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Spa Review: Pure + Simple, Super Hydrating Facial

As most of you know, I love shopping local and one of my favourite places to buy my skincare is Pure + Simple. Not only do they have their own lines of amazing skincare (see my reviews on Holistic Vanity and Pure + Simple products) but they also carry cosmetics and other skincare lines. The newly revamped Yorkville spa location has miles of shelf space which allows them to also carry some haircare products which aren’t available at the other locations. The Yorkville location also has a Wellness Centre with services that the other locations don’t have. For example there is naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition sessions available at this lovely location on the upper floors.

After my review of the Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line I was offered the chance to visit the Yorkville location and experience one of their new facials. I had the lovely Isabella for my Super Hydrating Facial and I loved every minute of it! Isabella did all of the traditional facial steps. She first removed all of my makeup, then examined my skin and proceeded with the steaming, facial mask, extractions and massages. I also got to have the high frequency treatment and oxygen sprayed on my face to help my skin absorb the products being slathered on my skin. I have to say, Isabella has very talented hands. She was both gentle and firm depending on what my skin needed. We had an interesting chat during my facial. I love talking to estheticians! We traded skincare and makeup tips, tricks and routines. Isabella, I’m trying your eyebrow tips and loving them so far! At the end of my treatment Isabella asked me if I had any questions. I bought some of the items she suggested for my dehydrated skin and I’ve been using them with great results. I’ll be reviewing those products in a future post. I left the spa with a very oily face but totally relaxed and mellow. I will definitely be booking my next facial at the Pure + Simple Yorkville location with Isabella.

Rating: 5/5

Thanks again to Pure + Simple for the facial. To learn more about Pure + Simple check out a list of their locations. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

At the front of the spa they have their cosmetics section. This is a natural makeup wonderland I’d like to play in the next time I get a chance!

Just to give you an idea of how much shelf space they have, after the cosmetics section are these long rows of shelves to the back of the store. And behind the receiving desk near the waiting area is another set of shelves.

Here’s a shot of their haircare selection. Intelligent Nutrients, John Masters, Rahua and InnerSense are among the lines they carry. I went a little crazy buying some of the hair products!

The waiting area on the first floor.

One of the cozy and relaxing treatment rooms.

Yorkville room

Have you ever had a facial at Pure + Simple? You may also like my review to the Aquabrasion facial, also at Pure + Simple.

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Spa Review: @UrbOrganicSpa, January Facial Special

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Note: All images of the spa taken from Urb Organic Spa website.

There aren’t that many organic spas in Toronto. I stumbled across Urb Organic Spa when I was looking for places that carried Antipodes skin care products. It’s a lovely little spa in the Mount Pleasant & Eglinton area & easily accessible by bus in the cold winter months.  I’ve had three facials with them so far & my favourite is now the Microdermabrasion facial with Oxygen. So when Urb has a special price for January I booked my facial as soon as I could. Note: Urb Organic Spa is a women only spa.

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The process:
After laying down on the spa bed Katrina, my esthetician cleansed & steamed my face, then examined my skin.  After that the Microdermabrasion began.  For those not familiar with Microdermabrasion it can be done with a variety of materials. Urb uses walnut grains.  Using short swiping motions the esthetician gently goes over your face avoiding sensitive areas like the eyes, nose, & lips. It feels slightly abrasive but not unbearably so.  Next up in the January special is the Urb Organic Facial which includes facial, scalp, neck & shoulder massage. This is the ultimate in relaxation.  Katrina has amazing hands & I was soon in a trance-like relaxed space as she massaged my face, head, neck & shoulders.  After the facial & massage is the oxygen treatment.  Pressurized oxygen combined with wrinkle fighting serum is sprayed onto your skin. It feels very cool & soothing.  Now it’s time for the high frequency treatment. The high frequency treatment can feel a little strange to first timers. After slathering your face with a moisturizing cream a gauze face mask is placed over your face & a glass wand is waved over your skin. It feels kind of like a fourth of July sparkler against your skin.  But again, the discomfort is minimal. The high frequency treatment helps to heal your skin & helps skin care products to penetrate deeper into your skin. Katrina then finished up with a little more massaging & then the whole January special spa experience was done.

