Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easy Add-On: Herbal Eye Pads

When it comes to your salon and spa business, retail and add-ons typically generate the highest profit percentage.  Even easier than retail, add-ons are an easy up-sell to your clients due to their comparatively low cost and the fact that your client has already committed to a service with you.

Herbal Eye Pads are the perfect upsell for your clients, whether you are performing a facial, body wrap,
pedicure, shirodhara or even a waxing service!  At just 92 cents per pair, offering these as an add-on for between $5 - $10 can garner you between 440% to 980% profit!  The natural ingredients include:

  1. Chamomile - Reduces inflammation and soothes sensitive skin.
  2. Green Tea - Powerful antioxidant with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and stimulating properties.
  3. Lemon Balm Leaves - Soothing antioxidant.
  4. Rose Petals - An antiseptic and astringent with therapeutic properties that helps soothe and balance the skin.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Healthy Feet Are Happy Feet! - Recognizing Foot Concerns

As many as75% of spa-going clients
exhibit signs of athlete’s foot!
Have you ever thought about the amount of stress and pressure your clients put on the bottoms of their feet every day? Special attention is needed when caring for this specific area. The skin on the soles of the feet is much thicker than the rest of the body, therefore does not respond as readily to typical skin care products used elsewhere on the body. Healthy skin locks moisture in and protects against the entry of bacteria, fungus or viruses. Unhealthy or dry skin creates a portal of entry, leaving the skin traumatized and unable to perform its job of protection. Today, skin on the feet needs non-occlusive moisturizers with humectants, such as urea. A great brand I recommend for foot concerns is the Footlogix brand. The Footlogix products use the latest technology for treatment of the feet. Mousse-based technology is the latest type of formulation to add moisture into the layers of the skin on the feet. And like all skin on the face and body, if it is dry, it needs moisture every day.

A surprising fact: According to an independent study by the North American School of Podology, 75% of spa-going clients exhibit signs of athlete’s foot and, more often than not, it is only recognized as dry skin!

It is important to recognize these concerns and educate your clients on how to spot these concerns as well, so you can provide the correct treatment for them - therefore, gaining trust and loyalty! Another great item you can check out is the MILADY'S The Salon Professional’s Guide to Foot Care.

Healthy Feet Are Happy Feet! =)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Offer Your Clients Delicious Spring Skin Treatments with NEW Pure Body Butters!

Now that spring has officially begun, there are many products out perfect for getting your skin feeling fresh and young.

Whether you have sensitive, mature or normal skin there is something to love for everyone!

My personal favorites this time of year are whipped body butters. Their luxurious feel and super moisturizing properties make them a must have in every skin care regimen.

The most popular ones with top skin care professionals right now are:
Here are some more body butters I'm currently addicted to right now:
Not only are these great to retail to your clients for at home care to supplement the treatments you are providing them, but you can also incorporate them into specialized services.

For example, a great idea is to offer a spring hand or foot massage add-on using the Mango Butter  or a Spring Skin add-on using any of the these great body butters!

Another great way to add them in as a specialized treatment is by adding in some essentials oils!

Some great springtime scents to consider include:

If you are looking for something to make your clients swoon, as well as increase your bottom line, I highly recommend picking up some of these body butters!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Looking For Affordable Disposable Slippers for Your Spa? Look No Further Than Pure Spa Direct!

Are you looking for new disposable slippers for use in your spa, but want something a little different? Not everyone likes the "flip-flop" style slipper, and until now, any other style was either very flimsy or not disposable.

Look no further! Pure Spa Direct just added new Non-Woven Slippers by FOR PRO. Featuring a flexible flip flops!), these slippers are available in both black and white.
rubber sole (no slips or trips!) and a wide, open-toe design (no more unhappy clients because they are uncomfortable in

Affordable, comfortable, flexible - these slippers are everything you have been looking for in a disposable slipper, right here at Pure Spa Direct! Available in white or black - check them out today!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Why I love Brazilian Strawberry Flexxx Wax by Mancine

