Eco-aware women who crave a good mani-pedi at the start of sandal season should head to Simpure, an Aveda salon in Dublin with a treatment menu featuring "natural" manicure and pedicure services.

Eco-aware women who crave a good mani-pedi at the start of sandal season should head to Simpure, an Aveda salon in Dublin with a treatment menu featuring "natural" manicure and pedicure services.

Harsh chemical smells are nowhere to be found.

All of the spa's nail services are natural, said owner Kelly Lee, because 93 to 99 percent of Aveda products are derived from flowering plants. Products are packaged in 100-percent post-recyclable containers, labeled with soy ink.

"With Aveda, it's a really eco-friendly concept," Lee said.

The salon, which opened at the beginning of March, also uses low-voltage lighting and boasts countertops and fixtures made from recyclable materials.

A waterfall greets guests upon entering Simpure, and a stereo plays calming nature noises in the manicure room. Aveda's signature herbal tea, served in tiny aluminum cups, is always available.

Services are far from a rushed experience - the Essential Manicure, the salon's basic nail service, lasts longer than a half-hour. It includes nail shaping and cuticle trimming, a warm hand bath (with either "energizing" or "calming" soap), a hand and arm massage and, finally, a coat of OPI nail polish. The corresponding Essential Pedicure adds an exfoliating foot scrub.

Caribbean Therapy manicures and pedicures use Aveda's line of mango and cocoa butter products and also includes a scrub and a self-heating mask.

Things get even more new-agey from there. Customers can take a personalized "sensory journey" with the Chakra Balancing manicure and pedicure. The services are meant to bring the seven different energy centers, or chakras, into balance.

The nail technician spreads out seven cards with different designs, colors and words and has the customer choose three that appeal most to her. Each card corresponds to a different scented oil, and the one the customer finds most appealing is mixed into her massage lotion and sprayed around the room periodically.

"This is supposed to balance you out," said Erin Kelly, a Simpure nail stylist. "Your body knows what it needs, so it kind of does the work for you without you having to think so much about it."