Dangerous Beauty Products Exposed In Free App

The most dangerous chemicals in beauty products are being uncovered in a new app called Think Dirty.

Dangerous Beauty ProductsWhile organic diets have become increasingly common in the U.S. thanks to startling information about the dangers of chemicals and pesticides, consumers are still being exposed to toxins in an unlikely place.

That’s because many of us remain blindly unaware of the hidden dangers that lie within our beauty products. Think of it this way – our skin is the largest organ in the body, so what we put on it has a pretty widespread effect. And if we’re slathering up with harmful chemicals, some of which are even believed to cause cancer, than this poses a serious threat to our health and wellness.

This is what Lily Tse, a Toronto entrepreneur, was thinking when she came up with her new app called Think Dirty. With a breast cancer surviving mom, Tse quickly became aware of the potential dangers of beauty products. “I pay a lot of attention to food and a lot of other stuff, but then I realized that cosmetics and beauty are like a taboo,” she explained.

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Tse’s new app breaks the silence on beauty products, however, providing consumers with an easy to use way of detecting unsafe ingredients. The free app not only gives information about almost 70,000 products from North America and Europe, but it also provides safer alternatives to products that are deemed high on the ‘Dirty Meter’.

While Tse’s invention will certainly serve to keep beauty consumers informed, another alternative is to commit to using organic products that are free of hazardous ingredients. Many spas have taken an oath to offer organic products during treatments, and some are even participating in Spa Week! Find one in a city near you, and book now before it’s too late!

There’s still time to book your Spa Week treatment – but not much! Head over to SpaWeek.com to find a treatment today!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

20 Green Spa Week Treatments

We give two “green” thumbs up to Fall Spa Week’s organic spa services!

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Organic is a word that’s thrown around a lot lately. Although it may seem like a trend to some, there are health and beauty benefits of using organic products, especially at the spa. There are no chemicals to irritate your skin (or your lungs!), and they’re cost effective because they’re made up of natural ingredients and have minimal packaging. Finally, organic products are beneficial to the planet because they’re biodegradable and never tested on animals! So in the name of nature, we’ve rounded up some of the best organic Spa Week treatments across the country that will keep both your skin and your planet happy.

East

60 Minute Therapeutic Full Body Massage with Your Choice of Organic Essential Oil at The Spa and Salon at Southpointe in Canonsburg, PA

75 Minute “Power C Infusion” Organic Facial with Head and Neck Massage Plus Extractions – Age Defying at Boston Skin Solutions in Brookline, MA

Organic Microdermabrasion Treatment at Paris Spa in Hoboken, NJ

50 Minute Organic Pomegranate Mango Body Scrub at nu glo medi-spa in Hewlett, NY

Organic Painless Brazilian Bikini Wax with 10 Minute Neck and Shoulder Massage or Foot Massage at Jeniette Day Spa in New York, NY

West

50 Minute Gaelle Organic Facial at Penelope and the Beauty Bar in Seattle, WA

50 Minute Customized Organic Facial at Dolce Salon & Spa – Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, AZ

45 Minute Organic Massage Using Gluten Free Organic Sunflower, Olive and Jojoba Oil at Blue Marble Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, CA

50 Minute Organic Desert Wrap with Red Seaweed and Mineralizing Golden Desert Mud at Elements Spa at the Hilton Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA

Blow Dry with Peppermint Scalp Massage and Organic Pumpkin Mask at Honey Clouds Spa & Salon in Granada Hills, CA

South

60 Minute Eminence Organics Facial at Rejuv Massage Therapy Center in Chalmette, LA

60 Minute Organic Signature Facial with Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Scalp and Hand Massage at Serenity Skin Care in Morrisville, NC

50 Minute Organic Sugar Scrub Pedicure with Organic Foot Cleansing Ritual at The Woodhouse Day Spa of Franklin in Franklin, TN

50 Minute Organic Facial with Enzyme Peel Upgrade Option at Jamachi Medi Spa in Silver Spring, MD

50 Minute Organic Spa Pedicure with Hot Stones at Hiatus Spa Retreat in Dallas, TX

Midwest

60 Minute Swedish Massage with Organic Cinnamon/Clove Aromatherapy and Organic Detoxifying Foot Soak at Sonrisa Salon and Day Spa in Kansas City, MO

