Scout Vendors: Clayburn Comforts Soap & Body Works and Crystal Clear Boutique

Wednesday May 16th 2012, AT 6:00AM   4 Comments;

Delish Magazine is honored to be a sponsor of the upcoming Scout Handmade + Vintage Market! This fantastic event is brought to you by Rachel & Lily of Birch & Bird Vintage Home Interiors, the same dynamic duo who brought you the Fieldstone Vintage Market.

From now until May 25th, Delish will be bringing the sellers to our readers! Consider this a sneak peek to entice you to come to the market (make sure to say hi to us at the Delish General Store booth!), or an introduction to an amazing artisan, handcrafter or business for those of you who are not local to the Lower Mainland, or cannot make it out. Check back every day for new vendors!

Clayburn Comforts Soap & Body Works

Owner/artisan: Sue Kavelman

What is the story behind your business?

I started soap making in 1998 as a hobby to share with my daughter. Very quickly I was hooked on creating my own “stuff” and soon I was making lotions, rubs, shampoo, deodorant and face care. Before long, friends and family wanted to buy my creations and so the idea of a business was born. In my search for natural remedies and ingredients I discovered essential oils and so studied the principles of aromatherapy for two years through the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy.

In 2000, my husband and I purchased a little brick Foreman’s Cottage in historic Clayburn Village and set about to restore it. Our dream was to also rebuild an old out-building as a separate studio where I could make and sell soaps and other aromatherapy products. During the cottage restoration, when we were called upon to clean approximately 8,000 bricks, I was inspired to have a soap mold made that resembled those same bricks. By 2005 the house was complete and my little studio was “Open for Business”, selling Clayburn soap bricks and natural bath and body products. I created an English-style cottage garden for the enjoyment of my customers, and many a husband has relaxed by the stream and watched the birds while his wife enjoys the good scents inside the shop!

I’m delighted to be a marketing partner with Tourism Abbotsford and to participate annually in the Circle Farm Tour and the Passport to Christmas programs, and was honoured to receive the Home Based Business Excellence Award from the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

I craft my all my products in my studio and so have become a “master of small spaces”. The creative urge strikes at all hours of the day and night, so my motto is that I’m always at home and always at work! But my “work” is quite often play, so it’s not unusual to hear some good tunes coming from the soap shack late at night.

I also create and print all my labels and brochures, as well as my website and customer newsletter, but that all gets done in my mini-den in the house. I use biodegradable shrink wrap for my soaps and gift baskets and that system resides on my dining room table, and shelves of baskets line my living room wall. Yes, a home-based business has a way of taking over the whole home – a challenge that couldn’t be tolerated without a wonderful, supportive spouse and family!

What will you be selling at Scout?

I’ll be bringing my top selling products to the Scout Market!
Soap, Soap, Soap! Most of my handcrafted soaps are made with 100% organic oils and butters, and provide outstanding cleansing, moisturizing and conditioning to even the most sensitive skin. I use natural botanicals and clays for colour and only pure, essential oils for their honest fragrance and therapeutic qualities (except for Miner’s Mocha which is just plain fun, with the aroma of Chocolate Fudge!)

#1 is my Shampoo 3-in-1 bar (that’s all I’ve used on my hair for the past 7 years). Packaged in a convenient travel tin, it’s called Travel Easy, complete with a cotton cord for convenience in those less than traditional shower stalls or at the gym. I’ll also be bringing its companion product – Outdoor 3-in-1, which contains insect repelling essential oils – a must for the camper or outdoor enthusiast!
#2 is Essential 7 Face Cream! I make a full line of natural face care products, from detoxifying cream cleanser, toner and scrub to facial serum, eye cream and Essential 7. I’ll be bringing all my face care products to the Scout Market.
#3 is Baby Bum Jelly! I’ve created a natural, organic alternative to petroleum jelly. Say “good-bye” to diaper rash, dry, itchy skin, eczema patches, etc. My natural baby care line of products is the fastest growth area in my shop and I’ll be bringing all my baby care, including Baby “O” Organic soap, to the market.
#4 is Lemongrass Deodorant! I make solid deodorant using 100% organic oils, butters and waxes and essential oils that ‘actually work’ at creating a comfortable, effective and long-lasting deodorant.
#5 is Mango Foot Crack Butter! It’s that ‘sandal’ time of year again and my natural foot care products are a favourite. I’ll be bringing Sandal Feet gift packs that contain foot soak, foot scrub, foot crack butter, peppermint foot lotion and a pumice/nail brush.

