Husk: a holistic beauty boutique in Toronto

19 Mar

Since the opening of Husk last year, I have been enamored by this store for its beauty, philosophy, and offerings. Located in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighborhood, Husk offers a wide array of specially curated natural beauty lines and edible treats; many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the city. Husk carries a mix of local and international skin care lines like La Bella Figura, RMS Beauty, Tata Harper, May Lindstrom, The Body Deli, Leaves of Trees, and Graydon. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, very approachable, and I am always greeted with a smile. I really cannot say enough good things about the store, and when asked by friends where to purchase natural beauty products, I often find myself directing them to Husk.

Husk, Toronto

Husk carries fresh juices, raw treats, and ‘good-enough-to-eat’ skin care products in its refrigerated display. Photo by Bob Gundu, courtesy of Husk

I was so happy to have a chance to ask Stephanie De Gasperis, Husk’s founder and owner, a few questions about the store and the philosophy behind it. Here’s what she had to say:

Where did the idea behind Husk arise? When did you decide that you wanted to open a store for health and beauty? I was still working in real estate when I picked up Kristen Ma’s Beauty: Pure + Simple and I remember pulling over in a parking lot on the way home just to read–I was so stunned by what the beauty industry had become (using toxins and harsh chemicals to achieve unrealistic results) and was inspired by the power of nature and the healing effects of plant oils etc. Starting to use natural products myself, I noticed immediate and effortless results! Becoming a nutritionist shortly after and exploring a holistic lifestyle convinced me that this was something worthy of sharing. [The name] Husk symbolizes our interconnectedness with the Earth–its a kind of play on words–the husk of a plant protecting its precious interior much like our skin (also or largest organ). I like the appeal of the name Husk (to both men and women) as well.

Curating a collection of products must be difficult (and overwhelming!). How did you choose which product lines to carry? We fell in love with all of them. Each brand is there because there is something special about it–collecting ideas and brands from different communities across the continent–many are handmade in small batches and we are grateful for the intimate relationship we share with each of them.

What’s the best thing about owning Husk? I can share wellness and pure products that nourish and heal with our incredible community and staff. Canada is a great place where there seems to be a collective awareness and respect for our precious relationship with the Earth.

As a store owner you may not be ‘allowed’ to have favourites, but what are your go-to makeup and skincare choices? ‘Josh Rosebrook’s’ Deep hydrating serum for skin and hair! ‘The Body Deli’ Tahitian Vanilla Body Oil, ‘Tata Harper’ Be Adored lip treatment/tint, ‘RMS’ ‘Un-Cover Up’ concealer, ‘Giddy Yoyo’ chocolate, and ‘Rallis’ olive oil to nourish inside and out.

Bright and open space at Husk offers a beautiful environment to display its luxurious offerings.

Bright and open space at Husk offers a beautiful environment to display its luxurious offerings. Photo by Bob Gundu, courtesy of Husk

What natural beauty products would you recommend to first time customers? 100% Pure’ shampoo and conditioners and ‘The Body Deli’ face and body products! (These are the best lotions, washes, oils, and scrubs.) ‘The Body Deli’ Melon Foaming Cleanser is the most popular face product we have in the store for both men and women (especially with first time customers).

As we know, beauty products can only go so far in terms of keeping healthy, glowing skin, what habits do you suggest to keep the glow inside and out? Stay hydrated with pure/filtered water–you can only moisturize the skin so much topically, it needs to come from the inside as well and a typical lifestyle can be quite dehydrating (i.e. sweat, soda, coffee, tea, and alcohol can all dehydrate the body which is 70% water). Also, read ingredient lists at the grocery store/beauty counter and balance movement and rest. Listen to your body.

If you are in Toronto, drop in and say hello to Stephanie and the lovely staff at the store on 96 Scollard St., or visit

Have you visited? What’s your favourite product at Husk?


2 Responses to “Husk: a holistic beauty boutique in Toronto”

  1. Mademoiselle nature (@MlleNature) March 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM #

    Really nice interview! the shop looks stunning! wish I could come and visit……:-)

    • oceanspotions March 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM #

      Thank you! If you are ever in Toronto, it’s a must!

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