Lavender, eucalyptus, vetiver, bergamot and more.
As we make our way into fall and start spending more time indoors, it’s more important than ever to create as relaxing a home environment as possible. Fragrance plays a key role in that, so read on for our roundup of essential oils sourced and bottled right here in Canada that would make a welcome addition to any home this season. In addition to creating a cozy environment, certain scents of essential oils such as lavender are often associated with relieving stress and anxiety, promoting restful sleep and more.
Founded by siblings who grew up in a small seaside community on Vancouver Island, Vitruvi is known for its chic stone diffuser and array of wellness-focused essential oils. Users can choose from fragrances like grapefruit, eucalyptus and bergamot, as well as blends developed for certain targets like quiet, sleep and boost. The brand’s latest limited edition offering—a Home Refresh Kit—contains four scents that promise to make your space feel “light and bright”: fortifying Basil, grassy Citronella, spicy Ginger and invigorating Spearmint.
In addition to a range of sculptural diffusers in soothing neutrals, this Vancouver company offers a series of essential oil blends based on target mood and objective: Pick-Me-Up, Happy Home, Good Health, Sweet Dreams and more. Their individual fragrances include scents like frankincense, patchouli, cinnamon and peppermint.
This Toronto-based candle company recently launched a range of all-natural essential oils inspired by a coast-to-coast journey across North America. Drawing from nature’s purest botanical offerings, they created “essential oil blends that soothe, rejuvenate, and renew.” Fragrance options include Nord, which contains essential oils of balsam fir, black spruce, cedar leaf, pine needle and fennel; Este, which is chamomile, grapefruit, lavender, patchouli and petitgrain; and Este, with bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, rosemary and vetiver. The brand also offers a pebble diffuser made with bisque-fired stoneware, on to which 5-10 drops of the oil can be added.
Rocky Mountain Co.
This Canmore, AB-based company’s focus is handcrafting 100% natural products made with simple ingredients. Their essential oil collection contains blends like Deep Sleep, a warm aroma of sandalwood mixed with floral notes of French lavender and ylang-ylang, and Vitality, a mix of cardamom, coriander, black pepper, rosemary and peppermint.
Natural brand Woodlot offers unique blends like Cinder (vetiver, sweet orange and cinnamon essential oils), Wildwoods (fir, balsam, and clove essential oils) and Flora (lavender, cedar, bergamot and patchouli). In addition, the Vancouver-based brand offers pre-packaged sets such as the Enlightened Yogi Wellness Bundle, Amour Essential Oil Trio and Rest & Recovery Wellness Bundle.
Fern & Petal
This BC company prides itself on its 100% clean products, with zero synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives. Its vast collection of essential oils includes ginger, lemongrass, neroli, geranium, vetiver and more. Bonus: with every purchase, they donate $1 to plant a tree in Canada.
La Maison Simons
In addition to carrying other brands, Quebec retailer Simons also sells its own in-house range of essential oil blends, which includes Refreshing Breeze (sweet almond, bergamot, peppermint, grape seed, eucalyptus and orange essential oils), Northern Forest (cypress essential oil) and classic scents like lavender and grapefruit.
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