When I was a Youth Worker I used to spend every Saturday at the Farmer’s Market with a few teenagers, selling the veggies we grew in our Youth Centre garden. I’ve never been a fan of getting up early, but these Farmer’s Market Saturdays were usually the highlight of my week. I was able to sit outside in the sun and have fantastic conversations with teens that were sometimes otherwise tough to connect with, the people-watching was sublime, and I was usually able to take a few breaks to go fruit and veggie shopping for the week, too.
As the weeks and years passed I grew to know all of the other vendors at the market, and Kirstin French with her company Be Clean Naturally quickly became one of my favourites.
Kirstin first started making soap because her husband Shone was allergic to pretty much everything, and it was tough to find soaps, laundry detergents, and other household products that didn’t irritate his skin. This little labour of love turned into a full-time job for both of them and their products have extended from natural bar and laundry soaps to an incredible array of body creams, tooth powders, deodorants, and all sorts of other natural lotions and potions, too.
I love Kirstin’s soap and the way she has always been so committed to reducing the amount of packaging waste associated with her products – she uses stamps to label her soaps so she doesn’t have to wrap them individually, and most of her creams and sprays are housed in glass or aluminum, enabling her to avoid plastic whenever possible. She also offers refills of many products!
I guess I was feeling homesick, and since I haven’t yet found the Edmonton equivalent of Be Clean Naturally I decided I had to place an order. I chose a few soaps (Mint, Hippie, and Sassy, in case anyone is interested), mosquito spray (I hear I’ll need it here soon!) and a little jar of belly balm too, as a gift for my adorably pregnant sister-in-law.
After I placed my order, Kirstin and I were catching up and it suddenly occurred to me that I should be sharing these amazing soaps with the whole Internets instead of hoarding them to myself, so I asked if it would be possible to do a giveaway and she was totally on board.
SO! Without further ado, click the link below to win your choice of any two Be Clean Naturally bar soaps, and a jar of massage balm! This giveaway is open to anyone in North America, and will run until midnight Friday, with the winner announced Saturday morning.
Click on the link below, and earn entries by ‘Liking’ Be Clean Naturally on Facebook, leaving a comment on this blog post sharing your favourite natural way to get clean, and/or tweeting about the giveaway – good luck!
I love natural soap and good for them for running heir own business for 20 years!
This sounds great, I would love to give it a try!
Awesome, I’d love to try this! I’m a massage therapist so I’m always looking for good massage balm.
Very cool. I’ve also tried your no-poo (what I call “sham”poo) routine and it is my new favourite way to clean my hair!
Yes! I’m so glad! Spread the word 🙂
I buy all-natural soaps and shampoos, would love to try this! My favourite way to get clean? Well, taking a shower that lasts longer than 2 minutes without my screaming toddler ducking her head in every 15 seconds would be the best!
Oh my gosh, and then they get wet because they’re poking their head in and then they scream because they’re wet and then because you’re not picking them up and then they want to come in with you and then they get enraged when you aren’t holding them because when you’re not holding them they are getting hit with shower spray so you have to wash your hair, face, self, etc. with one handwhile juggling a slippery screaming toddler in the other.
And my brother wonders why my hair looks so busted.
On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM, Sweet Madeleine wrote:
I’ve been using Norwex products, but I miss lathering up with a yummy smelling soap!
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
I just recently switched to all natural hair products a little over a year and half ago. And now switching all my beauty products to natural and organic as well.
My favorite way to get clean is using the Morrocco Method products. I feel like I’m at a spa every time i use their products (:
Thank you for the opportunity to try something new and natural! My favorite natural cleaning method is using things like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice for various tasks around the house. I don’t like the idea of my little one crawling on floors that have been cleaned with chemicals when his hands go in his mouth at every opportunity!
Wow, those are so beautiful, I would love to try! Does Dr. Bronner’s count as natural? haha, I’m definitely a novice 😉
beautiful products…i have DIY body scrubs on my to-do list this summer…at some point…
My favorite natural way to get clean is “no-poo” 🙂
Love Kristin’s products . Love be clean naturally
favorite natural way is running in the rain. 😉
I use a natural soap that was made for me by my friend! No idea what to do when I run out lol
I am not sure of a natural way, still lots to learn!