One Dish, Two Countries

One Dish, Two Countries

Black culture is diverse, and food is a great reflection of that diversity. With a significant population in several countries around the world, each country’s cuisine speaks to their unique history. At the same time, food also helps us recognize points of unity between different cultures that go beyond skin colour.

Read on to explore popular dishes that can be found in multiple regions of the black diaspora, and learn about the subtleties that make them unique!

Posted by Shana Cesaire on 2/24/2021 to Recipes

Don’t Touch My Hair

Don’t Touch My Hair
My hair was a sore spot for a long time. I just felt that it was unruly, and messy. Even when I cut it, my tiny curls would spring out and I would try and pat them down. At times, I would chemically straighten them, even though I knew that it would not take. The back of my head would remain curly and the hair at the front would be straight as a needle. Worse, the chemicals were unravelling my hair’s structure, making it brittle, weak and broken. However, there was no alternative — hair was most attractive, straight. After I got tired of the damage the chemical straighteners were causing, I moved on to the weave. People had no reservations about asking me if my hair was real. They had no qualms about touching me without permission.
Posted by Mandi Sakutukwa on 2/11/2021

Show Yourself, and the Earth, Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Show Yourself, and the Earth, Some Love This Valentine’s Day
We’ve tailored this list to those of us celebrating Valentine’s Day on our own: to love ourselves and the planet; to find a bit of joy; and a bit of meaning. Here our top ten ideas for an earth-friendly Valentine’s Day.
Posted by Lindsay on 2/2/2021 to Promotions

DIY Project: Make Your Own Craft Gin!

DIY Project: Make Your Own Craft Gin!
We chose angelica as our herb of the month for January because of its positive digestive effects, but it also has another interesting use: it’s one of the key flavours in gin! With these recipes you can craft your own Savoury Gin; Pink Gin or Cucumber Mint Gin.
Posted by Calista & Lindsay on 1/19/2021 to Recipes

Shampoo Bars 101

Shampoo Bars 101
Truthfully, switching from conventional liquid shampoo to a shampoo bar is a bit of an adjustment. But, armed with a bit of accurate information, you can be prepared for this adjustment and triumph in the name of low waste living and soft, shiny hair!
Posted by Lindsay on 1/5/2021 to Products

How to Be More Sustainable at Home this Holiday Season

How to Be More Sustainable at Home this Holiday Season
Here’s how to be more sustainable at home and reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season. 
Posted by Collaborative on 12/7/2020 to Zero Waste Living

10 Cozy Tricks for Maximum Hygge This Winter

10 Cozy Tricks for Maximum Hygge This Winter
The nights are getting longer and the days are getting colder, and this means that we need to put a bit of extra effort into self care. Giving yourself things to look forward to; paying attention to comfort in every part of your day; and adding to the coziness of your surroundings go a long way toward preserving mental health — especially this winter!
Posted by Lindsay on 11/25/2020 to General Info

Chai Two Ways: Diffuser Blend and Tea Concentrate

Chai Two Ways: Diffuser Blend and Tea Concentrate
What’s better than a steaming cup of chai on days like this? How about a chai diffuser blend to go with it? Whichever way you like your chai spices, we’ve got you covered with these two recipes!
Posted by Laura and Lindsay on 11/10/2020 to Recipes

Creating a Meal Plan for Winter Quarantine

Creating a Meal Plan for Winter Quarantine
Lower your stress by limiting your grocery store trips! Here are some simple ideas to help you meal plan during the pandemic.
Posted by Lindsay on 10/29/2020 to General Info

5 Swaps to Un-Plastic Your Laundry Routine

5 Swaps to Un-Plastic Your Laundry Routine
Here are a few of our favourite swaps to help you un-plastic your laundry room!
Posted by Emilie on 10/15/2020 to Zero Waste Living

Winterize your Skincare Routine 

Winterize your Skincare Routine 
As we transition into the colder months, it’s important to switch up our skincare routine to protect our skin from cold, dry conditions. Here are a few of our favourite products and tips to keep your skin looking and feeling its best right through till spring!
Posted by Emilie on 10/5/2020 to Products

Resuscitate Parched Lips with this Soothing Lavender Sugar Scrub

Resuscitate Parched Lips with this Soothing Lavender Sugar Scrub
Winter is coming. If you’re like me, that means dry, chapped, flaky lips. Good news: this recipe was made for you!
Posted by Emilie on 9/23/2020 to Recipes

Get Cozy With Superfood Elixirs

Get Cozy With Superfood Elixirs

There’s no denying that fall feeling in the air -- love it or hate it, we might as well embrace it! And what better way to do so than to cozy up with a warm, nourishing, tasty beverage?

