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CA Botana Races for the Cure

CA Botana joins over 13,000 runners to for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

CA Botana's employees and their families joined over 13,000 runners in San Diego's Balboa Park for this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This event, put on by the world's largest cancer research organization, raised $1.3 million with 75 percent of proceeds remaining in San Diego for treatment, education, and patient and family support.

CA Botana has participated in this event for over seven years and supports many other cancer awareness causes. In an ongoing effort to help cancer patients, CA Botana has donated countless jars of their Doctor D. Schwab Rescue Cream to doctors, hospitals, and individuals worldwide. This specially formulated cream significantly improves damaged skin conditions which often result from chemotherapy and radiation including dryness, cracks, blisters, and burns.

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Spa News: WTS Appoints Kim Matheson as Senior Vice President

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Global spa consultancy and contract operator, WTS International (WTS), recently announced the appointment of Kim Matheson as Senior Vice President. Matheson will work on business development, while also overseeing key spa accounts. She’ll also use her expertise in spa consultancy to create new spa concepts and advise WTS clients on retail sales and marketing. As part of a WTS expansion, Matheson will be based in New York City where she’ll develop the local market and oversee international accounts. Her work will include identifying new business opportunities.

Gary Henkin, President of WTS International, said, "We’re thrilled to welcome Kim to WTS. She brings a wealth of knowledge that we know will help expand our global growth. Her deep experience and qualifications in spa and leisure facility design and operations will be a tremendous asset to our clients."

Matheson was President of her own company, Natural Resources, for 15 years, offering spa consultancy services – including design and pre-opening support – for a diverse range of upscale clients. Projects included hotels, resorts, residential and real estate developments. She’s worked on a wide range of projects, including, most recently, Four Seasons Moscow and Dubai and Disney Orlando and New York. Other recent five star projects include Dove Mountain Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Princeville. Matheson has also worked for Montage, Rosewood Menlo Park, Kiawah Island and Doonbeg, Lapis at Fontainebleau.

“WTS has built market-leading capabilities within the leisure and hospitality markets,” says Matheson. “As a consultant, it’s exciting for me to leverage the powerful capabilities of WTS to provide the ultimate strategic, creative and design development services, as well as offering the highest levels of excellence in day to day contract management and operations.”

Beauty Collection Collaborates with Beauty Bus Foundation for the Holidays

This holiday season Beauty Collection invites shoppers to give a gift that is truly rewarding by donating to Beauty Bus Foundation. The non-profit organization delivers dignity, hope and beauty to chronically or terminally ill people and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products.

From Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, Beauty Collection encourages shoppers to donate to Beauty Bus and every dollar donated is an entry to win a special curated beauty bag. This specialty bag is filled with some of Beauty Collection’s most popular products and is worth over $500. So, the more you donate, the greater chances of winning this amazing beauty prize! Beauty Collection is also giving away Beauty Bus butterfly pins with every $20 in-store donation.

Online donations can be made here.

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Spa News: Mo' The Merrier for 18|8 in Movember

Men’s salon group 18|8 is giving its full backing to this year’s Movember campaign, recruiting team members across its group of salons to pay more than lip service to the month of fundraising for men’s health.

To kick off the campaign, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons is running a Shave the Date event across the group, giving all its Movember fundraising clients a clean shave on November 1 and donating all money raised from shaving services that day to the Movember Foundation.

As well as doing complimentary ‘stache tidy-ups mid-month, the group is also running a King of the ‘Stache Facebook campaign, with 18|8 clients uploading photos of their efforts, and the five garnering the most votes winning 18|8 gift cards.

The annual Movember campaign raises awareness and funding for men’s health, encouraging men to grow a mustache throughout the month of November and to get sponsorship for their efforts.

The rules are simple: men must start with a clean-shaven face on November 1 and let their mustache grow throughout the month. Any style of ‘stache is allowed, from toothbrush to walrus and everything in between, though accompanying beards are a no-no.

18|8 is going big on this year’s campaign, with head office encouraging its salons to sign up and be part of the 18|8 team, raising money and spreading the word.

