This year we became members of the International Spa Association (ISPA) and were super stoked to attend the ISPA media event in NYC and the Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. The expo in Vegas was the biggie, and we went to network and develop exciting new features and partnerships for Spa Manners.
The 3-day event at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino provides leaders in the spa industry from around the world an opportunity to learn, network and discover new spa products. The high-level education portion of the expo is geared towards spa executives and professionals. There are general sessions with keynote speakers, professional development sessions that cover leadership, business and spa-related topics, and finally the masters session is a pre-conference event that offers advanced and in-depth learning sessions for spa professionals to take their leadership and business skills to the next level.
Our focus for the expo was networking and forging new partnerships for Spa Manners. We were able to connect with some fantastic spa vendors to develop some new features for Spa Manners that will be launched in late Q4 or early Q1 of 2015.
The icing on the cake for us was our exploration of all the new and cutting-edge spa products exhibited on the show floor or found in the goody-bag room drops. We met a lot of great people exhibiting interesting new products from around the world. Some of our favorites included:
- Petalwell (shown in the image above, left) A smart, stylish and portable aromatherapy diffuser. These beautiful little diffusers are the perfect mix of old and new: they use innovative technology and contemporary design to release essential oils for aromatherapy. We bought two diffusers and a few bottles of essential oils – we will let you know how these geeky beauties work for us in an upcoming review.
- Eminence Organics (shown in the image above, bottom right) Yes, we know Eminence is a spa classic but it’s still one of our favorites from the show. As you can see, they offered free organic facials and hand treatments at the show, and they also had all of their products out for attendees to sample. We were treated to full-size bottles of the brand new Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum which is scheduled to be used in Burke Williams facials starting in November. We will also be reviewing this lovely-smelling serum in a review.
- Jindilli Macadamia skin products from Australia (shown in the image above, top right) We learned a lot about this wonderful little seed, which produces an oil that is made almost entirely of fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. The Jindilli line comes from a family-owned and operated Macadamia nut farm in Australia. We like what we have tried so far in their Hydra-Opulence body and face lotion and hope to review it soon.
- Coola Suncare had some new products for us to try and we learned a new term from them: Farm to Face. We took home some mineral sunscreen for the face: SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint and SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint. We also learned about their Environmental Repair Plus Collection, which is their after-sun line, as well as their partnership with Tommy Bahama (launching in January) and Hang Ten which will give consumers Coola suncare at an affordable price point.
Thank you to the wonderful ISPA team that helped us into the show. We look forward to attending all the events next year!
For those of you who couldn’t attend, check out ISPA’s video recap of the expo: