Spring Break Prep

    She may have many imitators, but there is only one Tracy Anderson, who has revolutionized modern fitness with her years of research and ingenuity. Today my gorgeous (inside and out) business partner breaks down a new dance cardio routine from her upcoming DVD Unleash Your Inner Pop Star to try to get us beach ready for spring break/summer, the right way. And, if you have to do it faster than that (plug your ears, Tracy) we have tested every possible cleanse we could get our hands on to reset and detoxify our systems after the long winter (and shed a few pounds). See Tracy's in-depth interview and our even more in-depth detox guide below. And why stop there? We've rounded up all the best hair removal intel we could gather. Get those legs out.


    This week's goop collaboration

    Tracy Anderson's 5-Minute Dance Cardio Workout

    In a few short weeks, Tracy Anderson is launching a long-awaited Dance Cardio DVD, Unleash Your Inner Pop Star—and we, for one, couldn't be more excited. Besides full sequences, she's breaking all the dances down step-by-step (if you've tried her dance cardio before, you'll appreciate the schooling). Here, an exclusive sneak peek at what's to come.

    Tracy Anderson Fields Our Questions

    Q. Why is your dance cardio different than other cardio programs? Why are you so opposed to swapping in long runs or spin class instead?

    A. We are all unique, and we are all born with a variety of weaknesses, including physical imbalances and challenges. These tendencies to move and build muscle in a certain way are made more pronounced throughout our lives: We are how we eat, we are how we move, and we will continue to be challenged by what we neglect.

    If something is out-of-balance with my health or in my body, I don't believe in embracing it—I believe in fixing it. This is a tough conversation for all of us to have with ourselves, and a hard middle ground to find: It's easy to alternate between wanting to accept ourselves as we are, full stop, and then becoming obsessive, or seeing this as an exercise in vanity.

    It's really neither: It's about making our bodies strong, balanced, and cohesive. It's paramount for our long-term health.

    During my early years of research on the body I had many subjects who ran or cycled: The imbalances this created were noticeable in many bodies (not all). When you are trying to achieve balance, yet push the body to call upon the same muscles to fire in the same ways, again and again, it's only natural that your body would respond by building those muscles up in an unbalanced way. Those physical achievements eventually wear.

    The body responds incredibly well to consistency with strategy: Start your child at golf at three, and there's a good chance he'll become an incredible golfer if he follows the rules. The same holds true for our fitness. Trend-hopping with workouts leaves little room for design or achievement. It's not negative, and it's a wonderful thing to move with passion, but it's definitely a free bird approach. If you backpack your way through life, you'll have many great experiences; if you go to medical school you will become a doctor. It's obviously a question of values, but I believe the dedication and consistency involved with the latter is probably a better life-long strategy.

    I wanted to create a cardio component that involved calorie burn, mental connection, focus, and coordination. My specific dance aerobics program is incredibly challenging on all levels, without stop and go—it allows you to penetrate enough to fight real problem areas and control weight. And perhaps most importantly, it doesn't interfere with the design of the body because you're not firing the same major muscles, again and again. It's very difficult for people to learn to move their bodies well, as most of us disconnect in college and find it hard to get it back again. My dance aerobics takes time to learn as the brain must participate, but it really does forge an incredible mind/body connection.

    Q. What's the ideal amount of exercise someone should aim to get every week? And assuming that time is limited, what's the first thing to prioritize?

    A. Are you sure you want me to answer this?!? Nobody ever wants the truth when it comes to putting in the time. With my method, I really like people to execute four to seven days a week; I feel like six is the magic number.

    It takes time to build cardio endurance, but that's no excuse for not starting: I like to get people to a high-performance, low-intensity steady state of regular cardio where the brain is actively participating. This cardio formula protects healthy muscle mass and burns body fat stores instead. In time, the cardio can become more and more vigorous, with even better results.

    Getting the right balance of cardio is sometimes tricky, as too much, or the wrong flow can increase cortisol levels, which burns muscle tissue. I'm always thrilled when I get a client to accomplish a good cardio routine, since the body reacts really well to it. When performed consistently, it becomes a wonderful compliment to all of my muscular design work instead of a confusing variable. In an ideal world, I like 30 minutes of cardio with 30 minutes of muscular structure work; if you don't have a full hour, choose 30 focused minutes of one or the other.

    Q. Why do women generally keep weight on post-pregnancy? Are there any tricks for easing the transition from maternity jeans to normal jeans?

    A. I find that there is very little support for women—and what happens to our bodies—during pregnancy. Every pregnancy is really unique and unpredictable, and while doctors and experts know a lot, trusting your own gut really begins when you find out you are pregnant. I believe that the best support for pregnant, and post-pregnant women is to support them, rather than steer them, with a very gentle and non-judgmental hand. New mothers need to feel confident and empowered—after all, it's a beautiful process. There is no room for vanity in pregnancy.

