BATH 'N BEAUTY

Clean Up Your Act With Westmount Soap Co.

Ryan Lister, of Westmount Soap Co., hand makes all-natural bar soaps inspired by the communities in and around the Edmonton area. Each one is carefully scented with only high quality essential oils and has a profile meant to reflect the personality of the neighbourhood it is named for. Ryan first started vending with us at Bison in the December market in 2017 and we are thrilled to have him back again! You can keep up with Westmount Soap Co. online on instagram (@westmountsoapcompany) and read on down below to see what inspires him to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
WSC: I like working with my hands while also using my brain. Soap making is part art (figuring out the scents and whatnot) and part chemistry (which is my academic background). So it’s a good combination of things I like. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
WSC: Not necessarily new for spring, but still very new, in late 2017 we introduced our first shaving bar, the Ritchie bar. It’s great on its own, but I’ve also partnered with a local potter to make some beautiful custom shaving dishes to go along. 

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018:
WSC: We are definitely going to add a couple of communities to our line-up, and probably shake up our holiday line a little bit for next winter. I’ve also been experimenting with liquid soaps. These are much trickier to hand make with natural ingredients, but I may have something tested and ready to go later in the year. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
WSC: Well I bought a belt from Adamson and Son at the winter Bison, and it’s a great belt, I really like their stuff. My wife (behind the marketing at Westmount Soap Co.) loves Smithstine, her jewelry has a “love for Edmonton” vibe, like our soap. I am collector of unique screen-printed shirts, so designers like Selgado Fenwick are a staple. And I have to mention Pottery by Heather who works with us on our shaving dishes, she is such a seasoned potter with and exceptional lineup.

You can find Westmount Soap Co.'s wonderfully stocked shop online at www.westmountsoapcompany.ca

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Seek Health And Oneness With Warrior Apothecary

Warrior Apothecary: Local Apothecary and Perfumery, is made with sustainably made concoctions to help relieve physical and mental ailments. Health and uniqueness being top priority; products, displays, and ingredients that are quite Magickal and somewhat otherworldly. It's all made with 100% Vegan, synthetic and nut free ingredients. Partial proceeds of sales will be going back to the community (Pride, Indigenous awareness, mental health fundraisers, etc). April, the creative behind Warrior Apothecary, started making healing concoctions in 2008 and will be joining us as a new vendor (WOOHOO!!) for the November weekend of our fair! You can find Warrior Apothecary on instagram at (@warriorapothecaryand read on down below to see how they respond to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
WA: It means getting to know locals who want to see and be the change in the world by shopping local, sustainability, vegan/vegetarianism, and mental health awareness. We have a great, supportive community for this!

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
WA: My clients that live with mental health issues daily, yet work so hard to get help and create a life worth living. They show me endurance and strength and push me to create high quality products for them. I am inspired by so many of the stories they share with me. Nature: Wildcrafting my own ingredients in the river valley and on Vancouver Island, and creating products in the full moon for an added spiritual energy. And unique aromas: Many of my products (especially perfume) are created with scents globally inspired. An oil used traditionally elsewhere in the world that I may not even be able to pronounce at first, keeps my creative juices flowing, opening up endless possibilities! 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
WA: There are so many amazing, unique vendors! My absolute favourite are the natural loose incenses hand made by The Witchery; and I know I’ll be taking home at least 2 pieces by Femmebroidery!

Head on over to www.warriorapothecary.com to check out the full shop!

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Get Back to Your Roots with Like Grandpa Shave Products

Welcome newcomers Ken and Keenyn Kaminski-Raab of Like Grandpa Shave Products!!  They've been making shave products since 2015 out of all natural, moisturizing ingredients that will help your skin underneath the hair, whether you're shaving or rocking a beard! They'll be joining us for the December weekend of our fair and we're really happy to have them. Read on down below for a look into their minds:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
LGSP: I think it means we can be unapologetically ourselves. Our communities are so inclusive and open minded and supportive that we can create things that we truly believe in

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
LGSP: My grandfather and my dad: They showed me that there isn't anything you cannot craft, make, fix, construct, build or repair and there is value and beauty in the old and traditional ways of doing things. We are a family of makers through and through. Simplicity:  The simplicity of clean lines, simple design, old-fashioned technology and tradition. And our doggie Mister: It's the little things in life that make you happy each and every day.

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
LGSP: Keri V leather - Cord Taco's!! So simple but I cannot live without them!

Do yourself a huge favour and check out Ken and Keenyn's beautiful work on both instagram and twitter!

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Empower Yourself with Rosa & Lilium Apothecary

Lindsay Jones + 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 and Saskatchewan. They'll be back again for both weekends of the fair, and we couldn't be more excited to see them there! Read more about them below:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
R+L: Being makers in Edmonton is about being part of an innovative community that thrives on being quirky and mega supportive of one another. To say we are inspired by the creative minds of YEG would be an understatement – they don’t just inspire us, they propel us forward.  At the end of the day, all of us are simply doing our best to put our tiny puzzle piece down in hopes of contributing to the same big picture goal – a rad city we proudly call home, becoming even more rad.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
R+L:
- Simplicity
- Scent
- Input of our friends, family, and loyal customers 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
R+L: This is a HARD question. We NEVER have buyers remorse with our Bison swag. If we have to pick just one thing though, we’ll go with our AB/SK necklace from Smithstine – it functions as our friendship necklace, which is super nerdy in the best way.

Lindsay Jones and Carly Zaraska's work/shop can be found online at www.rosaliliumapothecary.com. We love their work and are happy they are back!

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