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Spa News: Beleza Medspa Offers Free Hydrafacials for Same Sex Couples

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Austin, TX-based spa celebrates marriage equality with free cleansing and moisturizing Hydrafacial services for same sex couples.

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court made the groundbreaking decision to legalize marriage equality in all 50 states. To celebrate, Beleza Medspa, a leading medical spa in Austin, Texas, will offer free Hydrafacial treatments (a $150 value) to each member of any same sex couple until July 25, 2015.

“Beleza Medspa has long been a friend of the LGBTQ community and counts many LGBTQ community members as patients,” said Dr. Lawrence Broder, owner and medical director of Beleza Medspa. “Growing up in New York City, diversity and tolerance was the norm. This decision is a long time coming and finally allows us to all be equal in the eyes of the State.”

Beleza Medspa is thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion with free Hydrafacials for all same sex couples. The Hydrafacial uses four patented technologies to cleanse, peel, extract and hydrate the skin. A combination of water, antioxidants and skin nourishers (including peptides and hyaluronic acid) are vortex infused into the skin while a vacuum removes toxins, dead skin and impurities. The Hydrafacial includes 4-in-1 technology of Vortex-Cleansing, HydroPeel Exfoliation, Vortex-Extraction, and Vortex-Fusion.

Beleza Medspa has five locations in the greater Austin area, including Round Rock and Cedar Park. To schedule an appointment and for more information on Beleza Medspa, please visit

Spa News: Green Spa Network Announces 2015 Congress Keynote Speakers

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Simon Robinson of Holonomics Education and Daniella Russo of Think Beyond Plastic will serve as the keynote speakers at the 8th annual GSN Congress this September.

Green Spa Network (GSN) will be hosting its 8th annual Congress September 26-30, 2015 at the Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park. The multi-day program will be filled with speakers, presentations, and various workshops designed to inspire positive change for businesses and their communities, and will feature two keynote speakers: Simon Robinson, founder of Holonomics Education, and Daniella Dimitrova Russo, CEO and founder of Think Beyond Plastic.

Simon Robinson founded Holonomics Education, a consultancy which "helps organizations to think and innovate differently, allowing the development of high value customer experiences, the development of powerful and effective strategies, and of meaningful and sustainable brands." Additionally, he co-authored the book, Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, which was nominated as one of the Top 36 Sustainability Books by Sustainable Brands in January 2015, and helped found he world’s first mobile internet portal, Genie Internet, which received many media awards for innovation, and has been a developer of cutting-edge innovations in technology and new media at BT, O2 and Digital Bridges. He is the editor of the blog and is a Harvard Business Review Brazil author.

Daniella Dimitrova Russo is the CEO and Founder of Think Beyond Plastic, a social impact venture that "addresses plastic pollution by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good." Russo's executive experience in high-tech, from startups to Fortune 500 businesses and NGOs, has helped elevate plastic pollution to the forefront of global, social, environmental, and political discourse. She launched Think Beyond Plastic to address plastic pollution as an untapped innovation challenge and investment opportunity that leverages the growing demand for sustainable alternatives to conventional petroleum plastics. Additionally, Russo serves on the Executive Board of World Green Citizen, BLUE Ocean Film Festival, UPSTREAM and numerous businesses. She co-founded and led Plastic Pollution Coalition to become the world’s first and largest NGO dedicated specifically to eradicating plastic pollution.

For more details or to register for the 8th annual GSN Congress, please visit Register by June 30, 2015 to save $100 off regular registration.

Dermalogica Announces Partnership with Unilever

Jane Wurwand.

Unilever continues to grow its Prestige Personal Care division with the acquisition of Dermalogica.

Dermalogica announced to its global Tribe of staff, professional skin therapists, accounts and distributors that it will be selling to Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer goods corporations.

