Spa News Stories

Babor Cosmetics Announces New North American Headquarters

Babor Cosmetics , a leader in luxury professional skin care, is relocating its North American headquarters to Delray Beach, Florida as a result of the company’s growth and performance in the last 24 months, resulting in the need for an expanded center of operations. The 12,000-square-foot headquarters will house executive offices, customer service, a training and education academy, as well as a state-of-the-art distribution center. The space combines cutting-edge design in a fitting nod to the German label’s affinity for luxury and innovation. The new office space includes flex desks; open collaboration environments for team members to converse, debate, and...

Atlantis Paradise Island Joins Marriott International's Autograph Collection

Marriott International announced that the Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas will become part of its Autograph Collection , a growing portfolio of more than 60 independent hotels in key locations across the globe. The 3,400-room Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas will operate under a franchise agreement with Marriott. This marks the collection's first member resort in the Bahamas and will be the largest hotel in the portfolio. The property, which is owned by Brookfield Asset Management and independently managed, is expected to officially join the Autograph Collection in the fall. "Having Atlantis Paradise Island join our Autograph Collection is a milestone achievement...

The Comphy Company Debuts Grey Table Linen Line

The Comphy Company , a leading microfiber sheet manufacturer, has launched a new line of grey microfiber treatment table linens for spa professionals. “We have received multiple requests from our top clients for the color grey,” says founder and CEO Mia Richardson . “As industry pioneers, we are known for the most durable and beautiful microfiber linens in the business. We knew there would be some challenges in arriving at just that right shade of grey, but after months of research and development, we were able to get the shade and feel just right.” The 100 percent cotton bedding sheets...

L’Oréal Acquires Decléor and Carita Brands

L'Oréal USA has acquired global skincare brands Decléor Paris , a leader in aromatherapy skincare, and Carita Paris , an anti-aging skincare line. Formerly held by the Shiseido Group , both companies have been integrated into L'Oréal’s Professional Products Division. With a portfolio of 28 existing beauty brands and a presence in hair and nail salons across the U.S., the addition of Decléor Paris and Carita Paris marks L’Oréal’s entrance into new distribution channels within the professional beauty market, including day, resort, and destination spas.

Spafinder Wellness 365 Announces First Wellness Travel Awards

Spafinder Wellness 365 , a media and marketing company for the spa and wellness industry, is introducing its first-ever travel awards program. Dedicated to honoring spas, hotels, resorts, and retreats that excel in healthy vacations and experiences, the new Wellness Travel Awards will be given to the top properties on six continents in many countries and regions and in categories, such as Best New Wellness Travel Property. The awards represent an expansion of the company’s Readers' Choice Awards and recognize a growing demand for healthy travel options. “People are redefining what they want when on vacation or traveling for business,”...

Green Spa Network Introduces Sustainability Assessment Tool

The Green Spa Network (GSN) released its first Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT) and Toolkit for the spa industry. Designed to help spas and industry resource partners measure their green progress and potential and understand the components of a more sustainable spa, the online tools are available free of charge for members of the spa industry. Available at www.greenspanetwork.org/toolkit , the SAT is an online questionnaire to assess a business’ sustainability across 15 categories, including water management, energy use, waste reduction, laundry processes, food and beverage, textiles leadership, and community connection. Upon completion, the user submits the results electronically and receives...

Essie Introduces Summer 2014 Collection

Essie recently launched its summer 2014 collection, complete with bright, vivid colors. Available at www.essie.com , salons, and beauty stores worldwide, the collection features a color palette with a bevy of options from offset prints to neutrals, including urban jungle, a alabaster orchid tone; haute in the heat, a raspberry hue; strut your stuff, a cobalt aqua tone; ruffles & feathers, a peacock teal shade; fierce, no fear, a cocoa mahogany color; and roarrrrange, a bold orange hue. “Channel summer’s sexy energy and go for full-force fashion that’s destined to lead the pack,” says brand founder and global creative director...

Redken Laboratories Founder Dies at Age 82

Paula Kent Meehan, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and founder of Redken Laboratories , passed away in her Beverly Hills home, aged 82. The California-based haircare company, which she founded in 1960, is one of the first companies to create hypoallergenic hair sprays. On the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Redken, Modern Salon magazine honored Redken as "the company that changed an industry forever.” Based on her dedication to developing products compatible with the natural elements of hair and skin, Meehan discovered that her own sensitive skin and hair reacted adversely to many products on the market, which led her to develop...

WTS International Wins Management Contract for Spa Evangeline at The Epicurean Hotel

The Epicurean Hotel (Tampa, FL) has become the first U.S. property to join the Autograph Collection of Marriott International .
 WTS International (WTS), a global spa consultancy and contract operator, was involved with the creation of the hotel’s Spa Evangeline , developing the concept for the spa. “We worked with the Epicurean on design and then went on to support the opening,” says Susie Hammer, vice president of spa operations at WTS. “This included the development of marketing materials, the menu, and other collateral, as well as the hiring and training of staff. Today, we continue our involvement by providing...

Massage Heights Announces New Chairman of the Board of Managers

Massage Heights , a family-owned wellness franchise, announced the appointment of David Humphrey, a franchise industry consultant and the former CEO of Massage Envy Spa , as chairman of the board of managers. Humphrey will help guide the growth of Massage Heights as it expands its service offerings throughout the U.S. and Canada while also preparing for a wider international rollout. Through his investment and advisory services firm, DTH Capital Ventures , Humphrey has consulted with a wide variety of franchise companies, and worked closely with several private equity firms that invest in the franchise industry. “I know what it...

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