"Unicorn Wax"
I never thought a wax
this good existed!
Finding the perfect wax for myself has become quite the research journey.  I have tried countless numbers of wax brands and formulas available here at - from all over the world to review.  My quest has always been to find something that does not tear up my fragile skin, feels comfortable, is low temperature, smells nice and has a soft, creamy texture (not stringy), that is easily malleable for extra control and detail. For years I thought I was seeking the unicorn of waxes because those qualities did not seem to exist in one product or brand.  Most of the waxes I tried hurt like hell, ripped my hair (didn't grab the root), were too strong or left heat irritation on my skin because I could not get the temperature right.
Blow away your clients...
Let them experience Mancine

This all changed two months ago when I took home a giant tub of Mancine Brazilian Strawberry Ultra Flexxx.  I admit, I expected nothing from this wax and was reasonably satisfied with my Ciripil Vegetal wax for the last few years. I wanted to try Brazilian Strawberry simply because spas and salons from across the country called us up at Pure Spa constantly RAVING about it and demanding it.  SO my curiosity led the quest, and my waxing trial began.  I plopped the giant 2.2 lb tub into my Spa Masters Double Wax Warmer. Now, I was not very optimistic about it heating evenly because the tub is considerably taller than a traditional wax can.  I flipped on the unit, set it to medium heat and waited about 25 minutes.  The wax had warmed to a comfortable temperature and when I stirred it up. I was surprised at it's ultra creamy, luscious texture.  It also had the most delicious scent... it was light and not overwhelming. It was like fresh strawberries collided with cotton candy... it looked and smelled amazing I was dying to get started.

Here is what I love the best for bikini and leg waxing:

1) Ultra low melting point means it's ready to go without having to be the temperature of the sun.
2) Has a unique plastic like texture that has a powerful grip WITHOUT cringing in pain.
3) It was astonishingly comfortable for removing hair on ultra sensitive areas.
4) Gentle formula reduced redness - I had none! This was an absolute first for me.
5) Contains hypo-allergenic properties.
6) Pampering texture. Super easy to manipulate.
7) Smells freaking delicious. Does not smell like air freshener strawberry... It smells luxurious!
8) A little wax goes a long way. Efficiency is a great plus for maximizing profits!
9) No bumps, lumps or irritation was visible post bikini and leg wax. That is amazing for my fragile skin.
10) No stringy mess! Gosh I love not leaving a stringy wax trail all over my warmer & floor!

Just a note; I DID use the Mancine Pre-Wax Oil too.  Also superb, The Mancine Ultimate Finish Post Wax Oil  was exceptionally good and removing any tiny clinging wax bits at lightening speed!

Mancine is sold exclusively to licensed estheticians, waxing centers, salons & day spa owners and licensed cosmetologists.

Visit our Mancine Professional store:

Exotic Oils for Facials...

Looking to freshen up your facials? Why not consider adding some exotic options!  Besides looking and sounding interesting, these products offer some amazing benefits.

The Exotic Oils:
  • Pure Organic Argan Oil Elixir - Traditionally used in the Moroccan pharmacopeia for its medicinal properties, Argan oil plays a major role in the barrier function of the epidermis, which it nourishes, protects, and moisturizes. Naturally rich in anti-oxidants, it helps to combat the signs of premature aging and sagging of the skin. 
  • Arnica Oil - Has been used for centuries to soothe, moisturize and maintain joints and muscles
  • Pure Apricot Oil - Rich in essential fatty acids and has excellent restorative properties that promote soft, radiant hair and help soothe irritated skin and soften fine lines.
  • Pure Avocado Oil - A protein-rich moisturizer that is high in Vitamins A, D, and E, plus potassium and other minerals. Excellent for dry skin and scalp problems. Readily penetrates and softens even the most dry, damaged skin without leaving a greasy residue.
  • Pure Baobab Oil - Baobab is known in Africa as "The Tree of Life" and was used traditionally by women to protect their skin and hair against the harsh savannah environment. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D, E and F and leaves no oiliness or greasiness. It's highly moisturizing and soothing to dry skin and hair.
  • Pure Evening Primrose Oil - High in essential fatty acids and is very beneficial to the skin. This nutrient-dense oil is soothing and hydrating to dry skin and scalp. Its emollient quality helps leave the skin supple and smooth to touch. 
  • Pure Kukui Oil - Has been used by Hawaiians for centuries to protect and calm mildly sun-exposed skin and soothe dry, chapped skin. Gentle enough for a baby, it's easily absorbed without a greasy film and helps provide moisturization, conditioning, and healing. it's emollient quality helps leave the skin supple and smooth to touch. 
  • Pure Olive Squalane Oil - Derived from 100% pure olives. It is non-greasy and leaves the skin moisturized with just a few drops. Due to its similarity to human sebum it has become popular for softening and moisturizing the skin and for helping improve even the most dry areas. 
  • Pure Sea Buckthorn Oil - Revered for its nourishing, regenerative, and restorative actions, helping to restore problematic skin to its natural, beautiful state.
  • Pure Tamanu Oil - Natural care for healthy smooth blemish-free skin. Pure Tamanu Oil from the South Pacific Island tamanu tree is cold-pressed from the nut kernels without using heat or chemicals.
Check them all out here:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tanning Season is Approaching!

