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The Oaks at Ojai Celebrates 30 Years

The Oaks at Ojai (Ojai, CA), a fitness destination spa, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this October. To mark the event, the spa will hold a month-long celebration that includes special programs, appreciation deals for guests, an anniversary dinner, discounts on spa treatments, and extended-stay discount options. “We have spent the past three decades helping our guests make life-altering changes at The Oaks,” says Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai.

Dermalogica Goes to London

Along with professional skin analysis, interactive educational events, and free samples, the store will also feature the brand’s signature Face Mapping service, and Skin Bar product sampling.

SpaRitual Partners with Spa Elegance

SpaRitual recently announced a partnership with Spa Elegance, an online supplier that simplifies the process of equipping, supplying, and managing a spa by offering customer service and competitive prices on spa products, including the newly added SpaRitual brand. “Rather than carry every line out there, Spa Elegance carefully selects emerging brands and high-value essentials for a mix that eliminates guesswork, enhances spa treatments, and builds customer loyalty,” says Dan Shorts, president and CEO of Spa Elegance. We are excited to offer the luxury of SpaRitual’s vegan spa and nailcare products and look forward to a successful partnership with SpaRitual.”

Piaffe Launches at Bliss Spa

Piaffe Beauty recently introduced its line of products at Bliss spas nationwide. Formulated with vitamins and minerals and containing skin-strengthening ingredients, Piaffe products join the ranks of other prestigious brands available at the popular spa chain found across the country.


Celebrating its 10th year, the International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference (IECSC) Orlando will take place at the Orange County Convention Center on Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 in Florida. IECSC Orlando will feature more than 400 of the top skincare and wellness companies showcasing the latest spa and medical spa products and technologies. The show will also feature a full-day conference presented by Bryan Durocher of Durocher Enterprises. For more information and to register for IECSC Orlando, visit or call (800) 496-9854.

Place Hotel & Spa Signs MSPA

MSPA International, owners of the boutique brand Anantara Spa, will manage the in-house spa at The Place Hotel & Spa (Shanghai, China) when it opens in early 2008. “Anantara has become synonymous with luxurious and well-managed spa facilities, and therefore, it is a perfect fit with The Place Hotel,” says Philippe Charraudeau, general manager of the hotel. Jim Markham Sells PureOlogy

Cheryl and Jim Markham

Jim Markham, who founded PureOlogy Serious Colour Care in 2000, recently sold the company to L’Oréal. With wife and co-founder Cheryl, Markham created the first professional haircare company to introduce zero-sulfate and salt-free shampoos. MALY’S DONATES TO THE B.CAUSE FOUNDATION
Event attendees admire the wall of contributors.
All 107 stores participated in the event, which offered great deals and savings on products. The more money beauty industry professionals spent at the event, the more money Maly’s West donated to the charity. David Conrad from “Ghost Whisperer”and actress Amanda Tosch (both center) indulged in a Yon-Ka Paris treatment.
David Conrad, star of CBS’s “Ghost Whisperer,” recently enjoyed a Yon-Ka Paris facial. Bioelements Unveils New Learning Centers

A Bioelements technician demonstrates the Flaxx-C Anti-Aging Facial.

Bioelements recently held grand opening events at three new Learning Center locations in Chicago; Villa Park, IL; and Overland Park, KS. These centers are educational venues that provide advanced classes for professionals in the skincare industry. At each event, Bioelements learning coaches demonstrated the company’s Flaxx-C Anti-Aging Facial, and attendees were also introduced to Bioelements newest spa resources and tools, including mini PR counter cards to use for merchandising, learning on demand DVDs, and two new business classes, “Professional Merchandising Techniques” and “Dynamic Retail Strategies.”

Creative Nail Wins Beauty Award

Creative Nail Design was recently named Editor’s Pick in the nail enamel category for the Beauty Awards. editors selected the winners from more than 500 brands and 3,000 products.


Essence magazine named Black Opal’s Oil Absorbing Pressed Powder “The Best Makeup” in the April issue. Mii Amo Wins Travel + Leisure Award
Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort (Sedona, AZ) was recently named the “world’s best destination spa” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 12th annual World’s Best Awards reader survey. Mii amo is known for offering guests a highly personalized transformative experience by promoting healing through mind, body, and spiritual therapies. “It is a great tribute to Mii amo’s evocative sense of place, its unique treatments and therapies, and skilled, intuitive therapists. Participants in the race helped raise awareness of EB.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals’s skincare brand, Kinerase, recently sponsored the Noelle Hermes Organization’s Second Annual Amazing Race at New Port Dunes in Newport Beach, CA. Kinerase has supported fundraising programs for EB research since 2003.

Institut’ DERMed Gives Back

Institut’ DERMed lent its support to the Captain Planet Foundation, founded by media mogul Ted Turner, which aids youth environmental programs in Atlanta. Nicole Doerr has been appointed director of The Spa at the Omni Interlocken Resort (Broomfield, CO). She brings with her more than seven years of hotel spa management and sales experience. Her previous posts include spa manager and spa group sales coordinator for the Spa at Short Hills (Short Hills, NJ).

People in the News

Diane Dombrowski has been appointed spa manager of The Heldrich Hotel (New Brunswick, NJ). Prior to that she was a massage therapist for the Indian Oak Salon and Spa (Chesterton, IN).

Life Resorts Group appointed Yvette Garcia as development manager for the Life Resorts Management Company, which owns several boutique resorts in Vietnam. In this newly created position, Garcia will oversee spa operations and wellness activities for the entire Life Resorts Group.

Tides Inn (Irvington, VA) has announced the appointment of Stephanie Rest as spa director of The Spa at Tides Inn. She brings with her six years of experience in spa operations and development. Le Spa at La Residence Hotel & Spa (Hue, Vietnam) recently hired Novi Era Larasati as spa manager. Previously she served as training manager at the Mira Wellness Spa at Marty Myra Hotel in Turkey. In her new position, she will oversee the spa’s products and treatments and share her knowledge of Swedish and Balinese massage.

Six Senses Resorts & Spas announced the addition of Henry Gray as area general manager for the Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa (Thailand) and Paul Rodwell as general manager of the Evason Latitude & Six Senses Spa at Jafre (Spain). Gray joins Six Senses from The Oberoi Udaivilas hotel (Udaivilas, Rajasthan, India) where he was general manager.

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