The Spa Ceylon Story

Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean lies the tear drop isle of Ceylon, acclaimed since ancient times as an exotic tropical paradise rich in natural beauty. Deep rooted in the culture of the island over centuries of time, were natural relaxation, rejuvenation and healing rituals derived from Ayurveda, the 5000 year old ‘science of life’ originating from the region.

Receiving great Royal patronage, Ayurveda became the heart of the majestic well being rituals practised in the grand palaces of ancient Ceylon. Derived from these Royal well being rituals & holistic healing practices of Ayurveda, comes the range of treasured natural formulae and rituals from Spa Ceylon, to purify, hydrate, treat, soothe & calm the body, mind and soul.

Formulated only with the purest natural ingredients, Spa Ceylon’s high-performance products are enriched with powerful Ayurveda herbs, certified organic essential oils, precious natural minerals, extra-virgin coconut oil, rich ocean salts & the finest spices from Ceylon. Designed to delight the senses, the formulae are infused with luxuriously rich island aromas, blended with fine aromatic essential oils of exotic flowers, herbs, fruits and woods.

True to its island heritage, signature Spa Ceylon packaging incorporates Ceylonese Royal insignia, traditional motifs, native script and jeweled hues, combined with contemporary design.

Backed by a five-decade old family business with vast expertise in the manufacture of Ayurveda health & beauty care, Spa Ceylon was founded by brothers Shiwantha & Shalin in 2009. As at 2015, the brand has grown rapidly to establish itself as ‘the world’s leading luxury Ayurveda brand’, with more than 30 signature boutiques & spas located across South Asia, the Far East & Europe.

Embodying the family’s integral values of caring for people & the environment, with a passion for continued improvement & innovation, Spa Ceylon is strongly determined to give back to its island home. Today, the brand is actively involved in support of community fair trade, sustainable harvesting of ingredients, wildlife conservation, prevention of cruelty towards animals, protection of human rights and protection of the environment.

Ayurveda in Ceylon

Considered by many to be the oldest of the healing arts, the word 'Ayurveda’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Ayus’, meaning “life” and ‘Veda’ meaning “knowledge or science”. Ayurveda is a holistic approach that treats the root cause of illness, in body, or mind. The knowledge of Ayurveda is believed to come direct from the Gods, passed on to the saints and sages of India during sessions of deep meditation.

Ayurvedic treatment is dispensed based on the distinct pattern of energy or Dosha possessed by all individuals. The three Doshas - Vatha, Pitha and Kapha are present in varying degrees in every one of us. Ayurveda aims to improve overall wellbeing and emphasizes the expunging of toxins from the body. Ayurveda has proved to be successful with some of even the most chronic diseases. Ayurveda offers countless advantages, not least of which is that it has absolutely no side effects.

The Ceylonese Ayurvedic tradition is a mixture of Desheeya Chikitsa (traditional Sinhala medicine) the Ayurveda and Siddha systems of India and the Unani medicine of Greece. The ancient Kings, many of whom were also prominent physicians, placed complete faith in Ayurveda and ensured nationwide respect for, and faith in the science.

King Buddhadasa (398 AD), whom the Mahawamsa credits with several remarkable operations on both men and animals, is renowned for writing the Saratha Sangrahaya, a comprehensive manuscript containing most of the Ayurvedic medical knowledge available in the country at the time. In modern day Sri Lanka, physicians still use this work today for reference purposes.

Ayurveda was not only revered by Royalty for its medicinal value - the Royals also put Ayurvedic secrets to good use for therapies that restored and rejuvenated for long lasting beauty. The most famous depiction of Ceylonese loveliness can be found in Sigiriya. The 200-metre-high Sigiriya rock functioned as the palace and fortress of King Kassapa, and houses what are now some of the most recognisable images of Ceylon - the nubile damsels that form the famed Sigirya frescoes.

