Products for spas, massage centers, spas. Disposable vs reusable.

Caractére Paris produces and distributes a wide range of products dedicated to the needs of health centers, spas, hairdressers…
Mainly, there are two kinds of products, disposable / semi-resistant and reusable. Disposable products are made of non-woven fabric, and those that are durable are made from microfiber, both made with the best technology available on the market.

 

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Disposable linen for massages: Ideal for massages that use oil or mud, and situations where it is often necessary to use disposable products, since these types of products are very difficult to eliminate. For this reason, Caractere proposes an economic fabric, ultra soft and absorbent, with a mixed composition. Particularly adapted for Ayurvedic massages, in which large quantities of oils are used.

 

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Microfiber Towels: The microfiber absorbs up to 4 times more than cotton, is softer than it, and it takes up less space. It requires a simple washing (without bleach or softeners), it dries faster than cotton. Available in different sizes.

 

 

Disposable Towel vs. Durable Microfiber Towel Caractere Paris
The first and most important difference between these two products is that one does not need to be washed and ironed and the other requires thorough washing. While in some cases the disposable towel is necessary, in others it is possible to choose between the two types of product. The main advantage of the disposable towel is that you’ll be able to ensure that the product will only be used by an individual, while for the latter the advantage is in the immediate savings, since you do not have to repurchase. Another advantage that the durable microfiber towel is the feeling of softness.
We offer both possibilities, but also a mid-point: absorbtex bathrobe, semi-durable, honeycomb fabric, elegant and highly absorbent.

 

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Absortex- A unique and original fabric found only in Caractere: Absortex fabric is completely natural, 100% degradable. Caractere produces this fabric with a honeycomb texture, also known as “waffle”. Our bathrobes are durable and elegant. They stay well for the period of one week.

 

 

 

We offer samples and free quotations, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate to call (+44 (0) 20 3608 1542) and/or e-mail us (info@caractere-paris.com) and we’ll get back to you asap!

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Disposable Underwear Usage in Spas

g-stringPrimarily, any spa or salon treatment a client undergoes should be relaxing. Every aspect of a spa environment has been expertly designed to promote this feeling; from the music to the aromas, from the soft lighting to the quality products available. Staff are presented in a sleek and uncomplicated manner and refreshments are offered regularly.

All these things contribute to an all-round feeling of calm. Many spa treatments will require the client to be undressed for optimum results. Whether during a massage or spray tan clothing can pose a problem. Of course you offer your clients high quality, natural fibre robes and slippers but what lies beneath?

As well as inhibiting the efficacy of the treatment, any clothing which remains is at risk of being stained or damaged by the products in use. Tanning solutions and massage oils are notoriously difficult to remove from fabrics, especially those delicate ones used in underwear.

Aside from this we understand that it is both daunting and uncomfortable for a client to have their intimate areas exposed, this can make them feel extremely vulnerable. Of course there is also the question of hygiene to consider, these areas will come into contact with many surfaces throughout your salon or spa which can be troublesome to sterilise.

We therefore recommend the use of disposable underwear for both men and women.

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The most modern versions of which are perfect for use in the spa area and can of course be disposed of following treatment. Men’s g-strings and women’s disposable panties or g-strings can be offered discreetly to clients before they enter the changing area.

Many high-end establishments chose to avoid disposable underwear but still provide options for clients to prevent their own clothing from being damaged and again, to protect modesty. Top quality spandex bikini sets or massage briefs may be handed to guests for use in the circumstances, an added extra to their exclusive services.Spare 2-Piece Bikini for massage

Legionellosis or Legionnaire’s Disease in Spa and wellness centre

Are you the owner or manager of a spa, hot tub or pool, or do you provide showers and air conditioning for your clients? Make sure you are fully aware of the dangers of legionnaire’s disease and the risks to your clients, and understand what your legal obligations are.

What exactly is Legionnaire’s Disease?

