Press Room


Here is a brand-line up from our 2020 S/S Zoom Preview! 

For high res images from any brand, or for interview requests don’t hesitate to email us:
michelle [at] lucidcommunications.ca  OR  alanna [at] lucidcommunications.ca

Please note that all of our clients not only offer great products and services, but also are founded and run by inspirational entrepreneurs who make for excellent profile stories, or can add in expert thought-leadership quotes for any stories you may be working on.

Beauty:

AOB Products | Press Release

AOB is Canada’s newest haircare line founded by Celebrity Hairstylist Aaron O’Bryan. Established in April 2020, the brand is a culmination of Aaron’s 10 years of industry experience and entrepreneurship. AOB creates high quality hair products that feature innovative low-waste packaging, a scent that turns heads, and incredibly potent ingredients. Their products’ efficacy, combined with the brand’s dedication to always doing what is best for the customer, have quickly placed AOB as a top destination for all things haircare.

Having taken care of the top names in Canadian television for over a decade, Aaron O’Bryan is best known as one of Canada’s most sought-after celebrity hair stylists. He is also widely recognized for his work as a television personality and hair expert on The Marilyn Denis Show, Canada’s Top Lifestyle Show, Your Morning and TSC (Today’s Shopping Choice). In 2015, Aaron opened his own hair salon, The Cellar Salon, in downtown Toronto. His award winning salon houses some of the most creative and ambitious stylists in Canada who truly care about the art of hair.

Using his professional expertise and industry savvy to create his own line of hair products has been an exciting yet organic next step for Aaron O’Bryan. As his brand continues to gain national recognition, Aaron is proud to be paving the way in high-performance, innovative, and luxurious haircare.

AOB can be shopped online and shipped throughout Canada.

Folly Fire | Press Release

At Folly Fire, they know that for many of us, makeup is an essential part of our self-expression. That’s why they created a high-performance, vibrant, and affordable beauty line for conscious millennials, makeup artists, or anyone wanting to experiment with colour and makeup. With collections ranging from multifunctional metallic pigments and shimmering body spray to top-of-the-line makeup brushes, Folly Fire makes it easy to be bold. Whether you’re a professional makeup artist, cosmetics enthusiast, or complete beginner, Folly Fire will help take your look to the next level.

Folly Fire works with prominent labs in Italy and France to develop their cutting edge, trend-defining, and dramatic collections. Their cosmetics are PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free.

Folly Fire was born out of couple and Co-Founders Lukas and Pete’s shared passion for plant-based, cruelty-free, and green beauty products. The two met while working for independent beauty companies in the UK, and were quickly drawn to the untapped potential of an environmentally-conscious and social-media based beauty platform. They created Folly Fire to help all people fulfill their creative visions, regardless of their personal aesthetic or budget.

Visiblity: Now boasting a wide range of incredible cosmetic collections, Folly Fire has gained international attention. Their products have been featured in ForbesPopsugarThe Los Angeles TimesParadeBeautylish and more. 

Folly Fire’s full range of products can be shopped online and delivered internationally. 

OKOKO Cosmetiques

Based in Vancouver, Canada, OKOKO Cosmétiques is a luxury skincare brand that creates sustainably-sourced, high-performance, and science-backed products. Their skincare formulations are entirely nature-derived, and each ingredient is carefully selected to support the vital functions of a healthy, youthful complexion. Whether you’re a green beauty enthusiast or a lover of lavish skincare, OKOKO’s handcrafted and unrefined products are the perfect addition to your skincare lineup. 

Transparent labelling, ingredient purity, and environmental consciousness are at the core of OKOKO’s mission. From sourcing to production, hours are invested in research and development to bring you products that are both sustainable and effective. Using only the purest botanical extracts and oils, many of which are sustainably wildcrafted, the OKOKO range is rich in high-quality and precious ingredients that will work to transform your skin. No exaggerated claims or cheap fillers here!