The Royals of ancient Ceylon gave Ayurveda its due reverence, and the people of the island followed suit. Today, in our fast paced modern world, Ayurveda provides people from all over the globe with the answers to hitherto unanswerable questions, and the knowledge that our kings and queens possessed thousands of years ago - that with Ayurveda - benefits abound and healing is truly all encompassing, restoring balance, providing inner peace and calming body, mind and soul.

Beauty with a Conscience

The Principles behind every Spa Ceylon product

At Spa Ceylon we have a fierce love for, and commitment to, the wellbeing of our community, country, planet and fellow creatures. We have applied that commitment at every phase of our business and nowhere is it more apparent than in the way we formulate our products.

Each and every one of the products in our ranges are guaranteed:

  • Paraben Free - Parabens are commonly used as preservatives and appear in everything from sunscreens to toothpastes. Parabens have been discovered to possibly contribute to serious medical conditions and while the proof of this is still forthcoming, we at Spa Ceylon have chosen to avoid the usage of Parabens altogether.
  • Paraffin Free - Used as a lubricant and emulsifier, paraffin forms the base of many skincare creams. The bottom line however is that paraffin is actually derived from the petroleum refining process. In fact, Paraffin wax is the final by-product in the chain. We at Spa Ceylon have chosen to avoid the usage of Paraffin in our products.

  • Alcohol Free - alcohol is used by many skin care brands in everything from cleansers to moisturisers. Ethyl alcohol or ethanol and isopropyl alcohol are included because of their effectiveness as preservatives and solvents. There are detrimental effects such as dryness, which allows other ingredients to penetrate the skin. With our products you can rest assured that you will suffer none of these side effects.
  • Not Tested On Animals & 100% Vegetarian - Spa Ceylon has never and will never, test its products on animals. We believe that animals belong in the wild, not in the laboratory. No animal by-products. Everything we source is 100% cruelty free and natural.
  • We promote Sustainable Harvesting & Support Community Fair Trade - Sustainable Harvesting is a form of agriculture that uses a resource in a way that ensures that it is not depleted or permanently damaged. Fair Trade means that we help develop sustainable businesses that have a positive effect on the surrounding communities. It also means that any produce we obtain from these farms is well and fairly paid for. Our Aloe Vera project in Kalpitiya is a great example of Fair Trade at work.

Rediscover sweet Repose

In some countries, as many as 1 in 4 people suffer from insomnia. The #1 reason? Stress.

Our SLEEP range is designed to put an end to those exhausting nights of tossing and turning.

All our products are Tridosha, suitable for you, no matter what Dosha you traditionally fall into. Promising to promote tranquil relaxation and deep, restful sleep, our SLEEP ingredients read like roll call in essential oil heaven - pure Lavender to relax and diminish stress, fragrant Ylang Ylang to calm and clarify, Patchouli for tranquillity and soothing, while Orange and Lemon to restore the balance of the senses.

Discover the indulgence of a peaceful night’s sleep. Combine various products in the range till you find the ritual that best relaxes you.Try SLEEP Bath Soak with our unique mix of natural Essential Oils as well as 100% Natural Ayurveda Actives - Virgin Coconut, Sugar Cane, Corn, Sea Salt and Mineral Clay. Pour a couple of tablespoons into running bath water, step in, soak and relax.

Follow that up with SLEEP Hydrating Butter. Revel in the sensation of this silky substance melting into your skin - soothing, comforting and promoting deep, restful sleep. Enjoy the added benefit offered by Sweet almond and Marigold as they combine to improve overall skin health and wellbeing. Spritz SLEEP Body and Pillow Spray on your pillows and linen and slip on our Calming Eye Mask. As you drift away the combination of natural Witch Hazel and fresh organic Aloe Vera in our spray will cool, soothe and tone your skin. Mix and match till you find your sleeping potion.

Ylang Ylang from the Himalayas
Our SLEEP therapy range owes much of its wonder to the power of the Cananga Blossom. Ylang Ylang calms fear and anxiety, reduces shock, slows rapid breathing and even reduces high blood pressure. What better to soothe you to sleep? And the best part? When sleep is the last thing on your mind, Ylang Ylang's euphoric and erotic properties will take you where you want to go.

