This week we are celebrating nine years of Province Apothecary! From its start in Julie’s kitchen to the now bustling shop and clinic, it’s amazing to reflect on this beautiful journey with our incredible clients and team.
We sat down with our Founder, Julie Clark for a few questions about how it all started:
How did Province Apothecary start?
I started making green beauty products because I wanted to heal my skin naturally and help others suffering from similar skin concerns. I have suffered from eczema and allergies my whole life and wasn't seeing any improvement in my skin after using conventional products for 27 years. I didn't want to give up - I knew that there must be an alternative way to heal my skin.
I began crafting natural, organic beauty products out of my kitchen. I was drawn to holistic skincare and used my time off to experiment with oils, waxes and herbs- all in pursuit of the perfect skincare regime. In 2010 I began studying Aromatherapy, Holistic Health and Esthetics in Toronto, where I formed the foundation of my skincare expertise.
I experimented with raw materials and natural ingredients and started creating hand-blended products using local produce and seasonally appropriate, farmer-friendly ingredients. And it worked!
Who were your first clients?
My first clients were my friends. Facials were free or $20 when I started and I just wanted to get more and more practice. I remember giving all my friends gift cards to give to their friends. Slowly, I started seeing more and more people and my facial network started growing. I felt so lucky if I got to see 2 clients in a row!
How has Province Apothecary grown of the last 9 years?
We have grown so much in in 9 years and I'm so delighted + grateful! We've come a long way from an apartment spa to a shop, clinic + online business. We've expanded and moved shops a few times over the years, and launched some very effective and exciting products with wonderful results + feedback from our amazing clients.
While PA has long outgrown the kitchen, our devotion to fresh, effective + holistic beauty continues. And it has been made possible because of our amazing clients + team. I thank you for your continued love + support. We wouldn't be here without you!
Looking back through the years:
Thank you for these wonderful 9 years! Xx
- Julie + PA Team