Early last year I decided to drastically reduce the amount of regular olive oil based oatmeal/clay soap I produce, stop making body butter, and focus mainly on my sea salt soaps and lotion bars and try to get them into higher production and larger stores. It wasn't really a very difficult decision for me to make but some people have been surprised by it. My olive oil/oatmeal based soaps are very expensive to make, even though I don't use expensive coloured clays and fragrance oils, and so time consuming to cut, stamp, wrap, and try to make less lumpy and imperfect looking that it’s such a relief to be mostly finished with them (I'll keep making a few of the most popular scents and I still have a lot left if anyone is interested - they are still available at Farfelu, Brome Lake Books, L’Emporium North Hatley and if you contact me directly) Also they are what all of the other handcrafted soap makers produce with an astounding array of options. I decided to concentrate on the sea salt soaps because they are such a unique product that are not seen very often, especially here in Quebec, and they've been becoming more and more popular over the years since I started to sell them in 2014 (it's hard to believe I almost gave up on them in the beginning because they are a much trickier advanced soap to make and I didn't think anyone would be interested!). I have been perfecting my own recipe for 6 years now so I like to think they are pretty special :-) There are 8 scents and two sizes - the 160+gram lighthouse and a smaller 50+gram rectangle that I’m hoping will make it easier for people to experiment with the different scents before investing in the big lighthouse (or to just try on a whim and get addicted;-)
I created a flyer to go along with them (the text turned out to be much smaller than I expected) but here’s what it says:
Discover The Luxury Of Your Own Sea Salt Spa Treatment ....At Home!
You don’t need to live near the ocean to enjoy the many healing benefits rejuvenating sea salt can give to the skin. Naturally antiseptic, nourishing sea salt is an excellent natural detoxifier that draws out impurities and very gently exfoliates them away along with dead skin cells to give a soft, clean, refreshed feeling.. Sea salt in water has been known for centuries to improve minor as well as more serious skin conditions which is why it has always been so popular in spa therapies.
Completely handcrafted in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and made with with an exceptionally high amount of pure sea salt, this unique soap also contains coconut, olive and sunflower oils to create a low, creamy lather that gently exfoliates as it cleans. It can be very beneficial to people with acne prone skin, sensitive skin, chronic skin conditions and also to get a nice smooth shave. It’s a wholesome, gentle deep-clean for gardeners, mechanics, bubble bathers and just to keep handy by the kitchen sink!
Available in 2 sizes and 8 scents: Earth Mother, Herbal Tea, Garden in Provence, Pink Grapefruit (with pink kaolin clay), Tea Tree & Rosemary, Unscented, Winter Forest, and Witch’s Garden
Découvrez Le Luxe De Votre Traitement Au Sel De Mer...À La Maison!
Vous n'avez pas besoin d'habiter près de la mer pour apprécier les nombreux avantages de guérison et propriétés rajeunissantes du sel de mer pour la peau. Naturellement antiseptique, le sel de mer est un excellent détoxifiant naturel qui attire les impuretés et exfolie délicatement les cellules mortes de la peau pour la rendre propre tout en procurant une douce sensation de fraîcheur. Son usage est tres populaire dans les spas puisque qu'il est reconnu depuis des siècles pour améliorer les problèmes de peau mineurs à graves.
Fabriqué à la main dans les Cantons de l’Est du Québec, ce savon unique contient une quantité exceptionnelle de sel de mer pur. Il est également composé d’huiles de noix de coco, d'olive et de tournesol afin de créer une mousse crémeuse qui exfolie la peau tout en la nettoyant. Il peut être très bénéfique pour les personnes ayant une peau sensible, à tendance acnéique ou autres affections cutanées, ainsi que pour obtenir un rasage en douceur. Il procure un nettoyage sain, doux et en profondeur qui est parfait pour les jardiniers, les mécaniciens et les baigneurs. A garder à portée de la main près de l'évier de la cuisine!
Disponible en 2 formats et 8 parfums: Terre mère, Thé d’herbes, Jardin en Provence, Pamplemousse rose (avec kaolin rose), Huile de théier et romarin, Sans parfum, Forêt d’hiver, et Jardin de la sorcière
I also created an Etsy store to make online sales much simpler, it's still under construction (and unfortunately the "de" has to be missing so it's savonnerielestrie) but here's the link to it and please like it if you can!
Have a great day!
"You’ll stop caring what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do."
- David Foster Wallace
Kara Needham is the founder and creator of Savonnerie de L'Estrie, a small manufacturer of handcrafted, all-natural and affordable artisan skincare in unique folk-art packaging.