When you step into Atmosphere Essentials, admiring the boutique's Victorian-style decor, intoxicating array of make-your-own perfumes, and the pictures of beloved family members on the wall, you probably wouldn't guess that the cottage's cozy interior is also home to a high-tech laboratory. That’s where owner Antonio Sciortino creates his natural home and body products, a talent handed down to him by his Palermo-born ancestors. According to StatenIslandLifestyle.com, Sciortino's grandmother began making natural skincare remedies to help cope during difficult, post-war times. The innovative on-site lab allows him to share his family secrets and 15 years of research on a broader scale. Therein, his team produces 100% certified-organic formulas made with botanicals and essential oils, which are then blended into soy candles, lotions, and eco-friendly baseball-mitt softener.
In the upper echelons of the intimate spa and hair salon, massage therapists and aestheticians use the line in a variety of relaxing spa treatments. As documented by Fox News, some of Sciortino's products have also been inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's natural beauty and penchant for aromatherapy.
LaVida Massage of Staten Island plays the role of matchmaker by assessing clients' needs and pairing them with the massage that will meet their goals. A person dealing with a sports injury may find themselves best suited for the rigorous pressure of a deep-tissue massage, whereas a stressed-out office worker may mesh well with the essential oils of an aromatherapy massage.
Therapists also use a four-level system to help match the client with the amount of pressure they'd prefer during the treatment. For those who want to extend their stay at the studio, LaVida dabbles in other areas of beautification, cleansing pores during signature facials, waxing unwanted hair, and gluing pages from fashion magazines all over a person's body.
Signature Service: Minimally invasive vein treatments
Brands Used: Electrocoagulation (VeinGogh) that close blood vessels
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
According to Vein Medic, an estimated one in four people suffer from some form of leg-vein disorder during their lives. These varicose and spider veins can be painful, and even if they aren't, they can make people feel uncomfortable with their appearance. So Vein Medic's physicians, including board-certified Dr. Michael Kassouf, who has been eradicating unwanted veins for more than 25 years, fight them with a variety of treatments.
Two of the most popular treatments include sclerotherapy and endovenus laser therapy. During sclerotherapy treatments, doctors inject the unwanted veins with an FDA-approved sclerosing solution, which causes the veins to collapse, die, and eventually fade from view. Endovenus laser treatments also collapse veins, though they require a laser fiber to be inserted into the vein. Both minimally invasive treatments can help patients feel more confident walking around in public in shorts, dresses, and figure-skating costumes in a few weeks.
The beauty pros at Shiny Luk keep the hair on their clients? heads styled and primped, while making sure unwanted fuzz on bodies remains in check with a full menu of waxing and threading services. Because waxing and threading techniques remove hair by the root, they offer longer-lasting results than shaving or snipping each hair with a cigar cutter.
Since 2003, Greatcuts’ licensed cosmetologists have been fine tuning the hairdos of men, women, and children. They pay strong attention to detail in every service, whether they’re cleaning up men’s hairlines, ousting frizz with keratin smoothing treatments, or giving the Mona Lisa bangs. They also launch manes to new aesthetic heights with coloring treatments, deep conditioners, and perms, and wax away unwanted facial hairs.
Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.