Cambodian "Little Sisters" Sponsorship Update

As you may already know, PBS sponsors five young Cambodian girls through the Bestow Sisterhood and the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT), helping them stay in school and protecting them against the very real dangers of human trafficking and sex slavery.

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In a country with no welfare system and no community groups offering any form of support, this kind of direct sponsorship is often the only support available to a young girl and her family. Besides helping her to attend school, sponsorship also enables her family to use the money for food, additional school lessons, medical costs or to help their other children.

Education breaks the poverty cycle and gives children choices and here at PBS we’re so glad to be able to give five young girls the opportunity to realise their potential and strive for a better life for themselves.

In February, CCT visited one of our “Little Sisters” Dalen, at her school and we wanted to share a bit about her and the real, tangible difference that sponsorship can make to an entire family.

11 years old and in grade six at school, Dalen is a curious, bright and well-behaved student with a very sweet smile. Her and her 8-year-old brother live with their great grandmother who is 78 years old and who also raised Dalen’s father. In rural Cambodia it’s not uncommon for children to live with grandparents or great grandparents, as parents often have to live and work in cities in order to earn even the most basic wage.

Both Dalen’s parents live in Phnom Penh; her father works in a print shop and her mother works in a garment factory. Every two weeks they make the three-hour trip home by motorbike or shared van to see Dalen and her brother and share what little money they earn with the family. Their wages are minimal and their working conditions poor, but it’s better than having no work at all.

Dalen’s grandfather (her father’s father) lives nearby and takes Dalen and her brother to and from school each day to ensure they get there safely. Dalen’s family home has a toilet and electricity for lights, and they also have a small rice field that harvests enough rice to feed the family for most of the year.

Dalen has dreams for the future and wants to be a doctor or work in a company when she grows up. For now, she enjoys skipping and playing traditional Khmer games with her younger brother and likes making art.

CCT tells us that the sponsorship money received each month is such a help to Dalen’s grandmother as it ensures the family has enough food to eat and covers basic school requirements. We’re so glad to be able to provide assistance to Dalen’s hardworking family and ease their financial burdens by any measure!

Want to get involved?

Why not make 2019 the year that you and your salon get involved and start giving back? The impact of these charitable contributions is immediate and profound and the following options are a wonderful way to incorporate philanthropy into your business model.

Sponsor a girl

For just $40 per month you can sponsor a young Cambodian girl – providing her with a school uniform, essential school stationery, access to health programs and a monthly contribution to her family’s living costs, helping to lift them out of poverty.

Stock Bestow’s Generositea

Salons can also become part of the Bestow Sisterhood by stocking and selling Generositea – the official Bestow Sisterhood tea. This beautiful rose-coloured tea is an organic blend of lemongrass, peppermint, hibiscus, cinnamon and cardamom and 100% of profits from its sales go to support the work of the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

Launched in New Zealand in April 2017, the Bestow Sisterhood is a partnership between Bestow Beauty founder, Janine Tait and her sister, Denise Arnold, who founded the Cambodia Charitable Trust in 2008.

The Cambodia Charitable Trust currently supports 12 primary schools, four secondary schools and two teachers’ training colleges in the Takeo and Kampot Provinces of Cambodia.

Salon of the Month April 2019 – Pure Skin Beauty & Spa

Congratulations to Nicole Bratis and the team at Pure Skin Beauty & Spa for being named our Salon of the Month for April!

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Located in gorgeous Berri, South Australia, Pure Skin Beauty & Spa specialise in a wide range of beauty and spa services from makeup, tanning, waxing, and mani/pedis, to day spa body treatments, advanced skincare, and cosmetic treatments.

Starting out in 2007 as a sole owner/operator with 2 rooms, today the spa has five beauty therapists, two reception staff and eight treatment rooms!

“Our mission since the early days has remained the same - to deliver premium customer service and professional skincare, beauty and cosmetic treatments in an immaculate environment, obtaining maximum results as well as relaxation. We want our customers to feel at home and cared for at all times,” explains salon owner, Nicole. 

After taking on Youngblood over a decade ago, Pure Skin Beauty & Spa have recently reintroduced the brand and made it the spa’s exclusive makeup range. If you’re a bride-to-be or have a special event planned you can trust you’ll be in good hands with Nicole – a two-time ABIA Makeup Artist of the Year Finalist (2016 & 2017) and a member of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Pro Makeup team for the past 5 years, who has gained exposure and a devoted following for in-salon bridal and event makeup.

