Melt Bath & Skincare Online Boutique's toiletry artisans handcraft each of their skin-smoothing lotions, creating silky creams and oils, exfoliating scrubs, and wholesome cleansers that enrich the body and spirit. Customers celebrate the connection between smell and memory as they enter Melt's fragrant emporium of tinctures and tonics, which conjure recollections of fluffy birthday cakes with vanilla-tinged soaps or forgotten dreams of a career in beekeeping with the floral-scented sugar scrub. Samples of the shop's sweet-smelling wares abound, helping customers match themselves with an appropriate moisturizing brew or exotic olfactory blend.
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.
Reveal Spa's licensed aestheticians believe that natural, toxin-free treatments are the key to beautiful skin. The skilled skincare specialists favor local Colorado products that are free of preservatives, harsh ingredients, and dark magic. They put these products to work when performing an array of beauty services, from rejuvenating custom facials to exfoliating chemical peels. Similarly, when administering airbrush tans, the technicians use an earth-friendly sunless spray free of gluten and paraben. The versatile specialists also extend their expertise to facial and body-waxing services for women, as well as makeup applications.
The stylists at Alfani's Barbershop tidy up locks for men as well as women, leaving strands neatly shorn or styled into a trim, sophisticated look. Staff members greet each client with a complimentary beer that cools parched throats with all the chill yet none of the burn of a dry-ice popsicle. In addition to haircuts, the team can also shave stubble down and knead overstressed shoulders with gentle massages that employ tea-tree oils. Before settling into a La-Z-Boy–inspired barber chair for their appointment, visitors can pass the time by inventing new lyrics to the pulsing rock music or by perusing the vibrant, red-and-blue mural of the Statue of Liberty, which dominates the waiting area's wall.
Tolga Taskin and the deft stylists at his eponymous salon wield decades of experience and L’Oréal Paris products to crown clients in unique 'dos. Focused solely on strand services, the stylists rework manes with cut, color, and texturizing treatments that fashion crowd-pleasing coifs without wiring clients with a portable laugh track. The service menu also features lock-lengthening extensions and the newly imported Kérastase conditioning treatment, which repairs manes battered by chemicals and daily styling regimens.
Clayton Spa and Salon’s owner has been fixing up and coloring men and women’s hair for more than 20 years. Inside the studio, which invokes a natural serenity with hardwood floors and large windows, she leads her staff in updating hairdos with customized perms and conditioning color using American Crew and Framesi products. They’ll also tint eyebrows and rejuvenate skin with facials using products from near and far—including the French-speaking Pevonia.