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.
Complete Nutrition provides a variety of nutritional supplements for weight loss, sports nutrition, and healthy aging. For those who have accidentally stored too much water for the winter hibernation, the Complete Essentials Water Pill is a diuretic that removes up to 10 lbs. of the excess body water that can cause puffiness and bloating ($39.99). A top selling product is the TONE body toner, which effectively attacks fat cells while maintaining lean muscles and allowing you to catch all afternoon reruns of Jeopardy ($49.99). No bodily system is overlooked in the product array, including the hair, skin, and nails, which can recharge and flourish via Complete Essentials proprietary growth formula ($39.99).
After vacationing in France in the early 1970s, retired physicist Carl Sontheimer was inspired to go back to work. He?d seen a new gadget?a mechanized food processor for restaurants?and wanted to retool it for passionate home cooks like himself. His machine was efficient and versatile: mixing eggs into puff pastry took 15 minutes for a human, 10 minutes for a trained chimpanzee, but just 15 seconds in the food processor. Immediately, revered chefs including Julia Child, Jacques P?pin, and James Beard applauded the invention, and Beard even wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to the machine. Decades later, Cuisinart?s line of innovative products ranges from waffle makers and rice cookers to eco-friendly nonstick pans.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Julie Johnson has been at the helm of Delafield Vision Center, where she faithfully serves the citizens of Lake County and beyond. Dr. Julie and her staff work together to outfit their clients in the ideal set of frames from a selection that includes high-end designers such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Tory Burch. Delafield also stocks a selection of exclusive designs that boast the latest in optical fashions, including placing a mini fedora over each eye. In addition to standard eye exams, Dr. Julie is proficient in adolescent optometry as well as performing special exams for those interested in pursuing LASIK surgery.
The staff at Monkey Business Party & Gifts keep their shelves stocked with colorful party supplies and favors such as stick-on moustaches, bacon band-aids, and super balls. They carry themed supplies for birthdays, graduations, and holidays.
The appearance enhancers at Bello Salon & Spa spruce up dull hairstyles and unkempt nails with a wide selection of image-adjusting services. A pedicure indulges tired digits with a relaxing footbath. Keratin whisperers will shape, buff, and trim cuticles, readying toes for debuts in sandals and grade-school productions of The Crucible. Afterward, the pedicurist will exfoliate feet, wrap them in warm towels, and massage every piggie before coating nails with fresh polish that can last from three to five weeks. Alternatively, customers can request a cut and color to transform hair into a new shape, such as a chic pixie cut or a geometrically perfect hexagon. Stylists will also revive lackluster 'dos with a coating of vibrant color before completing the look by styling strands with Aveda products.