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A new Dayton-based company makes hand-made, organic body care products that are not only good for you, but also good for the environment.

Baba Love Organics offers skin care products that are good for you and the environment.

If you’ve ever looked at the back of the bottle of one of your favorite lotions or skincare products, you’ll probably find several unfamiliar, and difficult to pronounce chemical names. While those chemicals might perform a job well, they might be good for you or too harsh for sensitive skin.

In February of 2018, Dayton native Vaniti Byrd launched her very own skin and body care line, Baba Love Organics, so that consumers could find natural products that perform well, but are free from any harsh unfamiliar chemicals. 

The company’s official launch included only four products but now has a range of 27 different face and body care items.

The mission of Baba Love Organics is to support total well-being, inside and out. “What we use on the largest organ of our body is ultimately going into our body,” Byrd says. “If we are placing toxins on our skin, we are placing toxins in our body.” 

The entire idea behind the brand was to create skincare formulas that are free from toxins, made with organic and raw ingredients, cruelty-free, and ethically packaged. 

One of the ways Baba Love Organics has made an effort to stay true to their vision of sustainability is by hosting “Bring Your Old Bottle” events where fans and customers can come by to give old packaging a new life by refilling them with organic body butters and oils. These events also bring the community together and provide a way for Byrd and her team to get feedback from the customers in real life. 

Another popular event the company holds is their “Masks and MUMosas” beauty brunch. They feature a DIY mask bar, bottomless mimosas, vegan brunch foods, and one-on-one facial consultations with Byrd herself. 

As an Etsy-based shop with no brick-and-mortar location, it’s extraordinary that loyal customers get to have experiences like this. “The experience keeps customers excited about using plant-based beauty care products,” says Byrd. 

With products ranging from tooth polish to “bath tea”, Baba Love Organics offers a variety of products for those looking for a natural approach to self-care. 

To visit the Baba Love Organics online shop, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/babaloveorganics/. To follow along on the company’s Facebook page, click here.

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After years in the beauty industry, one local lady decided to venture out on her own. Read on to learn more.

Toolbox Studio Salon offers a variety of hair and beauty services in its O’Bryonville-based location.

After working more than 22 years in other salons, Heather Cooper turned her dream into a reality when she opened Toolbox Studio Salon.  

“I owed it to myself to see if I could do it,” says Cooper, of her O’Bryonville-based salon that’s now been open for four years. She was ready to be independent and create her own space where she had creative liberty, Cooper adds.

“Most people start out as a client, change over to a friend, and eventually become family,” Cooper says. With just herself and four independent co-workers, it’s a tight knit community of beauty gurus, she explains.

Cooper says customers and clients of Toolbox Studio can find unmatched hospitality in the salon. “I want to always put myself in their shoes,” Cooper adds. “If I forget what it’s like to be a client, I will stop relating to the needs of others.” 

Cooper says making the salon unique is a labor of love, but it comes naturally. “I have pieced this place together over the years with antique and vintage finds, modern touches, and a bit of country,” she explains. “It’s bright and welcoming and everyone feels it.”

It’s the people, though, who make it truly unique, Cooper says. “[We] make you feel at ease and provide you with the knowledge needed to make the best choices in your salon services.” In an industry with a lot of competition, Cooper adds, Toolbox Studio stands out by going above and beyond in customer service, as well as providing fair prices and a salon menu with variety. 

The Toolbox Studio menu of services includes: hair services, manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials, dermaplaning, permanent cosmetic makeup and microblading, eyelash extensions, and bridal makeup and styling. 

Toolbox Studio is located at 2037 Madison Rd. To learn more, visit www.toolboxstudiosalon.com.

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Transport yourself to the Cote D’Azur one lather at a time with these locally-made small batch luxury soaps. 

South of France has become a nationally-known soap brand.

South of France Natural Body Care defines its mission as “small batches, big hearts.” Founded in 1999 by two local sisters, Molly and Katherine Oliver, the brand has grown into what is now one of the highest sellers of all-natural bar and liquid soaps nationally. 

The original formula for South of France soap was developed by a French expatriate living in the United States. The soap was manufactured in France using the traditional Marseille “triple milled” recipe. Triple milled means that the soap is milled three times in order to guarantee the bar is long-lasting and dissolves slower. 

Today, the soap is produced in the United States, with the company is based in Erlanger, Kentucky, but still uses the traditional French recipe. 

Molly and Katherine, both mothers, value the use of natural ingredients in their products. Each one of their bar soaps are Non-GMO Project Verified, assuring that they’ve been produced according to consensus-based practices for GMO avoidance. Both the bar soaps and hand washes have also been certified gluten-free by the National Celiac Association. 

Continuing their consumer-friendly certifications, all of South of France’s products are cruelty-free, according to the Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program. This means that no animal testing is conducted by the company or any of its suppliers or producers. Another bonus: all of South of France’s packaging is recyclable.

