The inspiration for Spa Technologies began many years before the company’s founding when President, Dan Fryda, visited his family’s seaweed farm in Brittany, France. While there, he became intrigued with thalassotherapy which uses seawater, sea products and an ocean climate for healing the skin and revitalizing the soul. It has been speculated that thalassotherapy was developed in the seaside towns of Brittany during the 19th century. Dan’s family’s coastal heritage, combined with his understanding of the healing benefits of seaweed resulted in the development of his first product, our Revitalizing Sea Cleanse. Soon after, Dan started Spa Technologies, one of the first seaweed-based skincare companies in the U.S. which we feel inspired an industry trend and has been trusted by luxury spas around the world for over 30 years.
As he prepares for retirement, Dan's nephew, Dave Mombert, has taken over as VP and Lead Formulator. Dave began formulating at an early age when he mixed our Marine Repair Cream with water and soap in Dan's at-home lab, which inspired Dan to create our Lavender Cleansing Milk. Dave has been working in the Spa Technologies lab for over 13 years.
Spa Technologies offers our customers high quality skincare products as well as producing custom formulations for clients in our private New York based lab. Our products use high percentages of active ingredients and always include marine algaes and seaweeds to make sure they provide the most benefits possible.
Marine algaes and seaweeds have been evolving on earth for a much longer time than terrestrial plants, which is why their chemical makeup is so much more advanced. They have evolved to deal with a wide range of harsh environments which has resulted in their extraordinarily high percentages of vitamins, minerals and especially antioxidants. On top of that, their seawater environment contains almost identical chemistry as blood plasma, lymph and the fluids of the human body. From seawater, seaweed absorbs the same concentration of minerals and essential elements that our bodies need to survive. All of these adaptations have created bioavailable compounds that protect cells against environmental aggressors such as ultra-violet radiation, pollution, smoking and deficient nutrition which is why all of our products include at least one kind of seaweed based ingredient. Our seaweed is sustainably harvested off the coast of Brittany in France.
In addition to focusing on the healing benefits of seaweed, we are committed to providing our customers with cruelty-free products. Our products and ingredients never have been and never will be tested on animals. Our products are 99% vegan, the only exception being the addition of locally sourced honey, as we believe that the humane and sustainable production of honey helps support critically important bees in pollinating native plants. We care deeply for the earth and it's inhabitants and continue to look for ways we can improve our practices to support our beautiful planet.
"We turn to the ocean to restore, replenish and purify the ocean that is within all of us. We invite the healing ocean into our bodies to improve our quality of life and build our resistance against environmental aging aggressors."
To learn more about the benefits of seaweed based skin care products, visit our BLOG page.