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Green Spa Network Announces 2015 Spa Sustainability Award Winners

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The 2015 winners were awarded for showing outstanding sustainability in six different categories, including healthy spa cuisine, innovative green products, and dedicated spa and supply brands.

The Green Spa Network (GSN) recently announced the winners of its 2015 Spa Sustainability Awards, presented at GSN's Annual Congress in Yosemite, CA. The winners, including Miraval Resort and Spa, Living Earth Crafts, Two Bunch Palms and Spa Blue at Del Mar, were judged on various criteria, including: achieving the highest level of sustainability compared to their peers; continuous improvement; setting an example of best practice for the industry to follow; making sustainable practices inviting and desirable to consumers and employees. The Judging Panel included: Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief American Spa Magazine; Mary Bemis, Editorial Director, Insider’s Guide to Spas; Debrianna Berlin, Kiss The Sky; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group.

“It's rewarding to see so many businesses striving for sustainability because of their values and conscious leadership," said Founder of Vios Spa Group, Shelley Lotz. “The Green Spa Network Awards program is important in recognizing the tireless efforts of those who work hard day after day in making the spa industry even more sustainable. It is truly a labor of love and the nominees are always inspiring and impressive!”

The 2015 Winners:

  • Healthy Spa Cuisine Award- Miraval Resort and Spa
  • Corporate Brand Committed to Sustainability- Two Bunch Palms
  • Green Supplier / Manufacturer of the Year – Living Earth Crafts
  • Innovative Green Product of Year- Pedicure Bowls by Victoria’s Essentials Australia
  • Green Skin Care Company of the Year- Szép Elet
  • Sustainable Spa of the Year- Spa Blue at Del Mar
  • Green Spa Network Visionary Award- Robert Zimmer, Zimmer Associates

Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award Recipients

  • Rona Berg - Organic Spa Magazine
  • Tessa Kienow – Ready Care Industries
  • Lisa Sykes – Universal Companies
  • Shelley Lotz – Vios Spa Group

“It is our privilege and honor as a non-profit voice for sustainability to recognize the work of these dedicated companies whose examples have raised the green standard for the spa industry around the planet," said Executive Director of the Green Spa Network Paul Schmidt.

In addition to these industry awards, the GSN Board of Directors recognized Robert Zimmer of Zimmer Associates as this year’s Visionary Award recipient and further acknowledged outstanding contributions from the organization’s volunteer roster with a new award. Named in honor of one of GSN’s Founders, the inaugural Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award recipients are Rona Berg, Organic Spa Magazine; Tessa Kienow, Ready Care Industries; Lisa Sykes, Universal Companies; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by an organization I've grown so passionate about over the last 8 years," said Lisa Sykes, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Manager for Universal Companies and Co-Chair of the GSN Personal Care Committee. "If your passions are spreading the mission of wellness and preserving the environment, volunteering for Green Spa Network will be one of the most exhilarating, rewarding opportunities you’ll ever experience.”

For more information about the GSN Sustainability Awards, please visit

Global Wellness Summit Announces 9th Annual Conference Highlights

Dr. Deepak Chopra will lead the roster of experts who will tackle the future of spa, medicine, fitness, education, investment and workplace wellness.

The Global Wellness Summit, an annual event that brings together international leaders to positively shape the future of the wellness industry,announced key elements of its 9th annual conference agenda. Considered the world’s most prestigious gathering of business, government and academic leaders who value wellness, the Summit takes place November 13-15 at The St. Regis Mexico City and is expected to host a record number of delegates from myriad industries, including spa, education and tourism, as well as beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.

Keynote speaker Dr. Deepak Chopra heads up a list of high-profile presenters which includes executives from companies as diverse as Cirque du Soleil and Zappos; Mexico City’s Ministers of Tourism and Health; and panelists from renowned organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, the Mayo Clinic, Duke Integrative Medicine and Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

In addition, top findings from the Global Wellness Institute’s major research report on the “The Future of Wellness at Work” will be presented.

This year’s inclusive theme, “Building a Well World,” will attract attendees from over 40 countries and provide a comprehensive look at how the dramatic growth of the $3.4 trillion wellness sector is transforming peoples’ personal and professional lives - and what the outlook is for the future.  

Focus on Mexico: Both the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Miquel Torruco Marqués, and Minister of Health, Dr. José Armando Ahued Ortega, will share their unique perspectives on achieving wellness in an increasingly urbanized world; along with special presentations on wellness modalities unique to Mexico, including the indigenous temazcal treatment, and how these treatments can galvanize wellness tourism. In addition, Jeanene Bluhm, co-founder and creator of Mexico’s Thomas Jefferson Institute, will present on putting wellness at the center of education.

