How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are very powerful components of plants – they have the capability of being harmful if improperly used. Essential Oils can be very helpful for some cases, supportive in others, and have little to no effect in others. They are not intended to treat or cure serious medical conditions; there is no substitute for a consultation with a competent physician for any matters regarding your health, or anyone else.

Three uses of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy are Inhalation, Topical Application, and Ingestion.

Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts for therapy of ailments, (more…)

Curing Your Soap

Curing Soap (leaving it for a time to age) is an important part of Orchard Valley’s process. All soap will last longer the longer it is cured. Drying increases the density of the soap and decreases it’s water content. When purchasing soap that is wrapped, always unwrap the soap and let it sit out for at least one month. This will double the life of the bar.

Currently, in our soap-making emporium in East Kelowna, we have bars of soap as old as 14 years to test its usability as it ages.

Bottom Line: curing the soap means you have to use less product and it lasts longer. We recommend curing Orchard Valley Soaps your soap: put them in paper bags in your drawers and they make lovely sachets!

No Harmful Additives

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Orchard Valley Soaps contain no animal oil, parabens, or Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

Most commercial soaps contain harsh chemical additives that help them hold form and later properly. Animal fats help soap hold their shape and SLS (Sodium laureth sulfate) is a detergent found in many commercial personal care product which acts as a very inexpensive and effective foaming agent.

Although SLS is considered safe in concentrations used in cosmetics, it is an irritant that increases with concentration and exposure and is considered by some to be a carcinogen.

By using palm and olive oils (the best soap base), coconut oil (wonderful lathering qualities) and spices and clays as the only additives, Orchard Valley Soaps produces a ethical, clean product that is biodegradable.

Biodegradable Promise

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Travellers, campers and environmentally aware folks will all be pleased that all Orchard Valley Soaps are completely biodegradable. The soap decomposes naturally and quickly by the action of microorganisms and biological processes once it has been used.

While we understand that all soap usage has an environmental impact and affects ecosystems when soap is being used directly in waterways, our use of coconut, olive and palm oil (instead of animal fats) produces a softer soap that is more soluable and environmentally friendly.

Our Packaging

Orchard Valley Soaps and Essential Oils is committed to using the least amount of packaging possible.

We believe that while commercial producers put 90% of their efforts into packaging their product and 10% into the product, this means that consumers are receiving poor quality products in over-packaged materials. Most commercial soaps are packaged before they are completely cured, melting away quickly. At Orchard Valley, we cure our soaps and encourage our customers who purchase multiple bars of our soap to store them away in paper bags both to cure the soap longer and also act as a freshening sachet in drawers and closets.

If you visit us at the Kelowna Farmer’s Market or order our products online you will notice our plain brown paper bag packaging and the use of returnable, reusable and recyclable containers.