Founded by a 25-year beauty veteran, Beauty Matters unites clients with a wealth of skincare services. Three methods of hair removal—wax, lasers, and electrolysis—clear away unwanted strands to keep surfaces smooth. During facials, aestheticians pull from Éminence Organic’s line of products to exfoliate and moisturize complexions. An on-site permanent-makeup artist fills in sparse brows, negating the need to apply makeup each morning or after every eyebrow wiggle.
Beauté Neuve brings a touch of Paris to West Vancouver. During treatments, a skin specialist will infuse skin with Parisian lines such as Mary Cohr, using skills picked up in the romantic city itself. But despite this French flair, the main focus here is on younger-looking skin. From peels to regeneration masks to noninvasive face lifts, the staff personalizes treatments to promote smooth, glowing complexions.
Located along Vancouver's lively Commercial Drive, Flaming June Day Spa is a soothing retreat from the area's busy shops and restaurants. A full-service day spa, Flaming June offers everything from facials and massages to waxing, mani-pedis, and body wraps. Clients walk through the front door and take in the spa's glowing low light and gleaming hardwood floors before heading into tranquil private treatment rooms. Have a lavender mango butter body wrap, or indulge in a spa pedicure or eyelash tinting. Dermalogica, Ancient Secrets, and Gehwol are featured product lines. Both women and men are welcome.
Family-owned and operated Salt Spring Soapworks approaches the art of soap making with integrity, joy, and more than thirty years of experience. Artisans craft handmade soaps ($5.95+) that contain natural moisturizers to soften skin, while citrus-scented Loofah Soaps ($7.95 for 130g), drawn from pure vegetable glycerin and 100% essential oils, ensure that feelings of cleanliness persist even after exiting the shower. Savoury suds come in a variety of funky flavours, such as wild rhubarb and a mai tai concoction that's crafted from pure coconut extract and accented with essential oils of lemongrass and lime. With a long line of natural products, including organic baby care and natural pet-cleaning options, Salt Spring Soapworks has suitable soaps for any sudser.
It's possible to walk out of Trix Spa with a completely different look than the one you had when you walked in. That's because the spa offers everything from makeup and updos to threading and waxing. Nail technicians trim and shape nails before applying polish, glitter, or 3-D flower appliques, and henna artists cover skin with intricate designs and maps to the grocery store in case clients run out of lactose-free butter substitute. For a break from the beautification, clients can try a Thai massage, which relieves muscle tension using not only soothing massage strokes but also guided stretching.
When resort guests want vacations from their vacations, the quadrilateral Beyond Wrapture Mind and Body Care transports them out of the country. The four spas have no airports, however—instead, they’ve simply named and modelled their spaces after coveted destinations. Both the Coast Capri Hotel and Big White Ski Resort embrace a meditative asian theme. Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa’s Manhattan room and Central Park pedicure stations evoke New York chic, whereas Lake Okanagan Resort Spa pairs its shoreline views with Moroccan-inspired baths and palatial treatment areas.
Despite their distinct designs, the spas share a common aim: simultaneous pampering of the body, mind, and soul. And although they mimic faraway settings, their services prioritize homegrown ingredients blended into their own essential oils, scrubs, and lotions for specialty procedures. Vinotherapy massages, for example, harness the healing properties of grape antioxidants with formulas made from local winery byproducts, including grape stems, skins, and pips, and overripe grapes that are about to mature into apples. The massages pair well with such luxurious services as honey-wine wraps and Okanagan grape-pip scrub.