Archive for August 17th, 2011

Cast Your Vote for the Next Obagi Ambassadors

Beginning today at 6PM EST, you will have the opportunity to help select the next offical Obagi Ambassadors–people who are the most devoted fans of Obagi skincare products. A panel of judges narrowed down the entrants, who submitted photos, videos, and brief essays showing their loyalty to the company, to a dozen finalists ranging in age from 19–62. After two weeks of online voting by the public, the top five people selected will be declared Obagi Ambassadors, which comes with $2,000 worth of Obagi products (and $1,000 for the charity of their choice. Winners will be announced on September 23, 2011, and their stories will be featured on To cast your vote, visit

Millennium Software Selects Newest Be-Cause Honoree

Millennium Salon Software announced that beauty icon, Charles Penzone, is the newest Be-cause honoree. Penzone joins the list of honorees that include John Paul Dejoria, Ted Gibson, Rita Hazan, Robert Cromeans, Joel Warren, Edward Tricomi, and more. The Millennium Be-cause is a movement of self-perseverance to be everything you can and want to be, and it unites beauty professionals everywhere. Penzone is currently the chairman and founder of The Charles Penzone Salons, an Ohio-based salon and spa group established in 1969. He also owns and operates a product distribution company that provides professional salon products to salons in five states, a consulting company, and a real estate management company. In addition, Penzone is actively involved in several national and international salon groups and has received multiple awards throughout his career for excellence in the beauty industry. For more information about Be-cause, visit

OpenSkies Makes a Paris Spa Trip Pleasurable,
Offers Discount to American Spa Readers

Paris has recently seen in influx of hot new spas, among them a fabulous retreat at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris. I recently returned from a weekend trip to visit the spa, and I have nothing but rave reviews. The design is spectacular, the product lines featured are among of my favorites (Aromatherapy Associates and Guerlain), and the treatments I received were divine. Stay tuned for the November issue of American Spa to hear more about my trip.

One thing that made my experience even more relaxing was my flight to and from Paris on OpenSkies, an affordable business class-only airline that offers direct flights between New York and Washington, D.C., and Paris. Though I’m normally plagued by jet-lag on trips to Europe following an unpleasant overnight flight in coach, I felt well-rested, well-fed, and ready to enjoy the city upon arrival following my heavenly flight, which contributed enormously to helping me meet my wellness goals.

Now, American Spa readers can take advantage of a great offer from OpenSkies and save $200 off any roundtrip flight booked from New York or Washington, D.C., to Paris. Use promo code GOPARIS200 in the booking engine on (The offer is valid for new bookings only made between now and Nov.15, 2011, for travel between now and Dec. 15, 2011.) Enjoy your flight and be sure not to miss the magnificent new Mandarin spa. Au revoir!

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