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Mar 062019

CHFA Expo West 2019

In February the gang from BioResource and Carlson Labs travelled to the wintery west in Vancouver, BC. Throughout the week we had the pleasure of meeting and seeing many of our favourite faces in the industry that we don’t often get to see.

On Friday we set up shop at the CHFA Expo West Show, and had the opportunity to see more familiar and fresh new faces over the weekend. To say it was a huge success would be an understatement!

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Thank you to everyone who dropped by our Booth to say “Hi” or to place an order. We wouldn’t be here without you! Thanks for the continued support!

Cheers to another year!

Feb 072017

28 Days of …

February is a month dedicated to sharing and caring. Across the nation hundreds of thousands of people celebrate and share their love for one another on February 14th, reminiscing in love at first sight, and all of the memories that have brought them to where they are in their relationship today. But the love doesn’t stop there, in many provinces and territories, families across Canada take the second or third Monday of the month to dedicate it to sharing the day with their Family. Cherishing moments and making memories to revisit for years to come.

You see, to some February can be a very dark and gloomy month. The very midst of the winter, consisting of short, cold, grey winter days and long, dark winter nights. This is the time of year when many people fall into the darkness of depression or experience what is known as S.A.D. What many of us forget is the love that is shared throughout this month. We all know how hard it can be to get out of that slum. We’ve recovered from the Christmas Holidays and the excitement of the New Years Celebrations, we’re deep in our New Years Resolutions, possibly at the stage where we want to keep pushing but it is seems like there is no hope.

It’s time to SNAP out of it!
Yes, YOU! You can do it! Get outside or get up inside and move! Studies have shown that exercise can promote the release of endorphins in our bodies which can affect our mood. And remember your Vitamin D. If I had a penny for every time I have seen Vitamin D information at the store, in my emails, on my newsfeed – even on Google.
Vitamin D in Drops,
Vitamin D in Soft Gels,
Vitamin D in Powders,
Vitamin D from the Sun,
Vitamin D from Food,
Vitamin D! Vitamin D! Vitamin D!

“Vitamin D is not primarily found in food, like many other vitamins, but typically absorbed by humans through the sun’s UV rays or from dietary supplements. It’s crucial to maintain sufficient vitamin D intake for a number of reasons; they include healthy bone growth, heart health and potentially even mental well-being, though vitamin D’s impact on mental health is still being studied and currently inconclusive.”

So remember, February is not meant to be a dark and gloomy month. It’s not time to rush into Spring yet, it’s time to embrace the month. The days are getting long so embrace the love and moments shared throughout the month. On February 14th tell the person(s) you care about how much you care about them and why. Spoil them, or spoil yourself. Remember, you are as important as anyone else on the planet. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to about someone else, it’s about love, sharing and embracing Love. Don’t forget Family Day is right around the corner, too. This is another excuse to get out and do something you love to do with family and friends. It’s another day to share with those that you care about. Go skiing, tobogganing, hiking. Or if being outdoors isn’t for your niche, play some board games, get creative with arts and crafts.
Get off your phone, tablet, computer and enjoy your surroundings, including the individuals included in those surroundings.

February is Heart Month. A full 28 days to share your heart and care for your heart.


Oct 282016

Halloween Treats!

Dressing up and going door-to-door with friends exciting, but let’s face it – if you’re a kid, Halloween is about CANDY!

This year it doesn’t have to be.

Looking for big box, sugar filled alternatives? We’re sure the below recipes will satisfy that sweet tooth…7a1abd03719c39040c4b9b05bda3a335

Banana Ghosts
6-12 bananas (each banana makes 2 ghosts)
Mini Chocolate Chips
Nut Butter of your choice (optional)
Popsicle Sticks
Peel the bananas and cut in half (width wise) The tapered end will be the top of the “ghost”. Use two mini chocolate chips to make eyes by pressing the pointed end into the banana, you can use the nut butter or the chocolate chips for the mouth. If the chocolate chips just won’t stick use your choice of nut butter as the “glue”. Push the Popsicle stick into the bottom (flat / cut) end of the banana. Voila!