I will accept Cash payments at the market, but will also be equipped with “PAYPAL HERE”, so will securely accept VISA, MasterCard and Amex as well.

Why do you like these events?

I don’t normally participate in farmer’s markets and events because I have a brick & mortar store, but I’ve found that when Birch & Bird are involved it’s usually a great experience! I enjoy meeting and networking with the other merchants – I’m always amazed at all the talent! I especially like the opportunity to meet people and talk about my natural products, and by participating in these events I also reach a lot of people who don’t know about Clayburn Village, so I’m also able to work as an ambassador for BC’s First Company Town as well!

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

As more and more quality organic ingredients become available, I’m converting my formulas and products to even healthier options for my customers, from soaps to deodorants and beyond. Through the innovation of a soap mold maker in Texas, I’m also expanding my business to offer professional, privately molded soaps to local businesses, as well as the ability to streamline my own soap making process to give better value to my retail customers.

I really like to get to know my customers and gain a deep satisfaction from helping them find natural alternatives for their personal care needs.

On a personal level, I believe that life is a journey to be lived to the fullest, so when I’m not working, I find balance and fulfillment with my family, my cats and my garden! I also grab any moments I can to bird watch, my all time favourite ‘quiet time’ pursuit and one that my young granddaughter loves too.

Find it here: Clayburn Comforts

Crystal Clear Boutique

Owner/artisan: Laura Derksen

Beatriz photography & design

What is the story behind your business?

Crafting is a huge passion of mine and making hair accessories for myself, friends and babies was something I had started before I had my daughter. After my daughter Ariella was born on May 11, 2010 I became obsessed with clips and headbands! Going back to my previous job four days a week was out of the question as I couldn’t leave her for that long. But I quickly realized I needed something to keep me busy and put my crafting passion to use. March 2011 I started Crystal Clear Boutique, it quickly took off and now is a steadily growing business and sold online (website, etsy, facebook) and currently in eight amazing stores.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

Everything is made and put together in my home in Chilliwack, BC. The best part about doing this from home and being my own boss is that my hours/days are flexible. I usually work two days a week but sometimes three if an upcoming event is booked.

What will you be selling at Scout?

I am busy creating new and exciting clips and headbands for this event and adding to my women’s line.

Why do you like these events?

One of my favorite events in the past was the Fieldstone Vintage Market last September. Rachel and Lily (owners of Birch and Bird Vintage Home Interiors) were great hosts and the atmosphere was amazing! Vintage goodies and handmade items everywhere made this day one not to forget.

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

In the new few months I will be opening a studio in my home so that locals can come and see all my items displayed and will be able to meet to design custom orders. I feel so blessed to be able to work from home and spend so much quality time with my daughter and do something that I LOVE! Looking forward to meeting so many new friends at the upcoming Scout Handmade & Vintage Market!

Find it here: Crystal Clear Boutique

Scout Vintage + Handmade Market Info

When: May 25th-26th, 2012
Friday, May 25th from 6-9pm will be open to ticket holders and invited guests only. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on April 15th for a First Dibs night of shopping, wine + cheese and live entertainment. Saturday, May 26th will be open to the public from 10am-4pm for a small admission fee.
Where:The Parallel Marketplace (across from Thrifty Foods) 1920 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford BC.
Partial proceeds of the admission will go to a local charity, Life Recovery, a non-profit residential women’s recovery program.

See them here: Scout Vintage + Handmade Market

And see you there!

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4 Responses to “Scout Vendors: Clayburn Comforts Soap & Body Works and Crystal Clear Boutique”

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks so much for the write up! Can’t wait for the Scout Handmade and Vintage Market!

  2. colleen says:

    So excited to see more of your pretty things….can’t wait to work with you on my story!

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