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  • We ♥ the Control Corrective Lactic Peel Skin Smoothing Kit!

    Date: 5/13/14 With enough product to perform at least 12 professional treatments, this new Control Corrective kit may just become your favorite (i.e., easiest) way to enhance your facial services menu!
  • We Love Plum Pearls® Wax Beads

    Date: 3/2/16 Plum Pearls stand out in the crowded field of waxes—a shining example of waxing innovation. We love these hard wax beads; find out why!
  • We ♥ Continuum’s Maestro Pedicure Spa!

    Date: 12/11/14 When it comes to the Maestro Pedicure Spa by Continuum, we can sum up our feelings in one word: WOW. The Maestro has pretty much made us forget everything we thought we knew about pedicure spas.

Brand Inspirations

  • Add Pumpkin to the Menu–1 Masque, 3 Ways

    Date: 8/27/15 As you decide on which seasonal treatments to offer, consider creating a consistent theme for all of your spa services. To make this process simple and cost effective, here are 3 treatments using the Bella Lucce Warming Pumpkin Masque.
  • ESSence of Fall

    Date: 8/24/16
  • Create the ESSence of Winter with Aromatherapy

    Date: 11/3/15 Create spaces in your spa where clients can find comfort in aromatherapeutic treatments and signature scents. Here are four easy aromatherapy recipes that may just make winter their favorite season!
  • Dress Your Table with Sposh

    Date: 9/16/14
  • Enchant Your Guests with Seasonal Enhancements

    Date: 8/20/13 Prevent dry, chapped hands while brightening and softening the skin with Alchimie Forever skin care. Or reveal radiant, youthful and firm skin with the Alchimie’s Forever signature décolletage enhancement.
  • Weary of Winter Weather? Try These Aromatherapy Pick-Me-Ups!

    Date: 1/5/15 More than anything, what your clients are longing for this time of year is simple comfort, in your treatment room and at home. You can handle that, right? You can if you have the right essential oils and blends on hand for treatment room therapists and spa boutique shoppers.
  • Find the ESSence of Summer with Aromatherapy

    Date: 4/29/16 Summer is the season of our greatest anticipation and fondest memories. Create both in your spa with these aromatherapy recipes for diffusing, massage, and body treatments. Your clients will look forward to their appointments and the memory of your spa will linger long after their treatments are finished.
  • Find the ESSence of Summer in Aromatherapy

    Date: 5/18/15 Get creative and mix your own seasonal ESS® Aromatherapy blends to make treatments extra special for clients. Each of these recipes is inspired by the beautiful scents of summer that make us feel good inside!
  • Help Take the Heat out of Sunburn with ESS Aromatherapy

    Date: 5/15/15 ESS Aromatherapy Sunburn Relief recipe provides a hydrating blend of essential oils and coconut carrier oil to not only ease the burn, but also nourish and replenish the skin’s moisture level.
  • Here Come the Brides! Is Your Spa Ready?

    Date: 3/28/16 With a steady procession of wedding party members, the upcoming nuptials can be cause for celebration in your spa, as your revenue increases with bridal business. The key is to be ready with treatments and retail products the bride and groom need to make their special day absolutely perfect and say, “I do” to your spa menu.
  • Scent Brand Your Spa with Aromatherapy

    Date: 5/4/15 Purposefully using scents in your business can also create desired moods and impressions, inducing an emotional response and triggering a deeper connection with your guests. Suddenly their spa experience becomes the nostalgic memory sparked by a particular scent. The positive feelings they had during their visit are part of an imprinted memory tied to the olfactory receptors that were stimulated in your spa.
  • Take Guys from Shaggy to Smooth with 4 Beard Oil Recipes

    Date: 10/19/16 In addition to keeping beards looking their best, grooming oil also helps nourish skin and relieve dryness and itching. Whether you’re a barber, cosmetologist, or esthetician, you can blend your own natural beard oils with these ESS® Aromatherapy recipes.
  • Under Acupressure: The Spoonk Mat in Your Spa

    Date: 8/23/16 Learn the benefits of the Spoonk acupressure mat, for treatments in the spa and beyond!
  • We Love Bath Roses

    Date: 11/10/15 To love my new tub is to also love Bath Roses.
  • We ♥ ESS Aromatherapy!

    Date: 1/5/15 It’s no secret that the ESS brand of essential and carrier oils, blends, and other great aromatherapy products is our favorite, hands down. But did you know that the ESS Aromatherapy line also includes certified organic essential and carrier oils?
  • We Love the Bella Luccè Warming Pumpkin Masque!

    Date: 7/9/15 Don’t miss the chance to try the Warming Pumpkin Masque from Bella Luccè. A true treat, this skin-revitalizing masque is soothing and effective.
  • Beyond the Treatment Room: 5 Uses for Facial Mists

    Date: 4/25/16
  • We Love Farmaesthetics® Nourishing Lavender Milk!

