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.
South Oaks Pharmacy’s charismatic chemists dispense prescriptions, over-the-counter elixirs, and health-inducing products from their amply stocked apothecary shelves. Customers can soothe chapped lips with a stick of Burt’s Bees lip balm ($1.99) or relieve muscles sore from overly vigorous lip-balm applications with pain-relieving Blue Goo ($10.49). Make an appointment to bust seasonal bugs with an annual flu shot ($30) or keep bodies hale and hearty all year long with vitamins including Centrum, One-A-Day, and Flintstones. Keep bods smelling pleasant with $1 goods such as shampoo and toothpaste or tangibly preserve transient memories using the shop’s Kodak machine, which instantly spits out prints culled from memory sticks, Facebook, or your photographic memory.
TLC Hair Designs owner-operator Tracy Chapman transforms damaged, overgrown, or outdated hairdos at her work station in Salon Brands. Using her steady hands and knack for matching styles based on her clients' skin tones and facial features, Tracy cuts, layers, and shapes both men's and women's hair. Matrix and Logics Color DNA aid her as she adds accentuating highlights or all-over color to strands that need a new hue or a touchup of their natural green hue.
The secret to Mica Beauty Cosmetics is how simple the radiant powder actually is. It has no talc, oils, chemical dyes, or preservatives. It's made of natural minerals with high levels of antioxidants that help skin combat signs of aging while making the face look flawless. The all-natural cosmetics line includes foundation, lip color, and eye makeup, including specialized eyeblack for offensive linemen with delicate skin.
Fragrances Unlimited equips young trendsetters with a constantly updated coterie of designer scents and stylish accessories from top brands ranging from Dolce & Gabbana to Versace. Carry textbooks or hide textbook authors to whisper answers during pop quizzes with back-to-school gear such as the Room It Up confetti-dot backpack ($24.99). Designer perfumes and colognes, including Gucci Guilty for men ($54.99 for 1.7 oz.) and True Religion Hippie Chic ($54.99 for 1.7 oz.), bestow bodies with elegant scents. The rhinestone enthusiast who resides in each shopper can slip into a Rock Angel long-sleeve shirt ($29.99), crown the head with a Love Kills Slowly cadet hat ($20), or accessorize dollars with a zebra-print wallet ($19.99). Also carrying handbags, makeup, and jewelry, Fragrances Unlimited can gift-wrap presents or merchandise sentenced to life in a box.
Wild Angels Clothing Company collects a fun, eclectic mix of casual tops, summer dresses, and flashy accessories to enhance shoppers' wardrobes. Guests can step out for a night on the town with colorful printed tees and tanks, accentuate outfits with jewelry and snapback hats, or make eye-catching entrances at parties with glittery masquerade masks.