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Jurlique Farm Now Open to Public

Tours of Jurlique's certified organic farm are available every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 10 a.m. and last 90 minutes. Price: $20.00

Australia is a natural wonder known for its tranquil beaches, pink mountains, turquoise sea and abundant wildlife. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, hundreds of national parks and a deep aboriginal culture, it is the ultimate vacation destination. Now Jurlique, a leading natural skincare brand born and raised in South Australia, is offering another reason for people to visit the land down under. For the first time ever, Jurlique is opening their farm to tours where visitors can experience the true farm to bottle process and see how organic skincare is grown, hand-tended and made into powerful formulations.

Nestled in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, an area known for world-class wine, sits the Jurlique Farm. It is here that Jurlique cultivates the flowers and plants that lend their power to the brand’s high performance, organic formulas. With its unpolluted environment, Mediterranean climate and rich soil, the Jurlique farm provides an optimum landscape to produce powerful herbs and botanicals. This certified organic farm produces healthy plants and potent extracts that create highly efficacious skincare ingredients. Operating over 154 acres, the farm grows a wide variety of plants and flowers including lavender, calendula, and rose, the key ingredient in their signature Rosewater Balancing Mist. Jurlique also cultivates over 7,500 native trees on the farm, to assist with both organic accreditation and environmental activism.

Now opening its doors to the public, Jurlique is offering visitors of the farm a chance to learn about the company’s vast history, how seedlings and plants are propagated, uses of plant varieties, organic farming principles, soil fertility and compost production, harvest processing and even bee keeping. Tour guides transport guests on a journey through the development process, from a display garden, to a seed propagation area and an organic preparation area, to an herb drying shed. The final stop is at the Jurlique farm retail shop where they can purchase a range of products fresh off the fields.

“Jurlique is a brand known for delivering quality natural personal care products using only the finest organically-grown ingredients,” says Sam McKay, President and CEO. “Until this year, the Jurlique Farm had been closed to the public. We now invite people to explore the stunning landscape that cultivates and nourishes the natural ingredients in our skincare lineup as a way to educate our customers about where and how their favorite products come to life.”

Jurlique was founded in 1985 by Dr. Jurgen Klein and his wife Ulrike, pioneers of Australian skin care. Since then, Jurlique has spent over 25 years unearthing organic ingredients to develop their unique Bio-Intrinsic™ process. Now, they’re giving back with the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Deluxe Edition, filled with a limited-edition blend of potent rose extracts and high-performance botanicals. Proceeds from every bottle sold in the US will go towards Jurlique’s Ideas of Beauty Fund in support of Chrysalis. Chrysalis and Jurlique are dedicated to empowering under-served women, helping them to create a path to self-sufficiency through volunteer efforts and mentorships that improve job skills and build self-confidence. Learn more at www.ChangeLives.org.

Aveda Appoints Vice President of Global Education and Vice President of Technical Education

Aveda Appoints Vice President of Global Education and Vice President of Technica

Aveda, the Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences, globally loved for its high-performance, botanically-based professional hair products and salon professional education, announces the appointment of Holly Johnson to the position of Vice President of Global Education and promotion of Kevin Molin to Vice President Technical Education. One of the hallmarks of the Aveda brand is its holistic and sustainable approach to beauty. Aveda’s approach to education is equally holistic—a smart trio of inspiration, technical skill and business acumen that is unrivaled in the industry. Aveda’s unique method gives learners essential tools and specialized knowledge that emphasize an environmentally conscious approach to beauty.

After two years of managing Global Education in addition to Human Resources, Holly Johnson will focus on the position of Vice President of Global Education. Global Education continues to evolve in supporting the Aveda network and employees and Holly is dedicated to overseeing the Global Education strategy. Aveda Global Education believes that every professional has the potential to become a master and paves the way by offering innovative, multifaceted education for personal growth to help professionals make their dream careers a reality.

Kevin was recruited to rejoin Aveda in October 2011 to lead the Aveda Technical Education initiatives. Kevin’s years of expertise within the industry allowed him to execute the Aveda Education strategy and leverage the many talents of the technical education team. Kevin has been instrumental in furthering Aveda’s brand recognition through several platforms; shows and events, the global artistic team, global alignment, technical curriculum development and internal efficiencies and technologies.

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Spa Week Offers Affordable Health and Relaxation this October

Spa Week Offers Affordable Health and Relaxation this October

Spa Week’s fall 2013 event will take place from October 14th – 20th.