The brand remains as transparent as possible for its consumers by including an “ingredients glossary” on their website that gives a breakdown of every ingredient used in their products and what its purpose is. 

Molly and Katherine drew upon their love of the Provence region of France for inspiration. They have filled their products with “scents that evoke happy memories of times spent wandering through small towns, picnic-ing in the countryside and playing with our children on the beaches along the Mediterranean sea,” say the CEOs. 

With different scents in categories such as citrus, floral, and indulgent, there’s truly a product for any preference one may have. 

According to the sisters, “Our family and its employees stand behind the quality of our products and believe in our traditions. We find joy in sharing the love of great soaps with you and yours.”

You can find South of France Natural Body Care products at a local Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (in Montgomery and Newport) or on southoffrancebodycare.com.

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Inspired by Aveda products and its fresh new location, a local salon is giving clients a new kind of experience full of sustainable style.

Benefit Salon offers a variety of hair services with a new customer experience.

At Benefit Salon, relaxation comes in the form of light and lush greenery in a peaceful setting. The salon is the dream of Jocelyn Palmer, a passionate beauty industry veteran who is focused on training and education, as well as sustainability.

“Benefit Salon is a welcoming retreat where you will find a dedicated and talented team of women drive to help you look and feel your best,” says Palmer.

Palmer, who is a lover of Aveda products, says she loves working with and developing her team while also being a full-time mom to daughter Florencia.

The inspiration behind Benefit Salon comes from years of experience and the desire to stay connected to what is going on in the industry and fashion world.

“I am also driven by sustainability and being conscious about our environment,” she says. “The product line Aveda is so much more than just a brand. It is the driver for my company. I believe beauty is as beauty does.”

There are a range of hair services available at Benefit Salon, including cutting, coloring, keratin treatments, and Bellami hair extensions in addition to facial waxing.

“With each service we also offer a complimentary mini facial or hot towel with their conditioner,” adds Palmer.

The team at Benefit Salon is comprised of women who define the space’s relaxing and laid back, yet highly focused culture.

“We put a tremendous amount of emphasis on education, grooming new talent, and constantly improving our skills,” says Palmer. “We recently cut back on an extended range of services to focus exclusively on hair and providing the best service experiences possible.”

Benefit Salon recently moved into a new space that features arched windows and plenty of natural light.

“My husband and I completely renovated the space to be a reflection of our salon culture and the Aveda values,” says Palmer. “It was a ton of work gutting out the old, opening up walls, and refinishing every surface. We tried to use materials and elements from the original history of the space and neighborhood; it used to be a pharmacy and a grocery store in the 1940s.”

Palmer says she will be traveling to New York City in July to complete a Vidal Sassoon course in advanced cutting techniques. Then, in October, the salon is hosting Bellami to train the team and other salon professionals on advanced hair extension education.

“We are always seeking something to spark passion inside us for growth,” she adds.

You can learn more about Benefit Salon on their website, but Palmer says it’s easiest to stay up to date on salon happenings via Instagram.

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A fourth-generation family business makes cold-processed goats milk bath and body products. Learn more about the local farm and their upcoming event for a peek inside!

Becky Jones and her sister Martha Enriquez know what it takes to run a business. After all they are part of a 4th-generation family farm in Batavia called Pine Lane Farm, also home to Pine Lane Soaps.

“We make cold-processed goats milk soap, lotions, lip balms, shaving soaps, and related items,” says Jones.

The farm has been in the family since 1959, where they’ve raised hogs, horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, and dairy goats.

The soaps created by Pine Lane are made from scratch using milk from the goats raised on the farm. “We love creating a natural product made ‘from scratch’ using milk from our goats in our 150+ year old farmhouse,” adds Jones.

The two sisters create the soaps alongside their mother, Patty Fix. Together, the three of them have a long history in caring for farm animals, including goats.

The soap made from goats’ milk is about 5 ounces per bar and comes in several scents including lavender, lemongrass, honeysuckles, and more.

“Both essential oils and fragrance oils are used for scents,” says Jones. “We also make goat milk lotion, shaving soap, lip balm, shampoo bars, and puppy suds. The soaps have no detergents, preservatives, or sudsing agents.”

Although their focus is on soaps, Jones emphasizes that Pine Lane Soaps is not just a soap company.

“All of the women behind it have a background in Education and love sharing our agricultural business with the community,” says Jones. “Partnerships  with Look to Clermont Leadership, Clermont County Extension Service, Uzima Outreach and many others have enabled hundreds of families to get an opportunity to visit the farm.  We use top quality oils in our soaps and offer them in the Greater Cincinnati area at a fair price. Profits from soap sales goes strictly to maintain the dairy goat herd and provide occasional improvements.”