60 Minute Organic Enzymatic Anti-Aging Facial Includes Extractions and Hand, Arm and Head Massage at Lisa’s Salon & Day Spa in Lombard, IL

Canada

35 Minute Eminence Organic Blueberry Soy Sugar Glow Body Treatment at Novo Spa in Toronto, Ontario

60 Minute Eminence Organics Customized Anti-Aging Facial at Trinity Salon & Spa – Burnaby in Burnaby, British Columbia

30 Minute Mini Infratherapy plus 75 Minute Organic Body Exfoliation and Skin Hydration with Organic Butter at Nubia Spa Vert in Montreal, Quebec

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

April is Earth Spa-wareness Month

In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, we want to pay even more tribute to our earth-friendly spas. We gave you Spa Week’s 7 Eco-Spas Keeping It Green, but there are plenty more of our spas doing good for the earth while they do good for you. Earth Day falls on the last day of the Spring Spa Week event, so what better way to take care of yourself and the earth than by planning yourself an Earth Spa Day!

Many of our spas offer organic products and treatments that utilize the purest ingredients to get you naturally beautiful. Certified organic products are made with ingredients that are grown free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms. Organic products are especially good for those with sensitive skin, allergies, and for women who are pregnant. Additionally, while organic products are looking out for your health, they’re also not hurting our fragile ecosystem.

Check out just some of the organic $50 Earth Day-approved treatments our spas are offering next week, and see more here. After all, just like every week should be Spa Week (we hear ya!), every day should be Earth Day.

Urban Bliss Day Spa La Palma, CA

Urban Bliss is offering a 50 Min Emience Organic European Facial so you can relax in a dream like peaceful retreat for your mind, body, and spirit without a worry in the world.

The Raven Spa Los Angeles, CA

The Raven Spa wants to take you far, far away with a 50 Min Organic Facial with Hydrating Masque and Eye Creme Application in their atmosphere inspired by travels through the northern most jungles of Thailand, a journey through the Moroccan Desert, and the antiquated streets of Istanbul. Organic meets exotic luxury.

El Leon Spa Los Angeles CA

Designed to remove you from the complexities of modern life, El Leon Spa is a quick trip to the sands of Morocco. Let the 50 Min Organic Facial with Hydrating Masque and Eye Creme Application take you to a far away place. Voted Best Exotic Treatment Los Angeles Magazine.

Vered Salon Los Angeles CA

Vered Salon is a boutique style salon with personal flare. They are offering an Organic Color Root Touch Up with Haircut and Facial Threading get you ready to take on the world (without hurting it).

Carabella Cosmetics & Skin Care Chatsworth CA

Carabella is a luxury semi-private Eco Skin Salon, providing a complete line of both state of the art & organic/preservative-free skin care and facial treatments, body treatments, award-winning bikini and body waxing services, customized makeup lessons, lash services and even teeth whitening! Carabella’s 50 Min Organic Full Body Polish, Body Wrap and Facial Massage will make you feel comfortable, nurtured, pampered and best of all, see real results.

Daryl Christopher Waltham, MA

An Award Winning established Wellness Salon and Day Spa offering services with natural and organic products. Winner of “Best Facials,” “Best Day Spa,”"Best Colorists,” and “Best Stylists” awards from Boston Magazine.

  • 50 Min Swedish Relaxation Body Massage
  • 50 Min DC Signature Facial with the Award Winning Team from Newbury Street
  • Custom Single Process Hair Color with Selected Stylists

Albina’Spa New York, NY


Private, cozy spa located on the Upper East Side designed for you to slip into tranquil relaxation. Our teams of licensed professionals are trained in Russia, Europe and The United States and will provide you with expert services. They use organic products for treatments. At Albina’Spa you will not only rid yourself of the strains of the day, you will leave armed with the knowledge of how to better care for yourself.

  • 55 Min Massage of Choice with Aromatherapy
  • 55 Min European Deep Pore Cleansing Facial or Microdermabrasion with Anti-Aging Collagen Mask
  • Eyelash Extensions or Laser Pain-free Permanent Hair Reduction for Underarms

7 Eco-Spas Keeping It Green

Green is in for spring. Well, it’s in all the time. It’s the green that’s proactively saving resources, making trash into treasure and building a more sustainable future. Hopefully you’re already a part of the green revolution. You may recycle at work, home and even carry a green reusable tote to the store. But wait, did you just go to the spa? You love your spa, but do know if they love the earth as much as you do?

