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Global Spa & Wellness Summit Announces Focus of Global Spa and Wellness Research

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The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) recently announced that its centerpiece research initiative will focus on three global industry sectors. The report will be released at GSWS's 2014 conference, to be held in Morocco.

SRI International, one of GSWS's longtime research partners, will conduct the "Global Spa and Wellness Economy" research, focusing specifically on the wellness industry as a whole, the spa industry, and the wellness tourism market. In addition, global and regional spa industry statistics - such as information on spa revenue, employment figures, economic impact, key spa industry genres, and the first-ever research on new sub-segments such as the global hot springs market - will be included in the study.

Says Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GSWS, "So many private and public industry stakeholders have told me how invaluable the GSWS-SRI data on the spa, wellness, and wellness tourism markets has been in shaping their development strategies and in raising their profile with both investors and consumers."

For more information, please visit www.spaopportunities.com.

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The Passport Collection offers ten playful colors, each unique as their own destination. Working with some of the leading luxury destination spas, Mirage Lip Gloss is recognized for its good-for-you ingredients, vegan friendly and luxury packaging. For more information visit miragetakesyouthere.com.

Dermalogica Honored with Award for Commitment to Women and Girls Worldwide

Jane Wurwand, co-Founder and Owner of Dermalogica accepts an award on behalf of the brand by non-profit CAST for its commitment to women and girls worldwide.

Jane Wurwand, co-Founder of Dermalogica and its philanthropic initiative, FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship), was recently honored by LA-based anti-trafficking organization, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) for her brand's work in helping women and girls around the globe. The award was given at the “From Slavery to Freedom Gala – Celebrating Women Helping Women, Innovation and Impact” annual gala, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Wurwand was joined by other 2014 Honorees, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland; Nena Ruiz, Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Slavery Advocate; and Chime for Change, Founded buy Gucci.

Dermalogica was honored for its work in supporting women’s financial independence and economic empowerment through its global nonprofit initiative, FITE. Since it launched in 2011, FITE has helped start or grow more than 40,000 women-owned businesses around the world.

For more information on FITE, please visit www.joinFITE.org.

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Remembering Paula Kent Meehan, Co-Founder of Redken

Paula Kent Meehan, co-founder of Redken, passed away peacefully in her Beverly Hills home at the age of 82. Ms. Meehan established the “Scientific Approach to Beauty” based on her dedication to developing products that respect the natural pH of the hair and skin. She also pioneered the concept of teaching chemistry to hairdressers, enabling them to better serve their clients.

“Today, we lost a true legend in the professional haircare industry. The legacy that she has left sustains the brand today,” says Redken US General Manager, Leslie Marino. “Paula created products and education programs that propelled the industry’s transformation. Her pioneering ways will be missed but her spirit will be in our hearts and minds forever.”

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Cosmoprof North America Announces 2014 Spotlights Brands

Cosmoprof North America Announces 2014 Spotlights Brands

Cosmoprof North America Announces 2014 Spotlights Brands

Cosmoprof North America recently announced its 2014 Discover Beauty Spotlight Brands. Discover Beauty serves as a launchpad for innovative beauty brands and a playground for indie retailers who pride themselves on presenting unique resources to their customers, while the Spotlights section serves as the hub that draws the most excitement. This department store-like presentation is a showcase for companies that are big on creativity yet smaller in size. These brands are perfect candidates for high-end retail stores, boutiques, salons and spas. The trendy Spotlights section has a clean, minimal setting within the open lounge in the Discover Beauty section, inside Pavilion A dedicated to Cosmetics and Personal Care sector.

The 2014 Spotlights lineup includes AYRES Beauty, The Bernadette Thompson Nail Lacquer Collection, Briogeo, Chiara Cosmetics, Daily Concepts, Dr. Lili Fan, GLYCELENE, Jabu’she, Londontown, MANNA KADAR Cosmetics, ME! Bath, Salon in a Bottle, SCIOTE SKIN, Simple Sugars, SoCozy, SPONGELLE and Thymes.

Read more about each 2014 Spotlights Brand!


