Article in NW Source!!

August 6, 2010

Nourishing facials are a thing of beauty at new Liberté Skin Wellness

By Kathy Schultz

August 5, 2010

Special to NWsource

Every once in a while you come upon a gem — it could be person, place or thing. In this case, it’s all three. I had a very healing facial by a lovely lady in an adorable spot in Ballard.

Liberte and Holly Dog

Liberte Skin Wellness "book-shelves"

I met Liberté Liberté at a shopping function (yes, this is her name, which means freedom, freedom, in French). She opened her skincare studio, Liberté Skin Wellness in March, so I went to check it out. It’s nestled within a 1960s-era brick apartment building on a quiet Ballard street, just blocks from the heart of Old Ballard. Tumbled aquamarine-colored glass lines the walk just outside the door to her intimate beauty spot. This, I thought, is a woman who makes things beautiful.

The interior of the studio’s cozy space is painted a soft cream, which makes a nice backdrop for the aqua blue French mohair couch, hand-forged iron candelabra and antique Chinese watercolor, featuring lotuses that almost glow. There’s a small collection of locally made jewelry by Jules displayed on bookshelves that really are “book shelves” — each shelf is a vintage encyclopedia. It’s homey and warm.

Liberté offers facials, pedi-care, sugaring and waxing, brow design and brow tinting, and lash extensions. She keeps her facial prices reasonable, believing that people should have access to this healthy, healing beauty ritual. A 45-minute facial is only $40 (or, if you want a little extra pampering, splurge on her 75-minute facial for $80). Prices for sugaring and waxing are the same no matter which method you choose. Hair removal for the lip is $15, bikini is $28, full leg is $65 to $85, and a Brazilian is $65 to $80. The soft, luxurious lash extensions are synthetic mink and last between three and six weeks. Prices range between $185 and $210.

In need of some TLC and moisture, I chose the 75-minute Foundation Facial. Liberté has a gentle touch and believes in caring for and pampering the skin with effective products, rather than using harsh exfoliants and peels. It was one of the most relaxing, nourishing facials I’ve had. It did, in fact, feel like a ritual of beauty. She cleansed, toned, exfoliated, masked and massaged my skin. While the mud mask was doing its detoxifying thing, Liberté massaged my hands and arms. Between smoothing creams, serum and hydrating products, she liberally applies soothing hot towels.

I loved the Australian spa products she used, made from natural plant and herb extracts. I’ll go back to purchase the Bamboo Polish Exfoliant ($45) and Sensitive Hydrating Mud Therapy ($45) after the glow wears off


  1. I’m a client of libete and love the work she does. Thanks for featuring her in NW Source.

  2. Thanks for the great photos. Fr Victor arrives today (he got re-routed through D.C., though, which makes a longer trip for him) and I think he’ll really enjoy seeing these. Come on http://tropaadet.dk/scarlettlopez38544081830

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