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Dermalogica Celebrates the Graduation of its First FITE Future Entrepreneur Class

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Dermalogica co-Founder and Chief Visionary, Jane Wurwand was in attendance at the graduation ceremony held in NYC.

Skincare brand Dermalogica hosted a graduation event to honor the first class to graduate from its FITE Future Entrepreneur program. Dermalogica, through its nonprofit arm FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship), launched the program in New York City to create a pathway to entrepreneurship for at-risk young women who aspire to work in the professional skin care industry.

The graduation event, held at the brand’s flagship store in SoHo, welcomed more than 50 guests including friends, family members, program partners and media. Dermalogica co-Founder and Chief Visionary, Jane Wurwand was also in attendance, who spoke to the program participants and shared her own personal journey within the industry.

The graduation event marks the end of the first phase of the program, which was completing undergraduate education at the Dermalogica Academy. The women are now transitioned into the next phase of the program, which includes securing apprenticeships, shadowing experts in the field, and learning valuable retail skills. Additionally, these students are currently studying for the state board licensing exam, taking advanced courses at The International Dermal Institute, and actively interviewing at Dermalogica partner salons and spas in the New York City area.

FITE Future Entrepreneurs program combines the mission of Dermalogica, which is to help bring respect and success to the professional skin therapist, with FITE’s philanthropic commitment to champion and advance women and girl’s economic empowerment.

“For nearly thirty years, Dermalogica has empowered women in the salon industry,” said Wurwand. “The FITE Future Entrepreneurs program is an opportunity to bring a new group of extraordinary young women into the Dermalogica Tribe and train them not just for a job, but for a career.”

In order to be selected for the program, the FITE Future Entrepreneur class participants went through a rigorous application process over the course of several months that included multiple interviews, video segments, and essay questions. After the selection process was completed, 10 “opportunity youth,” young women, between ages 18 to 26, who were out-of-work and out-of-school, were given the opportunity to receive industry education and on-the-job training program over the next year. The scholarship provides vocational education, resources and supplies including a laptop computer, mentorship and business management training, childcare assistance, advanced course study, shadowing and job placement within a salon at the conclusion of the program.

Out of the ten young women selected for the class of 2015, 50% have no college education, with only one woman completing a college degree. Prior to the program, 60% of the women were unemployed, 30% were employed part-time and only one young woman was working full-time. Employment ranged from a minimum wage job at the airport to a cashier at a fast food restaurant. Thirty percent of this year’s program attendees are single mothers.

FITE Future Entrepreneur program partners include the Clinton Global Initiative, where the initiative was initially announced in 2014; Dell, which provided laptops and computer training for the students; banking and finance literacy partner Operation Hope; and ongoing support in social and therapeutic services from non-profit Grace Institute which has trained more the 100,000 underserved women in the New York area.

FITE’s model is scalable and will be rolled out to other cities across the U.S. in 2016, to support young women in developing the skills needed to achieve financial independence and in turn reach their full potential. The global expansion of the program has begun with partnerships supporting vulnerable women in emerging markets such as Cambodia and India, as well as in the United Kingdom and Australia.

FITE Future Entrepreneurs mentorship and coaching aids in building a strong community of likeminded women who support and nurture each other through their goals. The unique program provides not only an education and vocational training, but also gives more women the opportunity to own businesses, thereby changing their own lives and the communities in which they live.

Dermalogica/FITE has partnered with Grace Institute, Dell, Clinton Global Initiative and Operation Hope on this initiative. To learn more, visit

Naturopathica Opens Second Location in NYC

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Barbara Close, founder and product architect of Naturopathica, brings her Healing Arts Center & Spa to New York City.

Opened in previews on November 20, 2015, Naturopathica Chelsea, located at 127 West 26th Street, marks the opening of the second Healing Arts Center & Spa for Naturopathica, following 20 years of legacy as a trusted destination for wellness in East Hampton, NY. Naturopathica Chelsea offers a 21st Century wellness experience that encourages personal transformation and a holistic approach to wellbeing through time-tested traditions, remedies, and rituals.

