Nectar Essences and Mana Artisan Botanics hosted an event for spa directors, managers, and lead therapists at Makana Esthetics Academy on Oahu, Hawaii. The Elevate Healing Event was a fun day of education, treatments, and networking. The two companies showcased their products, as well as performed treatments and classes about vibrational healing, gemstone therapy, and CBD – the hottest trends in the spa industry.
“The goal of the event was to spend more time with buyers and introduce them to our products. Both Nectar Essences and Mana Artisan Botanics were developed in a therapeutic environment to support holistic well-being. In order to effectively share our philosophies, we decided to host our own event – allowing us to share various tools and techniques aligned with energy medicine, aromatherapy, flower essences, gem elixirs, and the use of CBD in the spa environment. We wanted to create the space and place for spa directors and their teams to learn about and take time to experience our products,” says Jenny Pao, founder of Nectar Essences.
Nectar Essences’ morning session focused on a series of experiences using aromatherapy activated with flower essences and gem elixirs, combined with breath work, visualization and sound healing. The hands-on demonstration of the Quantum GEMFLEUR technique was the hit of the session, as it taught a game-changing healing technique that is easily added into any spa treatment. Calm+ remedy combined with gemstone charged massage oil were applied to activation points on the hands and feet. Attendees witnessed the volunteers relaxing within one minute of holding the activation points. Spa directors were excited to take this energy healing techniques back to their therapists. Select buyers also experienced 30-minute treatments with Nectar Essences healing remedies.
The Mana Artisan Botanics team led an afternoon session educating guests on how to choose effective and sustainable, CBD-rich hemp products. Attendees learned about the company’s topicals and ingestibles, as well as CEO Steve Sakala’s regenerative agriculture farm in Kona, Hawaii. The team also shared helpful information, such as the difference between full-spectrum hemp and isolates and the right questions to ask to ensure purity and potency. Attendees received chair massages with the company’s hemp massage oil and hemp balm.
“Spa directors are overwhelmed with all of the CBD products that are coming on the market and they want to know what they can trust,” says Steve Sakala, CEO of Mana Artisan Botanics. “My hope is that educating the Hawaii spa industry will encourage them to demand organic, sustainably-grown cannabis products. To further this goal, we joined the Hawaii Spa Association to continue as a resource for the islands as they implement CBD programs. We are grateful that the HI-Spa board members participated in the event!”


Travelers planning ahead for a fall vacation can now reserve their stay at the future Mirbeau Inn and Spa Rhinebeck, starting May 1. The 50-room resort will make its debut in early autumn – just in time for leaf peeping in a town singled out as one of the top 10 foliage spots in the United States. It is the third resort in a growing Northeast portfolio by The Mirbeau Companies.
Just two hours from Manhattan in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, Mirbeau Inn and Spa Rhinebeck is tucked into 2.8 secluded acres – just a short stroll from the specialty shops, flourishing food scene, and strong arts culture of Rhinebeck’s historic center. Like its award-winning sister resorts in Skaneateles, New York and Plymouth, Massachusetts, Mirbeau Inn and Spa Rhinebeck is designed to bring balance to modern living, with gracious accommodations, a world-class spa, and a French-inspired American dining experience, Bistro & Wine Bar. Guests can enjoy every modern comfort within the ambience of an old-world, chic, Parisian hotel, without the need for a passport.


