Natural blends.

The list reads like a garden inventory: daisies, poppies, carrots, strawberries, ginger, peppermint, lavender. And yet, it’s simply a sample menu of ingredients you may find in the composition of a Dr. Hauschka product.

Blurring the lines.

Snap. An image is captured—whether you wanted it to be or not. These days, it seems almost impossible to take a breath without someone photographing it, uploading it, and sharing it with others across the cyber-abyss.

Celebrating our 15th anniversary.

Over 15 years, we have examined the art and science of beauty rituals and the painstaking precision required to create some of the finest products on the market.

Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts already takes cues from Eastern sensibility—the Hong-Kong based group was originally founded in Singapore in 1971—and this holds true with the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto.

Serenity in the city.

Sometimes the farthest place from big-city stress can be found in the eye of the storm. Take, for instance, the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. The lobby itself is the personification of cool collectedness, but elevate up to the second floor to find La Prairie at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, an oasis of rejuvenation.

An immiscible innovation.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: In 1985, Clarins debuted its Double Serum, packaged in a double-pump bottle with neighbouring vials to enable an otherwise impossible combination of water- and oil-soluble ingredients.

Lip service you want.

“I’ve always had a great lipstick. My first was a classic Dior—it was a beautiful matte red,” says Susanne Langmuir, founder and CEO of Toronto-based lipstick company Bite Beauty. Headquartered on Geary Avenue in Toronto, the two-and-a-half-year-old company’s focus is lips—healthy ones.

Warranted scents.

With an unparalleled affection for fragrant gardens and country fields, those from the land of the English rose have a nose for quality scents. It’s practically tradition for Brits in the know to stock up at Penhaligon’s.

Breaking the rules.

The influence of French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin’s work on the global creative community is indisputable. Both stunning and controversial, the scenes Bourdin captured in the sixties and seventies were sexual and surreal, sometimes dark and violent, and laced with saturated colours.