Thursday, March 31, 2011
Where to get supplies in Canada!
Voyageur Soap & Candle (Surrey, B.C.) - I love this place! They have a retail outlet, so I can visit any time I realize I've forgotten something on my ever growing list of things to buy (which is constantly), and they donate tons of free ingredients and packaging to my youth groups, which is very kind and generous! At least 80% of the ingredients I use in the recipes on this blog come from Voyageur, and I get all of my surfactants (except SCI) from this store. They have amazing customer service, and they have some great recipes to get you started. I can't say enough about Voyageur - they're fantastic!
Aquarius Aroma & Scent (Mission, B.C.) - Monica's recently moved her shop into a new location on her property where you can browse for products and take classes, but she does ask that you make an appointment in advance. She is also a great supporter of my youth groups, giving me discounts and donating ingredients for the groups. This is only place I've been able to find SCI in Canada (Jordapon prilled, without stearic acid) and she has great mineral make-up supplies! She has great packaging - she has quite the eye for the wonderful and unusual bottles - and she has things like pipettes I can't get elsewhere. (Thanks for the correction, Monica!)
Suds & Scents (Abbotsford, B.C.) - Tanna has a great home shop that you can visit if you call in advance. She has a great selection of fragrances, mineral make-up, and other ingredients, and I love her cake fragrance oil! She is a soap maker, and she also supports my youth groups with discounts and free items (especially on mineral make-up ingredients, which can be quite pricey).
Soapcraft (Maple Ridge, B.C.) - Karen has the best shipping and delivery I've ever seen, with the products often coming before I get the invoice! (Overnight shipping for me - I'm about 100 km away from her shop.) She has a great selection of oils and butters, and she gets Brambleberry's fragrances so we don't have to order over the border. (She recently got Clementine Cupcake, my favourite fragrance ever!!!) Karen sends me all kinds of wonderful fragrance oils and other ingredients for my youth groups, and I go to her store first when I want to buy my butters, as she always has something new (like orange butter or green tea matcha butter). She has amazing prices on Incroquat BTMS and our silicones!
Creations from Eden (Edmonton, Alberta) - Randi is working hard to get those not found anywhere else ingredients into her shop - for instance, sodium stearate, GuarSilk, and disodium EDTA - and she brings in a lot of ingredients from the Herbarie and TKB Trading to save us the shipping and customs' costs. Her customer service is excellent, and she has loads of interesting oils and butters. Love this store!
Windy Point (Calgary, Alberta) - A new shop that carries a lot of our tried and true ingredients, such as BTMS-50, oils, and butters. I haven't ordered from them (yet), so I'd love to hear from you, my wonderful readers, about your experiences.
Update: I've ordered from Windy Point now and their ingredients and shipping is beyond compare! Holy cow! Five stars all the way! And Michele is working hard to get things unique to Canada like niacinamide and PEG-7 olivate (water soluble olive oil)!
Saraphina's Coastal Colours (B.C.) have some amazing looking micas! Check out the West Coast themed names as you drool over the pretty colours!
K&W Specialties (Ontario) have all kinds of amazing molds and other soap making things! Check them out!
Saffire Blue (Ontario) - Given the number of complaints you'll read below and given my own experience with the owners, I cannot in good conscience recommend this company in any way. There are so many companies with great feedback that I have decided to remove all but this reference to the company on this blog.
I know there are more great suppliers out there, so let's see your suggestions! As usual, please note any ingredients you've not found anywhere else and what the shipping is like (and if they have a retail store we can visit on our travels!). And feel free to share your thoughts on the suppliers I've listed here!