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Cancellation Policy

All Appointments must be cancelled within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment. If you do not cancel within 24 hours, you will be charged full price.

Multiple Appointments

Scheduling multiple appointments within a week is against our policy. You will be charged full price if more than 1 appointment is booked within this time frame. If you book an appointment under your name for another person, you will be responsible for that charge. If you need to book more than 1 appointment within a weeks time, please call the salon to book the additional appointment.

Vouchers/Packages

Vouchers and Packages can only be used in the location they were purchased for or in. Please make sure you only book your appointment in the location that is listed on your voucher or in the location you purchased your package. If any appointment is made with a voucher for another salon location, you will be charged full price for your tan.

IMPORTANT:

When you are scheduling your tan online and have a voucher, make sure you choose the Voucher company name in the
section where you have to choose your tan
example: Gilt single tan, Gilt 2 pack
next, make sure you enter the voucher code.

All clients,must enter a valid credit card number in order to schedule an appointment. Even if you have a package or voucher.
Once you enter your voucher information, you will only be charged tax on that voucher.( $1.12 per session).
If you have a package, the system will recognize that and will not charge you.

In order to book an appointment with us, you must create an online account with full name, phone number, email address and credit card information,. If you have difficulty doing this, we can help you over the phone.
Once you schedule your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation.

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Please Read Before You Schedule
Your Appointment
Cancellation Policy

All Appointments must be cancelled within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment. If you do not cancel within 24 hours, you will be charged full price.

Multiple Appointments

Scheduling multiple appointments within a week is against our policy. You will be charged full price if more than 1 appointment is booked within this time frame. If you book an appointment under your name for another person, you will be responsible for that charge. If you need to book more than 1 appointment within a weeks time, please call the salon to book the additional appointment.

Vouchers/Packages

Vouchers and Packages can only be used in the location they were purchased for or in. Please make sure you only book your appointment in the location that is listed on your voucher or in the location you purchased your package. If any appointment is made with a voucher for another salon location, you will be charged full price for your tan.

IMPORTANT:

When you are scheduling your tan online and have a voucher, make sure you choose the Voucher company name in the
section where you have to choose your tan
example: Gilt single tan, Gilt 2 pack
next, make sure you enter the voucher code.

All clients,must enter a valid credit card number in order to schedule an appointment. Even if you have a package or voucher.
Once you enter your voucher information, you will only be charged tax on that voucher.( $1.12 per session).
If you have a package, the system will recognize that and will not charge you.

In order to book an appointment with us, you must create an online account with full name, phone number, email address and credit card information,. If you have difficulty doing this, we can help you over the phone.
Once you schedule your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation.

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Spray Tan Safety

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Recent news stories have said that spray tanning “may pose health risks”. We would like to talk about these issues straight up. Brazil Bronze has been a pioneer in the spray tanning industry since 2002. We use our own specific brand of sunless tanner. We have always maintained the highest health and safety standards for our clients. We are listening carefully to all the newest data and we would like to give you our thoughts on the information.

A while back ABC Nightline asked us to be involved on a story about the sudden popularity of spray tanning. We were getting ready to shoot the segment when someone sent us an email telling us that ABC was working on an undercover story about the safety of spray tanning. At that time I immediately called the producer and said to her that I would be happy to speak on camera because I was very familiar with all the reports on DHA and I try to keep abreast of all the latest safety recommendations. At that time my partner Joy and I had gone to great trouble to have our DHA fully tested for importing into Europe. The safety standards are so much higher in Europe we literally had to go through the most rigorous testing and we had the full data on hand, including test results on inhalation, swallowing, DHA as absorbed through various methods of spray tanning (HVLP versus spray booths). We felt comfortable that all the data on our product (which is Eco Cert Approved) showed that the product, even when used for spray tanning is safe. AND FAR SAFER, COMPARITVELY TO THINGS USED FOR BEAUTY EVERYDAY. Despite the fact I told the producer I had really fresh data she never called me back. When I watched the  show it was the typical shots of kids working in salons. ABC just wanted the workers in the salon to look dorky – and kind of presented it like everyone who spray tans is an escapee from The Jersey Shore. ABC say they used ten different studies on which their evidence is based. I am waiting for the producer to specifically reference which studies they are using, because I have all the latest, major studies on my desk and they don’t say the same as the hype I heard on that show. I will give you a great example: in one story I read some “expert” said that when DHA was tested on human cells in a petri dish it caused “mutations.” However – WHAT THEY DID NOT MENTION WAS THAT THERE WAS ALSO A SCIENTIFIC CONTROL PETRI DISH WHERE A NEUTRAL, HARMLESS SOLUTION WAS PUT ON CELLS AND MUTATIONS ALSO OCCURED IN THAT PETRI DISH. To me, that is selective, inflammatory reporting. I mean both sets of cells changed – but by saying one set of cells, the ones treated by DHA mutated – that makes you think something terrible happened. The same thing happened to cells in the control. This kind of reporting is so low brow. It manipulates our minds. It creates hype for hypes sake.