AYRES Beauty – USA
After two decades in the luxury perfumes and cosmetics industry, AYRES Founder and President Alejandro Rasic decided to leave the corporate life to pursue a long awaited dream: to create his own aromatherapy body care line. This natural body care collection features bar soaps, body scrubs, body butters, shower gels and body lotions to cleanse and nourish your skin while providing you with the benefits of aromatherapy. AYRES brings a Latin touch to the beauty world. ayresbeauty.com
 
Balanced Guru – USA
Balanced Guru is passionate about wellness and how it translates to all aspects of beauty. The company offers only USDA Certified Organic skin, hair, body, spa and energy products, formulated based on ancient eastern wisdom and modern scientific research. balancedguru.com
 
The Bernadette Thompson Nail Lacquer Collection – USA
The Bernadette Thompson Nail Lacquer Collection product line has all the restorative products needed to transform damaged nails to perfection! The full kit offers the unique combination of skin and nail treatments with cutting edge high fashion colors. This kit is non-compromising in its ability to deliver dynamic fashion forward colors while providing the best care for skin and nails. bernadettethompson.com
 
Briogeo – USA
Briogeo is a naturally-based hair care collection that combines the best of science and nature to create high-performance hair care formulas for a diverse array of hair texture types. All of Briogeo’s formulas are free of SLS, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and silicones. Instead, each formula is fortified with the finest blends of natural plant & fruit extracts, oils, antioxidants, and hair-healthy vitamins for gorgeous, healthy hair. briogeohair.com
 
Chiara Cosmetics – Israel
Chiara Cosmetics is a natural skincare line that was developed by Cathy Hayun, a clinical nutritionist and skin care specialist. The formula combines the unique skin brightening qualities of the pearl and the essential minerals from the Dead Sea. Chiara Cosmetics was initially marketed at boutiques, spas and aestheticians clinics in Israel; now, it is an emerging skin care line in Israel, Europe and the USA. chiaracosmetics.com
 
Daily Concepts – USA
The Daily Concepts creators consider the present, the world, their neighbors, and the future in order to deliver daily concepts and exceptional everyday bath and spa products. dailyconcepts.com
 
Dr. Lili Fan – USA
Probiotic skin care from Dr. Lili Fan has created the newest anti-aging science concepts as discovered inside one of the oldest natural preservatives known to humanity. Each formula captures the strength of probiotics to deliver properties good for skin, helping to stimulate the skin’s immune system to help energize the look and feel of the face. Youthful, smooth, soft, elastic, age-corrective and gorgeous skin is now possible. This range may even help calm conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and more. drlilifan.com
 
GLYCELENE – USA
GLYCELENE is a revolutionary line of 100% Natural, Organic and Vegan breathable ointments and anti-aging remedies. GLYCELENE skincare is created by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Kim Borio together with her Chemist, Eric. All products are handcrafted at Borio Laboratories in Dana Point, Calif. using only the highest quality of certified organic ingredients from around the world. glycelene.com

ILA SPA – United Kingdom
Meaning "earth" in Sanskrit, ILA is fast establishing itself as one of the world’s leading organic wellness brands. With international advocates including Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman, the brand’s luxury skincare collection and spa treatments are proof that results-driven products can go hand in hand with the highest standards of natural and ethical integrity. Ila-spa.com
 
Jabu’she – Sweden
Jabu’she is a clinically proven line of anti-aging skin care products to make skin feel younger, smoother and give it a clearer tone. Sold in the most prestigious stores in Sweden for over 10 years, Jabu’she has been awarded the 2004, 2005 and 2010 beauty product of the year according to Svenska Arets Hudvards, the leading Swedish retail association. jabushenorthamerica.com/

Londontown – USA
Londontown's philosophy revolutionizes the nail care industry with a healthy treatment solution that hydrates and protects the nails and cuticles in the same way that one would treat the most delicate parts of your skin. londontownusa.com
 
MANNA KADAR Cosmetics – USA
In January of 2012, after years of careful research and development, Manna Kadar Cosmetics was born. A prestige line of products that merge the most cutting edge color trends with the finest ingredients. Adhering to the philosophy that less is more, Manna’s tricks of the trade are found in double duty products such as Transfix that transforms any eye shadow into a liner for the eyes and brows, cutting application time in half! mannakadarcosmetics.com
 
