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Pure Natural Soap

For well over a decade now, we use nothing but pure all natural soap. No dyes, no drying chemicals, no phosphates, no perfumes; just pure soap made from ingredients found in Mother Nature. We used to order from a fantastic place out of Ontario, Lake of the Woods Sunrise Soap Company. The only reason we switched from their outstanding product was because we wanted to try and find a supplier closer to home. So now we order from Cascadia Soaps.


At Cascadia Soaps they raise their own goats and make an amazingly smooth and rich soap from the milk of their Nubian Goats. We discovered them about 10 years ago on a trip to Vancouver when we saw their lush display at the Granville Island Public Market. We purchased several bars to take home and try and have been with them ever since. Although you can buy all their natural soaps in bars, we purchase ours in bulk, then cut it ourselves when it arrives. There’s a bit of savings that way but what I really like is to be able to cut the bars nice and thick. These photos show the most recent order that arrived: two logs of lavender goats milk soap and one log of unscented goats milk soap. I love the wholesome earthiness of these soaps but the huge benefits are how gentle they are on my extremely dry & sensitive skin. The other big benefit is that it is so earth friendly to boot! Can’t beat that.


Diane is a freelance photographer serving Grande Prairie and the Peace River region from her rural residence near Hythe, Alberta. She is available for commercial, environmental, editorial, and portrait assignments. Contact her (above) or visit her website to view her portfolio.


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The Garden Ms. S - January 24, 2010 - 2:18 am

Oh my, that soap does look scrumptious. Lavender is one of my favourite scents, and anything that addresses parched Alberta winter skin is very welcome indeed. 🙂

Eileen - January 24, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Looking at that lovely soap makes me realize I must get with the making of some … I’m almost out. I did get some shampoo bars made before Christmas as we were out except for a bar to tide us over until the new batch cured.

Frida - January 24, 2010 - 1:56 pm

I have tried natural soap before and then I forgot about it. Last spring we went to a garden fair and there they sold absolutely gorgeous soaps. Lavender, honey and many more. They are a treat to use. Beautiful pictures Diane.

margie - January 24, 2010 - 6:12 pm

we are using olive oil soap sold by a coop in new brunswick. no additives, perfumes, in fact, no lather, but soft skin smoothing lotion.

don - January 24, 2010 - 6:35 pm

An interesting post. I must look for some soap with these desirable characteristics.
Online….perhaps that will be the answer.

Gayle - January 24, 2010 - 8:54 pm

I’ve never tried natural soap. We had to switch to Dove Sensitive skin soap last year because my daughter started getting hives with no know cause. She still gets them. I wonder if natural soaps cause any allergic reactions. (I guess only if you’re allergic to the ingredients!)

Toni - January 24, 2010 - 11:57 pm

Beautiful shots, Diane. Maybe I should try some. I’ve actually got some natural soap that I bought several years ago for the guest bath, but nobody wants to use them when they come. Go figure.

sherri - January 26, 2010 - 9:37 pm

I was disappointed to see it’s soap. It looked like yummy candy. Looks good enough to eat.