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We love finding hidden gems in the Fraser Valley. For several years we have seen products from this local business, but have never visited until recently. So happy we finally had the chance to check out Rustic Soap Co.!
Rustic Soap Co. is run by Tawyna Walsh, who started making her own soaps after her young son suffered from eczema. What started as a hobby, or rather an experiment, in 1999 has now blossomed into a thriving soap-making venture! The Rustic Soap Co. retail and soap-making shack opened in 2006.
Tawnya’s workshop is located in a quiet neighbourhood in Chilliwack. The dainty soap shack is adorable and it smells divine – an aromatherapy junkie’s heaven! Tawnya is full of happy energy and we loved learning about the soap making process and the local, natural ingredients she uses.
Rustic Soap Co. offers a great line of products. We love the handmade soaps made with vegetable oils, dried herbs, grains & pure essential oils. They contain no artificial colours, fragrances or preservatives. Ginger Lime, Spiced Orange, Rosemary Mint, Licorice Treat – the names of these soaps sound good enough to eat! Tawnya also makes goat milk soaps and other specialty bars including a hemp pet shampoo bar.
Soy candles, essential oils, room sprays, bath salts, herbal salves, body polishes and a line of baby skincare compliment the great handmade soap collections. They all smell ahhhh-mazing!
Tawnya often creates private label products for wedding favours, bed and breakfasts and other businesses that want to offer a special something to their guests and customers. What a great idea!
There is something so lovely about visiting the workshop of an artisan and watching how the product you are about to enjoy is made from start to finish. A photo montage on the workshop wall outlines the full procedure and Tawnya happily explained the process to us. Depending on when you visit, you may get to see her in action! We watched her slice up some soap bars, which will make their way over to the drying rack to cure for several weeks before being labelled.
There is indeed a rustic charm to Tawnya’s soap shack. We love the old-style merchant feel of Rustic Soap Co. -the brown paper wrap tied with a simple string, the stamped logo and vintage signs.
It is a delightful place to visit and we would love to send two of our lucky readers for a visit to Rustic Soap Co. Please leave a note below to be entered to win one of two $25 gift certificates (valid in-store only). Contest closes May 4, 2011.
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Rustic Soap Co. is a part of the Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. The Fraser Valley Circle Farm Tours are self-guided tours in the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, Langley and Agassiz/Harrison Mills). They allow you to explore farm-gate vendors, local artisans, charming eateries, heritage sites and much more, all at your own pace, in your own vehicle. They are a great way to meet some of our local producers – be sure to check one out this year!
Rustic Soap Co.
42537 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack