You have got to see the jane iredale Retail Tower!

Allan Share

Allan Share – President of the SIA

I just finished Spatec in Florida and had the pleasure of doing set up with Jennifer Thompson, Dir. of Business Development US and Caribbean, our very good friend and Diamond Sponsor from jane iredale.

Their newest marketing tool to the trade is amazing! It’s an all-in-one RETAIL TOWER display that has a very tiny foot print and is loaded with all their top sellers on it. Whether you carry jane iredale as back-bar, are doing a wedding or already sell their products in your retail line-up, the new RETAIL TOWER fits anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 5 room or 50 room operation, this add-on RETAIL TOWER fits the bill!

It is designed with much thought as each shelf is color coded for inventory and product selection to instantly engage the shopper. The RETAIL TOWER is so efficient that it won’t require a full-time sales person to manage it. In fact, clients will find it very easy to walk around, make selections and pay on the way out! I love the option of casters, the built-in mirrors (no need to go find one) and its “fit anywhere” design makes it perfect for a 5-star, destination or your day spa! Let’s talk ROI, yes, you can turn up to $7,000 in revenue from the RETAIL TOWER and it makes taking inventory a snap! Kudos to the jane iredale team, they listened and they responded, truly a ‘solution oriented’ design!

Thanks, and I am excited for you to see it! – Allan Share

Here are some details at a glance:

  • All-in-one – Displays top-selling items with testers and retail stock on a small footprint.
  • Easy to use – Smart design makes product and shade selection engaging for the shopper.
  • Efficient – No need for a dedicated staff to work the display. Informative graphic cards educate quickly and the three sides maximize your space.
  • Flexible – Freestanding unit easily moves on casters.
  • Elegant – Artistically crafted with an etched floral mirror that compliments all retail

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Upcoming Education Feature – IECSC in Las Vegas

Allan Share, president of the Spa Industry Association has said over and over…”educate, educate, educate.”

With that in mind, we are doing some features of many of the educators that you can learn from while at IECSC in Las Vegas!  Make sure to register for IECSC in Las Vegas and we hope to see you there.  In the meantime…check out these educators and their sessions that will be there:


The interrelationship between spas and medicine is an old one dating back to the origin of health spas and curative waters. Today’s spa guest is seeking a one-stop-shop that can deliver classic spa services, as well as cutting-edge medical spa services and wellness programs. This return to an integration of the spa and medicine offers the savvy spa owner or hospitality venue a unique opportunity to expand or enhance their present menu of services. Key topics include: concept and philosophy, licensing and regulatory considerations, operations and marketing for medical spa treatments, wellness programs and weight loss. click here for more

Spa Director, The Spa at Ballantyne

Jana has over ten years of experience as a spa director at leading hotels and resorts from Key West to San Antonio. Currently she is spa director at The Spa at Ballantyne, Charlotte, a Forbes Four Star recognized property. She came to the Ballantyne from The Éilan Hotel and Spa in San Antonio continuing a career of innovation in  spa and wellness programming. Jana has been instrumental in developing innovative partnerships and collaborations to expand the vision  and integration of  spa services into the health and medical aesthetics arenas. 

Owner, Patti Biro & Associates

Patti Biro is the owner and founder of Patti Biro and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in creating brand enrichment through special events, retail consulting and education in the personal products, spa and wellness industry. With more than 20 years of experience, Patti’s unique approach to enriching your brand and increasing retail and service sales provides exceptional results for her clients. Her focus creates value and promotes marketing sizzle for clients ranging from medical spa, day spas, boutique hotels, wellness and fitness centers to manufacturers, distributors and educational centers.

Owner & Medical Director, McRae MD Medical Laser Spa

Elizabeth is currently board certified in Internal Medicine. She attended the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and completed her residency as part of the LSU Charity Hospital system. She has practiced for 30 years in IM and 20 years with Botox as a solo injector with Platinum Plus status and has headed the McRae MD Medical Laser Spa for more than 10 years. She is published in the American Journal of Laser Medicine and Surgery, January 2013 edition. She is an active contributor on medical laser issues for television on KENS5 and Fox29 in San Antonio and is the presenter of the Ferrari Fashion Week South McRae MD Total Beauty Award. She has been showcased in San Antonio Magazine, The Hill Country Weekly and Vive Magazine as well as other publications. She currently is a guest lecturer for Cutera. Dr. McRae is the innovative originator of The Beauty Bug-her mobile laser spa. 


