Sassafras is an apothecary studio offering carefully crafted, handmade self-care products – skincare, soaps, seasonal body oils, herbal balms and aromatherapy using botanical ingredients that are organic, wildcrafted or locally sourced. We are formally trained in aromatherapy and are constantly exploring different forms of plant medicine. We choose our ingredients thoughtfully: they must be natural and nourishing, gentle yet effective, and provide a restorative experience to both self and spirit. Our formulations are both simple and luxurious, because to us, that’s how it should feel to take care of oneself.

We try to tread carefully on the earth. We avoid plastic in our packaging, instead choosing to invest in glass or metal containers that can be reused or recycled easily. Making informed and empowered choices is important to us as well and for that reason, we offer regular DIY workshops (sometimes for free!). And well, making things is fun.

Apart from being a lovely word, Sassafras is a tree native to the Carolinian forest of North America, with the largest Canadian cluster being found in Hamilton, Ontario, a place we call home. It’s a beautiful tree with wacky leaves and a rich history. To us, it symbolizes the kindness this city has shown and the relationships we have built here along the way. These are important experiences that we want to always remember and carry with us. Furthermore, it serves as a reminder to always honour the ingredient.

Our products can currently be purchased from our Etsy store and at Canoe on Locke St.