Something to smile about

Beauty therapist Cerys Jones, of Oddfellows Beauty-Spa-Wellness, has introduced a teeth-whitening service to the Arrowtown salon. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Beauty therapist Cerys Jones, of Oddfellows Beauty-Spa-Wellness, has introduced a teeth-whitening service to the Arrowtown salon. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Less than a year after opening its doors, an Arrowtown beauty spa has further diversified, becoming the first salon in the Wakatipu to offer a teeth-whitening service.

Oddfellows Beauty-Spa-Wellness was opened by Amy Bennetts and Sam Gent in the historic Buckingham St cottage in March and now offered a variety of beauty treatments, including facials, massage, waxing and teeth-whitening, along with regular visits from the Skin and Vein Clinic.

''It's been amazing,'' Ms Bennetts said of her first year in business.

''It's been such a cool journey ... It's more than we hoped for in the first year.''

The teeth-whitening system was introduced to the salon by therapist Cerys Jones, formerly of the United Kingdom, who had used it overseas but had struggled to find an effective equivalent in the Queenstown area.

''I used to have it myself ... It's FDA and EU approved, it's big in Europe. It's made a big difference to me.''

Miss Jones said each treatment took 20 minutes, with up to three treatments able to be carried out in succession.

Clients were fitted with mouth guards containing hydrogen peroxide and UV light was used to activate the solution.

''It's non acidic and breaks down with oxygen and water to ensure safe penetration - it finds the stains, removes them and oxidises them.

''It's 6% peroxide to give it the best performance - it's the optimum combination between low sensitivity and performance.''

Ms Bennetts said the system was already proving popular.

''It's just another addition to the beauty therapy treatments.''