The Hands Behind the Soap: Purple Urchin Is An Ottawa Success Story

Purple Urchin is the local Ottawa success story of a female entrepreneur. Rebecca Pereira, who did not have any experience with soap prior to starting Purple Urchin, decided she would like to try her hand at making soap and selling it. More than just talk and a dream, Rebecca came up with a plan and turned it into action. She quit her day job an...
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What is Cold Process Soap?

So, if you've been to our store and seen our little signs by our bar soaps, you've probably wondered to yourself, what the heck is cold process soap? Don't worry, I've wondered the same thing too. So, what the heck is cold process soap? Let me break it down for you.When it comes to making soaps from scratch, like we do, there are two methods to ...
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Switching to a Natural Deodorant

With deodorant consistently being linked to various types of cancers and other health risks, more and more people are switching over to natural deodorant. However, it is hard to know what to expect with a natural deodorant after a lifetime of using aluminum based deodorants and antiperspirants. Everyone has a slightly different body chemistry, s...
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Why Switch to Natural Shampoo?

So many of you have been asking about our shampoo bars this summer, so we decided it was about time to do a blog post on them to answer your questions!  Why use shampoo bars? Shampoo bars use MUCH less water and energy in their production than the usual liquid shampoo we're accustomed to. However, there are a few other reasons our shampoo bars s...
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