Five years after the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, many Americans are still living a “post-recession” lifestyle. Between pay cuts, lack of opportunity for advancement and heavier workloads, it is no surprise that one third of American employees experience chronic work stress according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association. Countless studies show that this never-ending, physical and mental strain can lead to a number of severe health problems including heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. The bright side, however, is that even the most stress-inflicted workers can lower their risk of disease by simply practicing healthy habits. As research shows, this most definitely includes regular spa visits.

Since its inception in 2004, Spa Week Media Group has lead the way in connecting consumers with the powerful and life-changing benefits of the spa with its spring and fall events’affordable $50 spa and wellness treatments. According to the International Spa Association, 72% of spa goers in the past year said their stress levels influenced their decision to visit a spa. With consumers becoming increasingly more health (and budget) conscious, spas have experienced a major shift from being portrayed as places of pampering to healing sanctuaries for body and mind for millions of people. Spa Week, the country’s leading and most reputable Spa Marketing Event, has successfully manifested the connection of health and spa to the masses for almost a decade by heavily discounting costly spa and wellness services on the grand scale.

Moving into its 19th installation, Spa Week’s fall 2013 event will take place from October 14th – 20th when hundreds of spas (day, medical and resort), yoga and Pilates studios, and fitness and wellness centers will offer up to three signature treatments for just $50 each. Featured services are valued at anywhere from $100 to $500. Holistic healing and natural therapies including Ayurveda have been used for centuries to help counter the effects of stress and better overall health and well-being. Now, with the majority of spa patrons seeking stress relief, such practices have gone mainstream and are being offered by the most prestigious wellness facilities and local day spas alike. Look no further than the Spa Week menu to find hundreds of these detoxifying, relaxing and renewing services, all at an affordable cost. With endless treatment options to choose from, Spa Week provides a way for everyone to find calm and a sense of balance all while keeping their fear of overspending at bay.

In order to receive exclusive information on participating spas and wellness locations and their $50 services, consumers should register on SpaWeek.com as early as possible. The complete directory will launch on September 16th to allow spa-goers to begin booking their most desired services in advance. Visitors to SpaWeek.com also have the opportunity to give the gift of wellness by conveniently purchasing the Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week® on SpaWeek.com. Accepted at over 7,500 spas and wellness locations across North America and never expire, Spa & Wellness Gift Cards may be used during Spa Week or any time of the year. Recipients will have the freedom to choose from thousands of locations and services, all while knowing that you have their long-term health and happiness in mind.

While the economy still struggles to repair itself, many people are taking their health and well-being into their own hands and this includes seeking medical, emotional and even spiritual relief from the spa community. Equipped to embrace consumers’ needs, spas and wellness locations are rolling out newer and more innovative services than ever before, especially those that help combat the perils of stress and stress-induced maladies. Thanks to Spa Week's spring and fall events, consumers have the comfort of knowing that they have “spas on their side” to help improve and maintain their health, well-being and happiness, now and in the future.

Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres. Joining Spa Week for the fall 2013 event, sponsors include:

Exclusive National Media Sponsor: Health Magazine; Exclusive Trade Association Partner: ISPA; Exclusive Destination Sponsor: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism and introducing Exclusive Lifestyle Sponsor: FabFitFun. Spa Week is co-sponsored by CEW and a portion of the proceeds from the spring and fall events are donated to CancerAndCareers.org.

For more information visit SpaWeek.com!

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Dermalogica's Nonprofit FITE Participates in Mandela Day

Dermalogica's Nonprofit FITE Participates in Mandela Day

Dermalogica is committed to expanding global opportunities for women. In 2010 the company's co-founder, Jane Wurwand, launched the FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) initiative to help woman start or grow their businesses. To help further this mission of empowering women, FITE recently engaged costumers, skin care professionals and employees with a day of activities to honor Mandela Day.

On July 18th, 2013, FITE celebrated the legacy of human rights champion Nelson Mandela by partnering with two organizations based out of Cape Town, South Africa. Project Ignition creates opportunities for young females in underprivileged communities between the ages of 14-25 by offering them tools for community leadership. These Numbers Have Faces provides scholarships to help young people in need of assistance on their path to obtaining a higher education. This year, FITE will sponsor scholarships for three women in Cape Town, South Africa. The scholarship recipients will, in turn, each participate in helping their communities through volunteer work, leadership and financial literacy trainings, and a commitment to “pay it forward” by helping another student complete the program.

Dermalogica’s concept spaces in Santa Monica, CA, Manhattan, NY and Scottsdale, AZ participated in Mandela Day by distributing $25 Kiva gift cards and encouraging consumers to visit Kiva.org to direct a free loan to an entrepreneur of their choosing. Dermalogica employees nationwide contributed to the first FITE Impact Day by writing postcards of support and encouragement to the girls participating in Project Ignition’s leadership programs.

