Our Brides are a little Traditional and little Modern
Bridal Mehndi with Alchemy
Brides usually find their way to Alchemy with a friend to get their henna: it's beautiful, peaceful and unrushed. Sometimes a bride elects to come on her own for the quiet time, using a ride service to protect her henna.
For brides who want more extensive henna or hennaed feet, we can travel to you:
Here are the FAQ for us to travel out of the studio: time minimums, travel expenses and mileage and other information.
Interested in Packages? or special design requests? We will happily refer you, we want you to find the artist that meets the needs for your special event.
Photos: Molly Gruendwald Photography
Henna: Alchemy Henna
Model: Kali Nandi
It takes a little extra care, but that joyful red color is so satisfying in the grey-brown of winter:
Naturalista Skin Care + Beauty Services at Alchemy
Our facials are intensively hands-on, non-invasive and a restorative experience.
Melt into the table, breathe deep, and let your mind drift away, return to the sound of bells. Our facials are a physically restorative experience and customized at every step for the needs of your skin. Alchemy facials are a full-body, sensory experience which requires no recovery time...
For softening, toning & restoring natural glow --
Your facial begins with a foot bath and relaxing rituals and features:
a thorough cleansing of the face and docolette
refining & nourishing treatments
light exfoliation, pressure point release
hot towels, steam where appropriate
foot & hand massage
Shavasana $110 // 1.5 hours
Nourishing Facial $85 // 1 hour
photo: Molly Gruenwald Photography for THARASACRA
model: Starseed Yogi
Can Children Get Henna?
At Alchemy you can bring Mom, Grandma and the kids... Alchemy might not be the best place for toddlers to explore, but school-aged children are welcome to join in the henna appointment.
Our henna is made fresh: henna powder (from the leaf of the henna plant), water and essential oils - we avoid citrus oils (the most likely culprits for sensitivity) - and we can make the paste with just Lavender (considered safest for young skin).
Doing henna with my own little children (now teens) is actually how I fell in love with the process and beauty of henna. You sit still. You talk quietly. And you create memories together.
CAUTION: Not all henna is made equal and there are products on the market that are labeled henna that may have additives you don't want on YOUR skin - and certainly not on a child. If you put 'black henna' in your favorite search engine, you'll find many examples of chemical burns and scars caused by these products. Your henna artist should know exactly what is in her paste and be open with the ingredients - if the package is pre-labeled or from a shop - it's probably not safe.
(Regarding sensitivities: Alchemy is NOT a nut free space and our henna is prepared in a home which uses tree nuts regularly).
We are so delighted to be sharing our love and learning of natural fragrance construction techniques. Using an intuitive approach and presenting on the art, science and magic of perfume design.
In both upcoming workshops we are sharing basic techniques gleaned from twenty years of working with plant essences and a passion for natural materials.
Register for the workshop at Mimi Larou Designs $50
Please visit the Community House Birmingham to register for the Heart of Fragrance workshop (just in time for Valentine's Day) $50
Something you do for yourself!
Henna can be provocative and personal. Publicly displayed or privately in the home.
It's what you want it to be. And the Alchemy studio is a beautiful respite from the Real World -
Read here for hints on how to prep for your appointment for the most successful, longest lasting stains.
We work with event planners and businesses to create custom natural fragrances
We've been so fortunate to work with local event planners to create scent-based added value for events - a gift for Lululemon's Breathe It All In event, a Nosquito Spray for a dinner in the garden, and a custom fragrance that evoked the spirit of salons of New York - Take Me To Bleeker.
Want something special for your guests?
Please get in touch! We can send you the prospectus and work together to create a botanical fragrance that will enhance the experience of your event.
A fresh new look for Alchemy's best-selling Florida Water
Updated look for the Alchemy Florida Water with design work by Moving Beauty Studio. Reflecting the nostalgic look of the early days of florida waters. Formulated for pharmacies in the 1800s, the waters weren't water at all. In a base of alcohol, the spirits were used as an aftershave, nerve tonic and perfume.
Our Florida Water is formulated with natural essences of fruits and flowers in a tincture of organic lavender. We invite you to create your own rituals with Alchemy’s Florida Water to perfume the body, freshen linens or to conjure up some good juju.
We love working with brides
Brides that find their way to Alchemy tend to have one foot in 'tradition' and one foot in 'modern'.
We will work to be sure you have beautiful henna for the special day - but without some of the fuss. Come to the studio. Bring a friend. Or have me come to you.
Want wrap around? Want 6-8 hours of fiddly design? Not your style? I'm probably the right woman for the job.
Photos by: Molly Gruenwald Photography
Model: Kali Nandi