“Thirty years ago, we launched Dermalogica with a clear and determined mission – to bring respect and success to the professional skin therapist,” says Jane Wurwand, founder and chief visionary, Dermalogica. “This mission is as important to us now as it was the first day we started the company. We are extremely proud of our Tribe and all that has been achieved in elevating the industry standard. Raymond and I are excited to be working with Unilever, a company with a long-standing history in growing brands and championing philanthropic initiatives. This partnership will provide Dermalogica with the opportunities and resources to take the brand to even greater heights and help us to continue our legacy in supporting the next generation of professional skin therapists and women entrepreneurs worldwide.”

Dermalogica co-founders, Jane and Raymond Wurwand will continue to have a minority share of the company and will be tasked with ensuring the brand’s identity and DNA remain intact during the partnership process.

Paul Polman, Unilever CEO, says: “We are delighted to be adding Dermalogica to the Unilever Prestige personal care portfolio. Dermalogica enjoys an outstanding reputation and incredible awareness among skin care professionals and consumers alike, and has a clear positioning as a superior skin health brand that perfectly complements the rest of our Prestige offering. Importantly, it is a company founded on strong values and a common belief, shared by Unilever, in the role of business as a force for good in society. Dermalogica has great distribution and presence globally; and I am pleased that Jane and Raymond have retained an interest in the company and will continue to work with us to grow the brand.”

Future plans for Dermalogica include growing existing channels as well as exploring new distribution opportunities. Additionally, Unilever will work with Dermalogica to help accelerate its global expansion.

The leading skin care brand in professional salons and spas worldwide, Dermalogica was launched in 1986 in Los Angeles by Jane and Raymond Wurwand; following the earlier creation of The International Dermal Institute in 1983, the first of its kind to provide training to licensed skin therapists. Focused on skin health, rather than beauty and pampering, Dermalogica is currently sold in more than 80 countries, and offers both a range of retail and professional products.

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Spa News: Successful Hands Grants Awarded at the Annual American Massage Conference

Top: Left to right: Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Spa Franchising CG Funk; grant recipient Monica Flores; and Vice President of Massage Therapy and Spa Lynda Solien-Wolfe; Bottom: Left to right: Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Spa Franchising CG Funk; grant recipient Caydin Vaughn; and Vice President of Massage Therapy and Spa Lynda Solien-Wolfe

Monica Flores of Hammond, IN and Caydin Vaughn of Mattoon, IL were each presented with $500 Successful Hands grants at the Annual American Massage Conference.

Two massage therapy students received $500 Successful Hands grants during Student Day at the American Massage Conference on Friday, June 12, 2015. The Successful Hands Grant Program, launched through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital', supports the professional massage therapy student and their schools. ONE Concept, the conference organizer, partnered with Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital' to promote the grant program during the conference.

Graduate Monica Flores from Kaplan College in Hammond, IN and student Caydin Vaughn from Lakeland Community College in Mattoon, IL were each presented $500 Successful Hands grants by CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage Therapy and Spa at Friday’s Smart from the Start Student Program.

“We are indeed fortunate to have engaged and supportive partners such as Massage Envy Spas and Performance Health,” commented Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, ONE Concept. “Their commitment to the next generation of massage therapists through their support of schools, students and the AMC ensures a bright and successful future for all of us in this profession.”

“It’s truly a pleasure to be a long-term sponsor of the Smart from the Start Student Program," added Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage Therapy and Spa, Performance Health. “This program introduces us to bright and passionate students that I believe are well on their way to making a difference. Their enthusiasm is contagious. I always leave the program feeling excited and honored to be part of our profession.”

Current massage therapy students can also apply for one of eight $1,000 Successful Hands grants. The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” A team of industry representatives will review all submissions to choose the eight winners. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package.

Spa News: Comphy Co. Sponsors Global Wellness Summit and Industry Research

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Comphy Co., a leading provider of luxury linens for the spa industry, is set to sponsor the ninth annual Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City.

Comphy Co., a top provider of luxury linens for the spa industry, recently announced its sponsorship of the 2015 Global Wellness Summit (GWS), an invitation-only annual event that attracts international leaders and visionaries. The ninth annual conference takes place at the St. Regis Mexico City from November 13-15. The agenda will focus on the theme of "Building a Well World."

