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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.

14644 Orchard Pkwy
Westminster,
CO
US

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.

1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr
Broomfield,
CO
US

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.

3736 Tejon St
Denver,
CO
US

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.

3210 Meade St
Denver,
CO
US

Most Popular Service: Facials, nonsurgical face-lift, massage

Brands Used: Yon-Ka Paris, Colorado Skin Care, Eva's Esthetics

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Minimum Age Requirement: 14

Established: 2005

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: No

Q&A with Marj, Owner/Practitioner

Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?

All facials end with a hot aromatic towel and customized finishing creams, serums, and sunscreen. All facial clients will benefit from some degree of energy work, as well as a gentle acupressure scalp massage and relaxing facial massage (in the La Frande Classique European facial).

What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?

The nonsurgical face-lift is a great no-downtime alternative to turning back the clock. I have many clients who combine massage with a facial service in the same appointment for an all encompassing mini spa day. I am certified in chemical peels and microdermabrasion. People ... leave feeling great but don't know exactly why. It's the healing energy they receive?I promise.

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?

i love the healing aspect of everything I do. I genuinely care about each client's personal story, their life, and helping them improve their quality of life. I am passionate about educating a client about products, ingredients, and their own bodies.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

I'm an ethnic-skin specialist [and do] Reiki energy work. Regular clients benefit from me noticing subtle changes in their body or skin and correcting them within the parameters of my licensure and skill set. Good home skincare doesn't have to be rocket science. It can be simple & straightforward.

2870 Bryant St
Denver,
CO
US

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.

1744 Platte St
Denver,
CO
US