Melt Bath & Skincare Online Boutique's toiletry artisans handcraft each of their skin-smoothing lotions, creating silky creams and oils, exfoliating scrubs, and wholesome cleansers that enrich the body and spirit. Customers celebrate the connection between smell and memory as they enter Melt's fragrant emporium of tinctures and tonics, which conjure recollections of fluffy birthday cakes with vanilla-tinged soaps or forgotten dreams of a career in beekeeping with the floral-scented sugar scrub. Samples of the shop's sweet-smelling wares abound, helping customers match themselves with an appropriate moisturizing brew or exotic olfactory blend.
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.
Some tools never outlive their usefulness. For the highly trained barbers of Handlebars Barber Shop, those tools are: Pomade, a 1967 edition of Practice and Science of Standard Barbering, a straight razor, and an artistic eye. Complete with a Plinko game and vintage barber chair, Handlebars has an assuredly old-school vibe. However the barbers combine the retro style with contemporary trends and an eagerness to innovate.
Scissors and free-hand clipper techniques help the staff shape flattering new 'dos. These range from pompadours to beard trims and well-balanced buzzcuts, which look far more professional than the ones performed by a hungry goat. The team also views relaxation as a key part of the barbershop experience, hence the steamed towels and shoulder massage that come with their signature cut service.
Reveal Healthy Skin Spa's licensed aestheticians believe that natural, toxin-free treatments are the key to beautiful skin. The skilled skincare specialists favor local Colorado products that are free of preservatives, harsh ingredients, and dark magic. They put these products to work when performing an array of beauty services, from rejuvenating custom facials to exfoliating chemical peels. Similarly, when administering airbrush tans, the technicians use an earth-friendly sunless spray free of gluten and paraben. The versatile specialists also extend their expertise to facial and body-waxing services for women, as well as makeup applications.
For more than two decades, Liz Ehrichs has spent her days revamping hair with shades that not only suit her clients’ taste and draw attention from onlookers but also look natural. Stationed amid Salon Denver’s rustic brick walls and golden hardwood floors, she paints tresses with Framesi products to create style-accentuating highlights or all-over chestnut, blond, or auburn hues. Liz also focuses on color correction, fixing strands that were dyed by less adept salons or the neighborhood’s paintball league.
Salon owner and master stylist Ergun Tercan leads a team of talented stylists in his salon, where continuing education and precise, stylish hair services are the norm. Born into a family of stylists, Tercan inherited their passion for hair and channeled it into his experience, which has spanned two decades and multiple trainings with Vidal Sassoon and the Bumble & bumble Academy. Beside wide and bright windows that mirror the smiles of the staff, stylists apply Wella professional color and style with Bumble & bumble products. They augment clients’ manes with natural hair extensions, imported from Europe. The team can refine expressions after eyebrow tinting or brow threading, which uses cotton threads to sculpt elegant curves or the classic sideways semicolon look.