May 15, 2015

6 Tips For The Best Brazilian Wax


1. What is a Brazilian wax?

Brazilian waxing = waxing the pubic bone to the tail bone. Although a traditional Brazilian removes all of the pubic hair, leaving a 'landing strip' of hair is a growing trend.

2. What can I do before getting waxed to help alleviate pain?

You will experience some discomfort however, most of our clients comment that it isn't as bad as they thought it would be. We suggest apple juice the day before your appointment and then 2 hours prior to your appointment, an anti-inflammatory (i.e.: ibuprofen) with a glass of apple juice. The apple juice will help eliminate those post waxing red bumps while the ibuprofen will lessen the pain. You should also exfoliate the area with a gentle scrub or glove to reduce the chance of ingrown hairs. 

3. How long should the hair be?

Ideally 1/8" - 1/4" in length. Anything longer than 3/4" can take longer and can cause more discomfort. If it's the first time, we suggest you trim it down to a 1/2".

4. How long will the appointment take?

If you're new to this service, the appointment will be 30 minutes. If you've had this service before, under 20 minutes.

5. How long can I expect to be hair-free?

After the first appointment, the hair may begin to grow back within about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. The reason this occurs is because any hairs that were just under the surface will show up. This new hair will be softer, thinner and may even be lighter. Most clients are nearly hair-free for 5 weeks. Most clients notice that their hair thins after their third or fourth visit.

6. What do I need to avoid after getting a Brazilian?

Avoid direct sun exposure especially in a tanning bed; avoid saunas, steam rooms, whirpools, hot tubs, and hot baths for at least 48 hours. DO NOT use any lotions or exfoliants for 24 hours following the brazilian; avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours; avoid tight clothing or silk or satin materials directly against the waxed area.

April 24, 2015

Brazilian Waxing at ORESTA

With spring here, it's time to peel off the winter layers, pull out the summer clothes and book a waxing appointment to remove the winter growth. We offer a variety of hair removal services including BRAZILIAN WAXING.

Call our Beechwood gallery at 613 695 0137 or Hintonburg apothecary at 613 680 0415 to book your appointment.

April 16, 2015

ORESTA will be at The Live The Smart Way Expo April 18 & 19, 2015

Live The Smart Way Expo
Saturday, April 18th - 10am to 5pm & Sunday, April 19th 10am to 4pm
The Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre)

Live The Smart Way Expo is a one stop health & wellness show for people who are seeking out ways to maintain or take their first steps towards a healthy lifestyle.

We invite you to visit us at Booth #620 and participate in our Eminence Organic Skin Care facial demonstrations:
11 AM Clear Up Hormonal Acne With Probiotic Skin Care

12 PM Reduce Rosacea and Redness with Healing Herbs

1 PM Erase Sun Damage with Natural Hydroquinone Alternative

2 PM Diminish Fine Lines & Wrinkles with Natural Retinol Alternative

Enjoy a complimentary FITGLOW BEAUTY makeup application. Take advantage of our exclusive SHOW SPECIAL (hint: facial) and Giveaways.

Tickets are FREE online at: and will be $10 at the door.
April 03, 2015

April Promotions on LED Light Therapy

At ORESTA, we fight free radicals with organic facial products and LED light therapy. Spring is the ideal time to detoxify and strengthen your skin in preparation for the summer with an ORESTA organic facial and LED treatment.

LED is a state-of-the-art, effective and non-invasive skin correction treatment which diminishes the visible appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, rosacea, sun damage and hormonal acne. LED treatments are safe, have no downtime, are painless and have no risk of infection, scarring or discolouration. As results are cumulative, following a facial with LED treatment, a series of weekly LED treatments for 6 to 8 weeks (depending on the clients age and skin condition) is recommended to achieve desired results with maintenance treatments every 6 to 8 weeks. Book your treatment today!

ORESTA organic facial with LED (95 min)   $150

5 weekly LED treatments (20 min)    $250

ORESTA organic manicure with LED (75 min)   $65
March 28, 2015

Shortcake is back in stock!

Avaialble at all three locations and online.

March 02, 2015


It's March and everyone seems to be planning a winter getaway or sporting a wonderful ‘been away’ tan. We don’t want you to feel left out. 

Enjoy a natural, healthy sun-kissed glow without the harmful UV rays & chemicals. Whether you are heading to a sunny destination, a special event or are staycationing in Ottawa, enjoy a natural (not orange) looking tan for 5-7 days with a NATURAL AIRBRUSH TAN.

During the month of March, treat yourself to a NATURAL AIRBRUSH TAN for only $50 (regular price $60).