OKOKO Cosmétiques can be shopped online and shipped internationally, or purchased in person at any of their various stockists

Pretty in the City Brow and Lash Bar | Release

Established in 2005, Pretty In The City Lash & Brow Bar has been providing exceptional aesthetic services with cutting edge techniques, high-level professionalism, and the best products on the market for twelve years. Founder and master stylist, Veronica Tran, focuses on bespoke lash and brow services to enhance, compliment and balance the symmetry to your face. Quality takes time, and each appointment is timed accordingly to allow for individual customization, proper implementation of skilled techniques, and sanitation protocols. The lash and brow technicians are well trained and dedicated to their craft. Customers of the beauty parlour experience unparalleled expertise in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Pretty In The City founder, Veronica Tran, is one of the first estheticians in Toronto, to train in the art of eyelash extensions, attending workshops in both Toronto and New York.  Her expertise can be seen in many national magazines including Flare, FASHION, Elle Canada, Elevate, and Best Health. She holds several eyelash extension certifications in both classic and volume techniques, a diploma as a Skin Care Technician and Permanent Make-Up Technician, as well as several certificates for infection control. Attending workshops, seminars, and conferences on an annual basis, Veronica is always up to date with the newest innovations and industry standards. Her latest accomplishments include several master classes for Volume Eyelash Extensions and Microblading with well-regarded industry professionals such as Irina Levchuk, Daria Chuprys, and Branko Babic. Veronica is also one of the first in Canada to be certified with PhiBrows.

Visibility: Veronica and Pretty in the City have been featured in The Globe and Mail, Elle, Elle Canada, Flare Magazine, MSN, Chatelaine, The Kit, Refinery 29, Well and Good, Fashion Magazine, American Spa, Toronto Beauty Reviews and more.

Province Apothecary

Province Apothecary is a holistic skincare and wellness brand recognized both for its effective natural skincare products and custom organic facials. PA is leading the way in green beauty with a unique blend of 100% active plant based, synthetic-free ingredients, establishing itself as a brand focused on a whole-body approach to beauty.

Owner and founder Julie Clark’s journey into natural skincare developed out of her own struggles with allergies and eczema. Unable to find products that were pure and effective enough to heal her sensitive skin, she began blending her own. Now an accredited Holistic Health Practitioner and Aromatherapist, Julie continues to develop new products drawing inspiration from her facial clients, the weather and the seasons.

Province Apothecary sources the highest quality organic, wildcrafted ingredients from each Canadian Province and hand-blends these ingredients in small batches to create skincare that will nourish + balance skin. Julie’s favorite ingredients include: seaweed from Nova Scotia, maple syrup from Quebec, organic sunflower oil from Ontario, organic beeswax from Alberta, organic lentil flour from Manitoba, and organic raspberry oil and glacial clay from British Columbia. PA is blending the wilds of Canada into nourishing and balancing skincare.

All products are free from: petroleum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and ingredients, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, dyes, alcohol, solvents, pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), palm oil or derivatives, cosmetic grade ingredients and toxins of any kind.

Stockists: 175 Canadian + USA retailers including CAP Beauty in both NYC and Los Angeles, Follain, Free People, Whole Foods Market, The Detox Market, Well.ca and Credo Beauty. All products can be ordered online both in Canada and the US – and can shipped nationally.

Visibility: Province Apothecary PA has been featured internationally in print and online by Vogue, W Magazine, Huffington Post, InStyle.com, Allure, Brides, Byrdie, Well and Good, Garance Doré, Wallpaper, Cool Hunting, Protein, Refinery 29, and Our Body Book. In addition, a number of Canadian publications including: Canadian Living, Fashion Magazine, En Route Magazine, Chatelaine, Flare, Elle Canada, Today’s Parent, Toronto Life, Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star.