ME! Bath – USA
The advanced body care collection by ME! Bath introduces a revolutionary way of caring for your skin. With patented cell regenerating ingredients, ABC will work in conjunction with your normal skin care regimen to offer the benefits of anti-aging skin recovery. abcbymebath.com
 
Salon in a Bottle – USA
No more bad hair days between hair colorings! Spray away gray roots instantly with Salon in a Bottle. After three years in product development, Salon in a Bottle has emerged with a root concealer that covers gray roots in seconds - one that has sheen and nuance, with a light and natural feel. Spray Away Your Gray with Salon in a Bottle! saloninabottle.com
 
SCIOTE SKIN – USA
SCIOTE SKIN produces highly effective, results driven, non-toxic products for beautiful, healthy, and radiant skin. SCIOTE is the latest science combined with a blend of natural, certified organic, pharmaceutical-grade, ingredients free of adverse sulphates, thalates, parabens, dyes, toxic or harmful chemicals, artificial perfumes and are cruelty-free and never tested on animals. sciote.com
 
Simple Sugars – USA
Simple Sugars is an all-natural skincare line especially formulated for sensitive skin, but awesome for anyone’s skin! Simple Sugars' full line of facial, body, and foot scrubs cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize, leaving you with soft, smooth, great-looking skin. One product makes complete skincare simple with no phthalates, parabens, PEGS, or sulfates: just the good stuff! simplesugarsscrub.com
 
SoCozy – USA
Celebrating 20 years of Cozy Cuts for Kids and a whopping one million haircuts, Cozy Friedman is taking a strand. The children’s hair expert and entrepreneur is  redefining the entire children’s hair care experience with her new and improved SoCozy collection of salon quality hair care products. cozycuts.com
 
SPONGELLE – USA
Infused Body Buffers are an amazing way to care for your skin. We created them for the most discerning customers who want the finest bath & shower experience.  Infusions of exotic extracts, rich moisturizers and gentle cleansers will keep your skin youthful & glowing use after use. One of a kind fragrance blends and creamy lather make Spongelle the most luxurious bathing indulgence for your body and mind. spongelle.com
 
Thymes – USA
Thymes, a leading fragrance brand in the U.S. specialty market, artistically designs fragrances that balance familiarity and intrigue inviting the discovery of beauty in everyday life. Drawn from nature, our unique formulations are skin-compatible, effective and a pleasure to use. Thoughtfully crafted with a touch of charm for others to discover, appreciate and share. thymes.com

Cosmoprof North America will take place July 13 - 15, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Stay tuned for regular CPNA show updates, and for more information, please visit cosmoprofnorthamerica.com or Facebook.com/cosmoprofnorthamerica.

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Spa News: Dermalogica Shares Its Mindful Mantra for Success at Its Annual Global Education Conference

Mindful Learning: Dermalogica Shares Its Mindful Mantra for Success at Its Annua

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Dermalogica welcomed more than 120 Senior Instructors, Corporate Trainers and Education Managers representing more than 40 countries to the brand’s 21st annual weeklong Global Education Conference in May, held at Dermalogica world headquarters in Carson, CA.

The emphasis of this year’s conference, which included more than 35 different presentations, activities and skill workshops, addressed the importance of mindfulness through learning, relationships, communication and leadership. The Corporate offices became an oasis filled with plush couches, with classrooms transformed into mediation rooms where guests were encouraged to visit and unplug from every day distractions like cell phones and computers so they could fully immerse themselves in the present. The week began with mindful exercises to get the group centered with a special guest, Joey Soto, a mindfulness expert who specializes in teaching meditation and yoga to corporate executives, attorneys, parents, women and teens. Dermalogica Founder and Owner Jane Wurwand then kicked off the week by speaking on the Global Mindful Revolution and the need for us to be fully in the present. She challenged the rapt audience to think more deeply about who they are, where they are and why they are here. Wurwand’s closing presentation at the end of the week focused on “The Third Metric: Redefining Success." Based on the bestselling book by Arianna Huffington, beyond money and power, there is a need to define a third metric that is founded on well-being, wisdom and the ability to give back. “Are you living your resume or your eulogy?” Wurwand posed the question to the crowd.