Jones says the family is looking forward to the start of their 10th season with the Montgomery Farmers Market this spring, as well as a few fall holiday craft shows. Pine Lane Soaps products are available at retail locations throughout Greater Cincinnati.

You can learn more about Pine Lane Soaps at www.pinelanesoaps.com or follow along on Facebook. Jones adds that Pine Lane Farm is hosting an open house/farm visit on June 22. To learn more about the event, call 513-260-4352.

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Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound’s new Northern Kentucky location is hosting a Mother’s Day Spa Night. Read on for all the details!

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound is hosting a Mother’s Day Spa Night on May 9 at its new Northern Kentucky location.

The newly opened Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound location in Florence is ready to give moms an early Mother’s Day treat.

The new Florence store will host a “Mother’s Day Spa Night” Thursday, May 9, from 5-8 pm. It will feature complimentary refreshments, light bites, mini spa services, tours through the new space, swag bags, prizes, and specials. The complimentary mini services include nail polish changes, eco-fin hand treatments, back massages, eye treatments, and heartbeat keepsakes.

“We’re excited to be able to give moms and moms-to-be the chance to hang out with friends and celebrate Mother’s Day a little early,” says Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound Owner Jim Walker. “We know that all the women in our lives could use a little pampering and this is the perfect opportunity to show them just how important they are to us.”

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound offers 3D and 4D ultrasounds, including early gender determination ultrasounds, as well as a spa featuring prenatal certified technicians, using products that are safe for baby and mom. The new location is the company’s second store, with its original location in Mason. 

“The event is to not only celebrate moms but to also give customers a chance to see inside Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound to see what we do as you go through your journey from mom-to-be to mom,” says Walker.

The Northern Kentucky location for Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound is located at 7715 Mall Road in Florence, next to Old Navy.

You can RSVP for the upcoming Mother’s Day Spa Night here. Learn more about Becoming Mom at www.becomingmomspa.com or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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See how a local esthetician, with nearly two decades of experience, enhances natural beauty through cosmetic tattoo artistry and specializes in brows.

 

Libby Stocks has been in the cosmetic tattoo artistry business for nearly 17 years. As the founder of Libby Stocks Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, she offers eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, and scalp micropigmentation.

 

“I enhance natural beauty through cosmetic tattooing,” she says.

 

Stocks got into the beauty industry when she started esthetics school after graduating from Xavier University.

 

“I have always had a love for pretty skin and good products,” she says. “I began working in medical skincare in a plastic surgeon’s offices in Naples, Florida, in the late 90s. I moved back to Cincinnati and continued working in a plastic surgery center where I learned to tattoo.”

 

According to Stocks, cosmetic tattooing has evolved over the years. From pigments to machines and techniques, a lot of things have improved. For Stocks, she says her favorite is creating a soft and natural look.

 

Brows are a specialty for Stocks. She offers eyebrows for $600 for the initial session and follow-up session 6 weeks later.

 

“It’s a two-step process and I always tattoo conservatively the first session,” she says. “It is best to add more at the second appointment.”

 

You can visit Stocks for cosmetic tattooing at her private studio near Lunken Airport.

 

Stocks will soon graduate from nursing school in May and start a new journey as a cosmetic nurse injector.

 

To learn more about Stocks, visit here. She’s also on Facebook and Instagram.

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Damaged, brittle hair that is prone to breakage and hair loss can cause anyone to get worried. If your hair seems weak or if you’ve been losing a lot of it, you may need to step up your hair care game. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your habits and strengthen your hair:

 

Style Carefully 

Styling your hair makes your look neat, presentable, and put together. However, constant styling, especially with heated tools like blow dryers and flat irons, can take a toll on your hair. If you aren’t careful to prep your hair before styling, you could damage your hair and cause it to become brittle and prone to breakage.

 

Protect your hair before using heated tools by applying a heat protectant spray or serum, or consider using accessories like hair extensions to quickly change your hairstyle without putting a lot of stress on your hair. You can shop high quality hair extensions at https://truegloryhair.com.

 

When shopping for hair extensions, look for bundles from trusted and reputable companies like True Glory Hair. Their hair extensions are well made and feature real virgin hair, so they are durable and look and feel realistic. True Glory Hair offers a wide range of Brazilian and Indian hair extensions, with different lengths and styles including wavy, straight, and curly, so you can find a hair bundle that matches your natural hair exactly.

 

These high quality hair extensions can last years with proper care and maintenance, making them a great invest for anyone who likes experimenting with different hairstyles and changing up their look.

 

Condition Regularly 

Most people shampoo regularly to keep their scalp and hair clean and fresh, but you might be surprised to learn that not everyone regularly conditions their hair. Conditioner keeps your hair healthy and strong by moisturizing and protecting it.