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OPI Launches New PRO Website

OPI Launches New PRO Website

OPI's re-launch of PRO.OPI.com provides the ultimate resource for in-depth OPI information for nail professionals. From videos of the hottest new OPI products, to direct links to local distributors, OPI PRO offers a wealth of information to keep visitors up to speed with the latest in nail technology.

OPI PRO presents up-to-date information on OPI’s current product lines, including new collection releases as well as over 200 classic nail lacquer shades, nail treatments, lotions, gels, acrylics and professional nail products.

"PRO.OPI.com is a resource for the latest in nail technology education and innovation, which is important for providing high-quality services to both salons and customers," said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. "With the site’s easy navigation, OPI Professional Products is just a click away!"

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In Memoriam: DAYSPA Remembers Dr. Sheldon Pinnell

Dr. Sheldon Pinnell

Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, an internationally eminent scientist, dermatologist, leading scientist behind L’Oréal-owned SkinCeuticals, and J. Lamar Callaway Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and Chief Emeritus of the Division of Dermatology at Duke University, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 on Thursday, July 4, in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Pinnell is widely regarded as the founding father of topical antioxidants, and it was his investigative research that changed the way the world uses topical antioxidants today. He was the first to patent a stable form of vitamin C to effectively penetrate skin, delivering eight times the skin’s natural antioxidant protection.

Before helping to shape the cosmeceutical industry, Dr. Sheldon Pinnell was at the forefront of significant advances in the understanding of skin biology and the pathogenesis of skin diseases. Early in his career, he made major contributions to the understanding of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the role of vitamin C in collagen biosynthesis. During his lifetime, he also received numerous medical and scientific awards and published more than 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals on dermatology topics such as photoaging, collagen synthesis, UV protection, topical vitamin C, and other antioxidants.

Dr. Pinnell earned his medical degree at Yale University and trained at the University of Minnesota Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts General Hospital and Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich. Dr. Pinnell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry at Duke University, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa academic honors.

Dr. Pinnell returned to Duke University in 1973 as an associate professor and investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Department of Medicine. He went on to develop and implement major strategic initiatives that facilitated the growth and prominence of Duke University’s Division of Dermatology and culminated in the establishment of the Department of Dermatology in 2009. He held the office of Chief of Dermatology for 15 years and retired in 2010 after 37 years of service. During his tenure, Dr. Pinnell trained over 100 residents, 22 research fellows, and left a legacy of 22 prominent dermatologists, including seven current department chairs, residency program directors, and associate department and vice chairs. Dr. Pinnell also served as a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

“It is our greatest privilege to have been able to help Dr. Pinnell bring his discovery of topical antioxidants to life. Prior to the introduction of topical vitamin C in the early 1990s, skincare professionals were largely limited to sunscreens to protect against the deleterious effects of the sun. It was Dr. Pinnell who gave the medical community the confidence to transform the approach to at-home skincare, said SkinCeuticals Co-Founders, Alden Pinnell and Russell Moon. We are fortunate to have known Dr. Pinnell as a scientist, a family man and a dear friend. His life lessons and infectious spirit will remain with us forever.”

“We are honored to have had the chance to know and work with Dr. Pinnell over the years. It was his breakthrough research that propelled the use of topical antioxidants within the skincare industry. Today, topical antioxidants are widely recognized as an essential component for maintaining and protecting healthy skin. Most US dermatologists recommend that patients incorporate an antioxidant into their daily skincare routine. Everything he has taught us, as well as his passion for discovery, will continue to live on through all of us here at SkinCeuticals. I personally have grown and learned an enormous amount from Dr. Pinnell, and he will be dearly missed,” said SkinCeuticals Global General Manager, Marc Toulemonde.

“Dr. Pinnell’s philosophy and dedication to advancing science in the cosmeceutical landscape is unlike any we have ever seen, and he remains an inspiration for us today, said Brigitte Liberman, World Wide President, L’Oréal Active Cosmetic Division. It is our esteemed privilege to have had the opportunity to learn from him and to introduce a range of products that changed the way we care for our skin globally.”

Despite his many academic and professional accomplishments, Dr. Pinnell would like to be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and ardent Duke Blue Devil fan. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Doren Madey Pinnell; three sons, Kevin, Alden and Tyson; and five grandchildren.

A small, private ceremony for Dr. Pinnell was held on Monday, July 8, in the gardens of Duke University. Later this year, a celebration of his life will be held at the Duke University Chapel, in conjunction with the dedication of the Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Pinnell’s honor may be made to Duke University (PO Box 90581, Durham, NC 27701). Contributions may be designated for the Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology, Duke Athletics, the Sarah P Duke Memorial Gardens.