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Moroccan Coffee Blossom Pedicure

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Moroccan Coffee Blossom Pedicure

Rima Suqi


The Treatment:
Moroccan Coffee Blossom Pedicure:
A Deborah Lippmann Miraval Creation

Time & Cost:
80 minutes, $140

After settling into one of the three pedicure chairs, with a cup of Marrakesh Mint Green Tea in hand and gazing out a panoramic window with views of the Catalina mountains, Paula got to work on my feet. I noticed two things right away: one, that the chairs had cup holders and two, that they had massage rollers built into the soaking tubs. Loved both touches. Paula spent a generous amount of time shaping my nails and scrubbing my feet with a Diamancel-like file — something very appreciated by someone who lives in New York City and walks a lot. Afterwards, she scrubbed my legs and feet with a warm mixture of coffee, sea salt, and fruit oils that smelled fantastic. This was followed by the application of a Rhassoul clay mask for my legs and feet. She put a warm towel over the mask while it worked its magic, and placed a warm wrap around my neck, before giving me a heavenly hand and arm massage with Red Flower’s Tangerine Fig butter cream, which also smelled incredible. The mask dries to a chalky white, and is removed with a hot towel before the same areas are given a luxurious hot stone massage with Red Flower’s Cardamom Amber oil, followed by an application of the aforementioned Tangerine Fig butter cream and a few spritzes of Orange Quince Mist. My toes were polished a lovely shade of red, and my pedicure lasted well over a week. Sadly the aromatherapy did not!

Best For:
Everybody, especially those with dry skin, which in Tucson’s high desert environment is very common.

Drawbacks:
Anyone who cannot sit still for 80 minutes. That said, it goes by very quickly, and you do have that Catalina Mountain view and all those amazing smells. It’s incredibly Zen.

Rima Suqi

Rima Suqi

An avid world traveler raised in an international home, Rima has explored and covered emerging destinations in the Middle East and Africa, far-flung luxury resorts in French Polynesia, as well as those closer to home, and the burgeoning arts scene in Marfa, Texas. Rima has traveled to over 30 countries, writing about the trends and tastemakers for leading travel and lifestyle publications, and subjected herself to innumerable spa treatments — sometimes under very odd circumstances — all in the name of journalism. A weekly contributor to The New York Times Home section, Rima held the envious position of Best Bets Editor at New York Magazine for six years, and is regularly published in national magazines including T Magazine/The New York Times, Departures, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and American Way. Her last book American Fashion: Designers at Home (Assouline) in partnership with CFDA, sold out three printings.