Lycored, an international wellness company at the forefront of the ingestible skin care market, announced the successful unveiling of its new holistic wellness initiative, Cycle of Glow. In a five-day interactive, experiential pop-up in New York City, New York, Lycored showcased the real-life education surrounding their latest breakthrough skin health research findings.
Lycored’s newest body of skin health research revealed how supplementation of Lycoderm, a carotenoid-rich tomato nutrient complex, allows for the proper nourishment of body and skin, while also balancing the skin’s response to ultraviolet rays. To celebrate the launch of these findings, Lycored created an interactive pop-up shop experience that would educate consumers on the key components of this study, but through the concept of the Cycle of Glow. Specifically, visitors to the space were guided through the three stages of Lycored’s Cycle of Glow: Nourish, Balance, and Sustain, where they sipped from complexion-boosting, carotenoid-rich juices at the Journey Juice Bar, wrote their own personal Letters of Love, played skin health games, and interacted with a multi-touchscreen Pops of Positivity wall.
“The Cycle of Glow highlights Lycored’s commitment to pursuing holistic wellness through nutrition (Nourish), supplementation (Balance), and activities that have a positive impact on our well-being (Sustain). And, what better way to bring these three core concepts to life than through a completely immersive and interactive pop-up experience,” said Zev Ziegler, head of global brand and marketing at Lycored.
“By utilizing the Cycle of Glow, we were able to highlight the importance of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle, weaving in the benefits of littleglow for a person’s well-being and findings from our latest skin health research to support the importance of balance – how a skin-conscious lifestyle means caring for our skin on the inside just as much as we do on the outside,” continued Ziegler. “I’m proud of what we were able to achieve with this pop-up experience as we continue to educate everyone on the Cycle of Glow.”
During the week, Lycored also held a morning spin class for members of the media, as well as an evening discussion with a leading dermatologist and industry expert panellists, Lycored’s Head of Science and Nutrition, Karin Hermoni, PhD, who gave an educational presentation on Lycored’s newly published, ingestible skin care research titled, “Tomato Phytonutrients Balance UV Response: Results from a Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study.”


Pioneering clean beauty brand, jane iredale, celebrates 25 years of global expansion in the professional and retail channels with a range of products designed to promote healthy skin. The milestone anniversary coincides with a retail partnership at Bergdorf Goodman.
Founded by former casting director and producer, Jane Iredale, the brand entered the market in 1994 with a first-of-its-kind product: a loose mineral foundation designed to enhance the health of the skin. The coverage and skin care properties were unparalleled and it was quickly adopted by plastic surgeons and dermatologists for its unique benefits. The line expanded to include more than 400 color cosmetics, skin care, and nutritional supplements all designed with a holistic approach to beauty and clean formulations. This proposition has attracted skin care therapists, professional makeup artists, and consumers and has fueled the brand’s recent online growth and retail channel opportunities. It has also paved the way for clean, cruelty-free, skin-nourishing cosmetics brands.
“It’s been 25 years of growth and excitement, watching the industry change to a degree where it’s hardly recognizable,” says Jane Iredale, founder and CEO of Iredale Cosmetics, Inc. “We’ve played a large role in that transformation, which has been immensely satisfying. Our launch in Bergdorf Goodman this month feels like a reward for many years of hard work.”
jane iredale will have a strong in-store presence on the beauty floor at Bergdorf Goodman with a curated assortment of almost 200 products, including all vegan foundations with select eye, cheek, and lip products. The distinct value of high-performance products with clean formulations positions the brand for success with the Bergdorf shopper. The brand will also be available on their website.


Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa, located in the heart of downtown Montclair, New Jersey, first opened its door to the public in 1994. Having had 15 successful years in its original location, in 2009, the salon relocated to a beautifully renovated 19th Century Masonic Temple on South Fullerton Avenue now celebrating 10 years on this restored historic location.
In honor of Bangz’ 25th anniversary, the salon will join forces with Green Circle Salons, which provides the world’s first, and North America’s only, sustainable solution to the excess amount of waste that is produced by salons. Green Circle Salons helps salons go green by recovering and repurposing up to 95% of the resources that were once considered beauty waste – materials such as hair, leftover hair color, foils, color tubes, aerosol cans, paper, and plastics. As a member of the Green Circle Salons, Bangz will be part of the mission to transform waste into a desirable commodity through an award-winning platform built by the industry, for the industry. As responsible stewards of the planet and members of Green Circle Salons, Bangz will be a leader in sustainability by creating healthier communities, conscious conversation around waste, and a more vibrant and cleaner Earth.
Dominic Sansevero and Richard Cronk, the salon founders and owners, have both spent their entire careers immersed in the beauty industry. Together, they had a dream to build not only a haven for beauty and wellness, but to create a pillar for their community. “We could not be more proud of Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa over these 25 years,” says Cronk. “More than two decades later, our vision has come to life, completely exceeding our expectations of excellence.”
“We had a dream to not only run a premier salon and spa, but to create a strong community for our employees and our clients,” says Sansevero. “We plan to continue this mission for another 25 plus years and we thank our clients and our team for making it all possible.”
Philanthropy runs deep in the veins of Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa. Not only have they committed to going green but, for years, Bangz has been committed to giving back through their Bangz Better World Foundation, which supports New Jersey charities and other non-profit partnerships. With movable stations in the salon, Bangz is able to host incredible events that benefit their community and local charities such as Diva for a Day, Shelter our Sisters, Essex Home for Battered Women, Breast Cancer Foundation, American Heart Association, and the Salvation Army – to name a few. Bangz also supports charity through a favorite, organic skin care product line, Eminence Organic Skin Care, and their mission to save lives and build a cleaner world.


