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.
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Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.
At Heritage Threading Salon, a versatile staff brings beauty and flair to the foreground of both genders. In their namesake service, threading specialists ensnare unwanted locks within twists of fine cotton thread, which enables them to remove an entire row of hair with swift precision. For more favored hairs, stylists cut, shape, and color 'dos at individual salon stations. Facials and waxing help to smooth fine lines and prep bodies for bikini season, and skilled henna artists adorn limbs with intricate floral designs, weaving patterns, and bar-exam cheat sheets.
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Tucked inside Daytona Beach Resort, Terra Acqua Day Spa shelters weary travelers and residents from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. From inside private treatment rooms, Hawaiian-made candles fill the air with the intoxicating scent of coconut as skilled staff members ease tension with soothing massage techniques. Body scrubs from local vendors gently whisk expired cells from corpuses, and imported creams and body wraps pare down hazardous curves. The pampering continues outside on the ocean deck, where cabana-shaded massage tables pair sessions with fresh air and the coos of relaxed conch shells.
The technicians at Clear Cosmetic Clinic have one goal: to help fight the appearance of unwanted stubble. To accomplish this, they employ an FDA-approved LightSheer Diode cosmetic laser system, which delivers pulses of light energy directly to each follicle. The light energy then transforms into heat, damaging the hairs and inhibiting future growth, all without causing undue harm to the surrounding tissues. Although the technology caters to virtually all hair and skin types, the technicians still recommend scheduling a consultation so they can come up with a personalized treatment plan and play a game of laser tag with their client.