I had a profound moment earlier today. I was at my little store in Fort Langley, filling a couple orders, worrying about my business, working on a reopening strategy and planning for next month, scared, worried, tired... and as I went to lock the front door, I saw my open sign sitting on the wicker chair. Those 4 simple words. 4 words with such different connotation now.
“Come in, we’re open!’
And it hit me.
All of it. The past 59 days of Covid ripping through our lives, disrupting and closing my business, my family, all the families, our routines, school,..... life. Everything.
And for the first time since it all started, I allowed myself to just sit and let it hit me, I let it hurt. Let it in. Let it make me feel small and vulnerable, and sad. I mourned the spring that should have been unfolding right now, the cheerful ringing of our antique brass bell each time a customer walked in the store, all the birthday parties, bridal showers that we should be hosting in our studio, grad parties,the laughter and excitement as guests unveil their soap creations. The familiar smiles and chats with our local, regular customers, (Elke, I miss your smiling face and talking about what flowers are popping up!)
I miss handing dog treats over the counter to our four-legged fur friends, or stamping bumble bees and ladybugs on eager, chubby little hands....
The ‘normal’ that was taken for granted all seems so far away now, my heart misses all of it, the noise, the people, the connectedness of community.
So when the day comes that I can hang this treasured old sign back on my shop door window, know that it will have enormous emotional meaning, more than I can put into a single social media post. It will be more than an opening, it will be a celebration, a celebratory statement... ‘We’re Open!’... and I look forward to sharing it with you!
In the meantime, if you have read this far, thank you for listening, remember you can still support our small business by posting product reviews, sharing posts, and of course ordering online. Each and every order helps ensure that we WILL reopen next month, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Missing you all 💕
#FortLangley #FortForever #SupportLocal #Covid19Sucks
Who doesn't love a deliciously scented bath bomb as a tub treat after a long day or work week, right?
By choosing all natural bath bombs, you are respecting your skin and body but also the environment....and did you know, you also reduce the chances of artificial colorants like "Lake" colors from staining your tub. However, keep in mind that even natural colorants like clays, charcoal and micas can be villains in your clawfoot too. even natural colorants sometimes cause a disdainful ring around your tub.
Your soap, body & hair products can also create a buildup of residue around the tub that allows bath bomb ingredients to cling to. Certain types of tubs repel or attract buildup ( such as porcelain or fiber glass with no top coat or acrylic barrier.
First thing to ask yourself before tackling a tub ring is what kind of tub you have. When it comes to stain removal, whatever your tub is made with will determine what type of cleaner you can use.
3 Types of Tubs:
Looking for some fun and original ideas for gifts for Father's Day? Maybe a birthday or special event? It is difficult to keep the ideas new and fresh and when the kids and family want to make it personal and special, what can you do? We scoured the internet for you to find some of the most creative, easy and inexpensive DIY ideas and decided that THESE are the most fantastic!
creativity for the win!
DIY Soap On a Rope
You can buy dad's favourite soap or drop into DIY retail store studios like Chuckling Duckling Farm in Fort Langley. You get to make your own bar of soap (either in a class setting or come for their Soapy Saturdays for a drop in, Make & Take soap craft! Each weekend they have their soap bar set up for you to come in build your own soap bar, complete with scents to choose from (Dad might like Sandalwood, Citrus or Peppermint) and fun add ons like mini rubber ducks, or gritty exfoliants like cranberry seeds and poppy seeds. Make a standard soap bar or a soap-on-a-rope!
Allow yourself a approximately 30 minutes, 15 minutes to make the soap and 15 for it to chill in the fridge and harden while you shop or go for a walk through the Fort!
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One of the comments we hear most when people discover our natural bath & body products is, "Wow! You are just like Lush, only cleaner!"
I am not going to lie, this is the best compliment we could receive because we all know how amazing Lush is at delivering sexy, fun products for bath & body! As to how natural they really are, that has been left up for debate.
PUTTING THE SPARKLE BACK ON TARNISHED SILVERWARE
Getting the house ready for company and Christmas fun can be daunting, especially if you are pulling out the "good" silverware and prepping for a big party! You CAN still get the task done using natural cleaning products and gret DIY recipes like this one!
Get Your Shine On
Your silverware can get buildup and tarnish on it and will benefit from a a quick bath,...... an aluminium bath! Yes, we are all about glorious baths, natural bath bombs and organic bubble baths, but this recipe is for a nice, hot aluminum foil bath!
Do you suffer from achy joints, sore muscles or arthritic pain? Are you making an effort to heal your body using natural products and trying to stay away from pharmaceuticals? If you answered yes, then this post is for you!
Arnica in Traditional MedicineArnica montana, a wildflower that grows in the high mountains of Europe, has likely been used as a healing herb since the Middle Ages1. The first documentation of the use of Arnica as a medicinal plant in Europe dates from the 1500s.
Folklore tells us that humans learned the value of Arnica by observing mountain goats, who would clamber to find the Arnica plant after falling or stumbling. Following the animals’ lead, locals began to apply the herb for bruises, mostly in the form of external salves or steeped in teas. This explains its German name, Fallkraut or “fall herb.”