Head of 18|8 Ron Love said the group was only too pleased to be doing its bit in support of men’s health. He said, "As a business dedicated to men, it seemed obvious that we needed to be involved in Movember to help raise awareness for men’s health issues. Movember is an incredibly simple idea that has really fired the public imagination and raises much-needed funds for male health charities – and it gives men all the excuse they need to let their inner Burt Reynolds run free for a month."

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Spa News: Live Love Spa Launches New Industry Deal and Discount Portal

Live Love Spa's SNL parody is a hit with spa insiders.

Getting a great deal on your favorite spa services and products just got easier thanks to Live Love Spa’s newest Pro-Deals portal. Live Love Spa is proud to introduce the first and only deal portal designed for spa industry professionals. Similar to Living Social and Groupon, Pro-Deals provides access to top treatments, brand products and services at significant discounts, but exclusively to spa professionals holding a Pro-Insider Individual membership.

At just $49 for 12 months, working members of the spa community, including spa owners, managers, aestheticians, office staff, brands, etc., can become a Live Love Spa Pro-Insider Individual member to take their industry connections to another level. “The more we can experience what our industry has to offer, the better we can take that knowledge to enhance people’s lives; plus, we are our own best customer,” says Lisa Michaelis, Founder and CEO of Live Love Spa. Pro-Insiders can also stay connected through educational resources from industry experts within Live Love Spa’s Savvy Spa Community and special Pro-Insider events.

The Pro-Deals portal was created with the needs of spas, brands and professionals in mind. “We listened to what our business members had to say about other deal sites and there was a reoccurring theme of having to give up a cut of their profit or that they were marketing primarily to one-time customers,” said Michaelis. “Our deals are incorporated into our Business Membership fees and reach our highly targeted spa professional community.” Spa properties and brands can become business members and post a deal, giving their company the ability to gain additional revenue and exposure from the industry. Current Pro-Deals offerings include 30% off select services at the Viceroy Miami, 50% off the retail price of Coola Suncare products and many more.

Live Love Spa created a Saturday Night Live -inspired video parody to promote their launch (see above), showcasing the difficult process of obtaining a deal within the spa industry and their solution to this problem. The video’s tagline, “Do you know someone…?” [That can hook up a spa deal], as a Pro-Insider, the answer is yes!

To learn more about Live Love Spa’s Pro-Insider membership and Pro-Deals opportunities, please visit

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Spa News: Dermalogica Founder Jane Wurwand Honored with CEW's Achiever Award

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​Jane Wurwand, Founder, Co-Owner and Chief Visionary of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute (IDI), and founder of the brand’s social impact initiative, FITE, has been awarded top honors by Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), one of the cosmetic industry’s leading executive associations, as one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious CEW Achiever Award. The Awards ceremony took place on October 17 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The Achiever Awards recognize the accomplishments of women leaders in the cosmetic industry. The Awards serve as an inspiration to future leaders and for companies to support executive women’s advancement. In years past, CEW recognized top level executives of major cosmetic corporations. In the spirit of CEW’s 60th Anniversary, with an eye towards the future, the organization recognized women within a new awards category: trailblazing entrepreneurs who have changed an industry.

“We are excited to have Dermalogica recognized by CEW in this first-time ever entrepreneurial category,” says Wurwand. “The cosmetic industry has given birth to incredible entrepreneurial brands, many founded by women with a singular passion and vision. The professional salon skin care industry puts more women into their own businesses than any other, and I am very proud to represent the hundreds of thousands of professional skin care therapists who make up our Tribe worldwide.”

For thirty years, since the inception of The International Dermal Institute (IDI) and the Dermalogica professional skin care brand, Wurwand has focused her business on creating professional opportunities and economic empowerment for women. In 2011, Jane launched FITE, Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship, to help women entrepreneurs around the world invest in their own potential. Working in more than 70 countries, FITE creates pathways to entrepreneurship by providing access to funding and business resources, supporting education and leadership training for women, and helping to amplify women’s voices. To date, FITE has helped to fund more than 50,000 women entrepreneurs worldwide, providing them with the opportunities and resources needed to achieve financial independence, and most recently announced the launch of their groundbreaking new program to support vocational training to careers in the salon industry for young women and girls.