Sade Baron

Sade Baron is a natural performance body care brand that was founded through the inspiration of the body’s ability to heal and correct itself. Through this inspiration, the Sade Baron mother-daughter team dedicated themselves towards creating beautiful, clean and superior, high performance bodycare products that contain only the most virtuous ingredients that your body needs and loves. Every ingredient in Sade Baron‘s products are natural, sustainable, plant-based and 100% vegan. All their fragrances, scents and aromas come from essential oils. Sade Baron‘s two-hundred ingredients come from over forty-five countries although, whenever possible, certain ingredients are purchased from local farmers. These ingredients include, lavender, calendula, hemp seeds and oil.

Sade, the co-founder of Sade Baron, has been a midwife and nurse for thirty years in addition to a master soap batch and main formulator. Through her medical career and love for botany she saw first hand the serious effect that clean body care products have on one’s quality of life and well-being. Through these experiences, in addition to a deep passion for body care, Sade teamed up with her daughter and created a natural body care brand like no other.

Sade Baron products are handcrafted in small batches using socially responsible ingredients. This ensures that the products are of the highest quality while maintaining the integrity of the end product. All products are without: Silicones, Mineral oil, Palm oil, Petrochemicals, Parabens, Polyethylene, Sulfates, GMO’s, DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Drying Alcohol, Synthetic dyes or fragrances, Gluten or Animal by-products. Sade Baron is 100% women owned and operated and they create all of their products independently and ethically.

Visibility:  Sade Baron has been featured internationally in print and online by Harper’s Bazaar, Best Health, ELLE CanadaThe Globe and MailThe Kit, The Huffington Post, Chatelaine, Toronto Star, The Zoe Report, and Refinery29. Sade and Rachel have recently been featured on-air on eTalk. 

Beverage:

Empress Gin 

Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 Gin is a collaboration between Victoria Distillers and the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. On top of traditional botanicals, Empress 1908 adds a signature blend of black tea served at the Empress Hotel, as well as butterfly pea blossom, an exotic herb that lends the gin a warm herbal earthiness and natural indigo colour. Empress 1908’s exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation set it apart from traditional spirits, and provide the perfect base for a new multi-sensory cocktail experience. 

Empress 1908 Gin is a remarkable spirit that could have only been created in the city of Victoria, on beautiful Vancouver Island, where rugged mountains meet the beautiful Pacific Coast. It is a place where tradition is honoured, nature is revered, and artistic expression drives innovation. Perched on the edge of the continent, Empress 1908 is inspired and guided by the natural world. They embrace the wild, and respect both the saltwater that surrounds them and the pristine fresh water used in their gin. Empress 1908’s commitment to nature extends beyond the product to include sustainable production practices, including a geothermal cooling system used in their distillery. Empress 1908 is proud to be paving the way in sustainable spirits.

Empress 1908 Gin is now available for purchase in select liquor stores across Canada and the USA, and can be purchased online and shipped across North America. 

Visibility: Empress 1908 has been featured in various international print and online publications, such as WWD, ForbesTown and Country, ThirstyGlobal News, BuzzfeedChatelaine, and Flare Magazine.

Grange of Prince Edward Wines

Grange of Prince Edward County is a mother daughter run winery in the heart of Prince Edward County.  The focus is to produce 100% estate grown wines that are truly expressive of the winery terroir.
 
Caroline Granger found herself back on her family farm, three small kids in tow looking to rejuvenate her life.  Her parents couldn’t manage the farm anymore and so it fell to Caroline to pick up the slack.  And that she did and more.  She transformed the sleepy farm into a vineyard in 2001 and opened her winery in 2004.
 
Maggie Belcastro grew up on the farm where she now finds herself growing grapes and making wine alongside her mother.  Maggie loves tending the vines and watching them grow.  Seeing the same vineyards mature and thrive over nearly 20 years has been an incredible experience.
 
At the Grange Caroline and Maggie pride themselves in producing estate-grown, Prince Edward County wine.  They grew up on this farm and it is the reason they are here producing wine; as a result Caroline and Maggie want the farm to be the focus and celebration of their production.