Even though it's still cold in New York (It snowed a couple days ago!), that hasn't stopped you from stocking up on tanning supplies. I can always tell when the season is approaching as tanning solutions are shipping out by the pallet. Most popular for this week was Tahitian Tea... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great PURE SUNLESS Tanning Mist selection HERE!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Planning for Pedicure Season? Try Bio Creative Pedisation 5 Piece Kit!

Pedicure season is finally approaching! It's time to start planning your pedi services. How about a kit with everything you need to perform a wonderful pedicure? The Bio Creative Pedisation 5 Piece Kit contains a Foot Soak, Scrub, Masque, Lotion, and even a Repair Creme. It has everything you'll need to perform a great pedicure that will have your clients coming back again and again! Each product is 7 oz. so this could also be something you can retail to your clients as well! They come neatly put together in a carry case.

Some key properties in this kit are Lavender, Tea Tree Oil, Shea Butter, and Arnica.

Here are some great tips:
Step 1: Foot Soak - Allow your feet to soak for 5-10 minutes. Soaking softens dry skin and cuticle for an easy removal. After soaking gently push back the cuticle and remove.

Step 2: Foot Scrub - The scrub may be used alone or can be directly applied to a file or pumice stone. Scrub in circular motion to effectively remove dry skin. Pay attention to dry or callused areas.

Step 3: Foot Masque - Place warm towel over the masque and allow to sit for 5 minutes. This will open the pores and allow the masque to fully penetrate.

Step 4: Foot Lotion - Massage the lotion into the entire foot and legs until fully absorbed for a stress relieving pedicure. Allow this time to interact with your customer and listen to their pedicure needs.

Step 5: Critical Repair Creme - Apply the Critical Repair Creme on heals and dry area of the foot to prevent dry skin from coming back. You may also apply onto your customer's knees and elbows to make them feel the Ultimate Spa treatment.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Vampire Facials Explained!

Due to the popularity of the Twilight Series, True Blood and the Kardashian Klan, Vampire Facials, or Blood Facials, have seen a sharp increase in popularity.

The main question that most people have is 'How the heck is this performed?'  The answer is that blood is drawn from the patient and manipulated in such a way that the plasma is separated from the red blood cells.  The plasma, which is color-less, is then injected into the face in a similar manner to Botox or Restylane.

How does it work?  Collagen is supposed to be stimulated by the plasma at the injections sites, thus plumping up the skin.  While expensive at approximately $1,000 per visit, this treatment is perfect for those who live an organic lifestyle, or who prefer more natural treatments.

Don't Forget - Pure Spa Direct carries all the supplies you need for esthetic and medical facials, including Compressed Sponges, Gloves, Alcohol and so much more!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Are You Stocked Up for Pedicure Season? Pure Spa Direct Can Help!

Pedicure Season is right around the corner, and every salon needs to be prepared! With warm weather comes flip flops, open toes heels, strappy sandals, bare feet....which means lots and lots of pedicures!

Pedicures are a universal service offered by many salons and spas, and this type of service ranks among the top most popular services in the beauty industry, especially during warmer months. Pure Spa Direct can help get your salon ready for this busy season, while saving you money! We have many cost-effective pedicure products available, as well as bulk items, so you are always prepared for your clients. Check out some of our favorites below:

Spa Redi Pedi Products - Treatment cost is PENNIES Per Treatment!

Buy In Bulk AND SAVE!

