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1. Consumers flock to all-natural beauty products

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

A recent Nielsen survey found that 46% of adults would be willing to pay more for a beauty product that claims to be all natural. Sales of beauty products advertised as natural or organic have increased an average of 24% annually for the past four years, compared with 2.7% yearly growth for the entire beauty category, according to Nielsen. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (03/24)

2. Peninsula Hotels refreshes wellness program

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Peninsula Hotels is updating its Peninsula Wellness program with refreshed spa offerings, dining options and healthy lifestyle enhancements. The company is supporting the initiative by opening a global center of spa and wellness excellence in Bangkok that will provide training for all Peninsula spas on techniques and programs. Luxury Daily (03/25)

3. 5 spots for relaxation around the world

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Writer Monica Kim shares five of the best places in the world to enjoy a relaxing vacation, from Juvet Landscape Hotel in Valldal, Norway, which features a riverside spa, to Ananda in the Himalayas, where guests enjoy ayurvedic treatments in a 24,000-square-foot spa in Narendra Nagar, India. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/20)

4. Chicago's Mud spa offers breast-milk facials

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Shama Patel, owner of Chicago's Mud spa, was inspired to offer breast-milk facials after reading about them online. The lauric acid and saturated fat can purportedly treat eczema and acne. Patel purchases breast milk from medically screened mothers registered with a local breast-milk bank. (03/24)

5. Bahrain sees debut of Four Seasons' largest spa

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Four Seasons has launched its largest spa at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, Bahrain. The 37,512-square-foot spa is spread across four interconnected garden buildings and features 17 treatment rooms, an indoor spa pool and his-and-hers spa lounges. (03/25)

6. Switzerland's Dolder Grand Spa offers tailored business meetings

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The Dolder Grand Spa in Zurich offers a "Meet in the Balance" program to corporate groups of seven or fewer. Groups choose among four themes: beauty, detox, relax and vitality. Meetings are held in the spa library, followed by boot-camp sessions in the forest, spa treatments and lunch. (03/23)

7. Pure Spa & Beauty in Scotland looks to dramatically increase revenue

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

Pure Spa & Beauty of Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking to increase its revenue to about $30 million. The spa company is in its second year of its ambitious three-year plan to increase turnover. The firm focuses on providing treatments to busy professionals. Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), The (03/23)

8. Meditation program seeks to engage 6th sense

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

The goal of the Six Senses Meditation program is "to provide guests with a chance to work on general consciousness, awareness and mindfulness," said Vice President Anna Bjurstam. Practitioners are asked to engage with touch, taste, scent, sight, sound and what the company calls the sixth sense, the heart chakra. (03/24)

9. Blue Stem Spa launches in Texas

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

The Blue Stem Spa has launched in Archer City, Texas. Owner Callie Ledyard creates her own products, tailoring them to her customers' needs. The spa offers body wraps, reflexology and massages such as Swedish, prenatal, deep tissue, hot stone and facial. Ledyard plans to offer yoga classes in the future. Archer County News (Archer City, Texas), The (03/26)

10. 3 top spas that grow their own herbs

ISPA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

World-class spas have begun incorporating herbs grown on their own grounds into specialized treatments. Among them are la Terre Spa by L'Occitane at lebua Resort in Jaipur, India; SPA Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Waldorf Astoria Spa at El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Luxury Travel Magazine online (03/19)

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