    Thinking about getting into your skinny jeans should not be an early thought or pressure after giving birth. Human babies are completely reliant on their mothers: A newborn baby would have to stay in the womb for 21 months to emerge at a developmental stage comparable to a chimpanzee. So, to put it all in perspective, those early months post-pregnancy are not a time when you can easily think of yourself first—your baby needs you desperately. And you need the support of your family, partner, friends, and experts.

    When it's time, the good news is that I have developed tools to get women's bodies back to a better-than-pre-pregnancy-place—with ease. It's like a brand-new cooperative blank canvas, all thanks to the protein hormone relaxin, which is released in the body during pregnancy to increase the size and elasticity of the muscles so the body can deliver the baby. It sticks around for about six months postpartum: While relaxin can make you prone to sprains (be careful), it also creates more pliability.

    But before we get to that, there are a few more things happening in your body. If you are breastfeeding, your body releases oxytocin, which signals the uterus to contract while you are nursing. Oxytocin actually helps regulate food intake and has anti-metabolic syndrome effects. The first few weeks are very encouraging, because you lose so much fluid, and the uterus starts to retract—but then most women begin to plateau, as nature stops helping out. Women have been taught to “blame” pregnancy for the condition of their bodies after, but the truth is, nature is very well thought out: We are designed to have more than one baby, so why should our bodies come all the way back in, only to expand again.

    Bringing your hips back in—and if desired, to a smaller point than they were before—requires smart and strategic exercise. This is actually my favorite time to work with women, because you can really take advantage of what's possible. I designed very specific postpartum workouts to give women their dream mid-sections, because the design of the butt and thighs stems right from that. While it's the perfect opportunity to actually get what you want, it's still a challenging time, as you will feel awkward and disconnected, and likely very tired. This is all while trying to balance being a new mom, navigating hormone shifts, and finding time for yourself. These can all be obstacles for finding the focused time to exercise: It becomes very easy to push your health to the side. But it's essential that you ask for the support, understanding, and tools you need so that you get the chance to put the DVD in, or make it into the studio. You can't make the changes in your body and get your skin tone back without proper focus.

    Getting yourself back on a real program will allow you to connect with your brain, and your new body in important ways: If you focus on your accomplishments, and position the program in a place of loving competition, you can actually increase those oxytocin levels in your body. Exercise will also decrease your levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone—so long as you don't make exercise too stressful, mentally and physically! When you train like an endurance athlete, or fling testosterone around like a man, you can actually suffer from over-trained high cortisol levels commensurate with someone who lives a very stressful life. Healthy exercise increases endorphins, and releases adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine. It becomes a happiness cocktail, and even more of a reason for a new, multitasking mom to get her exercise in.

    Q. What's the path to defined abs? And defined arms would be nice, too.

    A. I don't recommend compartmentalizing the body in any way. Workouts should always be complete, both in thought and execution. Think of how valuable your body is, and how valuable your time is: You need to set yourself up for now, and for the future. To do that, creating balance and consistency is essential. The reason I've developed such a vast and comprehensive Method is so you can stick to a long-term plan and strategy that ensures ongoing balance: You will never plateau.

    The brain maps muscle movements, which means that muscles get very smart, very quickly. Performing new patterns that have the same outcome but different ways of getting there is powerful. Performing new patterns of movements that all have different outcomes is messy. Performing the same patterns while adding weight leaves room for weaknesses and builds strength in an unbalanced way. New patterns have the ability to rewire neural pathways in the brain. If your brain is on during your workout, not only will it help you design your body, but it will improve your mood, sex drive, and passion for life.

    Q. Stretching doesn't seem to be a core part of your method—why is that? Are there stretches that we should be doing on our own to increase flexibility and stave off injury?

    A. The question isn't whether to stretch, it's how and when. The word stretch means to extend, to reach—throughout my entire method, there is technically always a stretch happening. All of my workouts are designed around executing movements that extend and reach in opposing directions with control, calling on muscles to work in a highly collaborative way.

    Becoming fully balanced involves unlocking and moving pain-free, and with ease and control. That said, traditional stretching isn't always the best support for achieving this. There are two types, dynamic and static. Before a workout dynamic stretches open the ranges of movement that are involved when you pick up the intensity. Static stretching involves opening, holding, and pushing ranges of motion.

    Research shows that static stretching before your workout actually inhibits your ability to connect and control. My warm-ups are designed to stretch you enough: I created the free dancing arm patterns to start pumping the blood through your body and warm up your brain, which is essential for anyone who likes to multitask and needs to be forced to focus. As counterintuitive as it may sound, easing off on the stretching actually reduces the chance of injury. We need to foster circulation, focus, and connection in order to execute a workout at our full potential.

