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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.

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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.

ECOCOCO Introduces Crystal Skin Healing

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We hope that by now you’re familiar with the latest addition to the PBS collective - ECOCOCO! Australian owned and made, ECOCOCO is a wellness and lifestyle brand developed with natural, organic and performance based ingredients with certified organic coconut being the brand’s hero ingredient. Their signature treatments are designed to fit into any salon’s current business model and draw on wellness philosophies from all over the world, including Thai and Chinese rituals and Ayurvedic medicinal remedies. It’s no surprise then that ECOCOCO’s professional treatments also include the ancient art of crystal skin healing - a practise that dates back to the Middle Ages, 7th century China, ancient Egypt and India, and beyond.

The use of crystals in the wellness realm is nothing new, but in the past few years they’ve seen a huge rise in popularity, thanks in part to crystal-loving celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr. The power of positive energy is everywhere these days and bringing crystals into your salon space and using them in your treatments is great way to cater to clients who subscribe to their benefits (or at least their beauty!). In other words, if you’ve ever thought about incorporating crystals into your salon in any way, now’s the time to do it!

ECOCOCO offer a range of crystal products, designed to be used in various treatments to enhance skin appearance and client wellbeing, and we’re pleased to announce that these are available for purchase by all PBS salons.

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ROSE QUARTZ FACIAL CRYSTAL

Perhaps the crystal most synonymous with the current wellness movement, rose quartz is the ultimate beauty crystal, believed to reduce impurities and stress in the skin. ECOCOCO’s rose quartz face crystal is designed for use in a soothing massage (a gentler version of the ancient Chinese practice of gua sha) aimed at increasing microcirculation, thereby plumping and smoothing skin and encouraging cell rejuvenation.

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ROSE QUARTZ & AMAZONITE PALM STONES

Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, palm stones are versatile pieces that can be incorporated into treatments in a number of ways. Whether held by clients during treatment or placed on various parts of the face or body during facials and massages, ECOCOCO’s palm stones can be a comforting and grounding tool for your clients

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JADE EYE MUSHROOM

A highly calming stone, jade is great for use on irritated and inflamed skin and is thought to improve skin elasticity. ECOCOCO’s jade eye mushrooms are designed to be used below the orbital bone in gentle gliding movements that encourage lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness and the appearance of fine lines.

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JADE EYE MASK

The coolness and weight of this mask helps reduce pore size, decreases puffiness and relax fine lines. ECOCOCO recommend keeping it in the fridge for ultimate results.


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BLUE CALCITE BODY MASSAGER

This large, smooth crystal feels beautiful in your hand and is thought to clear negative energy, promote physical healing, and encourage rest and relaxation, making it the perfect ECOCOCO piece for use in massages.

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LAVA HOT STONES

Help relieve muscle tension and pain whilst reducing stress and anxiety with ECOCOCO’s hot stones – a simple but luxurious addition to pedicures and massages.

Dermalux LED WINS ‘Best Manufacturer in the UK’ at the 2018 Aesthetic Awards.

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We are delighted to announce that Dermalux has won ‘Best Manufacturer in the UK’ at the prestigious 2018 Aesthetics Awards. This exciting win continues a six-year winning streak at the London-based awards where Dermalux won ‘Best New Treatment 2013’, and ‘Treatment of the Year’ in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Recognition for excellence in medical aesthetics is so important and the Aesthetics Awards acknowledges and rewards practitioners, companies and organisations that endorse best practice, deliver outstanding customer service, demonstrate unprecedented skill and who uphold robust ethics in the field of aesthetic medicine.

More than 800 guests gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on Saturday 1st December 2018, to celebrate the incredible achievements of brands, clinics, practitioners, treatments and distributors in 26 categories across the entire industry.

Dermalux beat out other commendable finalists, including Lynton Lasers and Sterimedix Aesthetics to claim the incredible ‘Best Manufacturer in the UK’ title.

This award recognises the manufacturers who offer an up-to-date range of equipment and product development, as well as demonstrating excellent customer service and ongoing support for practitioners using their products.

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According to the entry, Dermalux’s approach allows the team to control component quality and push boundaries in terms of technology and reliability, resulting in the production of high-quality products that are sold all over the world. One voter said the brand delivered, “excellent customer service”, while another said “innovation and stringent quality system that provides industry-leading product performance, backed by medical device quality safety and reliability.”

Louise Taylor, director of Dermalux, commented on the win saying, “This is a fantastic achievement for us. The Aesthetics Awards recognises those who follow best practice and excellence and this award demonstrates our continued commitment to the quality and efficacy of our technology to ensure it is results driven, industry leading and safe. We would just like to thank all of our clients and partners across the world for their continued support!”

For more information, call 1800 625 387 or visit click here.

It feels good to give!

It’s been a huge 2018 here at PBS and we’re proud of the many achievements of our team and our salons! But we also believe that there’s more to business success than numbers on a page and for this reason our proudest achievement this year is our continued sponsorship commitment to our “Little Sisters” in Cambodia.

As you may already know, PBS sponsors five young Cambodian girls through the Bestow Sisterhood and the Cambodia Charitable Trust, helping them to 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.

So 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.

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From all of us here at PBS we wish you and your team all the best for the year to come!

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.

Beauty with a Conscience

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Consumers today are becoming more selective and vocal about supporting businesses who are driven to make the world a better place, writes Matt Williams, CEO of Professional Beauty Solutions.