Tangerine Pumpkins

  • Tangerines (mandarin oranges or clementines, seedless)
  • Celery stalks and leaves
  • Orange peeler
  1. Peel tangerines (oranges) keeping tangerines in tact.
  2. Wash, dry and slice celery
  3. Cut 1-2 inch narrow pieces from the tops of the celery and insert into the peeled tangerines
  4. Cut leaves from the celery tops and arrange to look like pumpkin leaves.

Grapefruit Jack-O-Lanterns with Fruit Salad

3 large apples (at least one granny smith)
2 medium oranges
2 large lemons, juiced
1 cup of grapefruit chunks
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 – 3/4 cup pistachios
1  Tbsp craisins
2 Tbsp golden raisins
1. Using a serrated knife, cut out a top and scoop the insides out of the Grapefruit. Save the top and as big of chunks as you can.
2. With a small pairing knife, carve out a jack-o-lantern face.
grapefruitjackolanterns23. Fill it with Fall Harvest Salad – ingredients from above(adapted from here):
3 large apples (at least one granny smith)
2 medium oranges
2 large lemons, juiced
1 cup of grapefruit chunks
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup/Liquid Syrup of Choice
1 Tbsp honey/sweetener of choice
1/2 – 3/4 cup pistachios
2 Tbsp golden raisins

Apple Monsters

  • 2 green apples, each quartered
  • JEM Hazelnut Spread
  • Cacao nibs
  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1-2  per apple bite
  1. Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth.
  2. Coat the inside of the cut gap with Hazelnut Spread.
  3. Place 4 cacao nibs on the top of the “mouth” for the teeth.
  4. Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
  5. “Glue” each Cacao Nibs above the mouth with a dab of JEM Spread to stick.
  6. ENJOY!

Spooky green apple monsters for Halloween party

Oct 072016

NHP’s Are Not Drugs


Health Canada is proposing changes the existing Natural Health Product Regulations, which seem to be based on a single public opinion poll and six weeks of consultation taking place right now. The proposed changes could impact how NHPs are approved, the cost and number of products available for sale in Canada, and may not respect the cultural and traditional uses of these products. Find out more and what you can do to help here:
Save Our Supplements
How do you know your supplements are safe?
When you walk into your local health food store, you can find all kinds of safe, effective and high-quality supplements, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal products and traditional medicines. All these products make up the category of natural health products (NHPs) that you and 77 per cent of Canadians use for the maintenance of good health.
These NHPs could include vitamin C to reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Or a probiotic to keep your immune system primed and ready to combat those winter bugs. Or vitamin D, since there are few natural dietary sources and because supplementing with vitamin D is almost universally recommended, particularly for those in greatest need, such as infants and the elderly.
Whatever NHPs you choose, it is important to know Canada is a global leader in the regulation of these products. The Canadian approach to regulation is often referred to as a “pre-approval” system, which means that all NHPs must be licensed by Health Canada before they are allowed to be legally sold to Canadians.
How do you know your supplements are going to work?
Currently, when you buy an NHP at your local health food store, you can be confident knowing that the company selling that product has provided evidence to support any health claims made.
The level of evidence required depends on the claim being made, the overall risk of the product, and the condition it is being used for. A product such as a multivitamin that makes a claim, “helps with the maintenance of good health,” will have to provide different evidence than an omega-3 supplement that makes the claim, “helps to reduce serum triglycerides and support brain function.”
No NHP can be licensed for sale in Canada without providing evidence to support the claims being made. Evidence can come from a variety of sources, such as modern studies and traditional sources, including pharmacopoeias (books published by a government, medical or pharmaceutical society) and references supporting the traditional use of products like Traditional Chinese Medicine or herbals.
Each product that is licensed receives a Natural Product Number (NPN), which is printed on the package. You can look up this NPN in Health Canada’s online database, which provides details, such as what is in the product, and what claims have been approved based on the evidence submitted and reviewed by Health Canada.
So what’s the problem?
Health Canada is now proposing changes that could significantly alter the way NHPs are regulated based on, it appears, a single consumer survey and only six weeks of consultation.
This proposal is trying to fix a system that is not broken and will be a step backward instead of forward. Our current regulations take into account the unique properties and low-risk nature of these products, ensuring that you have access to NHPs that are safe, effective and high-quality, while respecting your freedom of choice, and the philosophical and cultural diversity of our country.
What does this mean for you?
This proposal is suggesting that Health Canada will no longer review some of the products before they are sold, and would require a disclaimer on labels to the effect of, “Health Canada has not reviewed for safety and efficacy.” Additionally, current claims about the products’ use may no longer be allowed and would be removed from the label. This could limit the amount of information you receive about the products you use.
While reducing oversight on some products, the proposal is suggesting increased oversight on others. These products may require a level of evidence similar to what is needed for drugs. Requiring this level of evidence, necessary for products developed in a lab, is not reasonable for NHPs when considering their safe nature and long history of use. This will result in the loss of some products from store shelves.
These proposed changes will require companies to begin investing in substantial research for ingredients we know work based on historical use and traditional sources. This means the cost of bringing these products to market will increase, resulting in increased costs for you.
What can you do?
We need your help. Please visit right now to send a message to your Member of Parliament, letting them know these proposed changes are unacceptable. It will only take you one minute and will make a big difference in helping to ensure you continue to have access to the NHPs you know and love.



