Archive for December, 2009

TallGrass Spa Owner Issues New Year’s Charity Challenge

polarplungelogo-sGail Ridings, owner of TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon (Evergreen, CO) has issued a chilly challenge for her spa staff. If 10 team members sign up for the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day—an annual charity event where members raise money for Evergreen Parks and Rec District Special Needs/Special Olympics Program and Drive Smart—by leaping into the bitterly cold Evergreen Lake, she will jump into the Lake, too. The leave involves a dip into a 10′x10′ area, six feet deep, cut out of the ice and equipped with platforms and ladders.

A self-proclaimed “always cold” person, Ridings issued the challenge to kick off the spa’s Year of Change in 2010 program. “Change is good,” she says. “I believe businesses and organizations that rest on their laurels and get too complacent get lost in the crowd. TallGrass should always be ahead of the crowd.”

Here’s wishing Ridings and her team a license to chill!

Fashionizer Spa Launches Organic Uniform Collection

fashionizer-aquari-tunic-mya-pantsFashionizer Spa recently launched a range of sustainable organic cotton uniforms in the U.S. market that provides the ultimate in therapist comfort. The uniforms are made from organic cotton without the use of chemicals, pesticides, or heavy metals, which helps to preserve biodiversity and protect species from extinction. Featuring a proprietary Cotton Performance Fabric (CPF), these uniforms combine organic cotton with Lycra to deliver all-day freshness and comfort, helping therapists make an impact on the environment while impacting the wellness and health of guests. They are available in a variety of classic colors, such as black, blue, brown, green, wheat, and white.

What Is Your New Year’s Business Resolution?

By Guest Blogger | Dec 29, 2009

benchmark-verone280a6paquet-jpeg“My 2010 business resolution is to listen. It may sound silly, but I challenge anyone to truly listen to their guests and employees. Increased guest loyalty will be our spa’s continued key to success for 2010 and beyond. I believe firmly that if we continue to listen to what our guests and employees are asking for, which yes, might require us to make exceptions from time to time to accommodate our guests needs, to get creative, or to react and adapt, that the end result will lead to loyalty among our guests and employees. I want each guest that visits Springs Eternal Spa to feel valued and continue choosing our spa. Let’s face it, our guests have choices in the industry. With more than 18,000 spas alone in just the United States, this billion-dollar industry continues to grow year after year at an approximate rate of 20 percent, according to ISPA. What will set Springs Eternal Spa apart is our ability to react to our guests by simply listening.”—Véronique Paquet, spa director, Springs Eternal Spa at Omni Bedford Springs Resort (PA)

Happy National Chocolate Day!

While browsing the internet looking for after-holiday sales, I found out that today is National Chocolate Day! Who knew?  So, in celebration, here are two yummy treats I recently discovered.

philipPhilip B.’s Chocolate Milk Gift Set, which includes Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath and Chocolate Mile Body Crème, contains a blend of chocolate and vanilla extracts that will leave your clients smelling scrumptious.

Carol’s Daughter offers a Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub that sloughs off dead skin, leaving behind the delicious aroma of chocolate and honey laced with sweet vanilla bean.


These, of course, are just two of many products that come to mind, but there are many more out there, and chances are you probably sell some in your retail area or offer chocolate-inspired treatments in your spa to help your clients indulge in a delicious treat without the guilt. If so, we would love to hear about it. Please email us at

Murad Gives Back this Holiday Season

muradholidayphilanthropyMurad and its employees dedicate many volunteer hours and services throughout the year for various charitable organizations, and the holidays are no exception. For the second consecutive year, Murad hosted an all-employee toy drive to benefit local underprivileged children. To distribute toys and gifts to local needy children, Murad partnered with Torrance, CA-based New Challenge Ministries. “Murad’s founder, Howard Murad, M.D., has always been a strong advocate for his employees, looking at the company as a family,” says Richard Murad, general manager at Murad. “With an overall commitment to the health of our customers, our community, and our world, Dr. Murad is a strong believer in supporting the philanthropic efforts of his staff as they relate to their own personal charitable passions.”

VH Spa Helps Clients Ring In the New Year

spalobby2VH Spa for Vitality + Health is offering a healthy, fun, and affordable way for clients to celebrate the start of 2010. On Saturday, Jan. 16, guests and locals alike can enjoy a variety of spa services to help them kick start their year in a fitness-focused way, with time for relaxation, too. Guests can to select up to two fitness classes, one 60-minute spa service, and up to five 15-minute mini-treatments and attend lifestyle workshops throughout the day. The true gift? The entire day’s experience costs only $100. It’s an excellent—and economical—way to kickstart the New Year.

