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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.

403 N Charles St.
Baltimore,
MD
US

A team of trained technicians, master aestheticians, and massage therapists pampers and beautifies bodies in a bright, contemporary salon and tranquil treatment rooms awash in soothing earth tones. Staff guide guests through the spa to allay fine lines and age spots in facials with Guinot Paris and nutrient-rich Dermalogica products, oust stress with relaxing massages, detoxify skin with thermal mud wraps, and pamper nails with a list of nail services. Three levels of hairstylists transform manes with professional products from Moroccanoil, Wella, and Bumble and bumble, crafting looks as sculpted as the bar soap in Michelangelo's shower. The generous crew has also raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure by styling clients with pink hair extensions.

801 Pleasant Dr
Rockville,
MD
US

Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.

Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”

1695 Annapolis Mall
Annapolis,
MD
US

The crew at My Lil’ Princess Day Spa shuttles itself about the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area and administers kid-friendly spa treatments to make girls feel like royalty. With an eye toward glamorizing get-togethers, the entertaining experts oversee birthday parties, administer mini mani-pedis, and apply nail-art designs ranging from hearts to zebra prints.

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Baltimore,
MD
US

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.

10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia,
MD
US

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.

7101 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda,
MD
US