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"A bath bomb should be used within 3-4 weeks of being made. the fresher the better as the essential oils and shea, mango and cocoa butters do start to evaporate and dry out."
-by Leah Chevallier, Artisan Bath Bomber at Chuckling Duckling Farm
What the fizz?
The truth is that the fresher the bath bomb, the faster it will fizz. Do you care if your bomb fizzes at warp speed or not? If not, then fear not... BUT your bathtime bliss will be more hydrating and moisturizing to your skin if you DO use your treats within the first 3-4 weeks.
Obviously you can keep them longer, months really. But over time the 2 main ingredients (Citric Acid & Baking Soda) will start to oxidize, and eventually they bind to each other (which reduces the fizz-ability factor.)
Another important note is the natural blends of hydrating oils and rich butters (like cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter) start to dry out over time when exposed to the air. So if you want to keep your moisture in your bombs and make the most of them, be sure to:
What about sensitive skin?
Anybody can use a bath bomb obviously avoiding essential oils or ingredients that one might be allergic to (ie. citrus, lavender etc..) Our bath bombs are extremely gentle as they are 100% natural, non-toxic ingredients.
Our only item that has SLS (for extra bubbles) is the Tub Truffles. If you are sensitive (like I am), then perhaps stay away from the tub truffles or use rarely.
What about glitter in the bath tub?
We choose to stay away from glitter and huge amounts of colorant. For me personally, the bath bomb experience is about hydration, relaxation and scent. I don't see the need for fillers and extra ingredients that bring no value to the bath experience. Not to mention, the idea of cleaning glitter out of my lady parts does NOTHING for me! Same goes for the excess colours, we prefer natural essential oils, mild BPA-free colorant and add dried plant, floral and herb content for visual impact.
What if I don't like dried petals in my water?
No problem! Put your bath bomb in a muslin tea bag or stainless tea ball strainer. Let the goodness of the ingredients infuse your bath water and leave the dried petals and flowers in the strainer to toss out later. Super easy cleanup!
Can I personalize a Bath Bomb?
Yes! We do it all the time! We do shower gifts, wedding and brides maid gifts where we are matching colours, themes etc. We can also do multi-tone colours and specific scents. Just email us and we will get your wish into our production schedule. Just give us at least 2 weeks notice for custom orders. If you are looking for custom packaging, we do that as well. Custom, branded labels, personalized messages etc. We even do messages INSIDE our bath bombs! Yes, they are water proof!
I hope that answers a few of your questions, feel free to email if you have others! If you share this post on Facebook, your name will be entered into a draw for a Bombs Away Gift Box! Good luck!
WANT TO EARN FREE NATURAL, BODY PRODUCTS?
We are looking for local product testers! If you are in the Langley, Fort Langley, White Rock, Vancouver or BC Lower Mainland, we want YOU to try our products for FREE!
If this is you, then sign up to be a Chuckling Duckling Farm product tester! Click here!
After you sign up, you will receive an email with a few questions to get your preferences, skin type (oily, dry, sensitive etc..) as well as any aversions or dislikes.
Then watch your inbox and our Facebook & Instagram accounts for news of product testers going out!
Want to earn $$$ AND FREE products? Host a home-party and invite your friends over for wine! Email Us for more details!
Author: Leah Chevallier, Natural Products Artisan
Lover of all things natural, farm fresh and home-made!
Is your face feeling dry and parched? Are you confused as to how it can feel so dry when you live in a humid climate? (I have always been confused by that).
Although cold, windy winter days contribute to dryness, it's actually the air indoors that causes most of our skin issues in winter. Why? Because during the winter months we tend to turn up the thermostat to stay warm, but it causes severe dryness to the skin. Our faces and hands are the most exposed, therefore they suffer the most.
Tip: Turn down the thermostat at night and sleep with a humidifier in your room to combat the dry air.
What oils are best for face serums?
We stock over 22 different types of carrier oils, each with a specific profile and purpose to bring moisture in the right amounts, to the right right body parts. Your face serum requires a lightness that absorbs into the fine skin and does not leave a greasy residue; all while adding back lost moisture, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Some of our high quality oils for serums include: Pomegranate Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil & Rosehip Oil to name a few. Our face serums are rich in anti-oxidants and glide on beautifully, with no greasy residue. They absorb quickly and leave your skin feeling plump and soft. After carefully blending our luxurious, all natural serums, we then add various essential oils based on your skin type. *We can do custom scenting as well.
How to Use A Face Serum:
1. Use your regular cleanser & wash your face, slightly patting dry. Leaving some moisture is good as the serum will lock it in.
2. Choose a serum based on your general skin type (Oily, Sensitive, Dry), different oils and essential oils will help re-nourish your skin while respecting it's natural state.
3. Put 4-5 drops of your face serum on the palms of your hands and rub together to distribute evenly. Then gently apply to your entire face and neck, eyes included but obviously careful not to get into your eyes.
4. Massage gently and leave to dry naturally. Some follow right away with a moisturizer, I prefer to leave as-is in the evening but if I do a morning application (with fewer drops) I will follow up with a moisturizer.
Note: I only apply 2-3 drops in the morning; right after my shower and let it lock in the moisture and absorb while I drink my coffee and start my day. I do follow up with a moisturizer before applying make-up.