    Q. If you're injured, how can you maintain results without maximizing the amount of time needed to stay out of the gym?

    A. There's always a process to achieve something that has real rewards—and if you have an injury, there's a process involved with healing. Unless you're working with someone who has the proper skill set to design a workout around your injury, you're better off following your doctor's orders and giving your body the time it needs to fully heal. Moments like this are a great time to lean into improving the foods you put into your system, as improving your health from the inside out can be very powerful as well. Use this down time to eat only organic, and take the baby step to cut all processed foods from your diet. Pay close attention not to over-consume during this inactive time—when injured, people can really pack on pounds fast.

    Q. You're a proponent of lighter weights—why? Is there ever a situation where you would propose using heavier weights?

    A. That is actually not true! The primary arm series that I designed for my workouts should be executed with three-pound weights for women. This is because the accurate execution of these movements creates a beautiful design and activates key muscles in the shoulder girdle and arms. During my years of testing, I found that three-pounds was ideal for these very specific movements. That does not mean that my method never calls for heavier weights.

    The progressive overload principle to break the body of plateaus is valid—and I use it—but only in ways that don't compartmentalize strength. I believe in creating balance where there is imbalance in the body. That belief and its supporting scientific principles are why I've created such a vast collection of workouts. Some of my routines involve swinging a 75-pound cube, or wearing a 40-pound weight vest; I have a leg series that requires the distribution of 10 pounds on the leg while pressing against an elastic form of resistance to build strength—and length—with control. In my bank of muscular structure work, thousands of the exercises are the equivalent of a 130-pound person lifting approximately 65 to 70 pounds of their body weight. When you just lift heavy weights with your limbs as a lever against your core there is a depletion, which causes micro-tears in your muscle fibers. Training muscles by lifting heavy weight creates a cycle of repairing, rebuilding, and ultimately, muscle growth. Yes, this creates strength—but in isolation, and in a compartmentalized way. I pair certain resistances with certain movements for certain people very carefully—after all, our muscles are tools to create incredible art with our bodies.

    Q. We know crash dieting isn't ideal, but is there a safe and effective way to speed up the loss of 5-10 pounds?

    A. Of course there is, but I'm not a fan of this, as I really want people to learn how to plan. Everything you choose to put your body through has a direct impact on your health, appearance, and mental function. For example, I do not advocate people juicing to drop a quick five pounds if they cannot yet show up regularly for their workouts. Otherwise, you will lose five pounds and then gain eight to 10 pounds back the next week. The body craves consistency. That sort of stop and go on your system does not lead to an operating system that can give you any kind of ownership in weight loss.

    I do like for people to have a sense of control or calorie restriction when they have been doing my muscular structure work regularly and are trying to build up to a healthy, steady, cardio performance state. During this time, giving your body permission to drop unwanted weight by controlling food choices is healthy. This is why I like to give a lot of supportive options when it comes to nutrition, as not everyone has time to cook or the same budget. I created a pureed menu years ago as an alternative to juicing so that people could have access to more nutrient-dense, freshly-made foods that are pre-digested but still fiber-filled. Pre-digested food slows the digestive process without stopping it. In addition, my favorite way to drop weight when you're exercising every day is to replace breakfast with my wellness shake, which you blend with a pitted date, ice, and water in a Vitamix. Then, have another shake for lunch made with fresh nut milk, spinach, and two scoops of my wellness shake, followed by fish, steamed vegetables, and purple rice for dinner—along with a glass of red wine and an organic chocolate bar.

    Q. Are there any reliable go-tos lunch-wise that aren't too terrible in your book that don't require cooking?

    A. My grab and go's are my wellness shake as a meal replacement with fresh nut milk and, yes, chocolate syrup; Chipotle's bowl of rice, chicken, cheese, sour cream, and all salsas; in New York City, I love Mulberry and Vine's protein bowls and kale salad; in Aspen, I like the Spring Shake or The Highland Bowl at Spring Café; and I like to get the in-house turkey at Whole Foods.

    Q. Obviously, diet plays a big part in all of this, and you've put out various diet plans, particularly for jump-starting weight loss at the beginning of Metamorphosis: How important is it to count calories?

    A. A true lack of awareness of calories is a huge problem—it results in obesity. This is a very emotional topic for people because many want to believe that we need more calories than we actually do to be healthy.

    What's really the issue, though, is the focus on numbers rather than getting a good handle on portion control and nutrition in general. Eating well, and pairing that with getting our energy usage up is paramount. If we're mindful of being in control on a daily basis, then a decadent dessert will not derail us.

    What can derail us is fixating on one standard number, rather than the education behind it. If someone told me that the only thing that matters is the number and that I could eat 1,500 calories a day, I would carve out that number with French fries and milk chocolate. People want to have what they want, and if you choose to live inside a number of calories you will likely skimp on nutrition. Counting calories often leads to a very stressful relationship with food, rather than a healthy lifestyle. It's far more productive to focus on the quality of the food you're ingesting, and whether you're spending real energy working out every day.

