Sorbet Man Gateway

Review: Sorbet Man – Male Treatments

I’d hear a lot about Sorbet Man and the male treatments on offer, so decided to visit the new Gateway store whilst on my lunch break; I was keen to try out a treatment or two.

“Cue Sorbet MAN: where we barber, shave, wax, tweeze, thread, massage, cleanse and condition while you shoot the breeze with a complimentary scotch on the rocks. Considered among the best barbers in Johannesburg and Cape Town, we’re a team of professionals who are here for the regular guy: the quintessential SA dude who can suit up, glove up, dad up and man up to invest in his swagger, in a gentlemen’s bar that doubles-up as a new-age man cave. It’s a pit stop for the man on the move (with Wi-Fi to boot) and a welcome hideout for the guy who just needs some down time. And a foot rub.”

Sorbet Man Front Desk

Sorbet Man Front Desk

So, I headed across to the Sorbet Man Gateway branch (across from CNA) where I was warmly greeted by the front of house staff and Lungi, my therapist.

First up was the Sole-Man Pedicure Power. Lungi filled a tub with all the good stuff for my feet to soak up as I took my shoes off. Now, I should let you know that I have a fear of other people cutting my nails, so this was always going to be a challenge for me but I wasn’t going to let anyone know. I looked away and let Lungi do her thing, I was terrified to begin with, but it soon became clear that I was dealing with a pro and my fear calmed to a mild panic. After being cut, my nails were shaped/filed and my cuticles were removed. I was ready for smooth heels and the foot filing began. The scrub was a highlight for me, it felt like a mini massage. Next was a nail buff and touch ups (nail buffing is polishing nails using buffers to make them look more consistent and shiny) – fancy.

Then there was the foot massage – amazing! I would go to Sorbet Man, again and again, just for that! I didn’t want it to end, it was so soothing.

Sorbet Man Treatment Corner

Sorbet Man Treatment Corner

With a Dermalogica – ProSkin 30® facial still on the cards I filled out a questionnaire on my skin to make sure all the products were suited to me, personally.

If I told you I knew exactly what happened I’d be lying. Lungi did all sorts of treatments and put a bunch of creams on my face. She did explain each step but I was just relaxing and enjoying the experience. I did pay more attention when she explain the array of Dermalogica samples that you get after. My skin felt plumb and revitalised all day, not something I thought I’d ever say, but a great feeling.

Sorbet Man offers a huge variety of other treatments & services (see here).

I had been so stressed of late and battled to fit my Sorbet Man booking into my busy schedule. Sometimes you just have to make time and I’m so glad that I finally did. The feeling of just escaping your busy life to take some time for yourself is amazing, and s0 important for your headspace. Give yourself a break, treat yo self.


Address: Shop G162 Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge

Telephone: +27 31 56 61 290 / +27 31 82 60 769
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