When I heard about this I just had to go and give it a try. Stephanies is a boutique spa chain established by Stephanie Shepherd with the aim to help her patrons find the beauty that rests within so with this in mind the Brisbane spa has at its centrepiece a mini-temple space dedicated to peace and relaxation.  How good does that sound?

So, feeling like I’d hit the jackpot that  this years Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists conference was to be held at the Sofitel – home to THE TEMPLE I got all excited and booked it!

The temple is a beautiful little oasis in the craziness of a big city hotel and lucky for me I had two friends to share it with which took the price down to $119 per person – which given the promise of stress-free luxury  seemed quite reasonable  to me. Anyway, the three of us paid up went in and proceeded to gown up in those hideous throw-away undies covered up under a cozy white robe.  At this point I knew that the ‘hour of complete relaxation’ was going to be more of a girly catch up as we were struggling to draw breath in the high drama and comedy that accompanies our locker-room shenanigans but hay-ho it was still going to be great!

The temple was laid out ready for us with three types of mud (Rasul is an Arabic word for clay) and body brushes. The others were quite taken aback when they found out we had to apply our own mud  and were further disturbed to find that we only had a set time to get the job done before the mystical mist was to appear from the sky, turning […]