With origins in the Middle East, 'Hamman' means 'you are being washed' and in this humid and warm treatment room guests experience a Hamman ritual, which combines heat and steam with pouring of free flowing water, plus massage with traditional black soap, body scrubs and masks.
Crushed ice is often used in between heat experiences to cool and revitalise the body, allowing for better penetration of heat into the systems of the body to help increase circulation and aid relaxation.
A mosaic or stone-clad room used privately or for a couple. Within the anteroom, guests apply therapeutic muds to face, body and hair before relaxing in the main dry heated chamber. Once the mud has dried, steam is released into the chamber at a temperature between 42-46°c with humidity set at 100%, where the mask becomes supple again. After the programmed time, the herbal steam will clear and guests will be doused in an overhead shower to gently wash away the mud and impurities from the skin.
A Finnish tradition usually made from Hemlock wood or stone and heated to a temperature between 80-100°c with minimal humidity, this room creates a dry and intense heat to give a purifying effect on the body. Humidity can be periodically infused into the cabin via automatic infusion or by manually pouring water on to exposed hot rocks.
A mosaic or stone-clad finished room which is heated to a temperature between 42-46°c with humidity set at 100%. Periodically releasing steam infused with aromatherapy oils, a steam room helps to cleanse and detoxify the skin, relax the mind and body in preparation for treatments and can help with respiratory conditions.
A sociable, open space including a series of heat experiences to help soothe, relax and detoxify the body, such as a sauna, steam room, ice fountain, experience showers, salt grotto and foot bath, along with a relaxation area or room.
Heated to a soothing temperature between 35-37°c, a Vitality Pool often includes air tubs, swan neck fountains, air loungers and water jets. Benefits are cleansing and detoxification of the skin, relieving tired and aching muscles, increasing circulation and relaxing the mind and body before treatments.
How Can We Help?
Everything we produce has a simple aim: to work with your skin’s natural processes to give you immediate, visible results and long term benefits. And leave you feeling and smelling wonderful, of course. Each of our divine formulations blends natural, sustainable, ethically sourced ingredients, supported by the best science.
‘Natural’. Everyone will tell you they are. But if they don’t tell you what they mean by it, you really don’t know what’s in your skincare.
So, when we say we use natural ingredients, we mean we use ingredients from one of only four sources:
Physically-processed ingredients - like cold-pressing avocado oil or steam distillation to extract rose oil. These time-honoured techniques are designed to release the delicate oils in their purest form.
Laboratory-processed ingredients - where we use water, glycerine etc to extract the ingredient from its natural source.
Naturally derived ingredients - where we take a natural raw ingredient – like coconut or olive oil – and process it to produce something that performs better than its natural form.
Nature identicals - where, in a very few cases, if a natural ingredient is too rare to be used sustainably for example, we replicate it exactly in a lab.
We are and have always been against animal testing in all its forms. All of our formulations, ingredients and products are cruelty free.
We comply with all current EU cosmetics directives, including those that prohibited finished cosmetic products from being tested on animals. (Happily for us, we had never tested our products on animals.)
Our product range is suitable for vegetarians, and we take great care to ensure our products and packaging don’t harm the habitat of endangered species.
We use only harvested animal ingredients, all of them cruelty-free by-products, involving no harm to the animal:
Beeswax and honey
Keratin – wool extract from selected sustainable sheep farms in New Zealand, which is sheared in the spring and which gives skin strength and flexibility
Silk – from a sustainable source harvested once the cocoon is empty.
Milk derivatives such as sodium lactate – which acts as a moisturiser in soaps and shampoos
We think that what you leave out says as much about your business as what you put in.
The following is a list of ingredients we either avoid completely or use the minimum possible.
Synthetic colour and fragrance - Because some have been shown to irritate skin, we use only natural colours and scents. This is particularly important in the realm of scents, where essential oils and flower waters provide the beautiful fragrances our products are noted for.
Mineral oil - We don’t use mineral oil at all as it’s derived from petroleum and so isn’t renewable. Instead we use some of the many natural plant-based alternatives like jojoba.
