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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

Noel Asmar Selected Among Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada

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Founder and CEO of the Noel Asmar Group recognized for the second straight year on list of the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada

Noel Asmar, founder and CEO of the Noel Asmar Group, has been recognized for the second straight year on the prestigious list of the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada awarded by PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines.

Noel Asmar sits on top of an international multi-division corporation that she founded in 2002, currently servicing clients in over 60 countries. Her team of 25+ work from her stylish corporate headquarters just outside of Vancouver, BC. Noel has positioned her company for the future by bringing in a team of key hires from several prestigious companies in apparel, retail and e-commerce. The brand has received international recognition and was recently been featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.

Noel has a genuine interest in the Spa and Wellness Industry as she designs with the desire to make people feel good. She is the founder/originator of, and later went on to design the beautiful resin and precious metal pedicure bowls and accessories found on Her dedication to wellness is enforced by her leadership roles within the industry. Most recently, Noel was selected to sit on the board of ISPA – the International Spa Association is recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Noel is an invited delegate to the Global Spa and Wellness Summit recently held in Morocco. She is proud to count amongst her clients some of the most prestigious brands in global spa, wellness and hospitality including the Fairmont Group, Four Seasons Resorts, Caesars, MGM, Mayo Clinic, Canyon Ranch, Woodhouse Spas and thousands of other valued clients.

Her love for horses and passion for riding also led her to launch her equestrian apparel division Noel’s sense of style and her “function meets fashion” approach have taken her brand to the top of the industry in less than three years.

Selection criteria for Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is based on a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the entrepreneurs’ companies.

Noel Asmar commented, “I feel so honored to be recognized for the second year in a row amongst all these clever, highly successful women and am truly humbled. I hope to inspire other women to feel empowered to follow their passions and don’t give up – the journey will shape you.”

Repêchage Hosts 17th Annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals

Repechage CEO & Founder, Lydia Sarfati, and Repêchage Chief Operating Officer, David Sarfati

Over 135 people from all over the world attended The Repêchage 17th Annual International Conference in NYC on May 18, 2015.

Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati welcomed over 135 skincare and spa professionals from across the country as well as from Korea, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Italy and Curacao. Guests gathered at this year’s NYC Conference to hear both science and medical experts speak, as well as to be part of the launch of the new Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐OutTM Facial and at‐home products, the Repêchage Mineral Face Shield, and annual Repêchage President’s Awards.

To kick off the event, Charles Yarish, Ph.D., professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, took the podium to present “The Science of Seaweed.” Yarish was recently appointed to the Repêchage Board of Directors for 2015, and heads one of the leading seaweed science laboratories in the world dedicated to seaweed research and aquaculture. Dr. Yarish shared with guests the many different facets of seaweed – from cultivation to its use, food, fertilizers and most relevant to Conference guests: cosmetics. Dr. Yarish specifically delineated the anti‐wrinkling, anti‐aging and skin regeneration characteristics of specific seaweeds, including Laminaria Digitata and Ascophyllum Nodosum, the two seaweeds predominantly used in Repêchage Professional Skin Care.

Next to take the podium was Karl Richter, partner of Bio‐Gate AG, Germany, for his presentation “Micro Silver: A Newly Patented Ingredient for Dermatological Skin Care.” Richter presented information on Micro Silver, a new found ingredient that Repêchage will be utilizing in the new Repêchage Red‐Out Facial and at‐home products. Specifically, Richter spoke on the science behind Micro Silver and its benefits in skincare and cosmetics, including its antimicrobial action and ability to fight harmful bacteria that can cause inflammation, skin irritations and blemishes. Repêchage will be the first professional skin care company in the United States to utilize this new ingredient in Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial with Micro Silver and Anti‐Oxidants and at‐home products for hypersensitive skin and rosacea.

Before the official introduction of Repêchage Red‐Out, Dr. Samuel Shatkin, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and owner of the Aesthetic Associate Centre for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Medical Skin Care in Buffalo, took the stage. In his presentation, “Rosacea – Causes and Solutions,” Dr. Shatkin discussed the medical findings of what causes this skin condition and solutions for those who suffer from rosacea – a skin condition seen in 16 million people in the US and 45 million people worldwide, according to the Rosacea Society. Dr. Shatkin also reported on his recent clinical study of rosacea patients in his Buffalo, NY practice, revealing dramatic reduction of rosacea symptoms in before and after photographs.

Immediately following was the official premiere of Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out for event attendees, along with the debut of Repêchage Mineral Face Shield. Repêchage CEO & Founder Lydia Sarfati shared with guests the research behind Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Facial and Repêchage Hydra 4 Red‐Out Calming Cleanser and Red‐Out Serum (patent pending). As Sarfati stated, “This new facial, as well as the two patent‐pending at‐home products, offer real and immediate help to people with all types of skin who suffer from Rosacea and hypersensitivity. In recent trials, 99% of patients saw visible difference in their skin after one Hydra 4 Red‐OutTM Facial, while 89% saw smoother skin after using the Hydra 4 Red‐OutTM Serum for 28 days.“

Sarfati also introduced the much‐anticipated new Repêchage Mineral Face Shield to the enthusiastic audience. This new cream, explained Sarfati, has a luxurious, soufflé‐like texture, providing important anti‐oxidant protection through‐out the day while imparting a flawless, air‐brushed finish.

After a brief break, Dr. Patrick Fratellone took the stage for “The Heart & the Whole Body Connection.” Fratellone presented to guests his insights as a well‐known cardiologist and internist who practices integrative medicine. Dr. Fratellone explained the benefits of a well‐balanced life that included exercise, mediation and good self‐esteem while eliminating unhealthy food choices.

For the last portion of the event, Lydia Sarfati presented the President’s Awards, given in various categories to an establishment or person that demonstrates esthetic excellence as well as dedication to the elevation of the industry.

Dr. Samuel Shatkin and Joni Shatkin of Trés Auraé Spa in Buffalo, NY were awarded the Trendsetter of the Year award.

The following day, on May 19, 2015, attendees gathered at the Repêchage Headquarters in Secaucus, NJ for a Hands‐On Workshop. Under the instruction of Repêchage Global Education Leader, Lauren Streeter and Corporate Educator, Natalie Otto, guests spent a full day learning further about rosacea and hypersensitive skin treatment with the new Repêchage Hydra 4® Red‐Out Facial and at‐home products.

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