Spa News Stories

Foot Care Products Market to Surpass $900 Million by 2011

The U.S. foot care market kicked up its heels for the first time in several years with a 5.7% sales increase in 2006, reaching $793 million in over-the-counter medication and device sales. Sales are expected to continue growing at a conservative pace, exceeding $900 million by 2011, according to Foot Care Products in the U.S., a new report from Packaged Facts. Private-label sales, which accounted for 44% of the $43 million increase in 2006, have taken a step forward in the market as consumer demand for both premium and value-priced products increased and as consumers become increasingly loyal to store...

L'Oréal Purchases PureOlogy

L'Oréal, the world's largest beauty company, announced that it has acquired, through its subsidiary L'Oréal USA, PureOlogy Research LLC, a luxury American brand sold through hairdressers in the professional haircare market. Based in Irvine, California, the company was founded by the American hairdresser Jim Markham. PureOlogy is a luxury brand of high performance haircare products uniquely developed for hair colorists to use and recommend to their clients. The brand is notable for its range of highly concentrated sulfate free shampoos with AntiFade Complex TM . PureOlogy's sales in the last 12 months were $57 million. The company is one of...

New Study Reveals British Vacationers Choosing Healthy Holidays

According to a new study by global research firm Mintel , an increasing number of British vacationers are choosing breaks that focus on health and wellbeing. The study reveals that Brits spent an estimated £135 million on healthy holidays involving spas, yoga, holistic healing and surgical recuperation last year, with 205,000 such breaks taken in total. One-third of Britons have tried a holiday involving spas, saunas or jacuzzis, according to Mintel, with a quarter plumping for a relaxing massage while away from the daily grind of work. In addition, medical tourism is also on the rise, with £25 million being...

Results of Study Show That People Feel Non-Physician Owned Medical Spas are Unsafe

The results of the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine's (IAPAM) 2007 Aesthetic Medicine Consumer Study gives physicians an unprecedented insight to what women desire when choosing aesthetic medicine procedures. Not surprisingly, of the women surveyed, most feel that non-physician owned medical spas are unsafe. The IAPAM's 2007 Aesthetic Medicine Consumer Study gives physicians the necessary facts to decide whether or not to add aesthetic procedures to their traditional practice. The study surveyed women across the U.S., ages 21-60 on their perception of various aesthetic medicine procedures. As an apparent reaction to the unregulated medical spa industry, 78% of...

Great Wolf Resorts Launches Scooops Kid Spa

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.® has combined an American favorite — ice cream — and the hospitality industry's latest trend — spas catered to tweens — to create Scooops TM Kid Spa. The new Scooops Kid Spas are open to the public at six Great Wolf Lodge® properties nationwide, including Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Traverse City, Mich.; Kansas City, Kan.; Williamsburg, Va.; the Pocono Mountains, Pa.; and Mason, Ohio; and Blue Harbor Resort TM in Sheboygan, Wis. "Our vision for Scooops Kid Spa was to provide an innovative and family-friendly service to our tween guests,' said Kim Schaefer, chief operating officer of...

"Status Lifestyles" Deemed Top Trend of 2007

Trendwatching.com , an Amsterdam-based independent trend firm, has released its 2007 Trend Report. Here's a look at the top trend of 2007. In the end, when dealing with (and selling to) people, everything always comes back to status. In a traditional consumer society, he or she who consumes the most, the best, the coolest, the most expensive, the scarcest, or the most popular goods, will typically also 'gain' the most status. However, expect 2007 to be the year in which many brands realize (if not grudgingly accept) that the 'old', mass-era status symbols, from the Audi Q7 to the De...

Industry News

IECSC New York Draws a Crowd More than 9,000 attendees walked the aisles and attended classes at the 2007 International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) , formerly the American Spa Expo, which was held March 11–13 at the Javits Center in New York City. Spa professionals from around the world had an opportunity to check out the latest trends, techniques, and products from more than 300 manufacturers and suppliers, as well as learn from prominent educators during the education conference program. "We could not have been more thrilled with the event this year," says Kathy Gruttadauria, show manager of...

Mobil Travel Guide's 'Best of the Best' Spas 2007

Mobil Travel Guide has released its annual selection of the best in the hotel and resort spa experiences in the U.S. and Canada at Mobil Three-, Four- and Five-Star rated properties. Mobil Rating Factoids: - For the second year in a row, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York, New York and Spa Montage at Montage Resort, California are the only Five-Star Spas in North America - Fifteen perecent of the Four-Star Spas are Four Seasons--Receiving Thirteen, Four-Star Ratings - Ritz Carlton Spas Received Ten Four-Star Ratings and Two Three-Star Ratings - Fairmont's Willow Stream garnered Three, Four-Star Designations -...

Luxury Consumer Confidence Bounces Back as Affluent Consumers Spend More on Luxury Indulgences

Luxury consumption index up 2 points as affluent consumers feel more confident about their financial status, but spending is not yet as strong as one year ago Stevens, PA April 27, 2007 — Luxury consumers' confidence rebounded in the first quarter of 2007, rising two points to reach 100.2, up from its lowest level in 2006 at the close of the fourth quarter. This is good news for companies that market and sell luxuries, as well as for those who invest in these companies. Renewed confidence in the first quarter encouraged affluent consumers to spend more buying luxury goods and...

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Completes Four Year Enhancement Project

The 150 year old Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, Calif., has recently completed a four year enhancement of the 11-acre historic spa. Famous for its signature holistic experience, verdant landscape and natural mineral springs, Corona's historic Glen Ivy Hot Springs has provided a therapeutic refuge for generations of Californians. The makeover includes a complete re-landscaping of the property and massage facility upgrade. Additionally, the resort added a full service restaurant, a saline pool, a red mud clay mineral bath, a terrace with five private cabanas, a poolside bar with pool service, a lounging pool and the famed Grotto --...

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