La Raffinage Salon & Spa rains luxurious spa services upon locals like diamond dewdrops on grass blades with clogged pores. During a 90-minute Yon-Ka refinement facial ($95), La Raffinage’s expert aestheticians apply high-quality Yon-Ka products to relax and revitalize the skin, eliminating toxins, oxygenating the skin, and strengthening skin's resistance to the elements. The 60-minute Reiki energy treatment ($85) gives clients access to a Reiki specialist who'll use the ancient healing art to tap into the body’s energy waves. The compassionate practitioner will place hands over the body to unblock stymied energy. Stress will melt away like butter under a heated magic wand, with spiritual balance, physical tranquility, and the desire to burst into a Bollywood dance number following thereafter.
Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and her husband, Sergio, have won the trust of even the most discerning clientele. They started with just a 650-square-foot space at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa. Today, Absolute Spa spans 11 locations that have racked up more than 50 awards, including a pick as a top 10 Vancouver spa on Examiner.com and Business of the Year award from West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in 2010. They have also attracted celebrity clients including Elle MacPherson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Many à la carte items and spa packages draw on extracts from healing substances, such as sandalwood, kaolin clay, and Spanish sweet-orange blossoms. After each service, Absolute's team tutors clients in how to maintain results at home. Beyond improving clients' sense of well-being, Wendy strives to improve the lives of children by spearheading multiple philanthropic ventures, such as the annual Century Plaza Hotel & Spa Women's Media Golf Classic, which has raised more than $2.6 million for charity.
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.
Bare Essentials Skin Bar is focused on leaving clients with smooth, healthy, well-hydrated skin. Experienced staff members offer consultations and skin-type analyses before suggesting a 30-minute custom facial designed to remove oil, fight acne, or deeply moisturize with Dermalogica products. Many treatments at this mod spa are named after fancy cocktails—a mudslide washes away shine, while a rusty nail fights the signs of aging with an infusion of vitamins. Bare Essentials Skin Bar has clients in and out the door in 30 minutes with fresh and rejuvenated complexions. Microdermabrasion is also available.
For E-style founder Eva Qin, it wasn't enough to open just any spa, but a spa as renowned for its treatments as it is for being a dedicated member of the world community. Clients come to the spa for waxing, mani-pedis, facials, and eyelash extensions, but leave feeling refreshed thanks to the in-depth service of the E-style crew of beauticians. Eva also makes it her job to give back, by partnering with the Canadian International Education Assistance Foundation and donating proceeds from her spa to train workers assisting in post-disaster communities.