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Creating products in harmony

Once we have the idea of a product type and the application, then the fun of exploration begins. An idea or concept only gets you so far. Now is the time to put in the real work.

Our development process

Experimentation – This is where we hit the books and study each one of the potential ingredients. We have an idea of the basic product but we need to know what we are trying to solve with it. Based on that information we need to research potential ingredients. The list may be very long at first but eventually it gets thinned down to a beneficial blend. Once the ingredients are selected then it's a matter of creating the right balance. Fine tuning to measure out what the optimal percentage of one ingredient over the other in the total formulation.

We also spend time researching and designing product packaging if the product we are creating is completely novel from anything we currently create.

Trials – Depending on the product being developed, there can be several revisions of testing. It starts with the internal team and a couple of extras that are close to Très Spa. Feedback is compiled and any new adjustments are made then a new version is sent out. Once it passes this level of test group, it then goes out to the larger Beta Test crew. Then the cycle repeats until we have a product that we can all be proud of.

Release – Once all testing is passed and all adjustments have been made to the formula, the packaging and labels come next.

Retirement – Once in a while we decide to retire a product or a variation. We may bring it back at a later day, but we feel it is important to clear out one thing before starting a new one.

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Inspiration

Our desire is to solve a need

Très Spa Organic Conditioning Shampoo Rosemary Tea Tree & a kiss of Mint Bar

Our usual inspiration for products comes from a need. For example, one summer was particularly hot and we thought it would be nice to feel a little cooler so we created our organic dusting powders. Or that time we went on the “No Poo” kick and decided to ditch the bottle shampoo. This is how our Hair Hydros got developed and then the subsequent organic conditioning shampoos.

Sometimes it comes from our customer requests. We would have never done deodorant sticks unless our customers kept requesting it. But when we did create a stick, we made it a multipurpose stick suitable for runners. Runners need sticks that will not irritate and can be used to prevent chaffing skin or even be used safely on broken skin.

Our product ideas never come from following what others are doing. In fact, some things we intentionally stall at delivering because we don't want to be influenced by others.

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Our guiding ethos

Designing personal care products in harmony

Our products reflect our company guiding principals and what we believe. Très Spa designs skin care products that are as close to nature as you can get. Modern science and technology has brought us many things. Some are life saving while others cause destruction. When selecting ingredients that go into our personal care line, we made a few important decisions long ago and we stand by them today;

  • Keep it real! Use only natural plant based oils that are organic whenever possible, botanicals, and food grade ingredients.
  • All ingredients are active – Each one of the ingredients has purpose and meaning, contributing to the complete formulation. We wont use cheap fillers to artificially bulk up our products. We also select ingredients for their nutritional density and their ability to “feed” the skin or hair.
  • No imitation – We only use pure, unadulterated essential oils. We never use synthetic fragrances – ever. So if you want the banana berry pineapple scent, we suggest you buy the fruit.
  • Choose sustainable sources – We emphasize using ingredients that can be sustained both ecologically and economically, without causing devastation to any region or harm to any living habitat.
  • Be original – All of our designs or formulations come from a variety of inspirational sources. Our own desire and experience, customer responses and interactions, and nature around us to name a few. We will not reproduce or replicate someone else’s work. It’s just plain rude so please don’t ask.

With Très Spa you can be confident that what we use has been carefully selected with purpose. It is an old world wisdom we rely on. A wisdom of the ages in researching and applying natures finest gifts over centuries of time.

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Social responsibility

We believe in supporting worthy causes that improve the planet for all creatures great and small. We also believe in supporting efforts that work to improve the human experience. Listed below are some of the organizations we support through donations and pledges.

When Children lose their hair, they don’t just suffer physically. The change in their appearance can drastically undermine their self-image and sabotage their self-esteem. To help heal the pain of these struggles, Certified Cosmetic Therapist Jeffrey Paul founded Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1981.

Humans are a nomadic species. Driven by our need for recreation, contemplation, connection and reflection, we are on the go. Besides being the world’s largest industry travel and tourism has enormous and unsustainable impact on energy, water, land and food use.

At Sustainable Travel International, we believe that people’s inherent wanderlust, their desire for new experiences and concern for the places they care for most can inspire the protection of the world’s natural and cultural bounty and generate economic opportunity in destinations that rely on visitors.

Since 2002, we have been charting a new course for travel and tourism — one that leads to a healthier environment, greater economic opportunity, social justice and the protection of natural and cultural resources.

Clean the World Foundation operates global health programs and partnerships around the world. They provide education as well as human hygene products (soaps, lotions, shampoos) in places that are impoverished or where a devastating natural disaster has occurred.

TerraCycle offers a range of national, easy-to-use recycling platforms allowing everyone to #RecycleEverything, as well as Loop, a sustainable shopping experience moving the world away from single-use packaging.  TerraCycle offers recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters.

PETA opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in laboratories, in the food industry, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

Tres Spa and Palm Done Right

Palm Done Right from Natural Habitats proving that organic palm can be grown and harvested sustainably.

We've all heard about the impacts of palm done wrong in Malaysia and Indonesia. Endangered animals brought to the brink of extinction, primal rain forests destroyed, farmers being driven off their lands, peat fires that cause devastating air pollution throughout the entire region. Now it's time to hear the other, happier side of the palm story. A story where animal habitats and rain forests are preserved, where farmers are empowered, where communities thrive and the environment is nurtured.

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Sharing is caring

From the very beginning we recognized the importance that sharing would have for Très Spa's success. We are a grass roots company building from the ground up. We didn't have deep pocket investors and we had no customer base, not even a large friends network. We were really at zero from the beginning. An unknown in the industry and coming up at a time that was the worst economic downturn in our nations economy. We figured if we could make it through that, we could make it thru anything. Starting with no money in the bank and no customers, and against all odds we thrived. We had our vision and our mission. Over a decade later, we show no signs of stopping and we have loved every wonderful step of the journey.

We understood the importance of our budding relationships and we cherish each and everyone of them. We try to make sure we show our gratitude by adding a little something extra in each order when we can. We also started a generous rewards program for our loyal on-line shoppers.

All this sharing just didn't seem like enough so we decided to start a new Affiliates Program. It's our way to be able to share, financially, in the growth and success of Très Spa. For our affiliates, it gives them a chance to be a part of a unique company. A company focused on delivering a high quality product with a strong ethos of sustainability, cruelty free, and vegan compliance.