Don't Forget to Stock Up on Polishes and Nail Art!
Pure Spa Direct is your source for everything pedicures - AND MORE! We have everything you need to perform all of your services, in one convenient location. Contact our friendly customer service team at 800-434-0018 to find out how we specialize in supplying businesses just like yours, and how we are here to help save you TIME and MONEY!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Collagen Cream Mask for Facials by Dr. Temt, Austria

Dr. Temt Collagen is derived from
Plant derivatives that act like collagen.

Collagen facials are one of my favorites because of the immediate results that follow them.
There are many forms of collagen masks available at

The reason I love the Dr. Temt Collagen Mask is that it is easy and convenient to use in a treatment. There is not always time for activator serum and to cut out a collagen sheet, so the cream works wonders in a pinch.

Another great add-on service is a collagen hand treatment. Massage the mask into hands, place inside a paraffin bag / liner and warming mitt. After 20 minutes remove, and clean with warm towel.

Skin type:
For normal, sensitive and mature skin

Product description:
Collagen is very important for the skin’s structure. The content of soluble collagen decreases with age. When the skin is supplied with natural plant collagen, it easily accepts the substitution and increases the moisture retention in the skin.
8.45 oz

Main ingredients:
• Plant collagen: is responsible for the skin´s elasticity and increases the production of collagen.
• Corn germ oil: nourishing
• Sweet Almond oil

Whether you want to use it as part of a basic facial or as an add-on / up sell to your basic facials, clients will glow after a 20 minute Dr. Temt Collagen Mask treatment.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Guess What's Back... Back Again... Mancine Professional Wax!

Thousands of Spas & Salons mourned the disappearance of Mancine Professional Wax from the U.S. market.  Mourn no more! Pure Spa Direct has cut out the problematic middle men and started bringing Mancine Professional to he U.S. direct from the manufacturer in Australia! We are accepting pre-orders now as our stock is en-route for delivery to our warehouse by April 19, 2013.

Strip Waxes:
The Mancine organic range of soft Strip Waxes has been developed to deliver outstanding results. These exclusive formulations depend on the use of only the highest quality ingredients. Even your most pedantic clients will love Mancine waxes! Mancine Strip Waxes are extremely hygienic and spread further than other waxes. Salon owners and beauty therapists worldwide agree that Mancine Strip Waxes reduce treatment time and last longer, enabling more treatments per day and increased profits for your business.
Hard Waxes (Stripless Waxes / Hot Waxes):
Exceptionally gentle and effective, Mancine Hot Waxes are renowned for their low melting point, high elasticity and pliability. They save time, are easy to apply and amazingly, remove more hair with each application. Mancine Hot Waxes are formulated to make waxing as painless as possible. They remove the shortest of hairs, leaving the skin perfectly clean and silky smooth. Mancine Hot Waxes are applied at half the thickness of other hot waxes so you get more applications per kilogram. Even your most pedantic clients will love our range of waxes.
Ultra Waxes:
Mancine Ultra Wax range’s unique plastic texture makes our Ultra waxes ultra-flexible, have a powerful grip, and perfect for waxing. Ultra waxes have a low melting point, are odorless, and will last one and a half times longer than most organic waxes. Suitable for all skin types. Ultra waxes are great for sensitive areas, reducing redness with Ultra waxes hypoallergenic properties. WaXXX with confidence and style!

Waxing Accessories:
Pre-Wax products, Post-Wax products and other wax technician supplies... Mancine has you and you're clients covered.
About Mancine:
It began in the mid 1980’s with the development of the Mancine Hair Removal System. Now their breakthrough Waxing Systems bring together your professional salon skills with their latest technology.  All Mancine products are salon tested to be perfectly safe and effective. Mancine believe in organics, natural products and environment friendly practices.

The result is a unique waxing accessory range that utilizes body waxes that we believe are the most effective in the world. Every batch is clinically tested to meet stringent standards. Great care is taken to ensure our customers enjoy the best quality products at an affordable price.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Get Ready with Spa Redi

Are you ready? Are you really ready...? Are you Spa Redi? From Pedi Scrub Cremes to salt glows to creme masks and massage oils, Spa Redi has it all with these brand new products. These great smelling products were flying  out of the  warehouse this week! Right now my favorite smelling scrub is the pineapple, but that could all change by next week... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great Spa Redi selection HERE!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Schlepping Around Your Manikin Heads Has Never Been Easier!