A last-minute amendment to change the law is being considered at the Minnesota State Capitol that could drastically change the regulation of cosmetology, makeup, and eyelashes. The current draft of the amendment contains the following:
• no training or license would be needed to do makeup
• no training or license would be needed to do eyelash extensions
• no training or license would be needed to do hair styling. (Hair styling is the practice of cleaning, drying, arranging, or styling hair)
To voice your opinion on the amendment, contact the following legislators and staff immediately and refer to SF2227.

Rep. Mike Nelson
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CryoTouch is a portable cryosurgical device that delivers cryogen to lesion sites and can use either applicators or cones based on the physician’s preference. CryoLab is a benchtop unit that delivers cryogen for medical practices that perform a high volume of cryosurgery. The new platforms have been cleared to treat up to 23 different indications.
“We are excited to get these clearances from the FDA,” said Sam Niedbala, PhD and CEO of CryoConcepts, LP. “CryoTouch and CryoLab have been designed to address user needs in a product category that has not seen innovation in over two decades. Our new, patent-pending products will deliver greater efficacy and are much easier to use. These new products position CryoConcepts as the only company that is a one-stop source for cryosurgical products ranging from disposable devices to capital equipment,” he added.
The largest portion of the professional cryosurgical market consists of two basic product categories: liquid nitrogen-based delivery systems used mainly by dermatologists, which require frequent refills due to evaporation, and portable devices that are disposable, can-like devices used by pediatricians and general practitioners.
The company plans aggressive introductions into a variety of professional medical markets during 2019. CryoConcepts currently markets other cryo devices under the CryOmega, CryoClear, and CooLifting brand names.


CIDESCO International is coordinating its membership, represented in over 40 countries across five continents, to participate in a mammoth step challenge for Global Wellness Day (GWD) on June 8, 2019.
CIDESCO will be aiming to achieve an overall goal of 500,000 steps with each participant walking at least 5,000 steps. CIDESCO members as wide-spread as the United States, Australia, Europe, India, China, and Japan will be coming together to enhance their own well-being and set an example to others by following the GWD manifesto of living well. The walking challenge is part of GWD’s seven step manifesto.
For the member who walks the most steps, CIDESCO will be rewarding them with a well-being goody bag full of fantastic products from their CIDESCO associates, including leading product houses Biologique Recherche, Decaar Cosmetics, Ilcsi, Kerstin Florian, VOYA, and many more.
CIDESCO members will be sharing their experiences of the challenge across all social media channels on Global Wellness Day by posting a selfie with an app showing steps taken on June 8, 2019 using the hashtag #CIDESCOGWD.
Announcing CIDESCO’s Mammoth Step Challenge, CIDESCO International President, Anna-Cari Gund says, “We all take our health for granted until sometimes it’s too late. Global Wellness Day reminds us all to look at the way we are living and to take some simple steps to change it for the better. By bringing the CIDESCO membership together on this important day, we can really drive the message home on an international level. We are looking forward to a very rewarding and enjoyable day.”


Terri A. Wojak, president of True U Education published her book, “Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting and Beyond.” Skin care professionals have an increased value to cosmetic medicine now more than ever. The demand for aestheticians in clinical settings continues to grow. Non-surgical services including chemical peels and microdermabrasion are frequently requested treatments, as are medical treatments and skin care products. “Aesthetics Exposed” emphasizes a working philosophy that skin care should be incorporated into all aesthetic procedures for maintaining and enhancing results. “Aesthetics Exposed” can enable medical professionals and aestheticians alike to build the bridge between skin care and cosmetic medicine. Topics include:
•The Science of Beauty
•Regulations in Cosmetic Medicine
•Common Skin Conditions
•Cosmetic Laser and IPL Treatments
•Microneedling and Injectables
•Dermaplaning and Chemical Peels
•Microcurrent and LED
•Radio Frequency and Ultrasound
•Product Formulations and Ingredients
•Business Building Techniques