This post is in collaboration with Carly Klassen, Founder of The Sage Soap Company in Guelph. She hand makes soaps, deodorants, bath bombs and other self-care products. She only uses natural plant based ingredients because she knows it’s important to use only the best on your skin especially during self-care moments.
Why did you start The Sage Soap Company company?
I started the company in 2016 after I left a job that wasn’t doing great things for my health. It started in my kitchen with my search to create a perfect bath bomb. I tried so many different recipes, techniques and watched a lot of Youtube videos! While figuring out the bath bomb I started to see that it was typically soapmakers who were making bath bombs. And so I got this idea in my head that if I could make a bath bomb, then I could probably make soap. So I started collecting the ingredients and preparing myself psychologically to handle lye. Lye is a caustic substance and can do serious damage to your skin if it comes in direct contact with it… so it took me a few weeks, lots of safety equipment and a lot of courage to handle it. Once I made the soap and unmolded the final product, I was so immensely satisfied that I just had to keep going.
Why is plant based important to you?
The meat-based food system requires more resources than a vegetarian diet. Even though we don’t consume soap, it can be made from tallow which is a hard fatty substance made from rendered animal fat. Most soap that can be purchased commercially is made with tallow. I’m not fully vegan, but I try to eat a primarily vegan diet and handling animal fat to produce a product to sell to the community is not something that lines up with my values. For my soaps, I use organic olive oil, organic coconut oil and grapeseed oil, sometimes I use butters like cocoa and shea to create an extra moisturizing soap.
Where do you source your ingredients?
I work with suppliers who offer certified organic oils and essential oils as often as I can. The herbs that I use are sourced locally and I even grow some of them myself such as sage and peppermint. I do a lot of “one-off” soaps and products with things that I’ve foraged like cedar leaves, pine needles, sand and rose hips.
What is your plant based self-care routine and what Sage Soap Company products do you use?
For me, the most important elements of a good self-care routine are exercise, drinking enough water and reminding myself that I need to rest.
I have a fairly simple morning self-care routine. First I was my face with a more gentle soap like Bees Knees. Then I use a buttery cream that I made myself that has sweet almond oil, jojoba, cocoa butter, mango butter, coconut oil and a touch of beeswax.
If I’m taking a shower, I use a scrub soap on my whole body (currently using a coffee scrub!). I’m still using liquid shampoo and conditioner. I’ve transitioned to natural products, but I can’t wean myself off of them yet. I’d ideally like to shift to shampoo bars and conditioner, but I have a lot of fine hair which can be finicky. I’m working on some recipes.
When I’m feeling like I need a little something special, I draw myself a bath and put half a cup of Epsom salts into it as it’s filling up. If I’m taking a bath, I always use a bath bomb, which makes my body super soft. Occasionally, I will make do a face mask if my skin needs some extra love.
My Experience with The Sage Soap Company
The two products I’ve tried from The Sage Soap Company are: the natural deodorant and the bath bombs. Keep reading to see I incorporate the products into my self-care routine!
My Self-Care Routine with The Sage Soap Company
Every morning I take the time to apply the cream natural deodorant in one of these three scents: Grapefruit, Lemongrass & Sage or Cedarwood. Sometimes instead of having a shower I will take time to relax in a bath with a bath bomb. My favourite scent from The Sage Soap Company is the Cinnamon and Clove.
We welcome you to share your thoughts about plant based self-care and your routine in the comments below. We would love to start a conversation with you!
This post is in collaboration with The Sage Soap Company in Guelph