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Perhaps predictably, February is the busiest month of the year for some wax bars. "It's like Christmas!" says Amy Finnegan Burns, director of operations for WAXON Waxbars. "People are going away on vacation, doing something for Family Day or celebrating Valentine's Day. With those three things combined, we are always fully booked after the sixth of February."
The most popular service for WAXON, which has six locations across Ontario and one in Nova Scotia, is still the Brazilian wax. "Everything bare" has consistently been the most requested service over the last 5 years, and makes up 70% of the brand's business. "The one thing that people do switch up depending on their mood or personal preference is leaving a landing strip," says Finnegan Burns. "We are seeing a slight growth in landing strips for women."
What has changed about the Brazilian wax are the people getting them. "What we’ve seen is a spread in demographic," she says. It's not just 25 year-olds requesting the service – clients are anywhere from 17 to 70 years of age. The most dramatic growth they've seen is in the 55+ age group, which increased by 10% for the company in the last year.
(A brief public service announcement: You need to wait 24 hours before engaging in sexual activity after having a wax. "That friction isn’t ideal for sensitivity and ingrown hairs," says Finnegan Burns. Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, so that means you want to aim to wax – if that's your preference, we're by no means saying waxing or shaving is a must – Saturday, Sunday or Monday.)
The second most popular service for female clients? Arm waxing, which has seen a "massive increase" in the last two years, particularly in the summer months. "Nostrils is up there as well," says Finnegan Burns, who promises this is not as painful as it sounds. Hard wax is applied to a popsicle stick and spread on the outer and inner corner of the nostrils, then left to harden before being pulled out. "It is a quick 3 minutes," she says. "Among women and men it is becoming an incredibly popular add-on service. Five years ago, I don’t think [that demand] really existed."
Amber Tamblyn and David Cross at the PEN Center USA's 26th Annual Literary Awards Festival in September 2016. Image by: Getty
And shared her hilarious fake name.
It's a girl for Amber Tamblyn and David Cross.
The couple – who married in 2012 – posted a video of their baby's foot on Amber's Instagram with the caption. "David and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkinstein Mustard Witch RBG Cross Tamblyn-Bey jr."
Courtesy of Jo Malone London, of course.
When perfumer Yann Vasnier explored the English countryside in search of inspiration for a new Jo Malone London fragrance, he fell in love with the idyllic scenery. Creating the Bloomsbury Set – a nod to a clan of English intellects including E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf – required research at Charleston, a bucolic cottage in East Sussex that served as a study hub for the famously liberated crowd.
“We enjoyed the idea that this group of people appeared to be very English and proper, but they were, in fact, nonconformists and true hedonists,” says Vasnier. “We liked how the ‘proper’ contrasted with the ‘promiscuous.’ They were the juxtaposition of domesticity and simplicity with this hugely intellectual environment.” Which explains the notes of “waxy wooden floor” in Whisky & Cedarwood and “beeswax sweet pipe tobacco” in Tobacco & Mandarin.
Jo Malone London Whisky & Cedarwood, Garden Lilies, Blue Hyacinth, Leather & Artemisia and Tobacco & Mandarin ($90 for each 30 mL cologne), at jomalone.ca.
On your marks, get set...BAKE! The CBC is launching a Canadian version of the Great British Bake Off.
The cult hit Brit show—which is just week after glorious week of amateur bakers vying for the ultimate crown of Star Baker while being super supportive of each other—is being given a Canuck iteration, with casting for the Canadian show aka The Great Canadian Baking Show announced today. (Fun fact: 23 other countries, including Australia and Ireland, have their own home-grown spin on the format already).
So if you know your frangipane from your frangipani, have a passion for crafting sculpture out of bread, make a killer butter tart and want to do it all in a tent, you're going to want to sign up here.
May the best baker win!