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Lily & Roo – A Toxic-Free Kitsilano Nail Salon

It’s really true when they say the stars align.  Hubby had recently watched a documentary on Netflix about the dangers of toxic chemicals and fragrances in household products we use on a daily basis (something I’ve been telling him for years, but it really takes someone other than me to verify these things LOL).  It then catapulted me into a mission:  to eliminate ALL products that contain toxic chemicals and/or the words “fragrance” and  “perfume”.

Fast forward to a few days later to when Lily & Roo reached out to me.  Like I said, the stars aligned.  Keep reading to find out how…

A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity to treat my daughter to a mani/pedi at the most darling nail salon, Lily & Roo.  Located in the heart of the Kitsilano neighbourhood in Vancouver, Lily & Roo provides a haven for clients of all ages while focusing on providing treatments with ethically sourced products that are non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free.

Zoë was literally SO stoked for this appointment.  The night before ended with “I cannot WAIT until tomorrow, mama!” and the morning of started with “EEEEKKKKKK!!!  We’re getting our nails done today, I’m so exciiiiiiiitttttteeeeeeed!!”.

The main reason I waited until Zoë was six to get her first mani/pedi was because, before Lily & Roo, I hadn’t found a nail salon that was safe enough for my little one.  I didn’t want her breathing in the toxic chemicals and tried limit her exposure to nail polish as much as I could.  Thankfully, I can now say that Lily & Roo will be our go-to salon for our girls days 🙂

As we entered the Instagrammable salon, we were greeted by smiles all over – from the salon owner, Chole, to her staff and her customers.  Zoë walked straight to the nail polish wall and selected ten shades of pink (surprise, surprise!).

The entire experience was incredibly blissful.  My heart was exploding with pride watching Zoë experience her first mani/pedi like a pro.  She opted for a multi-coloured look while I went for a neutral 9-free gel polish (my first gel experience!).  I was hesitant to try gel at first, but you can’t really go wrong with polish that will last up to three weeks!  Plus to finish off our polished looks (see what I did there?!), we selected matching nail art for a few of our fingers.

All of Lily & Roo’s polishes are vegan, 9-free and cruelty-free.  As for gel removal, they’ll gently file the surface of the nail so that acetone use is minimized.  For those who prefer to veto acetone all together, they offer a peel-off base coat option that can easily be removed in the comfort of your own home.  If that sounds pretty amazing to you, you’ll want to keep on reading…!!


We would LOVE for you to experience a mother/daughter date at Lily & Roo complete with a mani + pedi for both of you (or bring a friend, your own mom – it’s up to you!).  Simply head over to my Instagram account @theswanksocial for entry details:

  • follow @theswanksocial + @lilyandroovancouver
  • tag a friend in the comments.  Each tag is one entry.
  • BONUS:  share the entry photo in your stories and tag both of our accounts

The giveaway is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Instagram.  All opinions in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Lily & Roo.



Disclosure:  All opinions in this review remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Lily & Roo and/or their affiliates.  I received a complimentary gel mani/pedi treatment and Zoë received a girls mani/pedi in order to complete this review.

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