Manikin heads are not the easiest thing to carry around when your on the go. They also don't always fit in just any bag either, due to their shape and size. With this Sturdy, lightweight manikin tote, you can easily hold up to 6 full-size manikins!! What?! That's a big help when your juggling to carry a bunch of these things around. It's great for bringing them back and forth between home and school for practicing. This bag is perfect for students!

Also check out the our Manikin Heads here at Pure Spa to fill your new super, awesome tote! =)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring Makeup Trend: Estheticians and Makeup Artists Alike - Take Note

Every couple of seasons, the makeup trends cycle back to the Nude and Natural look.  For Spring 2013, the nude look is back, however, the goal is not faking nude, but actually going au naturel.

Celebrity makeup artists, including KJ Bennett and Emily Katz, advise using very light concealers an virtually no foundation.  If a foundation is absolutely necessary, Bennett recommends a silicone-based product that is light to nearly sheer.  In addition, lips should be colored to match their natural color.

Estheticans and Facial Specialists are an crucial part of this Spring Trend, because flawless, or nearly perfect skin is essential to pulling off this look.  So how do you incorporate this trend into your services?  Bennett recommends using and retailing products containing Hyaluronic Acid Gel and Silica.

Since lips are going to look bare as well, your clients will need to have exfoliated and moisturized puckers ready for spring.  Lip Treatments are an easy add-on and the June Jacobs Lip Kit works great as both back bar product and retail.

Finally, dewy is in and shiny is out, so no matter what part oft he beauty industry you are in, blotting papers are a must at your check-out counter.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Client Locker Room and Shower Supplies Great Prices!

Does your spa or fitness center have a locker room with showers? Do you offer Client Amenities, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, mouth wash, hairspray, brushes, and more? If so, you have come to the right place - Pure Spa Direct SPECIALIZES in supplying all aspects of spa, salon, fitness, tanning and wellness businesses, including client amenities!

We just added some new gallons of Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash from Prosana in 3 incredible new scents: Mango, Green Tea & Lemongrass (my favorite!), and Kiwi Cucumber. Priced between $10-$13 per gallon, these high quality amenities will be a hit with your clients, without hitting your wallet too hard!

Check out these, and more below to see how Pure Spa Direct can help you consolidate your ordering and save you TIME and MONEY!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Time To Detox and Slim Down!

Winter weather should be winding down soon and it's the perfect time to start thinking about glowing healthy skin and slimming for the spring.

There are many different treatments you can offer your clients as a spring detox special.

Check out some of these amazing Detox Products:
Don't forget that Pure Spa Direct carries all of your treatment supplies to go along with these amazing products!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Nail Sale - Get More Moola From Your Manicures

The nail care market has been pretty much recession proof. Despite cutbacks in many other areas of the industry, ladies love their nails, and the love has no signs of stopping.

Don't Be afraid to retail...
Your Clients will APPRECIATE the
Improvement they see!
So why aren't more salons and spas that perform nail services retailing hand and nail care? Retailing products to your nail clients should be viewed as an additional profit center for your business. Go into any drugstore, Target or supermarket and you will see that there are HUNDREDS of home nail care products to choose from. Why not offer a select few in your own salon or spa?  Offering clients something to help keep their nails, gels and hands looking great is an easy sale that truly benefits the client and adds to your bottom line.  Chances are if they are not buying essential nail products from you, they will from somewhere else.

Nail spa owner Dean said, "Everyone understands nail & cuticle oil. It's the easiest thing to retail with a gel manicures.  We explain to clients that a quick application keeps your manicure looking fresh and the cuticle healthy ... it's a no brainer, who doesn't want that?"

Another nail tech told me, "I always encourage clients to purchase a good cuticle oil.  It keeps the nail smooth while maintaining that "just manicured" look. As for my gel clients, regular use of a conditioning oil can help prevent lifting."

My manicure was 6 days old
In this Pic. Nail Oil really RULES!
I use it religiously!
I purchased a superb nail oil from my nail tech, and I think about her (and the lovely spa) every time I apply it - really!  It makes me think about booking my next appointment, and it makes me grateful for her suggestion. Using it really does make a positive and noticeable difference in how my manicures look and last.

Here are some retail products you can purchase at Pure Spa & retail in your Spa / Salon:

Cuticle Oils - We have over 50 different kids.

