Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Talking Chemical Free Skin with Cocoon Apothecary
Two weeks ago, we were able to chat with Jessica Burman, creator of Cocoon Apothecary skin care for our latest edition of Wellness Wednesday. Not only is this line completely chemical free, it's also a local Kitchener-Waterloo company. Jessica sat down with us to talk all things skin care, chemical free and a few new products that were just launched last month! If you're not already familiar with this amazing product line and company, check out our above interview and continue below where Jessica gives us all the details.
About Cocoon Apothecary
Quality without Compromise
Beauty should come from purity and decadence, and nothing is more lavish than what nature has to offer. “By now we all know that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is the first thing people notice about you. But we forget that skin is truly alive. It absorbs what we put on it. It breathes nutrients in. It expels toxins and waste,” says Jessica. Most of Cocoon Apothecary’s ingredients are derived from nature: oils, waters and extracts from fruits, nuts, herbs, flowers and trees. The plant world offers substances that cannot be mimicked–complex aromas that vary from year to year, blends of chemicals that heal and treat without side effects, antioxidants that blast the aging process, and antimicrobials that protect us from illness and disease. “A beauty regime should be about indulgence, spoiling yourself and feeling valued,” says Jessica. “Rich, natural ingredients is all that it takes.”
The Emergence of Cocoon
It all began with a glance. In 2003, Jessica noticed her mother’s skin was suddenly glowing like never before. “She looked radiant,” Jessica says. “She had been using a new cream, one that was totally natural.” Inspired by the transformation, Jessica started buying natural products off the shelf. But she had to choose between rich, sumptuous lotions or the “other” ones that were good for the planet. “I didn’t understand why you couldn’t have both together,” she says. So, she set to work, beginning where many upstart cosmetic businesses do, at her kitchen stove. She started by crafting the basics: scrubs, balms and bath salts, and her friends and family were thrilled with the results. It was clear to Jessica that this could be much more than a hobby. Her husband Lane thought so too. In 2005, while Jessica went on a girls’ vacation in Italy, Lane went to work renovating their basement. She returned home to find a fully equipped cosmetics lab waiting for her–a complete surprise. Jessica mastered a smooth, creamy and fully natural lotion, and focused her product line into face and body care, adding new products only when they met her strict standards for quality. “I refuse to sell anything until I know it is absolutely perfect,” says Jessica. In 2011, Lane joined Cocoon Apothecary full time as general manager and became the creative mind behind the 2014 launch of Malechemy, a clean line of products for men. They outgrew their basement and now operate in a 2500 sq ft facility in downtown Kitchener complete with a retail store. Cocoon Apothecary can be found in stores and websites throughout North America.
Well-versed in the art and science behind her work, Jessica has earned a certification in Aromatology with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists and has also studied microbiology and aesthetics. As the former business manager of a national environmental magazine, she is aware of the ecological issues we face, and how inspired business people and activists are making it better every day.