    That said, I do think it's important to weigh yourself every morning with a digital scale: Knowledge is power, and not something to run from. If you get yourself into a healthy routine, stay mindful of what you're eating, and move toward your goal weight with baby steps, you will find long-lasting change. This is a much more powerful mechanism than reoccurring dates with juice cleanses. It's also much less stressful, which is good for disease prevention, aging, and real weight loss.

    When this happens over a long and consistent period of time, the occasional treat becomes a moment of celebration, rather than a point of derailment. Which brings me to another important point: Calorie counting and incorporating the negative word “cheat” into your diet on the day you're supposed to be enjoying something isn't positive. Cheating isn't enjoyable on any level.

    Q. Is gluten bad for you? Is that something that we should cut from our diet? What else is on the no-no list?

    A. I'm passionate about two things when it comes to food: Eating organic, and getting a blood test to check for legitimate allergies. Why cut something you love from your diet if you don't actually have a sensitivity? If you don't have a dairy sensitivity, for example, don't stop eating it—just up the quality of what you buy and consume. Always go as close to nature as possible! Highly-processed foods, or foods that are produced and packaged with low-standards are bad for our health, on every level.

    There are remarkable studies linking Schizophrenia and gluten: If you have a sensitivity, it's essential that you change your lifestyle. That said, the lack of education—and good options—that come with sweeping food trends often cause people to swap in greater evils. If you grab a box of gluten-free cookies at the grocery store believing you're choosing something healthy, you are likely doing the opposite. If you're going to grab anything packaged, choose items with as little processing as possible—find a short ingredient list that you can actually pronounce.

    I often see people take a nutritional nosedive when they lean too heavily on sugar substitutes and artificial sweeteners. They may be calorie-free, or low-calorie, but that doesn't mean that they're useful for controlling weight: In fact, it can be the opposite, as they can create an addiction to “sweet,” which manifests as an increased consumption of other sweet food.

    But if you do anything, get a blood test: We each have our own biological blueprint, and I am passionate about people having access to it. Having a food intolerance is a deeper dive than having a food allergy. Some foods cause a low-grade inflammation in people's bodies, which has a lot to do with why 64 percent of adults are overweight or obese.

    Think of it this way: If you have a cold or virus, your body fights the inflammation and it goes away. If you eat avocados every day—super food or not—and your body has a sensitivity to avocados, then the inflammation never subsides. Just a little bit of knowledge goes a long way in being able to navigate your health, and your body's operating system.

    Spring Break Reading

    The Goldfinch

    The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

    It may be daunting at 784 pages, but this novel—which follows a young boy who loses his mother during a terrorist attack on an art museum—promises to demolish any idle beach hours.

    The Neopolitan Novels

    The Neopolitan Novels, Elena Ferrante

    Now two books into her trilogy, little-known Italian author Elena Ferrante tackles girlhood and friendship with amazing force.

    Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

    Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Brigid Schulte

    As its name suggests, this incredibly well-researched account tackles something we all feel every day: Where has our leisure time gone, and why as a culture do we embrace Busyness?

    The Rise

    The Rise, Sarah Lewis

    Sarah Lewis uses the stories of painters, scientists, musicians, explorers, athletes, and others to show that the path to mastery is often marked not by success and accomplishment, but by corrections from failed attempts.

    Bark: Stories

    Bark: Stories, Lorrie Moore

    This is Lorrie Moore's first collection of short stories in 15 years—and it was worth the wait. Both hilarious and heartfelt, these are the perfect thing tackle during a quiet afternoon.

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra

    The theme is not lightweight (the subject is an eight-year-old Chechnyan orphan), but this is a stunningly beautiful story, that will stay with you for months.


    We love food at goop, to the extent that we spend our days trying new restaurants and test-driving recipes. Every once in a while, we like to give our digestive systems a break and do a good old-fashioned detox or juice cleanse. This is not about weight loss (though it's quite possible you'll shed a few pounds), but rather a way to reset and restart.

    The Goop Rules To Cleansing

    This method of extraction doesn't oxidize or degrade the ingredients and keeps nutrients and enzymes more intact.

    For obvious reasons, fruits and veggies should be free of pesticides.

    Raw pressed veggies that haven't been heated maximizes the nutrients.

    High Pressure Pascalization (HPP) is a method for preserving food without using heat. Bigger cold-pressed juice companies will use this to extend the shelf life of juices, allowing them to distribute to grocery stores and ship them. It's not always possible, but we prefer juices without HPP.


    It's impossible to jump right into a cleanse without some diet clean-up first. The week before, we start eliminating caffeine, sugar, dairy, and meat: These goop Make's are full of helpful recipes for easing in and out of the week: Detox; It's All Good; Winter Detox; Lunch Bowls. Of course, juice detoxing may not be for everyone. If you're a novice or have any questions, you should check with a physician before starting a juice cleanse.


