Archive for September 21st, 2011

The (Many?) Benefits of Arnica

As a self-proclaimed clumsy girl, I have come to rely on the healing power of arnica, which I discovered a few years ago while researching a story. It has long been used to help alleviate swelling and heal bruises quicker, and I can personally attest to its effectiveness. But I had no idea, until I read a recent article in The New York Times, that it is also being used among within the fashion crowd for other reasons. According to the article, models and other designers are ingesting the herbal supplement in order to stay slim and have clear skin. But not everyone thinks this is a good idea. According to one doctor who was interviewed for the article, taken orally, arnica can cause irritation and toxicity for the gastrointestinal system and the kidneys. To read the full article, click here.

What are your thoughts on this debate?

Affinia Hotels Takes Guests’ Suggestions to Heart

I’m not one to shy away from giving my two-cents worth. That’s why I couldn’t help but like the way Affinia Hotels went about choosing its new spa product line. The boutique hotel brand relied on its guests to test a variety of spa products over the summer and then selected a retail spa partner based on guest feedback. The clear winner turned out to be Philosophy, which guests singled out for brand recognition, the ability to purchase the product in stores, and the whimsical messages on each bottle. Philosophy’s Lime Blossom shampoo, Blackberry Musk conditioner, Green Tea lotion, and Lime Blossom facial bar will be available in all rooms at Affinia Hotels in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Soliciting guests to test the products is part of a newly launched comfort movement at Affinia Hotels. A key part of the hotels’ messaging and programming, Comfort by Design features platforms such as My Affinia, where guests can customize their stay with a variety of options ranging from a six-choice pillow menu to Experience Kits to explore each city. The hotel brand is now asking guests for feedback on what makes them comfortable and actually using that info to shape its offerings.

Spa and Salon Products That Give Back

Spa, salon, and wellness companies are contributing to the cause in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out these products that give back:

Company: Alchimie Forever
Product: Kantic Evening Cream
Charity: 10 percent of sales will be donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research
Website: www.alchimie-forever.com

Company: Bath by Bettijo
Product: Fenomenole
Charity: During the month of October, 25 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Website: www.bathbybettijo.com

Company: Beautyblender
Product: Travel Kit
Charity: 10 percent of sales will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Website: www.beautyblender.net

Company: Boom Boom
Product: Boom Boom Push-Up Brow highlighting pencil
Charity: 10 percent of the sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Website: www.boomboombeautybar.com

Company: CND
Product: Pink Wishes Colour & Effects Duo
Website: www.cnd.com

Company: Cricket
Product: Pink Technique Thermal Brushes
Charity: A portion of the proceeds from Cricket’s pink products will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Website: www.cricketco.com

Company: Cureology
Product: Haircare Products
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Website: www.cureologybeauty.com

Company: FHI Heat
Product: Limited Edition GO “Crush” Hairstyling Iron
Charity: $1 from each iron will be donated to The Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
Website: www.gohairstyling.com

Company: Fleur’s
Product: Silky Cleansing Cream
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Website: www.fleur-s.com

Company: Free Your Mane
Product: Conditioning Pomade and Restorative Hair Oil
Charity: 7 percent of proceeds will be donated through SE%EN, the company’s non-profit organization, to breast cancer awareness.
Website: www.freeyourmane.com

Company: Institut’DERMed
Product: Renewing Mask
Charity: 15 percent of sales throughout October will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Atlanta Affiliate.
Website: www.idermed.com

Company: Kenra
Product: Volume Spray 25 and Platinum Blow-Dry Spray
Charity: The company will donate $20,000 to The Rapunzel Project.
Website: www.kenra.com

Company: Ole Henriksen
Product: Truth Serum
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Website: www.olehenriksen.com

Company: Phytomer
Product: Toning Bust Gel
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
Website: www.phytomerusa.com

Company: Pureology
Product: PureVolume Kit
Charity: Pureology will make a flat $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of its mission to end breast cancer forever.
Website: www.pureology.com

Company: Robanda
Product: Mr. Pumice Pink Contour Shape Bar
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Website: www.robanda.com

Company: Sanítas Skincare
Product: PeptiDerm Eye Treatment
Charity: A portion of proceeds will be donated to Sense of Security.
Website: www.sanitas-skincare.com

Company: SeneGence
Product: LipSense
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make Sense Foundation and to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.
Website: www.senegence.com

Company: Skin Authority
Product: Touch Transforms Kit
Charity: $5 from the sale of each kit will go to Look Good…Feel Better.
Website: www.skinauthority.com

Company: Suki
Product: Eye Lift Cellular Renewal Cream
Charity: All proceeds from the online purchase of Eye Lift Cellular Renewal Cream will be donated to Breast Cancer Action.
Website: www.sukiskincare.com

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