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There are few products that make me as happy as using a natural bar of soap – The silky bubbles of a handcrafted bar of soap are incomparable to a mass manufactured bar and Natalie seems to have nailed the chemistry of her products, they are nothing short of bathing perfection!

Read on below to find out more about Natalie and why she does what she does…

Please tell us a bit about yourself and one interesting fact.

I’m a resident of Georgina and live close to Lake Simcoe. I love jogging down to the lake and have been working on my endurance to run a successful 5k. Even though I went to school for International Business and work in the financial industry full time. That being said, I devote most of my free time to creating natural skincare products! I hope to make this a full time endeavor one day. I prefer being outdoors to indoors and love spending time in nature. I love gardening and growing new varieties of plants and have a Certificate of Horticulture from the University of Guelph.

Where did your business idea come from?

I was reading about the side effects of steroid creams while treating persistent eczema and started researching natural products as an alternative. A friend gave me a tube of calendula cream from a local health food store and within a few weeks of using it I noticed a significant improvement! I started learning about herbal remedies for eczema and other skin conditions and it dawned on me that I had a ton of calendula & chamomile already growing in my herb garden and could create natural skincare products myself. I started off making my own infusions and making creams. Then I took on the challenge of learning all about cold-process soap making! Natural soaps are definitely the focus of my product line as I enjoy the soap making process so much.

Do you receive many custom orders and if so, how much input do clients have?

Yes, I love custom orders! Especially creating soap favours for baby showers and small to medium size weddings. Customers are able to customize the colours and scents of soaps using natural colourants and essential oils. I gather information from the bride and groom and help them choose combinations of colours and scents that suit their style and vision.

I also create custom soaps for different skin types! Each client gets to customize a blend of oils, clays and natural ingredients that is made for their specific needs and skin type.

Do you have a home studio or do you work at another location?

I am lucky to have a spare bedroom in my home that I converted to a home studio/workshop where I formulate all my products.

What has been the most challenging aspect of being a creative business owner?

My goal to is live a balanced and mindful life that focuses on mind, body and spirit. Finding Balance can be challenging with a full time career (9-5 and then some), operating Naturally Natalie, making time for family and friends, finding time to focus on my own wellness, exercise and travel can be challenging. I am so grateful for the the loyalty and constant demand from my customers! That is the inspiration and motivation to keep me creating !

Did you take classes to learn the skills you utilize or are these self taught practices of trial and error?

A mix of both. I had recently completed a certificate in Horticulture from the University of Guelph and had many years of gardening experience which I learned up from Mom. At first, I researched and experimented with soapmaking on my own and then in 2015 I enrolled in a natural cosmetics making certificate program and learned to perfect soap making.

Make sure you check out Natalie’s social channels for some great body care ideas!

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Instagram: @naturallynatalie

One thought on “Meet the Maker – Naturally Natalie Botanicals

  • Susan wilsonMarch 1, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Great work, Natalie! Excellent article. Glad to see you get recognition for the initiative and entrepreneurial spirit you have, combined with your focus on natural as best! We love your soaps!!! Also great to see you recognize your mom in your article, she is an awesome gardener!!

    Best wishes in all you do!
    Susan Wilson


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