    Date: 12/3/13 Emily G. left a rave review for Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk on our website, and we couldn’t agree more! Voted “Favorite Organic Product” by Harper's Bazaar's beauty editor, this light, luscious, all-over complexion lotion is a favorite with our customers and our staff.

Brand Learning

Business Success & Spa Management

  • How to Revitalize Your Massage Menu

    Date: 10/25/16 Does your massage menu pique interest with prospective clients? If you’re not sure, read this article now.
  • 10 Easy Add-Ons to Boost Back to School Business

    Date: 7/3/13 Have the steamy summer months cooked your creativity? Try some of these tips for Back to School success!
  • 4 Easy Tips to Begin Offering Nail Art Services

    Date: 9/22/15 Offering nail art increases your revenue without any extra cost per service.
  • 4 Easy Ways to Increase Holiday Lash & Brow Business

    Date: 10/24/16 Client demand for lash and brow services is high year-round, and the holidays are a perfect time to give this popular part of your menu some extra pizazz. That’s why we’re bringing you four easy-to-implement ideas that will set your spa apart, delight existing clients, and draw in new business.
  • 5 Lessons Spas Learn Too Late

    Date: 11/9/12 If you're planning on a visit to your doctor's office, you are probably also planning on taking at least some of the advice he gives you. So my hope is that if you are planning on reading this article, you may also plan to take some of this advice, too.
  • 5 Ways to Promote Spa Wellness

    Date: 7/21/16 Want to make wellness work in your spa? Here are five articles to put you on the right path.
  • Ask the Expert: 4 Tips to Make Your Spa More Family Friendly

    Date: 1/27/16 Want to make your spa more family friendly? Here are a few approaches for a variety of budgets that you can take:
  • Living the Dream: Entrepreneurialism on the Rise for Women

    Date: 2/21/14 Women’s History Month provides the opportunity to get inspired and celebrate women’s achievements, entrepreneurialism being among them.
  • Make Clients Merry & Bright with Holiday Glam

    Date: 9/16/15 You’ll find the holiday season less stressful and more effective when you provide a treatment option that is a welcome respite in the holiday countdown. Then multiply your chances for a profitable season by offering retail options that support your holiday menu and are as much fun to give as to receive.
  • Mentoring is Power Multiplied

    Date: 7/14/14 Why are mentors important? Find out here:
  • The New Spa Wellness Culture Movement

    Date: 6/15/15 As we all strive to retain our existing clients AND tap into new client segments, it’s vital to know what is current and what is trending, and right now it is very safe to say that we are all either watching or riding the wellness wave. But this important culture movement has many spas wondering how they can ride that wave.
  • A Theory of Smidgens

    Date: 2/16/16 Watch out for the little choices that don’t seem to matter...they do!
  • What Inspires Inspiring Women?

    Date: 3/11/15 Inspiration can come from anywhere—nature, a word, a single action, and people who overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. The latter brings us to Women’s History Month.
  • Why We Think Estheticians Deserve Respect

    Date: 1/31/17 If you’re an esthetician and you haven’t checked out this article, you owe it to yourself to do so. Clearly the writer was frustrated, but we must admit that she made a lot of important points.
  • How to Boost Your Lash & Brow Business with JB Lashes

    Date: 11/4/16 Lash and brow treatments are among the fastest growing and most profitable services in the spa and salon industries. If you’re not already offering these treatments, we have five compelling reasons to add them to your menu.

New Treatment Solutions

  • 3 Reasons Massage Therapists Should Try Kinesio Taping

    Date: 8/24/16 Massage therapists should use kinesio tape. Here’s why!
  • 4 Reasons You Should Use the Seed Oil That’s Rocking the Skin Care World

    Date: 3/31/16 While sweet, succulent plums offer unique flavor in the culinary world, they also provide special benefits in topical application.
  • Amplify Your Facials with Masks!

    Date: 11/7/16 Because masks are popular on Instagram and YouTube, there’s never been a more exciting time to add them to your menu! Masks can attract new customers, boost revenue, and increase efficacy in skin care treatments.
  • Trending: 4 Ahh-mazing Avocado Spa Treatment Recipes

    Date: 2/8/15 Avocado oil is trending! Update your menu with these four spa treatment recipes.
  • Create the ESSence of Fall with Aromatherapy

    Date: 8/14/15 By the end of a long, hot summer, we’re ready for the cool, crispness of autumn and the warmth and crackle of the season’s first fire. Create this cozy feeling in your spa by using these very easy aromatherapy recipes to customize your fall scents:
  • Art Therapy in the Spa

    Date: 3/31/16 Offering art therapy is a unique way to help clients unwind, and it’s especially beneficial for those who struggle with traditional meditation.
  • Get Creative with Themed Mani / Pedi Services!