84% of young people believe that brands have more power to make change than governments, recants a McCann Worldgroup study in 2016. In the same way that the public has driven demand for holistic skincare, the importance of social consumerism has risen again, and it should come as no surprise that many of today's modern consumers care about more than just the quality of your products.

More than ever, consumers want to support brands that that give back in a very real and tangible way. They’re looking for brands and companies that weave corporate social responsibility into the fabric of their entire business model. In fact, a 2015 Nielsen survey found that nearly two-thirds of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainably made products.

The way these companies give back needs to be completely transparent too, especially when you look at the younger market segments. In fact, 81% of millennials – those aged from approximately 15 to 30 – expect their favourite companies to make public declarations of their corporate citizenship. There is simply no question that in 2018, customers want to know that their money is going toward something that not only looks good, but does good too.

The past few years have seen brands moving towards creating a culture of social awareness by providing opportunities to give back to the community. Most are now forming partnerships with aligned non-profit organisations in an attempt to move towards a world of ‘conscious consumption’.

A study conducted by Cone Communications and Echo Research revealed that more than 90% of consumers would switch to a brand supporting a good cause, echoing the inherent importance for a brand to speak for what their customer stands for, through its product and services. Even a big 65% of consumers felt more positively about the retailer after giving.

Giving back not only drives change in your community, but also within your organisation.

It is evident that philanthropic efforts on the part of employees and employers result in workplaces that are better for business and the people who work there. This year, staffers who believe their organisation gives back to the community are a striking 13 times more likely to look forward to coming to work, than those who do not perceive their employers as charitable, according to Fortune.

But more than anything – it FEELS GOOD to GIVE.

Unfortunately, the reality is that many small business owners are neck deep in focusing on building their business that they simply don't have the time to focus on non-revenue drivers. If you polled every entrepreneur in Australia, nearly 100 percent would say that giving back is important. But if you asked how many of them have such programs in place, you'd encounter a much lower number.

That’s where choosing brands that have programs in place can be an easy way to add this into your salon and business culture. Here are two of our brands that put “doing good” at the heart of their business:

Make 2018 the year your business gets in touch with the larger world, whether it be aligning with something in your local community or choosing brands that already have programs in place - this can be one of the easiest ways to add this into your salon and business culture.

Here are two of our brands that put “doing good” at the heart of their business:

Image Skincare and the Care for Skin Foundation

Founded by Image Skincare’s President Dr. Marc A Ronert, M.D, PHD*, the Care for Skin Foundation is a non-profit organisation created to provide reconstructive surgery for people who have suffered loss of skin due to accidents, tumours, burns, scars or genetic abnormalities.

Their goal is to provide surgeries to those who could otherwise not afford them – performing skin transplantations, scar corrections and cleft-palate corrections around the world. “Our goal is to raise $500,000 to help at least 3,000 children in 2018.” Ronert explains.

Image Skincare funds ALL administration expenses for Care for Skin, making it possible for all donations to be utilised to support patient care.

“Burn wounds are a significant cause of disease among children, and cleft palate conditions can impair speech and the ability to eat. With simple reconstructive surgical procedures, we are able to change someone’s life. Not to offer this to people in need would be unthinkable.” says Ronert.  

To date, Marc Ronert and his wife, Image Skincare CEO and founder, Janna Ronert have travelled with other members of the Care for Skin Foundation to Peru, Vietnam, Myanmar and Burma to perform reconstructive surgeries on hundreds of children in need, giving them a better quality of life.

To learn more about the work of the Care for Skin Foundation or to make a donation, visit http://www.careforskin.org/.

Bestow Beauty and the Bestow Sisterhood

The Bestow Sisterhood is a collective of beauty therapists and skincare clinics throughout Australasia who are changing the lives of vulnerable girls in Cambodia by sponsoring their education.

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.

“On one of her trips to Cambodia, Denise met a young woman who was working as a therapist in a local spa. When Denise asked her about her life she discovered that her family had been tricked into handing over her 15-year-old sister to the sex trafficking industry. They thought they were sending her off to a work as a nanny, to create a better life for herself. Denise returned to New Zealand determined to do her bit to stop this despicable practice”, explains Tait.

Over the last 10 years, Denise has changed the future for thousands of vulnerable children by transforming schools through the establishment of libraries and fresh water systems, while ensuring that the poorest children are sponsored to attend. “Education is the greatest hope for fighting poverty and slavery, especially education of girls,” says Tait.

There are two ways to participate in the Bestow Sisterhood and make a tangible difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

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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 Generositea

Salons can also become part of the Bestow Sisterhood by stocking and selling Generositea – the official Sisterhood tea. 100 percent of profits from the sale of this beautiful rose-coloured herbal tea go to support the work of the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

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. Professional Beauty Solutions is also proud to be part of the Bestow Sisterhood and currently sponsors five young girls in rural Cambodia. We think of them as our little sisters and encourage our salon partners to join us in sponsoring those who struggle to support themselves.

To learn more about the Bestow Sisterhood or to make a donation, visit https://www.bestowbeauty.com.au/sisterhood-1/


Matt Williams is the CEO and owner of Professional Beauty Solutions. With over 20 years sales, marketing and management experience, Matt has worked with hundreds of businesses to see them achieve financial and personal freedom and help them experience the success they have desired.