Silicone - Many cosmetics use silicone to create a film that gives the skin an artificially smooth feel. Unfortunately, this can block the skin’s pores – which is why we use don’t use silicone at all. Instead we use olive and coconut oil extracts to make our products feel as smooth as silk.
Alcohol - We use only plant derived alcohol and then only where essential – since many people worry about alcohol drying their skin.
Parabens - Parabens are preservatives widely used in cosmetics and also foods and pharmaceuticals. Available naturally or synthetically, they prevent fungi, bacteria and mould. Questions have been raised over their safety so as a result, we stopped using parabens completely, replacing them with natural preservatives where possible.
PEGs and PEG derivatives - While they have a long, safe history of use in skincare, some still regard them as contentious. Wherever a suitable and effective natural alternative is available, we have replaced PEGs. We only use them in our bath oils and some cleansing products where we feel there is no pure natural ingredient that works as well.
SLS & SLES - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are both very widely used surfactants – ingredients that help foaming and lathering. We believe there are more gentle, more natural alternatives so instead, we use mild, plant based surfactants like coco-glucoside and sodium cocoyl sarcosinate. We also use Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate which although they start with the same letters are not SLS or SLES and are completely different in structure and effect to SLS & SLES.
Above all, ESPA formulations are created to be as safe as possible and not to irritate skin.
Every ingredient we use has a long, safe history and each formula has been screened and approved by a qualified safety assessor. You can find a full ingredients list next to each product with links to an ingredients glossary explaining what key elements of our products do.
In everything we do, we hope to make life a little more beautiful. But never at the expense of the environment, which is why we follow the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Cartons - Our product cartons are completely recyclable, biodegradable and are made from cardboard taken from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) forests.
Liners – Our liners are completely recyclable and biodegradable. Where possible, we have removed the liners in our cartons to reduce the waste. We only use them where we have concerns about items getting damaged in the post.
Leaflets - Our leaflets are completely biodegradable, recyclable and from FSC sources.
Shipping cartons and protective packaging – As standard we use cardboard boxes, reinforcement and paper wrap all of which are completely recyclable and biodegradable and in doing so have hugely reduced and restricted the use of bubble wrap and biodegradable chips.
Protective Shredded paper - Our shred is completely biodegradable, recyclable and from certified sources.
Glass - Despite the extra production and shipping costs, we have stuck with glass packaging because it is so much more easily recycled.
Caps – Our stone effect caps are made with materials from Natural Gas and also include 32% cellulose from sustainable plant sources.
Plastic - We use the minimum plastic possible, and then only in containers that can be recycled.
Tubes – Where possible, we have changed the specification for the majority of our tubed products to a single, more readily recyclable material.
Airless pumps – we have changed the specification of our pump bottles and caps so they are now made of the same material making them more easily recycled.
Professional use products – when developing professional products for use in Spas and Salons we have increased the use of larger pack sizes and the ease of refilling to minimize packaging.
Our men’s face and body treatments are designed and personalised around your specific physical and emotional needs, ensuring you experience the very best results.
Purify and reawaken skin with this enlivening facial.
Ideal ‘the morning after the night before’, it features a deep brush cleanse, personalised skin analysis with our SkinVision™ to first prep the skin ready for tailored techniques and products. Pumpkin Enzymes then remove dull, dead cells to visibly boost your complexion, tailored massage with cool Rose Quartz Crystals tones the skin and a potent serum containing Mulberry, Bearberry, Liquorice and encapsulated Vitamin C invigorates skin, leaving it looking smooth, supple and energised.
Deep brush cleanse
Skin analysis with SkinVision™ lamp
Intensive Facial Serum and chosen Moisturiser sealed into the skin using Rose Quartz Crystals
Purify, smooth and reawaken skin with this stimulating facial treatment.
Deeply cleanse and refresh your complexion while removing dull, dead cells and boosting cell regeneration. Personalised facial massage and a cooling and toning mask complete this treatment, to leave skin toned and supple.
This fast-acting, stress-relieving massage focusses on the back, face and scalp, working to alleviate built-up pressure and tightness.
Ideal for those who suffer with tension headaches or neck strain, it effectively soothes tight muscles and calms the mind, leaving you feeling revived and invigorated for the day ahead or relaxed and calm for a peaceful night’s sleep.