NEW YORK — Extracts, the trade show for aromatherapy, fragrance and personal care, kicks off today at the Jacob K. Javits Center. This spring’s effort, which runs through the weekend and ends Monday at 4 p.m., is expecting 250 exhibitors and 3,000 retailer attendees from all over the world.

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In the spirit of keeping the biannual show fresh and new, Extracts for the first time is featuring on-site spa services for show attendees. Services include an oxygen bar, a manicure station, a tea station, a beauty bar for makeovers and a massage station. The tea and beauty bars are complimentary; other services start at $10.

Also new are four educational seminars, running today and Sunday. One of today’s seminars discusses custom blending as a way of boosting sales; the other presents well-being and lifestyle trends. Sunday also has two seminars, one that teaches attendees how to market to consumers over 50 years old; the other discusses the importance of inner-wellness, called “Wellness & Beauty from the Inside Out.”

Nancy Trent, owner of public relations firm Nancy Trent & Co. Inc., is the organizer of the inner-wellness seminar and believes teaching retailers how to find and sell health and beauty products that appeal to increasingly educated, health-conscious consumers is an important part of growing business today.

“I think with these stressful times people need relief. To minimize the devastation of stress, you need to give yourself a break and spa products are an excellent way to do that,” Trent said.

Elizabeth Murphy, show director for Extracts, said the seminars are very well attended so a lot of thought goes into planning each topic. “The Extracts audience is a very educated audience so we try to figure out what will be useful for them,” Murphy said.

All seminars are $35 in advance and $45 at the door, except for Trent’s inner-wellness seminar, which costs $40 in advance and $50 on-site.

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