Alma is the Spanish word for soul. That’s exactly the focus of Toronto spa Alma Natural Quick Spa. A natural spa, they use only non-toxic products in their treatments, which is good for th body, soul and planet.
Natural Spa, Non-Toxic Products
When you enter the Alma spa, first you’ll notice the cozy, spotless decor, then maybe the relaxing music. What you might not notice right away is what’s missing — the smell of toxic chemicals. Alma is committed to creating a healthy environment for both their clients and their staff. All products are free of non-renewable resources, produced with natural ingredients, safe for the environment and organic where possible. I particularly enjoy the line of water-based polishes from Aquarella, which come in an amazing array of colours. The Karma Organic polishes are just as durable and beautiful as conventional polishes without the harmful ingredients.
Many of the products used in their natural spa treatments, such as the lotions, scrubs, cuticle oil and nail polish remover, were developed by owner Katie Grennan. The Sweet Orange Restorative Hand Cream used in the Citrus Bliss manicure is fabulous. Lucky for us, some of the Alma Naturals line of products are now available for retail. I can personally vouch for the Double Whipped Body Butter. I don’t think I would have gotten through the winter without it.
The idea for a natural quick spa was the brainchild of founder Katie Grennan. After working in the cosmetics industry in New York City, Katie relocated to Toronto in 2010 and found the opportunity to open the type of spa she wanted for herself. Katie wanted to create a place where women could come to relax and recharge on their own schedule in an environment that is fun and unpretentious and free of hazardous chemicals. Part of the spa’s mission is to promote natural beauty, both outside and in. To that end, they host a regular speaker series on topics related to health and wellness.
Spa Treatments to Suit Your Schedule
At Alma any service — facials, nails, waxing, threading, massage, reflexology — can be done in under an hour. The height of indulgence would be their Beautiful Foolishness treatment, which combines three natural spa treatments done by two technicians simultaneously. The shellac removal service removes your gel polish naturally and helps to rehabilitate your poor nails. And for the men, there are a number of foot, hand, waxing and massage treatments available too! You can book appointments in advance or simply walk in.