Join Douglas Preston, 30+ year professional esthetician, author and business mentor as he teaches the smartest approach to starting and succeeding in a solo skincare practice. Whether you’re considering going into a solo practice or are already in one this class will be of tremendous value to your career future. This class can save you years of unnecessary difficulty and earn you far more money in less time than most solo professionals. This session will cover: • What do you want to achieve with your business • Benefits and challenges of working on your own • Renting or leasing a work space • Your esthetics room setup – what’s needed, what’s not • Service menu decisions • Service pricing • Retail planning • Marketing realities – the facts about new client growth • Mistakes many newly solo estheticians make • Making your solo practice a gift, not a hardship – click for more

President, The Inspired Esthetician

Douglas Preston’s career spans 30+years in professional esthetics, spa management and skincare career mentoring. His business articles appear in many of the top trade journals and magazines. He is past-president of Aesthetics International Association, and former committee chairman for The Day Spa Association. Preston was named The Day Spa Association’s “Spa Person of the Year” and voted Favorite Spa Consultant in an American Spa magazine readers’ poll. His recently published book, An Esthetician’s Guide to Growing A Successful Skincare Career, is a top-seller among ambitious working skincare professionals. Preston leads The Inspired Esthetician www.TheInspiredEsthetician.Com, a membership-based resource for professional education and career/business mentoring.


This class is for the makeup artist, esthetician and business owner. Not all your clients want to spend time, wear a lot of makeup, nor do they want to do many steps to take care of their skin. Create a Makeup Bar in your business for gals who want to look good on the run. Do a quick makeup application or express makeup lesson and sell her what she needs. Three fabulous door prizes will be drawn during the class. Get ready for a fun, educational session. – click for more

Educator/Beauty Therapist/Makeup Artist/Author,

Noreen Young is a nationally known educator, author of a marketing book Entertaining in Your Salon & Spa and creator of three how-to makeup DVDs. An internationally known professional speaker, makeup artist and skin therapist, she loves to travel the globe for the next big thing and to bring that to the beauty professionals. Her work can be seen in blogs and has been featured in Skin Inc, Modern Salon, Dermascope, American Salon, Skin Deep, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & SPA, Shop Smart Magazine, business journals and newspapers. She is a guest contributing beauty and lifestyle reporter for NBC12 and ABC25 The Chat in Florida. Noreen’s warm and energetic style makes her conference class not to be missed.

Treating Acne with CBD

Acne vulgaris is the most common human skin disease, affecting the quality of life of millions worldwide. In fact, in the United States, acne affects up to 50 million Americans annually according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  The costs associated to treat acne exceed $3 billion.

Acne is characterized by the outbreak of pimples, as well as blackheads, whiteheads, that generally appear on the face, neck and back. These symptoms, whether of genetic, hormonal, or infectious origins, are mainly caused by an excessive secretion of sebum also known as sebocytes.  Typical treatments consist of oral antibiotics which can be taxing on your body, or expensive creams, which can be taxing on your wallet.

Cannabis, specifically, CBD may be the answer to treating acne. While THC is known to increase oil production, CBD has the exact opposite effect. With acne, the body over-produces oil. This oil is known as sebum, and it’s excreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin.

Dr Tamas Biro, a Hungarian scientist, decided to put CBD to the test. He wanted to see how the CBD interacted with the natural endocannabinoids our own bodies produce. Endocannabinoids help regulate hair growth, oil production, and immune response in the skin and play a major role in determining how much sebum is produced in the skin. When Brio applied non-psychoactive CBD to these skin cells, he noticed that oil production stopped.

Another study focused on the impact of cutaneous cannabinoid system and CBD on acne.  The results concluded that when cannabidiol was used on sebaceous glands (which secrete an oily sebum, which can result oily skin and/or obstructed pores), the proliferation of sebocytes decreased significantly. The study further concluded that CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris and exerts universal anti-inflammatory action.

CBD based topicals are the easiest and most cost-effective way to administer CBD for the treatment of acne.  In an era where many mainstream topicals are filled with harmful ingredients such as parabens and sulfites, CBD is plant based with zero side effects.  Cannaisseur Brands offers premium, organic CBD in multiple applications including creams, oils and tinctures. 

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Cannaisseur Brands

Cannaisseur Brands

What is a Clean Beauty Brand?

From the jane iredale blog

When I started the line almost 25 years ago now, I was hesitant to describe it as “natural” because I didn’t know how to define that word.  What is natural?  A handful of earth from my garden?  Even that will contain heavy metals and probably some acid rain.  Is natural always a good thing?  Poison Ivy is natural, so is Nightshade.  It made more sense to me to describe our line as “clean.”  To me it meant scrubbed of those ingredients that we thought had the potential for harming our skin or our health. Though ingredients play a major role in how we define “clean,” we also believe it is important to be mindful of how we impact the environment and our community.

Mindful Product Formulations

That’s why we’ve found alternative preservative systems to parabens.  We pay close attention to anything that’s credited as an endocrine disrupter. We eliminate talc and synthetic fragrance and ingredients that have the potential for causing irritation.  Although, this can be a challenge since sensitivity can be caused by anything.