    We always start each cleanse morning with a glass of warm lemon water. Throughout the day (depending on how many juices we need to get through), we supplement with herbal teas, hot water with lemon or ginger, and room temperature water. We find light exercise and colonics help things along as you're shedding toxins from your system. It's also very useful to have a cleanse buddy and to stay scheduled and busy, particularly around meal-times.  Cheat Sheet: While you're really not supposed to eat while juicing, if you're in a bind, try some cucumber or celery slices with lemon and a touch of Maldon sea salt, or a bowl of warm vegetable broth (especially good if you're cleansing in cold weather).

    Izo Cleanse

    Izo Cleanse

    LA: Local + International Delivery (Based on Cleanse)

    GP approved

    This is one of GP's main go-tos for her twice-yearly cleanse—it makes her feel high and amazing. That said, it had the opposite effect on a novice goop cleanser, and probably shouldn't be attempted unless you do a pre-cleanse the week before, or are proficient in the art of detoxification. It's unlike other options in that their Signature calls for about double the amount of drinks per day: 13 in total (it's a lot to get down) many of which are brewed from esoteric ingredients like reishi mushroom and fermented chlorella. The package also includes laxatives and liver cleansing antioxidants, making it all a bit more intense. They've recently launched a nicely-priced supplement set which they can ship overseas—it just involves mixing or buying your own juices. Meanwhile, the price of the juice cleanses just went down by about 30%.

    JUICE Served Here

    JUICE Served Here

    LA: Pick-Up + Local Delivery
    West Hollywood | 8366 W. 3rd St. | 323.944.0409
    Pasadena | 57 E. Holly St. | 626.578.0101

    Holly approved

    This the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). All that aside, it was really love at first sight when we saw the milk bottle carton packaging and the branding, like the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps.

    Moon Juice Cleanse

    Moon Juice Cleanse

    LA: Pick-Up Only
    Venice | 507 Rose Ave. | 310.399.2929
    Silver Lake | 2839 West Sunset Blvd. | 213.908.5407

    Brittany approved

    With two L.A. locations, Moon Juice comes complete with a side order of New Age healing, in the best possible way. Each juice lists ingredients by their therapeutic value: Goodness Greens is alkalizing, healing, stimulating, and mood-lifting, while Turmeric Gold is stated to be painkilling, metabolism-boosting, and antioxidizing. We tried their Green Cleanse, which is no joke, as they don't temper the earthiness of the greens—even the end-of-day Almond Milk is unsweetened, which is rare. The lack of sugar and caffeine led to a slight headache midday, which is a normal detox side effect. That said, after just a couple of days, we were feeling super clean and clear-headed (and actually kind of high).

    Red Carpet Cleanse

    Red Carpet Cleanse

    LA: Local Delivery

    GP approved Elise approved

    Admittedly delicious, the Signature Cleanse here hardly feels like a sacrifice, making this ideal for novices: These are definitely the most delicious cleanse-based juices we've tried. The Signature includes six drinks per day, favorites being the Rawkstar Smoothie (almond milk, mango, kale, cinnamon, and stevia) and the Baja Mint Cooler (pineapple, cucumber, mint, and jalapeno). Each juice employs some sort of sweetener, so if you aren't used to sugar, it might feel like a slight overload—but will undoubtedly give you a lot of energy during the day. On the third day, we opted for the Juice Till Sunset, which included four juices, a chia seed pudding, and a hearty salad (which tasted insanely good after a couple of days of no chewing). Red Carpet Cleanse uses HPP, but we like their juices so much we put them on the list anyway.

    Goop Perk:

    Red Carpet recently lowered the price of their signature cleanse from $90 to $72 per day, but are offering an additional 10% off to goop readers. Use code 'goop10' at checkout. Offer valid one month from today.



    LA: Local Delivery Only

    GP approved

    Sirona specializes in longer-term alkaline cleanse retreats in Mexico (and four times a year in LA), which include whole foods, broths, and supplements. They are known for their “Cleanse & Flush” program, where the idea is to give the body the essential vitamins, nutrients, and fiber through a combination of whole foods and juicing to fortify, detox, and promote evacuation. Though it seems easier as there's food involved, it's a minimum five-day commitment, and Sirona recommends you actually spend 15. They also now deliver their five-day cleanses locally in LA at a designated time each month if you'd rather not travel.

    Goop Perk:

    10% to goop readers with code GP5. Valid one month from today.

