Alma Natural Quick Spa


We all need a little R&R now and then. I love to spoil myself with mini treatments like a mani pedi. But do you ever question whether the regular inhalation of nail polish fumes is good for you? What about all the nasty chemicals that many nail polishes contain, such as DBP, toluene or formaldehyde? Well, what if I told you there’s a little oasis where you can enjoy a wonderful mani pedi without being assaulted by such fumes? What if I also told you that this oasis only uses nail polishes that are free from harmful chemicals? Genius idea? I thought so. Let me introduce to you a cute little ‘quick spa’ called Alma Natural Spa. Several weeks ago, Divya and I had the pleasure of getting pedicures at Alma Naturals. Here’s a view from the entrance…



Based in the heart of Toronto (a couple blocks from Yonge and Eglinton to be a little more precise), Alma Natural Quick Spa is the perfect go-to place for beauty services using only natural and organic products. The decor is stylish, yet still warm and inviting. Check out this pedi station!


The mani stations are just as gorgeous… I’m such a sucker for exposed brick…


Alma Naturals offers two types of nail polishes – Acquarella which is a line of water-based nail polishes, with no DBP, toluene or formaldehyde (but since they are water based, they do not have the same staying power as your regular polish) and Karma Organic which is also free of harmful chemicals and will last as long as your conventional polish. I love how each of the colors are painted onto nail tips to form this colour wheel. Simply place any of the nail tips on top of your own nail to see how each colour looks against your skin tone. Divya and I had such a hard time deciding – there were so many pretty colors to choose from!


But after several minutes of flip flopping between shades, I finally chose a bright red while Divya chose a royal purple. We were definitely feeling pampered (and yes, those are heated neck warmers draped on our shoulders)


Finally it was off to the drying station, situated conveniently in front of the window where we could chat and people watch simultaneously… Oh, and my favourite part? We were offered a wide selection of teas to enjoy while our nails were drying. It was great to just sip slowly and unwind…


Obviously, manis pedis were only 2 of the services Alma offers. You can also select from a large menu of services including eyebrow shaping, waxing, massage, reflexology – the list goes on and on.


Last but most certainly not least, the founder, Katie is one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever met. She went out of her way to make sure that Divya and I were enjoying our experience. She is also extremely knowledgeable about her products. Like me, she has a Chemistry/MBA combo. Needless to say, we hit it off immediately!



Shortly after I got home, I also received an email from Angelica, the esthetician that did my pedicure to thank me for my visit. Such a nice and personal touch! So Beauty Nerds, if you need a little R&R at a home away from home, you definitely need to check out Alma Natural Spa. You can definitely count on me being back!

xoxo,

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