New Trillium products now available at the Kootenay Coop

So this week Trillium has brand new products at the Kootenay Coop store!

295-Baker St Nelson BC

These are not yet available online so go check out the new product line at the Kootenay Coop this week is Wellness Week they have some amazing discounts going on!

Thank you to Will of Willoid Art & Design for his help in creating the new label designs!

June 05, 2015 by Adele Wasylyk

Beauty: More than skin deep


We’ve all heard the saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but how often has anyone stopped to think of what that actually means.

As People Magazine announced that the well-spoken and extremely talented (not to mention beautiful) Lupita Nyong’o, winner of Best Actress at the Oscars for 12-years of Slave, would be “crowned” the cover girl for their “Most Beautiful Person” issue, it also came out that Lupita would not only be the third black woman to ever grace the cover, but also the first dark-skinned woman. This is significant for Lupita herself because she has said she spent much of her childhood being ashamed of the colour of her skin. And the media hasn’t helped this my digitally editing photos to lighten people’s skin, and also add studio lighting for the same effect.

It is wonderful to see Lupita on the cover, proud and confident, but it still makes me wonder why we still put so much emphasis on beauty. We know People does it to sell magazines, but true beauty, like in Lupita’s case goes way beyond skin deep.

Beauty fades, it is a superficial part of someone’s identity that doesn’t do much to describe who they are. Like, did you know that Lupita is a documentary film director and producer? Has a masters from the Yale School of Drama? Directed a music video that was nominated for the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards?

All that says a lot more about a person than “beautiful.”

Magazines and the media have long been held to blame for creating these images that young people believe they are supposed to achieve. It doesn’t help that they celebrate looks over things like charity, humour and intelligence. What if next year People introduced an “Innovator of the Year” cover? Or, “Most Inspiring Writer”?

The true gifts we offer to the world, the path we take to make our communities better in some little way often go unrecognized and unappreciated. Sometimes it seems like to get noticed, compromises have to be made, but it should be that way? Women shouldn’t have to feed into the “sex sells” idea to get her ideas out. And media should dumb down content to appeal to the stereotypes that men are only interested in breasts, sports and beer.

Lupita should be celebrated, but not just for the beauty the camera captures, but for the beauty we all possess in one way or another, in our souls and personalities.

You are what you eat, and wear


Cleanses, juicing, the Paleo diet, super foods, chia seeds, it’s enough to make your head spin. How can anyone keep up with all the ebbs and flows of what is new and healthy? It seems like every week there is a new article or celebrity telling us about a new food we should be eating to stay healthy, or a different way to consume it. But how often do we think of the affects of what we put on our bodies? Just like how the foods we eat can impact how our skin looks, the same goes for what we put on our skin.

Just like with what we eat, it only makes sense to indulge. Trying to give up the foods we love is often a waste of time, because we’ll end up caving eventually. Once in a while, why not have a delicious gin and tonic, or pizza. But when I indulge, I try to do it with ingredients I know come from a good source, local distilled gin from Victoria Spirits, or lovely organic tomatoes in my pizza sauce, and the same applies to how we should treat our skin.

The funny thing about what we use in our soaps, creams and lip balms, is they are used in a lot of food products, and have beneficial qualities for our skin.

At this point everyone has olive oil on their counter top and uses it for everything from sautéing vegetables to salad dressings, and marinades, but it is also a popular ingredient in products like soaps and creams because of it’s moisturizing qualities, and replenishes and protects the skins moisture barrier.

For people with sensitive skin, what is in their soap and creams is important to consider. Like with olive oil, there are other natural products you can find in your kitchen cupboards even plain, old oatmeal. Now I’m not saying to plunge head first into your morning bowl of oatmeal, but products that use it provide a gentle exfoliant, and is a multi-purpose skin care aid to relieve dryness.

Even though we all look for soaps and creams that have positive affects on our skin, we also pick them for their fragrances. But we can pick products that are made with essential oils that give them a great smell, and have benefits.


Sweet orange smells down right delicious, but it is also a great addition to bath products because of its acid content which helps gently dissolve grease and dirt build-up. It can also be beneficial for soothing dry irritated skin.