    Plenish, London


    London: Delivery Throughout the UK

    Eliza approved

    Cold-pressed juice can be hard to come by in London, especially of the pure green variety: The raw, organic cleanses from Plenish are the best we've tried across the pond. For one, they vary in intensity (many are sweetened by a touch of apple or pear), and for two, it's a great schedule. On the Level 2 cleanse, we always look forward to the pineapple juice around 11am (after the morning green), and the spicy lemonade at 3pm. We often skip the green in the afternoon and go straight from the lemonade to the cashew milk, which is some of the best we've tried. It's subtly sweetened with dates, and includes a dash of Himalayan sea salt for contrast. Plenish uses HPP, but we still think they're London's best juice cleanse option.

    Goop Perk:

    20% off of all cleanses for goop readers with code 'PLENISHGOOP' at checkout. Offer valid one month from today.

    Feel Food Winter Reboot

    Feel Food Winter Reboot

    NYC: Pick-Up + Local Delivery
    West Village | 496 Sixth Ave. | 212.229.2221

    Christina approved

    This Winter Reboot cleanse from the new organic café, Feel Food, in NYC's West Village includes warm components for those still freezing their a**es off on the East Coast. The day begins with a Bee Pollen alkaline water, followed by green juice. At lunch, you warm up a veggie puree, which you can eat from a bowl with a spoon (making it feel like you're not skipping lunch). More alkaline water, a green juice, and an echinacea/goldenseal infusion are accompanied by a hot (in temperature and spice) cold-busting, energy-boosting mixture to drink midday. We warmed up the potassium-packed Mushroom Tonic around dinnertime and ate it from a bowl as well. You make up for the comforting warm broths by skipping a higher-fat nut milk (which many cleanses offer) in the evening, which left us feeling light, but satisfied.

    Magic Mix Fearless Cleanse

    Magic Mix Fearless Cleanse

    NYC: Pick-Up + Local Delivery
    Financial District | 102 Fulton St. | 646.454.0680

    Christina approved

    We discovered this small vegan café/juicery in the Financial District when it opened just a year ago, as it's one of the only places in the area to offer 100% organic, raw, cold-pressed juice—all made fresh in-house daily. We like the Fearless Cleanse, a line-up of six juices. Though they all have a green component, they're varied enough to make it interesting: In addition to the standard kale/spinach mixes, there's one with wheatgrass and one with E3Live. Even on the first day, we were feeling the effects of the detox, most notably in a runny nose and an energetic euphoria around 3pm.

    Tiny Empire

    Tiny Empire

    Williamsburg: Pick-Up + Local Delivery
    142 N. 6th St. | 718.599.5575

    Christina approved

    This juice comes with a side of hipster edge. Marked by a neon green sign, this clean, minimal shop is filled with juices, raw snacks, and green plants. The cleanse begins each morning with a nice jolt: Orange, grapefruit and a shot of cayenne. After that, it's an all-star line-up of delicious green juices, a root juice, and a creamy almond milk to finish the day.

    Truce Juice

    Truce Juice

    Minneapolis: Pick-Up Only
    1428 W. 32nd St. | 612.825.1684

    Christina approved

    This brand-new, cold-pressed boutique juice operation—co-founded by Blaire Molitor, who recently moved to Minnesota from Southern California—offers two levels. The juice is made on-site every day (you can watch it being pressed through a large window overlooking the kitchen), and it's admittedly delicious. The chocolate almond milk is insane, and they include a bit of apple in their root and green juices to sweeten them up, making either cleanse fairly painless.

    Goop Perk:

    20% off any purchase if you mention 'goop' with your in-store order. Offer valid one month from today.

    Greenhouse Juice Co.

    Greenhouse Juice Co.

    Toronto: Pick-Up Only
    5 Macpherson Ave. | 416.546.1719

    Christina approved

    Situated in a greenhouse-inspired space in Toronto, this small-scale juice company makes just a few batches of raw, organic, cold-pressed juices and nut milks a day. In addition to traditional boosters, each cleanse also comes with waters. We began each day with a Clean-zing water with maple syrup and cayenne (master-cleanse style), followed by a green juice, an E3 Live booster, more green juice, an almond milk, a raw aloe booster in the afternoon, a root juice, and then a chia seed water to finish. The variation keeps this cleanse interesting and actually fun: We were never bored or struggling with that, “I can't drink another juice” lag. It's not included in the cleanse, but you have to try their insane Pink and Green Milks: Almond milk blended with either beets or spinach for a creamy, delicious veggie milkshake.

    Goop Perk:

    Mention goop for 20% off of the standard, one-day cleanse package. Offer valid for the 14 days following today's date.

    Next to Try:

    Juice Truck, Vancouver

    Juice Shop Cleanse, San Francisco

    Harvest Juicery, Chicago

    Juice, Nashville

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    Bikini Wax

    Though a seemingly simple undertaking, the right wax—and the right waxer—make a huge difference, both in the quality of the results, and the aftermath. These spots deliver perfection, with no ingrown hairs.