Also recognized at the CEW Achiever Award ceremony include the following Honorees: Laura Geller, Founder, Laura Geller Beauty; Alli Webb, Founder, Drybar; and Wende Zomnir, Chief Creative Officer/Founding Partner, Urban Decay Cosmetics. Additionally, Leonard Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information on Dermalogica, visit To learn more about FITE, visit

Spafinder Wellness 365-Wellness for Cancer Partnership Announced

Spafinder Wellness 365-Wellness for Cancer Partnership Announced

Spafinder Wellness 365™, the world’s largest network of spas and wellness locations, and Wellness for Cancer, the first organization to establish standardized, objective, cancer-focused training and business criteria for the wellness industry, have announced a partnership that will serve as a bridge for the millions who have experienced or are living with cancer, and the wellness providers who seek to serve them, but may have lacked the training to do so properly.

According to the partnership, which was announced at the International Spa Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, members of Spafinder Wellness 365’s global partner network who would like to provide services to those affected by this illness can apply for “Cancer Aware” Basic or Comprehensive Certification through Wellness for Cancer at Once a business or practitioner is verified, it will be identified as a “Cancer Aware” provider on, allowing people to easily find qualified wellness providers who can offer safe, effective services, such as therapeutic massage and manicures.

“The ultimate objective of this new relationship is to help those living with cancer—including friends, family and co-workers—to easily find ‘Cancer Aware’ wellness locations with confidence,” said Mia Kyricos, chief brand officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®. “We hope the industry will join us in recognizing the vital importance in bringing wellness to those who need it most.”

In addition, special training programs will be offered at or below cost by Wellness for Cancer instructors to Spafinder Wellness 365 partners who would like to increase their level of comfort and confidence in delivering safe and nurturing services for this clientele. The non-profit organization offers a flexible, cancer-focused educational platform, including solutions to train multiple staff and departments.

Spafinder Wellness 365 is also launching a new line of “I Care” eGift Cards at, which can be used to give the gift of nurturing to friends, family and co-workers who are in need of relaxation and comfort. “Cancer Aware” partners and Spafinder Wellness 365 Network locations will be eligible to accept the gift cards, and a percentage of proceeds for the sale of each “I Care” eGift Card will be donated to the Wellness for Cancer educational fund.

The new network combines the expansive reach of Spafinder Wellness 365 in the wellness space with the depth of training and certification provided by Wellness for Cancer, which was founded to help those who seek crucial expertise and informed options. The partnership gives the wellness community an opportunity to reach members of this vast group, who are looking to lead healthier lifestyles and decrease the stress and anxiety associated with cancer. Those with cancer (present, or in remission) make up a broad segment of the population: 15 million people in the U.S. alone.

Accompanying the network will be an outreach campaign that extends to the ribbon rainbow of cancer organizations, including educational programs and events.

“For anyone touched by it, cancer is not a one-month issue; it’s all year round,” said Julie Bach, executive director of Wellness for Cancer. “We are excited to partner with Spafinder Wellness 365 and help educate and qualify an army of wellness providers, making it easy to find them on”


Win a Product from the Modern Exfoliation Collection from DermAware

6 lucky winners will receive a product from the Modern Exfoliation Collection from DermAware. Prizes includes A+Smart Serum® Peel, Perfect Fit™ Peel, True Beauty™ Peel, Cellzyme™ Peel, Cellzyme™ Mask Part I and Part II and Ruby Cream™ Scrub.

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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa Welcomes Grant Bruce as Director of Spa

Grant Bruce

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Grant Bruce as director of the Life in Balance Spa. With over 12-years of industry experience, Grant will oversee all spa operations and lead initiatives to continue Miraval’s established reputation as the premiere destination resort and spa in the world. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is owned and managed by KSL Resorts, a full-service hotel management company that oversees a collection of resort destinations coast to coast.

