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As Canada Basketball continues to assert itself as a force in the NBA and International basketball scene, Nike looks to foster the spirit of competition within the city by creating The Crown League. With rich traditions like the Drew League out in LA and the Rucker and EBC in New York, it was only right Nike began one in Toronto.

Every Friday from July 3rd to the 24th, six teams of potential suitors for the Kings of Toronto Basketball descend upon Jarvis Collegiate to #ClaimRoyalty in an all out elimination tournament. ACE, M.A.D.E., CIA BOUNCE, 6MAN, NORTHERN KINGS and our very own 1LOVETO are the teams vying for the Crown.

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Last week 1LOVETO’s very own Brady Heslip took home “Player of the Week” honours after dropping 44 poins and shooting 68% from the field in a big 101-88 victory over an Anthony Bennet-led CIA Bounce. This week is the final week to earn bragging rights and rankings going into the semi-finals.

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While the teams participating were invited, everyone has the opportunity to experience the competition by registering with Nike.

Join us Friday nights at Jarvis Collegiate – doors open at 5:45pm at door #6 (on Wellesley St). Tip off starts at 6:30 PM. Registration opens Sundays at 12AM. After you claim your seat, don’t forget to claim/download your NIKE+ EVENT PASS for line bypass and reserved seating.

Toronto has always had kings. Now they have a kingdom.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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This past weekend we were fortunate to not only get out to Taste of Toronto at Fort York, but to participate in a “Keepers of the Craft” Workshop led by Chef Grant Van Gameren alongside Pilsner Urquell. Taste of Toronto guests were also given a rare chance to sample some unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, a beer-tasting experience normally only available in Plzeň.

As food lovers from across the GTA ascended on the sun-soaked Garrison Common, an intimate group gathered to watch Chef Grant Van Gameren of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval lead a demonstration in the proper preparation of oysters, clams and a variety of crustacean. We sipped our cold pints of Pilsner Urquell under the shade of a miniature white tent and watched intently, knowing we were about to be doing the same ourselves.

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Chef Grant then gave us our challenge, which was to build the best seafood tower with the items available to us. We split into two teams and each got right to business at their respective stations. Before we knew it our table was overflowing with crabs legs, shrimp, oysters and more pints than were necessary for a productive assembly. As we shucked, peeled and debated important things like presenting the crabmeat in oyster or clam shells, or whether or not to hang shrimp off the side of the top, the hardest part became keeping everything on the platter and out of our mouths. Preparation and presentation eventually gave way to eating and drinking, and before we knew it Chef Grant was giving us our one-minute warning.

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Though “the bad guys” were judged to have built a better seafood tower, we thought nothing of it as we looked back at an unforgettable afternoon with our team and washed down shrimp, oyster, raw tuna, lobster, crab and more seafood than we had had in weeks with a few pints of cold, delicious Pilsner Urquell.

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Having built an international following on the same recipe and traditions that they began with in 1842, Pilsner Urquell are true #KeepersOfTheCraft. Many thanks to Pilsner Urquell, Chef Grant Van Gameren and Taste of Toronto for an incredible experience.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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Nike Women Toronto celebrated a weekend of Women in sport from June 11-14th. Approximately 13,000 athletes participated, supported, encouraged, and came together to run and train their way to a personal best. As part of the Nike Women’s Race Series, 10,000 women gathered at the start line on Toronto Island on Sunday, June 14, to fuel their passion for running.

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After a solid 10 weeks of training, some 10,000 runners pushed themselves to go farther and faster while running the Nike Women’s 15K on the Toronto Islands; through neighbourhoods, parklands and along the runways of Billy Bishop airport, all set against the backdrop of downtown Toronto. The adrenaline was at an all-time high. Hearing and feeling the planes take off and land as you ran across its runway was exhilarating to say the least! Spectators and supporters cheering you on as you crossed each kilometre made you push even harder and faster. Performances from bands and choirs were a refreshing surprise after running a few kilometres surrounded by just nature. And the scenic view of sailboats floating atop an oasis of serenity waters while running on the bride before the finish line put runners at a place of Zen. Everyone finished peaceful and strong.

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It was my first official race and my nerves the night before were going bonkers – I barely slept! I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I was anxious and ready to run!

