From what we’ve gathered, many of our younger shoppers love to clean. They usually bypass the books and toys we have out and go straight to the brushes and cleaning tools we sell, very intent on cleaning our shop! This got us thinking that we should have some good cleaning tools that fit their little hands and stature, making it easier to help around the house.
Introducing beautiful brooms, hand brushes and dust pans from Germany. Just like the adult versions we carry, they are made from sturdy natural materials (wood, metal, rice straw and horse hair) that are meant to last. These could be something they pass down to their own children one day.
The other day, our friend A. stopped by to play with our new tools. You can better see the scale of the products in these shots. We wish we could hire her!
Made from borosilicate glass (like Pyrex), these glass straws are brilliant, elegant and almost impossible to break! Made by Glass Dharma!
Comes straight or with a bend, in various diameters in the adult or child length. We even have the bubble tea size! Now all we need to do is to remember to say “No straw!” when we order our drinks.
A natural and plastic-free way to purify your water!
Made from Kishu (Holm oak) in a small town in Wakayama, Japan, Binchotan is the best quality charcoal for purifying water. It’s porous yet dense structure (1 gram of charcoal has nearly as much surface area as a tennis court) allows it to absorb chlorine and other contaminants in water. And if that isn’t magical enough, it also releases natural minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium back into the same water. And the water tastes great! Sold in 3 sizes.
Binchotan sticks are not only natural and biodegradable. At the end of their useful life as a water filter, they can be broken up into smaller pieces and mixed into soil in the garden or pots. The porous structure makes for good air flow and water drainage. The charcoal helps increase microbial activities and alkalizes the soil to reinforce the trace minerals in it.
Stop by and taste the difference!
Small & Medium Binchotan
We are please to carry a new Canadian/Mexican brand call Sayula. They bring us beautiful hand-knitted cactus lifestyle products from a women’s co-operative in Mexico. The co-operative provides women living in the countryside with a regular income, thereby removing the need to move to the city to look for work.
The products are made from the leaves of the Maquey cactus, a native plant that thrives without much water or the need for harmful environmental practices. We currently carry three products for the kitchen and bath.
Cactus Cloth and Mitt
These exfoliating scrubbers increase the lather of your body wash, removes dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation, leaving skin soft and smooth. The fibres will soften and shrink with use. Machine washable!
These are tough enough for removing cooked-on food in pots, pans and dishware but still soft enough to scrub fruit and veggies too.
Happy August! Still lots of time to hit the beaches and parks. We now have both sun protection lotion and insect repellent to help keep the good times safe and natural. Made by Vancouver’s Scentimental Creations, these wonderful products are all natural, effective and refillable! The Sun Care Lotion comes in an unscented version as well.
Summer is not only a good time to shed layers of clothing. We look and feel better shedding dead skin cells too! Exfoliating helps unclog pores, keeps skin clean & soft and reduces acne breakouts. And by exposing the hair follicles, you get a better shave on you face and legs too.
We now stock a variety of new brushes, salts, sugar and natural materials to aid in exfoliating (the list is below). All are refillable!
Use in the shower, bath or try dry brushing:
Salts (Epsom Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Regular Sea Salt
Orange Peel Powder
Bamboo Charcoal Powder
Sugar Scrubs from Fable Natural
Woven Cactus Cloth & Mitt
Wooden Face, Nail and Bath Brushes made with soft pig hair bristles
Turkish Pumice Stones
Wooden Brushes made with Corn Fibres
Honey & Oat Exfoliating & Moisturising Soap Bars
We are pleased to carry another wonderful, award-winning Canadian documentary, To Make A Farm. The story . . . Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores of the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful, giving us a close-range view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture.” . . . Congratulations Steve Suderman!
A very inspiring movie to share with others. Follow this link to see some clips.
Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap is excellent for bathing, shampooing and shaving.
Apart from cleaning and deodorizing, it soothes and removes the
scales of psoriasis, dandruff, eczema and other skin irritations.
And it smells like a smoky camp fire!
For pregnant women who suffer from PUPPP, Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap
can be especially helpful. It has been recommended to bath with the soap
2-3 times a day until the rash subsides.
We also have Grandpa’s Sandalwood Soap, enriched with Shea butter,
Ginseng and Vitamin A & E. It is a rich bar with natural skin toning
properties that makes it a great shaving bar.
Tabletop and stovetop coffee siphons are here and ready to be the centre of attention!
You can read up more on them and get great tips here.