Joppa Minerals founder Amy Casto-Booher began her search for chemical-free cosmetics in 2005, when her daughter, Hayley, was diagnosed with psoriasis. Dissatisfied with the products she found on the market, Amy started crafting all-natural beauty products herself, eschewing additives for pure minerals. Amy's mineral foundation is her first and best-selling product, melding into skin in one of four formulas that cater to oily, aging, or gill-flecked skin. Amy also keeps her lightweight products—which include face creams, blush, eye shadow, and blemish treatments—at a reasonable price.
Specializing in holistic health needs since 1985, Healthmart pharmacies provide timely, detailed, and extensive assistance for pharmacological requests and body befuddlements. Healthmart features substantial stores of vitamins and supplements, such as Sundown Naturals echinacea ($7.09 for 100 count) to beat your stubborn winter cold or Nature's Bounty fish oil ($14 for 180 count) to painlessly remove your ankle beard. Healthmart accepts all insurance companies, can fill prescriptions in 5–10 minutes, and offers free delivery for personal prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. The Portage location also carries Ayurvedic supplements for individuals inclined toward natural health and penicillin-resistant poltergeists.
The friendly and experienced staffers at this full-service day spa perform an array of treatments to transform forlorn figures into flattering frames. Carve a coveted 12-pack into your midsection with a Zerona body-sculpting treatment ($200–$250). During the 40-minute session, a noninvasive laser melts rebellious fat cells loitering under the skin, which then get fully eliminated through the body’s natural detoxification processes. This Groupon is good for one treatment, but six treatments are recommended for optimal results. Opt for two spider-vein treatments to noninvasively banish web-like squiggles and inadvertently offensive words from your surface.
Daring floral prints, leopard spots, and stripes pattern the upholstery in the waiting room at Merle Norman Luxe Spa & Salon. The eclectic decor flows throughout the salon, hinting at its broad range of hair and body treatments. The salon's hair designers cut and color men's and women's locks, as well as match heads to designer wigs in a private room. At manicure stations, nail techs coat fingertips in lacquers squeezed from the color wheel by scientists at OPI. In the spa area, skin specialists treat clients with the exclusive Merle Norman Cosmetics line on a try-before-you-buy basis. The line's cosmetics are manufactured in the United States and are guaranteed to be not tested on animals.
In 1910, when apothecaries regularly doled out narcotics and opiates for issues such as headaches or nausea, Joseph Meyer was planting natural alternatives to the questionable contents of the brown bottles. Through research, careful tending of herbs and medicinal plants, and labor negotiations with garden-gnome unions, Meyer's small operation grew steadily. He acquired a tract of land on the Little Calumet River where he grew medicinal plants and cultivated flora. Eventually, the tract of land was finished with an English gabled building and given a name: Indiana Botanic Gardens, Inc.
More than a century after Meyer actualized his vision of providing natural health alternatives, his family continues to champion his idea. They curate an ever-expanding inventory that includes vitamins, nutritional supplements, and bulk herbals—all of which may be purchased both in-store and online.