Firstly, I was put in Wave 4 which clocks in at a pace between 5:30 to 6:00 per kilometre when I really wanted to be in Wave 3 (5:00 to 5:30 pace) with the rest of my running crew. They had made an announcement that runners weren’t allowed to go up a wave, only down. Nonetheless, I didn’t stress it at all. I thoroughly enjoyed running on my own and getting in my own zone. Secondly, it was a cold and very wet start to the race but that was least of my worries. I was actually hoping for rain or cooler temperatures rather than hot, humid, and muggy. I guess it worked in my favour. Thirdly, I can’t say I’m proud of my time because I knew I could have finished a solid 10 minutes before my clock time. I was stuck in a sea of runners for a chunk of the race path and found it difficult to maneuver and get in my groove but I guess that comes with it! Next time I know, use them elbows (kidding but not kidding)! Nonetheless, I’m very proud to have successfully completed my first race ever! I felt good by the end of it; I wasn’t overly tired and I was in complete control of my breathing the entire time. It was definitely a proud and memorable moment for myself. Now I’m addicted to running and motivated more than ever to try new challenging marathons!

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Marlen Esparza is a professional female boxer and olympian who finished 14th alongside Joan Benoit Samuelson, an American Olympian Marathon Runner in a time of 1:01:44. Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete finished first in a time of 53:40. It was inspiring to have personally met and shared my first 15K race with such motivating and supportive athletes, let alone 10,000 other amazing women! It was such an honour. I was emotional by the end of my race, I shed a few tears because I was overwhelmed by the entire race weekend. It was such a blessing and an all-time adrenaline high to have experienced it all. I physically and mentally challenged myself and I am #BETTERFORIT.

Currently, I’m in preparation to train for my first half-marathon race in October for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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La Carte is the product of five Toronto-based editors and writers sitting around a table talking about the travel magazine that they really wanted to read, one that simply didn’t exist. Less interested in the rinse-and-repeat all inclusive scene, and well past our backpacking days, we sought out to make a magazine that was equal parts adventure, luxury and true travel (as opposed to vacationing) — and one that focused on stories and narratives rather than lists and slideshows. So far, we’ve navigated the public transit system in Ghana, surfed sharky waters in California and drank in a haunted bar.

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La Carte launched in February 2015 and its first quarterly issue is well underway for fall 2015!

Edited for a savvy and affluent traveller, La Carte’s reader understands the difference between vacationing and travelling. Graduated from backpacking and fungible all-inclusives, our readership has the experience and the financial means to explore the world on their terms. And like a well-traveled friend, La Carte appreciates that the modern travel experience is as much about a judicious airport security grope as it is a perfect sunset cocktail on safari.

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For more info visit: lacartemag.com

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Toronto’s indie film and music fans will get another chance to watch their favourite stars under the stars, as the Open Roof Festival #ORFTO returns for its 6th season, running every Wednesday from June 17 to August 19 at 99 Sudbury (just south of Queen St W & Dovercourt). The 10-week festival offers urbanites an al fresco take on hit cinema from Canada and across the globe, paired with live music by emerging artists in a variety of genres. ORF tickets are on sale now for $15 each and can be purchased here: OpenRoofFestival.com

1 LOVE T.O. is proud to announce our continued partnership with Open Roof Festival, co-presenting this year’s opening night film screening of “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”, the authorized documentary by Brett Morgen. Using material from Cobain’s personal archives, the documentary, which earned rave reviews coming out of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, examines his music career, from his early days in Aberdeen, to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana, until his untimely death.

For more info about Cobain, visit: cobainfilm.com

Previously: Open Roof Festival 2014

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On Saturday, May 23, Nike Women hosted a special #NTC #DoneBeforeDawn studio workout at the Arcadian Loft with Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath, and special guest Spencer O’Brien, Canadian Olympian and professional snowboarder.

“Eva is such a great trainer, I’ve had such a good time getting to know her over the last few years and I’m really excited to finally do one of her classes!” Spencer said.

One of the main reasons for Spencer’s appearance and participation in the live studio workout was to encourage and empower women, especially those training for the Nike Women’s 15K to remember that they’re only getting #BetterForIt. Athletes train for those big events and big moments, but off-season training is equally important and infinitely harder to keep yourself on track. As a professional snowboarder, Spencer understands the dedication and motivation required to train all year round, but also knows that she’s always better for it in the end.

Despite an early morning wakeup call, a crowd of media influencers arrived for 6:00 a.m. to interview Spencer O’Brien, and enjoy everything Nike Women and the Arcadian Loft had to offer prior to the scheduled 7:00 a.m. studio session. DJ FeelGoodSmalls also had the tunes bumping to get the ladies in their morning groove. Floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the city of Toronto was an added motivation in itself.

