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!

Leading Provider in Hotel and Spa Linens Debuts ‘Emergency’ Swimsuit for Guests

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Leading Provider in Hotel and Spa Linens Debuts ‘Emergency’ Swimsuit for Guests

(Paris, France) — (July 22 2015) As a leading provider of disposable linens since 1993, Caractère Paris has developed a new line of disposable swimwear that is affordable for guests.

Spare 2-Piece Bikini for massageTypically, only the finest hotels come equipped with spare bathing suits, but thanks to Caractère Paris, hotels and spas can be ready when asked for an ‘emergency swimsuit’ by guests. Made of high-quality, soft, stretchy polyester with Spandex (elastane), these non-disposable swimsuits are fit for even the most chlorinated pools or the saltiest seawater.

“Believe it or not, even during summer time, 20% of all hotel guests arrive having forgotten entirely about swimwear. Most of them being men,” explains Emmanuel Gohet, who is the Marketing Manager for Caractère Paris. “It’s always a bit embarrassing for the guests, but they always ask the receptionist if they have something to borrow or to buy to jump in the swimming pool during  the seasonal hot weather. We’ve worked to provide an affordable solution for hospitality service providers.”

The swimsuits are offered in three different styles including:

  • Two piece bikini: Triangular cups with discreet padding and extra breast support, and a comfortable white lining in the bra and crotch area. Ties around the neck and on both hips, which ensures a secure and adjustable fit.
  • One piece: Scoop-cut back, with discreet padding and extra breast support, and a comfortable white lining in the bra and crotch area. Brief-style Shorts – Stretchy; lined with a comfortable, protective layer of white mesh fabric, an elastic waistband and a tie-cord.
  • Boxer-style shorts: Lower thigh length, lined with a comfortable, protective layer of soft white mesh fabric and an elastic waistband to ensure a secure and pleasing fit.

All suits are made from 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex elastane, with fibers intermeshed for a comfortable fit. Prices vary from €32.28 to €38.88 for a pack of 6 that includes two suits for men, two for women and 2 for kids from sizes XS to 4XL to accommodate the diversity of guests.

“Unlike most companies, we offer the bathing suits in just one color, black. This ensures a stylish, comfortable and practical swimwear look through its classic color, allowing to keep costs low for purchasers and guests who purchase them as well.”

Whether it be a complimentary item or sold to guests of resorts, spas and public pools, Caractère Paris’s latest luxury style swimsuits adhere to regulation and dress codes that do not permit the use of other, more risqué or loose cut swimwear, providing a prime solution for hotels and guests alike. Priced at about £5 each, hospitality companies now have affordable and functional options that allow both profit and added customer service to guests in need of a swimsuit.

About the company:

Founded in 1993, Caractère Paris is a French manufacturer of disposable linens that services the hospitality industry and service providers throughout Europe, mainly markets in France and Germany. They are a trusted company with prestigious clients such as Hilton International and Accor Hotel, with a strong presence on the web with online direct sales for small B&B, beauty parlors and boutiques.

For media inquiries regarding Caractère Paris, those interested are encouraged to contact the company’s Marketing Manager, Emmanuel Gohet directly at + 33 1 49 89 01 83 or via email at emmanuel.gohet@caractere-paris.com. To learn more about the company or their line of disposable bathing suits, please visit: www.disposable-linen.co.uk or and disposable swimwear

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Disposable products : hygiene with no laudry needed

www.caractere-paris.com
Flat Sheet
Non woven and resistant \ Biodegradable \Hypoallergenic \ 100% recyclable. No more stains or hairs. Unbeatable hygiene and cleanliness.
Pillow Case
Waterproof or Non-Waterproof \ Non woven \ 15 cm easy close flap. Clean and hygienic, this pillow case offers you a real second skin feel to your pillow. 50X75 cm or 60X60 cm.
Slipper
The prestige of their velvet feel with a thick and soft sole. Available in 3 size ranges for all clients.
Swim Shorts
Offer your clients the option of buying emergency swim shorts at an affordable price.
Fitted Sheet
Non woven and resistant \ Biodegradable \Hypoallergenic \ 100% recyclable. These fitted sheets give your mattress the perfect protection from any external contact.
Wash Mitt
Extremely soft, absorbent and flexible. This disposable wash mitt will ensure perfect cleanliness. Spun-lace textile. 16X29 cm.
Bathrobe
Made from absorbtex with a spun lace finish. Single sized, for men & women. Very soft and absorbent. Perfect for your clients.
Disposable Thong
Non woven \ Hypoallergenic \ Soft and resistant. Ideal for physiotherapists, masseurs, therapists, costumes, beauty salons…
Waterproof Mattress Protector
Non woven and resistant \ Biodegradable \Hypoallergenic\ 100% recyclable. Protect your mattresses 100% from liquids and oils with these waterproof protectors.
Bath Towels
Super absorbent & very soft towels, to dry-up or wrap around oneself in a comfortable way.
One Piece Swimsuit
95% Polyester, 5% Elastane. Available in one colour for men & women. Sizes: S/M/L/XL/2XL
Baby Sleeping Bags
Non Woven \ For 2-18 month old babies \ Hypoallergenic. Meets all the necessary characteristics for baby safety.
All products are disposable, recyclable, and presented in individual sealed bags with a label specifying product and size.
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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.

New hotel slippers Excellence from Caractère Paris

New Hotel slippers line from Caractère Paris:

How to Avoid Plantar Warts and Athlete’s Foot with Easy, Elegant Salon and Spa Hygienic Slipper Prevention Solutions

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A Severe Plantar Wart

Plantar Warts (Verruca Plantaris) and Athlete’s Foot (Trichophyton foot fungus) are two nasty buggers that arise from time to time on the floors of even the most luxurious salons, fitness centres and spas. Both can cause pain, itching, discomfort and embarrassment for their unwilling hosts, and can last quite a wide range of time, from a few days to months or even years when left untreated or improperly treated. Once clients become infected with these diseases, they can ruin the reputation of a business, especially in this day and age of word of mouth testimonials and online customer reviews. Even if your salon adheres to the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene, disinfecting your floors on a daily basis can be impossible and/or prove ineffective in preventing the spread of these two insidious bugs. Why jeopardise your business and risk law suits when a few easy steps can mean total protection, both for your clients and you, not to mention the ease of mind that will come in knowing that a relaxing day at the spa doesn’t have to turn into a nightmare for your guests.

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A more mild case of a Plantar Wart

First, if you’ve never heard of or had a case of Plantar Warts, consider yourself lucky! The warts, which are also considered benign epithelial tumours, are caused by a highly infectious form of the human papillomavirus that spreads easily on wet surfaces, such as the floors of lockerrooms, baths, showers, pool decks, spas, salons, hot tubs and other spaces with frequent water exposure and/or high foot traffic. It is estimated that up to ten percent of the general population is infected with the warts at any given time. Thanks to HPV’s high resilience and contagiousness, it can survive many months on a surface without the need for a host, making it a pesky challenge to conquer, especially in large salons or ones with intricate tilework that can prove hard (if not impossible) to clean.

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A Cluster of Plantar Warts

These painful warts transfer under the skin surface through direct contact with microscopic cuts and abrasions, often invisible to the naked eye. They often take weeks or months to appear visibly, usually located on the bottom surface of feet, such on as the underside of the toe or sole. They can cause pain, itchiness and irritation, which is driven deeper and deeper into the foot due to the pressure exerted on the surface of the foot from walking. To cure the warts, one may apply adhesive such as duct tape to “suffocate” them, use various acids to remove the top layer of skin, or seek expensive laser treatments.

