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Hurricane Sandy PBA Disaster Relief Fund Update

Fund is now accepting donations and applications for aid
As areas of the Northeast begin to recover from Hurricane Sandy, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is reaching out to beauty professionals and companies to contribute to the PBA Disaster Relief Fund to help industry professionals rebuild their careers, businesses, and lives. Contributions can be made online by credit card by simply completing the online donation form at: ...

Pumpkin Carving Tips from The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Haven't carved your pumpkin yet? Try some of these tips!
Halloween is coming in just two days! As such, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some fun tips for pumpkin carving from Shane Cooprider, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island ’s Garde Manger Chef. While I admit this may not be particularly spa-related, I love Halloween, and I think these could be some fun tips to share with your...

Wise Guys

Take a look at some hot new products that are designed to address the skincare needs of men.
In the November issue of American Spa , we highlight new products and treatments that are sure to attract guys to your spa. Here's a look at some additional products that are designed specifically for men: EmerginC Post-Shave Reinforce
 is a lightweight, fresh-scented, soothing facial balm that contains key plant extracts, antioxidants, and cutting-edge anti-aging peptides to improve tone and...

Duri Helps Guests Fight Alien Bacteria With “X” Files

Help client battle gross nailcare issues with a collection of new files.
I’m an admitted germaphobe, so any time I hear about something that adds to the cleanliness level of spa-going, I’m automatically a fan. Plus, I loved “The X Files” when the show was on TV, so I found a recent “X” Files promotion from Duri to be totally charming. According to Faina Ritz, the chemist behind Duri Cosmetics, most nail...

Industry Challenges

Find Out What Obstacles Might Be In Your Spa's Way
Earlier this year, a new study, "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps" was released at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS). It brought to light the difficulties the industry faces in hiring qualified spa managers and directors. While delving deeper into the topic for an upcoming story, I was struck by the far-reaching implications this issue could...

Bourbon-Inspired Concoctions Give Seasonal Spa Menus a Kick

Discover How Spas Are Helping Guests Warm Up This Season
As the weather turns colder, certain treatments take on new appeal. One that sounds perfect for the fall and winter months is The Hot Toddy Aromatherapy Massage ($59, 30 minutes; $99, 60 minutes) at The Spa at Desert Springs at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (Palm Desert, CA). Available through January, the treatment relies on products from FarmHouse...

Spa Scoop Makes Best Blog List

Discover What Makes Bloggers Blissful
It's not often that we get to sing our own praises, but this week we learned that our blog, Spa Scoop, has made the list for the 100 Best Blogs and Businesses in Hospitality . The list, which is grouped by type and not rank, is published by . It is meant to inspire students interested in pursuing careers...

Book Clubs Find a Happy Home in Today's Spas

Find Out Why Oprah Isn't the Only One Who Can Recommend a Good Book
This week, The New York Times published Sit Back, Relax and Turn the Page , an article in which I was asked to contribute my two cents worth on the growing popularity of spa book clubs. I first wrote about the topic a couple of years ago when the Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods, NH) became...

Jane Iredale Goes Vogue

Cosmetics guru stars in stunning photo spread.
I just returned from ISPA, where I spent some time with Jane Iredale learning about her company’s new offerings and updates. While I’m always so impressed by her products (my makeup bag is full of them), I was equally inspired by her fabulous photo spread in the September issue of Vogue and just had to share. Check out this stunning...

Spa Week Media Group and WaySpa Services Team Up to Spread the Joy of Spa

What Country Will Soon Have Its Own Spa Week?
While spa treatments are not within everyone's means, Spa Week has made them more affordable for a limited time each year. This week (Oct. 15-21) marks the 17th installment of Spa Week , when spas and wellness centers throughout the country offer full-service treatments at a discounted price of $50. Next spring, Canadians, too, will be able to enjoy the...