Live life to a Tea

“Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world” - T'ien Yiheng

100% Fresh and Organic Ceylon Tea

For centuries Ceylon Tea has been sought after and widely praised as the finest in the world. Rich in anti-oxidants, nutrients and polyphenols, Ceylon Tea is renowned for its natural therapeutic, curative and soothing properties.

Ceylon Tea Therapy

For many of us, making and then sitting back and sipping a cup of tea, is a much loved ritual. One of comfort, relaxation and sharing. A precious moment away from the rush, bustle and demands of everyday life. This singular moment was our inspiration. If tea can give us wellbeing from the inside, why not from the outside? Thus was born the Ceylon Tea Therapy range designed to protect you from the sun, brighten skin, defend against ageing, calm, and act as an excellent after sun treatment. Naturally, we source all our tea right here in Sri Lanka, using a combination of high and low grown leaves and the best local technology to create our unique Spa Ceylon blend of white tea, green tea and black tea.

How do YOU take your tea?

With a slice of lime?

Then try Ceylon Tea and Citron Bath and Massage Oil with 100% Natural Ayurveda Actives - Green Tea, White Tea, Black Tea, Aloe Vera, Sesame, Virgin Coconut, Almond, Sandalwood, Lemon, Lime and Orange, that rejuvenate, soothe, and protect, while energising and improving circulation and overall health. Enjoy it three ways - warm and massage, dab on wet skin after bathing and then towel dry, or, the ultimate relaxation, add 3 tablespoons to a warm bath and just soak up the pleasure.

Like your tea with milk?

Then try our creamy Ceylon Tea and Spice Body Scrub. It promotes cell renewal and brightens skin; while Sandalwood, Coriander and Walnut combine to help purify, remove toxins and dead cells and clear clogged pores. All the while warming Cinnamon energises the senses. Before you bathe, apply the scrub lightly all over your body. Leave for 5 minutes, then wet your skin with milk, massage in circular motions for another 5 minutes and then wash away. It is the perfect indulgence.

No matter what your Dosha, you will find that our range is just your cup of tea.

Be Radiant

Feel like your skin is suffering under the harsh effects of sunlight, dust and pollution? Want to regain a luminous and even tone? Then choose WHITE - our newest range of products that help boost your skins natural renewal process, revealing lighter, brighter and radiant skin.

Our range of White Jasmine products is designed to suit those of the Vatha Dosha; while White Tuberose lends its power to the products custom made for those with Pitha and Kapha Dosha.

White Jasmine, it's intoxicating scent has held many in its sway. In Sri Lanka, its essential oil is valued for its healing and aphrodisiac like properties. It is also a reputed anti-depressant, anti septic and a calming sedative. Considered to be an emblem of feminine kindness, jasmines are often given as gifts.

White Tuberose. With a fragrance that is akin to gardenia and jasmine but considered warmer and more exotic, White Tuberose essential oil is one of the most precious oils in the world, renowned for its distinctive scent, and credited for stimulating serenity and creativity. It is also a deeply sensual fragrance and is known as “Mistress of the Night” in certain parts of Asia. We found that it provided the perfect base for our White range for individuals with Pitha and Kapha Dosha.

Wellbeing with a Cause

Our goal is wellbeing on every level; from the ingredients we use, to the methods in which we source our products, we are proudly and transparently dedicated to working in beneficial and sustainable ways that ensure we 'give back' to the communities in which we operate, and to the amazing island we call home.

Our Save the Ceylon Elephant range sends 10% of every sale we make, into authorised projects designed to protect this most majestic creature. Our goal? To contribute to the practical resolution of the human-elephant conflict, to remove our elephants from the endangered species list and to once more see elephants in Sri Lanka reach pre-colonial era numbers.