In severe cases, if left untreated, the warts can spread into groups called mosaic warts and become extremely painful, requiring surgical removal through liquid nitrogen application or cauterisation, and for the victim to be hospitalised! The side effects of this sort of treatment usually include scaring and sometimes trouble walking. Studies have shown that even in mild cases, the form of treatment does not make much of a difference in healing time. Therefore, the best cure is prevention, which according to Wikipedia,

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Surgically removed Plantar Wart

Because plantar warts are spread by contact with moist walking surfaces, they can be prevented by not walking barefoot in public areas such as showers or communal changing rooms (wearing flip flops or sandals helps), not sharing shoes and socks, and avoiding direct contact with warts on other parts of the body or on other people. Humans build immunity with age, so infection is less common among adults than children.

The British National Health Service even recommends taking the following precautions:

  • cover them with an adhesive bandage while swimming,
  • wear flip-flops when using communal showers,
  • and should not share towels.
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Athlete’s Foot

Second, Athlete’s Foot constitutes another, often more common, but fortunately less severe problem for clients who frequent establishments with wet surfaces. Known as Ringworm of the foot, Athlete’s Foot is in fact a fungus that can cause scaling, flaking, dryness and itchiness in the infected area, again often the result of walking barefoot in moist or damp areas. It can also be transferred through the sharing of towels, shoes, socks or other footwear, especially if it has not been properly washed or disinfected between users. Though it generally affects the underside of feet, it can also spread all over the body, including to the person’s genitals. It is an opportunistic disease, meaning it can privilege the cross infection of other diseases, which then require oral antibiotics to resolve. Those with delicate immune systems may also experience the so-called “id reaction,” which manifests itself with blisters that cover the entire body. Pain, swelling, inflammation and scaring as a result of itching can also be counted among the possible symptoms.

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Athlete’s Foot Side View

Careful visual inspection of the skin will determine whether such an infection is Athlete’s Foot or a similar skin disease, such as eczema or psoriasis, and the appropriate course of treatment. Unlike with the infamous warts, Athlete’s Foot has several possible cures. First, because the fungi thrive in moist, warm areas, it is important to ensure the feet remain as dry and cool as possible. About a third of cases will solve themselves with the appropriate hygiene measures.

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Topical treatments such as talcum powder and diaper rash ointments may also be applied to speed the recovery of mild cases. Pharmacies also offer a variety of medicated anti-fungal creams and oral medications for extreme cases, but again, physicians caution that most incidents will solve themselves with the appropriate hygiene measures taken. Natural treatments, such as Tea Tree Oil and Ajoene may also prove useful, but little research has been done in this area.

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Black Slippers

Regardless of the severity of Plantar Warts and Athlete’s Foot, the best treatment method is of course prevention. That’s why at Caractère, we make a variety of disposable slipper and sandal solutions to prevent the spread of infections on the floors of salons, saunas, showers, locker rooms, changing areas, baths, pools, hot tubs, spas, etc.

For perfect hygiene and the ultimate protection of your clientele (not to mention your business investment), try our disposable, recyclable solutions, and discover the reason why we’re the buzz of the most luxurious hotels of Paris, the world capital of luxury, fashion and design.

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Flip flip to keep foot clean

From the Involucrum to the Kimono Gown and Cape: A History of the Barber Shop and Hair Styling Professions

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Ancient Roman Ornatrix

In ancient Rome, just as in the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia, baths and bodycare were an essential component of daily life. Sanitation was important enough for rulers to install public toilets and sewers, in order to avoid dirtiness in the streets and the spread of disease. Both the number and variety of beauty and hygiene-related professions flourished, predecessors to today’s hair stylists and make up artists in salons and spas. Rich, noble families and Senators had the means to hire personal barbers who lived with them in the decadent private villas of Rome and worked directly with their clients on a daily basis, or as often as required. Female stylists were kept busy, with the sole purpose of caring for the lady of the household, without any break or time to care for themselves. These domestic beauticians, called Ornatrix in Latin, also took care of the household and bathrooms, and created hair arrangements with the help of copper-based mirrors, primitive combs and fibulae brooches.

