Emilie Davidson Hoyt's interest in natural beauty products can be traced back to a single bar of lavender soap tucked beneath her pillow. A memento from one of her father's business trips, the fragrant bar remained close to Emilie while she slept, comforting her with its calming aroma. Throughout her childhood, Emilie suffered debilitating migraines that made her ultrasensitive to the chemicals and fragrances typically found in cosmetic products. Her condition was so bad that one of her high school teachers predicted she wouldn't succeed in college or keep a steady career.
Not only did Emilie graduate from college, she went on to found her own natural skincare company, LATHER, which initially only made olive oil–based soaps. Those soaps have since been mentioned in The New York Times, and the company has gone on to produce a full line of body, face, hair, and home products, which have appeared in other renowned publications. Emilie’s products nourish customers not only at three retail locations, but also at spas, boutiques, and hotels across the globe.
LATHER’s holistic, organic-leaning products beautify users without synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, or animal testing, and contain paraben-free preservatives and sulfate-free cleansing agents whenever possible. They also serenade olfactory senses with essential oils, vitamins, and rare fruits and herbs, and now arrive in earth-friendly EcoPure packaging, which, unlike a mummy's “No Microbes Allowed” t-shirt, accelerates natural biodegradation. LATHER maintains environmentally conscious practices, such as an in-store container recycling program and donations to worldwide reforestation projects.
Avalon Spa & Nails' extremity-care professionals help clients evade worries with customized, soothing spa services. Using sterilized and sanitized tools, a nail technician will trim, shape, and buff nails, leaving hands and feet feeling refreshed and less covered in brittle peanut-butter remnants. After the cleaning, choose a polish color or have digits buffed until they reach high levels of gleam. If you opt to apply the Groupon toward other services, you can choose a signature spa manicure ($25), which adds an exfoliating sugar scrub, a hand and arm massage, and a hot-towel compression to the traditional service, or choose from a panoply of pelt-removing options, including bikini waxing ($40), upper-lip waxing ($12), and arm waxing ($40).
Brillare Hairdressing Academy's cosmetology center teaches future coif carvers multiple cutting techniques and product knowledge while encouraging endless experimentation. Under the close eye of an experienced hairologist, student stylists trim, tease, and color mop tops to fit each client's requests without breaking their wallets, holding their piggy banks hostage, or pick-pocketing their pocketfuls of chocolate coins. Beauty-seekers looking to revamp their visages can peruse the menu of tendril-beautifying treatments, such as a haircut with style ($12 or $10 with any chemical service) to clean up scraggly strands or a special-occasion hairstyle ($25+) for an elegant updo. Brillare's brood of style-savvy mane tamers also decorates tresses with an array of coloring services that include full highlights ($45+), perms ($25+), single-process coloring ($35+), and bleaching ($30+).
At Scottsdale Skin Rejuvenation, experienced aestheticians Marguerite Mullins and Nicole Marchese draw from extensive backgrounds in skincare and holistic therapy to perform a range of anti-aging, rejuvenating skin treatments. In addition to body sculpting, the aestheticians offer massages, such as a detoxifying raindrop-therapy treatment infused with aromatic essential oils. The more intensive lastone therapy takes its inspiration from traditional Asian massages, targeting sore muscle groups with smooth heated and chilled stones. There are also a number of invigorating facial treatments available, including hydration facials that employ pomegranate and noni to clean pores and fight sun damage.
Exclusively Men's Barber & Spa offers guys a getaway designed just for them. Though the shop's walls aren't made out of prime rib, its cherry-wood decor and dark trim sets a masculine tone that even the manliest can feel comfortable in. Barbers greet visitors with a warm smile and a handshake before getting down to business, which can be as simple as a precision haircut and a hot-towel shave or as luxurious as a manicure and pedicure with rejuvenating face mask. After updating their style, chaps can maintain dapper looks at home by stocking up on the shop's full line of professional body- and hair-care products created just for men.
Amomi Pregnancy and Wellness Spa proffers safe, holistic rejuvenation and beauty services to women seeking to accentuate their appearance and pamper their person. Before the brow bedecking, one of the board-certified technicians on staff runs patients through a consultation to choose a custom-blended color calibrated for maximum attractiveness. A preliminary patch skin test ensures that none of the dyes used will spur a rebellion of mutinous skin cells. During the procedure, which lasts for about an hour, a fastidious technician applies dyes through small needles to craft an alluring brow that draws attention to the eyes and away from incoming, fur-covered antlers. Topical anesthetic applied to the brow before and during the procedure helps minimize discomfort.