Spa Diary: Poppy and Someday
Tucked away in the hills of Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon neighborhood is a hidden gem and spa sanctuary, Poppy and Someday. Founded by Kari Jansen, a massage therapist and Ayurvedic healer, this beautiful oasis looks like it came straight out of the pages of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With an outdoor bathtub located in the midst of a secret garden with a buddha and blossoming herbs, it felt as if I had accidentally stumbled onto the private bathing quarters of forest nymphs and fairies when I came on the first day of the Spring Equinox.
Here’s what you’ll love about Poppy and Someday:
The spa is nestled away on a hill overlooking Laurel Canyon, offering beautiful views and surrounded by trees and plants for ultimate privacy and seclusion.
It has one treatment room, so throughout your treatment you’ll receive undivided attention without any distractions or other people around.
There is an outdoor bathtub that Jansen will fill with rose petals and herbs for the ultimate relaxing post-treatment soak.
Guests also have access to the sauna and steam room after their service.
The beautiful garden has a hammock and relaxation area where one can enjoy a quiet moment before or after their treatment.
Poppy and Someday hosts events, such as New Moon ceremonies, as well as daytime retreats.
The space can also accommodate small private events such as birthday parties and bridal showers for those wanting to enjoy an intimate spa day with their favorite people.
All Poppy and Someday skin care products are made by hand at the onsite studio, so you can pick up products in-person to take home after your spa day.
Upon my arrival, I was greeted by Jansen who gave me the tour. In addition to performing massages and facials, she also handcrafts all of her organic skin care products in her onsite studio, which she uses in the treatments and sells online. Poppy and Someday offers a variety of facial and body care products, and a few of my favorite include the Gypsy Rose Toner, Rose Quartz Face Mask, and the Magical Face Cream.
Next, she brought me into the treatment room which also has a bathroom and changing area. Prior to my treatment, I was poured a cup of skullcap and chamomile tea, which helps the mind and body relax.
For today’s treatment I was experiencing the Herbal Facial and Lymphatic Drainage Treatment (90 minutes/$200), which combines Gua Sha, an Herbal Poultice, pearl powder, steam, as well as a mask and oil massage to give the face, body, and mind a deeply relaxing and renewed experience.
It was my first time trying Gua Sha—which is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine that uses a crystal gem stone to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. To my surprise it felt really good, and Jansen pointed out that I had a lot of tension in my facial muscles. I could feel her getting deep into the muscles as she moved the tools across my face.
She explained that Gua Sha is supposed to clear stagnation and accumulation, promote lymphatic drainage and cell renewal, renew facial contour, firm and lift sagging skin, reduce inflammation and puffiness, diminish blemishes, and relieve tension. I’m definitely a newfound fan!
The Herbal Poultice featured dried organic herbs wrapped in muslin, steamed, and applied directly to my face and neck. This increases circulation, blood flow, oxygenates tissues, hydrates, lifts and contour brows and cheeks, reduces fine lines, reduces puffiness and dark circles, smooths complexion, eases TMJ (which I have), and increases lymphatic flow. Afterwards, Jansen gave me the poultice used in my treatment, which she said I could reuse at home.
Jansen also incorporated Poppy and Someday products, such as the Rose Quartz Mask, into the treatment. Everything smelled and felt amazing, and the fact that all of the products were clean and organic was a major plus. Even if you aren’t able to make it out to the spa, I highly recommend giving her products a try—you won’t regret it!
After my treatment was over, I changed before heading to the outdoor garden. I fell in love with the beautiful bathrobe she has on display, which was from The Odd Bird Company—a company that features ethically-made robes and loungewear, along with Turkish towels. If you’re all about the #robelife and live to lounge, you’ll definitely want to check them out. Their robes can double as kimonos or beach cover-ups, which I’m all about.
The other thing I loved about my spa service was the beautiful view of the garden from the treatment room. It was very meditative and relaxing, not to mention #gardengoals. It gave me the feeling of complete escapism, and it was easy to forget that I was in Los Angeles for the hour-and-a-half that I was there.
Usually after treatments, Jansen will draw a bath with rose petals, herbs, and salts for the ultimate post-massage or facial relaxation experience, but it had been raining all morning so I did not get the chance to try it (yet another reason to come back this summer!) I’ve become a huge fan of outdoor baths ever since my recent trip to Le Petit Spa Matira in Bora Bora, where I had the chance to experience an outdoor tub—it was simply magical!
Taking a bath outdoors is a very liberating and special experience. While one might initially feel uncomfortable at the thought of it, the garden at Poppy and Someday is extremely private. Jansen schedules her spa appointments so that only one client is visiting at a time (unless you book a group spa day with friends, which she also offers—how fun!)
In addition to the tub, the garden has an infrared sauna and a steam room to complete the relaxing wellness journey. For guests that come in pairs, while one person is receiving a massage or facial in the treatment room, the other can lounge in the outdoor tub.
There’s also a hammock if you’re in the mood for lounging or a spontaneous nap…
I’m so glad that I discovered Poppy and Someday and came here to start off the new season. It’s unlike any other spa I’ve been to, and I love the undivided attention and privacy it offers. It’s a unique getaway, great for friends and couples, and makes for the perfect spa day when you want to feel like you’re out of town—without actually going out of town. I will definitely be back soon, as I have a future date with that outdoor tub.
Insider Tip: On-site parking is directly in front of the property. Wear comfy shoes/sandals.
Hours: By appointment only
Address: 2499 E Horse Shoe Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Kamala Kirk is a University of Southern California graduate and has been an editor/writer for more than a decade. She has written for E! Online, Total Beauty, TravelAge West, Malibu Times Magazine, and many more. She resides in Los Angeles and is a proud pug mom. Follow her on Instagram: @kamalakirk
[Images by Kamala Kirk]