Great Lakes Spirits

Great Lakes Brewery is one of Ontario’s oldest craft breweries. A fiercely independent owned and operated business, they have specialized in creating flavourful and high-quality beers for over 30 years. From unique ales and premium lagers to refreshing ready-to-drink sodas, GLB offers a wide variety of beverages that appeal to beer and spirit lovers alike.

Great Lakes Brewery takes tremendous pride in producing some of Canada’s finest beer, using only the best ingredients and most talented brewers in the industry. It comes as no surprise that they have received the Canadian Brewery of the Year award twice, and have been honoured at the Golden Tap awards as the Best Brewery in Ontario four times. As GLB continues to grow, they remain steadfast in their mission to provide Canadians with unique, delicious, and affordable beverages.

Great Lakes Brewery is excited to introduce their newest endeavour: Great Lakes Spirits. Now fully licensed as a distillery, Great Lakes Spirits has launched an incredible ready-to-drink vodka soda with citrus that is reminiscent of fresh squeezed lemonade without the sugar. Stay tuned for more incredible spirit-based beverages!

Great Lakes Brewery’s wide range of beverages can be shopped online and shipped across Canada or purchased at select liquor stores.

Windfall Cider

Windfall Cider is Canada’s urban cidery based in Vancouver, BC. Windfall believes in making your own luck, and they are here to turn the world of cider on its head. They find the best BC apples, the purest juice, and experiment with old-world techniques to create a one-of-a-kind cider like you’ve probably never tasted before. Like a little sip of good fortune in every can.

Windfall works closely with community farmers to find the very best produce that their province has to offer, all the while ensuring that local suppliers are properly compensated. They experiment with as many traditional methods and interesting flavours as possible, playing with yeast strains, wild ferments and barrel aging. Windfall stays true to their local roots, using only fruits and botanicals native to the Pacific Northwest. The result is a diverse roster of crisp, distinct, and playful ciders that you’ll want to drink year-round.

Windfall’s founders, Jeff and Nathaly Nairn, fell in love with Spanish cider on a trip to Mexico City. After exploring with cider-making as a hobby for several years, they took the plunge and established their very own cidery, Windfall Cider. In an industry overrun with very sweet and generic ciders, they set out to create crisp, refreshing and unique blends. After learning what they could from old-world methods passed down by generations of cider makers, Jeff and Nathaly experimented until their cider was just right— and entirely different than anything else in Canada.

Windfall’s bright and playful ciders can be shopped online and shipped to BC residents, or delivered across Vancouver, or purchased at select restaurants and private liquor stores.

Visibility: Windfall has been featured in various North American print and online publications, such as Globe and Mail, Quench, Daily Hive, Chatelaine, The Growler BC, Scout Magazine, and Trend Hunter.

Fashion & Retail:

LODE Store | Release

LODE is Toronto’s newest online retailer offering pre-loved children’s clothing and toys. Their stylish, durable, and gently used collections are completely gender-neutral, and range in size from newborn to 10+ years. With new product added to their online shop weekly, LODE makes it easy to find pre-loved wardrobe staples that both you and your little ones can feel good about. 

LODE was founded in May 2020 by Nyla Obaid. Having grown up thrifting out of necessity, long before it was “cool”, Nyla developed a knack for spotting great secondhand pieces. When her kids were born, however, Nyla found it challenging to find pre-loved children’s items that were gender-inclusive, beautifully-designed, and in great condition. While some people might love the thrill of rummaging, she found it chore-like to sift through torn clothing and broken toys. Nyla quickly set out on a mission to elevate the experience of buying pre-loved children’s items, and shortly thereafter, LODE was born. 

LODE is committed to their mission of making shopping more sustainable. Beyond selling exclusively secondhand items, LODE’s packaging is low-waste, and they place a heavy emphasis on upcycling. When they come across items that are stained or ripped, LODE partners up with makers to mend or upcycle these. Combined, these efforts help LODE significantly reduce fashion and other waste. 

