Nestled in the heart Yaletown–of one of Vancouver’s most covetable neighborhoods on the doorstep of downtown–is an exotic retreat that takes you on a a sensorial journey to the East. Aruhndara boutique is a treasure trove of the finest bath and body products carefully selected by owners with purpose. What you won’t find here are overstocked shelves of haphazardly selected and displayed products; no, here you will find a refined collection of delectable scents displayed for optimal enjoyment on custom cases. This is a boutique that takes pride in its ambience and ability to make visitors feel completely relaxed and welcome. No detail is overlooked!
I had the privilege of meeting with boutique owner Khanita Chakritthakoon and experienced first hand her passion for high quality products and service. The tour she gave me of her store and inventory were a testament to her extensive knowledge of spa products, not mentioning her fifteen years experience in the spa industry both in Bangkok and Vancouver, including her time working for the prominent Shangri-La hotel spa. I was personally treated her wondrous Thai neck and shoulder massage ministrations in the quaint sitting area in the middle of the store and felt weeks of tension easing out of my muscles.
Aruhndara carries products from the exclusive Erb luxury skincare that are 95% natural (although the facial care line is completely organic) and formulated with the highest quality herbs and oils. Even the wicks in the candles are completely coton so that you are not breathing in or burning toxins.
My current favourite item carried at Aruhndara is the Spice & Shine Light Body Cream that is naturally perfumed with spicy and intoxicating ginger and marigold. The invigorating effects of ginger awaken my senses and is beautifully coupled with the soothing properties of marigold. This scent settles to a sensual subtly and lingers on my skin for hours. Since using this product I have forgone my usual perfume as I didn’t want to mask the beauty of the scent. The rough patches on my hands and elbows are quickly fading and giving way to smooth and glowing skin.
Whether you are lover of spicy heady scents (ginger, bergamot, sandalwood) or clean and fragrant (jasmine, lemongrass, mint), Aruhndara has something that will please you. Take a break from those manufactured and chemical laden body creams churned out en masse and make everyone smell the same and treat yourself to something completely indulgent and original with long term benefits.
Curious and want to try Aruhndara products for yourself? Stay tuned for exclusive promotion codes and giveaway this week, just in time for your holiday planning!
**Disclosure: Some products/services mentioned provided for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**