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The results:
It’s a common misconception that Microdermabrasion has to be harsh & that you’ll emerge with bright red skin after the facial. If it’s done properly that totally isn’t the case.  I’ve had microdermabrasion facials twice at Urb & I’ve never come out looking like I’d gotten a bad burn. Rather, I always come out with softer, significantly smoother, brighter skin. The momentary discomfort of the Microdermabrasion & high frequency treatment is totally worth it. I actually hadn’t realized how dull my skin had gotten until I felt my face afterwards!

I had actually come in recovering from a cold. I called beforehand to make sure it was okay for me to come in despite the cold. The owner of the spa (Mirjana) assured me it was fine. She said the facial would actually help me feel better as it would detoxify me. I’m not sure if it was this facial plus the acupuncture treatment I had afterwards.  But by the next day I felt about so much better compared to before that. That night I also slept very well, which I’m sure was due to the relaxed state the facial put me in. My next microdermabrasion will probably be in May, for my birthday. I would totally recommend this facial to anyone!

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Microdermabrasion + Urb Organic Facial + Oxygen
Urb Organic Spa, 701 Mt. Pleasant Road,
Cost: $150 CAD for 120 mins


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Spa Review: Urb Organic Spa, January Facial Special

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Note: All images of the spa taken from Urb Organic Spa website.

There aren’t that many organic spas in Toronto. I stumbled across Urb Organic Spa when I was looking for places that carried Antipodes skin care products. It’s a lovely little spa in the Mount Pleasant and Eglinton area and easily accessible by bus in the cold winter months.  I’ve had three facials with them so far and my favourite is now the Microdermabrasion facial with Oxygen. So when Urb has a special price for January I booked my facial as soon as I could. Note: Urb Organic Spa is a women only spa.

urb-waiting area

The process:
After laying down on the spa bed Katrina, my esthetician cleansed and steamed my face, then examined my skin.  After that the Microdermabrasion began.  For those not familiar with Microdermabrasion it can be done with a variety of materials. Urb uses walnut grains.  Using short swiping motions the esthetician gently goes over your face avoiding sensitive areas like the eyes, nose, and lips. It feels slightly abrasive but not unbearably so.  Next up in the January special is the Urb Organic Facial which includes facial, scalp, neck and shoulder massage. This is the ultimate in relaxation.  Katrina has amazing hands and I was soon in a trance-like relaxed space as she massaged my face, head, neck and shoulders.  After the facial and massage is the oxygen treatment.  Pressurized oxygen combined with wrinkle fighting serum is sprayed onto your skin. It feels very cool and soothing.  Now it’s time for the high frequency treatment. The high frequency treatment can feel a little strange to first timers. After slathering your face with a moisturizing cream a gauze face mask is placed over your face and a glass wand is waved over your skin. It feels kind of like a fourth of July sparkler against your skin.  But again, the discomfort is minimal. The high frequency treatment helps to heal your skin and helps skin care products to penetrate deeper into your skin. Katrina then finished up with a little more massaging and then the whole January special spa experience was done.

urb-spa room

The results:
It’s a common misconception that Microdermabrasion has to be harsh and that you’ll emerge with bright red skin after the facial. If it’s done properly that totally isn’t the case.  I’ve had microdermabrasion facials twice at Urb and I’ve never come out looking like I’d gotten a bad burn. Rather, I always come out with softer, significantly smoother, brighter skin. The momentary discomfort of the Microdermabrasion and high frequency treatment is totally worth it. I actually hadn’t realized how dull my skin had gotten until I felt my face afterwards!

