New York Magazine Debuts Our new bird-poop “Geisha Facial Treatment”
Japanese Spa Treatment Comes to NYC – It’s full of crap.
ShizukaNY Day Spa Debuts a New Geisha Facial Treatment to New York City
The lengths New Yorkers will go to for beauty. Shizuka Day Spa in New York City, a high-end Japanese day spa in midtown Manhattan, has just introduced a new “Geisha Facial®,” which promises to cleanse, brighten, and exfoliate a patron’s face – thanks to a secret ingredient: bird poop. For centuries in Japan, both Kabuki actors and geishas used uguisu no fun, or nightingale droppings, to clean off their thick white makeup and soothe their faces; apparently, guanine, found in the droppings, helped their complexions. Shizuka’s poop has been sanitized through exposure to ultraviolet light, then finely milled and mixed with rice bran. This Geisha facial treatment is applied as a mask and costs $180 for a 50-minute treatment. “The smell is neutralized,” maintains a spokesperson for the spa. – B.L.
New York Magazine – The Intelligencer
April 7, 2008
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