It all started about 20 years ago when my mom told me that our family dog and my stepfather were diagnosed with the same form of cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We both thought it was strange and couldn’t be some random coincidence. My mom started investigating. This was pre-Internet era, so it was a matter of making phone calls and digging rather than a quick search on Google. It wasn’t until she talked to someone at Environment Canada that she got her answer; this type of cancer had been linked to pesticides. At the time, they were living in a rural area in a town where everyone sprayed their lawns – including my mom and stepfather. The information was not widely known back then. This changed the way I saw everything. I realized that our health was not being protected by the government or industry and it was up to me to protect myself. This is the basis behind ensuring that my products are all non-toxic with an EWG rating of 1 or less (most of them are 0).
I've always been a skin care aficionado and spent a lot of time in beauty departments. One day in 2002, I noticed that my mom’s skin was looking really good. She had what I now call a ‘carotene glow’. She told me that she was using a natural cream. I was kind of shocked because I assumed that natural products were a healthy choice but not necessarily great performers (a prevailing attitude out there!). I wanted to spread the word. My first business idea was to create a store, an 'apothecary' where I could sell many different natural beauty brands. As I was researching the best products to stock, I starting stumbling on beauty recipes and ingredients. I knew I had found my calling because the ideas starting pouring out of me and Cocoon Apothecary was born. I received training in aromatherapy and started producing out of a custom-built lab in my basement.
Since 2003, the company has grown and is now operating out of a 2300 square foot facitilty in Kitchener, Ontario. If you're in the area, pop into our retail shop.
My purpose in life is to make people's skin look as healthy and beautiful as I can. I absolutely love seeing my customer's skin transform. I want to accomplish this without having to use ingredients that are toxic to the body or the planet. It's my life's work and I'm looking forward to developing many more!