Luxury Hand & Foot Lotions by June Jacobs - Great for high-end clientele

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

EASY Up Sell - Hair & Scalp Treatment with Massage

Scalp Massages Can Equal Profits &
Incredibly Satisfying Treatments for Clients.
I  am always amazed at how few spas try and up-sell me before a service. Considering I say, "YES!!" 99.9% of the time, I am always open for beefing up treatments with pampering extras.  Recently, my husband and I were on a Regent Cruise. We had a very generous ship board credit so I decided to use it up at the Canyon Ranch spa on board.  At the start of my massage appointment, my uber professional therapist  said, "I would like to finish your massage today with a Moroccan Oil scalp massage and deep conditioning  treatment. I will work the product deep into your hair and scalp to restore moisture and luster to your hair." That sounded absolutely fabulous, and without flinching I said, "YES, YES, YES!!!". Then I paused and asked, "Is that extra?" He politely replied, "It is $38." --  SOLD.

After the 50 minute massage he began gingerly massaging in Moroccan Oil Light with his finger tips. He also used this oil to massage my neck and shoulders during the scalp massage as well. After 5-10 minutes he then massaged in the Moroccan Oil Restorative Mask to the lower section of my hair, coating dry spots and the ends well. Lastly, he used a warm, moist towel from the hot cabinet to wrap my oiled head and then pressed it into my scalp for deeper product penetration. WOW! I never wanted it to end. Of the countless number of add-on treatments I have tried through the years, this was hands down, one of the best.

Try this treatment in your salon or day spa. Clients can even go from their massage to a blow out.  If you do not carry the Moroccan Oil line, try using Orofluido from Spain.  This is an  EXQUISITE mixture of natural oils like Argan oil, Linseed oil & Cyperus oil.  The line has an elixir and a rich hair mask that creates brilliant shine!

Whatever your product preference, you should offer an up-sell. It is a great boost for your clients as well as your sales!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Addicted to Additives

CND Additives are addictive this week. I wasn't sure exactly what these were so I checked out the video on and could not believe how these additives transformed a typical manicure! It was pretty awesome. I'm jealous of you lucky women... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great CND Additive selection HERE!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Just in Time For Spring - New China Glaze Avant Garden Collection

Spring is finally here and China Glaze has come out with an amazing color selection for their Spring 2013 line! The line is called Avant Garden and it is bursting with soft pastels to vibrant pops of color. There are 12 different colors to this collections and the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection Counter Display / 24 Piece comes with 2 of each color for a total of 24 polishes.

China Glaze Avant Garden Collection:

It is a delightful combination of bright and springy shades!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Disposable Spa Apparel - Having Options for ALL Clients

Spa Apparel Sizing - It has been written about before and a I just wanted to offer a refresher for our lovely readers.

So often when clients are purchasing disposable apparel, such as bras, panties, boxers and slippers,  for their clientele, they refrain from ordering the larger sizes.  Just as everyone's skin, hair and nail vary from person to person, so do their proportions.  

Being full-figured, I can attest to the fact that too many spas do not offer apparel, whether disposable or washable, that fit comfortably.  Too often, wraps are severely constrictive around the chest and robes do not close properly.  What is supposed to be a relaxing and soothing experience turns into one of embarrassment and shame.

Pregnant women can have perfect proportions all over, but with a growing belly and swollen feet, they too would like to have access to apparel that is roomy.

Oftentimes, when one has not experienced being full-figured, tall, or big-busted, it would not naturally occur to that person to supply garments in any other size than the standard 'One Size Fits All / Most.'  

The best plan of action is to buy what fits your standard clientele and have backups of larger (or smaller) sizes for new clients that do not necessarily fit the mold.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Earth Month at Aveda: Commitment to Raise $5 Million For Clean Water

Each year, Aveda, a leading company in the beauty industry, launches their annual fundraising campaign to celebrate Earth month. This year, Aveda has committed to raise $5 Million - topping their $4.6 Million raised and donated to Clean Water Groups in 2012!

According to, Aveda is again launching their Appointments for Clean Water Campaign, which allows Aveda guests in participating spas, salons and retail stores to experience skincare, body, and hair treatments, and have a portion of their service fee donated to Aveda's Earth Month fundraising.

