Lindsay Jones and Carly Zaraska are a powerful duo. Their friendship began in 2011 while completing their Bachelor of Education degrees. Combining their passions for education, sustainability, and natural beauty products led them to branch out and join forces to launch a brand they could stand behind; Rosa & Lilium Apothecary is a line of eco-conscious bath and body products crafted by hand in Alberta. Catch them at the Bison both weekends, Follow them on Instagram at (@rosaliliumapothecary) and read on to learn what inspires them!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Rosa & Lilium Apothecary: Purpose. Both of us feel most like ourselves when we are creating something with our hands. There is something very satisfying about making something from what initially seems to be nothing. When you are done, you have a product that is aesthetically pleasing, has utility, and brings yourself and others joy. The process gives us purpose.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
RLA: We are so pumped to be expanding our home goods! Last season, we introduced eco-soy wax candles. This time around we are adding our custom scent-blend incense sticks.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
RLA: We are a modern apothecary. We aim to create products that will look beautiful sitting by your sink, next to your bathtub, on the shelves throughout your home, as well as make you feel beautiful in all those spaces. Our hope is that our products appeal to a variety of your senses and leave you feeling like the space you exist in is one you would never want to leave.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
RLA: We LOVE it. Edmonton has a special charm, unlike anywhere else either of us have lived or travelled to. We feel lucky to be part of it all.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
RLA: Locally, we have always drawn inspiration from our gals Malorie Urbanovitch and Vikki Wiercinski. They are badass. Fearless. And oh so talented. Internationally, we are obsessed with all things Nordic. They have everything “lifestyle” (aka Hygge) figured out.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
RLA: We truly love the time with our families. It is the one time each year where everyone gets together, squishes into one big room, and enjoys food (so. much. food.), stories from “back in the day,” and we all get to relax.