8 Artisan Apothecaries Grown in Portland
Farmers market veggies and pinot noir aren’t the only things that grow around here! A handful of wellness-minded apothecary and skincare lines are using local botanicals, essential oils, and plant-based ingredients to offer artful alternatives to chemical-laden room sprays, body products, bug repellents, household cleaners, and hand sanitizers. Here, we explore eight local lines blooming in the Portland area.
Vicki Seabrook: Bar Wonder Herbal Deodorant
The Story: Bodywork expert and perfume enthusiast Vicki Seabrook never meant to be a maker of all-natural deodorant: “I got into this quite by accident—I have always loved creating but especially found great satisfaction in formulating healing products for fun. I tried my hand at making custom products for people who had common ailments such as headaches, muscle pain, cramps, eczema—some worked and some didn’t.” Then she found an old family recipe for a solid lotion bar, and tinkered with the recipe to create a natural deodorant for her husband. “I thought if it works for a man like him, it has to work, right? I tested it in the warmest weather, right before a workout…the reception was really enthusiastic and Bar Wonder Natural Deodorant was born.”
Our Pick: Bar Wonder #1, a great unisex scent powered by rosemary extract and a blend of woodsy essential oils. Stick-fighting ingredients include cornstarch, shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and probiotics.