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Examples of $25 - $35 henna
Examples of $40 - $60 henna
Examples of pre-natal henna (set fee $65)
Alchemy offers a unique take on traditional bridal henna for non-traditional brides: Bold, Bohemian, Romantic, Eclectic...
Private studio appointments available for special occasion, boudoir, photo shoot, and bride.
Extra care is taken in the studio to prepare the skin and additional time is reserved to dry (and seal) henna for brides.
For brides that want traditional Indian or Pakistani style packages, or wrap around Bridal Design, We happily refer.
Alchemy excels at Modern Fusion, Arabic-style, Gulf, Festival, and Moroccan / North African styles of henna.
Photos for a styled shoot for Detroit Cultivated (@detroitcultivated) Haley Lertola, Founder/Director
Photos: Benjamin David Photography | Model: @tarafromearth | Hair + Makeup: @hannahpricebeauty | Gown: @bisoubridalboutique | Veil: @kathrynannbridal | Accessories: @goldeluxejewelry | On Location: @detroitcitydistillery
Photgraphy: @eeberger | Styling, Accessories, Dress: @tribalfare | Make Up: @ddhairandmakeup | Henna @alchemyhenna | On Location: TechTown, Detroit
At Alchemy, I have the luxury of creating skincare treats & facials services that support the needs of your skin because I am not beholden to a particular product line.
A lot of places you go have to fit your skin into a pre-determined set of product lines. And some of those places literally slap on products and walk away - even charging extra for treating the décolleté (That’s like only nourishing the flower and not the stem)...
Maintaining the delicate balance of the skins acid mantle is our first priority. Next, to treat related concerns like signs of aging, pigmentation, blemishes and dryness... much of this is done with massage. Integrating massage into the facial experience is not just relaxing: it encourages the integumentary system (skin, liver, endocrine systems) to work in complement for a healthier glow.
It’s true, I do make and sell products. They are designed to become part of the system of home care rituals you have already established. To support your home care programs - - Alchemy products are elegant in their simplicity, with the fewest possible ingredients and no synthetics. All of my products are customizable.
Read more below about the Acid Mantle & about the GLOW Cambrian Blue Clay mask... reserve your appointment for a Nourishning or Shavasana Facial here.
THE ACID MANTLE
The acid mantle is a thin barrier layer, the interface between you and the outside world. A very thin, slightly acidic film that protects you from bacteria, viruses and other contaminants.
It might not sound pretty, but a healthy acid mantle is your body's first-line of defense. Breakdowns in the acid mantle cause dry, sensitive, irritated, cracked skin which is susceptible to infections.The layer is made up of "friendly secretions" sebum, perspiration and lactic acid.
The pH of healthy skin is between 4.5 and 5.5, which is slightly acidic: water is 7.0, or neutral, and lemon juice 2.0 which is pretty darned acidic.
In healthy, balanced skin, there is also a chemical that helps dead skin cells to slough. Imbalances are caused by diet and environment, conditions like eczema, and well-meaning (but off kilter) skin care.
It turns out, all skin is sensitive skin; imbalances cause reactivity which results in overly dry, or overly oily skin. Returning to balanced skin requires a nuanced touch, and time - - facials, massage, yoga, and gentle care.
It may be helpful to think of the skin, not as a type (oily, dry, combination), but as a state. The state the skin is at this time, and treat accordingly - being gentle to avoid breakdowns in the acid mantle.
CAMBRIAN BLUE CLAY
A gentle deep cleansing and nourishing mask pack.
The GLOW Cambrian Blue Clay Mask is fortified with the coveted blue clay from the earth's Cambrian age.
A lot of the gunk that sticks to our skin is fat soluble, so whipped shea & cacao butter dissolve debris AND nourish and soften the skin. The raw Organic Honey is super anti-bacterial and provides a little bit of 'barrier function -against moisture loss.
And the Blue Clay which proponents agree is super mineralizing, gentle enough for a damaged acid mantle, boots metabolism and reduces signs of aging. with trace levels of silver (which starves viruses/bacterium of oxygen).
(essential oils of rosemary, bergamot, clary sage, frankincense and marjoram)
*contains sweet almond oil
Mixed-media with Palo Santo. Palo Santo incense and botanical perfumes for purifying your space and higher vibrations wherever you are. Sage smudge is a familiar option on the landscape these days for purifying the air. I prefer the aroma of burning wood to the smell of burnt herb.
And at Alchemy we LOVE the combination of sacred breu resin from Brasil with flakes of Palo Santo. Sustainably harvested from fallen wood, and imported by INCAUSA (a social enterprise company).
Dagger Moon by LVNEA is a perfect solution when you want to take Palo Santo with you into your day (or night). A botanical fragrance created by April at LVNEA using traditional French parfumerie techniques with a modern twist. Synthetic-free, made with only plant essences, tinctures and resins. Dagger Moon features Palo Santo.
It is paramount to us that everything we offer is made by humans with REAL ingredients; plant-based and earthy. It's all plants in here.