"Sponsorship is the lifeblood of the GWS. As a leading provider of luxury linens to the spa industry, we are thrilled to have Comphy on board as a new sponsor," said Michelle Gamble, GWS's VP of Global Business Development. "The Mexico City Summit is an especially auspicious event for the company to support, as Comphy won Spa Professional Mexico's award for 'Best Spa Linens' in 2014."

Comphy luxury linens were designed to withstand the rigors of spa operations while providing a soft, lush feel. An ideal green linen solution, spa businesses value Comphy's fabric for its durability and light weight, which allows for shorter drying cycles. Comphy fabrics are also wrinkle-free, so they do not require ironing, thus further reducing their environmental load. In a recent study by the Green Spa Network, high performance microfiber was the only material to satisfy all six Sustainable Linens Purchasing Considerations: Fast-drying, durable, anti-bacterial, stain-resistant, absorbent and soft.

Comphy's CEO Mia Richardson, and her daughter Jessica Carrington-Lopez, Comphy's Director of Sales, will be attending the GWS. According to Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO of the organization, this year's Summit has received unprecedented support from industry leaders around the world and a record number of 500+ delegates are expected.
"Comphy is thrilled to be supporting the first-ever Global Wellness Summit in Latin America and the commissioned industry research they will release there," said Richardson. "To collaborate with an organization that is promoting a healthier world is an honor."

One of the objectives of the GWS is to initiate, gather, and trumpet quality industry research. This year's research topic is workplace wellness, and the goal is new data and insights that will help employers do a better job of creating a healthier, less stressed and happier workforce.

For more information about the GWS, please visit

Spa News: Jane Wurwand Participates at Town & Country’s Philanthropy Summit

Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary, Dermalogica and FITE, (center) joined fellow panelists Catherine Shimony, Global Goods Partners (far left); Bonnie Stone, Women in Need (left); and Ambassador, Nicole Avant (right) on a panel discussing the issues surrounding women’s empowerment, moderated by MSNBC news anchor, Tamron Hall.

Dermalogica Founder Jane Wurwand takes part in women's empowerment panel, "Beginning with Women," at the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit in New York City

Jane Wurwand, Chief Visionary and Founder of Dermalogica and FITE, the brand’s global philanthropic initiative, participated on a women’s empowerment panel titled “Beginning with Women” at the Town & Country second annual Philanthropy Summit held at the New York Historical Society in New York City.

Moderated by Award-winning journalist and MSNBC news anchor, Tamron Hall, the panel also included Ambassador Nicole Avant; Catherine Shimony, Global Goods Partners; and Bonnie Stone, Women in Need. The unifying theme was identifying solutions to help move the gender equality conversation forward. One of the central solutions was the importance of providing women with educational and employment opportunities as a means to help eliminate gender inequality and poverty.

“It’s not just about educating, it’s about learning how to do,” Wurwand commented on the subject of gender equality and creating women’s global economic empowerment through the power of vocational training.

The Summit welcomed more than 200 guests, including nonprofit executives, philanthropists, corporate sponsors and celebrities. To learn more about the Summit, visit To learn more about Dermalogica’s global initiative, FITE, visit

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Spa News: The Berkeley London to Offer Rooftop Hula Hoop Classes

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World-famous London hotel to offer hour-long hula hoop fitness classes designed to target and build core strength.

In partnership with HulaFit, The Berkeley is launching hula hoop classes on the roof of the renowned London hotel. Taking place weekly from June 17, 2015 until October 28, 2015, the 60-minute classes offer a fun and unique workout for guests and visitors alike where, through twirling hips and wiggling waists, one can burn up to 600 calories and tone muscles.

HulaFit is designed to focus on both the fun and the fitness of hula hooping and targets core muscles for a supreme abdominal workout through a variety of hooping styles such as "Turning & Pirouettes," "The Limbo," and "The Vortex." For the high-intensity classes, participants will use a one-of-a-kind Berkeley hula hoop which they can take with them to use at home. Following each class, Berkeley hula hoopers can also enjoy a relaxing dip and a well-deserved poolside lunch overlooking panoramic views of Hyde Park.

