A stockpile of raw beautifying ingredients lurks in the depths of your kitchen pantry, and B.Skin's (766 King West, 647-222-9054, www.becleansmellgood.com) new beauty workshop series teaches you how to cook them into DIY cosmetics and spa products. The organic beauty workshop on April 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, teaches you how to mix and match essential oils and botanical goodies into masks, toners and shower gels. Courses are $65, and you can book your spot and find out about other seminar options by calling B.Skin's Gillian Downes.
Our favourite Yonge Street accessories boutique, Propaganda (686 Yonge, 416-961-0555, www.propaganda.bz), is helping out the eco-smart cause with the launch of its reusable store shopping bag. To introduce customers to her sustainable sacks, owner Regina Sheung asked local designers Barbie's Basement Jewellery, Dagg & Stacey, Passenger Pigeon and Roadkill to each customize a bag. The one-of-kind totes will be on sale at the shop this evening (Thursday, April 5) during a launch party starting at 6 pm. Proceeds are donated to the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and Multicultural Women Against Rape.
I'll Never Ever Shop Retail Again's Kerry Knickle holds another vintage clothing sale Saturday (April 7) from 10 am and 4 pm at 315 Albany. The poster for the Spring Thaw sale promises to put an end to your Easter bonnet and prom dress search, but we think you're more likely to fancy a dig through 40s- to-70s vintage classics, funky finds and evening wear stock. Call Knickle at 416-707-1695 for more info.
If you're the vintage-loving type who lusts after period wardrobe pieces from your favourite retro films, mark April 14 on your calendar for costumer extraordinaire Ian Drummond's spring sale. Throwback threads with Victorian and mid-century influences are priced between $10 and $500. Designer devotees can track down labels like Chanel, Dior, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Montana, Beene and Claire McCardell. The couture picking goes down between 10 am and 6 pm at 366 Adelaide West. Call 416-531-2591 for more info.