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.
Claire Fey knows firsthand that the workplace can be a stressful environment. She began her career as a professional massage therapist by providing onsite treatments for corporate clients such as Gatorade and Bank of America. Perhaps working among so many cubicles and conference rooms led her to devise new treatments that evoked the relaxing warmth of a tropical vacation. Whatever her inspiration, it took Fey only a few years to develop her signature hot-stone massage—a blend of Hawaiian lomilomi, acupressure, and reflexology techniques.
Though Claire’s Hawaiian hot-stone massage has remained one of her most popular treatments, her service menu has grown considerably. It now encompasses an assortment of other wellness treatments headlined by the high-intensity and low-impact Power Plate system, an advanced method of fitness training favored by celebrities as well as their perfectly toned wax counterparts.
Symmetry’s soothing repertoire of spa services deploys products from professional beauty and skincare brands such as L’Oréal Professionnel, Dermalogica, and Glymed Plus. In addition to haircuts and exclusive Série coloring services, the salon floor shares space with nail stations, where professional OPI polish covers otherwise opaque tips with vibrant swatches of color. In secluded rooms, aestheticians cater to clients that wish to unwind or reverse signs of aging with Jessner peels, exfoliating body wraps, and massage therapy, which eases the stress and anxiety built up from protecting karate classes from vengeful cinder blocks. Before or after treatment, guests are invited to warm hands around complimentary mugs of coffee or tea or further relax with a glass of wine or beer.
Pam Brown's grandmother always told her to wash her face with oatmeal, milk, and honey—a natural, simple philosophy that inspires Pam to this day. Pam makes her skincare products by hand, guided by age-old herbal "kitchen prescriptions," as well as recipes drafted herself. The natural ingredients include organic essential oils, cocoa, and Dead Sea salts mined from Dead Sea popcorn. As a result, at Pamper Me, natural ingredients fuel skincare services for both faces and bodies, including an organic facial mask that Pam whips up fresh every day. The spa's comfort services focus on stress-melting packages that combine facials, massage, or exfoliating scrubs. To recreate the relaxing experience at home, clients can purchase Pam's handmade products, including lip balm, shampoo, and dried herb blends used in at-home facial steams.
Wary of any one-size-fits-all prescriptions for increasing bodily well-being, Optimal Health?s owners, Adrian Butuc and Luminita Dobrea-Butuc, combine alternative medicine, spa treatments, fitness lessons, and gymnastics training to help clients transform into well-rounded?and healthier?individuals. Their medical massages help muscles recover from injury without the need for medication, and yoga and Pilates classes build muscle while improving balance. Adrian and Luminita believe that good health starts early?their preschool-gymnastics sessions help toddlers learn to tumble with grace under the tutelage of a former Romanian champion. The duo also understands that looking good is just as important as feeling good; in that vein, meticulous nail-grooming services keep fingers and toes looking good for sandal season or shadow-puppet productions of The Glass Menagerie.
Dr. Karen Harris's path toward naturopathy began when an illness led her to seek out and study natural alternatives to wellness. Her findings not only led her toward improved health but also uncovered a passion for holistic solutions that set her on the path toward her future career. Today, this doctor of naturopathy and nutritional counselor serves as the head of Saba' Health Center, where she operates under the philosophy that the body can heal itself if given the right ingredients, which may include exercise, a healthy diet, and the expulsion of toxins. To help hasten the healing process, she aids bodies with services that range from colon hydrotherapy to detox formula supplements to body scans for conditions such as gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, and provides access to products including liquid multivitamins and antioxidant juices.