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 daughter Vanessa Roberts qualified hairdressers Anne Garrow, Shari Stone, Bigid Madden, apprentice Adrianna Heeney and  Myotherapist/ Massage therapist Erin Pangrazzi.

Spa pedicures, massage plus more lavish 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 tanning. Our amazing hairdressing team 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.


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 11 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 Dermalogica skin care “expert”  training and other Dermalogica training workshops. Most recently she has participated in the Bio Resurface Peel 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. Herbal teas, body products, soy candles and fragrant diffusers are all make by us.







Vanessa is a qualified hairdresser  with 12 years experience, she  specialises in hair colouring and re styles. Vanessa actually is the eldest daughter of 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.



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.  She said back then women and girls went to the salon,  men and boys went to the barber and these days its all done in one salon.  Anne is a dedicated, valued team member at Essential Body Basics.



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 fully qualified and confident is all hair services and continuing to learn and grow her skills.  Brigid also does waxing, manicures, pedicures and OPI gel polish.



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 a couple of years ago then taking  time off to have her two children. Not only is she a competent therapist, her hands are like magnets to your sore spots.








Shari Stone is an expert hair stylist with over 13 years of valuable experience in all aspects of hairdressing and product knowledge.  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.  Recently she and her husband moved to the area from Darwin where she ran her own successful hairdressing business.  Shari says she enjoys the process of making a client look and feel fantastic and we are thrilled to have her on board at Essential Body Basics. Staff will gain a lot of valuable knowledge working along side her.







Adrianna Heeney is most likely the person you will speak to on the phone or at the reception desk always doing her best to be as helpful as possible. Flying through her apprenticeship is already experienced in waxing, sugaring, manicure, pedicure and men’s buzz. Currently training in cuts and colouring.

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 now yello
  • Amazon curl series
  • Alexandria body sugaring system
  • OPI nail lacquer & Infinite Shine
  • Essential Body Basics Signature Selection
  • EBB fragrant room diffusers & Soy Candles
  • Summer Tan
  • 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 – 12

Appointments out of hours may be  available on Thursday’s

Call us 56821200