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.
At Miami Doggy Style, master groomer Jose Coraspe primps pups of all breeds and sizes in a full-service dog spa and training facility. Jose carries out basic grooming, such as washes and shampoos with hypoallergenic products, hand drying each pooch’s coat until it’s fluffy and shiny. He also performs specialty services such as ear cleaning, teeth brushing, Pet-i-cures, and hand stripping—the process of removing dead hair by hand, rather than clippers or scissors, to promote new hair growth and a healthy coat. In the training facility, Jose’s fellow staffers help to domesticate dogs by teaching them social skills, obedience commands, and how to tie a tie.
Details matter at U Style Salon. The staff constantly judges the merits of newly developed products and techniques, only incorporating those that withstand the professionals' scrutiny. Stylists exclusively use L?Or?al Professionnel coloring products, nail technicians glaze nails with polishes by OPI and Essie, and an aesthetician indulges skin with gentle, botanically derived Clarins skincare salves. The salon's attention to detail extends beyond its commitment to highly regarded, organic beauty products. During massages, clients can relax in a room featuring soft music, flickering candles, and aromatherapeutic essential oils.
A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Jessica Bruno opened FeNom Salon and covered its indigo walls with products by Redken, Pureology, and MoroccanOil. Her educated stylists craft new 'dos with services such as ombre and balayage coloring techniques and Keratin Complex smoothing treatments. When Jessica isn't working on her home turf, she hits the road for weddings, fashion shows, and photo shoots. She also spends her off-hours honing her makeup skills and soaking up as much knowledge as she can about the beauty industry, like a sea sponge in cosmetic school.
Whether planning a spa day with girlfriends or celebrating a birthday, girls and teens of all ages will experience the glamourous life at Pink Lemonade Girl's Spa. Each guest will snuggle into a spa robe and sip on pink lemonade as they get pampered from head to toe with age-appropriate makeup and new 'dos fit for a princess. Party packages are available, and are sure to make the day unforgettable.
The staffers at New Creations Hair Salon & Spa specialize in beautifying men and women from head to toe. The stylists revamp 'dos with on-trends cuts and color with the aid of Goldwell products. Beyond hair, they tend to the rest of the body with waxing, mani-pedis, and permanent makeup services.