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 Nerelle Loader,  accompanied by Vanessa Roberts qualified hairdressers Anne Garrow, Shari Stone, Bigid Madden, apprentice Adrianna Heeney and  Myotherapist/ Massage therapist Erin Pangrazzi, Beauty therapist Lucinda Bowtell & Beauty/Hairdresser Shevaun Self. And each month our Cosmetic Tattooist Renee Checkley.

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. One of our newest services in Radio Frequency skin tightening treatments & Fat Cavitaion where you can literally blast your fat cells and gain a more shapely body. Our Cosmetic Tattooist comes here each month, she offers eyebrow, eyelash & lip enhancements.  We have an amazing hairdressing team, they offer professional men’s 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.



Vanessa is a qualified hairdresser  with 13 years experience, she  specialises in hair colouring and re styles. Vanessa actually is the eldest daughter of our manager (Nerelle) she assists in the running of the business, taking on many behind the scenes duties including product packaging and marketing. Vanessa is passionate about the hair industry continuing to educate herself in new styles and hair colouring trends and passes on her valuable knowledge to our other staff. Vanessa works most Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays.


Adrianna Heeney is always doing her best to be as helpful as possible & has developed exception industry skills. She is a star at everything from waxing, sugaring, nail services to hair colouring and styling.  Flying through her apprenticeship is due to be fully qualified early 2018.  Adrianna works weekdays and some Saturdays.



Erin Pangrazzi is our Remedial massage therapist / Myotherapist.  Erin completed the extensive course in massage and myotherapy in Melbourne where she gained hands on experience in the day spa industry. Erin joined our team about 4 years ago, a competent therapist, her nurturing hands are like magnets to your sore spots. Erin works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays, plus the occasional Saturday.



Lucinda Bowtell joined us October 2017 and is our Beauty Therapist boasting 6 years of experience in the industry. She loves her work and is a vibrant, enthusiastic therapist. Lucida can help with problem skin concerns, facial treatments, massage, full body hair removal, manicures & pedicures. Lucinda normally works Tuesday, Thursday (until late), Friday & some Saturdays.



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 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.



Shari Stone is currently on maternity leave. She is a expert hair stylist with over 15 years of valuable experience in all aspects of hairdressing. She is also a professional trainer, participated in expo demonstrations and hair competition work.  Managing a salon in the posh area of High St. Armadale  where she also travelling interstate to teach hair extensions. Then worked in a trendy Fitzroy salon where she performed all aspects of hairdressing and provided  colour and cutting training to the salon staff.    Shari says she enjoys the process of making a client look and feel fantastic. Not working at the moment.


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 2-3 days at the end of each month.



Nerelle completed beauty training at Helen Abicair beauty college in Melbourne in 1986.  Vanessa was just a baby, after having her family of three eventually qualified as a Remedial massage practitioner at the Malvern school of massage and kinesiology over 23 years ago. Originally working in Korumburra and for the last 12 years in Foster.

Accomplished in massage therapy, has developed her own signature style of massage incorporating techniques learned from Swedish massage,  Chinese accupresser, trigger point therapy, myofacial release. With a general interest in health and beauty continued to update training over the years including specialised training in Alexandia body sugaring, Radio Frequency skin treamtents, Dermalogica skin care “expert”  training and other Dermalogica training workshops including Bio Surface Peel& Ion Active skin treatment which will make a point of difference to our result driven facial services.

Nerelle spent many years researching 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
  • Clairol 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
  • Wheat Bags Australia
  • 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

Open everyday except Sunday, trading Monday to Friday from 9 – 5.30 Saturday 9 – 1

Late appointments are available on Thursday’s by appointment until 6 to 7pm

Call us 56821200 OR Book online