Naturopathica Chelsea provides a 360-degree approach to wellness, including a full-service spa with six treatment rooms, a Vitality Bar, a Remedy Bar and a Sensory and Meditation Lounge. The product line available at the center includes the full range of Naturopathica products for skin and body health, along with a signature collection only available at Naturopathica Healing Arts Centers & Spas.

“Naturopathica Chelsea is an urban destination dedicated to 21st Century wellness. Our goal is to encourage individuals to make wellness part of their everyday life and to experience the pleasure of healthy living,” says Barbara Close, founder and CEO of Naturopathica. “In a city like New York where everyone is in constant motion, I wanted to create a place where people can slow down, relax and experience the healing arts, as well as learn how to integrate healing rituals and remedies into their daily routines.”

Remedy Bar
Unique to the center, the Remedy Bar is an herbal dispensary featuring teas, herbs, tinctures, and essential oils. The Remedy Bar is a place for individuals to discover the benefits of traditional rituals for healing the mind and body. Combining the healing properties of plants with the aromatic pleasure of sipping a warming cup of tea, the Remedy Bar offers hand-selected loose leaf teas from the finest estates throughout the world, from areas such as Assam, Taiwan, the Fujian Province of China and the Shizuoka Province of Western Japan. Along with handcrafted teas, the bar has premium botanical bulk herbs, herbal tinctures (liquid extracts) and essential oils.

Therapeutic Massage and Holistic Facial Treatments
Naturopathica Chelsea spa treatments are inspired by Barbara’s passion for self-care and wellbeing. Treatments feature therapeutic oils with Kava Kava Root, Lobelia and Cramp Bark to target the needs of urbanites, specifically muscle and joint health, stress relief, natural immunity (and adrenal fatigue), women’s wellness and skin health. Naturopathica Chelsea estheticians and therapists are highly-trained professionals from around the world who work with clients to customize treatments, and offer at-home rituals that nourish the mind, body and spirit.

Vitality Bar
The Vitality Bar is more than just another morning stop for your daily juice. It allows guests to explore the healing benefits of house-made herbal tonics, elixirs, teas, cold-pressed juices, and kombucha on tap, as well as healthy grab-and-go snacks made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients to improve vitality.

Sensory and Meditation Lounge
The Sensory and Meditation Lounge is a visionary experience where guests will reboot, refocus the mind, and reconnect with the breathtaking imagery.

For more information on Naturopathica Chelsea, signature treatments and offerings, please visit

OPI Announces New Global General Manager, Ron Anderskow

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Anderskow will oversee day-to-day operations at the renowned nail brand.

OPI Products, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Ron Anderskow as Global General Manager of OPI. Anderskow will oversee the day-to-day operations of the globally known professional nail brand. He joins Coty after successful International and Domestic general management and sales leadership roles in the beauty, oral care and professional divisions at Procter & Gamble, for nearly 30 years.

Most recently, Anderskow served as Senior Vice-President of Sales for Wella North America, where he led the multifunctional customer business development organization and reinvented the Go To Market organizational structure to better serve the salon professional industry across the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. Under his leadership, the business experienced unprecedented growth and became the best-performing region in global Wella Salon Professional in just 18 months. Prior to this role, Anderskow worked in Geneva, Switzerland leading the Global Wella Sales Organization.

“The professional industry leads the beauty business in innovation, speed-to-market and customer relationships, and OPI is one of its most exciting brands,” explains Anderskow. “Leading OPI, the world’s number one professional nail brand, across the global marketplace is an exciting challenge for me. I am extremely happy to join the OPI and Coty leadership team and to help create the new beauty powerhouse.”

Anderskow is known for merging big-business discipline with entrepreneurial passion to create dramatic sales growth and profit growth for his customers, while delivering inspirational leadership to his organization. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana’s business school, Ron lives in Los Angeles with his wife Dung and children Mitchell, Elizabeth, Thor and Carinna.

Los Angeles Spa Invites Guests To A Galaxy Far, Far Away with Star Wars-Themed Treatments

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa will offer an array of Star Wars-infused treatments through the month of December.