If you’re not into those citrusy smells, there are benefits in other essential oils that have more of a rich, woody, earthy scent, like Sandalwood, and some people think it has some aphrodisiac qualities. Sandalwood has long been used for dry skin irritations, itching and sensitivity.

The unknowns we find on the labels of what’s in our bathroom cabinets has led many people to look for some of the ingredients I’ve mentioned because of their tried and tested benefits, and because many of the ingredients we cook with are good for our skin, there are tons of recipes for face masks, scrubs and even DIY lip balms.


If you feel adventurous, try this recipe from Whole Living for DIY Oatmeal-Lavender Face Scrub:

1 cup ground oatmeal

½ cup dry lavender flowers

½ cup powdered milk (either whole or nonfat)

2 tsp cornmeal

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, massage into damp skin, rinse with warm water. (Scrub will keep for six months.)

WAG helps Whistler animals in need and now animal lovers are giving back



The sky above Whistler was lit up with firecrackers as people celebrated Halloween 2012, but at Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), Whistler Animal Shelter, Shannon Broderick experienced one of the worst nights of her entire life.

Following the Whistler sled dog killings in April 2010, post Winter Olympics, WAG was involved in the adoption and rehabilitation of sled dogs that had survived the slaughter/massacre.

“You could tell that just the sound of firecrackers was traumatizing for those dogs, more so than the average dog,” says Broderick. “The sled dogs obviously watched their friends be killed, so it was really difficult that particular night.” 

In 2012 WAG started working with the Whistler Sled Dog Company to start downsizing their kennel. They re-homed a total of 57 dogs between 2012 and 2013.

But while they found new homes for many dogs, they also worked with at least 100 to help them get used to life outside of the kennel.



“This meant learning the basics like walking on a leash, and to go to the washroom away from where they slept and ate,” says Broderick.

While Broderick says she doesn’t find sled dogs to be different than the average dog, she says they are unique because they had learned habits at the kennel that were against their animal instincts.

In addition to playing a important role in the future of many sled dogs, WAG has been active for 31 years as an animal shelter for many dogs and cats in Whistler, and continues to help find happy homes for animals.

But because of limited resources, and the impacts of the work they did with the sled dogs, WAG is often at capacity and in need of donations from the community.

“We have been given very little recognition for our work with the sled dogs,” says Broderick. “We didn’t receive any compensation from the company, so financially it was very difficult. We didn’t budget to take in as many as we did, and in the end the company didn’t contribute anything towards their care.”



The dedication to the welfare of animals in need in Whistler has captured the hearts of many animal lovers including husky owner and Victoria, B.C. resident, Tobias Lawrence, who with the help of Tim Schauerte, Victoria, B.C., contractor, will be delivering dog houses built by Schauerte along with public donations to WAG at the end of April.

Broderick says the shelter is currently in need of 6-foot leashes, toys such as congs and enrichment puzzles, yoga mats, blankets, and gastro food for dogs and cats with sensitive stomachs.

To donate items to WAG and fill the van contact Lawrence by phone 250-477-0224 or email at by April 30, 2014.




Taking time


Sun creeps through the gaps in the curtains and I can feel them dance across my face, and I’m awoken to the exciting thought that it’s another new day. Morning is one of those magical parts of a day. It sets the scene for many of the events and moments that form our day. Excited puppy paws dance across the floor, as Haiku and Lulu know it’s time for them to start their morning too.

As they, and I, breathe the first breaths of morning air, I take it all in. The glowing green leaves as the sun touches them, and the blooms of new flowers waiting to burst. It’s so easy to get carried away in the work and tasks of the day, and to get distracted by the beauty, excitement and opportunities around us. We get caught up in emails, text messages, meetings and phone calls, and forget all the little things that create the magic in our day and keep us close to ourselves.

Weekends have become synonymous with rest, relaxation and renewal. They give us that time to breath deep and take time away from the chaos the week can bring.

As the day pulls me in different ways, I always try to step back and find the joy and happiness around me. Don’t get me wrong, it can be a challenge to fight back against the hamster wheel of life, but it’s the little things that bring me out of the constant movement, like the smiling faces of my dogs.

