Dirt Roads to Dreams ~ Stephanies Luxury Spas Turns 25

It takes something special for a business to keep its doors open for multiple decades! This month, as Stephanies Luxury Spas celebrates 25 devoted years of being in business, we take a look at some of the specialness that has made this company such a success.

In chatting with Joyce Shepherd, Stephanie’s Mum, we discovered insights to the early years of Founder and CEO of Stephanies Luxury Spas.

Like all Mums, Joyce wanted the very best for Stephanie however, living in Broken Hill in the 60s and 70s, surrounded by dirt roads, she found the isolation challenging. “I worried Stephanie wouldn’t be able to achieve her dreams”, said Joyce.

The Shepherd family faced all challenges with a lot of patience, love and support and raised a successful, independent and free-thinking daughter.

Even before starting school, Stephanie wanted to be a ‘Beauty Lady’. With very little money, Joyce’s make-up kit consisted of a face cream, foundation and one Avon lipstick, when the lippy ran out it was time to save up to purchase another.

Setting good examples and a strict upbringing, Joyce’s bedroom was off-limits, however, after Kindy pick up, the relentless ‘Beauty Lady’, at the age of 5, would come out of Mums room smelling like Avon and painted up like a circus clown!

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While Joyce and Len were able to encourage Brother Greg to do his schoolwork, Stephanie was focused and had beauty on her mind – not homework! A childhood comment from our CEO was ‘I don’t need to study to be a Beauty Lady’!

Stephanie with her best friend Natalie Dunstan throughout primary school spent many hours doing hairdos and creative makeup applications from the age of 6. A lifelong friendship like no other was established – today Natalie is Stephanie’s right-hand lady, an integral part of Stephanies Luxury Spas.

Being too young to go to ‘Beauty School’, Joyce and Len gave young Stephanie the opportunity to complete a secretarial course with the ‘carrot’ – do well, pass the course and you will go to Beauty School! Naturally, Stephanie blitzed the course and was on her way to making her dream a reality. In 1985 Stephanie attended Heather Langton’s Academy of Beauty Therapy in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Once qualified, the ecstatic Beauty Therapist Stephanie started working at Hair and Beauty Talk in Broken Hill where her love of Payot Skincare products was born. While Stephanie was a fresh-faced beauty therapist to the industry, and with her mum being a TAFE teacher, Stephanie wanted to help other girls in the Broken Hill community, so she planned and implemented a Teenage Beauty Course during school holidays which gave her some amazing confidence at such a young age, and was a huge success.

In learning about Stephanies early years, it’s no wonder her business is celebrating 25 years! Many people are too afraid to follow their dreams and do what they love – from the dirt roads of Broken Hill; the dreams of a young girl to become a ‘Beauty Lady’ have overwhelmingly become a reality.

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Phone: 1300 DAY SPA Email: reservations@stephanies.com.au

NOOSA Phone Direct: (07) 5473 5353

BRISBANE CITY Phone Direct: (07) 3221 8800

CLEVELAND Phone Direct: (07) 3488 0300

CLEAR MOUNTAIN Phone Direct:  (07) 3298 6622

BULIMBA Phone Direct:  (07) 3899 5333

Stephanies® wins three awards at the recent World Luxury Spa Awards

We are absolutely delighted to share with our valued clients that we have won THREE incredible awards at the recent World Luxury Spa Awards in Switzerland. Stephanie herself was present on the night at the glittering soiree to accept the coveted awards and enjoy the incredible hospitality of the 5-star Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina (it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it).

 World Luxury Spa Awards

Stephanies® Urban Spa in Bulimba was awarded ‘Luxury Urban Escape’ and Stephanies® Mountain Spa at Clear Mountain Lodge named ‘Luxury Hideaway Spa’.  Our overall brand ‘Stephanies® Luxury Spas’ took home an award of its own being ‘Luxury Spa Group’.  All of these awards were won in the category of ‘Continent’, covering Australia and Oceania.

 Stephanie Shepherd takes out 3 awards

These award wins are a result of our spas amazing clients supporting us by voting and we are extremely grateful for every single vote that contributed to this humbling moment for Stephanies®.

