In the midst of a cold Canadian winter, there is nothing better for your skin than indulging in a relaxing facial.

Review by Tasha Tobias

Province Apothecary is a Toronto based spa with an emphasis on organic skincare and custom facials, with their own product line. Province Apothecary provides a beautiful spa atmosphere and uses natural products sourced from Canada. Alongside this, they are proudly Canadian, vegan, cruelty free, and green business certified. Facial treatments often include hand-blended masks using local produce and seasonally appropriate, farmer-friendly ingredients.

 Experience:

Upon my entrance, I had the pleasure of meeting Cassandra Bradshaw, one of Province Apothecary’s Senior Practitioners. Cassandra greeted me/welcomed me to the space, I was offered tea and water, and filled out a form helping Cassandra get a better feel for my skin, concerns and overall health. The facility had a calming vibe, including 4 rooms labeled “North, East, South, and West.”

Cassandra showed me to my room, made sure I was comfortable and let me get settled while she prepared for my facial. First of all, I loved that they use all natural ingredients, locally sourced throughout Canada  — nowadays you can never be sure what chemicals are being used in skin care products and at spas.  Cassandra took her time and was extremely thorough when conducting my skin assessment. She made sure I was comfortable at all times, and answered any questions I had regarding my skin and/or the products she was using. Additionally, she gave me lots of information on different essential oils that would benefit my skin type and skin concerns and how to use them in the most efficient way.

 

As for a bit of background on my practitioner, she began working as a Makeup Artist and Skincare expert in 2010 — having a passion for making people feel like the best version of themselves, which she definitely did for me.  In 2013, Cassandra attended a workshop hosted by Province Apothecary founder Julie Clark and was inspired by Julie’s approach to aromatherapy and healing. This then led her to a Skin Therapist position at Province Apothecary.  I will definitely be going back for consistent follow up facials with Cassandra, the experience with her was outstanding.

 

The Facial:

I had ‘The Custom Organic Facial’ for first time clients, the facial being 75 minutes in length.  The signature Custom Facial for First Time Clients begins with a full holistic consultation and analysis. This thorough analysis forms the basis of your individual facial treatment, with an aim to detoxify, hydrate and strengthen the quality and function of your skin. Overall, it brought a complete rejuvenating experience which I felt replenished my skin.

At the end of the facial, every client is given a custom blended 7ml facial serum as well as a variety of samples from Province Apothecary’s signature skincare line, this allows clients to build an at home skincare regime — so they can continue the use of organic ingredients used throughout their skincare routines.

Province Apothecary was founded by Julie Clark, who began crafting natural, organic beauty products out of her kitchen. Julie found herself drawn to holistic skincare, using her time off to experiment with oils, waxes and herbs. This passion led to the creation of PA, which is now dedicated to creating pure, effective products that benefit all skin types – including sensitive skin. They create products using only high quality, certified organic ingredients sourced from each of the Canadian provinces. 

This is what mainly grabbed my attention from Province Apothecary — they source from small farms and companies across Canada that have ethical standards that are in line with theirs, and donate a percentage of yearly sales to the ‘Canadian Organic Growers’, ‘Canadian Honey Council’ and ‘1 % for the Planet’.

PA is located at 1554 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario.

to learn more about Province Apothecary, visit their website at provinceapothecary.com 

Follow them on instagram @provinceapothecary, on twitter at @ProvApothecary

 

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