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 artists at The Missing Piece Tattoo decorate appendages with permanently inked masterpieces. Artists draw upon their respective portfolios to emblazon emotional statements upon unblemished skin or to cover up tats bearing the names of unrequited loves and lost pet monkeys. Clients seeking personalized embellishments may consult with artists to forge custom-crafted images, and laser removal services erase unwanted tattoos. Skin-painters open single-use needles from sterile packages in front of their clients before work commences, and tools and countertops receive routine chemical sterilization overseen by a registered nurse.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular service: Airbrush spray tans
Brands Used: Multiple solutions depending on your natural skin tone
At Platinum Tanning, clients can maintain a beach-ready look year-round. The tanning salon darkens complexions with a UV-free tanning alternative can bask in the misting particles of an airbrush tanning solution, which is applied by hand by a technician to ensure the natural-looking formula goes on evenly.
Skin and Soul Tattoo's gallery displays an explosion of artistic talent. First there are Brittney Nettles' gorgeous hibiscus flowers, with leaves that wind like vines up the rib cage. Chris Gilvarry also has his own distinct style that’s dominated by grinning skulls sharp-toothed fish. Finally, there's AJ Lynn's perfectly aligned calligraphy and sketches of orchids in spring bloom.
Whether the medium is permanent ink or semipermanent henna, each piece of art offers a balance of technical skill and creativity to ensure its long-lasting beauty. Metal art also rounds out the parlor's service menu, with piercings to adorn an eyebrow, nose, navel, or wooden peg leg––just to name a few.
Michael T. Gardner has been a prolific artist now for more than 15 years. His work can't be found in a gallery, though. Rather, it can be seen on arms, hips, backs, legs, and necks all over the city. That's because he renders his art in the form of tattoos, covering skin in countless designs. To save everybody the hassle of scouring bars, rock concerts, or biker knitting circles, Gardner conveniently keeps a record of his work on a Facebook page. Here, customers can spur on their imagination by perusing his latest pieces, such as an orange phoenix hip tattoo or a geometric tribal design that wraps around biceps. Of course, he or Scott Hale, an apprentice, happily work off of brought-in designs, as well as consult closely with clients to create something new. Once they have finished working, they share several tips for post tattooing care, such as avoiding swimming pools filled with permanent ink.
If little Goldilocks visited Beauty Nails in Kent, she would find five spa pedicure chairs to be too big, and one to be just right. All ages are welcomed into the salon, which houses five manicure stations along with pedicure thrones for adults and kids. The salon's technicians brush nails with OPI and China Glaze polish. For extra-long wear, they can bust out the CND Shellac polish for a manicure that lasts up to three weeks without chipping or scratching—a much better way to preserve a fresh manicure than breaking into a school and laminating your hands. The staff’s services also extend into skincare such as facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and permanent makeup.