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.
Nail technicians at The Sole Fetish Nail Parlour buff fingers and toes until they are smooth, soft, and glistening at the ends. During the Basic Sole 6 manicure, technicians soak hands in a signature bath blend, then file each nail into the shape of a square, oval, or unicorn. Technicians groom cuticles, buff dry skin, and deliver a relaxing massage before a coat of polish seals in handiwork. The express pedicure includes a softening and signature foot soak in addition to basic nail shaping and cuticle sculpting. After buffing removes dull skin and calluses and reveals fresh, softer skin unseen since you were 4, toenails bathe in a shiny layer of polish. Clients may choose to upgrade the manicure or pedicure to a citrus-infused session that includes a paraffin dip or a Minty Winter Ice spa pedicure with a spearmint and eucalyptus soak, exfoliation, warming foot mask, and foot and leg massage.
If Forever Fit Health Center could bring only one piece of beauty technology to a deserted island, it would probably pick the laser. At the clinic, its staff members use noninvasive pulses of laser light for many aesthetic purposes, from resurfacing skin to diminishing the appearance of spider veins. Per its name, however, the practice is just as devoted to holistic health as it is to beauty. Specializing in primary care, they also supervise weight-loss programs and train seniors in balance correction, reducing their risk of falling and boosting their ability to land triple salchows.
Warm leaf-green walls ascend from a sprawling hardwood floor at Sizzor Trix, where friendly beauty boosters tend to nails and hair in equal measure. The waiting area’s black leather loveseats overlook an immaculate, mirror-lined space where shears snip through men’s and women’s haircuts, and a mani-pedi station renovates digits. Patrons sink into a plush pedicure chair that, unlike those at most conventional salons, comes equipped with a foot-soaking tub not swarming with orphaned jellyfish. With gentle hands and sharp eyes, an expert eyebrow threader excises superfluous strands using the ancient method, less painful than traditional plucking, of tying thin cotton threads through brows to speedily strip foreheads.