Borgo Santo Pietro Seed to Skin Skincare Range
The healing theme continues at Borgo with the estate’s own regenerative organic skincare range – Seed to Skin – available to buy online at (www.seedtoskin.com) and at www.net-a-porter.com. I visit the laboratory in the adjacent hamlet of Palazzetto. Here the team handmake the organic products, which are also available in Borgo’s rooms and suites. None of the processes is outsourced. The products are also used in the heavenly massage and facial I experience later that day.
Jeanette trained in natural remedies at Neal’s Yard in London and is a passionate advocate of the healing power of plants and minerals: “We’ve created a natural molecular system with Seed to Skin,” she tells me. “A powerful combination of science and nature.”
Borgo’s Seed to Skin three-legged logo represents the past, present and future, with a nod to the herbs in the Borgo gardens: Rosemary for remembrance, Basil for joy and the present and Marjoram for the future. The date 1129 is significant as the local village has hosted pilgrims since the 12th century.
Dr Anna Buonocore, who has a PhD in Pharmacy and Cosmetic Scient and Technology, works alongside Jeanette and laboratory manager, Cristina Guidarelli, in developing the Seed to Skin skincare range. “Seldom in my career as a scientist have I had the benefit of creating products made with such quality active ingredients,” she tells me.
“We mix the plants we grow at Borgo with other active and wild ingredients from the sea and small growers, which are wild forested from across the world,” adds Jeanette.
“Each Seed to Skin product is the result of passionate scientific pursuit alongside proven clinical studies.”
Borgo Santo Pietro Spa
The unique Borgo spa is located among the gardens, a short walk from my Unicorn Garden Suite, and has two al fresco treatment areas among the jasmine, honeysuckle and roses; and two indoor therapy rooms. The ever-present birdsong and fountains are calming, while the interiors here echo the grandeur and refinement of the main house: Stone walls, open fireplace, natural oak tables, antique stone floors, exposed beams, grand chandeliers and giant candelabra.
An exquisite flower display adorns the centre table and I’m offered a refreshing tea on arrival before being led to my treatment room. The energy feels tranquil, refined and grounding. A range of therapies are available, from the Ayurvedic Shirodhara to mani-pedis. All the products used are from Borgo’s Seed to Skin skincare range.
My therapist Laura is outstanding. We begin with a salt foot bath with roses for a mild detox, followed by the Seed to Skin Candle massage. This exquisite experience involves a candle infused with avocado oils, shea butter and coconut extract being melted and poured over my skin then massaged with very flowing connected movements. Spa brochures are apt to suggest you’ll feel a ‘profound sense of wellbeing’ but in Borgo Spa’s case this is true. The room temperature is perfect and I feel warm and comfortable throughout – even falling asleep.
This divine experience is followed by an extraordinary Ritual by Seed to Skin Facial. Using firm massage techniques my skin is soothed, rehydrated and calmed, thanks to Lauren’s skill and natural plant-based formulas sourced from flowers and herbs in Borgo’s gardens. The very best massage and facial I have ever experienced. Book her!