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.
Nail technicians at The Sole Fetish Nail Parlour buff fingers and toes until they are smooth, soft, and glistening at the ends. During the Basic Sole 6 manicure, technicians soak hands in a signature bath blend, then file each nail into the shape of a square, oval, or unicorn. Technicians groom cuticles, buff dry skin, and deliver a relaxing massage before a coat of polish seals in handiwork. The express pedicure includes a softening and signature foot soak in addition to basic nail shaping and cuticle sculpting. After buffing removes dull skin and calluses and reveals fresh, softer skin unseen since you were 4, toenails bathe in a shiny layer of polish. Clients may choose to upgrade the manicure or pedicure to a citrus-infused session that includes a paraffin dip or a Minty Winter Ice spa pedicure with a spearmint and eucalyptus soak, exfoliation, warming foot mask, and foot and leg massage.
It's all about the experience at Anointed Nails & Spa. And the Blue Island beauty shop's team ensures that experience ends with feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation. The pampering reaches a peak with the spa mani-pedi, which uses heated stones to ease knots in the lower legs and hands.
The nail technicians draw from a tool box of OPI, Essie, and China Glaze shades along with no-chip polishes and acrylic tips. With these, they create intricate nail art with myriad colors, vibrant decals, and rhinestones specifically designed to jazz up jazz hands. The team also removes facial hair with warm wax and adds volume to lash lines with extensions.
Knowing that tattooing is one of the ultimate forms of self-expression, Firehouse Tattoos' artists understand the importance of each line and every dot of pigment they leave on client skin. They meticulously put those lines and pigments together to craft realistic portraits, as well as flights of fancy such as cartoons and mythical creatures. Besides tattoo services, they also execute professional piercings of everything from bellybuttons to cheeks.