Lighten Up!

Good Vibrations

By Karen Axelton

Tony Gill, 32, and Christina Bornstein, 31, a lipstick is not just a lipstick--it's a tool for restoring the spirit. The founders of New York City-based Tony & Tina's Vibrational Remedies infuse their cosmetics and nail polish with colors and scents they believe work therapeutically to balance the body's seven main energy centers, or chakras.

Now Tony & Tina's is bringing its products home with a new business opportunity. Licensees hold home parties, featuring palmists, auric readers or energy healers, where guests take part in meditations and visualizations to help them determine the best "vibrational remedy" to restore balance to body and mind. (Of course, there's a lot of playing with lipstick and eye shadow, too.)

Licensees receive a commission on products sold, plus a percentage of the sales made by other reps they recruit. Tony & Tina's is seeking licensees nationwide; the initial cost is $100 to $200.

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This article was originally published in the December 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Lighten Up!.

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