Communion Botanicals

Communion Botanicals wants to create a world where our daily habits become nourishing rituals… where beauty is characterized by self-care rather than by outward appearance… and where ingredients used in skincare are pure, non-toxic, trustworthy, and don’t jeopardize the health of our environment.
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Where are you located?

Nelson, BC

Delicate and beautiful yarrow, grown right here in Nelson, BC. Photo cred. Bree Prosser

What do you make?

Communion Botanicals creates botanical body care products with the purest ingredients available. All products are formulated with a deep appreciation for the simple daily rituals that help to nourish us.

Unveil Facial Polish… A concentrated facial exfoliant with purifying clay and rejuvenating fennel to lift away dead skin cells and refine pores. This brightens your complexion and leaves your skin renewed and revitalized! Photo cred. Bree Prosser

How would you describe your company?

We are committed to accessing organically grown and/or ethically wild harvested or cultivated herbs. We find the highest quality raw botanical ingredients. And we source them as locally as possible through small suppliers and independent growers.

All Communion Botanicals products are produced in small batches with a strong commitment to environmentally responsible packaging and ethically sourced ingredients (organic/sustainable/fair-trade). We support a new vision for modern beauty that’s based on self-care… instead of encouraging unattainable standards of beauty. Unlike other skincare companies, we have a strong connection to the plants we use in our formulas; we make our own botanical extracts from raw herbs as a way of ensuring product purity and potency.

“We support a new vision for modern beauty that’s based on self-care… instead of encouraging unattainable standards of beauty.” Photo cred. Bree Prosser

How long have you been in business?

Communion Botanicals began in the Spring of 2015. After nearly two years perfecting formulas and sourcing the absolute purest ingredients possible, our first collection, RITUAL, was launched in December 2016.

Precious neroli and rose blossoms are highly cherished for their gentle and calming effects on both the skin and the mood. Photo cred. Bree Prosser

What motivated you to start?

With nearly a decade of experience in the organic spa and natural skincare industry, I spent a long time researching the ingredients in ‘natural’ skincare products. While there are truly honest companies who hold themselves to a standard of purity, I noticed an ongoing trend of greenwashing with some companies claiming to value environmentally friendly and healthy body care ingredients. I observed real inconsistencies with what companies were saying and what was actually in their products. Whether we put products on our bodies or into our waterways, eventually we are left to deal with the consequences.

“Unlike other skincare companies, we have a strong connection to the plants we use in our formulas; we make our own botanical extracts from raw herbs as a way of ensuring product purity and potency” Photo cred. Bree Prosser

I created Communion Botanicals because I wanted to see a line that people could trust… skincare products without harmful hidden ingredients… products that were as close to nature as possible… products that don’t use endangered or at-risk plant species (as some other “natural” skincare companies do). The natural skincare market has been quickly expanding and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with making healthy choices for ourselves and the earth. That’s what motivated me to build this company.

Well, it sounds like Communion Botanicals is a healthy choice for my skin, the environment, AND our local community!

What are some of your greatest joys?

I love watching people become empowered about their wellness, learning to make decisions that help them live a more enriching life. For me, a lot of fulfillment comes from a connection to the natural world, which is where the name, Communion Botanicals, came from.

Anointing oneself with plant oils and drinking herbal teas is such a practical, yet powerful way, of communing with nature.

Photo cred. Bree Prosser

What are some of your greatest challenges?

Keeping my product line a reasonable size!

Functionality is incredibly important. In a world where we have so much ‘stuff’, I’m trying to keep the product line to a reasonable size. But sometimes, my passion for working with plant ingredients takes over!

When you can’t stop touching your own skin… Photo cred. Bree Prosser

Our first collection was meant to be just 5 products, and that quickly grew to 15! Now that was mostly because of the demand, but also because I felt inspired to keep creating products with practical uses.

What is your vision for your company?

It’s simple… to provide clean skincare as a way of encouraging daily self care rituals.

Why is local purchasing important to you?

Again, the concept is quite simple… It’s more environmentally responsible and it builds community resiliency.

Nourish your worthy soul… “Drinking herbal teas is such a practical yet powerful way of communing with nature.” Photo cred. Bree Prosser

If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members/customers, what would it be?

Support local!

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