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.
Harnessing hair-nurturing products from Redken and White Sands, Drew McMillion and his fellow stylists at Salon Mac sculpt hair into individualized looks. Besides haircut services, the salon staff also highlights cheekbones with makeup applications, highlights hair with highlights, and discards unwanted body hair with waxing services.
At Organic Bliss, healthy and eco-friendly lifestyles are sponsored via a vast canopy of plant- and mineral-based products, all of which are free of toxic chemicals and synthetic ingredients. The proprietors only purchase products from manufacturers with their same environmentally friendly philosophy, complete aversion to animal testing, and knowledge of the secret double-knuckle handshake. From the field to family kitchen altars, the BPA-free Feeding Corn baby bowls, plates, and utensils ($7–$8) come preshucked. Choose from an entire forest of wooden cards, facilitating all-occasion celebrations with an ironed shaving of eco-friendly, sustainably harvested birch trees ($6). Unlike blistering fire-based nail polish, Organic Bliss's water-based nail polish leaves pointers smooth and gleaming as a set of 10 dolphins ($11). For natural souls still hoping to pass as not totally nude, a men's short-sleeve bamboo T-shirt simultaneously clothes torsos and endears passing panda bears.
For the last 17 years, stylist Julie has honed her craft in the art of hairstyling. She has earned specializations in personalized Goldwell coloring services and Helix Hair Designs, a scientific method of cutting hair that creates natural curl and volume. She displays her talents inside The Motif Hair by Design alongside other professionals dispensing mani-pedis, expert beard-shaping, and horn-waxing services.
With services for men, women, and children, the beauty experts at Pure Platinum Salon use hair as a canvas to bring each client's fashion sense and personality into physical form. After consultations, they grab hold of scissors to snip split ends and sculpt looks that would make Chia Pet?mannequins crumble with envy. The stylists can also hone in on damaged hair and correct color or strengthen strands. Unlike lazy portrait painters, the team doesn't stop at the head; they can wax away unwanted body fuzz and spray skin with a golden tan so clients are ready for weddings or everyday events.