Article | Category: Glossary Terms

A vigorous scrubbing of the entire body with a mixture of powdered dulse seaweed and oil or water to remove dead skin and provide a mineral and vitamin treatment to the skin. This is a gentle treatment for sensitive skin which leaves the skin incredibly smooth.




Other Names:

Rhodymenia Palmetto Scrub, Red Seaweed Scrub, Palmaria Palmata Scrub


Description of Offering

This treatment uses a mixture of powdered dulse seaweed and oil or water to exfoliate and nourish the skin and will leave your skin feeling incredibly smooth.


This offering has its roots in ancient practices.


Origin of Offering

Ancient Asian Civilizations (AKA Asian/Traditional Chinese Medicine),.


Brief History of the Offering

Dulse seaweed is found abundantly in North Atlantic and Northwest Pacific regions. People living in costal regions in these areas have been consuming dulse seaweed as a food source that is high in protein and vitamins.  It was just a matter of time that the same ingredient started being used for skin care.


Fun Fact

Dulse seaweed is a valuable food source for vegetarians because it is high in protein. Dulse powder is often used in conditioner to strengthen and soften hair.




Primary Benefit Received

Improve Appearance.


Other Benefits

Body Maintenance, Increase Circulation in Body.


Research Publication

Southern Ocean seaweeds: A resource for exploration in food and drugs

V.K. Dhargalkar & X. N. Verlecar

Aquaculture (2009), 287(3-4), 229-242


Primary Findings of Research

Antarctic red algae have recently been identified for their chemodiversity, containing compounds possessing antibacterial and other inhibitive properties to marine animals.




Typical Length of Offering

45 - 60 minutes


The offering is most often provided one guest at a time.


Offering is primarily suited for:

Day Spa (wellness focus), Resort/Hotel/Cruise Ship Spa, Destination Spa, Club Spa (day or residential).


How many treatment providers are needed to produce the offering?



Common License/Certification or Training necessary to provide the offering:

Esthetician (skin care specialist).


Information about the most often used offering protocol

Chapter 7 - Thalassotherapy

Steve Capellini

The Complete Spa Book for Massage Therapists (2010), 190-224



Comments about Offering Protocol:

A dulse scrub can be a body scrub or as part of a facial. To start, the skin is scrubbed with a mixture of dulse powder and oil or water and finished with a loofah scrub and a thorough rinse of the body with a Vichy shower or other water source.


Type of space/facility most often used for the offering:

Private Dry Treatment Room


Type of space/facility that can be use for the offering:

Private Wet Treatment Room (Vichy, baths, watsu pool, etc.)


How many towels are used?

5 - 10


Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?

Yes, robe and wrap.


How many sheets are used?

2 - 4


Does the offering require the use of products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.)?



How many different products are used?

2 - 5


Approximate product cost per treatment:

$5 USD


Products used:

Dulse scrub, moisturizer


Does the offering require the use of disposable supplies (i.e. cotton squares, balls and swabs, lancets, etc.)?



Equipment and supplies needed to provide the offering:

Raised massage-style table, water source (sink or shower), blanket(s), mixing/product bowl(s).


Beyond labor, linens, disposable supplies and products, please list any other direct costs associated with the offering?



Including only the following items (products, disposable items, linen laundry, and other direct costs---not labor), what is the typical cost of the offering?

$5 - $10 USD


Comments about offering costs.

Depending on the number of products used and the quality of the products, the price will change.


Typical single session price of the offering.

$100 - $150 USD


Comments about offering price.

You would charge more in a rural area than you would in a suburb. If the demand is high, you can charge more.




Publication used to prepare this submission.

Dulse Seaweed (Rhodymenia palmetta)

Dulse Seaweed (2013)


The Complete Spa Book for Massage Therapists

Steve Capellini

Chapter 8: Body Wraps, Mud, Clay, and Herbal Therapies (2010), 204, 242-246


American Spa

Day, Lindsay Lambert

Life Aquatic (2015), 24-30


Author Information

Moira Larkin

Florida Gulf Coast University


Author Biography

Moira is a student at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Resort and Hospitality Management with concentrations in Event Management and Spa Management from New Jersey.


Editor Information:

Mary Wisnom

Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA