• Christina Minak-Tobin


Updated: Jun 1

A lot happened in the last couple of months. I was asked by Fig Fleurs in Pointe-Claire Village to have a pop-up store in their beautiful flower studio on November 30. The soaps I made for this event sold really well, so I ended up not having enough stock to offer them via my newsletter.

On February 5, I was invited by Linda Sestock from the Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club (MLUWC) as a speaker at one of their networking evenings to talk about handmade plant powered skincare and how I reconcile personal values with creativity. It was a really fun evening! The MLUWC is a really good non-profit organization in the West Island of Montreal with a focus on community, non-partisan advocacy and is fundraising for scholarships for women and girls. Check them out here

Making new soaps took me a little longer this time as I wanted to try different soap design techniques and colouring with different botanicals and clays. Some of them turned out well and others I would need to practice some more. My diploma course in organic skincare formulation took much more of my time as there is so much to learn and I had to realize that formulating skincare products is really time consuming.

Talking about time consuming LOL, I decided I wanted to try something different for some of the packaging but didn’t have coloured paper, so I decided to dye my own paper. It ties in with my personal goal of reducing my footprint and working with plant powered ingredients (and it’s fun to experiment with). I am using paper and botanicals I already have like avocado peels and pits, pomegranate peel, onion peel, beets and elderberries.

One last subject I would like to touch upon is the importance of reading labels when you are purchasing cosmetic products! Please, please, please make it a habit to read labels! It will be better for your health and the environment. DO NOT trust the word “natural” written on the front of the package! If you don’t understand the ingredient list or are not sure about certain ingredients you can install and use an application on your phone called THINK DIRTY. Here are two another websites you can consult: and

Avoid anything that has 'fragrance' or 'parfum' as an ingredient - this could include a whole host of ingredients to create a certain smell, but it's not broken down into the actual ingredients that create that particular smell.

Also, Ingredients are listed by those in the greatest amounts first, with the rest following in descending order. This doesn’t apply to ingredients that are present in concentrations that are less than 1%. They don't have to be listed in a particular order.

It’s also important to remember that just because an ingredient isn’t at the top of the list, it doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Some ingredients are very effective in smaller concentrations.

I hope this newsletter finds all of you well,


For anybody who hasn’t ordered from me before I would like to just quickly explain how it works.

I would like to make sure that you know that making soaps and cosmetics is NOT a business for me, it is a self -sustaining passion! I started making the products for myself because I don’t trust the cosmetic industry and prefer knowing what is in my skincare products and where the ingredients are coming form. Also as a personal goal I am trying to reduce my footprint. I started that many years ago with my food by trying to eat as clean and as local as possible. As a bonus I find this also to be a very creative and educating process.

You can email me or call/text me 438-824-6972 to order or arrange to meet at my home in Beaconsfield to see, touch and smell the products first before buying.

Rooibos + Clay

With organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic rooibos tea, organic sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, organic castor oil, rhassoul clay, pink clay and essential oils: orange, clary sage, pink grapefruit, frankincense and ylang-ylang.

$4.00 regular UPDATE: only without glycerine heart left

$3.00 small

Tea Tree + Charcoal

Organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, rice bran oil, organic tamanu oil, organic castor oil, tea tree essential oil, activated bamboo charcoal and bentonite clay.

$5.00 with heart and tree

$3.00 oval

$6.00 camera

New Batch will be ready June 11th

Pink + Cambrian Clay

Organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic shea butter, organic cocoa butter, organic castor oil, essential oils: pink grapefruit, clary sage and lemon, clays: pink and Cambrian blue clay (the blue clay looks green in the soap) the design is called Taiwan Swirl.


Triple Butter

Playing with colour in the same soap recipe Organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, mango butter, shea butter, essential oils: orange, pink grapefruit and peppermint. The colours are from: sea buckthorn oil for the yellow, dark blue/grey from indigo and activated charcoal the two greens from Cambrian blue clay and indigo with white clay, the old rose from pink clay.


Field of Flowers

Before cutting this soap looked like an abstract painting of a field of flowers hence the name. The

soap design technique is called a pipe divider swirl made with all organic oils and butters: olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil. The essential oils used are lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus. The colours are made from plant infused oils: madder root (red), annatto seeds (orange), nettle and chlorella (green) for the white I used titanium dioxide

Large $6.00 and Regular $5.00

Glacial Clay + Yoghurt

This spa soap is gentle enough to be used as a facial soap enriched with Canadian glacial marine clay and homemade organic yogurt. All oils are organic: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, shea butter, and castor oil.


March 29th, new batch ready

Lavender + Coconut Milk

Perfect to use in the shower or as a bath bar. With organic olive oil, organic coconut milk, organic coconut oil, organic and RSPO Palm oil (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), sweet almond oil, Brazilian purple clay, white clay and lavender essential oil. This soap design technique is The Secret Feather Swirl


Botanical Collection

This is a collection I would love to continue with different botanical impressions as I collect them throughout the year. There is definitely room for improvement making the impressions but I loved the process of making them! The ingredients: organic, fair trade and roundtable on sustainable palm oil, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, organic castor oil, lavender essential oil, Cambrian blue clay and titanium dioxide

Letting go for $3.00 because it's a test batch.

Cashew Milk

With organic olive oil, sweet almond oil, organic and RSPO palm oil, organic coconut oil, mango butter and organic castor oil. The colours for the circles used are: chlorella, madder root, annatto seeds and white clay, essential oils: lemon and peppermint.

Letting go for $3.00 because it is a test batch and the bar is only abut 80 grams

Chamomile + Oatmeal

This soap is an excellent option for very sensitive skin, except if you are allergic to plants in the daisy family. No essential oils are added but because I used oil and water infusions with chamomile plus soaped at lower temperature the smell of chamomile is definitely present. This soap was made with organic chamomile macerated olive oil, organic chamomile tea, organic shea butter, organic castor oil, colloidal oatmeal and bentonite clay.


Almond Milk + Calendula

organic olive oil, almond milk, sweet almond oil, organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, organic shea butter, essential oil: lavender, litsea cubeba and lemon.



The pieces in this soap are from the triple butter soaps and the base soap is made with all organic oils: organic olive oil, coconut butter, avocado oil, castor oil. I added white clay and the essential oils are: peppermint, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and lemon.


Instagram Soap

Combining my two passions, photography and soap making.

Organic Clear Glycerin Soap with organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, vegetable glycerin, water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, hydrolyzed oat protein. The white part has the same ingredients plus safflower seed oil, shea butter and titanium dioxide. Essential oils: sweet orange and peppermint.



With organic oils and butters: olive, coconut, shea, sunflower, castor, avocado and cocoa. The essential oils are: lavender, peppermint and rosemary and the colours are from alkanes root (purple), annatto seeds (orange), chlorella (green) and titanium dioxide (white).

$4.00 (test batch)

Shampoo Bars

Stimulating (all hair types) $6.00

SCS (sodium coco sulphate),organic horsetail extract, organic nettle, organic amla, organic brahmi, ghassoul clay, organic jojoba oil, organic coconut oil, baobab oil, aloe vera extract, d-panthenol, hydrolyzed quinoa protein. Essential oils: white grapefruit, peppermint and clary sage.

Rose (all hair types, sensitive scalp) $6.00

SCS (sodium coco sulphate), SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate) kokum butter, babassu oil, organic baobab powder, guar gum, organic rose petals, organic rose infused apple cider vinegar.

Broccoli Seed + Cupuacu Butter (normal to dry hair) $8.00

SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate), Emulsense HC, broccoli seed oil, jasmine infused organic apple cider vinegar, powdered jasmine flowers, Lanette O, cupuacu butter, powdered blue malva flower petals and essential oils: nutmeg, atlas cedarwood, ylang-ylang and patchouli

Marshmallow Shampoo (all hair types) $6.00

SCI (sodium cocoyl isethiante), ghassoul clay, neroli hydrosol, organic baobab oil, organic shea butter, d-panthenol, hydrolyzed quinoa protein, organic marshmallow root powder, ylang-ylang essential oil

Body Butter "Dry Skin Be Gone" $8.00

Organic raw shea butter, organic cocoa butter, mango seed butter, lavender infused almond oil, calendula infused MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides), essential oils: frankincense, ylang-ylang, lavender and vitamin E

Rose Face Cream $15.00

Organic rose floral water, witch hazel (without alcohol), apricot kernel oil, organic argan oil, organic raw shea butter, organic jojoba oil, olive squalane, olive 1000, organic hibiscus glycerite, vitamin E, xantham gum, organic rose geranium essential oil, ylang-ylang essential oil, clary sage essential oil, and as a preservative I use Dermasoft Pentiol Eco.

Multitask Serum $15.00

Organic green tea seed oil, organic rose hip seed oil, organic calendula infused olive oil, organic jojoba oil, organic sacha inchi oil, organic sea buckthorn oil, evening primrose oil, vimatin E, rosemary oleoresin, essential oils: frankincense, carrot seed, ylang-ylang, vitamin E


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