We’re always focused on your well-being, but we can’t forget about the wellness of the earth. A happy planet is one that will keep us on it (so we can spa!). More and more spas have been getting eco-conscious in both their business practices and products, and we want to give some of our participating Spring Spa Week Event Eco-spas a big shout out and maybe a hug.

1. Blue Marble Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego, CA

Blue Marble Spa’s eco-conscious treatments offer guests the beauty and purity of life-promoting properties derived from nature. With a dedicated commitment to wellness, healing, and the environment, this spa reveals beauty inside and out by promoting life and spa in harmony with nature. Adopting ecologically friendly practices focused on inspiring the spirit and building positive health, Blue Marble incorporates natural products and resources harvested from the land and sea to restore your inner glow, cultivate your environmental and spiritual awareness, and connect you to the self-healing, curative power of nature. They use organic and natural skincare products, they offer organic fruits and food options, and their luxurious spa services utilize minimal hot water. The blue planet thanks Blue Marble.

 

$50 Spa Treatments

  • 45 Min Pure Results Facial including Customized Purification, Exfoliation, Facial Massage, and Rehydration
  • 45 Min Organic Massage using Organic Sunflower, Olive and Jojoba Oil
  • 45 Min Pedicure Ritual using Sustainable Bamboo, California Sea Salts and Lavender

2. Uhma Spa Miami Beach, FL

This spa is a true believer in environmental sustainability. Uhma Organic Spa & Green Shop was designed and built under eco-responsible guidelines and Biophilic principles to create a relaxing, non-toxic  environment. They have everything from a tank-less gas water heater, eco-friendly lights and even environmentally sound toilets. They filter all their own water, use only glass or wooden cups and plates, and use only bags, menus, forms and business cards made of recycled materials. In addition, they use only 100% natural, organic, non-toxic and cruelty-free products in our treatments.

$50 Spa Treatments

  • 50 Min Sense of Awakening Hot Massage Treatment
  • 50 Min Revitalight Therapy Facial

 

3. Namaste Organic Spa Ridgewood, NJ

Namaste Organic Spa is a full service spa that provides skin and body treatments that are relaxing and detoxifying without compromising their Eco-friendly root. Their lotions, creams and oils are always paraben, propylene glycol and fragrance free. From beauty treatments such as Jane Iredale’s all natural make-up, to organic facials customized for your skin, to stress relieving organic massages – they promise to only use products that are healthy and nourishing for your skin and great for the environment.

 

$50 Spa Treatments

  • 60 Min Natural Face Lift with LED Technology and Plant Stem Cell Serum
  • 60 Min Hand and Foot Reflexology with Foot Scrub
  • 60 Min Namaste Signature Organic Massage

 

4. Hiatus Spa + Retreat Dallas, TX & Austin, TX

Hiatus always strives to be earth-friendly, or future-friendly, as they like to call it. From their initial build-out to their ongoing operation, they have always kept the environment close to their hearts and minds. Hiatus uses 100% wind-powered energy, a purified water filtration system and a “no bottled water” policy. All spa menus are printed on post-consumer recycled paper with soy ink and all retail packaging is made from recycled materials.They are a partner of both Aveda, which is known for its environmental responsibility, and a partner of certified organic Intelligent Nutrients, a company with a vision that “everything we put in and on our bodies must be nutritious and safe.”

$50 Spa Treatments

  • 60 Min Organic Aveda Stress Fix Massage
  • 50 Min Signature Hiatus Facial with Foot Soak plus Customized Aromatherapy
  • 50 Min Hiatus Body Glow and Energizing Scalp Treatment Package

5. Reve Spa Salon San Mateo, CA (San Fran)

This spa proudly shares Aveda’s mission “… to care for the world we live in, from the products we sell to the ways in which we give back to society.” Their motto is “beauty is as beauty does.” Empowered by their own unique Mission, they believe that authentic beauty is one that works in harmony with the greater web of life. Aveda is the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% certified wind power, is one of the largest purchasers of organic ingredients, leader in integrating the highest possible post-consumer recycled content into their packaging.