We love Harmonic Arts elixirs because when we treat ourselves to a mug, we know we're nourishing our bodies and supporting our systems with carefully chosen, high quality ingredients.

Harmonic Arts is always coming up with new ways to incorporate their elixir powders into our diets. Here are a few of our favourites!

Posted by Lindsay on 9/15/2020 to Recipes

Review: [UN]WELL Episode 1: Essential Oils

Review: [UN]WELL Episode 1: Essential Oils
I recently watched the Netflix series [UN]WELL and was especially impressed with the episode on essential oils. Here are my thoughts on why I think it's worth watching.
Posted by Sage on 9/3/2020 to Ask Your Aromatherapist

The OTHER Essential Oil Product That You're Completely Overlooking

The OTHER Essential Oil Product That You're Completely Overlooking
A co-product of the steam distillation process, hydrosols are a fantastic choice to use on sensitive parts of our bodies. Here, you'll learn how to use them, including a couple of recipes!
Posted by Laura on 8/18/2020 to Ask Your Aromatherapist

Top Skincare Tips from the Apothecary Team

Top Skincare Tips from the Apothecary Team
We asked a few of our team members for their favourite skincare tips and here they are!
Posted by Lindsay on 8/5/2020 to Products

Zero Waste Essentials: Scenting Unscented Products

Zero Waste Essentials: Scenting Unscented Products
If you're living that #zerowastelifestyle, you likely buy a few products in bulk that are unscented. At first, buying unscented might seem like a sacrifice. That is, until you realize the opportunity. By buying unscented products, you avoid any potentially harmful fragrances and can either keep things simple or add a natural scent using essential oils -- and that scent can be anything you like! The freedom!
Posted by Katie on 7/22/2020 to Ask Your Aromatherapist

Un-Plastic Your Dental Care Routine With These Zero Waste Options

Un-Plastic Your Dental Care Routine With These Zero Waste Options
Floss and brush teeth daily, ideally at least once a day for the former and after each meal for the latter -- that's the dental hygiene advice we're all familiar with. But for such a simple routine, it generates a disturbing amount of waste.
Posted by Lindsay on 7/14/2020 to Promotions

RECIPE: Lavender Brown Butter Sugar Cookies

RECIPE: Lavender Brown Butter Sugar Cookies
Lavender can help keep us balanced in a world that leaves us feeling disheveled. With the current climate of self-isolation and physical distancing we are surely all feeling some stress to our well being. So, why not treat yourself to a tasty snack!? Here is a brown butter sugar cookie recipe that features the floral flavour of lavender.
Posted by Laura on 7/8/2020 to Recipes

Reduce Your Waste Output with Low-Waste Menstrual Care

Reduce Your Waste Output with Low-Waste Menstrual Care
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for which products to use when you’re menstruating, but if you are looking to reduce your plastic footprint, we are lucky to live in a time when we have so many comfortable and plastic-free options.
Posted by Andrea Johanscik on behalf of Plastic-Free YYC on 6/23/2020 to Zero Waste Living

RECIPE: Lilac Infused Cream

RECIPE: Lilac Infused Cream
Learn how to make a delicious lilac and cream concoction to use in your desserts or teas!
Posted by Laura on 6/15/2020 to Recipes

What's a Wet Bag? Why You Need This Versatile Tool In Your Life

What's a Wet Bag? Why You Need This Versatile Tool In Your Life
Are you utilizing your snack bags or wet bags to their full potential? Here are some ideas for how to use these handy little bags — some commonplace and some more unexpected.
Posted by Lindsay on 5/29/2020 to Products

Lilac: A Master Blend

Lilac: A Master Blend

The lilac bush is one of the first flowering plants of spring that is both fragrant and beautiful. As much as the scent of lilac is adored, its fragrance is one that is fleeting.

Many probably have noticed that there is no lilac essential oil or absolute on the market. The following is a formula designed to imitate the fleeting scent of lilac flowers.

Posted by Laura on 5/27/2020 to Diffuser Blends

Apothecary in Inglewood Re-Opening Update From Jill

Apothecary in Inglewood Re-Opening Update From Jill
Like all of you, we are desperate for life and business to return to the way it was; the daily buzz of customers in the store is missed. Sadly, we have no idea when that way of life will be allowed again, and so we are in discussions about how to adjust in the interim.
Posted by Jill Hawker on 5/21/2020 to General Info

Calm Inflammation With This Honey & Turmeric Face Mask

Calm Inflammation With This Honey & Turmeric Face Mask
Another evening at home? There's no better time to treat your face to a lovely, anti-inflammatory mask!
Posted by Sage on 5/17/2020 to Recipes