Archive for March, 2010

Nuptial Nails

With only a few short weeks left until my wedding day, I am finally able to focus on some of the smaller, but very important, aspects of the planning process—hair, makeup, and nails. I had my hair and makeup trial last week at Pink Comb Salon in Nutley, NJ, and was completely thrilled with the look owner, makeup artist, and hair stylist Michelle Lo Conte gave me. Now I need to focus on my nails. While I’m not sure yet if I want the traditional French manicure or if I’d rather a very soft shade of pink, I’ve discovered that there are myriad nail color options out there for brides to choose from. Essie’s new 2010 Wedding Color Collection, for example, features six classically chic colors created to complement any bride’s look on her wedding day. The collection consists of Petal Pink, a creamy pink; BBF Best Boyfriend, a creamy mauve; Pillow Talk, a sheer nude; Walk Down the Aisle, a creamy white; Show Me the Ring, an iridescent pearl; and Main Squeeze, a shimmery lilac shade. “Every bride is in the spotlight on her wedding day and I wanted to give her the confidence she deserves with these new shades,” says Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie Cosmetics. “Weddings are full of colorful personal touches, from flowers to dresses and desserts. The perfect manicure adds to the originality of your special day in a way that nothing but nail polish can.”

What are some bridal nail trends you are seeing at your spa? How do you help clients choose the perfect shade for their Big Day?

Naturopathica Continues to Strive for Sustainability

Last week, I attended a Naturopathica event where I met founder Barbara Close, an aromatherapist, esthetician, herbalist, and massage therapist. Sharing news of the holistic brand’s evolution, she talked about the importance of using certified organic and natural products. Like most eco-conscious consumers, I’m a fan of products that rely on organic ingredients whenever possible, but as Barbara pointed out, organic is not always the greenest option when organic ingredients are in limited supply. For example, the company has opted not to go the organic route with sandalwood, so as not to wipe out the supply. Committed to supporting small local farms in the U.S., Naturopathica continues to provide natural solutions for those who want to look and feel their best. This spring, the company is introducing four new products and reformulations: Arnica Muscle Gel, Pear Fig Polishing Enzyme Peel, Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum, and Sweet Lupine Cleansing Cream. And in April, the brand is re-launching its website, which will allow you to search by ingredient and personal preference. Now there’s no questioning whether a product is certified organic, gluten-free, or vegan. Finding your ideal product just got a whole lot easier.

Get Skincare Advice from Dr. Howard Murad

Do you have any pressing skincare questions that you would like answered by a world-renowned dermatologist? If so, join Dr. Howard Murad on April 14th at 3PM EST during a live one-hour webinar. To listen to Dr. Murad share his knowledge and answer skincare questions regarding you or your clients, click here. In addition to asking questions live during the webinar, you can even submit them in advance to

Share the Inside Scoop with American Spa

We, here at American Spa, pride ourselves on providing our loyal audience with exactly what they want to read. Whether sharing the latest product trends, current events, or advice from seasoned spa professionals, the magazine is a place where members of the industry can find information that will help their businesses thrive.

The best way for us to stay current is to hear what you have to say. Click here to participate in our 2010 Industry Insider Survey and share your thoughts on employee relations, marketing plans, purchasing patterns, treatment trends, and more!

And, as a thank you for your time and knowledge, we would like to give you the chance to win a $500 American Express Gift Card. Just submit your responses by June 7th, 2010, and you could be closer to winning!

Exhale Honors Earth Day

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which takes places April 22. But at Exhale Mind Body Spa locations around the world, the celebration lasts for two months. Guests receive a $10 discount on any $50 purchase of services and products from the spa’s GRN line throughout the months of April and May.

Grow. Restore. Nurture. (GRN) by Exhale is an eco-conscious, paraben-free skincare line designed to heal and transform the skin from the inside out. Each and every component was carefully chosen to embody Exhale’s dedication to health, beauty, and the sustainability of both their guests and the environment. These products extend beyond treating the outer skin by addressing the inner issues that contribute to healthy skin, and by embracing components of nutrition, exercise, and relaxation. The products are used in several signature treatments, including the GRN Facial, the GRN Manicure, and the GRN pedicure, and they are also available in all Exhale retail areas.

But Exhale’s efforts are just a small sampling of the spa industry’s efforts on behalf of Earth Day. Be sure to check out our April issue for more about what spas are doing to save the planet. Along with an article from the Green Spa Network that provides tips for greening your spa, we also highlight eco-conscious products, treatments, and more.

What are you doing to go green this month? Share your comments here.