Student Competition: The 7th annual Student Challenge, a competition between international universities to create a spa resort/wellness concept of the future, will see two schools competing: Universidad Anáhuac México Norte (Mexico) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA).

Networking and Gala Events:
The Summit is known for its networking and themed gala events. This year, delegates will have a chance to experience the brand new Design and Film School, CENTRO, as well as the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes.

The event’s full agenda and list of speakers can be found here.


In Memoriam: Margarita Saian

Margarita Saian

Margarita Saian, well-known esthetics veteran and founder and president of SAIAN LLC Natural Clinical Skincare, passed away on September 29 after a lengthy illness. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, the warm and vivacious Saian became well known throughout the spa world for her vast knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, quality skin care.

As an esthetician, CMA/Cardiac Technician, National Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified ECG, and Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Saian’s unique expertise and body of knowledge enabled her to train countless skincare professionals, nurses and doctors throughout the world. She was known, however, not only for her professional assets, but for her advocacy for natural living and her infectious positive attitude. Together with her daughter—company co-founder and skincare specialist Dasha Saian—Saian built an advanced skincare line business, along with a large and loyal following of clients and colleagues.

Saian’s devotion to the skincare world was evident to everyone who met her, and she was only too happy to impart her wisdom on others, advising them to seek a career in the field only if they had a passion to help people. As she put it, “I wake up in the morning and can’t think of anywhere I would rather go than to my office!”

Saian never stopped soaking up information about the industry, and continually sought to share her knowledge with others. The sheer number of people she met who were eager to learn more never failed to surprise her, she once remarked.

When once asked if she would change anything about her life, Saian reflected, “I wouldn’t change a thing… I came to America in 1992 with only $30, and have accomplished everything on my own. I am grateful for everything.”

“Margarita Saian has been a bright, shining light in our lives,” says Claudio DiFiore and Marc Rosengarten of Bio France Lab. “She was kind and generous in spirit. Unselfishly, she spent time advising us on building our company. She was also beautiful, elegant and full of joie de vivre. With her voice, dance and skincare knowledge, she was incredibly captivating, charismatic and precise. She will be missed in our lives.”

Celluma Nominated for OC Business Journal's Innovator of the Year Award

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The specialized LED device from BioPhotas, Inc. was honored to be among those nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's prestigious "Innovator of the Year" award.

BioPhotas, Inc., a company that utilizes low-level-light therapy to treat and restore compromised cells to their full function, recently announced that the brand's Celluma series was honored as a nominee for the Orange County Business Journal's "Innovator of the Year" awards during the inaugural ceremony on September 24, 2015. The prestigious awards are designed to recognize Orange County, CA's most influential leaders, as well as highly innovative products, services and ideas.

Celluma from BioPhotas, Inc. is a specialized LED device that can be used to treat arthritis, muscle and joint pain and stiffness, muscle spasms, muscle tissue tension, and diminished local blood circulation, as well as symptoms of inflammatory acne vulgaris, including redness, pimples and lesions. The FDA-cleared device is ideal for professional use, and can be up-sold for home and travel use.

In addition, company president and CEO, Patrick Johnson, will be speaking at the AdvaMed 2015 MedTech Conference in San Diego on October 5-7, 2015 and the OCTANe 10th Annual Medical Device & Investor Forum on November 2-3, 2015.

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Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates Releases Limited-Edition Flavor to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

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A portion of the proceeds from the Strawberry Balsamic Rare Facet sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates will once again release the limited-edition Strawberry Balsamic Rare Facet for the second time in order to support the American Cancer Society.

The Strawberry Balsamic Rare Facet is a delightful treat, consisting of a dark chocolate shell filled with a dark chocolate ganache of strawberry puree and aged, tart balsamic vinegar, handmade and airbrushed in a soft shade of pink by Kohler chocolatier, Anette Righi DeFendi. The Strawberry Balsamic Rare Facet is part of the Rare Facet chocolate line, a distinct collection noted for its rich and luxurious flavor.

“I’m very excited that we’re bringing back this confection for the second year,” said Righi DeFendi. “This is one of my favorite flavor profiles, and I’m proud to help raise awareness for this devastating disease.”

This exquisite delicacy can be purchased at and is available September 29 through October 31. The Strawberry Balsamic Rare Facet is sold as a 4-piece set for $9.99, and a portion of proceeds of each box sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

The Strawberry Balsamic Rare Facet and KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolate signature lines are made at the Craverie Chocolatier Café at Destination Kohler in Kohler, Wisconsin, one of only 48 resort hotels in the world to boast the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star accolades.

