Kootenay Soap Co.
Located in Balfour, Dave and Annick live a classic Kootenay lifestyle — running their own business using only natural and vegan ingredients, and enjoying all the landscape and activities our region has to offer.
Who are the processors at Kootenay Soap?
Dave and Annick Faehndrich
Your business name implies you make soap, but I know it’s about more than that! What else do you make?
We hand-craft all natural body products, scented 100% with botanical essential oils. We make soaps, bath salts, bath bombs, body & foot scrubs and bath oils.
How would your describe your operation?
Kootenay Soap Co. is a small, family-run business, nestled in the mountains near beautiful Kootenay Lake. Having been established since the early 90’s, Kootenay Soap Co. crafts high-quality, eco-friendly and vegan bath products at affordable prices. It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to present some information about these products and add your readers to our list of satisfied customers!
At Kootenay Soap, we take great care in producing high-quality products made with only the finest ingredients. Our soaps are made with pure coconut oil, rich cold-pressed hemp oil, pure BC mountain water, electrolyted sea salts (sodium hydroxide), pure botanical essential oils, organic colours and plant-based texturizers such as poppy seeds, sesame seeds, oats, millet and cinnamon. Our products are 100% guaranteed to be free of any animal by-products, artificial colours or chemical fragrances. Our coconut oil based soaps form a rich, dense lather even in cold water. They rinse off quickly and fully to leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. Our Bath Salts, Bath Bombs, Bath Oils, Body Polish & Foot Scrub will leave you feeling fresh and pampered. Our bath bombs are made with the finest sea salt, rich moisturizing oil and pure botanical essential oils.
You’ve been doing this for many, many years. What motivated you to start?
We loved the idea of working for ourselves.
And what are some of your greatest joys with this way of doing business?
To have the flexibility to raise our three children and have a home-based business from which to support ourselves.
What are some of your greatest challenges?
Keeping up with production during the Holiday season, as the markets get so busy for us.
What’s your vision for your business?
To continue to craft our body products until we retire or pass on the business to one of our children if they want it!
Why is local purchasing important to you?
We are very passionate about shopping local and building our sustainability in the Kootenays.
If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members, what would it be?
Thank you for supporting us & buying our products at the Co-op! The Kootenay Co-op has always been good to us & we couldn’t be happier to have our products in a great store! We truly appreciate it.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Happy Holidays to the fine folks of Nelson! See you at the farmer’s market in the spring.