January 26, 2015

SEEKING: Spa Manager

We are an organic spa and healthy beauty boutique with three locations in Ottawa and are seeking a full-time Spa Manager for our Glebe location. We offer safe yet effective beauty treatments using organic products in our spa and a carefully curated selection of organic personal care products in our beauty boutique. We believe that no woman should compromise her health for beauty and we educate and empower women to make healthy beauty choices.
Required Skills:
- minimum of 2 years experience in retail and sales, preferably with management experience
- excellent organizational skills
- works well under pressure
- excellent interpersonal skills
- excellent computer skills (Mac computer)
- calm, friendly and efficient customer service skills
- passion for healthy living and natural lifestyle
- previous spa experience an asset
- office management
- managing inventory and placing orders
- supporting customer inquiries and completing financial transactions
- maintaining the store environment
- coordinating and assisting spa staff
- educating customers on natural skin care 
- maintain daily cash balance
- assisting with marketing & promotion

If you think that you would be a great addition to the ORESTA team, please drop off your resume with a cover letter to ORESTA organic skin care confectionery at 464 O’Connor Street or email to
We will review all applications and will contact prospective candidates for interviews mid-February. Only those with sufficient experience will be contacted. Position start date is mid-March.
We thank you for your interest in ORESTA organic skin care.
December 17, 2014

Odacite Pure Elements Oil Serums


It’s no secret that at ORESTA love oils, so when we discovered Odacite’s Pure Elements Collection, it was love at first sight. 


Odacite’s founder, Valerie, began the line after undergoing a whole body detox as part of breast cancer treatment. Odacite stands behind quality and purity of natural ingredients that are as effective as they are luxurious. 


Odacite’s Pure Elements line comprises of 18 targeted serums to treat a wide array of skin concerns. Each serum contains oils selected for their potent active ingredients, and are sustainably sourced from around the world. Check your bottle’s serial number against the map inside the box to find out everything you need to know about the origin and extraction methods of each ingredient. 


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: not all oil is evil! There is an oil out there for every skin type, that will balance oil production and treat skin issues. Odacite’s Pure Elements table arranges these serums by targeted effect. Choose the column that matches your concerns, and then choose your oil! Theres no need to stop at 1! With so many to choose from, why not stock your cabinet with a few to make a customized blend to target your skin’s ever changing needs. 


To use: Blend 2-3 drops of your chosen oil or oils into your daily moisturizer or in a few drops of a simple base oil such as Kahina’s Argan Oil or Between You & the Moon’s No Evil. Apply twice daily for maximum results.


Some of our favourites: 


Pa+G (Papaya Geranium): Enzyme rich papaya works at breaking down excess melanin while Geranium and Lemon oils work to restore and heal sun damage, preventing wrinkles and future brown spots.


Pe+C (Peach Cypress): A miracle oil for combination skin, peach oil revitalizes and strengthens while antibacterial cypress detoxifies skin and prevents breakouts.


Ac+R (Acai Rose): Deep repair and hydration for aging skin is found in this antioxidant cocktail. Acai oil is incredibly high in antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamin C, while vitamin E rich rose restores elasticity and strengthens fragile skin.

December 09, 2014

December 11th is the deadline for guaranteed gift delivery + FREE gift with purchase

Get your Holiday Gift List ready and shop to ensure that you receive delivery for Christmas!


Canada Post's deadline for guaranteed Christmas package delivery within Canada is Thursday, December 11th. Simplify your shopping by visiting our online store to find a gift for everyone on your list. Place your order before the 11th to avoid disappointment.

If you are late with your holiday shopping, do not fret. Pay a $10 shipping upgrade on orders placed between December 11th and 21st to ensure Christmas delivery within Canada*.

In addition to offering FREE SHIPPING on Canadian orders over $75, we would like to present you with a FREE 1/2 ounce Eminence travel-sized moisturizer with each order of $100 and over**.
* based on suggested dates by Canada Post. We are not responsible for delays through Canada Post and recommend ordering early to avoid disappointment.
**until December 25th or while quantities last
November 25, 2014

Free Gift with Purchase at SHOP THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Shop at the businesses that help our neighbourhoods thrive

10 am - 5 pm

SHOP at ORESTA organic skin care in the Glebe, Hintonburg and Beechwood to give the gift of organic skin care to yourself and those on your holiday list. As a thank you for shopping local, enjoy a special gift with your purchase! The more you spend, the better the gift!


Spend $50 = ORESTA lip kiss lipgloss ($18)
$100: Eminence travel moisturizer + ORESTA lip kiss ($38)
$150: Eminence serum or Kahina 30 ml argan oil ($to 48)
$200: Kahina cleanser, lotion, eye cream, toner, masque (to $73)
$250 =Kahina eye serum/brightening serum/100 ml argan oil ( to $100)
$300 = Kahina argan facial serum or body serum (to $110)

*before taxes + while supplies last