Christie & Co. Salon and Spa Hosts Skincare Event

clip_image004Christie & Co. Salon and Spa (Bayside, NY) hosted an event featuring Lydia Sarfati, CEO and founder of Repêchage. Guests enjoyed special discounts on services and mini-makeovers, and they were offered a complimentary skin consultation with Sarfati with the purchase of either the Express Facial, Repêchage Eye Contour Treatment, or the Repêchage Rejuvenating Seaweed Treatment Mask.

The Spa at The Surrey Goes Glam in NYC

25013_lbry_571_spa-treat99-12In the last year, New York City has seen an influx of hot new hotel spas. Last March, American Spa covered the debut of Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza, Guerlain Spa at The Waldorf=Astoria, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at the Peninsula New York, and Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle.

This month, the trend of hip hotel spas continues with the opening of The Spa at The Surrey, a luxury hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The hotel itself is gorgeous retreat reminiscent of classic New York City glamour, and the spa is a stunning and elegant extension. “The Spa at the Surrey is intended to be like no other place,” Lauren Rottet, the spa’s interior designer, told me when I interviewed her about the spa. “It’s as if you have slipped back into time to a Golden Age.”

I got a chance to visit the 2,500-square-foot, five-treatment-room spa last week, and I have to concur. The elegant interior is filled with sleek grey walls, sparkling chandeliers, and mirrored accents. The spa menu is equally enticing. I sampled the Rose & Pomegranate Age Reversal Facial, which was created exclusively for the spa by Darphin Paris, as well as the Kodo Massage. Using Li’Tya products from Australia, the massage was inspired by the techniques of the Aborigines to help realign the body’s energy. Both treatments were amazing, and I left the spa with a notebook full of ideas for our upcoming feature, which will be running in the March issue.

In the meantime, I leave you with the words of spa director Cheryl Jacobs, who says, “Our clients have been blown away by the discreet atmosphere that exists at the spa. There is no other spa in New York City like it.  With our signature product lines and unique design, it is a true find.”

I couldn’t agree more.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain Offers Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

Every year, my New Year’s resolution involves some form of trying to live a healthier lifestyle, whether it be exercising more or trying to eat better. This year, I am going to take the advice of Samantha Malone-Telesford, spa director at the newly opened
Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ. In a recent email I received, Malone-Telesford lists 10 tips for nourishing the spirit through spa-ing. Maybe they will inspire you to set aside some time in your busy schedule in the new year for relaxation, as well.

1. Take a moment each day just for you, wherever you may be.
2. Select a destination spa to visit so you can immerse in total relaxation.
3. Seek indigenous ingredients and products for the ultimate spa immersion.
4. Remember that spa-ing is a complete experience, not just a single treatment.
5. Leave ample time to take a nap after (or even during) a spa experience.
6. Try a spa treatment sampler menu for something new and different.
7. Enhance your relationship with your partner by sharing the spa experience.
8. Surrender to the experience, whether it is 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or longer.
9. Make a promise to yourself to continue the spa experience by developing your own ritual for rejuvenation and stick to it at home and on the road.
10. Keep in mind that wellness is an investment that guarantees great returns…you have nothing to lose but your stress, aches, and pains.

A Spa Editor’s Quest to Give Up Shaving Forever

images2As an editor, I’m often privy to the latest and greatest beauty innovations. Unfortunately, not all live up to the hype. Laser hair removal, however, is one that has proven a blessing and true time-saver for many. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the numerous sessions it takes to achieve the final hair-free result. That’s why when I heard there was new home hair removal system on the market for $499, I jumped at the chance to try it. Silk’n SensEpil is a portable FDA-cleared device that uses the power of pulsed light to diminish unwanted body hair. With a built-in skin sensor, the device can only be used on appropriate skin types, thereby ensuring its safe use. While I recently completed my second session (performed while watching the season finale of Glee), I only just noticed this past weekend while at the gym that my legs were considerably smoother than usual. Considering I had decided to forgo shaving a day or two prior to that visit, I was duly impressed. I have to admit, I had been getting a little bored of the process, which consists of zapping a pulsed light up and down each leg. Seeing real results, though, renewed my excitement and commitment to attaining smooth, hair-free legs. It’s certainly less time-consuming and more convenient than shaving is in the long-term. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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