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Meet Emilee Wilson of Gypsy Skin Spa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emilee Wilson.

Emilee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been licensed as an esthetician since 2002, but couldn’t find a spa that used enough holistic skincare or incorporated enough spirituality in the service menu. In 2012, I became very interested in plant medicine and by 2015 I had begun my journey as an herbalist using herbs for healing and making homemade skincare.

Now I offer Reiki energy healing and shamanic drumming journeys in my facial treatments. I created a luxurious facial that utilizes shamanism and organic skincare so the client is not only walking out with a glowing complexion but a balanced spirit connecting their heart and soul. I truly believe that true beauty comes from within.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have had many struggles along the way, mostly moving from city to city as I figured out where to land. I have lived in several areas throughout Los Angeles and moved 5 times in the last year. With every move, I lost my clientele and had to start again. The name Gypsy Skin came to me a while back as I felt like an outsider looking in. I realized that I wasn’t meant to work in an office after getting fired twice in the past. I finally committed to my own lifestyle brand and embodying the Gypsy spirit as an archetype has helped me bring more freedom and creativity into my practice.

I identify with calling myself a Witch. This has caused some eyebrows to raise and not by an awesome brow wax if you know what I mean. This title doesn’t suit everyone and has much controversy around it, but I am also here to teach and some women are intrigued by the word and begin to ask me more questions. I don’t want to have to hide my beliefs in order to make a living. I know that it will resonate with particular people and they’ll become my clients. There is something for everyone.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Gypsy Skin Spa – what should we know?
Gypsy Skin has grown to include facials, hair and scalp treatments, lash perming, eyelash extensions, tinting, hair removal services, herbal apprenticeships, DIY workshops, and rituals or ceremonies rooted in Paganism. My facials are very intuitive. Each treatment is unique and custom. I use sound therapy to aid in meditation, deep relaxation, and break up blocked energy in the body.

I’m most known for my shamanic facials that include drumming and a custom medicine mask. I always save my client first and visualize both of our root chakras growing down into the Earth. I end with a dollop of rose infused honey on their lips. I have found if there is one thing we all need, it’s getting more grounded, tuning into nature, and taking the time to honor yourself.

Facials are a great way to meditate! I’m most proud of how my clients feel so empowered after a session. I love all things beauty related. I treat myself often to a beautiful, spirit based practice, but I have never been able to find an esthetician who can do what I do. I’m a witch, and that definitely sets me apart. I’m sure there are other witches who work under the guise of an esthetician. Most healers find a way to offer their skills. My biggest pet peeve is when an esthetician leaves the room while I’m laying on the table.

There is no reason for that. People pay to be touched by a professional. If my hands aren’t mixing up a mask, they’re massaging you or playing your music. Most energy healers or massage therapists are not licensed in esthetics so I am proud to offer so many services all in one. I truly care about people and I’ve gotten really good at sharing my heart through my hands.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Herbalist Susun Weed played and still plays an important role in my early herbal education. She is an older Witch on the East Coast and I apprenticed with her on her land in the Catskills. I also give credit to my drumming teacher, Miranda Rondeau for giving me permission to drum and use my voice. My Shamanic teacher, Renee Starr helped me learn how to journey with wild animal spirits and hold space for healing. My Reiki Master Cinnamon Nufer instilled such a high spiritual integrity so that I always practice what I preach.

My current teacher Julie James, of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies in Long Beach has played a massive role in my herbal education, teaching me Botany and chemistry of plants and making medicine. Lastly, my two mentors Lisa Mayer who originally opened Petite Spa in Santa Monica and Elisha Reverby, who once owned Get Waxed in Venice taught me everything I needed to bloom into my own brand. They still support me to this day and helped me develop my ability to take professional criticism in a constructive way.

Pricing:

  • 60 min ~ THE ORIGINAL GYPSY $125 (This is a classic facial, includes extractions, arm/hand massage, and sound therapy)
  • 75 min ~ THE GYPSY TRIP $150 (This facial includes a gentle acid peel, arm/hand and foot massage, plus advanced sound therapy)
  • 90 min ~ THE GYPSY JOURNEY- This is the works, including Shamanic Drumming. (Shamanic drumming can also be added to any service)
  • Full set eyelash extensions $199
  • Speedy Brazilian Wax- (Average 15 min) $50

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