Our Peace range also gives 10% of our sales back to community projects that are designed to rehabilitate people and areas damaged by war and to help fortify and build on the hard won peace that we, as a country and people are now fortunate to enjoy.

We are also particularly proud of our work in Kalpitiya where our Aloe Vera community trade-farming project has been providing sustainable livelihoods for 50 families. Set up in collaboration with the Marine & Coastal Resources Conservation Foundation in the arid Kalpitiya zone on the north-western coast, the project is a first of its kind when it comes to organized, large scale organic cultivation of Aloe Vera in the country.

Heal your Home

As Pliny the Elder famously said “Home is where the heart is” and indeed, for most of us, home is our sanctuary; the place we come to for shelter, security, peace of mind, rest, acceptance and the place that more often than not, contains the people we love the most.

As such, we did not forget the importance of bringing the healing properties of our products into your living spaces. Our LIVING range encompasses not only products that have an aromaveda benefit but also make beautiful and exotic visual additions to your decor.

The LIVING Aromaveda Collection includes our range of 17 essential oils and blends.

Ode to the Ocean

The ocean is a vast and glorious unknown - stretching far and deep, its immense aquamarine glory an eternal mystery. Our Ocean Treasures Collection celebrates the solemn beauty of the sea visually, while also lauding two unique therapeutic fragrances - Lemongrass and Cinnamon.

Our Living range is not just for your home; carry our fragrances into your other important spaces - use them to enhance your focus, productivity and creativity at work, take them on your travels to relax and restore your mind, or gift them to those you love to bring them the benefits that only Aromaveda can offer.

Tress Destress

It isn't referred to as a “crowning glory” for nothing, the fact is that good hair is a blessing and where natural endowment falls short of the mark, stress and distress begin.

Nothing can mess with your mind like a mess on your head. That's why we developed our Balance range. A set of fifteen products designed exclusively to give you the hair you desire - balancing Ayurveda treatments that gently purify, soothe, nourish and fortify your scalp and hair.

Our range offers customised solutions for every Dosha, providing answers to the typical hair raising problems you are likely to encounter based on whether you are Vatha, Pitha or Kapha.

So discover BALANCE and say goodbye to bad hair days. For good.

Balance Aromaveda

Our Aromaveda range offers 4 products for each Dosha, and it is recommended that you indulge yourself with all four of them since the combined effect is one that guarantees a successful and sustained result. Choose Neroli Jasmine for Vatha, Aloe Vera Watergrass for Pitha and Sandalwood Vetiver for Kapha.

100% Organic Gotukola

Scientifically proven to help increase the body's resistance to stress such as trauma, anxiety and fatigue, this traditional Ayurvedic herb is the powerful cornerstone of the oils within our Balance range. Our organic Gotukola is sourced from the Gampaha region in Sri Lanka and comes to us absolutely fresh and untainted.

100% Fresh and Home Grown Virgin Coconut

Found in Balance massage oils, conditioners and oil mists, Virgin Coconut also forms the basis for many of our other products. And the reason is no surprise - Virgin Coconut oil has been scientifically proven to be naturally anti bacterial and rich in natural vitamin nutrients essential for health and well being. Our 100% pure oil comes to us from organic farms in Sri Lanka's fertile 'coconut triangle'.

Dosha Theory

It is through the balance of these three Doshas, namely Vatha, Pitha and Kapha, that the mental and physical wellbeing of each individual in determined.

Vatha Dosha

Those with dominant 'Vatha' characteristics tend to be more on the fragile side and lean. Their constituency leads them towards dry scalp and hair with rough, wrinkled and sometimes-cracked skin.

Pitha Dosha

Those with dominant 'Pitha' characteristics tend to be strong and are usually medium body types. They have weak and thinning hair, light skin that freckles and gets sun burnt easily.

Kapha Dosha

Those with dominant 'Kapha' characteristics tend to be more on the larger boned side. They generally have soft and thick hair, skin consistence that is more oily, smooth and moist.