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Boreal Folk offers natural skin-care products


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,, or throughout Canada at local shops. The list of stockists is listed on our website.

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Boreal Folk Wild Rose Body Butter

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