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 The Natural Place, Dr. Jonathan W. Singer oversees a staff of registered nurses, laser technicians, and licensed and certified paramedical aestheticians who subscribe to the same philosophy. Through their services, which include vibration therapy, the team can help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's Disease, MS, and orthopedic problems. The clinic's aesthetic treatments, such as Botox, oxygen facials, and laser hair removal, help to boost confidence, and weight-management plans aim to produce healthy results in patients. Dr. Singer and his staff also perform Body Bronze sunless spray tans and intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), which can be used to diminish the appearance of spider and varicose veins as well the need to go to the disco.
As the name implies, at Healthy Skincare Spa, healthy, nourished skin is the goal. Aestheticians achieve this in a variety of ways, depending on the client's skincare needs. Diamond-peel microdermabrasion treatments and HydraFacials employ different methods to effectively exfoliate skin and remove impurities. Aestheticians can also cater facials to clients' specific needs—they treat acne with deep-cleansing facials, fight signs of aging with anti-aging facials, and rejuvenate complexions with custom European facials. And for clients in a time crunch, express facials refresh skin in a quick 30-minute session.
The secret to Mica Beauty Cosmetics is how simple the radiant powder actually is. It has no talc, oils, chemical dyes, or preservatives. It's made of natural minerals with high levels of antioxidants that help skin combat signs of aging while making the face look flawless. The all-natural cosmetics line includes foundation, lip color, and eye makeup, including specialized eyeblack for offensive linemen with delicate skin.
Everyone is looking for that cool factor, and Curating the Cool can help. The store specializes in vintage and consignment furniture and home goods that add retro charm and memorable pieces to any room. When picking pieces for the store, the staff focuses on quality over quantity, which ensures its inventory is purchased and updated quickly. Customers can pick up vintage items ranging from colorful beaded bracelets to lawn decorations and peruse a selection of new items, such as purses from Cloth & Ink, skincare products from The Mod Cabin, and glassware from Vital Industries.