Our favourite Spa Industry Associations, Organizations & Suppliers
Eminence Organic Skin Care
CORE COMMITMENTS: “Since our inception in 1958, we have been using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic® products.” We continue to use handpicked and hand-mixed fresh ingredients to create products that contain potent healing and beautifying properties. Many of these ingredients are combined with pure waters drawn from a thermal hot spring lake containing minerals and trace elements found nowhere else on earth.”
WHY WE LOVE: There are so many reasons to love Eminence! Their Biodynamic Collection utilizes “farming practices that regard the farm, the plants and the animals as a self-supporting ecosystem that lives and breathes. It renders fruits and herbs that are unusually high in nutrients and active compounds and then harnesses these potent ingredients into a collection of products that are the ultimate in pureness and results-driven skin care. Seeds are planted and crops are harvested following the lunar cycle so that when the tides are high, roots receive the most moisture and goodness. As an alternative to harsh pesticides, the farm uses herbal teas and plants friendly honey traps from local bees as natural insect repellents ensuring that all Biodynamic® ingredients are farmed as naturally as possible.
Biodynamic® ingredients are void of all chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Only natural medicinal herbs and mineral composts are used to enhance the soil and ignite powerful growth forces in the plants from roots to tips.” How incredible!!
For every Eminence product sold, a tree is planted. Eminence has established a wonderful partnership with “Trees for the future”, and has planted over 3-million trees in developing countries globally.
“Eminence Kids” is a charitable division of their organization and donates organic fruits & vegetables to sick children around the world.
CORE COMMITMENTS: “From our Irish base we created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and our unique Odour Remove™ technology is now present in all of our self and spray tans. In 2011, we became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand. This led to Vita Liberata being listed in the world's top spas including George V Paris, St Regis, Viceroy, Ritz-Carlton and Burj Al Arab to name but a few. We are now recognized as the world’s leading non-toxic, organic tanning company. Our ingredients are the purest in the tanning world. We use natural, certified organic and Ecocert ingredients, and are able to create a tanning experience that conditions and nourishes the skin, with Moisture LockTM to hydrate skin for 72 hours, ensuring a tan fades perfectly. Just like a natural suntan.”
WHY WE LOVE: I remember meeting the founder of Vita Liberata, Alyson Hogg, at a tradeshow in 2012 and I remember her saying to me “If we can tan the Irish, we can tan anyone!” True statement! A little sun-kissed glow goes a longggg way in the name of beauty! As a fair-skinned Canadian, I can attest to this fact! Check out their website as well. We love the “Find your perfect tan” feature and the library of videos with self-tanning tips!
CORE COMMITMENTS: “Rooted in wellness and inspired by living life's moments, Noel Asmar creates collections designed to make the everyday less complicated and more beautiful – more time for moments that matter. She is dedicated to designing stylish pieces that touch the senses and bring a passionate, sensual, richness to the everyday. Pieces that make work easier, more efficient and way more stylish. With a design philosophy of 'how is this going to make my life better' Noel Asmar dives into ergonomics, innovation, fabrics and design sensibilities to cleverly create pieces made for the way you move and simply made to make you feel good. This is a lifestyle brand made to give you more time to feel, to enjoy, to love life and the moments in it.”
WHY WE LOVE: Check out their uniforms and foot basins, we needn’t say more!
CORE COMMITMENTS: “Sleep one night on our sheets and you will be a Comphy customer for life. Our motto is to change the world one bed at a time! Giving back to the community is one of Comphy Company’s core values. Since the release of our home line, we have donated our fashion bedding and comforter sets to shelters, group homes, and directly to families in need. Charities that help women and children are especially close to our hearts.”
WHY WE LOVE: Quality, quality, quality at a very reasonable price point. Slipping into a cozy and clean spa treatment bed is one of the most important aspects of the spa experience. Comphy delivers every time.
