Province Apothecary

Organic Canadian Beauty

Who They Are

Province Apothecary is the holistic brainchild of Canada native, Julie Clark. Julie has struggled with allergies and eczema for her entire life, but these barriers have only strengthened her passion for skincare and aromatherapy. In 2010, Julie studied Aromatherapy, Holistic Health and Esthetics in Toronto, and loved to experiment with different natural materials and ingredients. Additionally, Julie has always had a passion for the environment and giving back to her community. These interests eventually inspired Julie to begin Province Apothecary. Her business has allowed her to create and sell high quality and natural skin care products, while providing her with a way to give back to the causes that she cares about.

Fast forward to now, Province Apothecary has followed the path that Julie paved for it. Julie is now a certified holistic esthetician and aromatherapist, and Province Apothecary provides in-person skin care treatments at their headquarters in Toronto. In pursuit of creating the best skincare products, Province Apothecary sources the highest quality organic ingredients from all over Canada, such as organic seaweed from Nova Scotia, organic beeswax from Alberta, organic lentil flour from Manitoba, organic raspberry oil + glacial clay from British Columbia and many more. Along with using the best ingredients, Province Apothecary has made it a priority to avoid ingredients such as petroleum, synthetic dyes, GMO’s, and other common ingredients that are bad for the health of humans and the environment. Finally, to ensure that Julie has fulfilled all of her dreams, PA donates to local and global organizations to support the farms where their ingredients come from and to do their part in improving the global environment.

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Why We Like Them

Province Apothecary holds the highest standards for quality and community, starting with the ingredients that make up their skincare products. The company sources from local, organic farms in Canada to support the local economy while ensuring the freshest ingredients. Whether its Italian mandarin, Canadian seaweed, organic jojoba oil, or any of their other sustainable ingredients, PA ensures that they are doing good both for your skin and good for the environment. Province Apothecary has even taken the ‘Just Beautiful’ pledge to avoid the toxic ten ingredients as specified by the Environmental Defense organization in Canada. Some ingredients on PA’s blacklist include 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. 

In addition to sourcing local and organic ingredients, Province Apothecary also supports Canadian farms by donating to the Canadian Organic Growers and Canadian Honey Council organizations, helping to support the prosperity of local farms and provide education and leadership in their communities. To take their commitment to charitable giving one step further, Province Apothecary is a part of 1% for the Planet. By pledging to donate 1% of their yearly sales to environmental organizations, they ensure that giving back will always be a part of their business model. 

Don’t want to take our word for it? Province Apothecary boasts multiple third-party certifications to show you that they walk the walk. Besides their balms, all of Province Apothecary’s other products are certified vegan by, and they’re Leaping Bunny certified–meaning that they don’t use any ingredients or create any products which have been tested on animals. Province Apothecary also has a green business certification! Green Business Certification Inc. awards companies worldwide with certifications for outstanding work in sustainable production and manufacturing. Lastly, Province Apothecary is proudly a Bullfrog Powered Business meaning that their headquarters in Toronto is powered by 100% renewable energy!

From organic and non-toxic ingredients, to plastic conscious packaging, to sustainable and ethical manufacturing – Province Apothecary is a prime example of values based business! 

  • Paraben Free
    Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • Sulfate Free
    Sulfate Free
  • Leaping Bunny
    Leaping Bunny

  • Organic Content
  • No GMO
    No GMO
  • Vegan
  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • Charitable
  • Handmade

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

Organic materials and ingredients are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, farm workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Choosing organic materials eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!

This product is made without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms. The process of using GMO’s involves manipulating the DNA of plants, animals, and other organisms to produce benefits such as an ability to tolerate herbicides or produce their own pesticides. GMO’s have been deemed as unsafe by many developed nations.

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

We support small businesses and craftspeople who create each of their products with care. Handmade products are generally produced on a small scale, without the use of large energy consuming factories and production facilities. Buying handmade helps support art, communities, and people’s livelihoods.

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