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May, more than any other month of the year, wants us
to feel most alive.
 Fennel Hudson
Mother's Day is May 9th! Come into the store and have a look at our gift ideas or buy a gift certificate online (that can be used online or in store).
 
Gift Certificates for Mom

New Product Alert!

Solid Dish Soap Bars

*made in house*
 
Dish soap bars are generally manufactured using fewer ingredients, less water, and little to no packaging, making them the perfect zero waste cleaning product.

Our dish soap bars are approximately 400 grams each, which means they replace up to four or more bottles of liquid dish soap. Perfect for hand washing a few dishes at a time without having to fill an entire sink full of water, or to scrub away heavy grease on pots and pans.

Start with a wet dish cloth or dish brush and swipe it across the surface of the bar a few times. Apply to wet dishes and you will achieve a lather in no time. Rinse and set aside to dry. Easy!

For some people there is a little bit of a learning curve. We do find the wet-wash-rinse method works best with dish soap bars as opposed to filling your entire sink basin. 

Our dish soap bars are manufactured right here in house! Made with coconut oil and olive oil for major grease cutting and cleaning power, while still being gentle on your hands. That means, our dish soap bars do not contain any artificial ingredients or palm oil. This makes them vegan friendly and septic safe!

We chose to add natural Eucalyptus Lemon essential oil to our dish soap bars for the added deodourizing, disinfecting, grease cutting, and all round amazing scent! (Don’t like scented cleaners?? Not to worry! An unscented batch will be ready soon!)
Did you know dish soap bars can also be used to treat stains on clothing? To wash your hands, and just as a general purpose household soap?

So are you team solid bar or team liquid dish soap?
Shop Dish Soap Bars
One of the most versatile and natural products for home cleaning is baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate. Baking soda does much more than help your cakes and baked goods rise. This mild alkaline compound is actually a form of salt, which has been used as far back as ancient Egyptian for baking, brushing teeth, and preventing mildew and odours. 

Not only is baking soda incredibly inexpensive, it is entirely non-toxic, contains no additives or synthetics. There are no known connections of baking soda as household cleaner causing any health issues. 

We've put together a list of 20 ways you can use baking soda around the home:
 
  1. Deodorize your carpets by sprinkling and leaving for 20 minutes or longer, then vacuuming up. 
  2. Add 1/2 a cup to your wash to soften and deodorize towels.
  3. Mix with liquid Castile soap or eco-safe dish soap to create a paste and use as a "soft scrub" for bathtubs, toilets and glass stove tops. 
  4. This paste can also be applied to the "yellow" areas of white cotton t-shirts to remove sweat stains. 
  5. Soaking fruit and vegetables in water mixed with baking soda for 15-20 minutes has been proven to be the most effective way to remove pesticide residue
  6. Use baking soda to scrub out the bottom of your trash can or compost pail to remove odours. 
  7. Keep baking soda on hand in the kitchen as an effective way to soothe grease fires when cooking.
  8. Remove carpet stains by making a paste of baking soda and white vinegar, then apply to the stain. Allow it to sit over night, and vacuum when fully dry. 
  9. Unclog a drain by pouring boiling water down the drain, followed by one cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then follow with more boiling water.
  10. Whiten stained and mildew covered grout by mixing baking soda with a bit of hydrogen peroxide. Use an old toothbrush to scrub along grout lines. Allow to sit for 20 minutes then wash off.
  11. Sprinkle into your stainless steel sink to scrub and polish.
  12. Clean a coffee pot or thermal mug by adding a couple tablespoons of baking soda and boiling water and allowing to sit until cool, then scrub away. 
  13. Add to cool bathwater to help sooth a sunburn.
  14. Soak your feet in a basin of warm water with baking soda and Epsom salts to help prevent stinky feet and soften rough soles. 
  15. Clean a burnt pot by adding a couple of table spoons of baking soda and an inch of water. Allow to simmer for ten minutes. Once the water cooled you can easily scrub away the burnt on food.
  16. Treat a mosquito bite by applying a paste of baking soda and water to the biten area for ten minutes before rinsing off. 
  17. Kill weeds on walkways or gravel paths by generously sprinkling baking soda on the weeded area. This creates the pH level in the soil too low for weeds to survive (avoid getting it into gardens or those plants will die off as well!)
  18. Clean your oven by misting the cold interior of oven with a soap and water combination, then sprinkling entire surface with baking soda. Allow to sit for several hours, and then wipe away. 
  19. Join the "no-poo" movement and use as a shampoo-free way to clean your hair. 
  20. Sooth a canker sore by applying a small dash of baking soda directly on the sore or rinsing your mouth several times with baking soda and water.
Shop Baking Soda


When Covid-19 impacted our community, it was a struggle to figure out how to continue to refill bottles and containers and still meet all the health authority's guidelines. We had to make some difficult decisions and one of those was to pause our monthly sale day. 

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE 10% TUESDAYS ARE BACK!

The first Tuesday of each month, when you bring your empty, clean and dry containers to be filled, you will save 10% off all your bulk item purchases. 

*This discount is for in-store purchases only, not to be combined with other discounts. 

  • May 4th 
  • June 1st
  • July 6th
  • August 3rd
  • September 7th
  • October 5th
  • November 2nd
  • December 7th

Want even more ways to save?

We offer 10% discount off your in-store purchase every day when you show your active membership or student ID of the following organizations:
 

*These discounts are for in-store purchases only, not to be combined with other discounts. 

Tuesday, May 4th:  10% Tuesday on in-store refills!

Saturday, May 8th:  The Victoria Compost Education Centre is having their 10th Annual Organic Spring Plant Sale from 10am- 2pm. 

Sunday, May 9th: Mother's Day! 

Thursday, May 20th:  World Bee Day

Saturday, May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity

Sunday, May 23: World Turtle Day

Monday. May 24: Victoria Day.  *please note we will be closed for the holiday. 


Esquimalt Parks and Recreation is offering a FREE four session virtual workshop series on Living Sustainably. Occurs each Tuesday afternoon for the month of May, 4pm - 6pm. For more information or to register click HERE.

 
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