New: Shampoo bars for you & your pets!

I have a new product to release this week! solid Rosemary & mint shampoo bars!

I admit it, I buy other cleaning products. I know, really eh? One of my favourite shampoo brands is Aveda. I am in love with the scent of the rosemary & mint shampoo. But, as much as I love that scent, I’m not comfortable with all the ingredients that are in their products. Since I haven’t quite mastered liquid soap production, I thought I would make myself some rosemary and mint scented solid shampoo bars. Solid shampoo bars are great for travelling, camping, or regular use in the shower, or even on pets! I especially like to take them in my swim or gym bag as they are much lighter and no risk of a messy spill either. These bars smell delightfully minty & fresh smelling! Perfect for our hot summers like the one we are currently having here in Edmonton!

So what’s in it? They are made with a blend of extra-virgin olive oil and organic castor bean oil, organic rosemary and peppermint essential oils. Castor oil is an excellent hair conditioning oil, which is why I included it here. Olive oil is a very gentle oil, so the bars won’t strip your hair, but you will still likely want to use conditioner afterwards. Rosemary oil is beneficial for oily hair, dandruff and has been suggested to help with hair growth, but I’m not convinced about that last one. The bars are softer to the touch than my regular olive oil bars, but they suds up really well and you can keep it dry in it’s handy tin or on a soap dish.

Pet care: Love the idea of a shampoo bar, but not sure its’ for you? Try it on your dog. Yes, scrub your pooch. They will love it! Well okay, about as much as a dog loves a bath! But, you will love the smell and the fact that you are using something all natural, chemical-free on them. Rosemary & peppermint oils are natural insect repellents and are antimicrobial too. Your pooch will smell so fresh and clean afterwards and will have shiny soft hair! The dog bars are cut into a cute dog bone shape too. I’ll post a photo soon!

I’m at 2 markets this week: 124th St. Grand Market (108th Ave & 124th St.) on Thursday, July 12, 5-9pm, & the City Market (104th St & Jasper Ave.) on Saturday July 14, 9am-3pm. Have a great week!

Al Fresco Party, Pride Parade, & City Market!


Tomorrow is going to be full of events going on in and around the city market!

It’s the Pride Parade, heading right down 102 ave, there is the Al Fresco party on all day and evening. Things will kick off with a pancake breakfast starting at 8:30am. There will be many fun events during the day and evening for this party and fundraiser for Zebra Child Protection Centre such as: wine tastings, patio pop-up restaurants along 104th, live entertainment, and lots more! Check out the links for more information. Here are photos from the 2011 Al Fresco Party. I’ll definitely be planning to set up my booth early so I can go over to the pancake breakfast before the City Market starts at 9am.

New things I’ve been working on that I will have available starting tomorrow include:

  • Men’s Shaving Kits with lino-block print moustache cloth bags!
  • Both unscented & lavender bud dryer balls in new colours!

Other items soon to be available in the coming weeks include:

  • English Garden soap (Available starting on June 16)
  • Bare Facts pure castille unscented soap (Available starting on June 16)
  • Rosemary & mint shampoo bar (new this year!) (Available June 16 hopefully)
  • Lemon & Poppy seed soap scrub bar (Available beginning June 16)
  • Sunscreen cream (Available in July)
  • DIY bath & body workshops (July & August)