Spa News: McAllister Spa to Offer Virtual Consultation Sessions

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Miami Beach-based spa incorporates live-streaming video to consultation process.

The integration of business and technology has proven to be the new normal in most industries, the beauty industry being no exception. At the forefront of the spa-tech movement, McAllister Spa in Miami Beach, FL is finding new, innovative ways to incorporate technology into its day-to-day business with Periscope, a cutting-edge, live-streaming video app that will allow guests to have entirely virtual consultation sessions with the salon's top stylists.

With this technology, McAllister Spa can offer clients the option of receiving a virtual consultation from the comfort of home. Ideal for one-on-one consultations, as well as group consultations such as bridal parties, thanks to the private multi-user option available on Periscope, the service will allow clients to discuss hair concerns and style goals, establishing a pre-appointment dialogue to save the client time in the long run. Upon salon arrival, the client will have already conducted their initial discussion and can begin working with the stylist immediately.

Spa News: Chanel Spa to Open at Ritz Paris This Year


Inspired by the "art of skincare," the first-ever Chanel spa is set to open at the end of this year at the Ritz Paris.

The Ritz Paris recently announced that Chanel au Ritz Paris, the first Chanel-branded spa, will open at the end of this year at the newly-renovated luxury hotel. After Coco Chanel made the space her home for over 30 years, the Ritz Paris is the perfect setting for the skincare-focused spa, which will "provide guests with a unique sensorial and customized experience inspired by Chanel's art of skincare."

After 3 years of renovations, the Ritz Paris will welcome Chanel au Ritz Paris within its Ritz Club. Though details are still limited, the spa, described as "a new beauty concept dedicated to Chanel's skincare," is set to open at the end of 2015 in the newly updated - yet still charming - hotel.

Spa News: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Receives REAL Certified Distinction

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Destination spa awarded by United States Healthful Food Council for commitment to healthful and sustainable food.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, a world-renowned destination spa located just north of San Diego, was recently awarded the REAL Certified distinction by the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC). The REAL Certification is emerging as a beacon for consumers seeking healthful and sustainable food.

The USHFC is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting diet-related disease by helping to align the food industry’s financial incentives with consumers’ health interests. In order to qualify as REAL Certified, independent registered dietitians assessed Cal-a-Vie Health Spa’s food practices across a range of nutrition and sustainability criteria, including Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (going above and beyond). Those that satisfy the stringent necessary requirements are awarded REAL Certification.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa earned high marks across the board in its assessment, achieving an overall score of 92 percent, including 100 percent compliance in the “Responsible” and “Epicurean” scoring categories.

“We are honored to have Cal-a-Vie Health Spa carry the nationally recognized REAL Certification. This mark of excellence solidifies Cal-a-Vie as a leader in the health and wellness industry and upholds our commitment to helping guests establish healthier relationships with food,” said Cal-a-Vie owner Terri Havens. “Cal-a-Vie’s enticing, healthy menu is prepared with local, sustainable ingredients, modeling that healthy eating can be easily elevated to gourmet status.”

In its score and summary of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, the USHFC noted the resort’s “food preparation is exceptional, largely in part because of a focus on cooking in-house from scratch, using plant-based oils and incorporating healthy cooking practice.” The USHFC also praised Cal-a-Vie’s “many regionally- and locally-sourced primary food items, cage-free poultry, organic items” and use of sustainable seafood.

Cal-a-Vie is a destination health spa with 32 private villas and a 5:1 staff to guest ratio. Cal-a-Vie combines luxurious European Spa philosophies with the California concepts of fitness, health and nutrition. The French Provencal styled retreat is embellished with historical pieces and antiques from Europe including a 400-year-old Chapel and L’Orangerie from Dijon, France - ideal for destination weddings and events. There is also the Antique Boutique exclusively available to guests. Cal-a-Vie offers three-, four- and seven-night spa vacation packages that include gourmet spa cuisine, fitness classes, hiking, beauty and spa treatments, mind-body awareness programs, lectures on health and nutrition, accommodations, and even provides workout clothes to simplify packing. For more information, please visit