Consciously Shopping Toronto: Three Places Mom Can Go to Escape

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes we just need to get away (if only for a couple of hours) for some luxurious alone time, and some well-deserved (and much needed) pampering. Here are some incredible places in our city to pop into for a rejuvenating pick-me-up.

Alma Natural SpaConsciously Shopping Toronto Lisa Borden May 2013

It just make more sense to visit a salon that doesn’t stink, and sip on a delightful tea, while someone (who doesn’t need to wear a face mask) paints your nails with an awesomely-coloured non-toxic polish, right?  Alma Natural Spa is my go spot to bring my daughter to have our nails done. Katie, the owner, is super sweet and lovely, and committed to creating a safe, non-toxic, unpretentious, and rejuvenating experience for all her clients. Bonus: my polish holds up a really long time, contrary to what you might have heard about eco polishes!
2105 Yonge Street, Toronto

Iyashi Bedrock Spa

If I had the time to escape here every day, I definitely would (but it’s usually more like once a week). Our city is home to the first Gabanyoku spa in North America, with their signature black silica bedrock stone beds that help with burning calories, anti-aging, detoxification, and more. 30 minutes of rock bathing, followed by an hour of hot yin yoga is the perfect start (or finish) to any day.
2662 Yonge Street, Toronto

Pure + Simple

Whether you have a regimented beauty routine with an arsenal of products, or you’re a soap and water kind of gal, we can all benefit from a really great facial every now and then. It’s amazing quiet time, we get to disconnect from all of life’s distractions, leave the kids at home, put down our cell phones, and let a professional give us a great beautifying cleanse. Pure + Simple offers a variety of holistic skincare treatments and they always have great monthly specials too.
2375 Yonge Street, Toronto

No body is worth more than your body. ― Melody Carstairs

Lisa Borden

Our monthly contributor of Consciously Shopping in Toronto, Lisa Borden is an eco-advocate and mother of three, whose business is a direct reflection of her commitment to better, more responsible living. She is a dedicated workaholic, admitting that it takes a lot of time and effort to change the world, especially in her non-preachy, fun, engaging and inspiring ways. Lisa consults, writes, engages the media, runs private workshops, and enjoys speaking to large and small groups. Her full-service marketing firm, Borden Communications + Design Inc. is based in Toronto and takes great pride in being an ethical business providing exceptional ideas. You can sign up for Lisa’s rants and raves or reach her directly at