May 25, 2012

When to save and where to splurge on these 6 indulgent (and all-Canadian!) total-body spa treatments

By: Ava Baccari

Courtesy of Civello Salon and Spa Author: Elle Canada Credits: Courtesy of Civello Salon and Spa

May 25, 2012

When to save and where to splurge on these 6 indulgent (and all-Canadian!) total-body spa treatments

By: Ava Baccari
Since we’re a culture obsessed with both luxe and lowbrow indulgences— Downton Abbey and The Bachelor, anyone?—we thought we would serve up the best of both worlds to satisfy all spa treatment needs. From organic facials to total-body treatments, we’ve rounded up the best ultra luxe and bargain made-in-Canada spa treatments.

Spa treatment: Body cocoon

: D-Age Body Firming, $185, 90 min. Away Spa, W Hotel, 901 Square Victoria, Montreal, 514-395-3100. (

WHY: A luxe two-pronged restorative measure to improve skin elasticity and achieve total-body relaxation, this allover treatment matches the swanky and indulgent vibe of Montreal’s W Hotel. This anti-aging body treatment begins with a rejuvenating fruity skin peel made with an aromatic blend of pineapple and papaya enzymes. Skin is then encased in a detoxifying concoction of shea butter, jojoba oil and oil of Kamani—the D-Age firming cream— before a sheet of plastic is gently placed over top to form a warm cocoon to intensify skin purification. While nestled in the rejuvenating cocoon, enjoy a light facial and hair massage before topping off with a citrusy draining oil to linger even after the tranquility has dissipated.

Save: Rosemary Mint Body Wrap, $90, 60 min. Civello Salon and Spa, four locations in Toronto and GTA area. (

WHY: This invigorating spa treatment has a promising, stress-relieving start with a cup of Aveda Comforting Tea. The 60-minute Rosemary Mint Body Wrap exfoliates and hydrates skin while increasing circulation to reduce bodily tension. After exfoliating skin, a rosemary mint body lotion is applied using a deep effleurage to massage strained muscle tissues and awaken a calm energy flow. The warming body wrap allows the blend of minty lotion with organic rosemary, peppermint, lavender and marjoram essential oils to penetrate deep into the skin, followed by a scalp massage using Aveda Blue Oil Balancing Concentrate to dissolve tension and raise energy levels. Since the stress-relieving cocoon treatment can be sneaked in during lunch hour, it wraps up with a Finishing Touch makeup application for an outward glow to match the vigour of your freshly restored inner peace.

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Civello-Queen-0129-HRCANVAS.jpg Spa treatment: Tropical total-body escape

Bora Bora treatment, $275, 120 min. Rainspa, Le Place d’Armes Hôtel & Suites, 55 rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal. 514-282-2727 (

WHY: Indulge dehydrated and demineralized skin with the fruits of this Polynesian island where local extracts of pearl and gold nacre work just as well on this Montreal-based paradise. This head-to-toe treatment begins with a marine-extract body scrub, followed by a massage using clay-filled pouches in an indulgent clash of Western and Polynesian relaxation techniques. For a gilded touch to match the palatial Old Montreal backdrop, a silver and gold nacre-rich cream blended with pearl, coconut, Tiaré flowers and lagoon algae is moisturized into skin. That’s followed up with a blend of essential oils and Bora Bora marine water for a truly first class-escape finish.

Save: Hawaiian Organic Body Scrub, $80, 60 min. Breathe Spa, 464 Granville Street, Vancouver. 604-688-4769 (

WHY: Though it’s half the time (and less than half the price tag), this Hawaiian-inspired treatment is the spa equivalent of a last-minute island getaway steal. And really, who could resist? The treatment includes a blend of the Malie Organic lilikoi (Hawaiian for passionfruit) and lemongrass body scrub, followed by a spritz of Plumeria body mist. After enveloping yourself in warmed towels and an application of Malie Organic lilikoi and lemongrass beauty oil, you’ll soon forget that the real deal is less than a six-hour plane ride away. But since you’ve been saving…

Spa treatment: Organic facial

Eminence Bio-Dynamic Organic Facial, $150, 60 min. The Ritz-Carlton, 181 Wellington St. W., Toronto. 416-585-2500. (

WHY: Make a day of it at Toronto’s five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel after spending the morning lounging in the 16-room spa. The Eminence Bio-Dynamic Organic Facial uses ingredients from the organic Hungarian skin care line, sourced from Eminence’s biodynamic farms. In 60 minutes this hypoallergenic facial gently reverses the visible effects of sun and environmental distress on even the most sensitive of skins. Follow up with a lunch at TOCA by Tom Brodi with spinach ricotta ravioli ($32) made with homegrown, locally sourced ingredients. And yes, the occasion calls for a glass of Niagara Riesling.

Elixir Purifying Wheatgrass Facial, $79, 55 min. Elixir Spa, 766 King St. W., Toronto. 416-203-5261 (

WHY: Designed by an herbalist and expert natural formulator, the Purifying Wheatgrass facial uses only organic and synthetic-free ingredients to detoxify skin rife with the inorganic effects of city life. This 55-minute skin-healing treatment uses pineapple enzyme steam to dissolve away dead skin cells and surface debris to prep skin for easy removal. That’s followed by a wheatgrass mask to slough away dirt and purify skin by neutralizing toxins and free radicals overtop for a well-deserved, if fleeting, organic retreat from the city.

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When to save and where to splurge on these 6 indulgent (and all-Canadian!) total-body spa treatments