Sep 132016

Unplanned Telecommunications Outage – No Phone or Fax

This issue has been resolved.


Due to an issue with our Telecommunications Provider we currently cannot receive any incoming calls or faxes. Although, we apologize profusely for this situation we are working to resolve it, along with the telecommunications provider, as quickly as possible.

If you wish to contact us please feel free to email: and we will do everything we can to assist you.

We apologize for the inconvenience, all while we greatly appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation.

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May 262016

CHFA Expo West 2016

First of all, we would like to send a BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the CHFA Expo West Show this passed weekend in Vancouver. To the vendors that set up shop, shipped the mass amounts of products and people to Vancouver and greeted and answered attendee’s questions with open arms and ears. To the CHFA staff for organizing such a successful show, yet again, you do an amazing job and you make the planning process a breeze. And lastly to those of you that attended the show as a spectator – the retailers, practitioners and all of those in between – you are what makes the show a success, without your attendance we would be nothing but a bunch of health fanatics standing in booths with an abundance of products and information. We truly could not operate without your support and we greatly appreciate your continuous support and drive.

For those of you who were at the show you would have witnessed an abundance of new and exciting news at the various different booths. Much more than many can absorb in a two day event. For the latest news at BioResource please contact your regional Sales Associate or contact Head Office via phone: 1.800.792.2082.

Now for the fun stuff – check out the fun we had and the great company we had the chance to spend time with over the weekend. Although, we were unable to capture all of the amazing attendees we were able to grab a few of these shots:


We couldn’t do it without the crew!

Of course the show wouldn’t be a success and we also couldn’t do it without our faithful retailers dropping in! Thank you for those who traveled near and far!

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Alberta and Lotus Aroma took Vancouver by storm!

Back to business, we suppose…


A little fun with the team from at BioResource and Carlson Labs


Carlson’s Expert Educator, Jolie Root, explaining the benefits of Omega 3’s

Now For A Little Behind the Scenes Fun…

These folks did a great job, unpacking, setting up and repacking again after the show. It was smooth sailing.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Mar 142016

Natural Products Expo West 2016

As we board the plane to come home we’re relishing in the many, many memories made this year in Anaheim. The crowd definitely hasn’t gotten any smaller – ROCK ON NATURAL PRODUCT GROUPIES! If you’ve been there you know, but if not, just imagine over 75,000 Natural Product Groupies gathered in one place for the weekend, with an unlimited supply of old and new products to see. It is unbelievable! 75000+ Natural Product Groupies Hanging Out in Anaheim CA for the weekend

We always love to see the brands we represent showing off their products and news at the show. Below is a glimpse of the fun:LotusAroma

Jean & Robert from Lotus AromaCarlson

A quick glimpse at the Carlson Labs booth

There are so many new and exciting products and news that we can’t wait to share with you!


