Archive for the 'The Sustainable Spa' Category

Call For Green Spa Practices!

Published on January 5, 2012

*sigh* Yeah, I know. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post. But I have a good excuse. I’ve been working on product copy for our 2012 catalog, which will offer hundreds of new items, beautiful photographs, handy Spa Insider™ Tips, and more. However, in a few short months, Earth Day will […]

Green Guide to Wellness

Published on November 4, 2011

Next week, a few thousand spa/wellness experts will convene at the Mandalay Bay for the annual ISPA conference.  An expo floor of product suppliers will host a marketplace catering to spa directors, owners, and consultants.  This begs the question: Do the buyers know what they want and how to go about looking for it?  Do […]

Charts Are Sexy!

Published on November 3, 2011

I recently spoke at the 2011 Green Spa Network Congress on safety and toxicology and personal care ingredient resources. While I was giving my presentation, I referred to a chart on my PowerPoint and inadvertently blurted out, “Charts are sexy.” Such a weird, nerdy statement deserves an explanation.   I’m a visual learner. If I lay […]

Green Spa Network Conference Takes Root

Published on October 21, 2011

Once a year, a very special group of spa professionals choose to convene and collaborate towards raising the awareness of sustainability in our industry.  This year, against a majestic backdrop of fall foliage and a snow-capped mountain range, Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort hosted the annual congress of the Green Spa Network with almost 70 people […]

Wellness Tips for Your Clients

Published on August 18, 2011

Aaah, yes, more ubiquitous advice on healthy living. From the slick covers of monthly magazines to overcaffeinated morning show hosts, your clients are getting wellness tips at every turn, but are they getting them from you? What types of advice do you give your clients before they leave your facility? It’s imperative that clients not […]

Veganism and the Spa

Published on August 1, 2011

vē-gən: a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products; also: one who abstains from using animal products –Merriam Webster Online Dictionary Veganism is somewhat controversial. For every argument for it, there’s one against it. Even some vegetarians question it. I became a vegetarian in 1993 and converted to veganism in 1999, but […]

The Importance of Spot Checking

Published on July 26, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, I spent most of my teen years at the beach. Hey, it was the 1980s, so like everyone else, I squeezed and slathered my way through innumerable bottles of baby oil. Unfortunately, this bad behavior has generated copious clusters of freckles and moles on my chest and back. I’ve monitored them […]

Beauty Wisdom From Grandmothers and Estheticians

Published on May 5, 2011

I recall the beauty advice my grandmother gave me almost twenty-five years ago: 1. Stay out of the sun—carry an umbrella if you must. 2. Only wear mascara on your upper lashes and don’t use eyeliner. 3. Don’t smoke (even though, ironically, she once modeled for Chesterfield cigarettes).  At the time, I thought I knew […]

Beyond Organic Cotton: Other Eco-Friendlier Textiles and Linens

Published on April 30, 2011

First, let me say that I love organic cotton–I use it for my bedding at home. However, some spa professionals have shared with me that they shy away from it because they feel it’s expensive, takes a while to dry, and doesn’t hold up well to stains. They’ve asked me for some other recommendations, so in this […]

Organic Gardening for Healthy Spa Cuisine

Published on April 14, 2011

It’s spring! Time to garden—organically, of course.  Have you ever thought of creating a small garden at your spa? Growing your own organic herbs and vegetables will not only differentiate your facility from others, it will provide the freshest nutrient-rich ingredients for your kitchen’s recipes. If your facility already features light, healthy meals, then it […]