As the days of the week pass, these are a few of the little things I try to squeeze in to create a little me-time in another busy week:

  • While you’re rushing through the grocery store picking up lunch snacks, dinner ingredients and dog food, pick up those beautiful, bright tulips. Take the time to create that spot in the kitchen or dining room that brings light and makes you smile.
  • The smell of your house can change everything, like the comfort of bread baking, or fresh lavender. Lighting a beautifully scented candle not only creates beautiful soft lighting which helps calm and relax after a long day of meetings, but the smell can transport you away to a beautiful chair on a deck, with a glass of wine in your hand, over looking a lavender field slowly bowing in the wind.


  • A day at the spa is on pretty much everyone’s list of ‘best ways to relax,’ but it’s not always easy to fit in to the schedule. But after the sun has set, and a quiet has come over the house, apply spa rules to your house, and close the laptop and turn off the iPhone. While you’re turning off your electronics try lighting some candles and turn off those lights. Find some of your favourite music (I’m a sucker for Motown classics or even some smooth miles Miles Davis,) and run a hot bath. I’ve gotten into the habit of having a few of those special bath products on hand for those relaxation evenings. Having those scents or products make that hour (or two) even more special.

When it comes down to it, just don’t forget you when you’re busy doing things for everything else. All it takes is doing the little things that make you happy, dancing in the kitchen, that special latte in the afternoon, or painting your nails.

And most importantly Monday is almost over, which means tomorrow is a new day full of new adventures.
April 14, 2014 by Tobias Lawrence

A Lavender Love Story ~


Corky started to grow lavender 9 or 10 years ago. I gave him seed from my plants that I had in my Nelson garden. This is when we were (in Corky's words) romancing. He wanted to grow plants that could pretty much take care of themselves while he was away at work, and I told him that lavender might be one such plant. He germinated the seeds, potted them up, grew them on, and then planted them out.

That first bunch of plants, approximately 125, was a joy to behold once they were in the ground, grew up and produced a summer show that was enjoyed greatly, and continues to be enjoyed. Since then we have planted at least 500 more plants, some propagated from the "mother plants", others purchased from another lavender grower in the valley who was thinking about not growing lavender any more.

We bought up most of his stock, and planted them, not in an orderly row-by-row in-one-field fashion, but rather as borders to other crops. Those 500 plants now surround our blueberry fields, our kitchen garden and grace the nursery gardens. This is the time of year when all of these plants really put on a great show, and in addition to that they provide our honey bees with a wack of nectar and that flavours our honey...lavender honey!

We are in the process of harvesting our lavender which we will take to Jules Delaney to distill. The end result is lavender oil, and lavender hydrosol which is the by product. This byproduct has endless uses...we feed it to the honey bees in the spring when they are waiting for the pollen and nectar that comes with flowering trees, shrubs, dandelions, and anything else that provides them with their food. We feed it to them in the fall, when the nectar and pollen are limited, and they have to get ready for the long winter ahead.

I use the lavender hydrosol in our home, in the bath, on the linens, on my smells great, is refreshing, relaxes, cools and more. We also dry lavender for personal culinary use, and for sachets. Each year I take fresh cut lavender to the Kootenay Coop for 2 - 3 weeks before it has fully blossomed. All in all the we love the stuff.

The main variety we grow is an English lavender - Lavandula angustifolia. However,I cannot say for sure if it is pure because of cross pollination that may have occurred along the way, effecting the seeds, and the volunteers that show up in the gardens. What I do know is that the fragrance of the oil, hydrosol, dried lavender, and of course, the honey is marvelous.

When we were harvesting today we took note of the different colours of the blossoms which ran from dark purple to mauve, to almost white. With that colour change also came a fragrance difference.

We are about 3km north of the Winlaw bridge on Slocan River Road. Against the Wind Nursery & Gardens has a website with all the info and a map. The nursery is open for business mid april - mid-July, and from mid July through August open by chance or by appointment. After mid-july our focus shifts to food crops, and harvesting.

If anyone is interested in visiting a lavender farm it is best to do so in July and before harvest. We just visited the Lavender Farm in Kelowna last week and it was teeming with people...both to see the lavender in blossom and to buy lavender products.

It is fun to come to our nursery and gardens and farm...and you, my dear are invited!


- Helen


August 23, 2012 by Tobias Lawrence