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Essential Therapy
Essential Therapy
49 Broughton Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
United Kingdom

Salon

Essential Therapy
49 Broughton Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
United Kingdom

Opening hours

Mon - Closed -
Tue - Thur 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Closed -
  • Accepts online bookings

    Online bookings let you pick date/time for your visit.

  • Accepts eVouchers

    If you purchase an eVoucher you will need to book with the venue directly.

  • Accepts Wahanda gift vouchers

    Our old Wahanda Gift Vouchers can still be redeemed at over 3,000 locations. Use them to pay as you would with cash. Please note, the Wahanda Gift Voucher's successor – the Wahanda Gift Card – can only be used for online purchases.

Essential Therapy   Off-peak
This venue offers discounts on off-peak appointments.

Welcome to Essential Therapy on Wahanda, a beauty salon in the heart of Edinburgh offering a wide range of treatments for both women and men.

At Essential Therapy we understand that all our customers are individuals. We are dedicated to offering high quality, tailored treatments to ensure that each and every client leaves the salon having had a professional service and an excellent customer experience. We offer specialist waxing, massage, facials, CACI non-surgical face-lift treatments, manicures/pedicures and tanning services. We also offer a new range of Essential Treatment combinations that allow you to combine a number of treatments for a true pampering experience.

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Based on 36 reviews

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  • Ambience
  • Cleanliness
  • Staff
  • Value
  • Body
  • Body Treatments - CACI (1)
  • Spray Tanning and Sunless Tanning (3)
  • Face
  • Eyebrow and Eyelash Treatments (1)
  • Facials (4)
  • Facials - CACI (5)
  • Microdermabrasion (1)
  • Hair removal
  • Threading (3)
  • Waxing (10)
  • Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage (1)
  • Nails
  • Gel Nails (2)
  • Manicure (5)
  • Pedicure (4)
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Posted 2 days ago
This is a beautiful peaceful salon and was a pleasure to visit, service was excellent and the shellac looks amazing.
I would definitely recommend a visit and will be retuning as soon as I can for more pampering!

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Verified review Visited March 2015
Posted 3 weeks ago
I had a shellac manicure done. It looked okay when finished but the cuticle work and shaping was not very well done. The colour only lasted 12 days before peeling off.

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Verified review Visited March 2015
Posted 3 weeks ago
Beautiful, clean and very professional venue and staff. My spray tan didn't come out as well as it has when done in other places in the past. There were some areas missed probably because the tanning is done in the smallest closet like space.

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Verified review Visited March 2015
Posted 1 month ago
Really lovely salon, clean and friendly. Received a reminder before my appointment which I find handy. The therapist was nice and chatty really put me at ease and she did a great job of my waxing. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this salon.

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Verified review Visited February 2015
Posted 1 month ago
Great service at Essential Therapy and very good value for money. Threading is done in a private room and the therapist was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend Essential Therapy.

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 3 months ago
Nice spray tan treatment, the colour was a little light for me but the staff were friendly and the treatment room was nice enough.

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 3 months ago
Very good experience. Nails were excellent. Salon is lovely. Nice and relaxing. They have a very good choice of colours of shellac etc. Would defo go back.

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 3 months ago
Really good experience. Lovely salon, good attention to detail. Used hot wax which is less painful than regular wax. Highly recommend

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 3 months ago
I booked the Deluxe Pamper Day - Facial and Full Body Massage as a treat just after Christmas. Overall it was a wonderful experience, with some small areas that could be improved.

The welcome was friendly but it would have been nice for someone to have taken my coat (I sat with it on my lap while I waited) and to have been offered a glass of water (I have been offered one on previous visits, but not this time - in the end I asked for one). I asked the lady behind the desk to check that everything was marked as paid on their system, as after my last visit it was a bit awkward standing about waiting for them to confirm I'd already paid. I used the bathroom before my treatment and found it could have done with a clean, especially the sink.

My therapist (unfortunately I don't remember her name) was wonderful - very competent and professional, and I felt in good hands (literally!). One thing I really didn't like was the music - some sort of free-form jazz with panpipes, the worst I've heard in any spa. Towards the end some birdsong came on which was a welcome relief, but before long the panpipes started up again! The table was a little narrow - as a size 18 there wasn't any room for me to rest my arms alongside my body, but I found a comfortable way to hold them in the end. The 'hole' in the table was a little uncomfy at first but I settled into it eventually.

Gripes aside, the massage and facial were just brilliant - both relaxing and productive (a stubborn knot in my shoulder is long gone!), and my skin feels amazing. There was no hard sell in terms of product recommendations at the end, which I appreciated, and a record of what was done in my facial has been kept on file so we can pick up where we left off next time. I would come back to Essential Therapy for a facial and/or massage without hesitation, and would happily recommend it to others.

The only other thing to mention is that the package description on Wahanda lists both the massage and the facial as lasting 1 hour, but we started at 11:05 and finished at 12:50 so it was 15 minutes short. Not the end of the world, and to be honest both treatments felt lengthy and complete, but worth mentioning as I did notice it (perhaps the description should be changed?).

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Verified review Visited November 2014
Posted 4 months ago
Great value and really great service. The therapist was attentive and friendly and gave me some samples of products used to try at home.

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 4 months ago
First time having threading at essential therapy and it was excellent. The staff were friendly and attentive and the therapist did an excellent job.

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 4 months ago
I had a Manicure and have awarded it 5 stars.

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 4 months ago
I recommend the eyebrow threading service at Essential Therapy. The ambience is lovely and relaxing, and even though you're not getting a relaxing full-on treatment like a facial or a massage, you get to lie on a comfy bed and are treated like a valued customer (this is in contrast to the similarly-priced 'sit in a shop window on an uncomfortable chair' threading experiences available on the high street). Both times I've been the therapist has asked me what I'd like in terms of shape/grooming, and has made sure I'm happy with the result before I go. Your eyebrow area is carefully cleaned before threading, and a soothing tea tree treatment is applied afterwards. It feels as pamper-y as threading can!

The only thing that could be improved is the smoothness of the payment side of things - the last time I went it wasn't clear on their system whether I'd pre-paid in full through Wahanda (I had) and I had to wait while they took some time to check. Just a small thing! Also one person on the phone kept on referring to the threading therapist as 'the girl' which was a tad unprofessional and made the therapist seem less qualified than she is (I checked and she is a senior therapist).

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Verified review Visited November 2014
Posted 4 months ago
Staff friendly, and ambience nice and relaxed. However, waxing of the under arm area left quite a lot of hairs.

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Verified review Visited November 2014
Posted 5 months ago
I had a Dermalogica Customised Microzone Facial and have awarded it 4 stars.

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Verified review Visited October 2014
Posted 5 months ago
Second time I have been here. Really great service, the staff are lovely. My spray tan turned out great too! Thank you essential therapy.

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Verified review Visited October 2014
Posted 5 months ago
I had a Waxing and have awarded it 5 stars.

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Verified review Visited August 2014
Posted 5 months ago
Great experience. Staff were lovely and both me and my friend received helpful advice. Overall very enjoyable and I will definitely go back.

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Verified review Visited May 2014
Posted 10 months ago
I had a Deluxe Pamper Day - Facial and Full Body Massage and have awarded it 3 stars.

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Verified review Visited May 2014
Posted 10 months ago
Really friendly staff. I did shellac nails for both hands and feet and they both stayed around 2 weeks! Thanks

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