Rustic Soap Co. – Pulse Spotlight – 04.25.11

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Congratulations to Nicci & Maureen! This contest is now closed.

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. in Chilliwack

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.

Rustic Soap Co. in Chilliwack

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!

Rustic Soap Co. in Chilliwack

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.

Rustic Soap Co. in Chilliwack

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. in Chilliwack

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.
www.rusticsoap.com
42537 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack
Ring: 604.823.4461



Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Kristi Ferguson is the Founder & Editor of The Pulse. Her company, Double You, offers online communications consulting, project management and event planning. Kristi is a proud mama who loves to explore, shop, laugh & create. She is passionate about promoting all things local. Twitter: @pulseblogonline @MrsKFergie



75 Responses to “Rustic Soap Co. – Pulse Spotlight – 04.25.11”

  1. sherry says:

    I’m really excited to check these soaps!! I love handmade items.thanks for this great opportunity.

  2. Olympia Komianos says:

    Fabulous inspiring & so proud to see local talent at its best! Tawnya is indeed following her heart & is at great ease doing so! Two wonderful thumbs up & two wonderful big toes up too! Cuz when we use rustic soap we are clean from head to toe!

    The only soap stocked in my sideboard, and naturally looking forward to reaching in & seeing the next one in line to use .. love the selection!

    Thank you for the beautiful soaps! O

  3. Olympia Komianos says:

    Fabulous inspiring & so proud to see local talent at its best! Tawnya is indeed following her heart & is at great ease doing so! Two wonderful thumbs up & two wonderful big toes up too! Cuz when we use rustic soap we are clean from head to toe!

    The only soap stocked in my sideboard, and naturally looking forward to reaching in & seeing the next one in line to use .. love the selection!

    Thank you for the beautiful soaps! O

  4. Lisa says:

    I am a fairly regular customer of the soap shack. My favourite is her soy candles. I love the scents! I believe in shopping locally as much as I possibly can!

  5. Rosslynne says:

    My daughter raved about the “special” lotion for baby bellies. It’s hard to make a choice when gift giving. Plus I always leave with something for myself.

  6. Dianne says:

    A great little shop to visit – nice products packaged in a special way.

  7. Cheryl Vaz says:

    I love Rustic Soap products especially Creamsicle. I love visiting and was introduced by a freind about 5 years ago. That friend moved away but I still keep on ordering and visiting. Love the business and products.

  8. Bev says:

    I discovered Tawnya’s shop last year when I first moved to Chilliwack. I love the rustic charm and the aromatherapy as you walk in the door. Tawnya is so personable. Looking forward to another visit soon.

  9. Jenise Tinoco says:

    Tawnya’s products are the only soap products I use. They are amazing!!! I recommend her to everyone I meet. All the soaps smell so nice and they are perfect for my sensitive skin. I even let my nieces and nephews use it. Also, if you are looking for that extra special gift or even little favors, Tawnya’s soaps are the way to go. We had her make soap for our wedding and it was a huge hit! Thank you so much Tawnya for all your hard work. Your products are by far the best! I hope to come and visit you again soon so I can stock up. :D ( I don’t have Twitter, but I shared on Facebook!)

  10. Sarah says:

    Love the Rustic Soap Company – Must go the the christmas craft crawl each year. Love the shop and the family atmosphere.

  11. Kristi says:

    Not only is the soap that Tawyna makes wonderful, she is too! I highly reccomend visiting her shop, she will make you feel right at home.

  12. Diane says:

    I love this place! It is very cute and the products are wonderful!

  13. Deanna Peters says:

    I just love the rustic soap company…they have the best soaps than anyone else…just love them…

  14. Liz Sens says:

    Found this unique soap shop a couple of years ago on the craft crawl at Christmas time and have been enjoying their soaps ever since. Thank you.

  15. Cindy Keery says:

    Wow, these soaps look amazing!

  16. anneke says:

    love the name of Tawyna’s soap shack!
    I agree with everyone’s comments!
    It’s a fabulous place and the smell – divine!
    I drive by every day and do stop in when
    I’ve run out of soap and stuff!

  17. Yvette S says:

    I love to find little shops like this – soundss like she makes great products! I am looking foward to checking out her store.

  18. Lorna says:

    What a great place to get great soaps and candles.We (my daughters and I ) go every year on the craft crawl and always buy way too much ;) They make such great gifts too!

  19. Carolyn says:

    I love the soap from the Rustic Soap Co.! They are the only soaps I use :)

  20. Linda says:

    A wonderful shop where the beautiful scents greet you at the door. Tawnya is always so friendly and helpful. Great products that my family and I enjoy using regularly.

  21. Jennifer says:

    I use products from this store every day – just love the creamsicle hand lotion!! I love the most that these products are handmade and natural.

  22. Glenda Stark-Serena says:

    Our family lives with allergies, both aeroallergens and food allergies. My daughter is very sensitive to fragrances too. We are careful with what products we do use, laundry soap, dish soap and even the candles we burn. I have never been to your store but I would love to one day. I live in Pitt Meadows and my twin sister lives in Mission. I think this would be a great road trip for the both us! :O)

    Glenda Serena :)

  23. jana says:

    Hidden gems in the Fraser Valley :)

    Local, natural ingredients :)

    Workshop is located in a quiet neighbourhood :)

    Handmade soaps :)

    Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour :)

    Old-style merchant feel of Rustic Soap Co. -the brown paper wrap tied with a simple string, the stamped logo and vintage signs :)

    — Sounds like a lovely place :)

  24. Cheryl says:

    The Rustic Soap Co. sounds like a fabulous place and I am a sucker for handmade soap. Next time I am in Chilliwack I will definitely check them out.

  25. Nicci Marsh says:

    Holy Suds and Stuff are you serious!

    This is so exciting – what a wonderful way to start my Wednesday.

    Thank you so much!! I can not wait to come to the store.

    Woo hooo!

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