New Eminence Organics with SPF
Lilikoi Mineral Defense Collection!
Shield yourself from the elements with these all-mineral products, designed to protect you from environmental stressors, including pollution, blue light and the sun. Layer them together for comprehensive protection or wear them individually with other staples from your skin care routine – each product is easy to mix and match with the rest of your Eminence favorites.
New Uniqcure Concentrates from Skeyndor !
The new era of personalized skincare within your reach. New concentrates, essential for your daily beauty ritual.
The UNIQCURE concentrates boost the beauty benefits of your usual products with more than 35 active ingredients specially selected and optimized with SKEYNDOR technology to achieve extraordinary results in your skin. 8 types of ampules for 8 specific beauty benefits.
Our favourite suppliers have been very busy over the past few months developing new products and we’re very excited to have them at the spa this spring!
Yon-Ka Excellence Code Cream
Thalgo – Integrative Slimming
Thalgo – Biodepyl Innovation
Thalgo – Prodige des Oceans
Skeyndor – Power Hyaluronic
Eminence Organic – Balance Collection
How to keep your pedicure looking great until your next appointment
Pedicure season is officially here! While we recommend that our clients come in once every 4 weeks for a pedicure, around week 3 most people notice that their feet aren’t looking the greatest, but aren’t quite ready for their next appointment either. We often get asked for ways our clients can keep their pedicure looking great until their next appointment rolls around.
1) First and foremost, avoid wearing socks or closed-toes shoes for at least 8 hours after your pedicure. While polish usually feels completely dry 1 hour after your treatment, the bottom layers of polish aren’t completely set until 8 hours afterwards.
2) If you usually get the same color (or alternate between several colors), ask us to order you your own bottle so you can bring it with you to the spa. Doing this means that you have the exact color we’ve applied with you at home for touch-ups, and also ensures that no thinners are added to the polish, allowing it to apply more evenly and adhere to your nail even better. We carry a large selection of O.P.I polishes, from new collections and their classics and can easily get you your very own bottle of your favourite shade.
3) Touch- up your top coat. Your top coat is your first line of defense against chipping your polish and will slowly begin to wear down after leaving the spa. Applying new top coat every 3-4 days, sealing the free edge of your nail, will ensure that your polish remains neat and fresh. Our top coat of choice? Seche Vite– the world’s finest top coat.
4) Apply cuticle oil daily. Applying cuticle oil around the frame of your nail protects against dry skin and hangnails but also seals in your polish and prevents it from chipping. We’ve used and carried Duri nail treatment products for years, and absolutely love and recommend their quick dry oil as an inexpensive and easy way to keep your pedicures (and manicures) looking great.
5) After you’re done showering, use a simple, wooden foot paddle to remove access dry skin that’s built up around your heels. Summer means cute sandals and flats, which look great but often mean dry skin and callus build-up. After a shower, your skin is softer and removing dead skin is easier. Our foot paddles are double-sided, with one side being rougher than the other. We’ve carried a variety over the years and they usually range in price from $5-$10.
6) Once you’ve used a wooden foot paddle to remove excess dry skin, apply a moisturizing product. If you’re going to bed, apply Gehwol’s Salve for Cracked Skin to cracked/dry areas ONLY and then put on a pair of socks. Or, if you’re looking for something less greasey in texture, or this is part of your morning routine, Beata recommends one of the Footlogix mousses. They have an extensive line, filled with products to treat almost any foot condition.
7) Things to avoid, if possible: Chlorine (as it eats away at your polish) and synthetic fragrance (such as strong perfumes found in creams).
What pedicure-prolonging practises do you follow? What works well for you? What doesn’t? We’d love to hear from you.
Last week we wrote about what makes a product truly “green” and some common misconceptions surrounding “green” or organic products.
So, with all of the myths, information and product lines available, which green product line do we trust the most?
Beata and Tanya have both used Eminence Organic skin care products regularly since 2003, when the line was first introduced in Canada. Beata knows the founder, Boldijarre Koronczay personally and greatly admires his dedication to innovation, the strong marketing he employs, his commitment to being a truly green company and the corporate social responsibility initiative he has rolled out.
Their mission statement, “to deliver happiness and extraordinary service by providing the healthiest and most effective skin care products” and to protect “the future of our planet through our green practices” truly is the foundation behind all they do.
Eminence has been voted Favorite Skin Care Line for four years in a row by skin care professionals and #1 for skin care results in the natural and organic spa industry. Why?
- Their products are free of parabens, sodium sulfate, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants, fragrances, mineral oils and petroleum.
- Eminence is a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the association for the organic industry in North America. The OTA works to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.
- Eminence is the Best of Green Award winner for the best environmental practices in the industry.
- Their products are hand-made, cruelty-free without mass production for over 50 years.
We also love Eminence because they’re committed to being an industry leader in keeping our planet green and has always been concerned about the environment. Since its inception, they’ve been using sustainable farming and green practices to create organic products- before being green was cool.
How are they doing this?
- They’ve enlisted wind and solar power energy in the making of their products, which produces no carbon dioxide.
- Their products come in recyclable packaging, their inks are vegetable-based and they use FSC certified post-consumer recycled paper.
- In their warehouses, all packing boxes are reused and recycled and their new eco-friendly software system means they don’t need to print out invoices- saving 15-20 trees per year!
- Their green office space has been designed as an eco-alternative building made primarily with renewable resources. Even their staff uses “green” transportation- 92% of their office uses public transit, walks or bikes to and from work every day.
