Ciao Bella! Beauty products for the home spa experience…

When it comes to creating the spa atmosphere at home, I turn to the Italians.  Let’s face it, Italians know a little something about beauty.  The country has expressed la bellezza in countless forms.  From Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida to the stunning masterpieces of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci to the heart-lifting tones of Pavorotti.  Perhaps this rich heritage also explains why Italy’s finest beauty companies, many of them family-owned, have endured for decades, even centuries.

They faithfully use local ingredients for their soaps, skin creams and perfumes, and they adhere to recipes passed down for generations.  Some of these products may be a little off the beaten track, but i think they’re well worth the wander.

First up is Borghese Fango.

The Fango Collection is a rich derivative of Borghese’s spa heritage that brings nourishing minerals, natural botanicals and their exclusive Acqua di Vita® Complex to treatments that polish, refine, renew and restore the skin, hair & scalp – All in the comfort of your own home. Whatever your skin concern, there’s a Fango for that!  Check out the collection.  www.Borghese.com

Acqua di Parma Oolong candle.

Fragrances and accessories for individuals of discerning taste. Because true class is as delicate and rarefied as a scent. It evades definition, fashion and commonplaces. Only in this way does it become a way of life.  www.acquadiparma.com

 

Speziali Fiorentini lavender body cream.

Experience the true essence of Florence. Its’ artistic packaging with lovely scenes and beautiful paintings of Tuscan landscape are a tribute to the old-world tradition of making bath and body products with extraordinary scents from the past. Made in Italy of course. Speziali Fiorentini products are microbiologically tested in compliance with STOP ANIMAL TESTING LAW standard and controlled by the Italian Institute for ethical and environmental certification. http://www.euroganicsbeauty.com

 Valobra Balsam soap.

A soothing soap made from pure, invigorating balsam and enriched with lecithin and vitamin E, Balsamo is a distinguished scent greatly enjoyed by men and is especially good for oily skin. From Valabro Soaps The Valobra family of Genova, Italy has been making soaps with hand-picked natural ingredients since 1903, and continues their commitment to craftsmanship to this day by seasoning each bar for six months and hard-milling for long use and a luxurious bathing experience. These hand-crafted, Italian soaps are made using methods unchanged since the 18th century. The soapmakers season pure soap base for four to six months; hard mill the soap six times with vegetable oils, pure essential oils, and vitamins; then gently hand wrap each beautiful bar with original vintage packaging. The soaps contain no harsh detergents or chemical agents, just skin-softening ingredients that make everything from washing your hands to bathing a better experience.  www.westcoastshaving.com

Valobra Balasmo Soap

Cali Olivia Notte night moisturizer.  In the 19th century, on an olive tree grove, on the outskirts of Rome by the Mediterranean Sea, the Roman nobles discovered the Cali Beauty Farm. There, based upon ancient home made recipes, passed down from generation to generation, the nobles enjoyed and benefited from the recipes.  Since the creation of the Cali Beauty Farm, their philosophy has been to treat the outside and the inside of our bodies with the same care while using the finest ingredients.

“Oliva Notte” is a very rich moisturizer, which replenishes and revitalizes your skin’s tone, texture and beauty while the body is at rest. It also contains rosemary (promotes healing, toning stimulating and softening properties), neroli (stimulates cell regeneration, soothing properties) and chamomile (anti-inflammatory and repairer properties, soothing, refreshing and purifying, neutralizes skin irritants) .

Give these gems a try and let me know how much more beautiful you feel.

-Tina

 

New England Renewal

Hello World!

What’s the secret to staying happy, healthy, and vibrant?  Some would say it’s being flexible in attitude and remaining physically active.  For others, it’s laughing often, taking time to stop and smell the flowers, and loving fully.  The wise believe it’s important to ensure that every moment of your life is spent doing things that you actually enjoy.  Wonderful advice that we can all certainly begin to heed a little more as each day, week, month, and year passes.