    Peace Love Wax

    4701 W. Park Blvd., Suite 208 | 936.661.2523

    Despite frequent requests to add other services, founder Lisa Sample's spot is unwavering in its dedication to the art of hair removal: The specialization pays off, as there are no better waxers in town.

    Los Angeles

    Kristine Aminian


    Back in the day, Kristine used to run a day spa in Beverly Hills, but her herbal beauty treatments became so popular that she shut down and went mobile. Now she does door to door visits with a select group of clients who love her 100% natural treatments. We have a few friends who swear by her waxing technique.

    Queen Bee

    Culver City | 10182 Culver Blvd. | 310.204.2236
    Brentwood | 2530-A San Vicente Blvd. | 310.570.2282

    There's a pretty cheeky design aesthetic here, that takes a deep bow to the Queen: Union Jack covered chairs, portraits of Her Majesty, and floral, chintz wallpaper that look like it was lifted from the walls of a country estate set the vibe. The concept is in line with the idea that everyone should be treated like royalty, which explains the extras (like long and late opening hours). Go for “The Full Monty” as they use wax from Italy, which is applied warm (not hot) to protect the skin. Jodi Shays is the owner, and the person to see if possible.


    Beverly Hills
    9431 S. Santa Monica Blvd. | 310.276.8855

    This is our place for non-waxing waxing in LA: They use organic honey to do the job, which we find much less painful. We also love that it's all-natural and doesn't leave a sticky wax residue. Ask for Viviana. P.S. They also do great spray tans, here.

    Ruth Korn at Allen Pacheco Salon

    Santa Monica
    175 Pier Ave. | 310-866-7546

    Operating out of a small, unassuming room in the back of the Allen Pacheco Salon, Ruth Korn's enthusiasm for skincare is pretty inspiring. She has a variety of all-natural, Australian waxes in her toolkit (both strips and hardening), and the process is thorough and pain-free.


    West Hollywood
    7600 Melrose Ave. | 323.591.0079

    This just-launched spa, helmed by two long-time L.A. waxing veterans, is the only spot in the city to use graphite wax, a low-temperature, hard wax that's minimally painful and not at all sticky. Ask for Inez.

    New York City


    150 Mercer St. | 212.343.3515

    This quiet, underground spot in Soho is the sort of place where roses float in bowls of water and treatment rooms are candlelit. We come here for the waxing, specifically for “The Gourmet.” With essential oils and vitamin E to reduce irritation and redness, it's a smooth finish all around.

    Lidia Tivichi at Maris Dusan

    Upper East Side
    629 Park Ave., Level G | 212.879.1313

    Lidia Tivichi somehow makes the entire process painless. Seriously. Hands down, she does the best wax we've ever tried.

    San Francisco


    Cow Hollow
    3212 Fillmore St. | 415.931.3165

    The emphasis here is on sugar wax, which feels strange at first, as it pulls the hair in the growth direction. Besides leaving the skin bump and ingrown free, it's also totally natural, as its made from just sugar, lemon, and water. Each treatment room boasts a different theme—nautical, camping, beach—but not in a kitschy way. That, and the fact that a treatment comes with a cocktail, makes this a place you'll actually look forward to visiting.

    International Orange

    Pacific Heights
    2044 Fillmore St. | 415.630.5928

    Named for the paint color used on the Golden Gate Bridge, this is one of San Francisco's best day spas, whether you check in for a full day of body work, or drop by for a wax. It certainly doesn't hurt that it's helmed by three powerhouse women, who all abandoned intense careers to focus on healing. For waxing, Yolanda Porrata's our girl.



    18 Hans Crescent | + 44 (0) 207 584 6868

    With 20-odd years of experience under her belt, Arezoo Kaviani does the best Brazilian wax in London, bar none. Just a stone's throw from Harrods, her spa is conveniently located, too.

    Jenny Jordan

    Belsize Park
    22 Englands Ln. | + 44 (0) 207 483 2222

    Jenny Jordan is a great stand-by for anyone who lives in North London. Ask for Mira who works so quickly that the entire session is essentially painless.


    Notting Hill
    112 Talbot Rd. | + 44 (0) 207 727 2754

    This spot hits all the requirements: It's good, it's fast, and it's efficient—everyone here is good, but ask for Flori.

    Laser Hair Removal

    Though it's arguably more painful than a visit with a waxer, committing to laser hair removal has its rewards: Namely, after six sessions or so, you never have to worry about your nether regions again. It's a big up-front expense, but cheaper in the long-run if bikini care is on your monthly to-do list.


    Barton's Surface Clinical

    Hampton Court, 4311 Oak Lawn, Suite 380 | 214.540.1416

    Dr. Fritz, who specializes in laser hair removal, comes highly recommended by a friend of goop. He has years of experience in lasering and cosmetic skin care, even going so far as to found the Society of Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialists, which focuses on the education and training of nurses and aestheticians.

