We dare you to walk down the body-care aisle at your local grocery store and peek at the ingredient lists of some of your favourite ‘natural’ items. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that many of these green-washed products only give the illusion of using natural ingredients through nothing more than deceitful marketing. We figured out most of the ingredients are synthetic and loaded with harsh chemicals making them not only harmful for you skin but costly on the environment as well.
But wait! before all hope is lost, there is an alternative to buying all those big brand name products….MAKE YOUR OWN natural soaps or source local soap makers to do the work for you!
Vancouver is a great place to get your Susie Soap maker on….the Soap Dispensary and Homestead Junction offer ongoing soap making workshops, and have an abundance of supplies for all you DIY’ers. Our favourite soap ingredients include:
Olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, argan oil, castor oil, lavender, and peppermint. The choices are endless when you become the creator. It really is empowering to create your own natural products, and soaps are just the beginning of the many DIY natural skin care products you can easily produce yourself.
If soap making isn’t in your cards, don’t fret! Vancouver is home to some amazing local soap makers. Some of our favourite makers include Chateau Badeau, Fable Naturals, and The Soap Artisan.
Always remember that your skin is porous and will absorbs whatever it comes in contact with, so try to find soap that is the most natural as possible.
Your skin and future self will thank you, we promise!
Here are some links to help in facilitating your own natural soap curiosity!
Soap making workshops: