In between hustling at work, shopping for new threads, and sipping afternoon tea at Landmark, Centralites may have noticed that the entire third floor is currently being converted into a dedicated wellness floor. Among existing stores and new openings, shops of note include airplay Blow Dry Bar, soon-to-open Suavis Lash studio, brow specialists Careyou Beauty, organic cupcake shop The Cakery, and a new two-month pop-up by luxury athleisure retailer Caelum Greene.
If you venture into the thick of it, right in the prime corner space, you’ll find the brand-new No. 8 Organic Spa by BEYORG — the homegrown organic beauty brand’s eighth retail operation (and seventh brick-and-mortar store), which just opened its doors last week.
The new Central store is a modern and comforting space designed for both retail of boutique beauty brands as well as the brand’s fourth spa, offering its signature facial and body treatments.Visiting on the store’s opening day, I was welcomed by the uplifting and inviting scent of essential oils by German brand Primavera.
Mainly championing boutique brands from Europe, BEYORG’s shelves carry a wide selection, from German organic brand Amala to the French label of silver-based skincare brand Argentum (apparently a favourite of Hong Kong pop star legend Faye Wong). There’s also a wide range of products by Susanne Kaufmann, which brings skincare and wellness products from its namesake spa hotel located in Austria’s Bezau forest. Susanne Kaufmann’s haircare and anti-ageing lines are available exclusively at this branch.
It’s not just skincare brands you’ll find on the shelves. Browse the collections of American brands such as Jinsoon, a line of “7-free” non-toxic nail polishes; RMS, a brand of organic colour cosmetics created by Rose-Marie Swift, who has styled the likes of Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen; as well as Axiology, a gorgeous vegan lipstick range that’s stocked exclusively here.
For the first time, BEYORG is also retailing an edible supplement range to round out its beauty offerings. This shop is the only one in Hong Kong to carry Ogaenics, whose products run the gamut of convenient multivitamin complexes to combos that help strengthen immunity or tackle skin-ageing concerns. Best of all, the capsules are all certified 100% vegan and natural.
On opening day, I got to experience the signature organic spa facial by Amala firsthand, a 60-minute firming and rejuvenating treatment (HK$1,600) which utilises a total of 18 products from the brand.
The treatment room at No. 8 Organic Spa takes after a somewhat executive style that the Central crowd might appreciate: elegant, no-nonsense lines, simple furniture and dark linen-panelled walls (all the better for zen-like sound isolation) suggest this is a spa that means business. Once you lay down and close your eyes, professional hands tackle your strongest skincare concerns using products that may be gentle and chemical-free, but are tried and tested to do the job well.
Before the facial, I was prescribed with super-dry patches due to the changing seasons, and was subsequently treated to a gentle cleansing milk and a white-clay-and-volcanic-mud mask to detoxify the skin. During the normally excruciating extraction stage, my blackheads were simply coaxed out with the therapist’s featherlight touch — done so deftly that I actually drifted into light sleep at this stage — but that was only the beginning. Following this step was a thorough face and neck massage using booster serums, which was in turn followed by a thin collagen mask before an algae setting mask — which smelled pleasantly of sweet oatmeal, oddly enough.
While this was left to settle, my décolletage and knotted shoulders were kneaded into submission, helping blood flow and removal of toxins in the body. Once the mask was done, toner, serum, and day cream were layered on my skin as the final finishing touches. The products used were incredibly potent and nourishing, almost to the point of heaviness, but absorbed like a dream in the next two hours, resulting in nicely plumped up skin with a healthy glow that stayed until the next day.
With a slight unwillingness, I managed to snap out of the groggy, blissed-out after-spa effects; after a cup of steaming matcha, I left the third floor of Landmark, sadly returning to the noisy bustle of Central, which quickly felt like too much was going on, too soon. But for those looking for a convenient midday retreat in the heart of town, now you know where to head.
No. 8 Organic Spa by BEYORG, Shop 301A, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2723 3812