Other top highlights from the week included presentations by program host Annet King, Director of Global Education for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, who shared insights on the importance of mindful teaching for greater student success, provided the new 2014 global curriculum, and presented an in-depth review on the medical spa landscape. Dr. Diana Howard, VP of Global Education and Research and Development for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, introduced upcoming new products for the brand and presented “What’s in your DNA?” which explored the philosophy and history behind Dermalogica’s hero formulas. Lastly, Mathew Divaris, VP of Global Marketing and Creative, provided a poignant presentation based on the book by Irini Rockewell, which explores a Buddhist philosophy on the five wisdom energies, providing insight on the different types of personalities and emotions that make a leader.

Mindfulness and keen awareness of the customer also permeated the discussion of the brand’s newest and most innovative professional product launch, the BioActive Peel. This powerful professional only acid-based treatment, developed to offer unprecedented exfoliation results, require that the skin therapist observe closely and communicate intimately in order to ensure an experience which is safe, effective and exciting to the customer — the opposite of a cookie-cutter treatment from a generic menu. The BioActive Peel and BioSurface Peel system is Dermalogica’s latest advancements in interactive personalization, based upon the expertise of the professional skin therapist.

For more information on the recent Global Education Conference, please visit https://www.facebook.com/DermalogicaMayWeek.

2014 Global Spa & Wellness Summit Announces Conference Highlights

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced key elements of its conference agenda for the 8th annual event, taking place September 10-12th at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, Morocco. Reflecting on a futuristic “Fast Forward” theme, the conference will take a creative and strategic look at the future of spa and wellness, covering a range of topics from technology, design and brain science to retailing, marketing and investment trends to corporate wellness and wellness tourism. The 2nd annual Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) will run concurrently on September 10th.

The host of this year’s Summit is internationally recognized speaker, author and media personality, Alexis Jones. Jones is known for her positive impact and influence on Gen Y and is founder of I AM THAT GIRL (iamthatgirl.com), a community devoted to empowering girls. Speaker Highlights will include Dr. Kjell A. Nordström, the Swedish economist and futurist and co-author of Funky Business, as well as numerous other prestigious keynote speakers. See the list of speakers and presenters here.

The Summit will present the opportunity to attend panels, forums and workshops. For the second year, the Summit will feature dedicated sessions for destination spas, hotel spas, hot springs spas, spa education and hydrothermal spa creators. New forums will include corporate wellness, mixed use/real estate and a wellness tourism roundtable discussion. Global leaders from these key sub-sectors will gather to strategize on how to solve their biggest challenges and collaborate to expand opportunities. Industry experts will look into the future of spa and wellness architecture; mobile technology; well-being leadership; investment trends; getting the media’s attention; the science of wellness and wellness tourism 2.0.

To register to become a delegate to the GSWS, click here or for more information, visit gsws.org.

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Salon and Spa Industry Tracking Survey Results

Salon and Spa Industry Tracking Survey Results

After increasing in the fourth quarter of 2013, the Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Salon/Spa Performance Index (SSPI) declined slightly 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, declining to its lowest level in a year. Softer sales and customer traffic contributed to the decrease. Furthermore, the Current Situation Index fell by 1.4 percent to 100.3, while the Expectations Index decreased by 0.3 percent to 104.6.
 
The SSPI is a quarterly composite index that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. salon/spa industry. The SSPI is based on responses to PBA's "Salon/Spa Industry Tracking Survey," which is fielded quarterly among salon/spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators. It is constructed to measure the health of the salon/spa industry in relation to a steady-state level of 100. Index values above 100 indicate that key industry indicators are in a period of expansion, while index values below 100 represent a period of contraction. The Index consists of two components: the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index.
 
"The professional salon/spa industry remains resilient despite this first quarter decline. Overall indicators and feedback from beauty professionals across the country continue to be positive, and we hope to see additional growth in the near future," said Executive Director of PBA, Steve Sleeper.
 
The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, customer traffic, employees/hours and capital expenditures), stood at 100.3 percent, down 1.4 percent from the fourth quarter. Despite the decline, the Current Situation Index has remained above 100 for the sixth consecutive quarter, which marks expansion in the industry indicators.
 