Anyone who has been following along, or has participated in experiences at Alchemy will know this to be true: I LOVE creating meaningful interactions with scent. Botanical Perfumes, anointing oils, and now wonderfully charming etched sandalwood Incense.
You will also know that one of my favorite aspects of my work is working with others. For example, the wonderful Ritual Guide cards made by designer Angela at Moving Beauty Studio; and the charming pinch pot loosies by ceramicist Katie of Make.Do.Studio - - and even the way Nicole (who is an artist and the operator at the laser company) etched the henna-inspired designs into the sandalwood.
This collaborative spirit is integral to the energetic power of these tools for rituals at home.
The Ignite Guide Cards pair with the incense ritual, and the Anoint Guide Cards with precious oils like Henna Attar and Santal / Chamomile.
Alchemy Slow Living Studios is Michigans ONLY full time henna studio for private appointments and small parties all year long.
Slightly hidden away on the third floor of the Ferndale Center Building, our most reserved appointment is Henna for 2. Over a cup of tea (or glass of wine), friends and family come to relax and share an experience.
Reservations can be made directly at our website.
There are many choices for henna, from single appointments to LOTS of Henna for 1, so it can be confusing:
For larger parties, like 3-5 people, I figure in the normal hourly rate for henna ($70 in the studio) and divide the cost appropriately among the guests.
I’m really happy to help you reserve the proper appointment so you’re happy with your experience! Please call 248-797-0416 and I’ll help.
A couple of other notes: unless we reserve extra time for drying, your henna will be wet when you leave the studio, and you may want to consider having a driver if you’re getting a lot of henna. You want to protect your investment!
Here’s some After Care help for planning ahead.
That’s a little bit of my heart on the tray. Left hand side; a bottle of MADELINE Botanical Perfume.
Thank you Lyndsay Green of HOUR Detroit Magazine for selecting new freshest release by Alchemy for the Little Luxuries feature in the January edition.
I’m super intrigued to try the room mist with the fancy bulb sprayer and the fragrance housed in the ceramic vessel with 24kt gold dipping wand...
Photo credit: Emily Berger for HOUR Detroit Magazine
Detroit’s oldest bathhouse is being lovingly renovated. And Ladies hours are Tuesday evening and Sunday 12-4. You should totally, absolutely GO! Since I’ve been following along on social media, I knew a little bit of what to expect. But then NOT at all. The architecture, the details, the nostalgia, and the real benefits all made for lovely experience. I’m already looking forward to my next visit. (more)
The building is very unassuming from the outside. When you pull up, you might not realize you’re in the right spot. Go ahead and ring the bell. You’ll be glad you did. Each visit is $30.
Here are a few more details to make your first visit as smooth as possible:
The Schvitz also offers traditional “platza” which you have to register for in advance (additional charge). The Platza does happen pretty publically right there in the steam room... I’ll try that next time.
“Selfcare isn’t always bath bombs and $20 face masks. Sometimes it’s going to bed at 8:00 or letting go of a bad friend. It’s forgiving yourself for not meeting your own impossible standards & understanding you are worth it. Selfcare isn’t always luxury, but a means for survival” -words by @weareonlypieces
. The point isn’t to sell you stuff. The point is to sell you on YOU. To remind you that TIME spent on you is OK. Good. Deserved.
So take that walk in the woods and appreciate the sun. Value yourself enough to prioritize that workout-meditation-cooking class- coffee with a friend (and yes, that massage) -and a nice long bath would be good with a fancy bath bomb. The point isn’t that fancy thing, though. It’s that investment in time. In YOU.
Image by @viewsfromthetrail on IG | Sandy owns Dreaming in Henna and practices Selfcare with a daily walk in the woods.
give your skin a boost
By now most of us are more conscious of what we put on our skin. We know that skin is an organ which means it takes in nutrients and expires toxins. What you may not know is that the skin works in tandem with several other systems of the body.
Seasonal Cleaning is a thing...Historically in regions where we are pretty inactive during the winter due to harsh weather conditions, we help boost the metabolism with bitter spring greens and early cold-crop veggies, and this gins up the liver to help cleanse the stored toxins from the winter.
We can also help the body along by adding bright herbs and citrus to activate the liver all year long. There is a rhythm to the year that is a bit like the rhythm of the day. When you have a healthy sleep-cycle, your liver sort of turns on around two in the morning; so by the time you get up your skin is ready for a surface cleanse of the gunk the liver and other organs processed in the night.
Likewise, spring is a time time of year when we are coming out of a bit of a sleep cycle... the skin is ready for a good surface cleanse - and in the winter as the season settles so does the body.
I created the Boost mix to work with your daily cleanser, in tandem with your toner, weekly mask or steam... with essential oils of rosemary, lime, grapefruit and lemon the skin absorbs the constituents and the liver uses them to clean up after inactivity.
Personally, I like to pair the Boost with the Komenuka cleansing grains which use rice bran to gently stimulate the skin and exfoliate. And also because the ginger, petitigrain and rosewood essential oils prime the body for detox.
If you like your raw juices and like to use food as medicine, try adding rosemary, ginger, lime and grapefruit to the diet for a couple weeks.