I had actually come in recovering from a cold. I called beforehand to make sure it was okay for me to come in despite the cold. The owner of the spa (Mirjana) assured me it was fine. She said the facial would actually help me feel better as it would detoxify me. I’m not sure if it was this facial plus the acupuncture treatment I had afterwards.  But by the next day I felt about so much better compared to before that. That night I also slept very well, which I’m sure was due to the relaxed state the facial put me in. My next microdermabrasion will probably be in May, for my birthday. I would totally recommend this facial to anyone!

urb-product shelves

Microdermabrasion + Urb Organic Facial + Oxygen
Urb Organic Spa, 701 Mt. Pleasant Road,
Cost: $150 CAD for 120 mins


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Spa Review: @Pure_and_Simple ~ Aquabrasion Facial

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On Sunday, I went to the Pure + Simple spa at Yonge & Eglinton for the Aquabrasion facial which was on special at the time. What follows is a review of my experience. First a little background on the company.

I’ve been a long time fan of Pure + Simple. I buy a lot of my products there. Thank God for them! They make it so easy to get natural & eco-friendly skin care. Long before Consonant popped up in the Young & Elligible neighbourhood they were an outpost of local beauty products. (Inside joke, that’s what locals call the Yonge Street & Eglinton Ave area.)  Yes for you peeps out there who aren’t familiar with Pure + Simple, they are a Canadian business with three Toronto locations. For those that don’t live in Toronto they also ship to other provinces, as well as the USA & Internationally. On to my review!

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Pictured above: Holistic Vanity, Damage Care Intro Kit, $48.00 CAD
Image from: Pure + Simple

I arrived about 15 minutes early for my appointment & was promptly offered a beverage to drink.  After filling out a client form (on a wipeable whiteboard so there’s no paper wastage).  I decided to browse around the store for a bit. I’ve been wanting to try the Holistic Vanity Damage Care Line but I need to finish up some of my current potions before I do so. Still, it was tempting to grab the intro kit since it was staring right at me. 🙂  Such cute packaging too! Shortly after putting the intro kit back on the shelf. I was called in by my esthetician Janet to go into the treatment room.

There are about 4 treatment rooms which are painted black. Speakers above pipe in relaxing music to help soothe you & they have a cushy spa bed covered with earth tone coloured blankets. Once I’m nestled in between the cozy covers of the spa bed, I’m ready for my Aquabrasion facial. We begin with cleansing, progress to the facial massage, then the steam & extractions. Janet was very gentle with the extractions & they weren’t as painful as some I’ve had. Also in the days after the facial I saw that my skin wasn’t bruised from the extractions either. Now that’s the mark of a skilled esthetician in my book!

After the extractions it was time for the Aquabrasion, which uses pressurized saline solution to do the exfoliation portion. I have to say it’s not painful at all. I hardly felt anything. I’ve had Microdermbrasion once before at a different spa using walnut grains & I felt more with that treatment. One thing to note, the machine they use for the Aquabrasion is quite noisy. If you have sensitive ears you might want to put some earplugs in, especially since they do the area of skin right in front of your ears. You could probably also ask them to stay away from your ears if you really wanted that. I just decided to grin & bear it though I did find the pressure & noise a bit uncomfortable when around my ears.  After the Aquabrasion I had a mask placed on my face which sat for a while. During that time Janet massaged my shoulders & neck. She’s very talented with her hands. I almost fell asleep! Once the mask was removed she put on some protective serums, an SPF & that was the end of my treatment. Total time was about 1 hr & 15 mins.

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Pictured above: Damage Care, Argan Oil, $58.00, 100 ml
Image from: Pure +Simple

After my treatment I came out to the front of the shop where Janet asked if I had any questions. Which I did. I was wondering if the Holistic Vanity Regenerating Seabuckthorn Oil would be compatible for my skin. I’ve heard tons about Seabuckthorn in general, but never tried it.  She recommended for me instead the Holistic Vanity Damage Care Argan Oil which I’ll try when I run out of my current face oil. The day after the treatement I noticed my face peeling quite a bit & the texture of my skin was quite bumpy. But by the second day after the treatment the peeling skin was gone after I slathered my face with serum & oil. My face felt like velvet that morning. Great results! Thanks Pure + Simple!

