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.
The collection of high-quality consignment clothing at vintage ysj allows trendsetters to reach into fashion's back pocket for inspiration to create truly unique looks. Trendatarians can find inspiration on the ysj blog or by perusing the in-store stock, which is as ever-changing as the colors of Batman’s mood ring. Dresses ($24–$79) incorporate delicate details such as boho ruffled collars, Americana fringe, and ’50s secretary-inspired fitted frocks, and blazers, coats, and jackets ($20–$128) show off fur-lined collars, grunge-inspired plaid, and full-back depictions of former Vice President John Nance Garner.
The Green Boheme's raw, vegan food is not subject to high heat, chemicals, or preservation, so the food stays living and valuable nutrients aren't lost. With more vitamins, phyto-nutrients, and enzymes than cooked food, raw food helps bodies break down food, slowing the aging process and fighting cancer and other chronic diseases like crying. The No Sea Tuna sandwich fulfills fish fantasies sans fish with a medley of cashew mayo, hot mustard, celery, onion, and dulse ($7.95). Portobello steak collaborates with garlic mashed potatoes and spinach salad ($12.50), and a slice of Valencia chocolate torte ($7.95) wraps a sweet bow around a meal present.
In Morocco, it’s common to find goats balancing on the branches of Argan Trees, attempting to reach the plant’s nutritious fruits. Given this unusual behavior, it’s no wonder others took notice—generations of women in Berber Villages have also been collecting the fruit. Today, more than one thousand gainfully employed women carry on the ancestral tradition, harvesting the fruit’s kernels to make versatile, nutrient-rich Argan oil.
Once Zinn Argan’s staffers purchase it directly from the Moroccan women, they bring the oil back to the United States to make organic culinary and cosmetic products, including facial masks, moisturizers, soaps, and cooking oils. They then stock the digital shelves of their online store with these natural wares and ship them directly to customer homes.
A ritual is something much different from a routine. It implies an uncommon attention to detail?perhaps even a certain reverence. Melissa and Nicole, the two ladies who run Ritual Skin, know this all too well. The aestheticians spend much of their time educating themselves on the latest skincare technology, devising new services to dramatically improve skin of all types. They're aided by Lira , a product line that combines ancient methods with plant stem cells and luxurious ingredients such as lilac, rose, and liquefied cloud.
Clients travel to a beauty getaway via United HairLines Studio Salon, where Ashton Taylor elevates looks. As a talented multicultural hairstylist, Ashton is adept at working with all hair types, regardless of color, length, or texture. Ashton's specialties include natural haircare, as well as extensions, coloring, lightening, and chemical waving and straightening.