To locate an Aveda Earth month Leader location (Aveda locations that lead the way in Earth Month activities, and meet and exceed their fundraising goals), check out

We all live on this planet. Even the smallest effort can help bring about big changes. As Chuck Bennett, vice president of earth and community care at Aveda says, “At Aveda, the bottom line is about more than numbers. Care is in our DNA, and we are thrilled to reward our people for giving back, providing them the chance to see firsthand the impact their work has made in the lives of others.” How can you give back during Earth month?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Creating An Air of Luxury In Your Spa

When I walk into a spa or salon one of the first things I notice, aside from the decor and overall feel of the space, is how it smells. Does it smell stale or have no scent at all? Nothing enhances a client's experience like walking into a place that smells heavenly. It adds to the client's experience and can essentially make or break their mood from the start. If anything sets them off negatively when they walk in, their perception of the service they are getting can be affected.

The  Timberwick Fireplace Crackle Soy Candles are phenomenal for creating a serene and peaceful ambiance in your reception area and your treatment rooms.

The different scents available allow you to customize the candle to certain treatments or moods.

My personal favorites are the amber and cedar and lavender citrus. If your unsure of what scent will fit your style there is also the try me pack so you can experience all the possibilities.

If scents aren't your thing or you're concerned about some clients not liking a particular scent you can still take advantage of the relaxing benefits of candles! Have you noticed how many people get lost staring into a fireplace? Candles can produce the same effect!

Some great unscented candles to try include:

 Candle - Gem Tone Unscented Jar - Violet 11 oz. by Aloha Bay / 11 oz.
These candles also come in white, indigo , red , yellow, orange and green to match your rooms!

If you're concerned about having a flame for safety reasons you can always go with flame-less candles such as:
 Flameless Wax Candle / 6" x 3.25" Round / Unscented / White Color

 Flameless Candle / 4" White with Purple Flowers / Unscented by Candle Impressions by Candle Impressions 

A small investment like this can significantly enhance your clients experience and also provide an opportunity to retail the candles as well!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Glass Bottles for Precious Oils

Store Your Lotions & Potions
I love estheticians that mix their own proprietary potions for facial treatments.  Some of the most sought after appointments here in New York are with facialists that are well know for their signature blends they mix for their clients' skin.

Essential oil blends need to be stored in glass bottles to preserve efficacy. That is why I think that these new hand blown glass bottles with stoppers are perfect for treatment room decor and  essential oil blends for your special clients. In addition to holding blends, I think these would be great for holding a few teaspoons of Jojoba oils, Coconut oils or Massage Blendsperfect for scalp and decollete massages during facials.
Extracts, Oils & Blends...
All Available @

Just like your client's skin, each bottle is completely unique and different, with it own shape, dimensions and color. Each bottle is approximately 3.5" in height. Qty: 1 bottle (not 3).

It would also be nice to use for aromatherapy. My facialist always waves a bottle of eucalyptus, rosemary or lavender EO under my nose to commence and end a facial. Put a few drops into these bottles and have clients BREATHE in...

What a beautiful and vivid display of color in your facial room!  Liven up your space!

See them here - 3 sizes:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Linen Spray - an Affordable Indulgence for Your Treatment Rooms...

Linen spray might be considered a bit of an extravagance, but we love it and your clients will too.  It is such a simple way to instantly freshen up a room or add a natural, clean scent to your linens. ESS makes an excellent line of Room & Linen Sprays that are amazing AND affordable.

The ESS Room & Linen Sprays are available in 3 Scents:

  1. Lavender - Lavender essential oil is relaxing, balancing, and disinfecting. 
  2. Orange - Orange essential oil is uplifting and soothing.
  3. Lemon - Lemon essential oil is uplifting and revitalizing.

Order one today and transform your treatment rooms:

Kozi™ Herbal Neck Wraps are Awesome!

Kozi™ Herbal Neck Wraps are awesome. They are not a new product for Pure Spa, but they have always been very popular and the other day I had the pleasure of trying one. This Herbal Neck Wrap is designed specifically to fit the contours of the neck. Stays in place while walking, standing or sitting. Enjoy the comfort of specific targeted blends with true aromatherapy benefits which are increased when heated in the microwave. Weight - approximately 2.4 pounds. 

Designed specifically to fit the contours of the neck.
Stays in place while walking, standing or sitting.
Benefits are increased when heated in the microwave.

