Sometimes it’s Spa Heroes that discovers other hard-working, mission-minded companies, but it’s always fun when they discover us. Wendi found Spa Heroes and was initially attracted to our clearly defined position on toxic ingredients. As I got to know her, every single time we communicated, be it in writing or on the phone I could hear her passion for sharing her 100% natural perfumes with the world. While I loved her product from the start, Spa Heroes delivers products for hair, skin and sun. But perfume certainly speaks to beauty so we made an exception to the rule (and birthed Beauty Heroes along the way), offering Empower as a special limited release Mother’s Day gift. Wendi and I both have 5 year-old sons and feel that adding the honor and experience of being a mom to our lives has been nothing short of empowering, so this partnership just made sense. I have learned how much effort it takes to craft and formulate a truly safe, chemical-free perfume from Wendi. To me, she is nothing short of heroic.
Behind the Scenes
When I first connected with Tricia Trimble, the founder of Suntegrity, I was taken aback by the pure intention I felt coming through her voice. I also found a special connection through her story – how losing her mother to skin cancer led her to start Suntegrity and make a safe sun care collection of the highest quality in her honor. Having lost my mom around the same time Tricia lost hers, I sensed that we were meant to be introduced!Then, once I tested Tricia’s 3-in-1 moisturizer, sunscreen and primer, I was amazed. It felt like so much more than sun protection. Since working with Suntegrity I have discovered that this small but mighty brand has an incredibly loyal following of devotees. I am now thrilled to be counted among them and to have the opportunity to share this heroic product – and its maker – with you.
I first visited the Bottega Organica shop on Christopher Street on a very cold day in December, during a whirlwind trip to New York City. I remember stepping off the windy West Village street and entering the store and seeing its reclaimed wood displays of luxurious glass bottles filled with golden oils. As I tested the different products on my hand, I could both see and feel the rich texture of the oils and smell the pure plant aromas of olive, chamomile, cucumber, orange and, my favorite, vanilla. I knew I’d stumbled on something special. – Jeannie Jarnot
“Plants are the strongest, anti-aging tool we have,” says Laurel Shaffer, founder of her namesake flower-and-herb-based, organic facial care line. Based in Northern California, Laurel takes extreme care in channeling that ethos into every gorgeous product – including this month’s featured Antioxidant Facial Serum.
Mio Skincare, a rarity in the spa-beauty industry, focuses exclusively on body care. Recently, we spoke to Jill Dunk (her fellow co-founders Sian, Tanya and Kathy reside in the UK), about Mio’s commitment to helping women achieve “fit skin” in all phases of life, and about January’s featured product, Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter…
When Phia founder and formulator, Michelle Roark, was training for her long-awaited Olympic debut in 2006, her coach suggested she visualize her success on the slopes by using all five senses. “I could hear success. See it. Touch It. Taste It. But I couldn’t smell it,” says Roark. “I had no idea what it smelled like to ski well.“
Age Defense For Luminous Eyes – Spa Heroes’ November 2014 Expert Selection – is the creation of Dan Fryda, founder of Spa Technologies International, and a self-described “merman.” Dan is widely recognized within the spa industry as a pioneer in the research and development of skincare products based on the restorative and antioxidant properties of seaweed. We recently caught up with Dan, on land, to talk about his passion for the sea…
Yael Alkalay, the creative force behind Red Flower, built her exquisite brand on the tradition of rituals she unearthed while traveling the world, “places where purification is experienced with an almost-religious perfection, where every element combines to cleanse the body and mind,” says Yael. We caught up with her over a cup of oolong tea in New York.
Truth Serum – Spa Heroes’ September 2014 Expert Selection, is the brain-child of Deborah Burnes, founder and CEO of Sumbody and a walking ingredient encyclopedia. “Deborah is beyond smart. She is wise with ingredients and has impeccable integrity,” says Spa Heroes founder, Jeannie Jarnot. We recently caught up with Deborah in her home in Northern California…
There is a perception that the job of running a spa is just like going to the spa all day and getting a massage, body, wrap and facial while sitting and sipping herbal tea. Any spa professional would laugh hysterically if you were to suggest this were actually true.