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.
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GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Hanger Alley founder Nichole Daley relishes her role as a female fashion Robin Hood, liberating the latest women’s apparel from Los Angeles and New York and bringing it to new homes in closets and wardrobes throughout Baltimore. Her sartorial savvy has been highlighted in bmore and Style magazine, which praises Hanger Alley’s affordable, versatile selection. Most pieces pair flowing, bohemian silhouettes with feminine flourishes such as bows, ruffles, and epaulettes made of live bluebirds. The shop also stocks clutches and delicate jewelry, as well as bath and body essentials.
Color pops inside of La Exotique Beauty & Fashion. It?s seen not only in the jewel-toned cocktail dresses that hang from racks, but also in the lipsticks, blushes, and eye shadows that line the beauty counter. These beauty products do more than present a colorful palette, however. They?re hypoallergenic and made from natural fruit extracts, which are gentler on the skin. Earth?s bounty also goes into La Exotique?s line of skincare products?including botanical facial cleansers, mango hydrating cream, and mineral mud masks.