As an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience and a former chemist with Christian Dior, Helene Lawless knows a thing or two about skincare. The French native opened Be Smooth after growing tired of lengthy spa visits that left a dent in her own wallet. She decided to offer affordable treatments with products and equipment that she has found to be effective over her years as an aesthetician and spa-goer. As a result, she and her team nourish skin using the with organic plant extracts in the Pevonia Botanica line, natural Nuxe products, and Shea Terra Organics with fair-trade shea butters and argan oils. Lawless has also tracked down innovative aesthetic techniques such as VIP Complex's infrared and microcurrent treatments, IPL photofacials with light heat energy (LHE), and hair removal with the gel-based Depilar System.
Lawless prides herself not only on the budget-friendliness of her services, but also on the unintimidating “non-spa” ambience of her beauty haven. Guests relax at a white-on-white facial bar for a deep cleansing, and a boutique area offers European-style gifts such as fragrant Aquiesse soy candles and jewelry by Miravidi and Caracol. According to a 2011 article in the Oregonian, "even the music that can be heard from the front door is French." Just as charming is Lawless' French accent, which, like a lullaby sung by a lemur, is both soothing and exotic.
Between candy-striped walls, Cat Davidson sets to work at The Eco Salon, where she treats clients to rejuvenating facial treatments. Maneuvering the high-tech Nu Skin Galvanic Spa System II, she can work to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by infusing skin with anti-aging unguents. Elsewhere in the salon, Cat's colleagues perform hair, nail, and skin treatments using ecoconscious products, such as ammonia-free hair color and plutonium-free nail polish.
Slab Handcrafted Soap Company's dedicated soapsmiths blend and cut soaps by hand. With extreme care and consciousness of the suds-making process, these artisans forge blocks from a blend of palm, coconut, and olive oils, and exotic butters—ingredients that cohere into smooth, rich bars. These slabs not only clean skin, but also moisturize it—unlike commercial soaps, which are made with a milling process that extracts the natural moisturizing glycerin, they contain a high glycerin content. The all-natural soaps can last one person 4–5 weeks through regular use and only slight nibblings.
Summer, the cosmetologist at Advanced Face & Body Day Spa, has 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. She’s certified in both laser hair-removal and permanent makeup and can apply the permanent pigment to the eyes, lips, or eyebrows in less than an hour. Summer also offers mink or silk eyelash extensions and herbal facials that cleanse and polish skin, restoring its natural, metallic sheen.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: DN Age Peel
Brands Used: Rhonda Allison
Pro Tip: Please silence your cellphones out of respect for others who are relaxing in the spa and salon.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
We offer a welcoming environment and a selection of cold and freshly brewed beverages. We also have a nice mixture of magazines for men and women and offer our own snack blend of toasted nuts, blueberries, cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Our staff regularly adds to their education, and our estheticians have advanced Rhonda Allison training. Our licenses and certifications are on display outside of our treatment room.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
After our Uplift Facial, one customer said the following: "That's absolutely the best facial I've had in my entire life." It always makes us feel good when we know the client has had a great experience.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Facial peels offer small, progressive results, so you get the most bang for your buck when you buy a series.
Anjou spa is located in gorgeous Bend, Ore. and is the area's only green spa. We use organic products with our services (which are available for retail) and our facility is built with efficient systems and eco-friendly materials. Relax in our fireside lounge and enjoy a glass of organic Green Lakes Deschutes ale!