Hello friends and welcome to another “Brands I Love”! I’m talking all about the absolutely magical skincare brand and retailer Essential Apothecary Alchemist.
I was lucky enough to stop in to the apothecary and spend a lovely afternoon with Kate Poole, the founder and creator behind Essential Apothecary Alchemist. Essential Apothecary Alchemist products are made with plant-based ingredients, the majority of which are organically sourced. All batches are handmade and feature essential oils targeted toward nourishing the skin. One of my favorite features is the prominence of hydrosols. These plant-infused hydrosols replace the typical waters that you might see in conventional beauty products, and add an extra dose of healing ingredients. You can read more about hydrosols on the Essential Apothecary Alchemist’s blog.
Kate and her daughter Jessie are well-known in the Seattle community, not only from Essential Apothecary Alchemist but also for their beautiful store E. Smith Mercantile.
The dreamy store features clean beauty products by brands like Sundays and Ritual de Fille.
What I love about the Essential Apothecary Alchemist line of products is that they follow the idea of making your own alchemy. They can all be mixed and matched depending on your skin type and needs. The Hydrate mist and Nectar serum, for example, can be mixed in the Radiance facial scrub to add a little extra oomph. I especially love mixing the Nectar serum with the Lush moisturizer for another layer of hydration.
One of the most special finds is what Kate calls her ‘5 Elements Blends’, essential oil jojoba blends based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These blends are designed for the seasonal changes that our bodies go through during the year. After Kate walked me through the line, I was immediately drawn to the grounding Winter blend.
Another beautiful element to Essential Apothecary Alchemist is their collaboration with Seattle-based artist Olivia Knapp, whose intricate pen-and-ink logo is seen above. Her minimalist yet traditional designs offer a unique visual seen throughout the entire Essential Apothecary Alchemist line. I highly recommend you check her out if you’re interested in visual arts.
So what’s next for Essential Apothecary Alchemist? Kate hinted at a Baby Alchemy Company and an expansion into Northern Idaho to grow all the botanicals sourced for Essential Apothecary Alchemist products. I can’t wait to see what Kate’s brilliant mind comes up with next.
If you’re interested in learning more about Essential Apothecary Alchemist, you can check out their website and fantastic blog here. While the Seattle workshop is no longer open, for those in the Seattle area you can call Kate directly at 206-919-2983 for special times to visit. You can shop the Essential Apothecary Alchemist collection online or through a number of green beauty retailers. As always, I encourage you to shop local and support brands directly when you can!
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