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Ornatrix statue in the Carthage Museum, Tunisia

Far from being a privilege reserved for the few wealthy classes, many more Romans sought their grooming in public barbershops, either inside a dedicated building or out on the street corner. These workers distinguished themselves with specially designed haircut gowns. They were mostly preoccupied by the care of men, whose beards required weekly attention. Aside from the basic format of the service, the functional aspects of aesthetic care were important. Often, only a single seat was available in the neighbourhood Botteca Tonsor, or barber shop. This gave the client the hair dresser’s full, undivided attention during sessions. Early versions of mirrors, different sizes of scissors, statues and paintings on the walls provided the client with ideas of styles from which to choose. For the customer’s comfort, more luxurious shops provided towels or protective cape-like covers, called Involucrum, but this was a relatively uncommon practice.

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Ornatrix from Pompei

In addition to the simple purpose of hair salon, the Tonsor also operated as it still does today in many countries of the Middle East and Asia, as a sort of general physician/practician, herbalist, nutritionist, psychologist and private consultant. Even today, as in ancient Rome, the barber was responsible for taking care of a variety of important rituals that marked the milestones of a person’s life. These ranged from “shaving the first offering to the gods” (circumcision), to the application of disinfecting creams and lotions to kill fleas and ticks, to treating the client with leeches for bloodletting, considered for centuries the best remedy to every illness. Above all, the barber shop was (and remains in some capacity today) a social place where the latest news and gossip were shared, where people shared their personal problems and where important decisions were made. What’s more, they served as a host for vibrant political discussions and helped people come to agreements.

Culturally, there is an abundance of well-known examples (that is, of course aside from the Barber of Seville), such as the classic novel ‘Moustache‘ by Tahsin Yucel, considered one of the greatest Turkish writers of the Twentieth Century. It describes the changes in society from the perspective of a barber shop in a small village of Anatolia. On the other hand, the hair stylist’s role in literature has remained a central part of Italian culture. Toward the end of the Roman empire, the satirical story Martial and Juvenal (Marziale e Giovenale in the original language), focused on those obsessed with hair styles, those lazy ones stuck “between the mirror and comb” (Martial).

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Frontispiece Depicting Juvenal and Persius

The stories are numerous enough to give specific information on the trends and styles instituted under the emperor. Dyed hair wigs imported from the Indian provinces became a popular style. Although hair styling tools from the Roman period have been impossible to preserve until today because they were usually made of iron and subsequently destroyed by rust, there are many directions for the beard cutting process and style left by Etruscan, still well preserved to this day in bronze reliefs. During the Middle Ages, the barber’s shop became a learning place for surgery, according to the teachings of Hippocrates, Galen (Galeno) and Avicenna.

Today, the single sex, community barber has virtually disappeared, replaced over the last century by commercial, unisex hair salons and spas. At the same time, in recent years there seems to be a recovery of some neighbourhood community barber shops. While the size, health standards and hygiene have evolved rapidly, and new services are offered such as massage sessions, facials, manicures and pedicures; today’s beauty salons have reincorporated many of the same wellness and health services that were common two thousand years ago.

Caractère offers a variety of products, some even inspired by the early concept of the Involucrum, including protective gowns, kimonos, capes, supplies for hairdressers, massage wear, sauna products and much more…

The Fountain of Eternal Youth: A History of Roman Thermal Baths

by the German painter L. Alma Tadema

Baths of Caracalla

Yet again, the origin lies in the name. Thermos, the Greek word for “heat,” situates itself among many concepts recovered and recycled from ancient Greece by the Romans, who popularised the communal bath system during the fifth century BC. Initially, the Romans privatised the baths’ use for the elites, such as Senators and merchants. Ahead of their time in terms of hygiene, as with most things, the Romans discovered the basic health benefits of thermal baths by the first century. However, the use of spas on a mass scale took until the Empire of Augustus, who was advised by Agrippa to make his generals frequently take cold baths. With the trust of the Emperor won, the ‘public bath’ concept was born.

