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    Default looking for certain beauty/spa services & other items

    Hello. I'm in Sosua and becoming familiar with the area although I know there is a lot more of the DR to explore. I've Googled and "Bing" searches but come up with nothing.

    Can you help me with the following:

    1. Are there any shops that sell aromatherapy products, such as essential oils, candles, elixirs, etc.? I am specifically looking for oils like bergamont, rose, lotus, and perhaps even another diffuser.

    2. What about organic products such as those sold at Whole Foods (or, similar places in the U.S.) ... especially Dr. Bronner's Castille soaps.

    3. I am also having some difficulty finding spa services such as those offered by an esthetician (e.g., eyebrow, brazilian waxing, European facials, etc.)

    4. Finally, do most salons here use power instruments for mani/pedis? I don't like the powered files, etc., and instead much prefer hand filing and shaping of my natural nails.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions! (And, yes, I'm the same one who asked for descriptions of the carro publico ... those answers were hilarious!!!)

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    P.S. Of course, I could have some things shipped to me, but I'd rather buy them here, if possible.

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    Not sure about 'higher end salons' but all the nail places I have been to, they do everything by hand and for cheap! A manicure is an art or so it seems. I have never seen a powered anything, as there usually is no power. If you are in a heavily touristed/resort area things might be different. I highly recomment the local mani/pedi complete with hand drawn nail art for 140$ RD.

    I have never found eyebrow waxing, but the local barber will use a straight blade and clean up my eyebrows for 25$RD

    Sorry, I'm not sure about your other questions.

    Hope that this was some help.

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    Default thank you XXKWISIT !

    Thanks for the tips about mani/pedi ... I will be sure to look for a salon, and those prices are a lot better than the total $88USD for a mani/pedi back home! I'm afraid I'm a bit too conservative for the nail art. I think I might just order a kit from home (U.S.) to use for waxing.

    Thanks, again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXKWISIT View Post
    Not sure about 'higher end salons' but all the nail places I have been to, they do everything by hand and for cheap! A manicure is an art or so it seems. I have never seen a powered anything, as there usually is no power. If you are in a heavily touristed/resort area things might be different. I highly recomment the local mani/pedi complete with hand drawn nail art for 140$ RD.

    I have never found eyebrow waxing, but the local barber will use a straight blade and clean up my eyebrows for 25$RD

    Sorry, I'm not sure about your other questions.

    Hope that this was some help.

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    My daughter is a qualified beauty therapist and will be looking to set up a salon in the Sosua/Cabarete area next year. She was wondering if there were any other salons already set up and how much interest there would be to do this. She's also thinking about operating from home and offering a mobile service too. Can you let me know what you think the interest would be?

    Lin

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    Hi Lin,

    I am here for an extended stay (perhaps months), but I would be interested in finding a salon where I could get the type of service I want ... no questions, no debate, etc. (I don't get into discussions or debates when I am paying money for a service).

    I only know of two salons in the Sosua area, and I am actually in one right now as I write this. I will not be coming here again. Then again, I haven't been all over the Sosua/Cabarete area, either.

    A mobile service would be great, too. But, some of the fun of going to the salon for a spa treatment is actually being in the spa. May I ask what is a "beauty therapist"? Is she a licensed esthetician, hairstylist, manicurist, massage therapist? Beauty therapist (where I'm from) covers a wide range of roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linmagic View Post
    My daughter is a qualified beauty therapist and will be looking to set up a salon in the Sosua/Cabarete area next year. She was wondering if there were any other salons already set up and how much interest there would be to do this. She's also thinking about operating from home and offering a mobile service too. Can you let me know what you think the interest would be?

    Lin

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    I have never found any essential oils here. They have lots of oils for burning but none for the body,,,, it is one of the things that I always buy when I return home... No Dr Bonners, no Burts Bees, nothing along those lines at all.. and I am talking about Sto Dmgo..... now there may be more stuff at some of the resort areas but I think that most of the stuff that they use is manufactured in Europe... not our Whole Foods sort of product.

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    Hi there, she is qualified in the following -

    Esthetician
    Make up / facials
    Manicures / pedicures
    Massage therapist
    Nail technician (nail extensions and new nails and nail art, gel and acrylic)
    Tinting
    Waxing
    Fake tanning

    (Presently completing eyebrow threading and semi-permanent eyelashes courses)

    Hope that covers the needs!

    Lin

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    Mountainannie, are you in SD? There are any number of UK online stores that offer Dr Bronner's products, I will be in Puerto Plata in October for a week so if you would like me to bring you anything, let me know.

    Lin

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    Quote Originally Posted by linmagic View Post
    Mountainannie, are you in SD? There are any number of UK online stores that offer Dr Bronner's products, I will be in Puerto Plata in October for a week so if you would like me to bring you anything, let me know.

    Lin
    I have found one shop that carries the Chinese sandlewood soap that I use so that is fine,.. and I am stocked on essential oils from my last trip home.

    I live here and do try to adjust!!

    but it was a sweet offer and i thank you

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    Lin,

    The only type of spa place that I know of (and I would go to) in Cabarete is Naomi's. I don't go though because her prices are pretty much US prices if not more. Actually, I do get a manicure in the US when I go back in a very nice spa for $20. Naomi charges $25. I would be very interested in seeing a good spa here with prices more suitable for us expats who live and work here. If your daughter opens one, please let me know. I'll be more than happy to visit.

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