If you are interested in selling to LODE and living locally in Toronto, you can email hello@lode.to, or send them a DM on Instagram. Sellers are paid out 30% of the resell value within two weeks via e-transfer for the items they are able to take. 

Lode can be purchased online and shipped anywhere within Canada or the US.

Lorette Lingerie

Lorette Lingerie is a Toronto-based lingerie brand focused on creating beautiful, original, everyday intimates. They blend comfortable, modern cuts with unique embroidery techniques that weave a story into every garment. Offering bralettes, bodysuit, panties, and more, Lorette Lingerie strives to bring a new level of genuine feminine sensuality back to the world of intimates.

Lorette’s collections are designed in collaboration with female illustrators and graphic designers, and are handmade locally by an all-female staff in Toronto. Each embroidery is thoughtfully chosen to represent symbols, concepts, and archetypes that resonate with women everywhere.

In addition to exceptional design, superior craftsmanship and environmental consciousness are central to Lorette’s ethos. Their hand-made garments are created using deluxe overstock material from Canadian and Parisian couture houses, ensuring superior quality witihout waste. By making the conscious decision not to outsource production or transport new materials, Lorette is able to offer a fair living wage to everyone involved in their garments’ development, all while reducing their carbon footprint.

Founded in 2017 by Parisian designer Laure Stromboni, Lorette has gained tremendous traction. It comes as no surprise that their incredible collections have been featured in various high profile publications such as Refinery29, Popsugar, the Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, and more.

Lorette Lingerie can be shopped online and shipped internationally, and local pick-ups are available for Toronto-based customers.

Visibility: Lorette Lingerie has been featured in various high-profile publications such as Fashion MagazineRefinery29, Who What Wear and TRNTO.

Home:

Flax Sleep

Originally in the fields of law and hospitality, these passionate businesswomen made the switch to entrepreneurship in the fall of 2017 with the foundation of Flax Sleep. The minds behind this business are Anna Heyd, Oana Papuc and Vivian McCormick, three friends who came together to share their appreciation of beautiful things, ethical business practice and fantastic sleeps. These women saw a gap in the Canadian marketplace when it came to buying simple bedding online at accessible prices, and felt inspired to fill that void.

Their journey began with a trip to Shenzhen in search of the most affordable yet high quality linen bedding to provide for Canadian customers. After much searching and weighing of various sourcing/manufacturing options, Flax Sleep discovered a factory with over two decades of linen manufacturing experience and a beautiful partnership was born. They immediately knew that they wanted to partner with them due to the exceptionally high quality of their products. Their bedding starts with 100% flax, which is then milled into the softest linen yarn, then woven into fabric and sewn into the most beautiful linen sheets. Flax Sleep’s products include a wide variety of bedding options that are available in sets or as separates. Furthermore, Flax Sleep provides linen robes (you’ll feel like you never left you bed!) and home essentials such as tea towels, aprons, bathing towels are more.

Flax Sleep chose to focus exclusively on linen bedding instead of the more traditional cotton for a number of reasons. Linen sleeps cooler (but is still real cozy), uses less water in the milling process, and lasts much longer than cotton. But when it comes right down to it, Flax Sleep just loves the way linen looks and feels: rustic and lived in, but timeless and elegant at the same time – kind of like your bedroom rolled right out of an issue of Kinfolk. For more reasons why #linenisbetter, check out their why linen page.

Flax Sleep is a small, independent, female-founded Canadian team. And in addition to offering you luxurious linen bedding, they also believe in providing #ASafePlacetoSleep to women and children in need. That’s why they donate part of their proceeds (and all returned goods) to Atira Women’s Resource Society to reduce waste and give back to our community.

Visibility: Flax Sleep has been featured in various print and online publications, such as Martha StewartForbesThe Globe and MailThe KitEnRoute MagazineHouse and HomeFashion MagazineElle CanadaBest HealthDaily HiveCityLineHuffington PostFlareWedding Bells and Trend Hunter. Flax Sleep has also been featured on-air on The Morning Show and The Marilyn Denis Show.

