Bo­real Folk of­fers nat­u­ral skin-care prod­ucts

Vancouver Sun - - YOU SHOP TALK - ALEESHA HAR­RIS ahar­ris@post­

B.C.-based body care brand Bo­real Folk is built around the idea of cel­e­brat­ing the nat­u­ral bounty of the Cana­dian wilder­ness.

The com­pany’s small-batch prod­ucts are made us­ing nat­u­ral, plant-based in­gre­di­ents that are sus­tain­ably sourced from the forests and land. Oh, and they’re made in a “Wilder­ness Lab,” right out in the open too.

We caught up with Raphaëlle Gagnon, owner and for­mu­la­tor of the com­pany, to learn more:

Q For those who aren’t fa­mil­iar, what is Bo­real Folk?

A Bo­real Folk is a unique apothe­cary com­pany hand­craft­ing nat­u­ral skin-care prod­ucts in­spired by Canada’s wilder­ness. We cre­ate plant-based prod­ucts made from sus­tain­ably gath­ered wild plants and Cana­dian in­gre­di­ents. We hand­craft our line of goods in a mo­bile 99-square-foot work­shop called the ‘Wilder­ness Lab’. It’s an in­spir­ing mo­bile stu­dio that we tow into the woods where we do our best work. Our line is in­spired by the beau­ti­ful Cana­dian bo­real for­est.

Q What makes it dif­fer­ent from other skin-care brands?

A Our line is 100 per cent nat­u­ral, plant-based and wild­crafted. The in­gre­di­ents we use in­clude sus­tain­ably gath­ered wild plants, eth­i­cally har­vested Cana­dian Prairie salt and clay, beeswax from lo­cal api­aries, Cana­dian-man­u­fac­tured or­ganic car­rier oils and es­sen­tial oils. Our prod­ucts are pack­aged in re­cy­clable, re­us­able and com­postable pack­ag­ing. Each prod­uct is made by hand us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods in our mo­bile stu­dio.

Q Who is your tar­get cus­tomer?

A Peo­ple who love be­ing trans­ported into the heart of Canada’s wilder­ness but also ap­pre­ci­ate nat­u­ral, lo­cal, qual­ity, hand­crafted, sus­tain­able and sus­tain­ably made prod­ucts.

Q Is there a ‘hero’ prod­uct in the line? If so, which one and why do you think it has proven to be so pop­u­lar?

A Our huck­le­berry lip but­ter has be­come our most pop­u­lar item. It is made with wild-har­vested huck­le­ber­ries from Tofino that nat­u­rally add a light-pink hue to the lips. We use hy­drat­ing cold­pressed seed oils that mois­tur­ize, hy­drate and plump out the lips. It comes pack­aged in a biodegrad­able tube which usu­ally lasts around one year with reg­u­lar use.

Q What is the price range for Bo­real Folk prod­ucts?

A Our line ranges from $12-$42.

Q Where can peo­ple check them out?

A Our prod­ucts can be found on our web­site, bo­re­al­, or through­out Canada at lo­cal shops. The list of stock­ists is listed on our web­site.

Bo­real Folk Wild Rose Body But­ter

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