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Legionnaire’s disease is a serious disease caused by a tiny aquatic organism which thrives in warm, damp environments. It can be inhaled in fine droplets, leading to pneumonia and a high fever. As the disease takes up to 10 days to develop many other people may be infected before it is realised that anything is amiss. Air conditioning systems, humidifiers, nebulisers, ornamental fountains and many other types of equipment containing water may also be sources of legionnaire’s disease.

How can it be prevented?

 

A spare swimsuit for pool to keep the pool clean.

Because of its long incubation period an outbreak is easier to prevent than to control and there are strict regulations in place to safeguard public health. The essential feature is a controlled system of regular testing and keeping water systems clean. Although legionella bacteria can be found in many sources, including fresh water, it becomes dangerous when slime is allowed to develop and when the temperature reaches 35-45 degrees centigrade.

What are my legal obligations?

According to www.hse.gov.uk, under general Health and Safety law you are obliged to maintain your water systems in good condition and assess the risk of a problem developing. This means drawing up a risk assessment, identifying potential sources of legionnaire’s disease and preparing a course of action to monitor that risk. You must keep accurate records and be able to prove you are taking your responsibilities seriously.

The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations state that if you have a cooling tower or evaporative condenser on site you must notify the local authority in writing. Contact your local Environmental Health department.

 

What should I do on a daily basis?

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If you employ five people or more, you must have a written risk assessment and keep careful records of your monitoring of the water system. Make sure you have a responsible person do this and that all your staff know the correct way to use equipment.

Keep the system and the water clean, and avoid a situation where an outbreak could develop. Keep the water too hot for the bacteria to survive or add an antibacterial solution to prevent growth.

Consider employing a firm of consultants to check your supply.

Cultural Origami: Japanese Hygiene and Disposable Slippers for the Spa, Pool and Bath

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Open and Closed Toe Slippers

Slippers have been an expected welcome item in luxury hotels and spas for decades, but they’re just starting to show up in mainstream establishments. However, in Japan, this was never the case. Why? For the answer, we turn to Wikipedia’s article on Japanese Bathrooms. In fact, the custom of wearing slippers in the bathroom dates back centuries, to a time when toilets used to be located outside the home in the garden or on the street. Japanese culture strictly defines a difference between areas deemed clean and unclean. This dichotomy is the reason why many Japanese remove their footwear when entering a house. Due to the fact that toilets used to be located outside (similar to Western outhouses), it was essential to put on slippers when walking from the clean zone inside the house to the outside, considered by most to be dirty.

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White Slippers

Even though bathrooms in Japan migrated inside over the course of modernisation, the custom of wearing a separate pair of slippers for the bathroom remained critical to the Japanese mentality. Contact between the two zones must be kept to a minimum in order to respect cleanliness and preserve hygiene. Despite the fact that a scientific study proves “other places are much more likely to have higher bacterial contamination” than the bathroom, the Japanese remain extremely rigid in their beliefs about sanitation. Even today, “many private homes and also some public toilets have toilet slippers (トイレスリッパ) in front of the toilet door that should be used when in the toilet and removed right after leaving the toilet. This also indicates if the toilet is in use… A frequent faux pas of foreigners is to forget to take off the toilet slippers after a visit to the restroom, and then use these in the non-toilet areas, hence mixing the clean and unclean areas.”

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Black Slippers

Increasingly, Japanese tourists began to frequent European hotels and ask for pairs of bathroom slippers. Two years ago, Caractère developed its first models of disposable slippers for budget level accommodations. While the monopolies of the hotel industry have dedicated suppliers, Caractère was one of the first companies to offer disposable slippers to small and mid-sized businesses. The original slipper design was popular, but then requests came from hotel owners for different sizes, colours, designs (closed toe versus open toe) and for customized labels with a hotel’s name or logo embroidered on top of the soles. Originally we tried to limit extra features and packaging in order to deliver the best prices possible to clients, but in the end, the customer is always right. Now a variety of sizes, models, colours, styles and personalisation options are available. The product line is one of the company’s most popular and sales are exploding.

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Slippers with Logo

Currently, Caractère offers the slippers in a basic white edition for men, women and children, both in open and closed toe models. For luxury clients, a special design was created, in addition to a black colour version. For clients with bulk quantity orders, logo customisation remains an option. Of course with all large volume orders, a special discount is applied. Please contact us directly for more information.