For more information or reservations, please call 800-344-2838 or visit

ISPA Announces 2015 Conference & Expo Gold Level Sponsors


The International SPA Association has announced its gold level sponsors as the 2015 Conference and Expo draws nearer.

The 2015 International SPA Association (ISPA) Conference and Expo - to be held October 19-21 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV - is just around the corner. With the exciting event approaching, ISPA has announced the gold level sponsors, as well as how each of them will explore the past, present, and future for the upcoming event.

Gold Level Sponsors:

  • BABOR will showcase their ReVersive RE-YOUTH COMPLEX, which slows down the aging process as it lifts firms and smooths fine lines and wrinkles.
  • colorescience will introduce Tint Du Soleil SP 50 – UV Protection Foundation which blends sun care, skincare and color into one supercharged product.
  • [ comfort zone ] north america will present their innovative corrective anti-aging system, designed to diminish the effects of aging and actively lift from the inside.
  • Decléor will feature “aurabsolue,” a new paraben-free skin-care range and treatment protocol which targets the loss of radiance.
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare will showcase two innovations: the Ferulic + Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion and the new Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Peel.
  • Dr. Hauschka Skin Care will unveil Dr. Hauschka’s Night Serum, which after five years in the making revitalizes skin overnight for a fresh, radiant complexion by morning.
  • FIT Bodywrap will feature their infrared bodywraps designed to provide maximum weight loss, pain relief and other therapeutic results.
  • jane iredale – THE SKIN CARE MAKEUP will present their 2015 holiday collection, designed for effortless beauty in a range of looks from simple to sophisticated.
  • Jurlique will feature their rose infused skincare line from South Australia, which results in a fresh scent and textures that are pure and indulgent.
  • Phytomer Group Brands will showcase ROSÉE SOIN Radiance Replenishing Oil, a perfect complement to their top-selling product, ROSÉE VISAGE.
  • Sanitas Skincare will feature the new Enzymatic Foaming Cleanser, formulated to equalize and clarify combination or problem skin.
  • Spa Week Media Group, Ltd. contributed media gift bags for the 2015 ISPA Media Events.
  • SpaRitual will present SpaRitual’s GOLD, which delivers technology that fuses the Flexible Color with their Flexible Topcoat to create a durable, scratch resistance, high shine finish.
  • PAR Springer-Miller Systems will unveil ATRIO Spa, their next generation spa management system designed for an intuitive user experience.
  • THALGO America will introduce its M-Ceutic Cosmeceutical skin care with professional grade peels, which utilize a 100 percent pure marine concentration of essential nutrients.

“As ISPA celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are grateful for our sponsors and thank them for their continued support of the association and the industry,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “We could not provide this crucial networking and educational event without them.”

For more information, or to find out how you can attend the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo, visit

Cosmetologists Chicago and ABS Announce New Headquarters

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Cosmetologists Chicago, owners and producers of America’s Beauty Show, has announced that the association's headquarters have moved.

Cosmetologists Chicago recently announced that their headquarters have been moved to:
440 South LaSalle Street
Suite 2325
Chicago, IL 60605

The phone numbers for Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show will remain the same.

Main phone number: 312-321-6809 and 800-648-2505
Fax: 312-245-1080

“The past few months have been exciting and intensely busy period for Cosmetologists Chicago and my personal 30 year tenure with the association,” said Paul Dykstra, CEO. “As we transition to our new corporate headquarters, we look forward to years of great growth for the association and its premier event in Chicago. We all look forward to serving our members, exhibitors and attendees with the same personnel levels of contact while continuing our leadership position in the professional beauty industry.”

“Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show are indeed poised for growth,” added current CC President Denise Provenzano of Zano Salons. “We have a rich history, a dedicated and hard-working Board of Directors, and thousands of members and other professionals who look to us for education, legislative support and much, much more. And, of course, our America’s Beauty Show will continue to shine as a beacon for professional beauty events in the years to come.”

Spa News: Repêchage Attends the 2015 International Congress of Esthetics and Spa

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Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati, discussed how beauty pros can make waxing treatments and enjoyable experience for guests.

At the recent 2015 International Congress of Esthetics and Spa, held in Long Beach, CA, Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati presented “Waxing is Relaxing: Create a Spa-Like Experience” on the show's main stage. Over 350 beauty professionals gathered to hear the industry icon discuss how they can change the concept of waxing at their spa/salon. As Sarfati stated during the show, “What leads your clients to visit your business for their next wax appointment rather than the center down the street? The truly different wax experience you create!”

