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The Best of Orange County's Health And Wellness Scene

Allison Mitchell | May 14, 2019 | Lifestyle

Self-care goes beyond wine nights and bubble baths—it’s time to bring in the pros, Orange County.


A clay mask treatment at Sycamore Spa by Hudson

Jacqueline Berry, Miraval Life in Balance Spa
When it comes to selecting the right combination of facials, massages, and fitness and meditation classes, Jacqueline Berry knows best. As the newly minted general manager of Monarch Beach Resort’s renowned Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Berry is overseeing the wellness haven’s 70-plus spa and fitness offerings, backed by more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. Spa services $50-$575, Dana Point, 800.722.1543,

Sycamore Spa by Hudson
Two minds are better than one, and that’s certainly the case at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. The beloved resort’s Sycamore Spa has teamed up with Hudson Salon & Spa to create Sycamore Spa by Hudson, where guests can enjoy a range of new amenities including an infrared sauna, innovative skincare treatments like the Gemstone Facial ($160 to $225), plus organic spray tans, salt scrubs and hot-oil body brushing. Reserve a monthly membership for complimentary access to the resort, a 60-minute spa treatment, a Spa-Tini Champagne cocktail and more. $99-$150 monthly membership, services $150-$265, Laguna Beach, 949.715.1393, spabyhudson.‌com


Louis Vuitton’s Les Colognes collection.

Les Colognes Louis Vuitton
From the sun-kissed shores of Orange County to the cacti-adorned desert beds of Palm Springs, California’s beloved weather and terrain take center stage as the inspiration for Louis Vuitton’s latest fragrance collection, Les Colognes. And with Costa Mesa playing home to one of the brand’s largest stores (with the only on-site atelier in the U.S.), it’s fitting that the three fragrances—aptly titled Sun Song, Cactus Garden and Afternoon Swim—rise to the top of your summer wish list. Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel dressed up each vibrant bottle’s packaging with coordinating seasonal images, and notes of orange blossom, smoky maté, bergamot and mandarin emerge with each spritz. 6.8 fl. oz. for $360 each, South Coast Plaza, louisvuitton.‌com

ROOTS the Beauty Underground
Clean up your beauty routine with help from owner and founder Laura Linsenmayer and her team of experts at this nontoxic cosmetic emporium. In addition to teaching you how to swap your current products for clean options, this darling Laguna Beach boutique is brimming with popular brands like Tata Harper, ILIA, RMS Beauty and One Love Organics. There’s also an organic in-house salon for makeup application, color, cuts and styling sans harsh chemicals. Laguna Beach, 949.424.4266,


The exquisite Mikol Lee Studios

Mikol Lee Studios
After serving as the primary licensed medical esthetician to one of O.C.’s top plastic surgeons, Mikol Lee, a graduate of the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics, decided it was time to go solo. A self-proclaimed beauty junkie, Lee opened her eponymous by-appointment-only studio in February and is wowing clients with customized facials that incorporate Vedas, her own CBD-infused luxury skincare line. Indulge in the Sunset Diamond Package ($495), which includes an oral dose of 100 percent pure CBD nonpsychoactive tincture and a CBD-infused gold facial—all as the sun sets, of course. Services $20-$475, Irvine, 385.414.9870,

The Spa at Pelican Hill
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Spa at Pelican Hill has revamped its menu with fresh offerings, elevating Newport Beach’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa to haute new heights. Highlights include the one-of-a-kind Awaken + Glow Facial featuring ayurvedic ingredients and Marma point therapy, and the Zen Awakening Experience, the spa’s most indulgent body therapy treatment, which soothes with a custom aromatherapy journey in addition to a full-body sea salt and shea butter scrub, ultrahydrating quench body wrap, hot-oil scalp ritual and full-body massage. Services $175-$435, Newport Coast, 888.507.6427,


Grab the gals and book a spa day at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Sunset Crystal Yoga
Namaste to the sound of rolling waves on the shore of Laguna Beach’s beloved Surf & Sand Resort. Available for guests only, Sunset Crystal Yoga allows fitness enthusiasts to downward dog while charging healing energy crystals in the sun. Following the class, attendees can take the crystals home as a keepsake to keep the good vibes rolling. Laguna Beach, 877.741.5908, surfandsandresort.‌com

Spa Montage Laguna Beach
Spa Montage continues to remain at the forefront of premier skincare brands, and joining its Jacqueline Piotaz treatments are new services utilizing Swiss skincare line Valmont and clean beauty favorite Tata Harper. Renew tired derm with the exclusive Valmont Masterpiece Facial, a deluxe combination of six masks plus Vortex suction, and salicylic and glycolic acid peels to turn back the hands of time ($650 to $1,100). Services $50-$1,100, Laguna Beach, 949.715.6000, montagehotels.‌com


Surf & Sand Resort’s Sunset Crystal Yoga series is suitable for all fitness levels

Dr. Sonny Rubin, Newport Regenerative Medicine
For those who want to skip going under the knife to solve chronic pain ranging from spine to joint issues, enter Newport Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Sonny Rubin utilizes the latest in stem cell therapy, PRP therapy and prolotherapy to use the body’s own natural tissue to restore and heal. Systemic illnesses—heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, infertility and autism among them—are also aided through Rubin’s holistic approach. Newport Beach, 949.416.8339,

Magnolia Wellness
Consider it a one-stop wellness shop for all things acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Owner Angela Sinnett, who holds a master’s in Oriental medicine, is using her innovative approach to acupuncture, cupping, nutrition and more to rejuvenate customers inside and out. An exhilarating calendar of events—think meditations, crystal and astrology classes, moon ceremonies and fertility circles—will have both your mind and body relaxing in no time. Costa Mesa, 949.612.7247, magnoliawellnessoc.‌com


Photography by: Dan Sammons; Sycamore Spa by Hudson photo courtesy of The Ranch at Laguna Beach; Les Colognes photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton; Sunset Crystal Yoga photo courtesy of Surf & Sand Resort; The Spa at Pelican Hill photo courtesy of The Resort at Pelican Hill