Caractère Hostellerie has manufactured disposable and reusable supplies for the hotel, salon, spa and beauty industries since 1993. Our high quality products, low prices, attention to detail and reputation for rapid and friendly customer service have enabled the company to expand to all major Western European markets, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and now the UK and Ireland.

To be Prude or to be Nude? Massages in Total Comfort with Massage Apparel

Every one knowsg-string massages are a time to relax. Yet preparing for a massage can be (and all too often is, unfortunately) a stressful experience.

First, you have to choose the right day and time to visit your therapist, and make sure nothing stressful is scheduled before or after the massage that would take you out of the zone of inner peace.

Second, you have to choose the rig
ht therapist: one who won’t massage too hard, but not too soft either; with the right style — Swedish, Californian, Ayurvedic or deep tissue; with the right oils so that your skin leaves the appointment feeling nourished, without breaking out in pimples the next day.

Third, right before the session, the moment most likely to cause awkwardness and stress comes: the time to undress. Some parlours require their clients to strip down entirely and become naked, then crawl under a sheet or towel they provide in order to give the guest an illusion of privacy.

Certain places even pretend it isn’t traumatic to change into your birthday suit in front of a therapist — a guy or gal you may have met mere minutes earlier.

According to a poll on About.com to which over 5,000 people responded, “What do you wear during massage,” more than half of the respondents said, “Nothing. I remove all my clothing.” However, this isn’t necessary anymore because salons and spas have now started to provide their clients with massage apparel.

This new development assures the client privacy and comfort before, during and after a massage. Some unfamiliar with the world of massage may wonder exactly what is massage apparel.

Massage wear is disposable, single-user (but not necessarily single-use) clothing made to protect and keep warm clients who receive massages. While simple in design, it comes in extra soft fabrics and comfortable cuts that guarantee relaxation.

Caractère Paris offers a full line of massage apparel, including underwear, shorts, shirts and jackets.

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disposable Men’s G-string

A wide variety of underwear, such as thongs, slips, and panties, exist for the essential comfort of massage clients. The male thongs are a great starting point, covering the essential bits and pieces without rendering the massage difficult. They come for roughly 25 pence each, an accessibly affordable improvement for any massage service.

For women, a stylish and elegant G-String takes the first step toward proper clothing during a
massage. They’re also perfect for tanning salons in order to minimize tan lines and for masks or other chemical treatments that would stain most clothing.

Another option for the more modest female client is the panty, with a wider backside that affords better coverage. With both at slightly more than 20 pence per unit, how can one not provide their clients with this essential? Finally, even plus sized individuals can enjoy massages in discretion with the Large Disposable Adult Panties Underwear. Among these four products, there is a size and style for virtually everyone.

Luxury salons also provide their clients with a full line of comforting and warm massage apparel, which includes shorts, shirts and jackets.

The shorts come first in the list of priorities because of the area they cover. Their comfortable, soft Absorbtex ® material is durable, resistant to rips or tears and will absorb oils or other liquids used during salon treatments, such as masks and body wraps. They come in three sizes, each with an elastic band around the waist that keeps them in place.

The massage shirt is the other essential for full-service salons. They are generously cut and come with a set of buttons down the front that allow easy, fast dressing and removal. Each shirt comes individually wrapped, with a variety of sizes available for every client.

Finally, the massage jacket is the optimal finishing touch for any massage. It comes in a stylish, fashionable look that resembles a kimono, with a V-neck opening, pockets and belt to secure the jacket around its wearer and offer maximum comfort during the massage.

On top of all of this, the above products are all recyclable, meaning you can play your part in protecting the environment by avoiding having to wash, dry and buy new reusable apparel for when you clients want to take it with them. Any salon owner will tell you that (especially if it is the guest’s first time in a salon), the slightest detail can make or break his or her experience. In these cases, attention to detail on the part of the salon owner is essential. Investments, even small ones in things like massage apparel, will pay off over the long run in satisfied return customers and word of mouth advertising.

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