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.
Co-owners Marina and Polina put inner peace above all else when they left the high-stress world of finance to open Enigma Beauty Salon, fulfilling their calling to help people feel beautiful and relaxed. Before hair, nail, or massage services give clients their desired makeovers, visitors sip complimentary beverages while looking through the salon’s magazines to find style inspiration from models and empathy for what it’s like to be made of paper. Stylists bring personality to coifs by cutting and coloring hair with their artful techniques, and technicians embellish finger- and toe-tips with a trim and polish or gel. Beautification practices flow into relaxation mode during European facials or three massage styles that are more calming than a live performance of your favorite whale-sounds album.
LeMetric Hair Center Inc. founder Elline Surianello knows firsthand how your hair can affect your confidence. At age 9, she began showing signs of androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness. Rather than let her thinning hair impact her life, she searched for natural alternatives to combat her condition, and when she couldn't find a suitable solution, she took it upon herself to create one. What started as a personal mission turned into an all-natural, safe hair-loss system that contains no glue and requires no surgery.
Today, she and her staff help women find the looks that give them confidence by offering not only handmade hair systems but also salon services. Staff members clear unwanted body hair during waxing services, polish nails to a vibrant shine with mani-pedis, and infuse skin with nutrients during facial treatments. They even take their beautification mission on the road with a mobile studio that contains hair samples and is fueled by retired wigs.
Located a few minutes from downtown Buffalo, Ciao Bella is a full-service hair and beauty salon offering cuts, color, hair-removal services, mani-pedis, and teeth-whitening treatments. Here, licensed stylists streak face-framing highlights into hair, provide deep-conditioning services, and twist locks into chic updos for special occasions. A nail technician can tend to fingers and toes, buffing, trimming, and painting them into mini works of art. Team members at this laid-back, friendly salon also apply makeup to accent clients' features and defuzz legs and underarms for weeks at a time using warm wax.
Founded on the idea that there's no such thing as too much chocolate or booze, Hell's Candy takes its name both from the indulgent nature of its candies and from the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood where it formed. Treats such as a 7 Deadly Sins chocolate-bar set, which includes the Caramel Gluttony bar—a sweet-and-salty bite with milk chocolate, toffee bits, and fleur de sel—offset some of the outside-the-box chocolates, such as vegan varieties and those infused with alcohol. The site also plans to offer premium silver rum, which is made in the United States and, like Shirley Temple, is slightly sweet yet has a hidden dark side. Hell's Candy also currently offers edgy gift ideas and clothing, ranging from a skull-and-lollipops highball glass to a "NYC > LA" T-shirt.
As the owner and queen bee of Queen Jane Nail Salon, Jane Liu helps make sure her staff is on top of its nail-taming game at each of the shop’s four area locations. Inspired by ancient Eastern therapies, each salon is decorated in a manner that’s designed to invoke a sense of calm. In the Zen-like spaces, the technicians coat nails in the latest trends in beauty including OPI Axxium, UV gel polish, and french powder tips. They also soften sore feet with green-tea- and marine-mineral-infused scrubs, lotions, and foot rubs that New York Magazine matter-of-factly referred to as "nap-inducing." In addition to administering exceptional nail services, Jane’s team also performs custom massages as well as water-grass ear-candling treatments. Ancient in its roots, the specialized treatment eradicates earwax to boost mental clarity and the flow of oxygen to the brain’s inner ear gills.