[Review] You Bar

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Reviews, Spa Reviews

Unless you’ve been hiding under a big rock, then you will know that the latest buzzword in beauty treatments is “natural”. This means using products with the least amount of chemicals that are as close to nature and as organic as possible.




So, this is where YouBar really has set the bar very high (sorry, I could not help myself) as they pride themselves on using all-natural ingredients that are bio-identical, which means avoiding synthetics. Africology products, YouBar’s products of choice, are locally made, and have built up a cult following. It’s no wonder! Not only are they amazingly good for you in every way, but one sniff of their delicious aromatic aroma and you will be hooked forevermore— this I promise you!




I was lucky enough to experience one of the most  divine manicures ever— the Africology Signature Manicure. As a beauty reviewer, I have had many, many manicures but only a few really stand out— and this is one of them. Not only was my therapist extremely professional (I have a radar for this), but the atmosphere was relaxing and lovely.




This manicure sets itself apart in that the products used are truly amazing which does make a big difference to the treatment, lifting it from ordinary to out of this world. My nails were also expertly shaped and my skin richly hydrated with the all-natural products which have been designed to undo environmental damage to your skin. Plus, it includes a shoulder massage— big bonus! I chose a dark blue navy colour (navy is my favourite colour) with a slight sheen to it which looked beautiful and lasted at least two weeks.


nails blue


Afterwards, I was offered a tea menu with an array of amazing teas in flavours you have never imagined, each one for something specific. I chose peppermint for digestion. You’re even given a sand timer to make sure that the tea draws for long enough.


tea timer


Chic, intimate and luxurious,  being here will simply melt your stress away and I stepped out of this spa feeling vibrant and rejuvenated. It’s really worth getting your loyalty card too because I guarantee that you’ll be back again and again…





Africology manicure  R400

Please check the website for a full list of prices


Favourite Part

Definitely the shoulder massage, hand massage and of course, the final result


Least Favourite Part




If the manis are this good,  then everything else must be experienced too…



1 Corlett Drive, Illovo, Johannesburg

Cnr Corlett + Oxford Road

Illovo Junction


Tel: 011 880 3056

Web: www.youbar.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youbarnailandskin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/youbarillovo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youbar.allaboutyou/



Win a signature Africology manicure worth R400 by simply telling us your favourite nail colour below.  

We will pick a winner on 18 July 2016.


About Nikki Temkin

I am a freelance writer, mom of two, author of The Chic Jozi books and co-host of the Chic Jozi show on Radio Today, Fridays 9am. I'm a fashion lover, food fundi, book fiend and of course, spa and salon afficionado. Follow me on twitter @NikkiTemkin & @ChicJozi

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