Interview with Salt & Seaweed Apothecary

We’re excited to introduce you to Nicole, the owner behind Salt & Seaweed Apothecary, a luxury eco-friendly skincare brand rooted in nature, based in Lantzville, BC. We hope you enjoy getting to know her and her business a little more!


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What’s your favourite thing about owning a small business?

    • I get to design my life around my business, allowing for family adventures, self-care and taking & teaching classes in my area of expertise. I also love that I have the freedom to engage on a much more personal level with my customers, and offer them an exemplary standard of service that only a small business can provide.

What did you do before you started your business?

    • I’m a holistic Aesthetician, clinical Aromatherapist and a Naturopath with many years in my own family practice. Adding a holistic skincare collection was a natural progression, and the perfect fit.

What’s one thing people might not know about you?

    • I’m Dutch by heritage, born in South Africa, speak 3 languages fluently and have lived in 4 countries over 2 continents. Well, that’s 4 things 🙂

What’s your favourite holiday and why?

    • Christmas, hands down – my family is together, it’s cozy by the fire, I bake cookies for my boys and fruitcake for my dad. I love the Christmas spirit – it’s filled with hope, peace & joy – I get to slow down and just breathe, thankful for another year of memorable events!

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

    • Bora Bora, the Maldives and back to Africa for a Safari.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your business?

    • Moving countries and starting from scratch – finding new suppliers, my “tribe” and my niche customers.

What’s one of your biggest values when it comes to your business?

    • Personal service to my customers. I am determined to go the extra mile to serve them and make their shopping experience with me a dream.

Aside from your business, what’s your biggest passion?

    • The outdoors – from the woods to the mountains to the deep blue sea! There’s something so unique & special about living on our island, the scenery takes my breath away.

If you could road trip anywhere next weekend, where would you go and why?

    • The west coast of our beautiful Vancouver Island – Tofino and Ucluelet, their beaches and forest trails are like another world, it’s the most relaxing, rejuvenating and restful experience always leaving me feeling magically restored.

We loved getting to know Nicole a little more and hope you did too! To check out her full line of holistic skincare products, head to her website.

To learn more about other Canadian business owners, check out our ‘Behind The Biz’ blog series.


  1. Thanks so much for the feature, I love being a part of the Shop Local Canada community!

    1. Thanks so much, Nicole! We love having you as part of the SLC crew as well!

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