Announcements

USDA proposes changes to "made with organic" standard

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed changes to the 'made with organic' standard that is used for personal care products. Specifically, the draft guidance addresses the use of non-organic ingredients in 'made with organic (specified ingredients or food groups)'' products, and the use of statements about the percentage of organic ingredients within the 'made with organic' labeling category. The USDA National Organic Programme’s (NOP’s) 'made with organic' standard has been adopted by the personal care and cosmetics industries, even though these standards were not originally designed for use in non food items, NOP’s 'made with organic' standard has...

Spa Professional México - Magazine and Website Launch

Spa Professional México, a bilingual magazine and website is aimed at industry professionals in resort and day spas across the country. The magazine will deliver information on trends, products, services, news, research and support available to the spa industry in México. There has never been a better time to introduce a magazine and website to draw the Mexican Spa community together and take it to the next level. The spa market is flourishing, with every Mexican resort requiring exceptional facilities and the highest quality products to cater to international clientele. The magazine will reach across the country via both print...

Golden Door GM Rachel Caldwell Wins National Award

ESCONDIDO, CA (January 4, 2011) – Legendary Southern California destination spa Golden Door is proud to announce that General Manager Rachel Caldwell has been named a Favorite Manager in the 2010 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. The award comes as Caldwell celebrates her 50 th year with Golden Door! From housekeeping to accounting, Caldwell has held positions in almost every department during her fifty-year tenure at the Golden Door spa. With her deep knowledge in every facet of spa life, Caldwell imparts invaluable knowledge on spa trends, operations and best practices along with the tenets of Golden Door founder Deborah Szekely’s...

Clarisonic® makes $500k donation to Look Good . . . Feel Better

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Nov. 8, 2010) – This past weekend Clarisonic announced a $500,000 donation to Look Good…Feel Better, a national program in which beauty professionals empower women with cancer to deal effectively with treatment-related skin changes and hair loss in group workshops and other settings. Look Good…Feel Better inspires and helps restore self-confidence to more than 50,000 women each year. Clarisonic has championed hope for cancer patients since 2007 by raising funds for cancer prevention and awareness. Clarisonic, a sponsor of AFI FEST 2010, hosted the check ceremony in Hollywood at the week-long annual film festival to celebrate its partnership...

Alchimie Forever Enters into Exclusive Partnership with Universal Companies

Washington, DC, October 2010 - Alchimie Forever has chosen leading spa distributor Universal Companies as its exclusive distributor in the spa and professional skincare markets for the United Sates, Canada and Mexico. Ada Polla, Alchimie Forever's President & CEO, has the following to say about the partnership, 'We have been working on building this relationship for the past year, and I am so thrilled this is coming to fruition. The Universal Companies team is the best in the industry, and this partnership will help to take Alchimie Forever to the next level, and bring our brand to spas across North...

SpaSense Group secures deal with VitaMan and Eforea by Hilton

AUSTIN (October 26, 2010) SpaSense Group, a leading full service spa planning, branding and management company, today announced its newest project: assistance with the launch of the latest new spa brand e forea : spa by Hilton , working with VitaMan , a natural Australian men’s shave, skin care, body care and hair care line. The recent launch of eforea: spa by Hilton in its flagship property Hilton Short Hills, is the beginning of a major effort by Hilton to become one of the worlds largest branded spa providers over the next few years. Deborah Evans and Eva Jensch, founding...

AvantGard Spa in San Carlos Voted Favorite Day Spa in Prestigious SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards

AvantGard Spa of San Carlos won a 2010 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award from SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa resource, on October 19. AvantGard received the award in the category of Favorite Day Spa, which recognized the top ten worldwide favorite day spas . Spa-goers cast a record number of votes in the eighth annual Awards, which are considered the most thorough and independent assessment of spas worldwide. “I’m thrilled to receive such as prestigious award, “exclaimed Blanca Caballero, founder and spa director of AvantGard. “Our entire team works hard to make sure every guest has a memorable spa experience, so...

UC Irvine Extension Offers New Online Course in Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts

The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the availability of a new online course titled, “Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts” starting on Nov. 1. Taught by spa industry expert Janice Gronvold, a UC Irvine Extension Spa and Hospitality Management advisory board member and founder of Spectrec, provider of business and marketing development services for the spa, hospitality and healthy lifestyle industries, the six-week intensive course will provide a comprehensive guide to incorporating sustainability in a spa environment. “Having the right knowledge and tools to develop green business models that improve the bottom line sets a company apart...

Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Lenox and Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach All on 2010 List of Top Ten Destination Spas Voted on by Travel + Leisure Readers

Travel + Leisure has revealed its Top Ten Destination Spas (World's Best Awards 2010) and Canyon Ranch is thrilled to announce it has received this highly coveted accolade. Resort properties in Tucson and Lenox are once again joining the ranks, and Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach is making its debut. The 'World's Best Awards' are voted on by the readers of Travel + Leisure to honor the top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, spas and transportation companies in the world. In the annual survey, destination spas were rated independently by Travel + Leisure readers in five categories: accommodations/ambiance,...

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort And Spa, Kota Kinabalu Receives Condé Nast Travellers Readers' Award

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa , Kota Kinabalu received the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award 2010 for being one of the “Top 20 Best Hotels in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent”. The hotel was also named one of the “Top 25 Spa Hotels and Resorts” and “Top 25 Leisure Hotels and Resorts” in the Best in Travel Poll 2010 by Smarttravelasia.com. The resort was placed sixth in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award 2010 with an average index score of 86.71. The Readers Travel Awards questionnaire is based on criteria such as overall guest satisfaction with travel...

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