Jen Rowe – Neat Method Toronto

NEAT Method Toronto is the organizing company that will transform your home or office from chaos to composed. They recognize that life gets hectic and that maintaining an organized home can become a challenge. Specializing in organizing, unpacking, and downsizing homes & offices across Toronto, they make the spaces you have functional for the life you live by focusing on creating uniquely personalized systems.

Jen Rowe, Owner, promises an honest approach, a sharp eye for detail, and a personal sense of refined style. Jen has spent the better part of her nearly 20-year career in corporate communications, primarily in the non-profit sector, but has always been an organizer at heart. When she became a parent to her now 5- and 7-year olds, she started to dive deeper into how best to maximize the space in her family’s east end home and make it highly efficient for their lifestyle. In 2019, she parlayed this skillset into a career with NEAT Method.

Jen loves reading with her kids, trying out new gluten-free recipes, practicing Pilates and hot yoga, and sits on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit.

Visibility: NEAT Method has been featured in various high-profile publications, such as InStyleMartha Stewart Magazine, Parade,  The New York TimesForbesArchitectural DigestgoopHouseBeautiful, and more. 

Health and Wellness:

B Yoga

With mindfulness and movement, anything is possible. That’s why B Yoga creates elevated yoga and fitness essentials that invite you to find action and stillness in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or excited beginner, B Yoga has everything you need to find your perfect balance.

Designed with an emphasis on performance, comfort, and contemporary design, B Yoga’s products stand up to even the most intense modes of movement. From the highly coveted B MAT to their incredible range of bolsters, blocks, massage tools and more, you’ll be empowered to find both inner calm and outer strength.

B Yoga was founded in 2014 by Andrea Morris, whose mission is simple: to support people everywhere in living their best and most balanced lives. Her passion for yoga began in Sydney, Australia, while completing a Masters Degree in International Business. She knew she would someday make yoga her career, but wasn’t sure what that would look like. Fast-forward 9 years, Morris found herself employed at The Stewart Group, her family’s fifth-generation manufacturing and technology company. After working with an innovative type of rubber, she quickly realized that the material’s distinctive qualities— durability, sustainability, and grippy surface— could make the perfect yoga mat.

After endless prototyping and fine-tuning, the B MAT was born. Sparked by the B MAT’s success, Morris expanded B Yoga to offer a comprehensive range of elevated performance-driven essentials for all kinds of movement and meditation.

In Spring 2018, Morris and B Yoga acquired Halfmoon, another female-founded, Canadian yoga and meditation brand. Where B Yoga speaks to the contemporary yogi, Halfmoon is rooted in tradition, making each brand a perfect complement for the other. The two brands are represented by parent company Mindful Collective Co.

B Yoga’s products can be shopped online or purchased through their various retailers.

Visibility: B Yoga has been featured in various international print and online publications, such as ForbesNew York TimesMarie ClaireELLE TaiwanCNETThe StrategistFast CompanyPOP SUGARWomen’s Health UKCosmopolitan UK, House Beautiful, and more. In addition, a number of Canadian publications including: Fashion MagazineHouse and HomeThe KitNational PostCBCBest HealthZoomer MagazineThe Loop S/Magazine and many more.

Halfmoon Yoga

Grounded in tradition and inspired by transformation, Halfmoon has been Canada’s premier destination for hand-crafted yoga and meditation essentials since 1989. Their products are thoughtfully created just outside of Vancouver, BC, and are designed with an emphasis on function, quality, and comfort. Whether you’re new to yoga and meditation or looking to take an advanced practice even further, Halfmoon’s comprehensive assortment of cushions, bolsters, mats, and more will meet you exactly where you are.