For instance, carmine.  It’s a natural colorant that saves the need to use FD&C dyes (soluble dyes approved for food, drugs and cosmetics, mostly derived from petroleum or coal tar), but some people can be very allergic to it.  And since it comes from beetles, it means that vegans and those practicing kosher can’t use it.  This is called a formulator’s dilemma.  We made the decision to move away from carmine as much as possible and substitute it for D&C Lakes – insoluble dyes approved for drugs and cosmetics bonded to a calcium substrate.  It’s a compromise until something better comes along.

Environmentally Conscious

This is the kind of agonizing we go through daily in our efforts to keep our line as clean as possible.  To do it, we have to keep our hearts, minds and bodies as clean as possible, too.  We always ask ourselves what effect our actions are having on animals, our environment, our community.  Furthermore, our gardens continue to be an inspiration for everything we do.  We plant consciously as we try to support our bees, butterflies and birds that are at the mercy of our choices.

Community Advocates

I’ve always believed that we’re only as strong as our weakest link, so we do what we can to support the health of our community which includes sponsoring a farmers’ market for six months of the year.  Farmers and families all benefit from the opportunity of getting close to the bounty of the land.  No pesticides, no GMOs just clean food that tastes great, acts as medicine and brings us all together.  This is what clean means to those of us at jane iredale.


jane iredale

jane iredale


Farm to Skin: Sourcing CBD for Cannabis Infused Topicals

As cannabis infused products are flooding the marketplace – from vape pens to edibles to topicals – it’s important to know the source of the cannabis used in products that you consume.

Lately, there’s an increased incidence of tainted batches of cannabis popping up on the market. Banned pesticides are being used by growers, and as a result, consumers are becoming ill. According to The Globe and Mail, it was reported that a group of veterans are amassing a file of evidence detailing illnesses after exposure to tainted cannabis products. Their symptoms allegedly include becoming bedridden, nausea and breathing difficulties.

In Colorado, for example, companies are supposed to voluntarily destroy tainted cannabis. If they don’t, the state will destroy it, according to a policy statement issued by the Colorado Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, and Revenue. Currently, there are no federal guidelines on pesticide use on cannabis.

Cannaisseur Brands embodies the farm to skin movement in all aspects of our production cycle. Our premium, organic CBD is sourced directly from our strategic growing partners. We have direct access to the farm, workers, and laboratory processing for our CBD.

Furthermore, we undergo strict quality control measures to ensure that all batches of CBD used in our products are tested for pesticides, microbial (yeast, mold, mildew), and residual solvents. Our open door policy affords us the ability to share our lab testing results with anyone!

We guarantee that Aryn’s Essentials is a safe, reliable and therapeutic product that delivers the best cannabis therapy on the market. Our ingredients are naturally derived and we only use premium organic CBD from our growing partners. Because we put our consumers first, and value their experience with our products, we stand by 100% farm to skin traceability in everything that we do.

Cannaisseur Brands

Cannaisseur Brands

5 Steps to Soft, Fresh, Youthful Lips

OUR LIPS are one of the places on our body that start showing signs of aging first, and are most commonly forgotten in our skin care routine. Here are some simple steps to keep those puckers plump without resorting to cosmetic procedures or injectables.

1. EXFOLIATE them. Your lips don’t have any sweat or sebaceous glands, so they lack the protective layer of sweat and body oils that the rest of the skin on your body has. This causes the lips to become dry and dehydrated easily. Exfoliating them with a gentle sugar scrub once or twice a week will help them shed the dead skin layer and smooth out their texture.

2. APPLY a collagen stimulating lip serum on them twice a day. Look for one that has peptides and hyaluronic acid that draw moisture to your skin, keeping them soft and full.

3. USE SPF daily. It’s just as important to apply a sunscreen right over the top of your lips as it is your face and chest, especially when you will be out in the sun for increased amounts of time.

4. BALM them up at night. Use a natural lip balm at night before bed to keep them hydrated. Some balms have SPF in them so you can use them both morning and night.

5. DRINK water and lots of it. Proper hydration is crucial for overall skin health and has
tremendous anti-aging benefits.

Need to know how to add this into your skin care routine?

Here is your skin and lip care routine:

1. Cleanse face, neck and décolleté.
2. Tone face, neck and décolleté.
3. Treat skin with serums. (Apply Collagen Lip Therapy)
4. Moisturize face, neck and décolleté.
5. Protect skin. (Apply SPF to face, lips, neck, décolleté)

1. Cleanse face, neck and décolleté.
2. Exfoliate face, lips, neck and décolleté two times a week.
3. Treat skin with serums. (Apply Collagen Lip Therapy)
4. Moisturize face, lips, neck and décolleté. (Use Lip Balm)


Leona Baisley

Leona Baisley

Vivid Complexion

Leona Baisley Vivid Complexion Having been licensed esthetician for over 8 years, Leona has worked for a variety of spas and wax only salons. She is passionate about skin care, waxing and education for both the professional and the client. She has over 4 years of wax training experience for large organizations and is in the beginning stages of creating her own education classes that will help licensed estheticians and cosmetologists grow their businesses and compete with the top professionals in the industry.

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