Toronto’s best apothecaries right now
1518 Dundas St. W., 647-479-4854
Julie Clark is Toronto’s high priestess of organic beauty: her line, Province Apothecary, is available at Urban Outfitters and Whole Foods, and her studio and clinic is a go-to destination for wellness buffs. Clark’s oils, creams and lotions are designed to alleviate everything from dry skin to hangovers, and they’re 100 per cent natural (i.e. free of sulfates, petroleum, parabens and other chemical fillers). Her bestselling powdered exfoliator is a fragrant blend of oats, green tea, lentil flour, blue violets, flaxseed and organic lavender.
Saje Natural Wellness
399 Queen St. W., 416-340-7494
Plant aromatherapy and essential oils are the answer to sniffles, stretch marks and a host of other ailments, according to this Vancouver-based wellness boutique. Its signature blends (peppermint Halo for headaches; Eater’s Digest for upset stomachs) can be rolled directly on skin. Saje co-founder Jean-Pierre LeBlanc leads regular holistic-healing seminars, covering topics like detoxification, stress reduction and natural pain management
163 Dupont St., 647-340-7575
Naturopathic doctors Angelina Riopel and Kathleen Regan have opened a hybrid health food store and luxe apothecary shop in the Annex. The shelves are lined with natural beauty products, pretty hand-woven textiles and herbal tinctures, like homeopathic flower perfumes by famed Brit physician Dr.Bach. Customers can sign up for free 15-minute consults.
The Cure Apothecary
719 Queen St.W., 647-350-8274
This beauty shop is stocked with everything an eco-conscious product junkie could want. Skincare buff Nitasha Goel has curated a meticulous collection of green beauty basics. She gives shelf space to lavender- and rosemary-scented shampoos from John Masters Organics, luxurious dry washes from Victoria-based Barber and Fritz and hydrating skin oils from F.Miller. Products for men include cleansers and creams from Triumph and Disaster.
881 Queen St. W., 1-800-513-6088
Beauty start-up Deciem creates imaginative, highly scientific products that pack big promises: conditioners that claim to promote hair growth, body oils calibrated to erase stretch marks and protein powders designed to carve out six packs. The company’s most popular product is Fountain, a line of sippable supplements with names like Beauty and Energy, each containing a signature mix of herbs, vitamins and amino acids. Our fave, Happy, combines a natural hydrator, a mood-boosting neurotransmitter and a potent antioxidant.