Whether working with clients who have allergies to harsh chemicals that reside in many beauty products, or just pampering the way nature intended, Natural Solutions' staff employs a roster of gentle, all-natural ingredients for every service. Featuring ammonia-free hair color and perm services to help maintain mane health without stripping proteins or essential moisture and leaving hair vibrant and shiny. Even their makeup, which can be purchased to take home or applied in house, is free of harmful ingredients?the salon is an authorized bareMinerals retailer, and features hundreds of cosmetics.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Helmed by a licensed doctor and ably staffed with professional nurses and personal weight-loss counselors, Physicians Weight Loss Centers continues a 34-year-long corporate tradition of helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Products such as meal-replacement bars and B12 shots give helpful boosts to systems, and one-on-one support and guidance empowers patients to work their way to healthy living.
Voted No. 1 from 2209-2013 by the readers of the Akron Beacon Journal, Novus Clinic was born 20 years prior from board-certified ophthalmologist Todd L. Beyer and optometrist Jerry Sude?s vision for a one-stop eye-care facility. To bring this idea to fruition, they first recruited a neuro-ophthalmologist and a second optometrist to their team and eventually constructed a 3,800-square-foot surgery center in 1998. The state-of-the-art center was built in response to the voices they heard asking for laser vision-correction procedures such as LASIK and cosmetic treatments. Dr. Beyer, also a certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, began performing face-lifts along with noninvasive skin treatments after he found himself fielding queries from more and more patients about dermal fillers, peels, and laser hair removal.
With the expanding list of offered services, the clinic shed its original title, System Optics, and was reknighted Novus Clinic in 2003. The word novus, which translates to ?fresh and exciting? in Latin, more accurately encompasses the clinic?s multifaceted approach to ocular and anti-aging treatments. The doctors never forget the primordial soup from which they sprang, though, and still conduct eye exams and keep a venerable inventory of designer frames.
Something New Florist specializes in floral arrangements, decorative housewares, and wedding registries. For almost 20 years, the prettifying purveyors have been bringing fresh new colors to homes and special events with colorful compositions, such as the simple-pleasures basket, a multichromatic creation blooming out of a whitewashed wicker basket ($39.99), and the cube with yellow blooms, an arrangement of bright-yellow alstroemeria, carnations, and chrysanthemums in a square glass vase ($36.50).
As a teenager, Lissa Bell developed vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation in the skin. As a result, Lissa decided to research and develop natural skincare products. Today at Lissa's Natural Skin Care, as a licensed esthetician, herbalist, and holistic-skincare therapist, she uses organic skincare products during custom facials, and skin resurfacing treatments to treat a myriad of skin issues.