Notes from a Beauty Doula

As I mentioned in my last post, the Greek word, doula, means “a woman who serves.” I like the word doula, and I think it works well to describe what I do here at The Woodway. I’m a Beauty Doula because I serve to help whomever comes to see me to bring out the best […]

Moving forward

Thank you, everyone, for your love and support this summer when my mum died. It was very sudden and unexpected, and, as you might imagine, not having her around took some getting used to. But looking back I feel nothing but gratitude for the merciful passing she had, and for the incredible community that helped me […]

Is it a lie to say there’s no lye?

Recently, someone told me, “My dermatologist told me to use Dove instead of soap, because Dove doesn’t contain lye. Not true!  Dove is soap. And lye is used in the making of Dove and all soaps. If there’s no lye it’s not soap. Saponification, the process of making soap, is the alkaline hydrolysis of esters, and it occurs when lye and liquid […]

I’m back!

My brother, Ian’s, accident threw me for a bit of a loop, and I lost track of blogging. After two months in hospital and several surgeries, he went home for a week; today, he goes back in for another surgery and another week in hospital. As anyone who has been through it knows, seeing someone you love […]

Woodway Wanderings

Another Sunday morning spent cruising around the web looking for interesting tidbits to share with you. Every time I do this I am astounded at all that’s going on in the world. I find it so invigorating to read about all the amazing efforts people are making to change the world, mostly for the better.  […]

Woodway Wanderings

I’m off on my wanderings a little early this week, because I’ll be at the Spa Show in Toronto this weekend looking for lots of new ideas to share with you at The Woodway. We all know good food is good for us, but can it really help to prevent cognitive decline? Looking for a new hairstyle? […]

Woodway Wanderings April 18, 2016

Hi everyone, I’m a day behind in my wanderings and haven’t actually done a lot of internet esthetics research, because of my general preoccupation with events in North Carolina. Some of you already know that my brother, Ian, a racing journalist, was involved in a terrible accident there last weekend. Ian was standing behind a concrete […]

Woodway Wanderings

I love wandering around the internet on Sunday mornings, researching topics that came up while chatting with folks in The Woodway throughout the week. Today, I thought, “Why don’t I share what I discover?” So, from now on, Woodway Wanderings will be a regular Sunday feature here at The Woodway Cafe. Let me know what you think of […]

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

The National Rosacea Society has deemed April Rosacea Awareness Month. If you have rosacea you know that it’s a mysterious condition that can be really disheartening. No one knows the root cause of rosacea but on-going research is helping to uncover ways of dealing with it. The latest information is available at the Canadian Dermatology Association or […]

Spring cleaning your skin care

Photograph from The Fabulous Report Good-bye winter! Hello Spring! A new season is a great time to make some changes to your skin care routine. Try this: #1 Assess your products Are you holding onto old health and beauty products? Check for best before dates on everything, especially medications and sunscreens, and if the date has passed, throw […]