Halfmoon was created by founder Beth McTavish after a trip to Varanasi, India in 1983. While walking by the Ganges River, Beth spotted a group of yogis practicing at the water’s edge. Captivated by their intent and focus, she began her own practice of lyendar yoga, eventually experimenting with handmade props. A red seatbelt became a yoga strap, rolls of cotton batting turned into sturdy handcrafted bolsters, and in 1989 Halfmoon was born.

Since the very beginning, Halfmoon has been guided by traditional yogic values of truth, compassion, community, and kindness. 30 years later, Halfmoon’s intention remains the same— to create beautifully-designed yoga and meditation essentials that inspire everyone to live their best and most balanced lives.

Halfmoon and their sister brand, B Yoga, are represented by parent company Mindful Collective Co. Experts in all things yoga, meditation, and wellness, Mindful Collective’s unwavering vision is to inspire people everywhere to find their balance.

Halfmoon’s products can be shopped online or purchased through their various retailers.

Visibility: Halfmoon has been featured in various international print and online publications, such as Coveteur, New York TimesELLE TaiwanThe ThirtyHGTV,  and more.

Kōv Skincare | Release

Kōv is Vancouver’s newest skin and body care line on a mission to create responsibly sourced, completely natural, and totally amazing products. Offering a simple yet lavish collection, Kōv’s products are thoughtfully designed to deeply nourish the skin while keeping the environment as their #1 priority. Their signature scent is reminiscent of the Pacific Coast’s ocean breeze and fragrant spruce trees, instantly refreshing and invigorating the senses. 

Boasting a small but mighty collection of velvety-smooth moisturizing lotion, hydrating hand wash, and a soon-to-come glacial clay mask, Kōv’s products are filled with nutrient-dense oils and botanicals. One of their favourite ingredients, giant kelp, is sustainably harvested and used in their products hydrate the skin and restore its natural PH. All of the Kōv’s ingredients are completely organic, natural, and thoughtfully-sourced, allowing them to tap into the power of naturally-derived formulations.

Kōv was founded by Alicia Munro and her partner/Co-Founder, Miguel Quezada, in 2020. Alicia had been working in operations management, and Miguel had been working in Vancouver’s restaurant scene. Both Alicia and Miguel were captivated by the power of local, high-quality, and sustainable materials and ingredients. As the pair were avid skincare users, they began to dive into the potentially harmful ingredients in their favourite products. After discovering that the majority of ingredients used were endocrine disruptors, and that only 9% of plastics had ever been recycled, they knew that there must be a better way. Alicia and Miguel began experimenting at home, creating products inspired by the wonder of the Pacific coast. Shortly thereafter, Kōv was born. 

Since the start, Kōv has made it their mission to create effective products that are good for both people and the planet. Beyond sourcing sustainably-harvested and natural ingredients, Kōv ensures that their shipping materials and packaging are completely compostable. Their beautifully-scented products come in chic blue bottles that look great on any countertop or shelf, and can be topped up using their refill pouches to further reduce waste.

Kōv is a proud to partner of 1% for the Planet, which works to conserve habitats for marine life, and Raincoast Conservation, which protects the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. 

Kōv can be purchased online and shipped within Canada and the US, or purchased from their various stockists

Shape + Foster 

Shape + Foster know that many aspects of well-being and decision making are done retroactively— meaning, when we’re already in need. Crazy, but it’s true. That’s why they are on a mission to create an entire community around personal development. Community Founder, Calum McGuigan created the company after his own journey over the last two years, and the realization that personal development takes time, and is not a quick 4-week program!

This is why Shape + Fosters journey is constructed over 12-months. The program is centred around providing actionable insight – where experts offer information you can easily insert into your life, or focus on habit building around. Courses are led by top experts in mental health, fitness, yoga, nutrition, financial planning, and life coaching. With 2-3 hours of new monthly video content, worksheets, live Q&A’s, and ongoing conversations within the app, Shape + Foster will help members realize potential and enhance their quality of life. 

Click here to meet the experts and get some insider tips on keeping momentum going as we head into the New Year!