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A sense of serenity

Sarah Hodgkinson discovers the la Sultane de Saba Skin Softening Signature Treatment at Cedars Health & Beauty...

During January, I found myself on some beautiful beaches in Kenya and decided most unwisely that I needed to ‘get on a spit’ and roast myself in the sun.

Subsequently I have been left looking like one of the snakes we were warned could be hiding in the bushes near the hotel. My skin has become dry, flaky and basically looking aged. This combined with lots of stress and tiredness has really taken its toll.

I know about Cedars Health & Beauty through their super charity, the Cedars Amethyst Trust, which raises money to provide free beauty and relaxation treatments, to men and women suffering from cancer throughout the county. On arriving at the salon, I felt an immediate sense of serenity around me and now know why this is a special place for people who are trying to cope with their illness. (

My therapist Jade led me into a room for my La Sultane de Saba Skin Softening Signature Treatment which is an exotic ritual with recipes that date back to the time of the Queen of Sheba. Only natural ingredients are used to create magnificent fragrances and decadent textures. I was trying the new Vanilla fragrance.

First my body and face was deeply cleansed using black soap and eucalyptus oil, which was then gently buffed before the warm signature blend of vanilla oils were drizzled over my body for a full deep-relaxing massage.

Every knot was tended too and I felt myself sinking deeper into a different world. This was then followed by a renewing face, neck and scalp massage which feels out of this world and leaves your skin baby-soft.

The La Sultane de Saba rituals also offer a Moroccan Melt Massage, a Detoxing Green Tea Tingler and a Renewing Rose Ritual, amongst other treatments.

Cedars Health & Beauty is offering The Cheltonian readers a Sultane de Saba Skin Softening Signature Treatment for the special price of £90 for 2 people (normal price £138).

Cedars Health & Beauty, Gloucester Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT. Tel: 01452 307767; Email: