As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to establish the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, followed by a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa, where Daniel explain why male-centric services are necessary. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he said. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
The only thing gritty and rough at Bodé's Ottawa location are the unfinished concrete walls that wrap around the spacious spa. This coarse, earthy element, complemented by a robust fireplace and metal accents, gives the space a refined yet manly feel as highly trained technicians pamper gentlemen inside private treatment rooms. The hydro room—described by clients as a "rainforest grotto"—fosters relaxation as a registered massage therapist or massage practitioner eases tension and knots from bodies with a custom massage. Masculine tranquility is also found in a tailored foot and hand fixes, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and specialized skincare treatments, which offer exfoliation via chemical peels.
The aestheticians of All About You Studio & Spa sustain beauty with an expansive selection of treatments that rely upon both natural therapies and modern technologies. In the private mud bath, patrons settle into Golden Moor mud, and the technicians? licenses displayed on the wall of the laser room comfort clients about to break ties with body hair, tattoos, or tattoos of body hair. Esthederm products fuel each facial, encouraging skin?s latent beauty by working with its unique cellular makeup.
Beauty Mark Esthetics owner Lee-Ann Zanelli is pretty particular about the spa products she uses. She and her team employ Yon-Ka products from France and organic ?minence products from Hungary during their facials, which can draw from the healing properties of pineapple enzymes, spicy paprika. In the centre?s treatment rooms and lobby, sky-blue walls with chocolate-brown accents and decorative reeds evoke an oceanic feel, which is reinforced by decals of water running over pebbles.
Owned by experienced aesthetician and Glamology host Charmaine Cianciullo, Peppermint Organic Spa dispenses personalized organic and vegan spa treatments with handmade raw ingredients concocted without synthetic materials. A 75-minute organic facial commences with a natural exfoliation that reduces each facade’s fine lines and rough areas, remineralizes skin, and extracts silver dollars left by forgetful magicians from pores. Subsequent super-hydrating masks sleekify, hydrate, and even out epidermal complexions before soothing facial massages knead and ease tense cheeks and foreheads. Each handmade facial is tailored to individual client skin types, equally suiting customers seeking more youthful appearances, looking to diminish acne or dry skin, or hoping to convince restless eyebrows not to find a new forehead to sublet.
The experienced aestheticians at Angels Roost Studio & Spa reveal outer beauty with handmade Éminence Organic Skin Care products and personalized pamperings for the face and body. A signature facial treats visages with an herbal infusion of therapeutic and organically grown ingredients plucked from Hungarian soils. Soothing hands massage the healing emollients onto visages to aid in clearing, balancing, and revitalizing the skin. After the facial, an Éminence hydrating body treatment coaxes customers inside a 53-gallon hydro-spa tub as cascading showers and power jets gently wash the body of aches, pains, and regrettable tattoos. A healing medley of soothing steam, aromas, and sounds surrounds the body in order to relax the mind and ease the spirit.