Available Colors:


Soothing for tense muscles. Designed specifically to fit the contours of the neck. Stays in place while walking, standing or sitting. The weight of these amazing wraps feels great. Great for professional use and a great retail item!

Lavender, valerian root, white willow, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, hops, yellow dock, lemongrass, cinnamon, yarrow, premium flax seeds, and other natural materials. 

Check them out here:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Get Posh with Sposh!

There's always something new every week here at Pure Spa Direct, and this week is no different. Ladies and gentlemen - allow me to introduce to you - Sposh Microfiber Sheets! Although it seems you have already heard of them based on the number of orders we've been getting. We sold so many it had the shipping guys blurting out "holy sheet -- that's a lot of sheets". I bet its the softness or perhaps the microfiber-ness (is that a word?!) that makes them so popular... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great Sposh Microfiber Sheet selection HERE!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Kit - Stock Up to Retail to Your Clients!

Happy March! We've almost made it through winter, and I, for one, am extremely excited to see Spring. What does spring mean for your spa or salon? Getting ready for summer, of course!

The #1 item you need to stock up on for summer to retail to your clients is the Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Kit. All of your clients are coming in wanting to lighten their hair for that carefree summer look, but then they will be swimming, surfing, and sunning - which is so hard on their hair.

Keep your clients' locks looking their best, ensure your client's loyalty by looking out for their hair maintenance, and increase your profits for the year by retailing this great product!

Why Your Clients NEED This Kit:
  • This gentle restorative system nourishes, strengthens and protects while preventing damage and discoloration caused by exposure to pool, spa or ocean water
  • Naturally removes damaging mineral deposits and toxins left on hair from pool, spa or ocean water
  • Effectively lifts out green discoloration by removing copper build-up
  • Restores manageability, vibrancy and moisture
  • Adds unmatched shine, flow and movement of hair
Stock up today on this and the rest of the fantastic Malibu C line of products - summer will be here before we know it!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Nail Trend Alert: Almond-Shaped Nails

Trendy and Daring Almond Nails
Nails are the truly the new jewelry and this fact is being reflected by the celebrities wearing many diverse shapes. Just as diamonds and gems come in Princess, Emerald, Pear or Baguette cuts, nails can be filed into Almond, Mountain Peak, Square, Rounded, Squarely Rounded and Oval shapes.

Both Awards Season and Mercedes Benz fashion week have showed that, of the above options, Almond Nails are the hottest right now. While Lady Gaga and Fergie have been rocking this shape for well over a year,  Almond Nails hit the mainstream when the stunning Adele took the stage at every single award show to collect her latest statuette.

Universally flattering Squared Oval  Nails
So who looks best with almond nails? Anyone who is daring, trendy and fashionable.  Show your clients that you are in what is HOT by recommending that they try this shape.  For those clients that are uncomfortable with change, stick with the Squarely Rounded and Oval shapes.

Pure Spa Direct has everything you need for nail shaping and manicures, including, Files, Buffers, Nail Clippers, Scrubs and Lotions.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Stunning Color Effects With Pravana's ChromaSilk VIVIDS.

Coloring hair with vibrant colors is not something new anymore, but continues to show up everywhere! Pravana's ChromaSilk VIVIDS line has the most vibrant color selections for stunning color effects I have seen. These colors have been really popular with the Ombre look and also the new Urban Ombre, which is darker on top and fades to lighter on the bottom.

The Urban Ombre:

1. Create the mixture of the lightest color you will be using. This will be the color you will end with at the tips of the hair.

2. Begin in the front and apply the lightest shade onto the pre-lightened hair. Deciding where you want the colors to blend is by artistic preference, but the lightest shade should be applied through the area you want the blending to begin.

3. Create your darker shade mixture.

4. Start applying the darker shade from the area you want this color to be visible through to the previously applied lighter color. Once you have applied the darker color, use your fingers to work the darker color through the lighter color to create a blended effect. The amount of hair that is created by the blending of the two colors is up to you and will typically depend on the length of the hair you are working with.

IMPORTANT: Clean your hands between each section to avoid transfer of color from one section to the next.

5. Shampoo with your choice of Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. Rinse with cool water.

6. Dry and style as desired.

You can get all the supplies you need to create this really cool look here at Pure Spa Direct!