You’re going to love this…really, you are.
Eminence has an amazing Forests for the Future initiative. Basically, every time they sell an active organic, or Biodynamic product, Eminence will plant a tree.
The Power of 1 Tree:
- Produces 260 pounds of oxygen per year
- Absorbs as much carbon in 1 year as a car produces driving 26, 000 miles
- Helps lower air temperature and helps prevent climate change
- Stabilizes soil and prevents wind and soil erosion
- Contributes to the fertility of land through nitrogen fixation and increasing water penetration
Their website has a ton of helpful resources, be sure to check it out here. Have you used Eminence before? Which products of theirs do you love?
Over the past decade, “greenwashing” has become more prevalent in both the household products and beauty industries. With this positive trend has come a lot of confusion.
A quick search online will result in thousands of articles all arguing something different, revealing product ‘scams’ and a host of product lines claiming to be genuinely organic, natural or green.
The fact that there is no official regulatory body in Canada and United States monitoring these products and setting guidelines for what makes something “organic” makes things even more confusing to consumers faced with a wall of beauty products to choose from, all claiming to be free of preservatives, organic or natural.
So, you decide you’re going to be pro-active and research the various ingredients included in a product you’re interested in buying before making the purchase. Did you know that Canadian regulations state that not all ingredients need to be included on product labels? Where does this leave you as a consumer? Confused, overwhelmed, misinformed and disappointed.
The first thing you need to know about products that claim to be organic is that no product can be 100% organic. It’s impossible. Why? Because any product that contains water, especially, creams, gels and serums need preservatives. These wet products in air-tight containers are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Without a preservative mold, yeasts and fungi grow causing rashes and infections. While synthetic preservatives protect the product, parabens, a common ingredient in some synthetic preservatives, has been believed to cause cancer.
The solution seems simple, right? Find what is safe in both natural and synthetic preservatives and use that. Easier said than done. There are many complications with replacing synthetic preservatives with a natural alternative.
The issue with creating an organic or natural preservative is that there are many organic ingredients that can prevent the growth of mold, yeast or fungi however, they are not safe for consumer’s skin and will result in a strange smelling product. Using a smaller dosage means it’s not effective as a preservative and the product will have a very short shelf-life, something that is not ideal for suppliers, retailers and customers.
A universal organic preservative is also difficult to achieve because it needs to fit into a company’s pre-existing, specific working product formula. Determining how this works from company to company varies, and within the company itself, requires trial and error, which can be very expensive and time-consuming.
There is however, a light at the end of the tunnel.
The good news is that the big players in the beauty industry are willing to dedicate the time and money towards adequately testing products and working towards developing a more organic preservative.
This means two things. First, that with the emergence of more organic and natural products will hopefully come a regulatory body in Canada and United States. Secondly, this means that these organic products will eventually come to have lower price-points as they become less trendy and more mainstream.
In the meantime, here are some ingredients that are commonly confused as natural preservatives:
1) Vitamin E – While it is an antioxidant and does prolong product’s shelf-life it will not prevent the growth of mold, yeasts and fungi in any products that contain water
2) Grapefruit Seed Extract – This ingredient often has to be chemically-altered to the point of no longing being natural. While it does have some antimicrobial characteristics, it is not a good natural preservative.
3) CO2 Extract (AKA; Rosemary Oil) – This ingredient is an antioxidant and can be used to extend the life of oil-based products; however, it is not an effective preservative in water-based products.
Want to know which organic product line we trust and personally use? Stay tuned for next week’s blog entry!
In our earlier post, we outlined some of the dangers of not having your pedicure done at a sanitary spa, or a spa that does not follow sanitation procedures properly. This week, we’ll be answering a question asked by both our regular clients, and new clients looking for a new spa to call home; “What is the sanitation process you use in between pedicure or manicure treatments?”
All of our staff members have been trained to follow the strict disinfection procedures outlined by the Halton Health Board. After each service is completed all instruments that cannot be disinfected such as nail files or buffers are given to our clients, or thrown away. All metal instruments are first washed with soap and water and then placed in Accel CS 20 High Level Disinfectant; for 20 minutes. This high-quality disinfectant has been approved by Halton Health Board for disinfecting medical devices and instruments. All tools are then rinsed, dried and placed in a sterilization pouch, ready to be used on the next client.
When instruments begin to look worn, or aren’t functioning in the best way, new top-of-the-line instruments are purchased in replacement to ensure all our nail care services are done with precision and attention to detail. We also welcome our clients to bring their own tools or products with them if they prefer we use their materials during their services.
Our pipe-less chairs
In our spa we have four very comfortable pedicure chairs with whirlpool baths and pipe-less GeniJet Systems. This pipe-less technology eliminates any bio-film build-up and does not give breeding ground for bacteria growth. After each client, our pedicure whirlpool baths are washed, scrubbed, rinsed with clean water and sprayed with Accel Prevention Hydrotherapy. The spray is left to sit for 5 minutes and the tubs are rinsed again with clean water. At the end of each day all whirlpool baths are filled with water and bleach, re-circulated for 10-15 minutes, drained and then rinsed with clean water (see the full procedure here)
In keeping with European tradition and precision, we guarantee our services and assure that each of our aestheticians will exceed your expectations.
Each of our aestheticians are licensed, have undergone extensive training and have received additional certifications to provide special services, such as gel nails, for our clients. Check out our Facebook page to get to know our staff a little bit better.
Click here, for a full list of our nail care services and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions you have.