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.
Staff Size: 1 person
Most popular service: Face Painting and Makeup
Brands Used: Wolfe Brothers, Ben Nye, MAC, Kett Airbrush, Urban Decay
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Dusti, the makeup artist behind Dusti Kae Makeup, got her start in the film and fashion industries. She worked alongside renowned beauty experts on movie sets and at fashion shows, picking up on their most effective beauty secrets along the way. Today, she uses those techniques to beautify faces for weddings, senior portraits, date nights, and other special occasions.
Dusti tailors her approach to each client's features and preferences. Sometimes, that means enhancing natural beauty with subtle highlights. Other times, it means creating a glamorous look with jewel-toned lipstick and bold eyelashes. Dusti's services don't end with traditional makeovers, however: she also paints faces at clients' parties, decorating mugs with animal features, pastel swirls, zombie-style makeup, and other designs.
Stylist Rachel Warren has a knack for seeing the potential in an uninspired haircut, so it's fitting that she works at a place called Inspired Beauty. Combining professional-level skill with a dose of inspiration that can't be taught, Rachel snips and styles hair to create looks that flatter her clients' diverse personalities. But she doesn't limit her services to the scalp; Rachel is also an expert when it comes to lash extensions, brow tinting, and even skincare. Her swift waxing treatments banish unwanted hair from the face and body, making it easier to get an accurate count of your freckles for the census forms.
A light-touch exfoliation and moisturizing, also known as Bodyworks, is the signature treatment at Shear Organics Salon & Day Spa. This relaxing service represents the nature of the salon and spa's treatments, which its aestheticians perform amid an atmosphere that's equally as soothing. They strive to use products sensitive enough for clients with chemical allergies, expectant mothers, and people undergoing treatment for cancer. These gentle serums factor into their many treatments: haircuts, facials, 100% organic hair color, and organic glazes, among others.
At Tan Utah, experienced staffers help patrons select tanning plans to suit their beauty goals. From a hue built gradually in a UV bed to a Mystic booth's instant bronze, tanning experts help clients find the right look to stand out. As a distributor of top-flight tanning accouterments, the team gets such up-and-coming technologies as the Beauty Angel system, in which a therapeutic red light bolsters collagen production while a vibrating platform stimulates circulation.
European Tanning Center fosters healthy glows with a well-curated collection of sun-simulating tanning beds and VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Six flavors of horizontal and upright tanning beds feature various amenities such as surround sound, 360-degree tanning-bulb arrays, and high-pressure lamps; a dedicated leg-tanning unit bronzes appendages paled from shaving or an unchecked pants addiction. The center's fully automated VersaSpa spray booth doles out UV-free radiance via a fine mist of hydrating tanning solution. Clients can extend the life of their newly furbished tans with a full line of products from Australian Gold and Designer Skin.