Decléor Launches Slim Effect Collection

With swimsuit season just around the corner, everyone’s looking for ways to firm and tone their body. While working out and eating healthy are important, slimming is also possible with the use of certain products, such as Decléor Paris’s new Slim Effect collection, which is available next month. The range helps women combat the appearance of cellulite caused by water retention. The all-natural and paraben-free collection consists of three products that help hydrate, smooth, and firm skin. Aromessence Slim Effect Draining Contouring Serum boosts microcirculation and helps to refine the body’s contours and tones skin; Slim Effect Localized Contouring Gel-Cream helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and redefines the body’s contours; and Slim Effect Massage Balm tones and reduces the appearance of orange-peel skin while boosting microcirculation.

What kind of treatments do you offer at your spa to help clients slim down for the summer?

The New Spa Director at The Spa at Norwich Inn Creates Her Own Fairytale Ending

I love a good Cinderella story as much as the next person, which is why I couldn’t resist sharing this one. A native of Long Island, Danielle Knerr joined The Spa at Norwich Inn (CT) as a housekeeper in 1997, initially cleaning rooms on the night shift. In 1998, she was promoted to assistant night housekeeping supervisor and then to housekeeping night supervisor the following year. She then transferred to the spa, where she worked as a spa desk concierge before continuing to work her way up the ladder. In 2000, she was promoted to front desk supervisor, and in 2002, she was made spa operations manager. After becoming a licensed massage therapist in 2005, Knerr was promoted to assistant spa director the next year. Throughout the last few years, she has earned certifications in Reiki, craniosacral, and oncology massage. She also spearheaded the creation and this year’s launch of The Fragile Client, a program that promotes spa services for those living with cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic illnesses. Proving hard work and dedication can take you where you want to go, Knerr was recently named spa director and now supervises a staff of 100 licensed massage therapists, estheticians, fitness instructors, and support staff.

Guests Can Whet Their Appetites with the New Spa Tapas Menu at Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle

Warning: If you ever go out to a restaurant with me, I am the most indecisive person when it comes to ordering. I think it is because a few items on the menu usually sound good to me, and I don’t want to commit to just one. The same is true when I visit a spa and am perusing the menu. And I must not be alone, because I have been seeing a new trend at many spas, where clients are offered a combination of several treatments of their choosing for shorter lengths of time. Jumping on the bandwagon is Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle (New York City), which recently launched a Spa Tapas menu. For $180, guests can choose one 30-minute body treatment, one 20-minute massage, and one 20-minute skincare treatment. Options include:

Body Sense (30 minutes)
• Apaisant Exfoliation
• Hammam Clay Wrap
• SentoVital Flow Scrub
• Nature Optimal Boost Therapy

Massage Therapy (20 minutes)
• Aromatherapy Massage
• Swedish Massage
• Deep Tissue Massage
• Carlyle Signature Massage

Essential Skin Care (20 minutes)
• Hommage Gentleman’s Black Diamond Facial
• Sense Signature Facial
• Sisley Hydratation Intense
• Sisley Réparateur

With so many treatments to choose from, spa-goers will experience a customized taste of relaxation in The Big Apple.

Snake Yoga Slithers Into the
Spa at the Sonoma Mission Inn

As you may have read early this week, I’ve most certainly got Wine Country fever. So when I heard about a fun new fitness offering at the Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, I was thrilled to discover another reason to head west again soon. The spa is helping yoga aficionados shed their winter workout blahs with Snake Yoga workshops.

Snake Yoga is a practice that helps strengthen and lengthen the spine and is designed to energize the kundalini, or sacred life force, represented as the serpent in the spine. Le’ema Kathleen Graham, creator of Snake Yoga, will be hosting training sessions on April 24 and May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. for $45 per person. Along with two hours of instruction, guests will also receive all-day spa privileges at the acclaimed resort including access to the indoor signature European-style bathing ritual and outdoor thermal pools.

“It is a great honor to welcome Le’ ema and her Snake Yoga practice to the resort,” says Sheri Claflin, director of spa operations. “The titles of her poses are changed from the traditional Sanskrit/English versions so that they may be seen from a new perspective. These names reflect her connection to snakes as creative beings, as well as to esoteric principles, symbols and myths from various cultures.”

Though I’m not a fan of slithering serpents, this is one fitness solution I think I’d like to sample.

Image Skincare Encourages Philanthropy

Image Skincare recently donated samples of OrMedic Balancing Facial Cleaner and Solar Defense Organic SPF 30 to the Huruma Children’s Home in Africa, a Kenyan children’s home that facilitates the growth, education and self-reliance development of children in need. The children were taught how to use the products and take care of their skin.

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