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Female Founded Shopping Guide: Our Fave Picks from Vancouver Brands

This International Women's Day, we're sharing some of our favourite products made by local, female-founded companies. Save this guide for treating yourself or giving a thoughtful gift, upgrade your wellness routine, or gifting your bestie. Every product we feature is 100% Team Henrie approved. 

A productive routine

We’ve all read that journaling can help improve self-care routines, but where do you start? Luckily STIL Classics has thought of everything when it comes to being your best, most organized self. Founded by Marissa Grootes, they make annual planners for to organize your year, your day-to-day, and even a pause and reset. Their annual planner has space for you to plan your biggest goals, as well as prompts and sections for vision boarding and checking in with yourself. From your schedule to your finances, fitness to wellness, these planners give you the space to organize every part of your life. We recommend their Get it Done Planner which breaks down goal setting in 90-day chunks — perfect for anyone who gets overwhelmed by annual planning. 
Vancouver female founder gift guide: STIL Classics Lavender planner

We recommend: The Lavender Get it Done Planner by STIL Classics, $38

Chic all-day (and night) comfort

We couldn’t be happier that comfort and fashion have merged in recent years. Vancouver-based fashion brand LEZÉ the Label has done just that: They design chic workwear that "feels like pajamas." Co-founders and Vancouver locals Tanya Lee and Karen Lee were inspired by the desire to wear pajamas in public, but also to look presentable. They recently launched a limited line of sleepwear so you can bring the comfort 24/7. We're also big fans of their sustainable materials and inclusive sizing. 

We recommend: The Aaliyah Sleep Shirt Dress by LEZÉ the Label, $85

Sustainable spa vibes

This candle brand needs no introduction and has been taking North America by storm. Made with toxin free wax and sustainably packaged, Mala the Brand has changed the candle game. Not only smelling better and lasting longer than any other candle brands we've tried, they also plant a tree for every sale. Melody Lim founded the candle brand at her home, and today they're sold across Canada & the US, including major retailers like Nordstrom and Indigo. We recommend the Spa Day candle for an at-home wellness moment. Go ahead and cancel your plans, we won’t blame you for staying home.
Vancouver female founder gift guide: Mala the Brand Spa Day candle
We recommend: The Spa Day Candle by Mala The Brand, $35 

A great night’s sleep

We all want to wake up refreshed, but it’s hard to clock a solid 8 hours these days. New kid on the block Henrie has recently launched with a premium pillow, designed to help you prioritize the ultimate act of self-love: Getting a solid night’s sleep. Henrie is an adjustable pillow, meaning you can change its loft and firmness, making it an easy choice for everyone from side sleepers to back sleepers. Made with environmentally certified memory foam and a fluffy sustainable fibre called kapok, these pillows are good for the planet — not just your neck. 

Vancouver female founder gift guide: Henrie adjustable pillow

We recommend: The Henrie Pillow by Henrie $179 (Standard/Queen) 

Cozy sheets

Your neck may thank you for upgrading your pillow, but your skin will thank you for upgrading your sheets. Made with the most luxurious feeling linens, Flax Home sheets are the pinnacle of bedroom goals. Founder trio Anna Heyd, Oana Papuc, and Vivian McCormick fell in love with linen sheets but couldn't find a high quality option here in Canada. Not only did they bring their own sheets to the Canadian market back in 2018, they now have a local store in Vancouver where you can experience them for yourself. With better sleep on our 2022 mood, investing in bedding is a no-brainer. Elevate the cozy vibes every night — and update your decor while you’re at it. Never getting out of bed again? Neither am I. 

Vancouver female founder gift guide: Flax Home linen sheets

We recommend: The Sheet Set by Flax Home, $320 (Queen) 

A calming bedtime latte 

Even with the best bedroom setup in the world, sometimes you still need a little extra help to calm the mind and fall asleep. Founded by Ella Dalling and Karen Danudjaja, Vancouver brand Blume has become a go-to for healthy latte alternatives. As sleep enthusiasts, our go-to is the Blue Lavender blend. The calming mix of lavender and blue spirulina promotes good sleep and good health at the same time. Sip on this for sleep and sweet dreams. 

Blume lavender latte 

We recommend: The Blue Lavender Blend by Blume, $25 

 

 

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