May brings big news! Estrella is now called Ritual Self Care and is located in a rare and atmospheric carriage house near Loring Park in Minneapolis. It is a cozy, quiet, gem of a space and I look forward to sharing it with you. I feel my new name more clearly communicates the core of…

We talked to Laurel Shaffer, the founder and creative force behind Laurel Whole Plant Organics and got answers to some big slow beauty questions. Read on to find out some of the reasons we love the line so much… Q : What inspired you to create your new professional line Abundant Harvest and how are the…

We had the opportunity to interview Annee, the woman behind de Mamiel. These products are beyond organic, made with ethically sourced and nutritious ingredients and mindfully formulated. They remind us to slow down and enjoy caring for ourselves. Here’s what Annee has to say about beauty from the inside out. Q: De Mamiel is rooted…

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle and rhythmic massage technique that focuses on improving the function of the lymphatic system. It is soothing and calming and can provide pain relief and stress reduction. It can also decrease swelling as it facilitates movement of lymphatic fluid from the body’s tissues into the lymphatic vessels. It…

At Estrella, we value non-toxic options for everyone, and consciously curate our product selection with the health of you and the earth in mind. We also strive to provide the safest possible environment for people living with cancer, and offer massage as a therapeutic intervention that benefits many of the side effects of cancer and…

In celebration of men, we’d like to debunk the common misconception that spa services are solely for women. Introducing ––- the Estrella Gentlemen’s Facial. Men and women have different skin care needs. In this treatment, we address the specific skincare needs of men. Here are some basic differences: Men have thicker skin than women –…

  So what is sugaring? And how is it different from waxing? Sugar is made from sugar, water, and lemon juice. It’s a hair removal paste that is molded into the hair and skin and then flicked off, removing hair in the direction of growth rather than in the opposite direction. At Estrella sugaring is…

We’re so happy about the arrival of spring! Bees are out buzzing around, flowers are blooming and the green grass is back. That’s something to celebrate. At Estrella we found another great way to celebrate the season and honor the earth – with flowers! We recently learned about a local business that we’re really excited…

The world around us has so much to teach us, if we take the time to listen and trust that there is so much to learn! Take the seasons, each with their own important focus. Summer has us shining brightly and being more physically and socially active. Fall reminds us to start slowing down, to…

We had the chance to interview Laurel Shaffer, creator of our favorite skin care line Laurel Whole Plant Organics. She has some real words of wisdom to share! E: Can you tell us a bit about your daily skincare routine? LS: My daily routine is fairly simple! In the morning, I typically don’t cleanse, I…

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