Most recently, Grant spent three and a half years in director roles at Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois where he consistently achieved Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond status for spa and fitness operations. Grant also served as the Executive Director for WTS International, one of the world’s largest and most diversified spa consulting and spa management firms, where he oversaw four additional sites in the Chicagoland area. Previously, Grant served in management roles at W Chicago Lakeshore, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers and started his career at Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian. Grant is an alumnus of The University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration.

“Grant lives by the Miraval philosophy and will play a key role in delivering memorable moments with a real human touch, extending his role past that of a traditional spa director,” said Scott Delacio, chief executive officer at KSL Resorts, “Our commitment is to help guests achieve balance with the most innovative spa services in the world. Grant’s formidable background furthers that commitment.”

Since 1995, the spa at Miraval has been a vital component in upholding the resorts powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual components are in harmony. After a redesign in May 2012, the 16,000-square-foot spa facility is home to 23-treatment rooms and reflects the resort’s core philosophy of living life in the moment through innovative, life-enhancing treatments unique to Miraval. Creating a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces, the spa is home to new treatments designed to create balance and promote a sense of well-being.

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In Memoriam: Dermanew Co-Founder Dean Rhoades

In Memoriam: Dermanew Co-Founder Dean Rhoades

Dean Rhoades, 64, founder of the Dean Rhoades Salon in Beverly Hills and co-founder of DermaNew Skincare, passed away on September 6th in his sleep at his Beverly Hills home. Dean was born on July 17, 1950, in Indianapolis, IN, to Terry and Wynona Rhoades, of blessed memory.

Dean was an inventor and innovator from his earliest days as a teen. He followed his dream to London at age 20, where he studied at Vidal Sassoon and was quickly on his way to becoming a world-class hair stylist. The Dean Rhoades Salon he founded became known for excellence in hair and skincare, providing award-winning beauty solutions to a celebrity clientele that relied upon Dean not only to style their hair, but to create their image.

Dean was one of the first to recognize the emerging role of salons as day spas. He was also one of the first who embraced natural-based products by joining forces with Aveda. He felt that he wasn’t just cutting hair, but instead changing the quality of his client’s lives.

It was at a Beauty Industry Show when Dean met Amby Longhofer, his life and business partner. It was love at first sight, and they married and had their wonderful son, Wyatt. Dean and Amby created the first privately owned Aveda Lifestyle Store and Salon in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Dean continued his passion for invention, innovation, and design at DermaNew, inventing a hand-held skin resurfacing device that became a new beauty category, and the standard for at-home skin resurfacing.

As an accomplished entrepreneur, Dean went to school and graduated after three years with an Executive MBA from the Harvard Executive Education Business School OPM 34. He liked to joke that he was “The Hairdresser who went to Harvard”.

Dean loved the ocean. And besides hair, beauty, and his family, of course, deep-sea fishing was Dean’s other love. Good sushi, global travel, world history, and a political debate were things Dean couldn’t pass up.

Dean called himself a “serial inventor” and if you stepped into his garage and workshop, you’d know why. Until September 6th, Dean had been working on a couple more “dreams” that he will be testing up there. And of course, we will soon see and enjoy them here, as he will be waving down to us.

Amby as well as Dean’s sons, Dustin and Wyatt, will honor his work and continue his legacy by bringing Dean’s latest inventions to life. Dean’s sisters, Terri, Diana, Victoria, Dawn and brother Kent, will be cheering on. And Dean’s two grandkids, Trey and Avery, will be following in the footsteps of their amazing Granddad.

Dean’s family, many friends, and acquaintances mourn the loss of a man who gave his soul to creating a more beautiful world for all. He left us with infinite knowledge, an enduring passion for invention, and the realization that any dream really can come true.

A celebration of a life well-lived will take place at 4:00 p.m. on October 17th at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church located at 505 N. Rodeo Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210. All are invited to attend the celebration and the reception that will immediately follow.

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