Self-described "Star Wars nerd" and owner of Larchmont Sanctuary Spa in Los Angeles, CA, Tina Figueroa, is celebrating the December release of the latest film in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens with spa treatments infused with the Force.

Available for booking through the end of December, the treatment packages, designed by the spa’s owner, celebrate the characters and locations featured throughout the blockbuster movie series. Ideal for the Jedi or the warp-lagged who need a special power boost, the treatment packages feature ingredients and products such as "healing mud from Alderaan, salt from Tatooine, a Restorative Waters Bath from Dagobah, the finest Kashyyykian Beer".

Other Star Wars-themed treatments include:
“The Lightsaber Lifesaver Detox Retreat” Illuminating Detox Treatment (90 min) + Alkalizing Foot Detox (30 min) $199 - Remove atmospheric debris with a stimulating, full body salt scrub from Tatooine. Relax under a thermal blanket as remnants of impurities are absorbed by Alderaan healing mud, rich in nutrients and minerals for your skin. End with a Swedish massage application of a Shea Butter and algae cream to replenish moisture and restore balance. The foot hydrotherapy foot bath featured in the package is most known for reducing acidic conditions in the body.
“The Forest Moon Retreat” Couples Stress Away Warm Stone Massage (60 min) + Champagne Bath for Two (20 min) $279 - If your personal starship is suffering from burnout, enjoy the healing energy of a warming massage to soothe away stress. This treatment combines hot stones to massage the body, a scalp massage to relieve tension, and the healing powers of Aromatherapy to promote deep relaxation. Sip champagne and reconnect while enjoying a warm healing bath together. Saving the Universe will have to wait.
“The Yoda Retreat” Force Awakening Massage (60 min) + Superfruit Vitamin C Facial (60 min) $223 - You’ll be broggled by this massage combining light, medium and deep pressure strokes to eliminate stress and tension. Revitalize, balance and harmonize mental, physical and pranic energies. Stimulate new collagen production, brighten and create a lasting luminous glow with this medical strength Vitamin C treatment. Eliminate oxidative stress, environmental stress, and free radicals from the skin - great for hyperpigmentation, dull and photo-damaged skin, making it feel as smooth as the surface of a neutron star.
“The Skywalker Retreat” Dock and Repair Massage (60 min) + Dagobah Healing Waters Bath, with the finest Kashyyykian Beer (aka Hot Bath, Cold Beer) (20 min) $167 - This massage therapy was designed for the Jedi, who is just plain overworked, worn out and longing for home. It's ideal for working out knots and tightness with moderate to deep pressure that still encourages you to fall asleep on the table. Saving the Universe can create tension in the head, neck, feet and internal organs, so this therapy includes a warm oil scalp massage and foot reflexology.

“In today’s busy world, we all want to escape,” says Figueroa. “Even if you can’t travel to a land far, far away, a brief spa retreat can make all the difference in a coping with the stresses of everyday life.”

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa is located in one of L.A.’s most historic neighborhoods and formerly known as Le Petite Retreat. Located at 331 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004, the spa is closed on Tuesdays; open until 9 pm Wednesdays through Fridays, and 7 pm the rest of the week. Book online at or call 323.466.1028.

Spa News: CCL Holdings Acquires Two Bunch Palms

The California-based resort will continue to emphasis healing and wellness under new management.

Hospitality and real estate private investment company CCL Holdings has acquired California's Two Bunch Palms resort. The old leadership team, including Kevin Kelly as chief executive officer, John Trudeau as managing director and Rianna Riego as executive director of brand and communication, will remain in place as the resort is transferred to its new management company, JRNL Two Bunch Palms, an affiliate of CCL Holdings.

The iconic, 75-year-old resort was recently rebranded to emphasize healing and wellness, including the location's healing waters, a multi-million dollar renovation and the addition of a farm-to-table restaurant, and a brand-new, 550 KW, 3.5-acre solar farm, making Two Bunch Palms fully carbon neutral. Additionally, Kevin Kelly revealed plans for a new world-class spa and wellness centre, a second hot mineral springs grotto and swimming pool, and additional hotel rooms in early 2016.

