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By Gayatri Bhaumik | November 13th, 2018

You probably already know that people (and personalities) can be broken down into five categories. But what do you actually know about what this means for your beauty rituals? I checked out the new range of  Elemental Herbology products and treatments at Melo Spa, Hyatt Regency Shatin, to find out.

The Five Elements

Put simply, people can be categorized into one of five elements based on their personality traits, likes and dislikes, and even moods.

Water personalities are your artsy, intelligent types. Creative and deep, they’re often also introverts, and easily misunderstood. Wood traits include fun, fearlessness, confidence — these are your brash, sometimes intimidating go-get-em types. Fire personalities are uplifting and happy-go-lucky — the world’s their party and you’re along for the ride. Then there are the Earth people. You know them as the wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly do-gooders who are practically angelic in their empathy and generosity. Metals, though, are the most elevated of beings, constantly seeking a higher consciousness.

Spa Treatments and the Five Elements

Elemental Herbology is a natural skincare line that has developed a range of spa treatments specifically geared towards the traits and feelings of each of the five personality elements. Last month, they partnered with Melo Spa at the Hyatt Regency Shatin to launch the treatments in Hong Kong.

There are a range of treatments on offer, including some nourishing facials, scrubs and wraps. I duck intone of the spacious spa suites to try the Five Element Aroma Massage. To begin, I fill out a questionnaire. Apparently, your moods can influence what “element” you are at any given time, so the questionnaire helps pick out what element you are at the time of your treatment. The idea is that your spa treatment can then be specially curated depending on which of the five elements you are showing at that moment.

Turns out, I’m feeling pretty good today, so the Elemental Herbology Fire for Zest body oil is selected for my treatment. Matched with a combination of Eastern and Western techniques, the massage is at relaxing and uplifting, and leaves me ready to tackle the week ahead. Would the result have been the same using a different body oil — say, the one for water or metal? I can’t answer that, but I’m willing to go back and find out.


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The author was a guest of Melo Spa and Hyatt Regency Shatin for this story.