Rating: 5/5


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Spa Review: Pure + Simple, Aquabrasion Facial

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On Sunday, I went to the Pure + Simple spa at Yonge and Eglinton for the Aquabrasion facial which was on special at the time. What follows is a review of my experience. First a little background on the company.

I’ve been a long time fan of Pure + Simple. I buy a lot of my products there. Thank God for them! They make it so easy to get natural and eco-friendly skin care. Long before Consonant popped up in the Young and Elligible neighbourhood they were an outpost of local beauty products. (Torontonian joke, this is what locals call the Yonge Street and Eglinton Ave area.)  Yes for you peeps out there who aren’t familiar with Pure + Simple, they are a Canadian business with three Toronto locations. For those that don’t live in Toronto they also ship to other provinces, as well as the USA and Internationally. On to my review!

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Pictured above: Holistic Vanity, Damage Care Intro Kit, $48.00 CAD
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I arrived about 15 minutes early for my appointment and was promptly offered a beverage to drink.  After filling out a client form (on a wipeable whiteboard so there’s no paper wastage. Love that btw!).  I decided to browse around the store for a bit. I’ve been wanting to try the Holistic Vanity Damage Care Line but I need to finish up some of my current potions before I do so. Still, it was tempting to grab the intro kit since it was staring right at me. Such cute packaging too! Shortly after putting the intro kit back on the shelf. I was called in by my esthetician Janet to go into the treatment room.

There are about 4 treatment rooms which are painted black. Speakers above pipe in relaxing music to help soothe you and they have a cushy spa bed covered with earth tone coloured blankets. Once I’m nestled in between the cozy covers of the spa bed, I’m ready for my Aquabrasion facial. We begin with cleansing, progress to the facial massage, then the steam and extractions. Janet was very gentle with the extractions and they weren’t as painful as some I’ve had at other spas. Also in the days after the facial I saw that my skin wasn’t bruised from the extractions either. Now that’s the mark of a skilled esthetician in my book!

After the extractions it was time for the Aquabrasion, which uses pressurized saline solution to do the exfoliation portion. I have to say it’s not painful at all. I hardly felt anything. I’ve had Microdermbrasion once before at a different spa using walnut grains and I felt more with that treatment. One thing to note, the machine they use for the Aquabrasion is quite noisy. If you have sensitive ears you might want to put some earplugs in, especially since they do the area of skin right in front of your ears. You could probably also ask them to stay away from your ears if you really wanted that. I just decided to grin and bear it though I did find the pressure and noise a bit uncomfortable when around my ears.  After the Aquabrasion I had a mask placed on my face which sat for a while. During that time Janet massaged my shoulders and neck. She’s very talented with her hands. I almost fell asleep! Once the mask was removed she put on some protective serums, an SPF and that was the end of my treatment. Total time was about 1 hr and 15 mins.

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Pictured above: Damage Care, Argan Oil, $58.00, 100 ml
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After my treatment I came out to the front of the shop where Janet asked if I had any questions. I took advantage of that moment to pick her brain. I was wondering if the Holistic Vanity Regenerating Seabuckthorn Oil would be compatible for my skin. I’ve heard tons about Seabuckthorn in general, but never tried it.  She recommended for me instead the Holistic Vanity Damage Care Argan Oil which I’ll try when I run out of my current face oil. The day after the facial I noticed my face peeling quite a bit and the texture of my skin was quite bumpy. But by the second day after the facial the peeling skin was gone once I slathered my face with serum and oil. My face felt like velvet that second morning. Great results! Thanks Pure + Simple!

Rating: 5/5