In Toronto, we want our meat house-cured and our coffee micro-roasted seconds before we drink it. It was only a matter of time before the artisanal ethos wormed its way into our beauty regimens. In workshops across the city, modern-day apothecaries are using organic ingredients like farmers’ market honey, rosewater and bergamot oil to concoct products as luxurious as the latest miracle cream—without the unpronounceable chemicals. Here, our favourite small-batch grooming products.
Leaves of Trees
Most natural deodorants leave pits smelling worse than a folk festival campsite. Roohi Qureshi, a doctor who crafts grooming products in her spare time, has one that actually works. It contains peppermint oil to deter bacteria and kaolin clay to absorb moisture and holds up during the sweatiest spin class. $15. Leaves of Trees, 177 Queen St. E., 647-391-0177.
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