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Upon arrival, guests were greeted by their personalized Nike lockers and gifted studio wraps and sports bras. In addition, fresh pressed juice and other breakfast goodies were also included to fuel everyone up. And Nike Women wouldn’t be Nike Women without a hair-braiding studio to have you looking cute while you sweat!

Spencer is a firm believer of NTC as she squeezes workouts in between her off-season training.

“I use NTC all year round because it’s such a good program for me when I’m on the road and don’t have time to get to a gym.” she said. “I’m always in ski resorts and sometimes there isn’t a gym available so NTC is great because I can pull it out and do it in my hotel room. There are so many different workouts!”
Spencer is the first and only Canadian to have a workout on the Nike+ Training Club App., called, “Power Legs,” and recommends her training regime to those training for the upcoming Nike Women’s 15K in June.

“I think Power Legs would be a great workout for training for the 15K because just like it says in the name, it’s all about legs which for me as a snowboarder, is the most important muscle group.” she said.

“It’s really about building explosive muscle power so things like squat jumps, scissor jumps, box jumps; really dynamic and quick explosive movements. It would be a great thing if you’re training for the 15K to break up your workouts.”

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Spencer is currently training on her off-season and focuses around building her endurance and strength at the gym in preparation for her competition training at the end of the summer season.

“Everything in the gym is recovery so foam rolling, biking, stretching, core, and maintenance for the strength that I built in the off-season is key,” she said.

When in training mode her favourite go-to gym pieces are the Legendary Tights and the Nike Free TR Flyknits.

“I’m a big, big tight girl – I love tights! And Free TR Flyknit is my favourite to train in; it’s almost like wearing a sock on the upper but you still have that good support and traction for the sole. I’m really into those and they come in some really cool colours!”

Maintaining her endurance and stamina is key to her on and off season training and her go-to runners are the Nike Zoom Pegasus.

“I switch to the Pegasus when I’m out for a run because they have so much support,” she said.

“There’s a big difference in competition training and off-season training. In competition, I’m obviously on snow about five to six days a week for three to four hours a day, and then I usually have a gym session after that for about two hours.”

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Her off-season go-to moves can be found in her Nike+ Training Club app – Power Legs.

Spencer says her off-season training has been heavily intense and plans on taking a vacation before hitting the slopes in August for her first event in Australia.

In addition to Eva’s live studio class, the event ended with the opportunity to explore and privately shop the new Nike Women’s Concept space at Hudson’s Bay, while getting complimentary make-up touches courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath certainly gave the ladies the ultimate wakeup call on Saturday morning with intense and challenging upper and lower body training. Nonetheless, every woman left feeling #BetterForIt and ready to tackle their weekend. They were #DoneBeforeDawn and feeling accomplished.

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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Toronto’s Nike Run Club hosts monthly runs called “The Local”, where they have some of the cities most influential people lead an exploratory themed run through Toronto. This month’s run was built around the concept of ‘Hip Hop’, with our very own Tyrone “T-reXx” Edwards leading the run, sharing stories from over the last 5-10 years. The run had 4 scheduled stops over a 6KM route, including some hidden historic parts of our local hip hop scene.

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First stop was none other than the MUCH MUSIC studio at 299 Queen St. West, which aired the iconic television show – RAPCITY, with hosts like Michael Williams, Oliver, Master T., Namugenyi Kiwanuka, and in 2011 our very own Tyrone “T-RexXx” Edwards.

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Second stop was only a quick jog down Queen West to BARCHEF (472 Queen St. W), to meet with Owner & Mixologist Frankie. Frankie & Tyrone shared a few classic moments from the secret Jay-Z afterparty in 2009.

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The group ran up to College Street to the now famous Italian restaurant – Vivoli (665 College St.), to speak with Manager and long-time friend Mario. Over the years, Vivoli has become a second home to many of Hip Hops royalty, including the 6ix’s own Drake. If you ever get a chance, ask for a pitcher of Sangria!

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The final stop on the 6KM run through downtown Toronto was the new OVO store, located at 899 Dundas St. West. The OVO store represents so much in terms of growth, community, artistry, entrepreneurship, and of course representing Toronto.

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Big thanks to Nike for supporting local talent and allowing us to be a part of their running experience. Plus, thanks for the exclusive 1 LOVE T.O. x Nike Running Tees!

