Review: Dove Spa

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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:

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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.)

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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 for more details.


Tuesday, August 11/2009 at 5:41 pm

Ok, well now I need to know how you maintain balance when forced to stand on the subway…


Wednesday, August 12/2009 at 12:33 am

Wow! I have never heard of the Dove spa! It looks amazing. Dove is really trying to branch out and be the ultimate when it comes to giving women what they want in terms of good, clean, top-notch products. I don’t know what the price point at the spa is, but I hope they’ve maintained their reasonable deals because this allows hard-working women to indulge and do it in a excellent environment. I’m all for a place that doesn’t have tons of bells and whistles. I’ve visited so many bloody spas where there are such bonkers themes that it would actually be nice to go somewhere and have them do what they say they are going to do and that’s it! I don’t need to wear a loincloth from tibet, have some candles from Cambodia burning while a woman massages me with oils from some nut found in the Amazon. I just want to walk in, relax and have the job done! Dove looks like they’ve done just that. I can’t wait to try it. xoxoxoxoxox—oneof365


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, August 12/2009 at 8:25 am

Lesa – I’ve perfected the wide legged stance. Or if that fails, usually I’m lugging a bag of beauty stuff around that anchors me.

One of 365 – You HAVE to read Hadley Freeman’s book (The Meaning of Sunglasses). There are some CHOICE words in there about bad spa experiences. You would love!


Wednesday, August 12/2009 at 9:36 am

Nice! But now that i know this about you, doesn’t going to Zai make you uneasy? Sanitation doesn’t seem to be one of her selling points!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, August 12/2009 at 9:41 am

Do you think she’s that bad? I feel like it’s the ghetto decor and cat placements that give it an aura of being less sanitary… but she always has fresh towels and alcohol wipes etc. The only thing is the double-dipping…but I feel like the heat kills germs, no? (OK, wishful thinking I guess.)


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