Mother’s Day weekend was the Dot & Lil Open House/Spring Tea Party/Mother’s Day Shopping event. We headed to the plateau for a look at their handmade bath and body products (and admittedly, some last minute Mother’s Day shopping). Up Avenue de Gaspe, off the beaten track, on the nth floor of an inconspicuous building, the hallway opened up into a bright loft-type space and we were welcomed into Dot & Lil’s very own studio – where the magic happens, so to speak.
Dot & Lil is named after early-20th-century silent film stars and sisters, Dorothy and Lillian Gish. The name was chosen as meaningful by the two sisters who started the brand. Currently, one of the sisters, Anne, is the owner and operator. Though they’ve been at it for four years, Dot & Lil began occupying their current space – which doubles as a small showroom for products – in October.
Of the creative process, Anne says it’s mostly about trying to differentiate their butters, salts, balms, sprays and soaps from those of other companies. The range of goodies, which are currently stocked in 25 stores, is made mostly of materials from Quebec, or at least Canada. Now that they have a showroom, they’re undoubtedly planning to host similar events to the Open House, and to expand business even more, so be on the lookout for more great bath and body products from them.