The Hut Group Acquires Prestigious Spa and Skincare Brand ESPA – 

The Hut Group (“THG”, or the “Group”), one of the world’s largest online Health & Beauty retailers and brand owners, announces the acquisition of ESPA, a world-renowned leader in spas and skincare excellence, from affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (“KSL”).
Established in 1993, ESPA is the choice of the world’s leading spas and skincare experts. ESPA products and treatments are sold in over 700 spas across 50 countries in the finest hotels including ESPA Life at The Corinthia London, top destinations of Ritz Carlton, Peninsula, One&Only and the ESPA Life at Gleneagles.

Each spa offers a unique reflection of its environment, ultimately providing a collection of bespoke, opulent destination spas that offer wellbeing experiences for skin, body and mind. Last year, ESPA- trained beauty therapists performed over 5 million treatments globally.

ESPA products are also sold in luxury retail outlets such as John Lewis, Liberty London and Harvey Nichols, and direct to consumers on

Working with the best skincare experts, using only the highest quality, purest natural ingredients at their optimal levels, ESPA create unique Tri-Active™ blends of plant actives, marine actives and essential oils to develop the most effective, natural products and treatments. All new product development and manufacturing is done at ESPA’s own facility in the UK.

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Industry Leaders Support Recognition of Sustainable Excellence in the Spa Industry

The Green Spa Network engages industry leaders to judge 6th Annual Sustainability Awards in recognition of sustainable innovation and leadership

Atlanta, GA – September 20, 2017 – The Green Spa Network (GSN) announces its 6th Annual Sustainability Awards, which recognize innovation and leadership by the spa industry in support of a vital planet and vital people. With its annual awards, GSN celebrates the collective contributions to a more sustainable future.
“Proactively caring for the health of our planet and people is what the spa industry has always been about,” says Karen Short, GSN Board President and Senior VP Sales and Marketing, Universal Companies, “by recognizing the achievements in spa and sustainability, GSN elevates the awareness of success stories to inspire other businesses to create positive change.”

Representing both the spa and sustainability industries, along with wellness, hotels, and design, the 2017 GSN Sustainability Awards judges are well-known in the community and have a strong pulse on the change leaders. The independent panel will award winners in four categories: Sustainable Building, Innovative Sustainable Initiative, Leadership in Sustainability by a Day Spa and Resort/Wellness Center, and Sustainable Spa Brand in Beauty, Equipment, and Retail. The GSN Sustainability Awards program also includes a Visionary Award and Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award, which are determined by the GSN Board of Directors.
The 2017 GSN Sustainability Judges are Rona Berg (Editor-in-Chief, Organic Spa Magazine), Julie Keller Callaghan (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, American Spa Magazine), Debra Duneier (Founder, EcoChi), Glenn Hasek (Editor and Publisher, Green Lodging News), and Ulli Peck (Founder and Owner, The Wellness Agency).

Winners will be announced in December 2017 and will be featured at the 10th Anniversary Congress, March 11-14, 2018 at Carmel Valley Ranch. The public is encouraged to submit recommendations for brands and leaders that are practicing sustainable responsibility. Recommendations can be made by clicking here.

About Green Spa Network:
GSN is a non-profit trade association serving the spa industry in support of action for a sustainable future. Their mission is to promote the vital connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability and the health of our planet. Through networking, education, and best practices developed with a membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet.

Kate Sornson
Community Manager

What’s Trending in Spa Product for Fall/Winter 2017

Provided by AmericasMart – 

The idea of spa retreats and self-pampering might seem like a foreign concept in today’s society. The average person is constantly on the go and any “free” time is typically divided between work, family, school or some other pressing obligation. Unfortunately, relaxation, more often than not, takes a backseat to life. However, treating yourself to some much needed peace and serenity is not lost.  

Check out these trending spa and beauty products for Fall/Winter 2017 that will nourish mind, body and soul:

Lemon and Citrus

Citrus fruits have amazing revitalizing properties so it is only natural that many brands are incorporating lemon, lime, grapefruit and verbena into their lines.  Citrus infused fragrances, scents and oils do wonders to boost energy and mood. 


The benefits of superfoods are undeniable and lend themselves to amplify a wide variety of spa and beauty products.  Avocado, olive oil, banana and other foods are used to enhance the body and overall wellbeing. 


Honey is another item featured front and center in many product launches. This soothing and rich ingredient has a wealth of health benefits from aromatherapy to skin moisturization. 

Each spa is as different as its owners and customers, however certain elements tend to transition across specialties to create a welcoming atmosphere and positive experience. Keeping up with new concepts is part of providing a superior customer experience. 

For additional information, visit for information on these trends and more.



Organic Skin Care Market Safety, Regulatory Guidelines and Herbal Medicines 2017 – 

Global Organic Skin Care Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Organic Skin Care including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for Organic Skin Care investments from 2017 till 2022.

