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Kolya's Timeline

Kolya Naturals is a botanical apothecary, organic spa, and plant-based skincare boutique based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded by Nicola Biggs, it has been a place where those passionate for all things natural could access unique products and services for almost two decades.  Kolya has attracted a team of like-minded individuals who enjoy a common thread in their connection to nature.

As natural skincare junkies and unapologetic purists, we are constantly seeking new, fresh botanical treasures to share. We have always been committed to the wellbeing of our planet, which is why we are thrilled to finally launch our Refill Station in autumn of 2020!

Our Refill Station is the next phase in our path to carbon-neutral living. We believe in positively supporting one another towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle, even if this means small progressive changes towards and eco-friendly lifestyle.  No matter where you are in your personal journey, we are here to be of service.  

Reading this likely means you have some interest in living a more sustainable lifestyle, or wish to learn more about natural wellness. Take a look around and read about Kolya’s own journey from our conception as a skincare boutique to the thriving community it is today. Welcome to our family!

 

Kolya Over the Years, vis a vis Nicola's Personal Timeline

1994

Nicola, Kolya's founder, began her studies in Aromatherapy and Herbalism with Robert & Laurie Szott-Rogers, where her passion for plant medicine was sparked. She started working in a local health food store, which in her opinion, was the greatest job in the world.

1996

After completing her diploma in massage therapy, Nicola began her degree in Anthropology with a focus on cultural medicine at the University of Alberta.

1997

Nicola met her life partner John at Optimum Health Vitamins, whose practice was deeply rooted in nutritional and herbal sciences. Optimum Health soon evolved into their full time family-run business.

1999

Nicola & John were introduced to Dr. Hauschka skincare. It was here that Nicola discovered the world of plant-based beauty, and realized that yes! - it is possible to work with the natural rhythms of one’s skin & body, instead of battling against it. Nicola became enchanted with natural skincare like a new best friend. The love affair continues to this day...

2000

Life took a profound turn (as is always the case when a first child is born) when Nicola & John welcomed their daughter Tia into the world. It was a time to learn how to juggle an argent entrepreneurial life with the depth and beauty of raising a family.

2001

THE CONCEPTION OF KOLYA NATURALS

To better train Optimum Health staff in natural skincare, Nicola took Dr. Hauschka's aesthetic training, where she was taught the intricacies of natural skincare by following nature's rhythms. Inspired by this wholistic approach, she began the plans for one of Edmonton's first organic skincare boutiques & spas.

 

2002

KOLYA NATURALS OPENED ITS DOORS on Whyte Ave.

2004

The family grew once more with the birth of Nicola & John's second child, Sebastian. To better support two children and two growing companies, they decided to amalgamate Kolya Naturals and Optimum Health into the same 109th st. location that they still share today.

2008

Nicola completed her studies in a three-year herbal, aromatherapy & flower essence program, where she dove deeper into the knowledge and practice of "the green world".  She was inspired to expand Kolya’s offerings by specializing in raw botanicals such as organic herbs, essential oils, flower essences, carrier oils, etc. WITH THIS, EARTH'S AROMATIQUE WAS BORN.

2009

EARTH'S AROMATIQUE OPENED. Later referred to as Kolya's Botanical Apothecary, Earth's Aromatique offered all the aforementioned ingredients as well as a learning kitchen to teach the craft of herbal remedies and natural skincare. To this day, the Earth’s Aromatique name remains the unique brand under Kolya Naturals, wherein we provide fresh essential oils, organic botanicals, ingredients, wellness supplements, and more.

2010

Nicola began studying botanical perfumery from Mandy Aftel, one of the world's top botanical perfumers. Nicola then apprenticed under Rosemary Gladstar, charmingly considered "the grandmother of North American Herbalism." Her herbal studies greatly deepened and she was able to extend the practice of herbal medicine to staff and customers alike.

2016

Kolya continued to grow by remaining devoted to the most beautiful and luxurious products nature has to offer.  We served our community, continued to research and bring in new botanicals and skincare lines, and steeped in this pure and organic world. The team also furthered Kolya's passion & quality standards in preparation for the Kolya Naturals online store.

2018

After years of hard work and determination, the ONLINE STORE OPENED! Our team worked tirelessly each day, in addition to their usual tasks, to curate a selection of new specialty items as well as old favourites for our online store. Everything from hand-woven baskets, to creative tools, hand-selected vitamins & supplements, to eco-friendly lifestyle products, our website constantly expanded and evolved (and continues to evolve to this day). 

2020

After two years of research and planning - Kolya's entire team, having always held a deep passion for sustainability and nature, expanded with a REFILL STATION! We provide options to reduce disposable waste and further support a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle for today, tomorrow, and beyond.