Founder Josée Duranleau
Photographed by Martine Côté
Folia Essentials is a collection of all-natural skin care products handcrafted in small batches. We use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, which are ethically produced and are free from pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The raw materials we work with are sourced from organic growers and distillers around the world.
Once Canadian legislation allows for infused topicals and cosmetics to be sold in Canada, our entire collection will be infused with the highest quality of organic cannabis and cannabis concentrates. Our products will absorb directly into the skin to help relieve pain, soreness, tension, and inflammation, as well as heal skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, moisturize the skin and help fight the signs of aging. The products will be 100% non-psychoactive.
In November 2015, Josée’s mom Jacqueline, who was 83 at the time, suffered a back injury. After trying several different holistic treatments, nothing was helping relieve Jacqueline’s pain. As the months progressed, her condition was not improving and Josée remembered reading an article about a cannabis pain relief cream. At the time she was not very familiar with the therapeutic effects of cannabis but decided it was worth a try. She bought a jar for Jacqueline and crossed her fingers. After 9 months of suffering, and many different treatment attempts, the cannabis pain relief cream provided Jacqueline almost immediate relief. With such success, the other ladies at Jacqueline’s senior’s residence wanted to try it too… and it was a huge hit! This moved Josée to begin her research journey into the benefits of cannabis and inspired her to create her own product line to introduce others to the near-miraculous healing powers of cannabis.
Josée is originally from Montreal, Quebec. She moved to Toronto with her family as a child. She has been running her own successful PR company for over 20 years, she is also a practicing and exhibiting mixed-media artist. When Josée began making cannabis-infused topicals in 2016, she knew she was on to something truly special. A highly creative person by nature, the hands-on approach to making the products is an extension of Josée’s creativity. She infuses love and passion into every product she makes. As an entrepreneur with a holistic view and lifestyle, she is committed to offering exceptional quality, all natural, chemical-free alternatives to pharma-based topical pain relievers and skin care products.