DHA has been approved for sunless tanning since the 1950’s. Once spray tanning evolved, some reports mentioned that DHA could cause sensitivity to the eyes, nose and mucous membranes. DHA had widely been reported not to be carcinogenic.

For the average client who comes in a few times a year, or even once a week, the exposure is so minimal. The average client just closes their eyes and in ten years we have never had a client complain of any eye irritation. However, we do not take any risk lightly, so we do have eye goggles, nose plugs and paper underwear to protect all mucous membranes.

When we receive our sunless tanning solution from our lab, it comes with an MSDS (Manufacturers Safety Data). This is a form that accompanies chemicals when they travel, in case of any spill on the way. On the MSDS for Brazil Bronze DHA it says “no mask or gloves required.” Nevertheless, we have always used common sense. We are spraying a tinted product into the air. We obviously did not want to inhale it on a daily basis. Since our salon opened in 2002, my staff and I have always used masks when spraying. It is a rule that our employees must wear a mask. To me that is just common sense.

Every year we are told that something or other “may” pose risks. A great example is hair dye: where you are putting chemicals right on your scalp and leaving it to soak in for 40 minutes. On my desk as I write I have two tubes of toothpaste – Crest Kids and Colgate, something probably every family uses everyday. On the kids toothpaste it says, and I quote: “Keep out of reach of children 6 and under. If more than used for brushing is swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.” Fluoride is highly carcinogenic yet we put it in our mouths at least twice a day. Every time I go to a restaurant I seem to be assaulted by wait staff spraying Windex on tables around me. Ammonia is another highly toxic substance we inhale every day. In life there are risks all around, and I personally think that DHA, which for years has been reported as not carcinogenic, is far less of a hazardous substance than hair dye or toothpaste. Like everything in life, the smart thing is to use moderation and take steps to protect your self.  If you are worried about sensitivity or inhaling, use the goggles, nose plugs and paper underwear. Even if you come in to get sprayed on a weekly basis your risk is so minimal compared to the many environmental hazards you face every day. Using deodorant is also supposed to be a hazard.  I would bet any money that you are more likely to die from a brain tumor using your cell phone and putting radiation against your brain that from being in contact with DHA.

At Brazil Bronze we have always thought carefully about what we put in our product. We have always been cogniscent that we were spraying something into the air that could be inhaled. For that very reason we never offered sprays to prep the skin or to seal the tan. To us, when we heard other salons offered that, we thought it was a bogus way of charging clients more without respect for safety. Our DHA is made for us, we have small batches of very fresh DHA, which is why our product doesn’t smell, and if you look at the ingredient list, which you may see in the salon on request, the ingredient list is simple. We strongly believe that we have a safe product because we have been using it for ten years without incident. We care deeply about the safety of our clients and staff and we listen carefully to all the latest recommendations.  Every day we are told to worry about something new. We stand behind our product; we have used it safely for ten years. We have every safety measure in place so you can have a worry free experience and continue to enjoy a safe tan.

A Dream come True…

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

If you think about it – today is the youngest, and hottest and most fabulous you are ever going to be. Hell – tomorrow your are just another step closer to the grave. Why is it we insist on piddling our lives away telling the same old story about how we are too old, too fat, too not this and too not that.

I do get it. We live in a world that is sometimes ageist and sexist. We live in a culture that sends us messages that a certain variety of youthful, slender beauty is the most preferable option. But it just seems sad to resign oneself to the too old and too ugly pile without thinking things through. Look all around in nature, look at Art – are not many things beautiful? Can we not consciously expand our vision of what is beautiful rather than throwing ourselves on a pyre prematurely.

