New Boutique: Giving Gifts & Company

Giving Gifts & Company by Ayala Moriel
Giving Gifts & Company, a photo by Ayala Moriel on Flickr.
This week I've joined the co-op of artisans at Giving Gifts & Company (4750 Main Street @ 30th Avenue) started about a year ago as a pop-up-shop, and is now a co-op of local artisans, and sustainable products that give back to make the world a better place. It was founded by Lisa Pozin, who is passionate about giving back to the community by providing alternative, eco-friendly, fair-trade products that often donate a considerable portion of their profit (if not all) to charity (i.e.: Peace Bomb bracelets proceeds go to clearing bombs from Laos' lands; and Giving Keys is made by and therefore supports homeless people in Los Angeles; Lisa makes further donations from many of the products she sells to charities to build schools and programs for street kids in Kenya and Uganda). 

Giving Gifts is a remarkable space, with 5 showrooms as diverse as the people of this city. You'll find anything from yoga attire and trendy clothes for men and women to kitchenware, jewellery, children's accessories, toys and books, reusable snack bags, and fair-trade home-ware to vintage clothing, locally made teas, chocolates, Eco-friendly makeup, and now also natural perfumes, candles and body care products by Ayala Moriel Parfums.

Being a co-op, means that the artisans and  business owners are also the sale associates at the store. We take turn manning the place, and take pride in what we do and glad that we can support each other by sharing this space and the responsibilities of running it.

Whenever I am at the shop, I will be happy to give free fragrance consultations to help you find the perfect scent for you, and the perfect gift for someone special in your life that deserves to smell good! It is also an additional spot in the city where you could pick up products you've purchased online (rather than make a studio appointment). It is the only store in Vancouver that has the wide range of products I create - perfumes, body & hair oils, soaps, candles, chocolates and teas.
 Ayala @ Giving Gifts & Co. by Ayala Moriel
Come visit me here this Tuesday - it will be my first shift, from 11am-3pm.

Curated for Nicole Bridger

Trio for Nicole Bridger by Ayala Moriel
Trio for Nicole Bridger, a photo by Ayala Moriel on Flickr.

Nicole Bridger is a local and sustainable fashion designer. Nicole designs are fluid, using luxurious organic and sustainable fabrics and creating very livable garments that go beyond seasons and trends. Each piece can take you from daytime to evening with ease and elegance.

Her boutique on 4th avenue is the newest retailer that carries Ayala Moriel Parfums!
I've curated this collection of 3 pure natural perfume oils for her unique Eco and health concious yet fashion-driven clientele.

This trio is designed to accompany you throughout an action-packed day with grace and subtlety:

Bon Zai will gently wrap your aura in morning walks along Kits beach to relaxing afternoon yoga.

Moon Breath will enhance your awareness as you navigate through your work day; while creating a soft, sensual aura that will surround you with warmth through evening time.

Palas Atena is for the bold woman who knows what she wants at work and in love; and will wrap you with an assuring feeling of confidence and natural glamour.

Each 5ml parfum oil is $65 and will last on the shelf for several years (if you wear it lavishly on a daily basis, it will take you under its wing for at least 6 months). Wear it on pulse points (wrists, behind ears, nape of the neck for a subtle presence; and if you want to create a larger aura of scent - also the bend of your elbow, behind your knees and between the breasts).

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