Surinder Bains of Miraj Hammam featured on

Surinder Bains of Miraj Hammam featured on

Taking care of yourself is something not to be neglected. After one too many hours in front of my laptop and long work days, I’m ready for some serious ‘me time’. I recently discovered the Miraj Hammam Spa on South Granville in Vancouver. This secret little gem has been open since 2000 – I’ve been driving by this spot for years without noticing it!

A hammam is the Middle Eastern variant of the steam bath, while the gommage is a detoxifying full body exfoliation. Owner Surinder Bains first visited a hammam in Paris in late 80’s and knew she had to bring the concept back to North America. I sat down with her to learn more.

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Year-round above-zero temperatures may make Vancouver the envy of most snow-battered cities across Canada, but the dry wind still doesn’t bode well for our skin. Enter Scentuals Body Care’s 100% Natural Dry Skin Repair, a mix of soothing cocoa, shea, and mango butters, plus three essential oils, wrapped in a handy twist-up tube that can be used anytime, anywhere. The healing skin stick is part of the Coquitlam-based skincare line’s scent-free collection, which passes the Canadian Cancer Society’s strict toxin-free guidelines. A portion of proceeds from the line also supports the cancer-fighting organization’s efforts—an especially timely note, considering that April is Daffodil Month.