Anyway – on my own small plot of the world (New York City) I insist, every day, on waking people up to the possibility of self love and embracing FUN. With that in mind I decided to launch a campaign called “the campaign for womanly beauty.” Read about it in my previous entry. We launched the campaign Saturday June 9th with a sold out show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. “Backdoor Burlesque – the secret diary of a wayward showgirl”

the Pink Chardonnays High Kick in a sea of GLITTER

the Pink Chardonnays High Kick in a sea of GLITTER

I work very hard through  Brazil Bronze and my other company Burlesque Bikini bootcamp to spread the message of self love and seizing the day. My two business partners – Joy Romano at the salon, and Pink Champagne aka Teresa Kliokis, are all totally on the same page. In our burlesque performance groups we have a really tangible way of actually teaching women how to be kinder to themselves. We teach people to see themselves in the most positive light, to make the best of themselves, to build a nurturing support system, to surround themselves with positive like minded people. You might b surprised how the process of learning a simple dance, getting all glammed up and getting up and performing in front of a cheering audience could be hugely healing.

The Copacabana girls embody sexy confidence

The Copacabana girls embody sexy confidence

All I can say is that in the past couple of years of doing this I have really made some incredible friendships.

For a long time we had been planning this show to kick off the campaign for womanly beauty. We worked super hard on this show creating and costuming five totally new numbers and inviting some of NY’s most talented performers as guest artists. Miraculously everything came together so seamlessly. My friends are so amazingly creative and loving. Hardly a word had to be spoken and someone would jump into action. We were totally excited to perform at Le Poisson Rouge which is the most gorgeous cabaret location in NYC, with an amazing stage and sound and lighting system. We just had a feeling, creatively, that we could produce the show we wanted in this venue. We were lucky enough to snag the most hysterical MC – Sweetie (who we discovered at the NY Boyelesque Festival). We kind of made a script for Sweetie to tell the story of “the wayward showgirl.” Sweetie wasn’t too used to being limited by a script so he took the liberty of elaborating and making it ultra filthy…. It was pretty funny standing waiting to go on stage and then he would say something so outrageous you thought you might pee your pants – and then have to compose yourself to go on. We also asked the help of our dear Friend Dame Lori Sutherland to actually speak about the cause. She was looking gorgeous in animal print and a divine little fascinator.

As the show was about to start we saw the place was getting packed and there was still a huge line of people buying tickets. It was so thrilling for us – it has only been 18 months since our very first show. Then – the very first number was Vivi Le Voix doing gorgeous opera burlesque and we heard the crowd go wild – we were so excited because we knew it was an amazing and loving audience. And so began a magical night.

I personally had one of the most magical nights performing – and most importantly the 24 girls in my group are still on cloud 9. I can’t imagine what it was like for them.I’ve done many shows in tiny bars and big theatres – but to have your very first performance in such a slinky place and with such a magnificent audience had to be special. I think by physically dancing in public, and receiving the audience’s heart felt applause – seeing all the pictures afterwards, where everyone looks just gorgeous – an experience like that can help you redefine your self esteem.

Backstage - The Pink Chardonnays wait to go on. They look like a confection.

Backstage - The Pink Chardonnays wait to go on. They look like a confection.

I feel like we really got the word out about our campaign and delivered a good dose of happiness to our girls. Me and Pink Champagne are in heaven. We just had this vision for our show – and to finally see it on stage and to have so much fun creatively with our friends was just amazing. A special shout out to our friend JZ for organizing everything for us at LPR and doing so much heavy lifting. To Amanda for being a creative genius with “Moves Like Jagger”. Amy for Helping her. Ingrid for giving us Latisse so we had good eyelashes. Annamarie for coming up with the genius Copacabana costumes – within budget. Shaun Barker – just because you are so talented.Melissa for making the beautiful flyer. Jose decamps for letting me do my dance in front of my audience and being able to live out one of my personal dreams. His girlfriend Joanna for helping me.Lucy for stepping in as last minute stage kitten – or as she calls it “sex kitten” And all the PInk Chardonnays who just make me happy everyday.

The Campaign for Womanly Beauty

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Sometimes I kind of feel like I am living a sort of double life. Most of my time is taken up being a momma to my two little girls ages 6 and 11. In addition I have my businesses. I have the salon Brazil Bronze Glow Bar and I have my exercise program Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp, and then I have my labour of love – the Pink Chardonnays, an amateur burlesque performance group, with whom we have a lot of fun making choreography, putting on shows, and trying to perform as much as possible, for the sheer joy of it.