This study answers several questions for stakeholders, primarily which market segments they should focus upon during the next five years to prioritize their efforts and investments. These stakeholders include Organic Skin Care manufacturers such as, Bare Escentuals, Natura Cosmticos S.A., Burt’s Bee, Kiehl’s, The Body Shop, Estee Lauder, Yves Rocher Amway, Arbonne International, The Hain Celestial Group, Aveda Corp., L’Occitane en Provence.

Primary sources are mainly industry experts from core and related industries, and suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and organizations related to all segments of the industry’s supply chain. The bottom-up approach was used to estimate the global market size of Organic Skin Care based on end-use industry and region, in terms of value. With the data triangulation procedure and validation of data through primary interviews, the exact values of the overall parent market, and individual market sizes were determined and confirmed in this study.

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Medical spa welcomes renowned aesthetician and makeup artist – 

Vitality Aesthetics and Wellness in Fayetteville has welcomed Rosemarie Hunter, a renowned aesthetician and makeup artist. 

Hunter is working on commercial film shoots while preparing to work with models at New York Fashion Week.

Having worked with multiple professional film and photo studios, Vitality Aesthetics and Wellness employees said she brings world-class skills and products to Fayetteville.

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Breaking: former Canyon Ranch, Miraval, Two Bunch execs form new wellness hospitality company – A group spa industry veterans have come together to create a new hospitality and real estate company, Civana, based around sustainable wellness through an affordable travel and lifestyle platform.

Led by Kevin Kelly – who was former Canyon Ranch president and chief branding officer, and most recently was CEO and co-owner of California’s Two Bunch Palms – Civana will bring together wellness programming, sustainable design and hotel asset and property management. 

Joining Kelly is Larry Lamy, former VP of finance for Miraval and Canyon Ranch; and spa and wellness brand executive Rianna Riego, who assisted Kelly in the re-branding of Two Bunch Palms. Peter Smith, former COO of Canyon Ranch, is an advisor and senior board member of Civana. 

Civana will invest US $40m to transform the 189-bedroom Carefree Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, US, which will open in September 2018; the company hopes to have between three and five wellness resorts and communities open within the next five years. 

Civana wellness resorts will focus on sustainable wellness, along with a consumer appetite for a deeper guest experience, social connection, and an affordable health and wellness environment.

“The established wellness immersion resorts target the top 10 per cent of the affluent travellers, leaving 90 per cent of this market underserved,” said Kelly, who is Civana’s chair and CEO. “Civana will bring a more attainable wellness experience to a larger target market, designed for today’s sophisticated traveler of all ages.” 

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Earthlite® Announces Acquisition of Continuum Footspas

Earthlite announced today the acquisition of Continuum Footspas, LLC, a leading pedicure equipment company, enhancing its dominant position in spa equipment.

Vista, California – September 7, 2017 – Earthlite, LLC announced today that it has acquired Continuum Footspas, LLC from its private owners. “We are very pleased Continuum Footspas will become part of the Earthlite family of companies. Continuum has a worldwide reputation of manufacturing the finest pedicure equipment in the industry and we are impressed with the quality of the company’s design portfolio and management team,” according to James Chenevey, Earthlite’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Continuum will join Earthlite, Living Earth Crafts, Stronglite, and Inner Strength in the company’s portfolio.

“We intend to further invest in building Continuum’s proprietary designs and combine our collective sales teams to enhance the company’s sales and marketing efforts,” says Brian Paris, Earthlite’s Executive VP of Sales. “We are very excited about the future of both companies in the nail and pedicure space.”

Joe Galati, long-time industry veteran and former company President, will remain as an advisor to the Continuum Team. Tony Galati will become Continuum’s General Manager. “I couldn’t imagine a more suitable partner than Earthlite and Living Earth Crafts to help facilitate our continued growth in the spa and salon marketplace,” said Mr. Joe Galati. “The combined marketing reach of our organizations will be unprecedented. Additionally, I couldn’t be happier for our Continuum staff. As a direct result of this timely acquisition, all employees, particularly Tony, will help lead Continuum for years to come. This merger creates exceptional opportunities in both companies.” Tony Galati added, “By combining resources we will be able to provide customers with more innovative products, superior service and improved quality.”

About Earthlite – Headquartered in Vista, California with operations on three continents, the award winning Earthlite manufactures the highest quality spa and massage equipment in the world under multiple well-known brands. Founded in 1987, Earthlite maintains an unwavering commitment to producing exceptional quality products with sustainable manufacturing practices and materials.

About Continuum – Based in New Berlin, WI, Continuum Footspas designs and manufactures premium pedicure equipment for many of the world’s finest spas and salons. The founders, John Meyerovich and Joe Galati invented the first pedicure chair in the early 1980’s. Today, Continuum remains one of the most revered brands in spa and salon equipment. For more information on Continuum’s pedicure line, visit the Continuum website at or contact the company at 877-255- 3030.