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.
At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
About Face touts a wide selection of blushing basics and eye essentials in a boutique teeming with skincare and cosmetic creations crafted by more than 25 brands. Mineral makeup by Bare Escentuals harnesses natural ingredients in the form of a blemish-cloaking foundation that feigns a powdery guise but feels like a cream and tastes like tiramisu ($25). A healthy dusting of Nars blush ($27.50) plumps timid cheekbones and transforms lackluster visages into bashful beauties. Smashbox eye shadow ($23) imposes bright colors across ocular shades to ensure that peepers remain the center of attention amidst a flock of prize-winning peacocks. In addition to makeup products, About Face also carries a bouquet of skincare necessities and olfactory-rousing fragrances from the likes of Juicy Couture.
When Lolamax Salon’s stylists first lay eyes on new clients, they’re concerned with more than just the state of their hair. They scan each new face, searching for the cuts and styles that will best flatter those features. They also inquire about clients’ lifestyles—can they devote an hour to hair prep every morning, or do they need something that’s wash-and-wear? It’s not until stylists have their answers that they finally pick up their scissors and begin.
Hair appointments kick off with a relaxing scalp massage powered by Aveda shampoos and conditioners before stylists leads clients to the salon chair for a chic cut, a Goldwell color treatment, or a keratin smoothing treatment. Men can conceal grays or color over bald spots with Reshade hair color that lasts for up to eight weeks; women can sit back as their stylist weaves locks with Great Lengths hair extensions. Aside from styling hair, the Lolamax staff offers brow and lash tints and removes unwanted fuzz from the eyebrows and upper lip.
When taj salon & spa’s stylists extract coloring foils, they don’t toss them in the trash. Instead, they recycle the aluminum, putting taj on a short list of local businesses that do so. This is just one of the ways the staff show how devoted they are to beautifying both the earth and the people that populate it. The members of the styling team have been trained extensively with Aveda and the International Dermal Institute to improve their hair, skin, and massage services. Other thoughtful touches that show their dedication to clients include warm towels for the face and neck during haircuts, complimentary bang trims between visits, and stylists who travel to create stunning hairdos before a wedding or between innings of a baseball game.