Spa in a Jar

Spa in a Jar

The beauty industry sells hope in a jar, Revlon founder Charles Revson once famously said. The folks at Elizabeth Arden—for years, Revlon’s great rival—have gone him one better. They’re selling a spa in a bottle. Their new skincare line, Red Door Spa Professional, duplicates (or at imitates) the various treatments offered by Arden's famed Red Door Spas. It made its debut at a recent gathering at The Chatwal, a Theater District hotel that's home to one of NYC's Red Doors (there's another on Fifth Avenue). There, amid the neo Art Deco surrounds, stood the 38 cleansers, toners and masks—all the better to customize your care, my dear—cloaked in snazzy, metallic red or red-gold packages. The body renewal line products are the exact preparations used in the spa’s massages, wraps and scrubs. The two facial lines are adapted for individual use, and with names (and ingredients) like Lemon Burst Polishing Scrub and Pumpkin Enzyme Exfoliator, some of them sound good enough to eat. They're all being sold at the spas. It’s not every new line that has a  century-old name behind it (Arden founded the original day spa in New York in 1910). Definitely, try this at home.

» Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, 663 Fifth Avenue, 212.546.0200 or  The Chatwal New York, 130 W. 44th St., 212.764.5900