Oceana Tanning is an oasis for beauty-seekers, complete with live plants, tropical murals, and a bamboo hut that doubles as a reception desk. Those looking for a midsummer glow can tan in one of the standup booths, or opt for a UV-free spray tan. The staff also spruces up smiles with teeth-whitening treatments.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
From the aptly named Shore Soap Company's front door, the syncopated percussion of the coastline can be heard as it ebbs and flows just a block away. But the front door isn't the only part of the company that's connected to the sea?all of the handcrafted soaps are, too. That's because artisan soap makers combine natural ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, and fragrant herbs with sea salt to create a long-lasting, purifying bar. Though bar soap is Shore Soap Company's forte, the storefront also stocks sugar scrubs, body butter, and even solid perfumes that helped it earn a Best of Rhode Island 2013 badge from Rhode Island Monthly. Not only is Shore Soap Company committed to making high-quality handcrafted products, it has pledged 1% of all profits to Save the Bay, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting Narragansett Bay.
Newport Sea Foam Trading creates artisanal soaps, scrubs, and candles locally. Each small-batch product?from massage oils to lip balms?uses plant-based, vegan ingredients. Their soaps are redolent of naturally sourced fragrances such as lavender, peppermint, and coconut.
Elizabeth Carroll struggled with skincare problems as a teenager and a young adult, inspiring her to experiment with different blemish-concealing makeup lines. She eventually began to figure out how the various products managed to provide coverage and block UV rays from the sun and low-flying spaceships without clogging pores. She applied this knowledge when designing her own foundations, highlight powders, and eye shadows, which consist of inert, vitamin-rich mineral compounds that contain no fragrances, synthetic colors, or petroleum-based products.
When she isn't designing new makeup formulas, Elizabeth lends her skills to Shear Inspiration Salon, working as an aesthetician. She exfoliates mugs with her signature dermaglow microdermabrasion treatments and performs custom facials that uniquely hydrate and cleanse.