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The Toronto Blue Jays and 1 LOVE T.O. have Come Together to create a limited edition t-shirt available this coming Tuesday, May 5th, 2015. The first 15,000 fans inside the stadium will receive an exclusive tee as part of the Connect with the Jays Night, presented by Honda!

You’re invited to join us at the game alongside our 1LOVETO artist Tom Chitty and of course the Blue Jays for an exciting evening full of baseball, art and community.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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”I think it represents the Blue Jays, I think it represents 1LOVETO, and I think it represents Toronto.” – Bryan Brock, Creative Director (1LOVETO)

”I like the idea that there might be some kids running around wearing that shirt for a few years.” – Tom Chitty (Artist)

Let’s Go Blue Jays!!!

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Two of our favourite Toronto photographers and @1LOVETO affiliates @SoTeeOh & @TahaPhoto had the pleasure of shooting the city with the help of the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Both photographers got the chance to explore the city with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 before it was available to the public. We’ve included some of their best pics, but feel free to search #SamSungBoYYZ on instagram to get the entire collection.

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“As artists we always have to keep it moving. We like to explore, be spontaneous and create things on the fly. The Galaxy S6 is such a powerful creative tool because it can do some many things but it still fits right in your pocket so its perfect for a creative lifestyle. Both of us focus on street photography so we need equipment that’s quick and versatile to catch the constantly changing scenes in a city like Toronto. Most phones still don’t cut it but the S6 has been amazing in every situation we’ve tried it in. We’ve always loved exploring Toronto so when Samsung asked us to take the new GalaxyS6 out for a spin there was no hesitation. As much as we’ve explored Toronto over the last few years, there’s still so much more to see. Sharing the soul of our city through the lens of the S6 has injected a renewed passion to document the beauty of T.O.” – @SoTeeOh @TahaPhoto #samsungboYYZ

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Samsung just launched their new Samsung Galaxy S6 at Sound Academy with a surprise special guest performance from English indie rock band Alt-J. Needless to say, Alt-J rocked the crowd before heading off to their much anticipated set at Coachella! If you missed out, check out some of the photos below.

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For more info visit: samsung.com/ca/

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Zack Mirza is an up-and-coming Toronto street magician and television star – his new show, ‘Illusions of Grandeur’ airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 ET/PT on OLN.

A few years ago, 1 LOVE T.O. introduced the world to Toronto’s very own “mystifier,” up-and-coming street magician Zack Mirza. Zack has come a long way since then, when all he had was a dream and self-funded demo reel, having landed a starring role on a new OLN series, ‘Illusions Of Grandeur.’

His journey has taken him across North America, to over 12 major cities including New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and L.A. The show documents Zack’s “magic pilgrimage” – a quest to become one of the greats, the next David Blaine or Copperfield. On the show, he seeks to learn the history of the art form, and follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest magicians of the past and present, facing fears and overcoming challenges as he goes.

Zack was born in the UK but was raised and currently lives in Toronto. We caught up with Zack after the premiere of his new series to talk about his love for the city, favourite spots and where to find the magician after dark.

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Tell us a bit about your hood

Zack Mirza: I live in Liberty Village – it’s got it’s own little community which is cool… it’s close to everything that I need, so I find that I don’t have to go far to get things done. It’s filled with young, healthy professionals, so the vibe matches my lifestyle.

What are some of your favourite coffee shops in the city?

Zack Mirza: When I’m looking for a quiet spot to get some work done, I usually like to leave my hood – Liberty can sometimes become a bubble so I do my best to get out as much as I can. You can find me on Queen Street West at a couple of my favourite coffee shops like Dark Horse, or RSquared.

So, when it’s time to eat, where does a magician like you go to fuel up?

Zack Mirza: I cook most of the time, but I’ll normally hit up Saving Grace or The Drake for breakfast, and if I’m feeling a little fancy, Le Select Bistro – the brunch there is bomb. A couple of my favourite lunch spots would have to be The Fish Store up on college, that place is healthy and also just straight up delicious. I also really like Fresh, for those days where I feel like going the vegetarian route. For dinner I normally go to the Soho House. You can find me there most of the time. It’s a great atmosphere to get work done, and also network with people.

You’re a fashionable guy – what are some of your go-to Toronto shops?

Zack Mirza: I normally do all my shopping online… but my favourite place in the city to shop would have to be Nomad. They’re like family – been shopping there for years and they’ve always taken really good care of me to make sure I’m looking fresh.

When it comes to doing the thing you do best – what would you say are the best spots to do magic?

