As someone who suffers from slight germ-phobia (yes, I'm that person who won't touch the subway poles and uses paper towel to open the doors in public bathrooms) I'm always thrilled when I encounter an environment that seems designed for people like me. Example: the Dove Spa. Wait—you didn't know Dove was suddenly in the spa business? Well, yes. They're kind of a big deal in the U.K. already (although I've not visited them there), and last year, they opened their first Canadian location in Oakville, Ont. This spring marked the launch of an uptown Toronto outpost, which I was lucky enough to visit the other week. And let me tell you—it was a clean freak's dream come true. All white tile and fluffy towels and smart-looking estheticians in vaguely medical-style uniforms. Bliss.
May I present to you Exhibit A:
See what I mean?
I had a mani-pedi (they carry OPI and Spa Ritual polishes), which was excellent, but they also offer an astounding array of other services. (Their menu includes not just the standard hair removal/facial/massage fare but also teeth whitening, reiki, ear coning and um, COLONICS.) You can also purchase products from Dove's professional skincare line (which isn't available in stores), as well as a bunch of cult favourites that I can't remember the names of right now, but which were (trust me) quite impressive. (If you squint at this photo, perhaps you can guess some of them.)
Prices are in line with other spa treatments (a classic pedicure, for example, is $50), and they seem to be running LOTS of specials lately. Visit dovespa.ca for more details.