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The Baths at Caracalla

The first spas spread rapidly throughout the Empire, transforming into a popular site of congregation and socialisation for members of every profession, social class and milieu. While originally known for its health and hygiene functions, the spa soon became an indispensable component for a healthy society — a sort of community centre and meeting place all-in-one, where all types of relationships and business intermingled. The sense of relaxation and intimacy provided by this place, designed with attention to architectural detail unimaginable today, was elaborated by an entranceway with restrooms, exercise areas, a primitive version of a locker room, saunas and steam rooms, and three deep basin pools filled with water of different temperatures: one hot, one warm to tepid and one cold. Through the various rooms, guests could benefit from Roman thermal baths in nearly identical ways to how visitors to the modern version of the spa do today.

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Roman Baths of Diocletian

In continuous use until roughly the sixth century, which depended on their location, many of the Roman baths were destroyed or neglected during the disintegration of the empire. Over the Medieval period, given the mounting support for Christian morality, modesty, and the intolerance for promiscuity, the baths were often transformed into monasteries. One such example is the Baths of Diocletian, the largest of any baths built in Rome, which could at one time accommodate up to 3,000 bathers, was transformed into a series of religious buildings during the sixteenth century.

During the twelfth century, the repair of many older spas and the opening of new ones were undertaken, mainly in the Tuscan and Emilia-Romagna regions, which to this day remain the regions of Italy with the highest concentration of spas. The Baths of Casciana and those of di Lucca, originally property of the Countess Matilde, count among the many examples. Their use was once private, with a four week long treatment that consisted of various baths between 30 minutes to two hours, with the time gradually decreased over the period of treatment. The principle behind this very exact regimen remains a mystery, but it is believed to date back to Hippocrates’ Theory of Humours, which attempted to treat symptoms of disease with their exact opposite. For example, sulphur-rich water was used to treat skin infections, and waters rich with minerals were intended to cure infertility. The steam rooms were also a very popular cure for body odour linked to sweat.

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Contemprary Spa in Porretta

Renaissance thinkers and artisans rediscovered the classical charm and advanced theories (for their time) of Greco-Roman cultures, which put considerable pressure on local leaders, such as princes and lords, to ameliorate the former spas in terms of structural features and artistic design, but their use remained essentially non-medical, for example at the Porretta spa in Emilia. Later, during the age of imperialism, and especially after the remains of Pompeii coincidentally surfaced in 1779, a romantic vision of Roman culture led many elites of the era to want to reinterpret their lifestyle and customs. Numerous paintings on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris exhibit this viewpoint, where the term, “a century of the baths,” denotes the formation of a well-defined civil society.

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Roman Baths in Bath, England

Since the late nineteenth century, due to medical progress and experimentation, along with the gradual gentrification of society, leaders regained a sense of social obligation for hygiene, even if this obligation remained limited to the privileged classes. Not only did the nobles of Europe rediscover the therapeutic sense of a day at the spa, but also a dimension of overall well-being, which included body, mind and spirit. In the modern era, scientific progress proved the advantages of combined therapies, exemplified by the importance and variety of today’s wellness centres and spas. For example, those suffering from chronic illness in Northern Italy have deemed the Baths of Casciana in Pisa an indispensable part of rehabilitation. Other well-preserved spas from the Roman era preserved a fun and relaxing attitude, such as the hot springs of Saturnia or Petriolo, openly accessible by all ages and social classes for recreational as well as therapeutic use. (Baths of Caracalla by the German painter L. Alma Tadema)

An interesting phenomenon over the past few years has been the rise of specialty spas

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Bath, England at night

flanked by villas and boutique hotels that offer a mix of public baths and private therapeutic services, often catered by a specialized team with experience in medical treatments, physical therapy, massages and other services. While non-clinical in nature, these specialised spas advertise custom treatments and wellness programs in targeted sessions of a few days to weeks, in a naturally pleasant environment to rejuvenate both body and spirit.

