The Experience: The Ultimate Holistic Facial

photo of daria werbowy by mikael jansson

photo of daria werbowy by mikael jansson

I have been a loyal devotee to the Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare line for years. Like, way before I was a nutritionist and really thought about or cared what went into my body + onto my skin. The brilliant plant-alchemy and thoughtful, therapeutic pairings behind the products weren't so much on my radar at the time. I just knew that they were gentle on my sensitive yet unruly skin and extremely effective, leaving me with a clear yet somehow still hydrated complexion. 

Years later, I am more obsessed than ever with Tammy, her botanical line of skincare products, and her healing + holistic in-person treatments. While the medley of varied yet of-equal-amazingness products can be purchased from anywhere in the world, the Tammy Fender spa in West Palm Beach is truly where the magic happens. The little gem, tucked away inside a historic waterfront Palm Beach 'house', is home to the world's best holistic facial. 

I don't say this lightly - the treatments Tammy + her team offer are truly unparalleled. Tammy Fender has long been the go-to facialist to the stars, with clients traveling from far and wide to visit the Palm Beach skincare enclave. Yet unlike the majority of current skincare treatments, Tammy relies solely on plant botanicals and essential oils to treat + heal the dermis (and beyond). Nothing harsh, artificial, or invasive here, yet still undeniably effective. Tammy is a total legend, and basically started the plant-based skincare craze. 

I snuck in for one of these coveted treatments last week, and it honestly blew me away. I wouldn't even classify the treatment as a facial. Yes, my face was pampered for 90 minutes and I did leave with seriously glowing skin, but I also emerged with an elevated spirit and a recalibrated body. It was more of a mind-body-soul experience than anything else. 

Before the treatment began, I was invited to smell a medley of different essential oils, each hand-selected by Tammy for their noteworthy therapeutic health benefits. From this group, I was to select the three scents that most stood out to me. In this way, we allow the senses to guide us towards which oils will most benefit the body and it's needs that day. These oils will then be incorporated into the treatment to customize the experience to your specific needs. Your selection also informs your practitioner of where imbalances may lie, and where to direct that session's energy and care. Swooning yet?

The facial itself utilizes the very products that have earned Tammy Fender her devoted following - all derived from organic, food-grade plants of the highest quality. Each product is believed to be infused with the living energy of the plant(s) used, and therefore reconnecting us with the life force "chi" energy within and around us. Tammy's signature products and practices are based on the ancient sciences of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and holistic medicine, and each treatment is designed around this ethos. 

About halfway through the facial, another practitioner enters the room to begin reflexology on the feet. It was unreal. As we know, reflexology is so much more than a mere foot massage, but an ancient art used to restore internal balance to the entire body + mind. This, paired with the acupressure point face, head, and neck/shoulder massage, left me floating and virtually tension-free. 

I am actually not one to naturally prioritize self-care (though it's something I'm actively working on), but this treatment was able to shift my perspective on caring for and luxuriating myself. I emerged feeling brand new, totally restored, and deeply connected, and proceeded to have a really positive and productive day and week. FROM A FACIAL.

Given the truly transformative mind-body shifts experienced from my treatment, it almost feels superficial to mention that my skin looked and felt the best it had in years. I was in the midst of a pretty hormonally-taxing week and my skin was in no way hiding this, but the next day I woke up with healed, smooth, and glowing skin. I've committed to making this treatment part of my monthly routine, because it really felt like medicine for my body, mind, and soul. 

With all of that said, it fills me with so much joy to be able to invite those of you here in Palm Beach to experience the deeply healing magic that is a Tammy Fender treatment at our upcoming Radiance Retreat. Tammy and I have collaborated to craft a blissful half-day retreat designed to purify, energize, and restore radiance from the inside out. The afternoon includes a 60 minute Tammy Fender facial treatment, meditation + breathwork session with me, and sound therapy (one of my favorite healing modalities). I'm also preparing an organic + seasonal lunch for the group (chocolate will be included). 

We're limiting the retreat to a cozy eight guests to ensure you're treated to the individualized care needed to experience true mind + body re-balancing, so I suggest reserving your spot while we still have the space.

Booking details located below, or email