15 Beauty and Wellness Musts in the Valley

Aitana Yvette Mallari, Dena Roché, Erika Thomas, Taylor Transtrum and Teresa K. Traverse | April 25, 2019 | Lifestyle

Your go-to guide for Scottsdale pros who will keep you looking and feeling your best


Get mountainside serenity without leaving the state at The Villas, a revamped collection of seven private homes at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Part of the Sanctuary Elevated package, all of these unique villas occupy over an acre of land and have private pools, home theatres, tennis courts and wraparound terraces. Indulge at the spa; take a private guided tour along the trails; or recharge with yoga nidra, a sleep-guided meditation class. From $3403, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, 855.421.3522

A quest for total health was the motivation behind holistic-living advocate Cameo Wilson launching Foxy Fruit Bowls, the organic smoothie bowl company with the irresistible name. Pretty, nutrient-packed and made from locally sourced in-season ingredients—from peaches and acai berry to the housemade dark chocolate vegan drizzle—these crafty concoctions (fan favorites include the Radiant Ruby and Flower Power Pitaya Bowls) are both nourishing and Instagram-worthy. The Churchill, 901 N. First St., Ste. 101, Phoenix, 602.281.6096

Two luxe national fitness brands are headed to the Valley. Life Time is slated to open its first Diamond-level club in Arizona in 2019. Highlights of the 80,000-square-foot athletic resort at Biltmore Fashion Park include a full service salon and spa, a rooftop beach club and a bistro. New York City-headquartered Equinox is planning on opening a luxury club at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The club is slated to feature a community lounge, a full-service spa, cafe and a boutique selling high-end athleisure.

Melissa Pruett of Melt by Melissa

Known a
s the brow whisperer, Melissa Pruett is the go-to makeup artist notables around town turn to for perfectly sculpted selfie-worthy eyebrows. At Melt by Melissa, Pruett transforms brows through microblading. Thick or thin, angled or rounded, Pruett’s art lies in her ability to transform your look simply by finding the right brow for your face. “Nothing melts my heart like seeing my clients look in the mirror afterward, and that moment when their eyes light up and they scream, ‘Ohhhh, my gawd,’” Pruett says. Session with Melissa for $725, session with other technicians for $600, 7107 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale, 480.819.8535

CIVANA, a revamped wellness destination, recently underwent an impressive $50 million renovation and just unveiled an expansive spa—created to take guests back to the true origin of “spa,” which stands for “salus per aquam” in Latin, meaning “health through water.” Centered around hydrotherapy, the facility features 28 treatment areas, world-class service, spacious suites and plenty of other luxe amenities. Tranquility Suite from $600 per night, 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree, 480.653.9000

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Amazing Lash Studio is one of the nation’s fastest growing eyelash-extension beauty brands, with 10 locations (and counting) throughout the Valley. Its newest Lash Lift service lifts natural lashes at the root in an upward position, creating the appearance of longer and thicker lashes sans falsies. From $70, 14692 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Ste. 141, Scottsdale, 480.418.9052

Created to reduce stress and improve sleep, Cereset uses what it calls BrainEcho technology, which empowers the brain to reset itself as it hears and “sees” its own reflection. So how does it work? The all-natural and noninvasive technology uses sensors to detect brain rhythms, which echo as audio tones played back to the client in real-time, resulting in a more relaxed brain. From $49, 6895 E. Camelback Road, Ste.111, Scottsdale, 480.868.5488


Glow yoga classes are popping up all over the Valley, and Walter Yoga is perhaps the most prominent example of this trend. Founded in 2014, this local company utilizes state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment like LEDs, lasers and a lighting rig to create a transcendent environment. Translation? The ultimate yoga party. Although yogis never know exactly what to expect, past participants have enjoyed balloon drops, confetti, bubbles, face painting and performance art.

Madison Murray, a former professional NBA dancer turned personal trainer at BODI—one of the hottest fitness studios in Scottsdale—is a master at blending fitness, health and lifestyle without losing a drop of sanity in the process. When she’s not being featured on fitness podcasts and partnering with athletic apparel lines, she incorporates her experiences and regimens in MadFit, her personal training business. Pricing available upon request

Nationally acclaimed by the Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box, Lylah Ledner’s eponymous skincare line uses organic and wild-harvested flowers and herbs grown right here in Scottsdale. Essential oils are distilled in small batches over long periods of time, ensuring quality serums for glowing, healthy skin. $10-$155

Fed up with regular household and wellness products containing carcinogens and preservatives, Phoenician duo Glen Fernandez and Jayson Crane created products for face, body, health and home that contain no sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances or dyes. Crane and Carbon provides biodegradable and skin-sensitive household cleaners, vegan protein powders, soaps and cleansers, all in completely recyclable packaging. $8-$70


With its dark wood paneling, leather chairs and complimentary beverages, Boardroom Salon feels like stepping into a sophisticated country club straight out of the 1920s. The signature service, The Benchmark ($60), includes a personal consultation, tailored cut and shave, paraffin hand dip, pressure-point facial massage, scalp and hand massage, styling, and a steamed towel. Cuts from $45, 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 105, 602.635.4777

Bungee fitness classes at Tough Lotus in Chandler are the first of their kind in the nation. Workouts are done while harnessed and hanging from the ceiling, and each class provides a high-intensity cardio workout while keeping joint impact low, which means more time for jumping, leaping into the air and everything in between. Classes from $35, 3050 N. Dobson Road, Ste. 2, 480.886.8823

Modern Milk provides expert-led education, breastfeeding support and fitness classes for new moms pre- and postnatal. Classes range from group-led Happy Mom School ($299), with expert speakers like physicians and infant brain researchers, to Will I Ever Sleep Again?, which helps babies sleep through the night. At Namomste fitness classes ($20), yoga is used to relieve pregnancy pain and HIIT training is available for those who want a head start on their post-baby body. Class enrollment from $299, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 162, 480.999.1585

Upgrade your massage with an all-new set of CBD remedies at Agave Spa, one of the first spas in the state to offer this hemp extract addition. The treatments reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and rejuvenates the skin all while giving a soothing, cooling effect. From $19, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, 480.624.1000


Photography by: photo of the villas courtesy of sanctuary camelback mountain resort & spa | photo of boardroom salon courtesy of boardroom salon | photo of melissa pruett by Amaes Photography/courtesy of melissa pruett/small dog pr | photo of walter yoga by chris patrick/courtesy of walter yoga