments (waxing, facials), and a couple of treatment rooms.
Where they’ve been inventive is how they’ve tried to make it hip and stylishly groovy (the essence of Bliss) – the big projection screen so you have something to watch during your treatment (it was Audrey Hepburn when I was there), the non-spa music (jazzy-chill-lounge instead), fresh-made lemonade instead of herbal tea, and the signature Bliss blue and white colours (although I am really not a fan of white laminate, which was everywhere).
There are facial treatments, using the fabulous Bliss face range (I am a big fan of the Triple Oxygenating Mask – it works), as well as day spa treats like massages. Spa menu and bookings here.
I had a 60 minute Blissage at $130. It’s their signature massage, which starts off with a paraffin foot treatment (hot paraffin bags wrapped around your feet – very nice).
The massage was excellent – Sherene is strong, and really good at ironing out the kinks.
What I didn’t like was that the oil was unscented, and should you choose to add a fragrance, it’s another $20. That seems unfortunately inappropriate for a brand like Bliss.
The music too was a little off-putting; I’m so used to spa music during a massage that I suspect anything else interferes with my zen.
Maybe when I go back I’ll try a treatment instead: like peeling groovy (how appropriate) – “…dermatologist-developed, non-irritating, extra-strength anti-wrinkle complexion reconstructor…” 30 mins $135; or the youth as we know it – “a gentle mushroom enzyme peel, extractions, a cell-regenerating moisturizing cocktail and a soothing collagen mask” 60 mins $155.
Bliss Singapore – at Sephora, Ion Orchard 6509 3511
UPDATE: THE SPA HAS CEASED OPERATIONS