To me – all of my businesses revolve around one main theme. Just trying to make people feel comfortable in their own skin. For a long while when I was growing the salon and spray tanning for hours every day – the thing that really struck me was how many people hated or felt shameful about their bodies. How many people who were relatively young and attractive who were pissing away their lives feeling too fat, too ugly, too old and not good enough. It seems to be a cultural preoccupation with many people. I know when I was younger I certainly had more issues than I do now. I went through my own phase of waking up every day and feeling too this and too that. For me, after I had daughters, number one I got a whole new respect for the female body and how you could put on 35 pounds, spit out a kid, and how everything pretty much went back into place. Number two, I decided to rethink my issues to try and not hand them down to my daughters. It seems wrong to me that we live in a world when some people can consider some old, fat, bald guy “hot” and any woman who is over thirty and still single supposedly has more chance of being bombed by a terrorist than getting married. Did I really hear that??? Enough of this cultural double standard. I want to cheer and shout and appreciate many varieties of gorgeous womanhood. They are airbrushing anorexic teenagers to make them look thin and smooth enough. Think of Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe, think of hundreds of beautiful icons of times gone by. What is beautiful, what is sexy? Many, many different things. Bland is not sexy. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the eye of the creatrix. Surely there is a place for self expression.

I am a great one for action. I founded Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp specifically to design a workout that not only worked out the body – but also worked on the phsyche. I wanted to try and create a language and and an environment where people could start to learn new perspectives at how to look at their body. To create a place where self negation and self deprecation were not options, to work out, to sweat, to dance bathed in a language of self love and more than a dash of humor. Of course this is a work in progress and every day  myself and my partner Teresa are tinkering with this formula. A safe, fun place for women to workout and rethink the language with which they talk to themselves.

I love when I see new students. Of course in NYC we have such a diverse group of culturally sophisticated women. Most new comers look at me with a sparkle in their eye, and you can tell they appreciate the road we are going down. Sometimes you will get two young girls coming together as friends, they will roll their eyes at each other, blush and giggle – I tend to think if they are a little surprised by the material and the approach, even if they laugh at it, maybe the penny will drop a little bit. Even if they think I am some old crazy lady at least they will have heard some of the things we have to say and maybe someday they will appreciate them.

But still, at the school bus stop I keep my double life pretty quiet. I mean, how does a mother of two explain that from time to time you might find her out in a club leading the secret life of a showgirl …. dancing burlesque. How would I even start to explain that?

For me – when I first started watching burlesque their were things I liked and things  I didn’t. Same thing today. You can’t love everything. But I love that at burlesque shows the audience is often more women than men. I love that the women who dance are supremely confident and often very glamorous. They set their own standard for what is beautiful. There is an old style of glamour where the woman chooses to be her own creation. She defines her own standard of beauty. It is not about looking like some fake airbrushed thing from a magazine, it is about real womanly beauty.

Since we started the Pink Chardonnays it has been such a pleasure to introduce other regular women to the pleasure of dancing burlesque. To set the goal of dancing a simple strip tease, to see people consider obstacles in their mind, to briefly doubt them self, to go through with the dance, to have an exhilarating and life affirming experience of having people appreciate and like your performance. I love seeing the girls have this giddy high  – and say,like a little kid at a merry go round – “can we do it again right now – it was to short.” I love that. You rarely hear grown women happy like kids. To me, I seek out those kind of experiences. And I love the closeness and friendship that grows in the groups, people are grateful to be surrounded by fun loving people with a similar positive outlook. A few days after the shows when everyone gets to share all their photos, another wave of healing sets in. the women see themselves, all glamorous and gorgeous – and they feel proud to be part of the picture.

And so – I don’t hide my double life through any shame. I am deeply proud of my work. But it is just a little hard to explain. People could see it another way.

At Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp we are launching “the Campaign for Womanly Beauty.” CFWB is about about endorsing many different standards of womanly beauty. You don’t have to write to your senator about it – but you do have to work on this campaign at a grass roots level. It can be as simple as giving heartfelt compliments to people who need it, or who inspire you. It could be taking five minutes to have a little intervention when you hear someone being self deprecating. Most importantly the campaign is deeply personal, it is about waking up every morning and choosing to approve of the girl in the mirror and to set your own standard of how you would like to carry yourself in the world, others be damned.

When Ghandi said ” Be the change you want to see in the world…..” I am not sure he envisioned the Pink Chardonnays prancing around in le0pard print bras with sparkly marraccas….. but I think it is worth it. Why should little girls think they have to look like something from a reality show or feeling like they have a limited expiration date. I ask you to get to work with the Campaign For Womanly Beauty. If any of you have companies whose thinking is in synch with this campaign, please reach out to me because we are looking for corporate sponsors for some upcoming events.