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Spa News: Spa Recycles and Helps Animals Stay Cozy

Jack and Pickles

Jack and Pickles are part of the Natural Elements Spa & Salon extended family. They donated their time to make sure that the used sheets and blankets from the spa were comfy and cozy for all the animals at the Norfolk VA SPCA.

Local Spa and salon owners Suzanne Garcia and Audrey Brown are animal lovers and have always donated used linens to local shelters. "This part of our recycle program is just one of our efforts at Natural Elements Spa & Salon to operate an environmentally responsible business. It makes us all smile to know that a dog is snuggled in our well-loved sheets,” the owners say.

Natural Elements Spa & Salon is a female/veteran owned and operated business.

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Sweis Inc. Grants Wish Through Make-A-Wish

Sweis Inc. joins Make-A-Wish to grant a wish to Gabriel, a nine-year-old boy diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease.

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at The Grove of Los Angeles, Sweis Inc. Professional Salon & Spa Products granted a life-changing wish to Gabriel, a nine-year-old boy diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. The company has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles to become a part of the organization's "Season of Wishes." The Season of Wishes program features eight nights of magical wish-granting ceremonies, aimed to publicly share the heartwarming tales of local "wish" children, over a six-week, holiday season period. 
Sweis was inspired to support Make-A-Wish when one of its employees, Rosie Escalante, received a wish for her son Tony through Make-A-Wish in April, 2012. Sweis has since launched a campaign to support Make-A-Wish, and is committed to granting the wishes of many more children battling life-threatening medical conditions. 
The company's ultimate goals include fundraising for the organization, raising awareness of the cause and furthermore, encouraging their network of salon partners to get involved by hosting their own Make-A-Wish charity events. The campaign is targeted toward salon professionals who buy from Sweis professional stores located throughout Southern California (Torrance, Lake Forest, San Diego and Encino). Customers will be asked to round up purchases throughout the month of December, and Sweis will also host an in-store shopping event on February 18, 2013, and donate a portion of those sales to Make-A-Wish.
“At Sweis, giving back to our community is a priority, and in the past we have supported many organizations," says Karl Sweis, CEO/Founder Sweis Inc. "This time we are especially excited to partner with Make-A-Wish, as it is an organization that has directly touched the life of a Sweis employee."

Check out this video from Tuesday night's Make-A-Wish Event HERE.

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Spa News: Éminence Organic Skin Care to Plant a Tree for Every Product Sold

Spa News: Éminence Organic Skin Care to Plant a Tree for Every Product Sold

Boldijarre Koronczay's passion for the environment inspired Éminence's new initiative.

Imagine if your daily skincare routine involved an active contribution to the fight against climate change. Taking environmental commitment to a whole new level, Éminence Organic Skin Care has just announced an exciting new environmental initiative: starting November 26th, 2012, one tree will be planted for every product sold, as well as every new Facebook like!

These trees will be planted—one for each professional and retail product purchase—around the world. In the first year of this initiative, the company estimates they will plant the equivalent of more than 1000 football fields of trees.

“We’re so excited about our Forests for the Future initiative. Planting even just one tree can make such a difference,” said president and founder of Éminence Boldijarre Koronczay. "Deforestation is the leading cause of climate change. If we want to protect the future of our planet, and our own health, tree planting has to be a part of the plan. We're committed to rebuilding and restoring the environment one product—and now one tree—at a time."

The world loses millions of acres of trees due to deforestation every year. In just one year, a single tree has the ability to produce 260 pounds of oxygen and absorb as much carbon as a car produces by driving 26,000 miles. Trees also lower air temperature, stabilize soil and contribute to the fertility of land. Through partnerships with award-winning global tree planting organizations like Trees for the Future, Éminence Organic Skin Care demonstrates its commitment not only to organic skin care, but also to restoring and rebuilding the environment for a healthier and more beautiful planet.

Related: Video: Behind the Scenes, The Making of Éminence | Q&A with Boldijarre Koronczay | Stemming the Tide | Win Free Arnica Based Skin Care | DAYSPA'S Expanded 2012 Holiday Retail Gift Guide | Éminence Wins Ernst Young Entrepreneur Year Award

Spa News: Skin Care Expert Dr. Mark Lees Honored with Humanitarian Award

Spa News: Skin Care Expert Dr. Mark Lees Honored Humanitarian Award

Southern Spa Conference bestows Humanitarian Award upon Dr. Mark Lees.

Mark Lees, Ph.D., president of Mark Lees Skin Care, Inc., recently received the 2012 Esthetics International Humanitarian Award from The Southern Spa & Salon Conference. The award was presented in early November, at the organization's annual conference in Hickory, North Carolina.

The award recognizes Dr. Lees for his outstanding community service contributions, and in recognizes the example he has set within the spa and salon industry.

Lees owns the Mark Lees Skin Care Salon in Pensacola FL, and Mark Lees Skin Care Product Company of Tallahassee, FL.

Mark Lees Skin Care products are sold at skincare centers and dermatology practices throughout the United States. Lees is also the author of the popular esthetician's textbook, Skin Care Beyond the Basics, now in its 4th edition, and the consumer book, The Skin Care Answer Book.

[Image courtesy of Mark Lees Skin Care, Inc.]

DePasquale Companies Lend Helping Hand To Sandy Relief Effort

DesPasquale Companies donated more than $160,000 worth of products to Hurricane Sandy victims.

DePasquale Companies, a family-owned and -operated beauty manufacturer based in Fairlawn, New Jersey, is putting its manpower and resources to good use to aid Hurricane Sandy victims in the New York and New Jersey areas. After witnessing the devastating effects of the storm first-hand, DePasquale has opened its warehouse and loaded up three donation trucks full of essentials such as personal care and grooming products.
With three deliveries scheduled in the coming days, several brands under the DePasquale umbrella—including Beauty Addicts, Cures By Avancé, ECRU New York, Little Green and New York Streets—will distribute more than $160,000 worth of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and personal care items for men, women and children. The company aims to alleviate some of the burden that many families face as they start to rebuild their homes and lives.
The company is sending donations to three locations: Christie & Co Salon, located directly within the heart of the storm-ravaged Queens neighborhood, the Steven Siller Tunnels to Tower Foundation in Staten Island, New York, and The People’s Pantry in Toms River, New Jersey.
“This storm hit home for us, literally,” said Carmen DePasquale, founder and owner of DePasquale Companies. “We are in the business of making people look and feel their best, so we can give victims some necessities needed to get them feeling just a bit more like their old selves.” 

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Spas Raise Money for Azana Victims

Spas, salons and beauty schools from all over the country raise money for victims of the shooting at Azana Salon and Spa.

More than 98 salons, spas and beauty schools from across the country are holding a concerted drive to raise money for the victims and survivors of the tragic shooting that took place at Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin on October 21. Fire opened in the spa when local man Radcliffe Haughton stormed into the facility and shot seven women, causing three fatalities—including that of his estranged wife, staff member Zina Haughton—and wounding four, before taking his life.

Participating salons and spas have banded together to donate 5 to 25 percent of sales made Tuesday, November 13. Local salon owner Jane Seybold of Carenza Color.Cutting.Experience, serves as one of the event's lead organizers, and says she hopes to raise at least $100,000.

For information about how to participate click HERE.

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