The Bee-Line

Hello friends,

I am sure I do not have to tell you that this summer is different, very different.  And while everyone here at The Great Canadian Soap Company went into this Summer knowing it would be unlike any other there are still many parts that were unexpected.

During the past couple months, we have been focusing on keeping the wonderful connections with our extended soap family strong. However, it is undeniable that the warm conversations between us and our customers is lost in the online world we have all fallen back on.  This leads me to dusting off the keyboard, firing up this blog, and returning to those lost relationships. 

I think it’s only right to return to this blog by writing about the expansive benefits of using natural products.  Lately I, and I am sure many of you, have become increasingly aware of my actions and how they affect our one shared Earth.  It can be overwhelming to know what choices to make and because of this I wanted to write in about one of the amazing, but often overlooked, benefits of natural products – bees!

The decline of bee populations over the past years has become one of the many pressing environmental concerns that we are facing.  Bee populations have been declining due to an increase in pesticides, Colony Collapse Disorder, pathogens, habitat destruction, and a decrease in the variety of flowers available to them due to monoculture farming.  You might be wondering how this has anything to do with natural products.

The natural ingredients that we use in our products, for the most part, come from plants.  We use a wide variety of plants in our products; and a large collection of our products actually use ingredients that come from plants that bees like!  The ingredients that we use that are bee-friendly are Borage, Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary, Mint, Sage, and Thyme.  By buying products that are made with these carrier oils and essential oils there is an increase in demand for these plants to be grown; making for some very happy bees!

We have created a category of products on our website that are all made with one or more of these ingredients, this category is called The Bee-Line.  Our goal for The Bee-Line is to help you know what you’re buying and how it impacts the world.  This goal is not a new one for our company and it is one that we will to continue to work towards into the future. 

If you have a moment check out The Bee-Line on our website http://greatcanadiansoap.com.  You might be surprised to find that one of your favorite products is also a favorite of our little buzzing friends, or maybe you will find a product you never thought to try!

Here is where I would like to move the conversation over to you.  What are some topics that you think natural product makers, like ourselves, should be talking about?  Please leave your thoughts below, I’d love to chat

Take care and be caring,

Katie

(The soap-maker’s daughter)

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Response to COVID-19

As we were preparing to pour soap in the middle of March,and we decided to pour a few extra batches for the local food bank. Since washing hands often with soap is recommended to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the food banks in PEI were low on soap, that inspired a great idea. Let’s give our customers a means to support their food bank of choice, by offering boxes of soap for $50.00. Without knowing the response we ordered enough raw materials for 5,000 bars. April 11th, we sent out an email, with-in 48 hours all the 5,000 were spoken for. So we increased the amount to 8,000. We are now at 8,610.

Pouring, cutting, racking, labelling, bagging and boxing is an incredible amount of work. Some local homeschool families volunteered to label, bag and box 1,000’s of bars, to help with this overwhelming project we got ourselves into.

Now we are at the final stages of sorting where the soap is going and putting letters in the boxes letting the Food Banks know who donated the soap. Today the first boxes were delivered and shipped. The Upper Room Food Bank, Salvation Arm and Caring Cupboard received their soap today and Alberta’s food bank soap was shipped.

I am so grateful we have the most wonderful generous customers that want to help support their food banks. We are all in this together.

Stay save and wash your hands often,

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Hand Milled Face Soap

We have been making Hand Milled Face Soap since the start of GCSC in 2003. At first is was a way to use the ends of the blocks that were not sellable. In 2007, Anna a summer student made Supersoap for oily and acne prone skin. She put every essential oil in the batch that would help with acne. Customers found a great improvement in their skin! Over the years we have tweaked the recipe. We now add ground oats and a bunch of carrier oils that are great for your face.

Rice Bran Oil

Rice Bran; fast-absorption allowing it to soothe irritation quickly without clogging pores or adding oiliness

Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate; contains a high level of vitamin C content. The oil helps in regulating the production of sebum, and oily secretion which may cause acne and oily skin

Camellia Seed

Camellia Seed Oil; is packed with fatty acids, but more importantly, it’s packed with antioxidants that produce an anti-inflammatory effect. The oil nourish the skin but also calms any inflammation, soothing acne prone skin and effectively fading redness.

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose; helps strengthen the skin barrier, reduces moisture loss, and causes the anti-inflammatory effects that can calm some of the lesions associated with acne, as well as the redness.

Marula Tree

Marula; oil makes a good moisturizer for oily skin and treating acne because it’s non-greasy. It also has antimicrobial properties and may be effective against the bacteria that contribute to the formation of pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. pimples

Abyssinian; it is a very lightweight oil and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or tacky. Calms and soothes problem prone skin. The oil helps control the overproduction of sebum, which can lead to acne prone skin.

Jojoba Seeds

Jojoba infused Chamomile; this oils molecular structure is very similar to your skin’s natural sebum. This makes it an excellent oil for oily skin to stop the overproduction of your own skins oil.

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Ice Cream

Looking for something cold and refreshing after the beach? We have you covered, with goats milk ice cream, and fresh lemonade.

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Goats Milk

The fridge is full of goats milk, ready for the weekend.

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Adding new Cheeses Everyday.

Love our new fridge. Lots of rooms for many different types of Oldfield’s goat cheese, Canada and World Cheeses.

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The washrooms are equipped……

hand towels for drying your hands.

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I am not afraid of big dogs when……..

they are inside vehicles. Plus my brother is a Great Pyrenees who I boss around.

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Full up your Water Bottles with Free Ice Water

Full up your water bottles with orange ice water or have a cup of orange ice water. Flavours change daily.

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Model T meet

Doesn’t these old Model T’s suite PEI roads. Not out of place at all.

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