blog entries about the life of starting a small organic business, a look into being a vendor at craft fairs & festivals in british columbia and life on salt spring island, BC

June 25, 2020

A lot of customers who have tried out different shampoo bars have come across some that cause itchiness and dryness to a sensitive scalp. That can be due to the Sulfates contained in other shampoo bars (not in Barefoot Daughter's Shampoo & Body Bars) so here is some in...

June 19, 2020

Essay published through the Covid Chronicles through the Arts Council Website.

The virus was a far off news story when I found out I was pregnant. I was working part-time through the school board, was gearing up for another season of the Salt Spring Market, and plannin...

June 5, 2019

This episode of Make it Bake it Grow it features Anne and Roger Clapham from Clapham’s Beeswax.

Beekeepers since 1971, Anne and Roger Clapham kept bees commercially until 1996. They sold honey, candles and beeswax products at the Granville Market and other retail outlet...

May 20, 2019

*Trigger warning the below goes in detail of my abortion story.*

Two months later I sat in grade twelve English class and tried not to throw up. I couldn’t avoid the smell of unwashed hair and damp, wrinkled clothes that wafted from the boy in front of me. The day befor...

March 3, 2019

This winter Salt Spring was hit with two major storms that left folks without power or water, an incredible amount of fallen trees in their paths, and stuck behind steep driveways packed with snow.

Living in an off-grid cabin in the woods, I felt impervious to the peril...

December 2, 2018

1. Try to avoid them if possible. If the majority of the market is indoors and they've stuck you on the path on the way out, customers are done shopping by the time they've seen you. (And in my case have bi-passed the 17 other soap makers inside before being presented...

October 22, 2018

As a small business owner I feel great responsibility to put out quality products. I need to stand 100% behind my soaps and salves or all the hard work fizzles at the point of sale if I'm not confident with what I have to offer.

When I first started 'the biz' I was intr...

September 7, 2018

Hey Suds Lovers,

Change is in the air. A couple times now it has come up that using the term 'savage' in my business name is problematic for a few different reasons. I've thought hard about it, and I've decided to take the word savage out of savage daughter soap company...

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