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The views have definitely changed over the years as we look back on the last posts of us attending the Natural Products Expo West. This year instead of leaving the blustering Canadian weather it was all sunshine, blue skies and green grass as we headed for the airport. Not to be mistaken for the beautiful weather we flew into in California, there is nothing more welcoming than sunshine and Palm Trees.

Now we’re here meeting and catching up with, oh, so many friendly and fresh faces. There is so much to do and even more to see here this year. Not to mention running into this friendly face. You really never do know who you’re going to run into here!IMG_6564

We’re excited to see even more of the exciting new products, people and news here and we’ll be sure to share it with you when we are back. Also, if you’re attending the #ExpoWest2016 track Francine & David down – they’d love to see you!

Friendly Vibes from Anaheim! IMG_6559

Feb 122016

“5 things you should try this Valentine’s Day…”


With the Day of Love and Romance quickly approaching many of us are scrambling last minute to find the best gifts, think of the best plans and out-do whatever marvelous gift we presented to our loved ones last year.

Whether you are planning to spoil yourself or a loved one, we have 5 Amazing, Health Conscious and Eco-Friendly Ideas that will knock anyone’s socks off this year.

  • Bubble Bath – Nothing is better than relaxing in an aromatic, relaxing, warm bubble bath. But there is nothing romantic about having to clean the bath tub afterwards. Lotus Aroma offers amazing Bath & Shower Gels with aromas that can relax, rejuvenate and energize! An added bonus: they don’t leave a nasty soap ring around the bathtub.  These gels can be used for bubble baths or in the shower as a body wash. With a pH of 5 it doesn’t strip the skins natural oils leaving your skin hydrated and healthy.LotusA_CDN_Intro_GelBain_V1_Web
  • Baked Treats – Spoiling that special someone, or yourself, with sweets, once in a while never hurts, but many of you know the negative effects Sugar has on our bodies. Worry no more, swap that sugar for Lakanto. Lakanto is a Zero Calorie Sugar Free Sweetener made out of Monk Fruit, and with a glycemic level of zero it is the ideal sugar replacement. Pick a recipe, any recipe, swap the sugar(golden or white) with Lakanto and enjoy the benefits and delicious taste. We baked these Decadent Chocolate Fudge Brownies just the other day as a Pre-Valentine’s Day test: #SUCCESS
  • Scavenger Hunt – Plan out a scavenger hunt or nature walk, take a hike through the woods. Being outdoors can help relieve copious amounts of stress and tension. Grab some Two Mom’s in the Raw Granola Bars, or pack a picnic and head out for a few hours. Enjoy the outdoors, and each other’s company.
  • Massage – Nothing is more romantic than a massage. An added bonus, there are so many health benefits of having a massage:  Whether you decide to go out for a massage or enjoy the idea of staying in and showing your special someone your tricks of the trade, this is a fail proof idea to heat up the romance. If you’re staying in, sneak out and purchase some of Lotus Aroma’s beautiful, eco-friendly, natural, Canadian Massage Oils. They come in an array of mesmerizing fragrances (or unscented) and they melt on the skin without leaving a greasy film or staining sheets or clothes. meaning you can focus on the task at hand, not the clean up afterwards.

There you have it, our list of 5 of the best Valentine’s Day Gifts and Plans. Now get out there and get planning, Valentine’s Day only comes once a year and it is the perfect time to show someone you love how much you really care about them.Heart

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