Sue Kavelman and her family moved to Clayburn Village in 2000 and set to work with restoring their 1905 heritage home. Renovating and restoring the gorgeous building was a lot of work, which saw the Kavelmans lifting the house up to pour a concrete foundation. During the restorations every brick on the building was individually removed, cleaned and returned to the house. The bricks were each branded with the Clayburn Brick Factory stamp. This brick factory was located in BC’s first ‘company town’, Clayburn, between 1905 and 1931. The Kavelman’s house is a Foreman’s Cottage.
During these renovations Sue, a natural soap maker, had a lightbulb moment. She could have a mold made of the Clayburn bricks and pour her soap creations into those molds! Traditionally soap is poured into wooden trays where it sits to harden, then it is sliced up to sell to the consumer. So Sue ordered the mold from a company in Oregon and today Clayburn Comforts sells fabulous little Clayburn bricks of delightful, handcrafted, natural soaps!
The building where Clayburn Comforts is located is set on the same property as Sue’s home, and it has also been completely restored inside and out. It is set where the old chicken coup used to be! The walk up to the building is enchanting, with several Clayburn bricks set in the concrete on the pathway. Sue and her husband have created a beautiful oasis with a pond and exotic garden. You’re already relaxed before you even step into the lovely Clayburn Comforts and take that first breath of calming aromatherapy products.
It was so fun to watch Sue in action, preparing soaps and aromatherapy body products. Lots of love and detail goes into every single pot of cream and bar of soap, which are all prepared in small batches to ensure fresh, consistent products. The selection of Clayburn Comforts products is impressive for this little shop – soy wax candles, bath salts, baby products, hand sanitizer spray, body scrub, lip balm, lotion, face cream, toner… the list goes on. A new men’s line is in the works, too! We really enjoyed a variety of products, including the Clayburn bricks of chocolate, made by our friends at Chocolatas.
We love veggie-based, natural soaps, so we picked up five different bars and we’re still enjoying them. The 3 in 1 soap/shampoo/conditioner bar was a surprise to us – it actually works! This best-seller lathers up just like shampoo and is easy to store/dry as it hangs on a rope. We’ll absolutely pick up another one of these when we head out on our next vacation… it’s even available in a travel tin, which was recently gifted to Reba McIntire!
Clayburn Village, which was designated for conservation in 1996, is a wonderful afternoon destination. The Clayburn Country Store & Tea Shop is darling; clothing stores and art galleries are in walking distance to Clayburn Comforts – definitely put it on your ‘must visit’ list this Spring. And be sure to pick up a brick of soap from Clayburn Comforts, a lovely little Fraser Valley creation.
34866 Clayburn Road, Abbotsford