About us

Offering a variety of beauty services from top to toe, we offer many day spa style treatments without the BIG day spa prices and a complete range of hairdressing services with stylish flair…

There is nothing basic about Essential Body Basics. Actually many of our clients come to us not only for our services, they come to be treated especially when they need a little TLC. Our caring team are passionate about this industry and offer a full range of grooming services with a personal touch.

Essential Body Basics was first established in 2003. In 2005 Nerelle purchased the existing business which has blown out from a sole therapist  to a salon employing eight local women.  Managed by Beauty therapist  Nerelle Loader with qualified hairdressers Anne Garrow,  Brigid Madden, Vanessa Roberts, Beauty therapist/hairdresser Laura Pangrazzi, Beauty therapist Lucinda Bowtel, Apprentice Tabitha Potschka. And each month our Cosmetic Tattooist Renee Baker.

Spa pedicures are really popular and of course massage but we also offer more lavish SPA style services including body exfoliation, scrubs and wraps. We do full body waxing or sugaring (in a discrete manor), eyelash/brow tinting, eyelash extensions, targeted skin treatments, facials, manicure’s and spray tanning.  Our Cosmetic Tattooist comes here each month, she offers eyebrow, eyelash & lip enhancements.  We have an amazing hairdressing team, they offer professional grooming and all hairdressing services with stylish flare. Always happy to do a consultation prior to the service to ensure their client is totally satisfied.

It’s all about quality in our salon as we continue to update our skills and offer the most comprehensive range of beauty treatments in South Gippsland.  Located in Foster  which is close to Wilsons Promontory National Park, Waratah Bay, Sandy Point and Walkerville and not far from Leongatha, Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Toora, Welshpool and Yarram.

Meet the staff

Brigid Madden is our bubbly friendly team leader in the salon with fabulous retail knowledge to help everyone achieve healthy great looking hair.  She is amazing with blonde hair colouring and loves to come up with creative ideas for clients who want something a bit different. Brigid is fully qualified and confident is all hair services and continuing to learn and grow her skills. Brigid works from Tuesday to Friday and most Saturdays.

Lucinda Bowtell joined us October 2017 and is our bubbling Beauty Therapist boasting over 8 years of experience in the industry. She loves her work and is a vibrant, enthusiastic therapist. Lucinda can help with problem skin concerns, facial treatments, full body hair removal, manicures & pedicures.

LauraLaura Pangrazzi originally did her hairdressing apprenticeship with us and after a couple of years break from EBB returned to work for us after completing her Beauty Therapy Diploma. Laura offers a variety of  services including hairdressing, waxing, sugaring, pedicures, facials and much more.

Anne Garrow. Meet our most experienced hairdresser, Anne is a perfectionist continuing to update her skills since completing training at the Australian academy of hairdressing in Melbourne she is a well know face of the South Gippsland district having worked in Yarram, Meeniyan, Toora & Foster as a hairdresser for over 40 years.   In the early days perms and sets were her main duties as men and boys were not allowed in the salon, clippers were not even use which means Anne has fabulous cutting skills. Anne works Wednesday and Thursday.

Renee Checkley has been visiting our salon each month to conduct her Cosmetic Tattooing services. She specialises in feather touch technique to achieve a very natural brow enhancement. Plus offers eyeliner and lip tattooing. Renee is also a daughter of Nerelle (Manager) Renee usually visits us for 2 days  each month.

Nerelle is an accomplished in massage therapist with a general interest in health and beauty.  Continuing to update skills by training over the years including specialised training in Alexandia body sugaring, Microcurrent facial firming and lifting treatments plus Radio Frequency, Dermalogica skin care “expert”  training and other Dermalogica training workshops including Pro Power Peel & LED Ion Active skin treatment which will make a point of difference to our result driven facial services.

Nerelle introduced her own brand of mineral make up ‘Zyink’ and is proud of the fact these products are offered to our customers for the most affordable prices without compromising quality.  All the products in the range have been selected with thoughtful packaging without the use of chemicals or harmful ingredients.

Also she has developed a complete range of signature products designed to complement the healthy aspect of skin, hair, mind and body. Body products, soy candles and fragrant diffusers are all make by us.

To help you look your best all the time we stock a fabulous range of affordable products

  • Dermalogica skin care
  • Zyink mineral cosmetics
  • Wella professional hair care products
  • Fanola no yellow/no orange
  • Olaplex hair treatment system
  • OPI nail lacquer & Infinite Shine
  • Essential Body Basics Signature products
  • EBB fragrant room diffusers & Soy Candles
  • Moroccan Tan home care products
  • Ancient Magnesium

Our vision statement

  • Exceptional service
  • Value for money
  • Result driven treatments
  • Belief in our products
  • Offer Loyalty rewards
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Comfortable treatment rooms
  • Being modern &  fresh
  • Welfare of our clients
  • Hygiene & cleanliness
  • Friendly & approachable
  • Honesty in recommendations