Archive for September 23rd, 2011

Spa Scoop Is Moving–Please Take Note

The powerful partnership between American Spa and Spatrade continues to thrive. As such, we are moving our blog to a new location——starting Monday, Sept. 26. There, you will be able to access all of your favorite blog items, as well as some exciting new options, including:

  • Highlights of the latest industry news
  • Blog postings from American Spa’s editors
  • Business-building articles from industry experts
  • Profiles of spa movers and shakers
  • A comprehensive calendar of events
  • A look at the latest edition of American Spa
  • And much more!

Plus, the Spa Scoop newsletter is going to be offered weekly starting in October. This fabulous new weekly roundup will be replacing both American Spa and’s former bi-weekly newsletters. If you are already a subscriber to either, you have been automatically signed up for this exciting new option. Feel freel to share the news with your friends and colleagues and invite them to sign up here for this informative new offering.

I look forward to getting your feedback.

Vegas Spa-Goers Get a Hint of Mint
For the Holidays at CityCenter Spas

Last December, I took a trip out to Vegas to visit some friends right around the time the holiday season was in full swing. While I am not necessarily a huge fan of the single-digit temperatures we were experiencing in New York City, something feels unsettling about being in the blazing sun or laying out by the pool while Christmas carols are playing in the background. To try to replicate at least some semblance of holiday fun, two CityCenter spas are offering Vegas visitors  a taste of the holidays while they are relaxing. At Vdara Health & Beauty guests can choose the Candy Cane Scalp Treatment (a $35 add on to any salon treatment), which refreshes and stimulates the scalp with peppermint,  or the Candy Cane Mani-Pedi ($110, 90 minutes), in which clients top off their services with a holiday hue from SpaRitual’s Holiday Glow Collection. Over at The Spa at Aria, guests can indulge in an Herbal Peppermint Pedicure ($130, 50 minutes, which combines a warm peppermint tea bath with a lemongrass and lavender pumice scrub and peppermint-infused mask. After choosing one of these holiday treatments, Sin City spa-goers will be feeling minty fresh.

Stock Up Your Retail Area with Items that Give Back

Company: Caswell-Massey
Product: Fresh Cut Flowers-scented Products
Charity: A portion of the sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Company: chicBuds
Product: Pink Products (Pink Fauvette Bird Speaker, DJ Sport Headphones, and More)
Charity: 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Company: Dogeared
Product: Make a Wish Hope Ribbon Pin
Charity: A portion of the sales will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer

Company: Gianna Rose
Product: Pink Ribbon Soaps
Charity: A portion of the sales will be donated to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

Company: I am BEYOND
Product: Pretty in Pink Collection of Lifestyle and Activewear
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer awareness

Company: Krickette
Product: Think Pink Collection of Purses
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research

Company: Needham Lane
Product: Isabella Pink Collection (PJs, Tunics, Slippers)
Charity: 20 percent of sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Company: Project Iris
Product: Pink Ribbon Shirt
Charity: 10 percent of sales will be donated to breast cancer research

Murad and Bellus Academy Team Up for Continuing Education

Murad’s University for Inclusive Health (UIH) partnered with Bellus Academy in San Diego to inspire and teach current and aspiring professionals in the esthetic, medical, and wellness areas. In October, Bellus Academy will begin offering the UIH course program to current students and alumni who want to take learning to the next level. The course outline and content has been developed by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, the founder of UIH and Murad, to educate students on external, internal, and emotional self-care theories based on Dr. Murad’s philosophy of Inclusive Health. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate that identifies them as an Inclusive Health Ambassador, which is considered an elite group in the world of wellness. “The Inclusive Health program at the Bellus Academy provides the latest in educational innovations for the wellness field,” says Lynelle Lynch, president of Bellus Academy. “The Inclusive Health program elevates the services spa professionals can offer their clients, significantly improving overall wellness for all, and continuing to build on Bellus’ tradition of excellence.” To apply,  contact or visit .

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