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August 28, 2013

Olympia-based company distills the scents of the Northwest

When most people put on their deodorant in the morning, it smells like citrus. Or lavender, or Old Spice. But Eric Zvonchenko’s deodorant smells like a Northwest forest — piney Douglas fir, sweet western red cedar — because that’s exactly what it’s made from. Like a cross between a medieval alchemist and a Victorian apothecary, Olympia-based Zvonchenko, along with his wife, Jeanne, and business partner Sean Croke, harvests and distills native plants to turn into perfumes, salves, hydrosols, tinctures and deodorants to sell at local markets. Called Cascadia Botanical Apothecary, the products offer health benefits as well as deliciously woodsy scents.

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