Maison Apothecare is an outward expression of everything that is important to Founder, Formulator & President Natacha Rey: family, creativity, honesty, loyalty, and the planet.
Born in France and raised on an organic farm in Ontario, Natacha Rey spent her childhood making potions and lotions for her loved ones — using the ingredients she collected from nature. As an adult, she pursued this passion and studied homeopathic medicine at the Australian College of Natural Medicine where she earned a Bachelor of Health Science.
Natacha’s early career focused on formulating bespoke skincare products. With the birth of her first child in 2010, her creative energy materialized as Sleepy Owl Baby Care, one of Maison Apothecare’s popular product lines.
Today, Natacha continues to formulate new products (including Lemon Aide Surface Cleaner) for the whole family as she leads Maison Apothecare along the sometimes-bumpy road of business.
Maison Apothecare took a major hit during the pandemic and Natacha was forced to permanently close two of her three locations — Niagara-on-the-Lake and Bloor West Village. But the company has moved into a new location in Oakville’s Kerr Village, allowing Natacha to share her products in an environment that offers better distance, incredible natural light, and more.
What inspired you to found Maison Apothecare (and later on, Lemon Aide Cleaning)?
Growing up I always had sensitive skin, I reacted to regular off the shelf products so my mom would often use basic ingredients from our pantry such as olive oil or yogurt. I loved mixing and blending natural ingredients with her which always felt so soothing. My experience as a child ignited a passion for chemistry using natural ingredients which I eventually studied. After having my daughter, who began having bouts of eczema, I became determined to produce the highest quality, most effective, genuinely natural products for families. My product line began with Sleepy Owl then Maison Apothecare and finally Lemon Aide Cleaning. I love creating products, inspired by my loved ones, and enjoy every aspect of the process from research to formulation to packaging design. Most of all I am so honoured to be helping people from all walks of life with my products that heal, soothe and comfort.
What inspired the name ‘Lemon Aide’?
Lemon Aide was actually the name of my Grade 5 science project where I created electricity with using lemons and copper. The name stuck with me when I created a cleaning product using real lemons and I liked the word “Aide” since our line helps families and the planet.
What are your three most popular products?
Lemon Surface Cleaner, Maison Apothecare’s Healing Oil and Maison Apothecare’s Hand Sanitizer
What made you decide to open your store in Downtown Oakville?
Our company head office and warehouse has been in Oakville for 5 years but few locals knew about us. We really wanted to have more of a presence in the downtown so we could connect with the people of Oakville and support our community with high quality, genuinely natural cleaning and skincare products.