Some other locations where original Roman spas can be found in abundance include France, England, Germany, Spain and Turkey. Here is a list of some such locations, many still functioning in their original capacities today and others renovated or redesigned for other uses, as provided by Wikipedia:

  • United Kingdom: Bath – Roman Baths; Exeter, Devon; Leicester – Jewry Wall; Ribchester, in Lancashire; Tripontium, near today’s Rugby, Warwickshire; Welwyn, in Hertfordshire; Chedworth; Fishbourne Roman Palace; and York.
  • France: Arles – Thermes de Constantin; Glanum, near today’s Saint-Rémy-de-Provence; and Paris – Thermes de Cluny.
  • Germany: Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg; Trier; and Weißenburg.
  • Italy: Baths of Agrippa, Baths of Caracalla, Baths of Diocletian, Baths of Titus, Baths of Trajan,  Pompeii (ruins), and Herculaneum.
  • Spain: Caldes de Malavella, Gerona; Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona; Clunia, Burgos; and Lucus Augusti, Lugo.

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For a list of spas in Italy, please see http://www.termeitalia.info/
For a wide variety of products ideal for spas, such as soft and durable bathrobes, slippers, sandals, bathing suits, Asorbtex and microfibre towels, please visit Caractère’s spa page at http://disposable-linen.co.uk/bed-sheet-towelling-bedding/contents/en-uk/d115_spa-wellness.html
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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.

Micro-Fibre Towels: Cost-Cutting doesn’t have to Cost Comfort or Convenience

Micro-fibre towels, or micro-fiber as they’re called across the pond, are a new fabric innovation that has revolutionized several industries. A part of household conversation, they are synthetic fibres (often polyester or polyamide) developed since the 1950s that fit the requirement of measuring less than one denier. A denier is a measure of the linear mass density of fabric based on an ancient French coin measurement, equal to one twelfth of a pence. For a fibre to be officially considered “micro,” a 9,000 meter length of a filament of the fibre must weight no more than one gram. One gram for a strand of roughly six miles — we’re literally talking microscopic! For example, a single denier polyester fibre measures out to a diameter of ~10 micrometers.

While the first micro-fibres were developed in Japan not long after the Second World War, its first successful application came with Ultrasuede in the 1970s. The microfibre craze spread throughout Europe and North America during the 1990s and 2000s. Some of the various advantages of microfibre over its cotton cousin include added durability, water absorption or resistance (dependent on manufacturing processes and treatments), fabric softness and filtering capabilities. Often, the apparel, upholstery and cleaning product industries call on Micro Fibre to create for them the perfect solution. Now, the same cutting edge technology is available to the tourism, spa and beauty fields in the form of the Micro Fibre Towel.

from Caractère-Paris

Micro-Fibre Towels

What are the advantages of choosing microfibre over cotton? Microfibre towels are extremely effective because their high density fibre count means unparalleled liquid absorption capacity. Similarly, they dry faster and are less likely to become mouldy or mildewy if left in a confined area, giving them numerous advantages over cotton towels. What’s more, you’ll never need to use fabric softener or pay extra for softening detergents again: microfibre materials are manufactured with a built-in softness that stays. Micro-fibre towels are so soft and luxurious, your clients will think you’ve opted for a chich, premium level, designer towel. Little will they know this classy amenity came at a bargain.

In terms of functionality, since they weigh less and dry faster than other towels, microfibre towels take up less space in your Laundromat’s washing and drying machines. They will be ready for re-deployment faster than their cotton counterpart. You can save up to 40% of your towel maintenance time and budget simply by switching to microfibre. These towels are so useful and practical, they pay for themselves over a short period of time! Mother nature will thank you too for cutting down on your use of natural resources, such as electricity and water. Conversion to micro-fibre will not only save your pocketbook, but it will also attract eco-conscious clients that prefer to support “green” businesses.

Caractère Paris, through Disposable-Linen.com, offers white Micro-Fibre towels in sets of six towels, available in three convenient sizes: small, 50 x 80 cm (20 x 32 in); medium, 70 x 140 cm (28 x 55 in); and large, 140 x 200 cm (55 x 80 in).