    Date: 10/7/15 What better way to pamper your clients than to offer a service that is custom designed around a season, holiday, or special event?
  • Get in Tune with Crystal Therapy: A Look at Metaphysics, Cleansing, and Charging

    Date: 8/11/17 Learn about crystals, their properties, and how they might help your spa.
  • Incorporating Equipment into your Advanced Skin Care Treatments

    Date: 12/20/16 Learn how you can diversify your advanced skincare menu by adding and utilizing new equipment.
  • Pumpkin spa supplies: Love It or Not, You’re Covered This Fall

    Date: 7/19/16 There are lots of creative ways to work pumpkin into your fall seasonal treatments. Here are several to consider, plus some alternative autumn service ideas, in case you have mixed feelings about “pumpkin everything season.”
  • Should You Offer Unique Spa Treatments?

    Date: 1/19/17 Take a look at six of the most unusual spa treatments being offered around the world. Consider whether your spa could benefit from offering any of these, or similar, services.
  • Turning Distress into De-stress: Focusing on Wellness for Clients with Cancer

    Date: 7/20/15 The perfect storm is brewing for spas to step up the services we offer within our communities. The sheer number of people dealing with cancer, the receptivity of doctors to refer to the spa industry, along with the propensity of clients to seek solace and self-care from spas is enough to warrant the industry’s attention.
  • We Love Chocolate!

    Date: 1/8/14 When we say we love chocolate at Universal Companies, we’re not just talking about a matter of taste. We’re referring to spa menu services that put the “treat” in treatment—rich chocolate body treatments, massage, baths, and scrubs.
  • Your Guide to Dry Skin Brushing

    Date: 12/8/15 The art of dry brushing gives you beautiful skin, inside and out. That’s why we ? it and believe you will, too. In this article, originally printed in the Organic Spa Magazine Skin Care Guide , Celia Shatzman shares the benefits of dry brushing and explains her technique. Incorporate this method into your spa treatments and suggest your clients try it at home, as well.
  • We Love LashFood

    Date: 1/29/16 You don’t realize how much eyelashes contribute to your overall look until they’re gone. I had to do something, and fast. I started using LashFood lash enhancer that same day, twice a day, and in two weeks I had my full set of lashes back.

Retail & Merchandising

Spa Menu Inspirations

  • Control Corrective Skincare Systems® Clear Skin Assist

    Date: 9/17/13 The Clear Skin Assist Protocol is an excellent tool for treating new clients with challenging acne. This express service is great for problem skin on a budget and in a hurry!
  • Do the Math to Multiply Revenue with Lash and Makeup Add-On Services

    Date: 2/22/12 If your spa or salon isn’t offering lash and makeup services, you may be missing out on some of the easiest money to be made with add-on services. Fast, in demand, and simple to perform, these services can add up to big profits when you put them on your a la carte menu.
  • These Scrubs Don’t Just Pay Lip Service to Exfoliation!

    Date: 7/23/15 Exfoliating the lips helps prevent chapping or excess dryness, leaves them looking fuller, and creates a smooth surface for lip balms and cosmetics. This all natural add-on is easy and inexpensive, and your clients will love it.
  • How to Build a Lash & Brow Bar Clients Can’t Resist

    Date: 9/10/12 Clients will beat a path to your door for beautiful brows. And if you already have them in your spa or salon, they’ll make a detour for fabulous lashes before leaving. So why don’t you have a Lash & Brow Bar yet?

The Sustainable Spa

  • 11 Easy Green Spa Tips

    Date: 3/3/15
  • 11 Ways Realists Can Manage Stress

    Date: 7/30/15 This article provides stress-reduction tips for those who lack a calm, Zen-like approach to problem-solving.
  • 5 Steps for a Post-Holiday Detox

    Date: 12/15/16 You’re a spa professional, so you’ve probably heard of and maybe even attempted to do a detox. But most likely, when you hear the word “detox,” you think of a juice cleanse or a lemon water fast, right? It’s a great way to reset the body. But how do we reset our environment? What about our busy—and sometimes chaotic—lives?
  • Get Ready to Green Your Spa

    Date: 3/16/17 If you’re looking to make your business a little greener, we’ve gathered some content to help. From natural products to business tips, there’s more than one path to greening your spa.
  • How Gratitude Enhances Well-being

    Date: 12/20/16 Did you know that practicing gratitude could be a personal wellness focus for spa professionals? The physical and psychological benefits of giving thanks are too Important and abundant to limit to an annual holiday.
  • How to "Green Clean" Your Massage Practice--the Easy Way

    Date: 3/14/16 Spring cleaning the home is an annual ritual for many, but what about spring cleaning the workplace? Maybe we should take a lesson from Mother Nature this year and not just "spring clean" but "green clean" as well.
  • Self-Care for the Nurturer: 6 Rules to Adopt Now

    Date: 1/15/16 Spa professionals preach the wellness benefits of self-care, but do we actually practice it ourselves?
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