Review: Skoah in Yaletown

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’ve seen Skoah products before and since my old office was in Yaletown I have walked by before but I never knew the true extent of the Skoah experience until I was invited in for their Angel Glow Facial last Friday.

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I’ve been to my fair share of spas, from hotel resorts, to Korean day spas and even medical school (where I was material on which medical aesthetics students learned to wax and scrub). Most spas have a calming and soothing atmosphere and with Vancouver-based Skoah it’s no different. Here are some of my notes:

  • The location is easy to get to (being a bus/walk person this is important)
  • The storefront is nicely laid out and the staff is professional
  • The rooms have low light and the tables are heated – seriously one of the most comfy duvets I’ve experienced in a while
  • Skoah products are used for all treatments and they smell amazing
  • Products are suited for sensitive skin – I had *zero* redness even with having “extractions” during the facial. I won’t describe “extractions” but if you know what’s involved in a facial… yeah
  • The Angel Glow Facial included a lower leg massage – I’m talking pretty much your full leg (just up over the knee) down to your feet
  • Treatments include: angel glow facial, kreate your facial, facialisicous, xtreme, power hour, fitskin
    quickie, killer feet, digit dose, and 6 packs
  • Even though Skoah uses their own products they were not slathered on and the treatment was more about soothing, calming, and massage
  • It’s not so much a ‘con’ but it is just a skin treatment spa and shop (you can’t get your hair done or get a painted-nail manicure or pedicure). They do however have the following products: cleansers, toners, exfoliators, moisturizers, masks, serums, eyes, lips, specialty, sun, body, hair kare, hands & feet, kits, makeup, brushes – as well as products for men
  • I have to note probably my favourite part (aside from leaving smelling like their vanilla/brown sugar Holiday Lotion) was the music. I did not hear one flute, nor did I feel like I was in an elven forest at any point in time. The tunes were soft yet included some awesome tracks like Zero 7 – In the Waiting Line.

    The Angel Glow Facial is $60 and is about 45 minutes and the products available will not break the bank at all (you can get the Holiday Lotion for $18). You can also get a Mistletoe Makeover personalized makeup lesson for $35 this season. I highly recommend checking out this “specialty skin care shop”.

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    1. accidental pharmacistTuesday, December 9th, 2008 — 10:52am PST

      I agree – Skoah’s pretty awesome and has a very hip feel to it. Even my hubby gets facials there – I had to drag him there the first time (even his grandmother called to poke fun at him) but he had such a good experience that we now have a steady supply of skoah’s facial skrub & aha mask sitting beside our bathtub…and it’s not for me 😉

    2. anita websterTuesday, December 9th, 2008 — 11:45am PST

      Hi Rebecca,

      As a PR person I’m always looking for interesting branding – I recall Skoah’s positioning when they opened was “no whale music”. Love it!

    3. RobTuesday, December 9th, 2008 — 12:58pm PST

      I love that Zero 7 record. See also Moon Safari by Air. This has been your music geek moment for today. 🙂

    4. EagranieTuesday, December 9th, 2008 — 6:54pm PST

      My product-whore gay best friend in DC made me swear that I would go to skoah and buy their entire line. I didn’t, but he still makes me ship him “shave kream” every couple of months.

    5. Michelle EvansWednesday, December 10th, 2008 — 3:48pm PST

      I’ve totally wanted to go to Skoah forever. Andrea Scott, being the workaholic she is, used to double as my PR cohort for a while and I’m such a hermit I never managed to leave the short to get my face worked out… must book something soon.

      You should check out her cosmetic line too!

    6. raincoasterTuesday, December 16th, 2008 — 12:16pm PST

      I love their products and their facials come highly recommended by all my makeup artiste friends. They have a body butter that smells so good you’ll want to eat it, and it’s the most moisturizing thing I’ve ever tried.

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    8. Jeff KeeThursday, May 7th, 2009 — 2:10pm PDT

      Hmm I wonder what grade of ingredients they use. For example. I’m more drawn towards natural, or even organic ingredients where possible.

    9. Alex OThursday, September 24th, 2009 — 8:19am PDT

      The problem with Skoah is that their products are really environmentally unfriendly: in evil #7 packaging, which contrary to what the staff tell you, CANNOT be recycled except by returning them to the store. I found the products mediocre and drying–but different skin = different results. If you go in, ask that they look into glass bottles or at least publish stats on how much pollution is caused by recycling their packaging.

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