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Market Minx as a Natural Alternative

October 1, 2010 | Article

It’s not so surprising that a spa offering acupuncture, Ayurvedic counseling, and herbal consultations should shun traditional nail polish and artificial nails. Until recently The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa at the Portland International Airport turned away customers looking for nail care. In May the spa modified its menu to include manis and pedis with two options — a simple buff or Minx nail coatings.

Secret Ingredient: Soy

September 1, 2010 | Article

Found in everything from lip care products to vegetarian meals, this prolific legume is used in a myriad of ways.

How to Start Going Green

August 1, 2010 | Article

The Green Spa Network offers these easy-to-implement tips that can help reduce the environmental footprint of your salon.

Secret Ingredient: Papaya

August 1, 2010 | Article

Women used to eat green papaya as a contraceptive.

The Perfect Polish for Little Piggies

August 1, 2010 | Article

The mom of two little girls who love to get their nails done, Piggy Paint founder Melanie Hurley always hated the thought of her children putting their hands in their mouths after she painted their nails with traditional solvent-based “kid” polishes. The result of her quest for a polish with no harsh chemicals, no foul odors, and nothing that might hurt the environment was Piggie Paint, which boasts the tagline “It’s as natural as mud.”

Secret Ingredient: Abyssinian Oil

July 1, 2010 | Article

Because it aids in pigment spread, the oil combats the “caking effect” in lipsticks.

Secret Ingredient: Silk Protein / Silk Peptide

June 1, 2010 | Article

Silk proteins provide and retain moisture, protect skin from dehydration, and give it a smooth, silky feel.

Day Spa Soothes Weary Feet in the Community Room

June 1, 2010 | Article

When Briana Borten opened a second Dragontree Holistic Day Spa in the Portland International Airport, she made very few changes to accommodate the unique location. “Overall, though, we are trying to recreate the traditional day spa environment as much as possible, offering the same treatments and attention.”

Secret Ingredient: Licorice Root

June 1, 2010 | Article

Many licorice candies and sweets are actually flavored with the similar-tasting herb anise.

Retail Boutique: Eye Masks

April 1, 2010 | Article

Bright designs, fun florals, and cute sayings make eye masks eye-catching. They are a cure for bright bedrooms, provide a respite for the overworked, and even relieve discomfort and headaches.

Secret Ingredient: Argan Oil

April 1, 2010 | Article

Fair-trade cooperatives in Morocco benefiting women have made the oil skyrocket in popularity — it’s not just good for users, it’s now also beneficial for local harvesters.

Secret Ingredient: Azulene/Chamomile

March 1, 2010 | Article

Chamomile has been used for centuries in Europe as a popular herbal treatment for numerous ailments, and chamomile tea is said to have mildly sedating effects.

This Land Is ‘My Land’

March 1, 2010 | Article

In opening Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa, Justin Mitchell and Karina Restrepo bring water-based polish, Latin flair, and a designer’s keen eye to the Philadelphia nail world.

Secret Ingredient: Diamond Dust

February 1, 2010 | Article

The term diamond comes from an ancient Greek word meaning ‘unbreakable.’

Are You Among the Cap-Conscious?

January 1, 2010 | Article

Good for you for recycling plastic water bottles — but are you leaving the bottle caps on as you conscientiously recycle? If that’s the case, you are actually getting in the way of your own green efforts. It turns out that leaving on those little caps can cause your water bottles to be rejected —and prevent them from being recycled at all.

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