I’ve heard of people drinking coffee made from poop, which is crazy enough. But at least it’s cooked and processed to some degree. Now there’s a new use for poop. (But wait, there’s more!)
Now a spa in New York City is offering bird poop facials for $180 each. Supposedly it gently exfoliates the skin. I’m no beauty expert, but aren’t there other ways to do that? Anyway, it’s called a “geisha facial”, which is supposedly a Japanese beauty secret. (I’m thinking I’d keep the ingredients list secret if this was my product, but I’m no marketing expert, either.)
I know what some of you are thinking — “But you never mentioned the smell!!!“ :) Of course they have to account for that; how many people would stay in a spa if it smelled like crap? At this spa, they surround you with aromas of camellia, lavender, and rose. They mix the bird poop with a rice bran, so it supposedly smells like toasted rice. The treatment begins with steam to open the pores and soften the skin, then they leave this poop mixture on your face for five minutes. I guess they want the bird poop to soak in. (Remember, they’re a professional business and they charge you a lot of money, so obviously they must know what they’re doing.) The owner says the bird feces brings out the dirt and dust that builds up in the skin and leaves the customer feeling refreshed.
Oh, and they don’t use just any ol’ bird poop, because that would be gross. It’s only from nightingales, because they eat seeds that produce the natural enzyme that is the active ingredient. Seems to me it would be good to cut out the middleman in this situation…
The article says that about 100 people get this pooperizing procedure done at this spa every month, which, doing the math, brings in $18,000 — every month. That’s a lot of money for a procedure using bird poop and rice bran. Seems like a high-profit business to be in. They must be doing something right. (I’d guess it’s the advertising and promotion — how else are you going to convince people to pay big bucks to get poop smeared on their face?)
A doctor (also in New York) has predicted that animal extracts will grow in popularity, that they offer “a new definition of natural”, because some marketed natural products could be harmful to the skin. However, I also learned that because this is sold as a cosmetic rather than a drug, there is no obligation to back up their claims with evidence.
What’s going to be the next use of poop? Actually, never mind — I don’t want to know.