New York Post

New York Post Features Geisha Facial®


Fecal facial is latest wacky skin treatment

By Raakhee Mirchandani

April 29, 2008 — HOLY crap!

Enough with “normal” beauty routines such as placenta and kitty litter – New Yorkers can now add nightingale No. 2 to their beauty regimens.

For just $216, Shizuka Bernstein will slather your face in feces for a full 50 minutes – what she calls the “Geisha Facial®” – at her Midtown spa, Shizuka New York.

The ancient Japanese cleanser – geishas and kabuki dancers have been using the bird poop to wash off their heavy white makeup since the 18th century – contains guanine, which supposedly removes pollutants and blackheads, and helps even out skin tone.

“My English is not perfect, it’s my second language. And they [her customers] know I could be making mistake with what I was saying. And they would ask me if I was sure, if I was really talking about bird poop,” says the Japanese native, describing what her customers thought when she first introduced the fecal facial.

The exotic excrement comes in a powder form, directly from Japan, and is sterilized with UV light to kill bacteria. And while there is an odor – Bernstein says it smells like “hay” or “like outside” – it’s not the kind you would expect.

“The Japanese women are obsessed to have white skin. Always. Porcelain-white skin,” she says.

“All Japanese mothers tell their daughters to become white. I would have vitamin C tablet every day, and she told me not to go out in the sun. She told me about nightingale droppings too, but I didn’t use it. Then, many, many years later, I thought about what my mom said.”

As always, mom’s right. While the treatment is technically full of crap, customers swear the claims are not.

“I figure if poop was good for the soil, it’s good for your face,” says Marilyn Phillips, a 58-year old Upper West Sider who had a Geisha Facial® late last week. “And it doesn’t smell at all. I’d say hair coloring smells way worse.”

Like Phillips, 32-year-old massage therapist Andrea Nieto went in for the facial last week.

“You wouldn’t even know it was nightingale droppings. And after, my skin was softer than it had been in a really long time. And it looked clearer to me, too,” she says, admitting her friends did laugh at her when she announced what she was paying to have smeared on her face.

But you gotta wonder how they figured to use these things. Who put 2 and 2 together like that?”


Other Shizuka New York Day Spa 2008 Press Releases
Geisha Goes to the Primetime Emmy’s – The Geisha Facial® will be featured as an eco-friendly “green” beauty treatment during the E! Channel’s Red Carpet special “Countdown to the Emmy’s” on Sunday, September 21st, 2008.
Shizuka is a Finalist in FGI’s Rising Star Awards – Shizuka Bernstein of the Shizuka New York Day Spa in NYC was honored for the second time as the creator of the Shizuka New York Skincare System in the sold-out ceremony
First Look New York (WNBC/LXTV) – Cecille Raubenheimer goes to the experts, including Shizuka Bernstein of Shizuka NY Day Spa in Manhattan to indulge her beauty needs in “Spoil Me Beautiful.”
Anne About Town on FOX WNYW – Anne is about town this morning. She’s at the SHIZUKA new york Day Spa in Midtown and she’s about to get…well…I’m not going to say it, but there’s an unspeakable substance involved.
The Geisha Facial® on Fox News – The Geisha Facial® given at Shizuka New York, a day spa in midtown Manhattan, doesnât contain just any run of the mill pigeon poo. Itâs made from dried nightingale droppings imported from Japan and mixed with rice bran.
The Excrement Testament from one of New York’s Finest Spas – Shizuka was featured in the September 2008 issues of and
New York Post – Enough with “normal” beauty routines such as placenta and kitty litter – New Yorkers can now add nightingale No. 2 to their beauty regimens.
Good Day Sacramento – Shizuka’s colleague and friend Stacy Cox, a television personality and beauty expert, presented the Geisha “Bird Poop” Facial on the Sacramento CW11’s Good Day Sacramento on Monday, November 17, 2008.
All Shizuka NY 2008 Press Releases