    Los Angeles

    Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.D.

    Hancock Park
    321 N. Larchmont St. | 323.464.8046

    Not only is Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald one of L.A.'s best dermatologists, but she does excellent laser hair removal as well.

    Weho Laser

    West Hollywood
    875 Westbourne Dr. | 310.360.1010

    Laser treatments are one of those rare things where the splashiness of the spa really has no bearing on the results. While Weho Laser is pretty bare bones, the services are excellent. Ask for the owner, DeeAnna.

    New York City

    Completely Bare

    Noho | 25 Bond St.
    Flatiron | 103 5th Ave., 3rd floor
    Upper East Side | 764 Madison Ave., 3rd floor
    Scarsdale | 12 Chase Rd.

    With three locations in NYC and one in Scarsdale, the aptly-named Completely Bare is a mini-chain of skin-care treatment centers that feel more like salons than clinics (they also do waxing). If it's your first lasering experience, they offer free consultations to talk you through every detail (along with an assessment of whether it will be effective, as you need an intense enough discrepancy between your hair and skin color for lasering to really work).

    Dr. Anolik at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center

    Murray Hill
    317 E. 34th St. | 212.686.7306
    325 Meeting House Ln., Bldg. 1, Suite C | 631.287.7307

    With locations in New York City (he's in Dr. Brandt's office) and Southampton, Dr. Anolik is tops. In addition to being best-in-class for lasering, he's the clinical assistant professor of dermatology at both the NYU School of Medicine and the Medical College of Cornell University.


    Destination Skin

    Oxford Circus
    28 Maddox St. | +44 (0) 207 068 0730

    The location in Oxford Circus is a bit random, but their laser hair removal is thorough and top notch. As a 'medical spa', they take a clinical approach to skincare (no relaxing music or scented lotions), and there's an M.D. on the laser team. We like the Maddox Street branch, though there are 11 other locations around London.

    Spray Tan

    Spray tan doesn't have a particularly good reputation, if only because the services of yesterday usually left lines, an artificial orange hue, and a very distinct odor in their wake. These days, the formulations are top-notch—and often organic.


    Bronze & Beautiful

    Ask for Jacy Radar: She comes to your house armed with everything required to give you a flawless tan, including a tent, brush, and organic solution, which she customizes according to your skin tone and how dark you'd like to go.



    There's no website for this mobile service, which is a one-woman show. Give LeeAnn Hassell a call and she'll come to your house to give you a pristine, airbrush tan.

    Love Glow

    6615 Snider Plaza | 469.223.1349

    You won't find any parabens or additives in the spray tan mix here—just organic, sugar-based, natural-looking color. For those who want a perma-glow, $99.99 a month gets you unlimited spray tans. Ask for Caroline.


    Daniela Nikolova

    + 44 (0) 797 378 4889

    Known for her Vita Liberata tan—an alcohol and perfume-free treatment that uses sugar-cane agents to bronze the skin—Daniela works her magic on the go. Besides the convenience of an at-home spray tan, the formula is also especially gentle on sensitive skin.

    James Read

    109-125 Knightsbridge | 020 7201 9606

    James has a long and faithful list of clients, which can make it hard (though not impossible) to book time at his salon in Harvey Nichols. (He's also at the Josh Wood Beauty Atelier in Notting Hill). The effect of a visit—in a city where achieving a tan via sunlight is nearly impossible—is a pleasingly natural glow even on the city's fair skinned. James also has an eponymous line of products that maintains the tan between sessions.

    Los Angeles

    Chocolate Sun

    Santa Monica
    147 Bay St. | 310.450.3075
    Beverly Hills
    338 N. Canon Dr. | 310.450.3075

    Chocolate Sun concocts their own organic tanning sprays, made from herbs, botanicals, and antioxidants. Everyone gets a custom blend, which is then airbrushed on, meaning that the results are subtle and natural. There's no reception area at the Beverly Hills location: It's off an unmarked corridor on the second floor—you have to guess where to go unless someone is there to meet you.

    New York City

    Gotham Glow

    1123 Broadway | 212.592.0368

    This is one of the most trusted names in spray tanning in New York, and for good reason. Under the watchful eye of the owner, Tamar, you'll never step out with a weird, orange undertone or that terrible fake tan smell. The tiny salon is in a random building on Broadway, but no matter: You'll be in and out in under 15 minutes. They also do house-calls.


    Upper East Side
    Louise O'Conner Salon & Spa | 33 E. 61st St., 3rd Fl. | 212.935.6261

    While you can find the Suvara formula at various spray tan spots around the country, founder Anna Stankiewicz is the woman to see, and she works out of the Louise O'Connor salon on the Upper East Side. (She also does house calls all over the city.) In addition to giving a radiant glow, she's known for her slimming body contour effects and her Skin Rescue Therapy, an all-natural vitamin spray.

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