Says Tim Chun, vice president of CCL, “We’re very excited to share the vision that has been started by the previous owners and move forward with the next phase of expansion.”

“Two Bunch Palms is leading the industry as the first sustainable wellness resort of its kind in the country, and we are thrilled that CCL is committed to promoting sustainable wellbeing,” said Kelly.

Two Bunch Palms was recently named best Corporate Brand Committed to Sustainability in the Green Spa Awards.

2015 Successful Hands Grant Program Winners Announced

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Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital' have announced the winners of the second annual grant program.

Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital' are pleased to announce the winners of their second annual collaborative Successful Hands Grant Program. This year’s program, launched in February, supported the professional massage therapy student in their educational pursuits. Students applied for one of eight $1,000 grants. In addition, each winner’s school receives a $1,000 grant package. All applicants were asked to complete a 200 word essay on “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” The submission process closed on October 15, 2015.

“I am truly confident that our profession’s future is in very good hands based on the passion and professionalism reflected in the grant applications,” stated Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “With over 850 submissions, choosing just eight winning essays was a difficult yet rewarding assignment for our selection committee. It’s an uplifting experience to read what our students are striving to do to make our world a better place. I am delighted and honored to announce this year’s winners, and they are…"

  • Kelly Berry; Body Therapy Institute, Siler City, NC
  • Melissa Furtado; SpaTech Institute, Plymouth, MA
  • Brittney Hawk; Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sarah Huseby; Minnesota School of Business, Blaine, MN
  • Tyler Kragerud; East West College of the Healing Arts, Portland, OR
  • Bailey Leighton; Madison College, Madison, WI
  • Stacy Siddle; Cuyahoga Community College, Highland Hills, OH
  • Bridget Todd; College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD

“It has been truly gratifying to help develop and support this program again in partnership with Performance Health,” added CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising. “As Lynda mentioned, it wasn’t easy for our selection committee to choose only eight winners—sincerely the best of the best. But we gave this task to five ‘best-of-the-best’ reviewers. We are very grateful for their willingness to serve on our review committee and for their talent and passion. Thank you all for making a difference in these students’ lives.”

The review committee members were:

  • Kathryn Feather; Senior Associate Editor, Massage Today
  • Julie Keller Callaghan; Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, American Spa
  • Mae Manacap-Johnson; Editor, Pulse; International SPA Association
  • Karen Menehan; Editor in Chief, Massage Magazine
  • Scott Dartnall; President and CEO, One Concept

“The 850 plus applications represented 304 massage therapy schools and/or programs. Because of this overwhelming response, I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be implementing the program again in 2016. We will share all the details in late January and will begin accepting applications in February,” continued Ms. Solien-Wolfe.

“Thank you to all the students and schools who participated this year,” concluded Ms. Funk.

Giveaway: Win a GiGi Double Warmer with Crème Wax and All Purpose Honee

Five winners will receive a GiGi Double Warmer with a Crème Wax and All Purpose Honee.


GiGi double warmer:

  • sleek, contemporary designed
  • removable hinge lids makes it easier to clean and sanitize
  • Separate On/Off switches and temperature control knobs ensure optimal result

GiGi Crème Wax

  • melts at a lower temperature allowing for a more comfortable application, particularly on sensitive skin
  • the thinner application aids in the removal of all unwanted hair
  • leaves skin silky smooth with no wax residue
  • full body hair removal for all skin & hair types

GiGi All Purpose Honee:

  • all-natural honey wax
  • instantly leaves skin sleek, smooth and free of hair
  • gentle enough for delicate areas

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Repêchage Founder Lydia Sarfati Presents at "Back to the Source" Business Seminar

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The seminar included the launch of Sarfati's book, and the Repêchage Hydra 4 Red-Out® Collection for hypersensitive skin and rosacea.

The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest and Repêchage Romania distributors, Professional Brands M&D, recently hosted “Back to the Source,” a Repêchage business seminar featuring Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati. All gathered to celebrate the launch of Sarfati’s book, Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business, and the Repêchage Hydra 4 Red-Out® Collection for hypersensitive skin and rosacea. This comprehensive guide on how to make it in in the spa industry, and newest professional treatment from Repêchage will now be available in Romania.

