Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Yellow Yarrow Apothecary
While our holiday experience this year might look like a chapter out of a dystopian novel, we can all fi nd common ground in our venture to make this year’s holiday season as normal as possible. Still, our heart’s genuine desire to practice the love language of gift-giving remains unaffected by these tumultuous times. As we search for the perfect item for that perfect someone, we want to do so safely and invest our precious coin into people—not corporations. Here are seven local creatives and their products that say “I didn’t forget you amid the chaos” in a perfectly handmade way.
There’s no question that this year has put more strain on our bodies than most others, making self-care practices more important than ever. With seasonal stress looming over us, we seek refuge in taking time for ourselves and in products that aid in relaxation, such as those offered by Yellow Yarrow Apothecary. Founded in 2017, Yellow Yarrow offers its patrons homegrown and handmade products that focus on relief and relaxation. Some include sublingual and edible CBD, soaking salts, massage oils and pain relief roll-ons. ”I really love creating an added value to someone’s life, whether that being relaxation, pain relief, happiness, soul soothing or just a betterment of self care and enjoyment,” says owner Erica Bruin.
Surprisingly, relaxation can prove to be challenging. Between knowing the quality of the product you are investing in and knowing that the ingredients are ethically sourced, the venture to find the right massage oil or soaking salts can end up feeling like an endless pit of research. “During the summer, I love organically growing and collecting my own herbs to add to my products. I create pretty much everything from scratch,” says Bruin. Whether you take home Yellow Yarrow’s botanical-infused oils or their herbal first aid kit, you know that each purchase comes guilt-free. “For plant distillation, I donate or exchange with other local efforts, such as Wasatch Community Gardens, for fresh lavender and other organically grown herbs,” she says. With products that interact with our skin, it’s important to know that they are safely tested. “I carefully quality test [and] select earth-safe packaging,” says Bruin.
In short, Yellow Yarrow offers options for all types and preferences. “I provide gifts for the sporty outdoorsy type, the frequent bath taker, the person needing some stress relief, your friend that enjoys meditation, your grandma that’s in pain and tons of stocking stuffer options!” says Bruin. Visit their website or their Instagram @yellowyarrowapothecary to learn more. –Bianca Velasquez