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An Organic Spa in Jersey City: Gaia’s Cavern

by Jennifer Tripucka
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Jersey City has just been gifted another zen den — and we’re not mad about it. Organic spa haven Gaia’s Cavern is open for business in JC and is serving up all natural everything, from teas to soaps to facials to foot baths to crystals and more. Located at 140 Wayne street in the Dixon Mills complex, Gaia’s Cavern is owned by local Jersey City salon Lakoet’s owner, Kathleen Varco {also known as Kitty}. We recently stopped by and had such a pleasant experience, that we had to share the love with HG readers.


True to Lakoet’s eco-friendly salon roots {which is right nearby on 1st and Coles}, Gaia’s Cavern is a therapeutic spa and organic retail boutique that is sure to please even the most organic-loving spa-goers. The new space offers facials using Eminence organic skin care, a high-quality organic line, and it’s clear so much thought and love went into creating the space.

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Aretha, the resident skincare esthetician at Gaia’s, is an absolute pro. She recommended The Ultimate Skin Smoothie as a treatment, and it did not disappoint. The Ultimate Skin Smoothie is Aretha’s 60-minute customized facial, and since it was such a zen time, it was necessary to ask what went down since half the time was spent snoozing and ultra relaxed.

Here’s what Aretha said she did during the treatment:

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“I started with a lemon cleanser mixed w a strawberry rhubarb dermafoliant, 2nd cleanse with Mangosteen lactic cleanser [mangosteen is considered the queen of super fruits and the highest in antioxidants and mainly found in Thailand]. Then, I did a pineapple enzyme followed with an AHA fruit pulp and lime — a stimulating treatment that has a good amount of heat-paprika in it. Next up: I massaged you with a neroli balm and masked with a strawberry rhubarb [hyaluronic acid] mixed with an age-corrective bamboo masque containing a natural retinol. Final touches of serums, eye, lip and at last the mineral SPF by Eminence of cherries and berries!”

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^^ The uber-relaxing treatment room

And truly, you’ll have no choice but to be enveloped in a purple and white heated facial chair that adjusts to your body — most likely snoozing in a flash — complete with organic and delicious scents, hot towels, and rejuvenating serums. Relaxation = complete.

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The Eminence line was so rejuvenating that a purchase was deemed necessary. The mineral SPF is something to write home about — it creates a slight sheen, balancing skin tone and adding protection from the elements. It was $68, so not cheap — but Aretha said it would last for a good portion of the year depending on use. So far so good, and perfect for when not wanting to wear a CC or cream foundation but still get some SPF coverage.

And speaking of purchases, Gaia’s Cavern is unique in that anyone can come for a facial, massage, or foot bath {appointment necessary}, buuuut it’s also fine to stop in just for some loose teas {all made in NJ — they have 65 unique flavors to choose from!} or handmade soaps {made by Kitty herself}.

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^The tea area — over 60 teas made locally ready for purchase

For those wanting some zen to takeout beyond soaps and tea, Gaia’s sells crystals, sage, and some CBD magic by the Medicine Man {their CBD gummies are a *must*}.

If wanting to stop in and check Gaia’s, the hours are Monday + Tuesday 12:00PM-9:00PM, Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM, and Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM. The spa is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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^^ Self-explanatory.

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^^ Some sage and crystal pick-me-ups 

Pricing and treatment list is on Gaia’s website, and although a foot bath didn’t take place just YET, we’ll def be back for this service soon {word on the street is it’s a 30-minute service that includes a therapeutic foot and hand massage and scrub}. Bliss 101.

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No that’s not a smoothie…it’s soap.

Have you ever been to Gaia’s Cavern? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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