Service sales, customer traffic levels, and capital spending in the first quarter of 2014 were slightly weaker than last quarter. Only 50 percent of salon/spa owners reported an increase in same-store service sales between the first quarters of 2013 and 2014. Similarly, only 31 percent of spa and salon owners reported an increase in retail sales, below the 52 percent reported in the fourth quarter of 2013. In contrast, spa and salon owners reported a slight increase in staffing levels in the first quarter. While this area did not post concerning results, it countered the decreased indicators.
 
The Expectations Index, which measures salon/spa owners' six-month outlook on five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, employees and hours, capital expenditures and business conditions) slightly decreased as well in the first quarter of 2014 to 104.6, down 0.3 percent. However, like the Current Situation Index, the Expectations Index continues to remain above 100, which indicates that salon/spa owners are optimistic about growth in the coming months.    
 
Salon/spa owners were most positive on growth relating to service sales, retail sales and the general direction of the economy. Sixty-seven percent of spa and salon owners expect to have higher service sales within the next six months. Similarly, 56 percent of spa and salon owners plan to make a capital expenditure for equipment, expansion or remodeling in the next six months, up from 54 percent last quarter and the highest level in 13 quarters.

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SPADA Salon & Day Spa Raises $22,700 for Charity at 5th Annual SPADA-thon

SPADA Salon & Day Spa Raises $22,700 for Charity at 5th Annual SPADA-thon

Judy Marla Williams, Andrew Williams, Kendra Sutton and Officer Angelo Vaughn at the 5th Annual SPADA-thon.

SPADA Salon & Day Spa achieved record-breaking results at its fifth annual SPADA-thon raising $22,700 to split between two local charities, PACE Center for Girls of Lee County and the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. More than 350 attendees enjoyed discounted haircuts and spa services, bid in the silent auction and shopped merchandise offered by fashion vendors.

The event also served as the kick-off to PACE’s summer LOVE THAT DRESS! collection campaign, collecting nearly 400 dresses, handbags and accessories donated by SPADA-thon guests. The new and gently worn items will be offered for nominal prices at Love That Dress!, the ultimate shopping spree fundraiser for PACE Lee scheduled for August 27, 2014 in Estero.

SPADA Salon & Day Spa, owned by Andrew and Judy Williams, is Southwest Florida’s largest day spa with private treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, two lounges, Vichy room and two couples suites. The 10,000 square foot spa has served as a luxurious, relaxing destination for more than a decade. For more information, visit www.SpadaSpa.com.

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London's Sanctuary Spa Shuts Its Doors For Good

Koi Carp pool and lounge.

We were saddened to hear that one of our favorite London hangouts, the Sanctuary Spa, is closing its doors for good tomorrow, May 31st, as a result of the redevelopment of the area and the rising costs associated with being in a listed (historic) building.

The iconic women-only day spa, located on a cobblestone street in Covent Garden, was founded in 1977 by choreographer Gary Cockerill as a gift for his ballerina wife. Cockerill envisaged the facility as a place where dancers from the nearby Royal Opera House would come to restore their weary bodies. He also saw it as a spiritual sanctuary: a women-only spa where spa-goers could unwind among friends.

With its sprawling layout, encompassing the famous Koi Carp pool, a hammam, two swimming pools and relaxation lounges, the spa attracted harried Londoners, out-of-towners and tourists, in addition to celebrities. It even made an appearance in Joan Collins’ racy movie, The Stud, in 1978!

As well as being a place to relax and indulge (champagne, anyone?), the spa also offered facials, therapeutic massages and other beauty rituals. A line of Sanctuary-branded products was launched in 1998, and is still going strong.

According to spa director Catherine Ferma, “The Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden has been the UK’s most-loved iconic day spa since it opened over 35 years ago. Renowned as a haven for rest and relaxation to the 60,000 women that have visited each year, we are proud of the spa’s authentic heritage of love and the loyalty that the brand has received over the years. [The closing] was a difficult decision to make, but our strategy moving forward is to focus on product."

Sayonara, Sanctuary—we’re sorry to see you go!