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Aveda Wins Leonard A. Lauder Volunteer Team of the Year Award

The Aveda Global Education Team - Shelley Barnes, Kyle Miner, Deanna Carciofini,

The Aveda Global Education Team - Shelley Barnes, Kyle Miner, Deanna Carciofini, Stephanie Wagner, Wendy Rose and William P. Lauder.

The Aveda Global Education Team was one of the recipients of the Third Annual Leonard A. Lauder Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by The Estee Lauder Companies. The award program honors employees for their personal commitment to their communities through volunteerism. Aveda was recognized for its work with Project Homeless Connect in Minneapolis, which will receive a $2,500 donation from The Estee Lauder Companies for this honor.  
The Aveda team started working with the nonprofit in December 2010 out of a collective desire to serve the Twin Cities community. Twice a year, this local community services agency transforms the Minneapolis Convention Center into a one-stop-shop of services for the homeless. To date, the Aveda team has provided approximately 2,000 hair cuts to the homeless. Their efforts continue to bring hope and support to Project Homeless Connect’s vision to end homelessness.

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Spa News: World Spa & Wellness Awards Best Spa Winners

The winners of the second annual World Spa & Wellness Awards were announced at an extravagant black tie gala dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on February 24, 2013.

The World Spa & Wellness Awards were developed to give recognition to the best of the best, and attracted hundreds of entries from across the globe. They are designed to set the standard in quality, innovation and service for spas around the world as well as attracting the attention of global spa-goers and industry experts. The leaders in the world of spa came out in force to support these awards, making London the destination to do spa business.

The ultimate goal of these awards is to raise awareness of the industry, and ultimately inspire spas to perform to their very best.

Destination Spa of the Year – Middle East
sponsored by Elemis

Winner: Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Hotel Spa of the Year – Middle East
sponsored by Gharieni

Winner: Shuiqi Spa and Fitness at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai
Spa of the Year – Africa
Winner: One & Only Cape Town, South Africa
Destination Spa of the Year – Asia and Australasia
sponsored by Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College

Winner: Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Hotel Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia
sponsored by Elemis

Winner: The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Destination spa of the year – North & South America
Winner: Lapinha Spa, Brazil
Hotel Spa of the Year – North & South America
Winner: Spa Montage Laguna Beach, USA
Day Spa of the Year – Europe
Sponsored by Professional Spa & Wellness magazine

Winner: Urban Spa, Spain
Destination Spa of the Year – Europe
Sponsored by Thalgo

Winner: Ayurveda Parkschlosschen Bad Wildstein, Germany
Hotel Spa of the year – Europe
sponsored by Carita

Winner: The Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at The Yeatman, Portugal
The call for entries for the 2014 awards will go out in summer 2013. Keep an eye on  

Pevonia Equipment Launches New Website

Pevonia Equipment Launches New Website

Pevonia Equipment has undergone a modern makeover with the recent launch of its new and improved website. The company has been a leader in developing professional salon and spa equipment and products for the past two decades, and the updated site marks its continuous commitment to service excellence for the health, wellness, and spa industries.

The enhanced site offers clients a fresh delivery of general and resourceful information while presenting news and updates on the latest equipment and promotions. Equipment selections include a full line of multi-purpose facial/massage chairs, multi-function massage tables, stools, and an array of essential skin care equipment including workstations, steamers, magnifying lamps, hot towel cabinets, as well as various vital accessories needed for treatments.

Spa News: Win a Pair of Christian Louboutin Pumps by Supporting American Heart Month

Spa News: Win a Pair of Christian Louboutin Pumps by Supporting American Heart M

Show your support for American Heart Month, and you just might win a pair of iconic red-soled Christian Louboutin pumps!

As most of you know, February is American Heart Month. While some companies go the heart-shaped candy and chocolate route, the team at Spa Week Media Group has something else in mind. The marketing platform has put together an irresistible giveaway that aims to raise funds and awareness for heart disease.

Running from February 1 through March 10, Spa Week's Heart Over Heels Giveaway, offers consumers the opportunity to win a pair of iconic, red-soled Christian Louboutin pumps! And that’s not all. The Giveaway package also includes beauty and wellness items for the body and mind: CHI Turbo Hair Dryer, Harmony Professional Yoga Mat by Jade Yoga, VIA Slim Pedometer by New Balance, Food Steamer by Aroma, Red Velvet Lip Scrub by Sara Happ and Get Heart® Red Tea for Cardio Health by The Republic of Tea. Spa Week will donate 25 cents to the American Heart Association for every entry received from the Heart Over Heels Giveaway.

Don't miss out on your chance to win! Enter the Heart Over Heels Giveaway HERE!

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Spa News: World Spa and Wellness Awards 2013 Finalists

Hosted at the Hilton International, Park Lane London, UK, and set to take place on February 24, the World Spa and Wellness Awards are designed to raise awareness of the spa industry, and ultimately inspire dedicated spa professionals to strive to earn such prestigious awards.   
Finalist nominees will earn the recognition they deserve, and provide their businesses with increased credibility and a fresh stream of customers. Winners in a variety of categories will be announced at a lavish awards dinner at the Hilton International, Park Lane, London—in the heart of one of the world’s top destination cities.
The Awards canvass a number of geographical regions including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and North and South America. Each geographical region is eligible for three awards: Day Spa of the Year, Hotel Spa of the Year and Destination Spa of the Year.
In all classifications, a high level of service in all aspects of the business is essential. Entry to the awards is free, and judges consist of an independent panel of seven experts hailing from the relevant geographical areas. The judge lineup reads like a "Who’s Who" of the worldwide spa industry and includes renowned founders, presidents and CEOs of  companies such as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Linser & Partner Consulting, Mandara Spa, ASTECC (American Spa Therapy and Education Certification Council), Hilton Worldwide and Aspen Spa Management, among many others.
Shortlisted finalists in each category will be visited by both an official and a "mystery" judge (think secret shoppers). This vigorous process ensures the awards are completely fair and unbiased, making winning a World Spa & Wellness Award an indisputable achievement.
Note: Due to the high number and quality of entrants from Africa this year, the category previously known as "Middle East & Africa" has been separated into two distinct categories for this year's awards.

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