As we all start creeping out from our living-room caves post-quarantine, we’re slowly starting to fall back into old routines. Top of mind? A good scrub! That’s why today The Local Goodness Project is talking about how Edmontonians can source their beauty and personal care supplies locally. Whether you’re looking to get a whole new ‘do, or update your at-home ‘shelf’ routine, there are plenty of Edmonton-based businesses that you can support while soaking up all the goodness these (self)care-makers bring!
(And don’t forget to check out our earlier post on Self-Care in Edmonton this month!)
Why Local Suds Matter
Not all personal-care products are created equally. Soaps, for example, produce higher emissions when purchased in liquid form due to the excess packaging required and increased transportation difficulty. Additionally, mass-produced products can contain unsustainable palm oils or get tested on animals.
Fortunately, when you purchase your personal-care supplies locally, you’ll find numerous plant-based, cruelty-free, and zero waste products to choose from. Furthermore, when you purchase locally, you’re helping support Edmonton’s business economy, as well as the small businesses supporting our neighbours all around town. There are numerous benefits to sourcing your personal-care supplies locally, from environmental support to economic support, making the benefit of choosing local retailers a total no-brainer!
Where to Look
There’s no short supply of personal care producers here in Edmonton, from soaps to toothpastes you’ll find it all. If you’re shopping for zero-waste there are a few local retailers that should be on your list of places to visit. Re:Plenish YEG is a refillery located in south Edmonton, they have everything from shampoo to detergent available for you to fill your own containers with. If pre-filled is more your speed, check out Plantiful Apothecary or Earth Warrior Lifestyle. You can even get your ‘Plantiful’ (available at Bamboo Ballroom!) products delivered through local stores, or through the locally owned & operated Good Goods Co. service, who are always sure to take care of their clients!
Here are a few more local companies specializing in local care products for your personal care:
|Jack 59 – Shampoo Bars||Victorian Grooming Co. – Beard Care|
|Habitat Products – Deodorants||Westmount Soap Co. – Soap|
|Going Green – Skin & Body||Change Toothpaste – Dental Care|
|Wild Prairie Soap Co – Soap||The Melanin Studio – Skin & Body|
|Six Scents – Home & Bath||Routine Cream – Skin Care|
That goes for if you’re in desperate need of a haircut, too. Many salons across Edmonton re-opened their doors last week with added social distancing measures, and we’re listing a few here that have called Edmonton home for some time:
|Icon Hair & Body||The Extensionist|
|Vivid Image Studio||The Cutting Room Salon & Spa|
|MUD Studio||Mousy Browns (reopening June 2)|
|PUR Beauty Lounge||Hair Inc.|
|The Beauty Parlour||Ivory Noir|
Sharing is Caring
Still, if you’re not in the market to stock up on supplies you can always show your support by lending your time or your voice to supporting local beauty and personal-care products by commenting, liking, and following their pages across social media. Give them a little boost on your own feed, or be sure to refer them the next time someone asks where to go gift shopping. And if time is on your side, try doing some research into the benefits of sourcing your soaps sustainably, or on how to make your own at-home beauty-care products; you may be surprised to find that the zero-waste movement is better for both the planet and your health.
Finally, be sure to elevate local brands who are building their businesses with sustainability in mind. You can always use our hashtag #LocalGoodnessYEG to offer up a platform to those businesses who are just re-opening their own doors.
Now get soaking, Edmonton: and don’t forget to share this article with a friend! (But please, try not to drop your phone in the tub!)