CORE COMMITMENTS: “Universal Companies' mission has always been to deliver innovative spa solutions to maximize our customers' success. We are passionate about finding ways to help our customers grow their businesses, so nothing is more exciting to us than to find a solution to a business problem, whether it is a new product, new service, or advanced training. This has, and continues to be, the foundation of our company and our commitment to our loyal spa professionals. Today Universal Companies is the leading single-source supplier to over 25,000 clients in the spa industry, providing thousands of products to help professionals manage and grow their businesses”.
WHY WE LOVE: Universal Companies is your one stop shop. They have thought of everything before you even could. Seamless & hassle free.
HOW TO FIND:www.universalcompanies.com
Spa Finder Wellness 365
CORE COMMITMENTS: “Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® is the world’s largest media, marketing and gifting company for the wellness industry. Millions of people find inspiration to live well via the Wellness 365™ platform that extends throughout all company entities. Inspiring wellness 365 days of the year: that’s the Spafinder Wellness, Inc. mission. With its rich history of innovation and investment, Spafinder Wellness, Inc. drives the industry forward 365; advancements include the founding of the Global Wellness Institute™, the company’s sister think-tank and industry research and educational authority; conducting ongoing industry and consumer research, including its annual trends report; launching the service-management platform, Booker; and acquiring companies such as SpaWish™ and bTreated (now Last Minute) to better serve the global spa and wellness market.”
WHY WE LOVE: Education, knowledge, support and so much more! Spa Finder Wellness 365 is a comprehensive online resource: their blog is one of my absolute favorites in the industry, their online directory of industry partners showcases the best in the business, their annual trend report is something I live for! Above & beyond all – their people. Spa Finder Wellness employs some of the best in the industry. I have had the pleasure of working alongside of a few of their own and cannot tell you how much I have learned and grown as a result of their support. For this I am forever grateful.
Global Spa & Wellness Summit
CORE COMMITMENTS: “The Global Wellness Summit is an international organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global spa and wellness industries. The objectives of the Summit are to:
- Establish a forum for dialogue among global industry leaders
- Create community by fostering friendly relationships among stakeholders
- Inspire a spirit of collaboration to solve shared problems
- Facilitate healthy growth for the industry and its individual businesses
- Initiate and support quality research
- Encourage innovation
- Cultivate leaders for tomorrow
WHY WE LOVE: The GSWS is about advancement and has been instrumental in driving research and development that now statistically legitimizes the industry of wellness as well as the measurable value and benefit of our service platforms on a global scale. The depth of knowledge and resources they have made so readily available is astounding.
ISPA (International Spa Association)
CORE COMMITMENTS: “ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth”.
WHY WE LOVE: Despite the incredible size of the organization and its vast membership base, the team at ISPA has a wonderful way of cultivating meaningful relationships and building personal connections. Their annual conference & expo held every Fall in Las Vegas is not to be missed! Educational workshops and seminars by industry experts as well as special guest speakers make for 4-days of pure inspiration and knowledge infusion. Personal highlight – hearing 2013 contributor Blake Mycoskie (@toms, @blakemycoskie), founder of TOMS Shoes (www.toms.com), share his entrepreneurial story. I will never forget when he touched on the story of his Mom coming with him on one of the first ever TOM’s shoe drops in the rural villages of Argentina. Instead of just delivering the shoes, his mother got down on hands and knees and personally placed each shoe on each and every childs’ foot (In Argentina, children are not permitted in school without shoes and therefore without footware do not have access to education). Every TOM’s shoe drop now involves field team members actually hand placing the shoes on the childrens’ feet. Talk about building personal connections.
If that’s not enough reason to love ISPA: “BECAUSE NOBODY EVER CAME UP WITH A PLAN TO BE LESS SUCCESSFUL. Join the leading global network of spa industry professionals and obtain access to cutting-edge research, data, networking opportunities, worldwide media exposure and much more. The International SPA Association is the source for all things spa with a door to a global network of peers. Becoming an ISPA member will help you grow both personally and professionally. On average, ISPA spa members' revenue is more than 2.5 times higher than nonmember spas and member spas have more than double the spa visits of nonmember spas.” Enough Said!