Under the Umbrella

If you’re like me, you appreciate and seek out locally-made or designed products because you know the skill and talent that can produce them is where you live, and supporting your micro-economy is important to you.

13256247_985139331563943_6357538703819914942_nBecause of this, I am so thrilled to announce that A Little Soapy Business is now working with an Artisan Collective called Under the Umbrella that is located in the heart of lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Under the Umbrella is a gift and apparel boutique featuring a curated showcase of local talent found in the Greater Vancouver Area. You will now find our products along with other amazing local talent. Talk about a one-stop shop of perfect gifts and cool stuff!

I love this excerpt from their webpage:

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Find our products in Lougheed Mall!

Dream

October was a very busy month for me. Some of you may know that I work full time as a Business Analyst, and A Little Soapy Business is my venture of passion and fun where I get to be creative and make all of my natural handmade goods. In late September, I received an invitation to have my products featured in a mall this year! All I could think is wow, exciting! And WOW, a that’s going to be a TON of work!!

Balance and organization is everything when juggling a full time job and a personal side business along with family, health, among other things. Continue reading

Honey Body Wash Recipe

Lately I’ve been working on something pretty exciting! Not only am I making goodies to get ready for my summer event where locals can find me at the North Vancouver Canada Day craft show at Waterfront Park, but I’m also lucky enough to be collaborating along with others for a 30 day Beauty Detox Program! If that interests you, not only will this feature locally based wellness experts (to Vancouver), it will also be free! More on that in the next few days…

In the meantime… this collaboration inspired me to look making an easy soap based recipe. I’ve concocted a mosturising, good for your skin, Raw Honey Body Wash. Not only is this simple to make, but you can customize it with a scent that you love… such as Relaxing Lavender, Uplifting Sweet Orange, or Floral Ylang Ylang and Jasmine essential oils. Continue reading

Popping up in North Vancouver!

North Van Craft Fair

North Van Craft Fair – Photo from North Vancouver Arts Council

Exciting news! We’re going to be popping up in North Vancouver on Wednesday July 1st Canada Day Celebration along with other local artists at Waterfront Park in North block-print-flag-colette-lisowayVancouver (the park is located just a few steps west of Lonsdale Quay).

Live in North Vancouver, or surrounding area? Come meet your soap maker! I will be there all day from 11-4. I’m looking forward to seeing you! For more event information, check out the North Vancouver Arts Council Website: http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/craft-fairs 

Naturally yours, Susan

We’ve been featured!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th! Are you thinking about the perfect gift for Mom or the special lady in your life? Why not check out Canadian blogger, Stretching the One Income Dollar‘s Mother’s Day gift guide? We’re proud to be featured!

Mom’s love to be pampered (who doesn’t?) so give her a treat of all natural products that will make her feel really special. Check out our Gift Sets. They are gift wrapped and delivered to her door if you wish; it can’t get much easier than that! There is limited availability so make sure you place your order soon to avoid disappointment!

A Solid Shampoo Bar is both great for everyday and as a Travel Buddy!

Conditioning Shampoo Bar

I told you just over a month ago that I made a new Conditioning Shampoo Bar. Even though this recipe is from my wonderful soap making teacher, Rene Whitlock (http://www.soapmakingschool.com/),  and she told me it is one of her best sellers; I must admit, as will ALL natural products that I set out to create and then test, I have my reservations until I’ve tested it myself and others have used it.

After a month of daily use, I am here to report that it is actually a really awesome product and I plan to make more scents available for this Summer 2015! This bar really cleans the hair, it doesn’t leave a residue and it doesn’t require any additional conditioner*! I have had others test it and tell me the same! I have also personally tested it as a shaving ‘cream’ and as a body bar for it’s every day use and travel effectiveness for a person who wants to travel light.

Thumbs up on all accounts! I took it with me on my recent trip to Venezuela and found that it was just perfect. I didn’t need to take up much shower space with my ‘things’ and I didn’t have to remember so much when I packed.

Want to try it for yourself? Not only do I guarantee 100% satisfaction on your purchases on my products, but I also am offering this amazing 4 in 1 bar for 20% off for the rest of the month of April (2015)Use code 4in1bar at checkout on our Etsy page.

Let me know what scents you would be excited to try – right now we have Rosemary-Peppermint, but more will be coming in Summer 2015!

Naturally Yours,
Susan

*As I note in the ‘how to use’ section of the Conditioning Shampoo bar, using additional conditioner will depend on why you use a hair conditioner. If it’s for dry hair or to increase shine, then this stuff works great. If it’s for very tangle prone hair, then you may still wish to use an additional conditioner.