Pure Skin Beauty & Spa also stock popular PBS brands Image Skincare and Bestow Beauty, and have seen fantastic results with their Dermalux LED unit.

I’d been wanting to introduce LED for years after learning about its amazing benefits and after researching the market I decided on Dermalux. A huge selling point for us was the power of the unit and its ability to provide all three wavelengths at once, as well as the preset treatment parameters that make operating the unit so easy. Since adding Dermalux to our service menu we’ve seen amazing results in the treatment of eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and acne which makes it the perfect accompaniment to our facial treatment menu.” – Nicole, owner Pure Skin Beauty & Spa

The spa prides itself on top notch customer service and has recently employed reception staff to improve customer experience and allow the therapists to focus solely on treatments throughout the day. The salon also finds that follow-up calls and SMS and email blasts keep customer satisfaction rates high, and they offer custom-designed treatments and complimentary add-ons to make each treatment extra special. “Our primary goal which we instill in our therapists has always been to ensure complete client satisfaction, pay strong attention to detail, and provide a place of comfort where the client can confide in us and feel at home whilst receiving quality professional treatments,” says Nicole.

Pure Skin Beauty & Spa continue to grow their sales and increase their clientele base with the help of social media, customer feedback and their popular VIP events. To introduce Dermalux, the spa threw a VIP launch party where a ‘Skin Bar’ offered express Dermalux treatments, mini makeovers and ‘2 for $99’ Dermalux treatments packages. “We were beyond excited to realise we’d sold $3000 worth of Dermalux packages on the night and we’re now organising a VIP launch night for Youngblood which our clients are eagerly awaiting,” said Nicole.

Pure Skin Beauty & Spa also makes regular use of the PBS MOAP sets on their social media channels and in-salon displays to generate interest and excitement around new product releases and special offers, and Nicole has found that this type of promotion see products and services sell themselves!

Well done to Nicole and her team on their amazing achievements! PBS are excited to be a part of her success story and we can’t wait to see how Pure Skin Beauty & Spa continues to grow. Congratulations on earning Salon of the Month!

Has your salon found success using PBS products and MOAP? Want to see you and your therapists featured in the next Salon of the Month? We want to hear from you!

Share your unique success story and tips and tricks with us and you could WIN $300 in promotional items for your salon.  Email marketing@probeautysolutions.com.au for information on how to nominate your salon for PBS ‘Salon of the Month’.

Australia Bans Animal Testing

Animals were shown a lot of love this Valentine’s Day when the Australian Senate passed the Government's Industrial Chemicals Bills 2017, which included a provision to ban animal testing on chemicals used as ingredients in cosmetics. This means that Australia has finally joined the EU and the UK in effectively banning cosmetic animal testing in Australia.

While it’s widely accepted that Australia’s cosmetic industry doesn’t conduct animal testing, under these new measures the industry regulator won’t allow companies to use data gleaned from any animal testing conducted on or after July 1st 2020 when introducing a new chemical or ingredient to their products.

For too long the beauty industry has relied on outdated and questionable animal testing methods that have well-known scientific limitations. This is because different species can respond differently from each other (and importantly, differently from humans) when exposed to the same chemicals. This means that results from animal tests may not be relevant to humans because they under- or over-estimate a certain ingredient’s hazard to humans.

Animals subjected to cosmetic testing include rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats. Testing methods include chemicals being rubbed onto shaved skin or dripped into eyes, repeated oral force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards (such as cancer or birth defects), and even widely condemned “lethal dose” tests in which animals are forced to swallow massive amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that causes death. These tests cause considerable pain and distress including blindness, swollen eyes, burns, internal bleeding, organ damage, birth defects, convulsions and death. Pain relief is not provided to these animals and at the end of a test the animals are killed, typically by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation.

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“The ban has been designed so there will be no incentive to conduct animal tests to meet the information requirements for introduction of chemicals used solely in cosmetics in Australia,” said Brian Quinlan from the Department of Health. The future of product testing lies in non-animal testing that focuses on how chemicals and drugs affect humans (rather than animals) and this new law will only permit safety data from testing on industrial chemicals that are for sole use in cosmetics if that testing is not performed on animals.

This ban is a huge win for the animals and an important step towards banning animal testing in all industries, worldwide. Here at Professional Beauty Solutions we’re proud to be a cruelty free company whose brands have never tested on animals and are not sold in countries where animal testing is compulsory. We’re excited to be a part of the growing cruelty free movement and look forward to watching animal testing become a thing of the past!



Nominations are OPEN for the 2019 Annual Awards Gala Dinner!

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Here at Professional Beauty Solutions we love to recognise and celebrate the success of our salon partners, which is why each year at the PBS Gala Dinner we award one salon the coveted “Salon of the Year” award. Awards to the salon that has shown the strongest commitment to growing their business with PBS brands and that has demonstrated excellence in the services they offer, the “Salon of the Year” award recognises innovative business initiatives and inspiring salon success. We’ll also be awarding “Stockist of the Year: awards for the salons that have delivered unparalleled results with each of our individuall brands,  plus out first “Hall of Fame” winner will be crowned!

To enter, simply complete the nomination form and provide detailed examples where required.

  • Grand Prize: Salon of the Year Award $3000

  • Youngblood Stockist of the Year $500

  • Image Stockist of the Year $500

  • Pure Fiji Stockist of the Year $500

  • Sunescape Stockist of the Year $500

  • Bestow Stockist of the Year $500

  • ECOCOCO Stockist of the Year $500

  • Dermalux Stockist of the Year $500

  • Body Sugaring Stockist of the Year $500

  • Marketing Excellence Award $300

  • Therapis of the Year $300

  • Best Newcomer $300

  • Highest Annual Growth $300

  • Hall of Fame $300

All prizes redeemable towards a PBS store credit

Winners will be announced at the PBS Skin Summit Gala Dinner on Sunday 19th May 2019. Entries close 22nd March 2019.

VENUE: Doltone House, Darling Island, Pytmont, Sydney
DATE: Sunday 19th May 2019
TIME: 6pm-10:30pm | TICKET PRICE: FREE*
DRESS: Ladies, White Cocktail.
Men, Formal, Black & White.

Submit your nomination forms online or email to marketing@probeautysolutions.com.au to be considered!

Salon of the Month - Toowoomba Hair Designers

A boutique salon in Hodgsonvale, 15 minutes outside Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Hair Designers specialises in hairdressing and beauty therapy. For over 17 years the team at Toowoomba Hair Designers have been devoted to providing exceptional service while offering a complete beauty experience in a relaxing environment – a lifesaver for time-poor clients.

Toowoomba Hair Designers journey with PBS started out with Youngblood over 13 years ago and they then introduced Sunescape four years later. They’ve since added Image Skincare and Bestow Beauty to their stable of brands, with both proving to be hits with their clients!

“Youngblood has been a favourite with our clients for many years because of how easy it is to use and the fact it’s a very high-quality product that can be used on all skin types,” says manager Cathy Ferguson. “I’m finding Image Skincare a very exciting brand to work with as well, and my clients are really starting to embrace and enjoy the results that Image Skincare’s products have been delivering over the past year.”

Cathy believes the business excels because they put their clients first and focus on delivering top notch customer service. In order to create a welcoming and caring environment the salon staff go out of their way to personally get to know each client and take an interest in their lives, ensuring the salon is somewhere clients look to return to for friendly conversation, relaxing treatments and great results. “To ensure we have a loyal cliental we always make sure our customers are happy and excited about their new looks and treatments, and we always educate them thoroughly about their chosen products to ensure they keep seeing results,” says Cathy.

As a part of their marketing activities the salon recently held a Bestow Beauty VIP night where they cooked up Bestow recipes, sampled Bestow herbal teas and gave out complimentary Bestow samples for clients to try. They also gave clients the opportunity to try products from the other brands they stock and even held a raffle to win a hamper of Bestow, Youngblood, Image Skincare and Sunescape products! Needless to say, the VIP night was a total success and the salon immediately saw an increase in sales of Bestow teas and recipe books, as well as Image Skincare’s I Conceal foundations.

When it comes to day-to-day promotion of the business through social media, the team at Toowoomba Hair Designers always make sure they take advantage of the monthly PBS MOAPs, using the graphics across their social media platforms to advertise special offers and discounts.

Well done to owner Kate and the team at Toowoomba Hair Designers! We’re excited to be a part of their success story and look forward to seeing how the salon continues to grow. Congratulations on earning Salon of the Month!