BATH

Rosa & Lilium Apothecary: Natural, Handmade Bath Products

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!

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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. 

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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. 

Visit Rosa & Lilium Apothecary’s website to see more of what they’re bringing to the Royal Bison: www.rosaliliumapothecary.com

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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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