Zack Mirza: The best place to go out and do some magic would have to be Kensington Market for its wide variety of people, especially during Pedestrian Sundays. I also love doing magic over at Yonge and Dundas because of the amount of traffic there is — I’ve had a lot of success performing over there for its touristy vibe. I’m always doing magic at the Soho House for people I meet too. It’s the perfect environment for me to do my thing.

And last but not least, who are some Toronto people that you look up to and respect – who are your local heroes?

Zack Mirza: One of my local heroes would have to be Drake. The amount the guy has done for our city is incredible. He reps Toronto hard everywhere he goes, and has definitely put us on the map. I’d like to be able to make an impact on the magic industry, just like he has for the music industry. I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a bit over the last year, and out of all the places I’ve been, Toronto is still my favourite.

Posted by Michelle Pinchev (from CityByHeart)

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The Cloud 10 Travel Experience

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If you like to travel as much as we do, we’ve got some exciting news from our partners at American Express. Amex is launching a new benefit as part of their Cloud 10 program at Toronto Pearson Airport. If you’ve ever been to Pearson and used any of the Cloud 10 benefits you know they have something for every type of traveller.

When we travel, we like to travel in style with the full VIP experience. Our travel routine starts with followed by security line bypass (hands down the best thing ever), complimentary Wi-Fi (for Instagram purposes), plus access to the premium lounge with complimentary food and drinks.

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One thing we can all agree on is that we can’t to get to our destination… but with #Cloud10 waiting got a whole lot better! Amex along with HarperCollins Canada & Sony Music Canada have launched Entertainment on Cloud 10 offering free e-books and music downloads to all passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson airport.

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So next time you’re at Pearson waiting to take off, keep yourself entertained and check out amexcloud10.ca for e-book or free music downloads.

1LOVETO Suggestions:
eBooks – The Great Gatsby
Music – Bruno Mars or Calvin Harris

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Nabulsi All-Natural Soap

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Nabulsi Soap is an all-natural, olive oil based soap made up of just four ingredients: 100% pure olive oil, water, salt and lye. That’s it. No additives, no preservatives, no harsh chemicals and no perfumes; only pure, natural ingredients straight from the earth. Ideal for those with sensitive skin, it is gentle enough to use on babies’ delicate derma. In fact, many people even wash their fruits and vegetables with it. How’s that for all-natural?

Co-owner of Nubi Trading Co., Ariane Laezza, has recently opened the Trinitae flagship store in Toronto that offers unique, all-natural skincare products and Nabulsi is also sold exclusively there.

“The Nabulsi Soap is where Nubi Trading Co. started, it’s something I feel very passionate about. This is part of one of the oldest soap making traditions in the world that traces back about a thousand years,” Ariane expressed.

“It’s from Nablus, which is a ancient Palestinian city. The Nabulsi soap is still made the same way as it always has been; handmade, hand cut, and hand wrapped.”

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Traditionally made by Palestinian women for household use, Nabulsi Soap is made up of 100% virgin olive oil, water, salt and lye. The mixture is then heated with water and olive oil in large copper vats over fermentation pits. The solution of water and the sodium compound becomes increasingly concentrated in a series of 40 cycles repeated over eight days. During that time, an oar-shaped wooden tool known as a dukshab is used to stir the liquid soap continuously. Once the ideal level of concentration is reached, the liquid soap is then spread in wooden frames to set and then cut into its classic cube shape and stamped with the company’s trademark seal; the ostrich. The soap cubes are then stacked into their distinctive cone-shaped structures until they are completely dry.

The final product is ivory in colour and is unscented except for naturally subtle hints of earth and olives. The result is a beautifully balanced, naturally moisturizing product that is ideal for all skin types.

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“It’s a nice neutral product and it’s better as it ages because the soap loses some of its moisture and it’s more concentrated,” Ariane said.

Being that the holiday season has come to an end and the month of love is just days away, the Nabulsi Soap makes for a nice little addition to your Valentine’s Day gift.

“Holt Renfrew picked up Nabulsi for the holidays and listed it on the Toronto Life Gift Guide,” she added.

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Well, there you have it – the one stop soap for all natural purposes: from head to toe, to fruit and veggies and from floor to ceiling. Treat yourself, your home and your loved ones for just $6 a bar. Visit Ariane at Trinitae (254 Niagara Street).

It’s the simple things that matter. Live natural. All natural.

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: Trinitae All-Natural Skin Care Opens Flagship Store In Toronto

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