Representatives of the cosmetics industry, Professional Brands Romania, and Romanian media gathered at the InterContinental in Bucharest to hear Sarfati introduce her book and newest professional treatment from Repêchage. Sarfati is proud to bring both her book and this groundbreaking treatment to Romania. “I am happy to share my personal story with those in Romania, and offer them guidance on how to begin their journey in this industry. I am also very excited for the people of Romania to be able to experience our latest groundbreaking treatment for sensitive skin and rosacea. Forty-five million people wordwide are affected by this skin condition, and in keeping with the meaning of the word Repêchage, we want to give those who suffer from this condition a second chance to feel beautiful in their skin.”

Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business, by Lydia Sarfati, shares the secrets of success from one of the most knowledgeable women in the spa and salon industry. Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage CEO and Founder, presents her personal success story from her humble beginnings as an esthetician working from her NY studio apartment to the Founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar professional skincare company. With over 35 years of experience in skin care and a reputation as a pioneer in the field of esthetics in the US, Sarfati imparts her know-how on how to make it in the spa industry.

Romania is the tenth country to introduce the Repêchage Hydra 4 Red-Out® Facial and at-home products from Repêchage, since the official U.S. launch in May. Countries that have since introduced the Red-Out® collection include: Trinidad, UK, Jamaica, Italy, Australia, Cayman Islands, India, Mexico, and Canada. Based on several years of research and development, Repêchage has incorporated several new ingredients into this treatment to help calm redness and irritation associated with sensitive and rosacea-prone skin. Amongst them is Micro Silver. This is an exclusive to Repêchage, the first professional skin care company in the U.S. to utilize this revolutionary ingredient.

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Szep Elet Wins GSN's Green Skin Care Company of the Year Award

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The skin care distributor was honored during the Green Carpet Spa Sustainability Awards, presented by the Green Spa Network at the 2015 Congress.

Szep Elet, the exclusive distributor of ilike organic skin care, recently received the "Green Skin Care Company of the Year" award at the Green Carpet Spa Sustainability Awards during the Green Spa Network's (GSN) annual Congress in Yosemite, CA. Judges with decades of experience in the industry chose winners in 6 categories, including healthy spa cuisine, innovative green products, and dedicated spa and supply brands - from individuals and companies who are shaping the green spa movement.

"It's rewarding to see so many businesses striving for sustainability because of their values and conscious leadership," Said Founder of Vios Spa Group, Shelley Lotz. "The Green Spa Network Awards program is important in recognizing the tireless efforts of those who work hard day after day in making the spa industry even more sustainable. It is truly a labor of love and the nominees are always inspiring and impressive!"

The Judging Panel included: Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief American Spa Magazine; Mary Bemis, Editorial Director, Insider’s Guide to Spas; Debrianna Berlin, Kiss The Sky; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group. The winners were chosen based on various criteria, including: achieving the highest level of sustainability compared to their peers, continuous improvement, setting an example of best practice for the industry to follow, making sustainable practices inviting and desirable to consumers and employees.

Dermalogica's FITE Program Partners with Suffragette Film

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Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand recently participated in a screening panel for the film in London.

Dermalogica, a world leader in professional skin care, recently partnered in a screening panel with the film Suffragette in London. The film, set in early 20th-century Britain, depicted the growing suffragette movement galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst.

Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary of Dermalogica and FITE, participated in an exclusive screening panel where she was joined by Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst; Michelle Nicholson, founder of KeyChanges; and Suzy Greaves, editor-in-chief of Psychologies magazine, who moderated the panel.
More than 200 guests, which consisted of Dermalogica accounts, strategic brand partners, press and staff, were invited to watch the exclusive screening of the film and take part in the live discussion. During the panel discussion, the panelists spoke about women’s rights and empowerment, how far women have come and how much work there is still left to do. “We need to remember that we all stand on the shoulders of giants. This is why it’s important that we make our voices heard and we speak the truth,” Wurwand said.

For more information on Dermalogica’s partnership with the film Suffragette or to read the latest updates on FITE, the brand’s global women’s economic empowerment initiative, please visit