Bella Essenza Spa Review

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews, Spa Reviews


We can all definitely appreciate visiting a big brand spa where we expect well trained staff and good quality products. However, there is something very convenient about your local, smaller spa where you get a more personalised experience.


So how about getting the best of both worlds?


Ulandi offers just this in her home based spa in the Northern Suburbs.  Having trained at Isa Carstens Academy, she then gained significant experience at SKIN Wellness as a thereapist and manageress, before opening  The Urban Spa in 2006.  She finally opened her home-based spa called Bella Essenza in Durbanville.

You know you are in good hands.

You know you are in good hands.


Having grown up in Durbanville, many years ago, I was keen to visit my old hood again and see what Ulandi had to offer.


I was treated to the Optiphi Class Full Age Defying Facial – 80 min – R650


I asked Ulandi why she chose Optiphi for her clients:

“It is a True Skin Rejuvenation Line that was born out of research done in Southern Biotech (wound care), a division of the Southern Group of companies. The Optiphi range was created utilizing the multi-disciplinary expertise of the Southern Group of Companies, ranging from Biotechnology to Tissue engineering. It contains safe actives of between 20-30%. It ensures evidence for efficacy. The ingredients all work in synergy to establish optimum skin health. And most importantly maximum concentration of ingredients for best results.”


After cleansing, there are 4 masks applied to the face.


The 4 Masks:

1. Replenishing Vitamin & Mineral Mask – Replenish vitamins & minerals, Boost hydration and restore skin moisture. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and excellent for wound healing. Main ingredients – Sea Multi Extract
2. Thermo Mask – A self heating mask that nourishes and increases blood circulation to the skin to bring nutrients and oxygen for a glowing, healthy complexion. Main ingredient – Volcanic Clay
3. Hyper Cooling Mask – Calming and cooling to improve blood flow and recovers the skin surface temperature. Main Ingredient – Hesperidin – powerful anti-oxidant
4. Anti-Aging Illuminating Mask – A powerful anti-aging mask that increases skin moisturisation and increase elasticity for a firm, plump and radiant skin. Main ingredient – Pharmaceutical grade Honey and Hyaluronic acid, which has the ability to attract 1000x it’s weight in moisture.

The first vitamin & minteral mask was gently massaged into my skin. I was then blissfully distracted from the 2nd thermal mask (you can definitely feel the heat), by a soothing neck and shoulder massage.  The Hyper Cooling maks  was accompanied by a head massage, and finally the Anti-Aging Illuminating Mask ended it all off with a wonderful hand massage.


Warm comfy bed, with duvet and heated booties - can't get more comfy than that.

Warm comfy bed, with duvet and heated booties – can’t get more comfy than that.


So while my skin is being oxygenated, collagen boosted and moisture restored, I was treated to different massages at the same time. 80 min flew by and after sipping on some delicious Chai tea, I had to unfortunately return to reality and the daily school run.

Yummy Chai Tea

Yummy Chai Tea


I can honestly say that this has been one of the best facials I have had in a while. Not only was the treatment relaxing, with all the extra pampering, like warmed booties, heated room, quiet music and a yummy tea, my skin looked and felt  truly amazing afterwards. Three days later and my skin still has a new glow.


Ulandi also gave me some great advise on further treatments I could do to help me with my hyper pigmentation, which is definitely on my ‘to do’ list.


If you live anywhere in the Northern Suburbs then look no further and book your appointment today. She offers just about any treatment from mani’s to eyelash extensions and advanced aesthetics on request.

Bella Essenza

Address: 3 Salieri Way, Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville, 7550


Tel: 082 067 2279


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Ulandi has kindly offered a wonderful give-away for one of you. The winner will receive the Optiphi 2 in 1 Facial and Complexion Control – great for hyperpigmented skin – valued at R725.

Please LIKE the Bella Essenza Facebook page, and then answer this question in the comments below:  “Where did Ulandi open her home based Spa Bella Essenza”


Good Luck – The winner will be announced here and on our Facebook page at the end of August 2015.

About Anouschka

Anouschka is a full time mom and part time Spa addict and pamper fanatic. After taking a 'mommy break' from working in the advertising industry, she started managing facebook fanpages for businesses and fell in love with social media. She divides her time writing for PamperMeNow!, managing the ‘ILoveBeingPampered’ fanpage, and running after her two young boys, with a little bit of Spa action in between.

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