$50 Spa Treatments

  • 60 Min AVEDA Elemental Massage plus Steam and Sauna Amenity Day Pass
  • 60 Min AVEDA Elemental Facial plus Steam and Sauna Amenity Day Pass
  • Brazilian Bikini Wax Or Full Legs plus Steam and Sauna Amenity Day Pass

6. Jurlique New York, NY / Santa Monica, CA / San Francisco, CA

“Our Plan For Today to Help Our Tomorrow.”  Jurlique is committed to sustainable practices and nourishing the earth. By 2015 they plan to further reduce energy and water consumption by 20%, decrease the amount of waste to landfill by 20%, and aim to strive for more than 95% of natural ingredients in their products. They also are focused on the maintenance of their re-vegetation project on their National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) Certified Organic and Biodynamic farm, in order to gather carbon, protect and cultivate their powerful herbs and nurture their wildlife.

$50 Spa Treatments

  • 50 Min Signature Revitalizing Facial
  • 50 Min Skin Soothing Facial
  • 50 Min Skin Purifying Facial

7. Verabella Skin Therapy Beverly Hills, CA

This eco-friendly spa, where Hollywood’s elite are regulars, has a subtle ambiance and welcoming atmosphere. The Verabella product line was just launched last year and is creating a buzz among clients and editors alike. It is a botanically-rich aloe vera based green collection of skin care that is free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, and animal products and testing. Verabella supports a “Refill Your Jar” program, in order to encourage reuse of their jars and offers $5 off each product that is refilled in the spa. We’ll tip to that!

$50 Spa Treatments

  • 50 Min The Instant Lift: A Non-Surgical Face Lift
  • 50 Min Crystal-Free Micro-DIAMOND-Brasion
  • 50 Min Organic Skin-a-Peel from our Peel Bar Menu

 

Travel Tuesday: Feeling Jet Lagged? The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Can Help

Our ability to be across the country in less than six hours is quite extraordinary. Whether we are visiting relatives or taking a dip in a mud bath in South America – we are traveling more than ever. There are some downsides: TSA’s 3 fluid ounce liquid restrictions, security lines, the strip-searching of unsuspecting elderly women, and jet lag. Switching time zones can really throw off your sleeping routine. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has  introduced new eco-conscious signature treatments that have just the cure. These treatments include H. Gillerman Organic products. Hope Gillerman is a leading holistic practitioner and aromatic healer.

The four massages are intended to specifically address health problems brought on by a stressful lifestyle, such as jet lag and flu symptoms. Enjoy all these treatments with spa’s oceanfront views that are sure to relax anyone, even after driving in LA traffic.

The spa’s four organic aromatherapy massages include:

Pure Breathing: Helps you ward off cold and flu symptoms with a Sinus Remedy (eucalyptus, orange, petitgrain), which clears breathing passageways, decongests, and relieves swollen glands. The Chest Remedy (spruce, fir, cardamom) reduces aches and pains, allergies and fatigue.

True Relaxation: Induces deep muscle relaxation and eases stress  with a Stress Remedy (lavender, tangerine, sandalwood), which soothes the nerves, while the Muscle Remedy (basil, birch, vetiver) relieves muscle pain and chronic tension.

Natural Rest: Helps you get back into your regular sleep routine. The Travel Remedy (litsea, cedarwood, palmarosa) relieves jet lag and helps the body adjust to seasonal shifts. The Sleep Remedy (bitter orange, clary sage, lavender) helps with sleep quality and insomnia.

Clear Mind: Improves mental focus (so toss out that Smart Water!). The Tension Remedy (peppermint, lavender) relieves headaches and revives mental focus and alertness. Jaw Clenching Remedy (chamomile, vetiver, patchouli) calms mental activity, allowing one to slow down and shift gears to help alleviate tense facial muscles and night grinding.

The eight H. Gillerman Organics exclusive formulas  are made from the highest concentrations of the finest quality, unprocessed, undiluted, unaltered, organic essential oils from around the world. They help in aiding the natural healing process by acting as probiotics and eliminating toxins. The entire H. Gillerman Organics line is produced and use environmentally-friendly packaging.

Take these products home with you after your treatment with their line of retail products. All eight remedies are packaged into two options: 100% essential oils applied to prescribed points on the body throughout the day; or a roll-on body oil blend applied directly to areas of discomfort. Both  can double as personal scents or even can be used as soothing bath oils.

Spa Week and Keri Glassman want to send you to enjoy this luxurious resort – ENTER TO WIN 4 NIGHTS HERE plus spa treatments and more!