As I mentioned in my previous blogpost, I made the decision to start doing and stop whining. One of the things I decided for myself is to go out of the house more often and do some exploring. To be honest, wintertime may not be the best time to go outside and explore Ottawa, since it’s freezing cold at the moment. But still, I forced myself to go out and I ended up at SAABOON.
A couple of weeks ago a friend mentioned that she came across a new soapstore in town and said I needed to go and visit, as she thought I would really love the store. So I had to go check it out and boy, was she right. This store is really pretty with lovely and sustainable products (mostly soaps). I started talking to the owner Joulian, who is really nice, I bought some soaps and we ended up collaborating.
Joulian started making the soaps 4 years ago, because of his work (making showcase videos), and decided he wanted to make something himself. The soaps he makes are all-natural, vegan, gluten-free and most importantly, he doesn’t use artificial scents or colouring. Also, he is 100% against animal testing.
At first he gave the soaps he made to family and friends, but after a while word spread and family of friends wanted to actually buy some soaps. Joulian didn’t want the money, but they insisted and left him some money. After this he realised he could actually turn this into his company. So besides still having his other job (making promotional showcase videos), he decided to give the soap-thing a go. Soon after this, some stores and supermarkets in Canada approached him for wanting to buy and sell his soap.
After almost 4 years Joulian felt it was time to open up his own SAABOON store. He knew right away that the focus had to be on his products (he doesn’t only make soap anymore, he also makes some other skincare products like a lip balm, body balm, deodorant), so he wanted to keep it very minimalistic and clean. A big renovation had to be done (because it was a stuffy old video-rental place before), in which he also did a lot himself (for example the big concrete sink). When you walk up to the store you see this dark grey front, but once inside everything is light and white. The counter is sort of integrated in one of the sidewalls with a concrete top and the concrete sink with the brass taps and pipes are a true eye-catcher. The floor is also concrete and one sidewall consists of square compartments in which he presents his products. Furthermore, the lights are glass, almost teardrop-shape, bulbs. This all makes the pretty small room look kind of big and spatial. A store after my heart!
And now, pretty important, the products itself. I can be short about them. I love them. The first time I went into the store I bought the charcoal soap and the french clay soap. I’ve only used the charcoal one, but after washing your hands with it, they feel soo soft. Even though I’m only using it to wash my hands, you can use the soap to wash your whole body.
The last time I went in I also got the body balm, the lip balm and some other soaps. The body balm isn’t greasy and soaks in almost immediately. The same goes for the lip balm. Your lips don't stay shiny, but they’re so soft. You actually don’t need to re-use the lip balm constantly. Only 2 or 3 times a day is enough. I can honestly say that I’m really happy with my new skincare-products from SAABOON. Besides the good quality of the products, they also look really beautiful.
So if you’re in Ottawa, you really should check out the beautiful, minimalistic and clean store from Joulian (information below). You can even try the soaps and wash your hands at the awesome sink. Also, I think the products from SAABOON make great Christmas gifts, so if you still don’t know what to buy, this is my tip for you ;)
If you did visit, please let me know what you thought of it!
595 Gladstone Avenue
Wed-Sun: 1pm - 6pm