Sarfati discussed how waxing at a spa or salon should no longer be just about hair removal, but rather a pampering and relaxing experience for clients. She emphasized how focusing on this concept is going to get clients as excited about their wax appointment as they are for their facials and body treatments, with the result being a booming wax business for beauty professionals.

Show goers were introduced and able to experience Repêchage SeaSmooth Artisan Seaweed Wax at the Repêchage booth. Voted “Best Wax of New York in 2015” by New York Magazine, this new wax from Repêchage is infused with select seaweeds, Safflower Oil, Zinc Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide – a formula that allows for less irritation, redness, and bumps. Corporate Educator Natalie Otto demonstrated how waxing can be relaxing, performing the full Repêchage SeaSmooth Artisan Seaweed Wax Experience. This new wax ritual starts with a dry brush exfoliation to prevent ingrown hairs and remove dead skin cells, is followed by hair removal with the Repêchage SeaSmooth Artisan Seaweed Wax, and a soothing massage with Repêchage Skin Relief Soothing Gel and Repêchage Vita Cura® Triple Action Nutrí Oil. During this treatment the client is treated to a hydrating and soothing Repêchage Lamina Lift™ Mask.

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Spa News: gloProfessional Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

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Jerald Wenker will act as the company's new CEO.

gloProfessional, the leading global mineral makeup and skincare company dedicated to the professional market, announces the appointment of Jerald Wenker as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Wenker will be responsible for all aspects of the gloProfessional business.

“I am very excited to be joining the glo team,” said Mr. Wenker. “glo occupies a unique space in the global market with platforms in both cosmetics and skin care – glo minerals providing skin nourishing mineral makeup that covers, corrects and protects and glo therapeutics, personalized cosmeceutical skincare for clinical transformation.”

Most recently, Mr. Wenker was President and Chief Operating Officer at Dermalogica, a prominent professional skincare company operating in 62 markets around the world. At Dermalogica, Mr. Wenker led the sales and marketing process in executing the June 2015 sale of the company to Unilever. During his time at Dermalogica, Mr. Wenker launched their global e-commerce platform, introduced Dermalogica to specialty retail channels, most notably Ulta Beauty, and increased the brand’s orientation to a more consumer-centric strategy, globally building upon the brand’s professional skin therapist legacy.

“Jerry is a broad-based senior executive with more than 25 years of experience and a demonstrated record of achievement in building and growing companies from the pharmaceutical industry to the cosmeceutical sector, and we are looking forward to his contributions at glo,” said Mo Stout, Managing Director of Swander Pace Capital. SPC acquired glo in 2013.

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Spa News: Universal Companies Acquires Retail Resource À la Mode


The spa supplier brand and retail resource will work to help spas embrace retail sales and increase profits.

Universal Companies recently announced that the spa supplier brand has acquired À la Mode Partners, a retail resource focused on spa retail products and marketing. À la Mode Partners — the brainchild of Founder and CEO Tracie Wertz and Chief Marketing Officer Bill Barczy — will bring a collective 40 years of retail expertise and products to the Abingdon, Virginia spa supplier.

“À la Mode is a perfect fit for Universal Companies and we are thrilled to welcome them,” says Universal Companies CEO Brenda Elliott. “Bringing Tracie and Bill on board will enhance our mission of delivering innovative spa solutions to maximize our customers’ success. Their background and knowledge in the spa and resort industry combined with the expansive retail collection they bring with them will help our customers embrace retail sales and increase their profits like never before.”

Says Barczy, “Our passion is retail because a spa’s profit is so closely tied to retail. The opportunity is huge, but it’s also challenging because spa operators often don’t have the background, time, or finances to put into retail. We understand that, and so we provide the basic building blocks of retail management: the right principles, products, and promotions at the right time.”

In addition to retail guidance, À la Mode and Universal Companies will be the premiere retail resource for approximately 75 emerging, trendy, and eco-chic brands outside of skin care that inspire spontaneous purchases, client retention, and consumer connection. Wertz says, “This portfolio of products offers variety, promotional opportunities, and seasonal shifts to give you an exciting range of items that will keep your clients coming in frequently. Most of the vendors we work with have strong sustainability stories, are made in the USA, have charitable or community missions, are promotion-savvy, and provide enticing, on-trend products to keep inventory moving.”

Universal Companies customers will get their first look at the new retail offerings when the 2016 edition of The Spa Resource Book is launched next spring. The annual catalog is one of the most comprehensive resources available to spas. In addition to professional products, supplies, and equipment, the 2016 edition will feature more than 40 brands encompassing hundreds of consumer products in a greatly expanded collection designed to provide spas with a multitude of options for increasing revenue through retail sales.