 Hotel Kronenhof Awards Night

It has been a long, yet rewarding and satisfying journey for Stephanie since her first spa opened in 1994 to reaching this career milestone. “To receive these incredible industry accolades in response to our clients support has been overwhelming and humbling” she says, “To have built such an incredible community of clients and therapists is a very proud achievement for me”.

 Stephanie receiving Awards

THANK YOU again to our wonderful clients for all of your continued love and support of Stephanies® Luxury Spas.

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NUTRICIA – The nutrition secret for dry skin

The latest in skin care direct from the Payot laboratories; NUTRICIA is a skincare range specifically designed for dry skin. It takes action not only on the signs of skin dryness, but also on the cause.

NURTICIA BY PAYOT

The concept was to develop a range of ultra-­nourishing and protective skincare products specifically formulated for dry skin made from a selection of highly effective active ingredients and formulated to embrace the senses with enveloping fragrance and sensorial textures. 

NUTRICIA NEW RANGE FROM PAYOT

Payot delivers the whys and hows of dry skin and the technology behind the NUTRICIA range. Here’s the breakdown:

DRY SKIN VS DEHYDRATED SKIN

Dry skin lacks lipids, particularly intercorneocyte lipids, resulting appearance of skin is dry with small “holes” in the skin barrier. Irritating agents and allergens penetrate the skin resulting in symptoms like redness, itchy skin, or inflammation.

NUTRICIA’S solution is to provide lipids (rich textures, emollients) to strengthen and repair the skin barrier.

Dehydrated skin on the other hand is the lack of water deep down; NUTRICIA’s treatment: provide water.

Dehydrated vs Dry skin

TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE RANGE

The below ingredients make up this ultra hydrating range and have been researched extensively in the Payot laboratories.

OLEO-LIPIDIC COMPLEX : RESTRUCTURES
For restructuring Oleo-Lipidic complex concentration of 3 ultra-­nourishing plant oils gives dry skin the nutrients it needs, intensely nourishes, and helps to restructure the skin.

MONDO GRASS EXTRACT : STRENGTHENS
Strengthens and helps to visibly restore the hydrolipidic barrier while protecting the skin from external aggressions. Mondo Grass maintains an effective epidermal barrier and guarantees customised hydration for the skin. Comfort and protection are improved.

NUTRICIA TECHNOLOGY

VIRGIN SWEET ALMOND OIL : SOOTHING
Rich in omega 6 soothing property for dry irritated skin.

RASPBERRY SEED OIL : PROTECTION
Rich in omega 3 and omega 6; protects the skin’s barrier function.

MEADOWFOAM OIL : HYDRATING
Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants improves skin hydration.

SWEET ALMOND AND RASPBERRY SEED

NUTRICIA COLLECTION

NUTRICIA HUILE SATINÉE
A treasure of skin nutrition, ultra-nourishing dry oil. Gives dry skin the nutrients it needs Intensely nourishes and helps to restructure the skin Provides suppleness and comfort
30 ml pump bottle – RRP $95

NUTRICIA CRÈME CONFORT
Ideal cream for dry skin  for nourishing, restructuring, and comforting. Intensely nourishes and soothes dry skin. Strengthens and helps to visibly restore the hydrolipidic barrier while protecting the skin against external aggressions.
50 ml jar – RRP $100

NUTRICIA BAUME LÈVRES
Slightly iridescent nourishing balm ideal for dry, damaged lips. Strengthens and helps to visibly restore the hydrolipidic barrier. Relieves tightness and protects against external aggressions by isolating the surface of the lips.
15 ml tube with slanted applicator – RRP $36

The NUTRICIA range is like inhaling pure indulgence with addictive fragrances of Peach, Blackcurrant, Rhubarb (top notes). Middle notes include Hyacinth, Rose, Lily Of The Valley, inclusive of oceanic aromas with base notes of Orange Blossom, White Musk, and Moss.  The products are an irresistible olfactory delight and words like sensuous, silken and comfort can be said for the texture.

NUTRICIA takes action not only on the signs of skin dryness but also on the cause. The secret is out for the latest skin care for dry skin.

NUTRICIA PAYOT FOR SKIN DRYNESS

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