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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Apothecary Wellness Spa's service menu may be long and diverse, but every treatment has one thing in common: holistic, eco-friendly products and techniques that calm the mind and reveal beauty naturally. Facials rely on formulas from Naturopathica and Ilike Organic Skincare to purify and revitalize complexions through fully personalized treatments, each of which include soothing massages and a bounty of hot towels. Custom-massage sessions benefit from the addition of individually blended essential oils, and body treatments soften the skin by imparting essences of wholesome fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Even the waxing treatments take a natural approach by using Nufree, a plant-based, hair-removal formula that's naturally antibacterial and free of waxes and sugars, resulting in less skin irritation than the hard waxes or recently-lit birthday candles used by other spas.
Developed in Beverly Hills, Glow to Go's sunless solution offers a safe and effective way to achieve beachy bronze in less than 10 minutes. A healthy alternative to UV beds and venomous minnow exposure, the spray tan process at Glow to Go employs Infinity Sun technology, which boasts being all natural and carbon neutral. Certified tanning technicians use airbrushes to apply customized color, misting contours with a special mixture of anti-oxidants and pure botanicals to leave skin hydrated and vibrant, like a marching band in a swimming pool. All sun-styling sessions take place in Glow to Go's 1,400-square-foot facility, and clients are encouraged to shower, shave, and remove lead aprons before swinging by for their treatment.
Color pops inside of La Exotique Beauty & Fashion. It’s seen not only in the jewel-toned cocktail dresses that hang from racks, but also in the lipsticks, blushes, and eye shadows that line the beauty counter. These beauty products do more than present a colorful palette, however. They’re hypoallergenic and made from natural fruit extracts, which are gentler on the skin. Earth’s bounty also goes into La Exotique’s line of skincare products—including botanical facial cleansers, mango hydrating cream, and mineral mud masks.
Aestheticians Melissa Jacobson and Stephanie Casey employ only organic ingredients within their candlelit beauty studio. Jacobson, a certified reiki master, and Casey, a certified aromatherapist, believe in treating the whole body and all of its manifestations in alternate universes. They excel at cultivating a sense of total peace, whether they're performing body wraps, deep-tissue massages, ear candling, or makeup applications.
There is no such thing as a typical treatment at Sky Lounge Skin Care. The spa’s skilled team of aestheticians makes sure of that by personalizing skin remedies to address each client’s individual needs. Comprehensive skin analyses conducted before each treatment allow staffers to modify facials and peels to better treat acne, discoloration, or frown lines from sending hundreds of unreturned letters to the North Pole. The spa also carries a full line of botanically derived Only YouRx products, which clients can stock up on to continue their skincare regimens at home. Along with skin treatments, the staff regularly holds skincare seminars and offers waxing, manicures, cosmetic treatments, and massages.