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.
Since 1988, the deal-hunters at Dry Clean Super Saver have connected customers with a trustworthy network of dry-cleaning and automotive-repair technicians. Armed with easy-to-use punch cards, clients save huge amounts money on dry cleaning and automotive maintenance, the two costliest household expenses after plumbing repair and poltergeist removal. The association of participating cleaners and garages stretches across the country, ensuring that cardholders can remove stains from a dress shirt or change an oil filter wherever they happen to be.
Licensed aesthetician and registered nurse Dr. Suzie understands that for skin to look beautiful, it must first be healthy. To keep her clients' skin in top form, she works with them individually to identify specific skincare issues and goals to determine the appropriate treatment plan, specializing in treating all skin types and colors. Along with performing a variety of facial treatments that help treat acne or balance complexions, she also provides advanced skincare solutions such as Botox injections and electrolysis.
Sugar and Suds Cupcake Soaps fuses the fresh clean feeling of shea butter and glycerin soap with the intoxicating sweet scents of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and lavender. Each adorable dollop of suds brightens up wedding receptions, baby showers, and birthday parties with creamy swirls of frosting-like soap, multicolored sprinkles and sparkles, as long as guests don’t actually eat them.
At Inkaholics Anonymous a staff of highly skilled, friendly, and creative tattoo artists decorate bodies with everything from permanent eye to lip makeup in sterile and disposable shop. Permanent make-up artists have more than 25 years of combined experience as well as being certified Intradermal Cosmetic Technicians. Piercing specialists safely install earrings and body jewelry from a wide range of styles and designs, while tattoo aftercare tips help clients heal their skin and protect their ink for years to come.
Scottsdale Center for Sight's founder, Dr. Paul M. Petelin, knows eye surgery—he's completed more than 10,000 LASIK surgeries, and is often the one other doctors go to when they're faced with a challenging case in their own practices. With Dr. Petelin at the helm, the center's patients can rest easy, whether they're getting a quick eye exam or going in for a more significant treatment. Dr. Petelin clarifies vision with cataract and lens-implant surgery, and diagnoses and treats glaucoma and age-related retinal diseases through surgery, medication, or laser treatments. As one of the first in the state to perform all-laser LASIK, the center specializes in bladeless LASIK corrective surgery, which is said to result in fewer surgical complications and gives patients more peace of mind.