Personally, I believe that the secret to feeding the soul is a combination of all of the above, continually nourishing the body, mind, and spirit while staying centered in life.  As a retreat designer, I find personal joy in researching other retreat spaces.  I just came across a New England Retreat, the Mayflower Inn.

The Mayflower Inn’s spa is a luxurious retreat in Connecticut.  Sign up and your individual spa advisor will telephone to assess your interests and begin customizing your stay.  Whether you prefer morning walks or canoeing, Pilates or flower arranging, founders Adriana Mnuchin and Lisa Hedley ensure that personalization is the key to your five-day experience.  Expect tailored treatments, a physical well-being plan, and plenty of nurturing to encourage spiritual awareness.  Slip into the seasonally scented Thermal Sanctuary, a fantasia of healing colors (indigo for clarity, gold for energy, green for balance), scented warm mist, and soothing music before indulging in a facial, mud wrap or a red flower ritual.  In case you need more inspiration to visit, specialty weeks include yoga immersion, couples retreats, and memoir writing.

Photos courtesy of Mayflower Inn.

Take a little time out to just be….re-center yourself and perhaps get away for the weekend to the Mayflower Inn and indulge your body and your senses.

Stop by and see what’s new at http://www.delia-designs.com

Tina

Achieving successful Spa/Salon design

Whether you are designing or laying out a new space or already have an existing spa/salon, now is the time to take a first look at your business and learn how the interior design of the space can help you grow.  I’ve come up with my top 5 tips to achieving successful design.

  1.  Signage:
  • The only way new clients know you exist is if something attracts their attention and they see you.
  • The way to demonstrate who you are from the exterior is of utmost importance.  In essence, you need to make your windows talk.
  • Decide what your company is about.  If it is beauty, fashion and hair, show that.
  • You need to talk to the street.  Perhaps put a big beauty image in the window, an image that speaks to the “lifestyle” you are portraying.  Tell your prospects through imagery that if they come to you, this is the life they can have.
  • Keep in mind, the actual sign should be clear and legible.  It should be one of the high contrast so that it can be read from a distance.  An important thing to remember is to include spa or salon at the end.  If you don’t do this, no one will know what you are.
  1. Greeting the Client:
  • If at all possible, don’t put the reception desk directly in front or beside the entrance.  It’s important for you to create some space for the client to walk in and start browsing the retail area.  Allow them to feel the energy, hear the music and see people at work.  Let your clients see what they are going to experience, allow them to take control and make their choices.
  1. Reception:
  • Once you have moved your reception desk to a non-threatening position, make a great impression at it.  The receptionist should be well positioned to welcome clients and thank them as they leave.  If the manager sites up front, he or she can also endorse the effectiveness of any recommended products if the client has questions.
  • Remember, the receptionist desk should be a tool to draw customers into the heart of the salon, not stop them short at the front door.
  1. Lighting:
  • You should start and finish in incandescent lighting.  A warm temperature bulb is the most flattering on the complexion and compliments most salon interiors. What is important, especially in salons is to create levels of lighting.
  • The lighting should flatter the complexion and compliment the interior.
  • The lighting should be positioned to eliminate shadows.  How your client looks in the salon chair is crucial in the salon environment.  If the client feels good about your appearance, it reinforces a positive experience for repeat business and increased revenues.  The easiest way to help eliminate shadows on the face is to position wall lighting on either side of the mirror to directly light the complexion.
  • Regarding the work stations.  The front and overhead are where you will get your lighting from.  The wall lighting is for direct illumination on the face to flatter the complexion.  The overhead lighting should be properly designed to help perform all required tasks for hair styling and color application.  Separate task lighting should not be required if the overhead lighting is properly configured.
  1. Color:
  • Color determines the entire visual mood of your space.
  • Use colors that are warm as all color bounces and if you use cool colors, your clients will not look their best.
  • Color is closest to your clients, especially in salons should be in a warm skin tone.  The closer your walls are to skin tone, the better your clients will look.

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