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.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2012, Styles Hair Studio enhances its clients' natural beauty with hair, nail, and waxing services doled out by an experienced team. Each stylist and colorist takes part in continuing education to stay ahead of current styling techniques and other contestants on Beauty Jeopardy! The TIGI Professional salon also holds an annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit local school and charities, including the American Cancer Society.
In 2000, licensed aesthetician Jennifer Friess graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute, a beauty academy that served as her introduction to the wide world of spa treatments. She spent the next decade honing her skills in salons and spas, and her love for the profession grew in tandem with her profile. As Jennifer’s reputation continued to expand, it began to make sense for her to open her own studio space—a luxury that would allow her a measure of the freedom she was unable to enjoy while working for others.
Jennifer has achieved that freedom at Simply Bliss Spa and Esthetique, where she lavishes her regular clients with the kind of personal attention they deserve. Jennifer's spa services tend to focus on the skin, so waxing, facials, and Halloween mask removal are featured prominently on her spa’s menu. In addition to these treatments, she has been known to untie muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages.
The team at European Spa Boutique administers a thoughtful blend of naturally derived and technologically advanced treatments. A less-irritating, antiseptic wax made from soybeans is used for hair removal, and heated lava stones warm achy muscles during body treatments. For the extensive selection of facials, aestheticians call upon both methods of treatment: botanical extracts calm acned skin, chemical peels are harvested from chocolate and berries, and microcurrent and LED-light therapies are designed to increase collagen production and dissipate fine lines.