 

Conditioning your hair regularly is a must, especially if you have curly or textured hair, as these types tend to dry out easily. The best way to condition your hair is to apply the product to damp—not dripping wet—hair and working it evenly through your strands using your fingers. Work in sections, giving extra attention to hard to reach areas, and rinse well until you no longer feel any slippery residue on your hair strands.

 

Apply Natural Oils

Natural oils like coconut, jojoba, olive, and argan oil can do wonders to keep your hair looking healthy, shiny and bouncy. They can also help strengthen your hair by nourishing it and making it less prone to breakage and hair fall. If you have curly or textured hair, regularly applying a natural oil can keep it from becoming frizzy and brittle, so it won’t break easily.

 

Get the Right Nutrients

What you eat and put into your body plays a big part in keeping your hair healthy and strong. Make sure you’re getting all the right nutrients and vitamins for optimum hair health. Getting the right nutrients will not only strengthen your hair, but it will also benefit your skin and nails as well.

 

The best vitamins and nutrients for strong, healthy hair are Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, iron, zinc, and biotin. These can all be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and nuts. If you feel you’re not getting enough of these nutrients from the food you eat, you may consider taking supplements.

 

Follow these tips consistently, and you should soon notice an improvement in the condition of your hair. With proper hair care and maintenance, you’ll have strong, healthy hair in no time.

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Tired of the same old, same old at the salon? Learn about a concept that puts you AND your salon professional at the top of their priority list.

The history of Phenix Salon Suites dates back to 2007 in Colorado Springs. Since then, the business has popped up across the country and was even featured on Undercover Boss. Today, there’s a location in Cincinnati that offers its salon services to customers.

“Phenix Salon Suites has been the industry standard of salon suite concepts in the United States,” says Cincinnati Owner Sheri Hardesty. “We have more than 80 years of professional salon expertise, a family culture, and strong work ethics, which are the foundation of Phenix Salon Suites.

Since its initial launch in 2007, Phenix Salon Suites has gone from a single suite to multiple locations throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom.

The company’s founder Gina River has a background in the salon industry.

“Her parents owned a small salon where she and her sister spent a great deal of time,” explains Hardesty. “After high school, Gina went on to become a licensed hairdresser.”

It was during maternity leave that Gina decided to open a salon of her own. However, she wanted to present a new concept to the hair industry – a space that allowed salon professionals to own and operate their own salon without the daunting financial commitment and facility management hassles that are typically associated with owning a salon.

At Phenix Salon Suites, there are two customers – the salon professionals and their clients.

Hardesty says that salon professionals are given access to an upscale facility that has no hidden costs while offering high quality and well-designed suites.

“This includes floor-to-ceiling walls and individual temperature controls to allow the salon professional to create the best environment for them and their clients,” says Hardesty. “For their clients, they are provided a wide array of salon professionals under one roof – hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, massage therapists, microblading, lash extensions, and facials are all available.”

Hardesty says that what sets Phenix Salon Suites apart from other salon suite companies is its dedication to salon professionals first.

“We put our salon professionals first in everything we do – including making it easy for them to get started owning their own business by offering month-to-month contracts, maternity leave, and medical leave, which are all rare in the salon suite industry,” explains Hardesty. “We even hold an annual Phenix Family Reunion to give our salon professionals access to excellent raining, exposure to new ideas and industry trends, and time to reconnect and recharge through fun events for three days in Vegas.”

To check out Phenix Salon Suites for yourself, visit them at 3974 Red Bank Road, Suite C, in Cincinnati. You can also check our their website.

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A nationally-recognized skincare spa recently expanded to launch the first advanced esthetic school in the Midwest. Read on for more.

 

After running several Skin Perfect Med Spa locations across Central Ohio and Florida, Jaclyn Peresetsky recently launched Skin Perfect University as the first advanced esthetic school in the Midwest. Peresetsky says Skin Perfect University aims to build on its connections in the beauty industry to help those interested in the field pursue their passion.

Jaclyn Peresetsky, founder of Skin Perfect University

According to Peresetsky, the recent Med Spa boom across the region encouraged her to raise the bar across the field of esthetics and share her knowledge with those who want to invest in themselves and further their education and career. “Our school meets the education level professionals need to be successful doing skincare treatments in a Med spa,” she adds.

Classes offered through Skin Perfect University include advanced esthetic, makeup, and color classes, including brows and lashes. The length of each class ranges from 1-5 days for professionals who already have an Esthetician, cosmetologist, or nursing license.

“We use an immersion training technique in which the attendee is immersed in the subject from theory to hands-on to really secure the new skill and knowledge,” she adds.

Tuition for the classes ranges from $500 to $5,000, depending on the course as well as its duration.

Skin Perfect University is located at 725 Buckles Ct. in Gahanna, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

You can review available classes and course descriptions here. On the website you’ll find new class dates as they are scheduled. You can also follow along with Skin Perfect University on Instagram and Facebook.