It goes without saying it has been a rough year on basically all accounts. It's safe to say we could all use some serious self-care, whatever that means for you or your loved ones. If you're looking to shop local to the Okanagan this holiday season, this list of small business babes is the perfect place to start your self-care inspiration.
I asked a bunch of local business babes for their suggestions on Self Care gift ideas from small businesses, and the list was so diverse! I love it. Self-care is so unique to each person, and it can mean something different each day. All the local business babes below provide some element of caring for oneself, being intentional in taking a moment to care for the needs you have.
Keep your eyes peeled for PROMO CODES throughout the blog, there are some great opportunities to save!
Happy local shopping!
What the Scrunch
Scrunchies have saved my hair and my sanity! They are my ten-second solution to a bad hair day and they are the only thing I will use on my massive mop of hair. No matter who you are shopping for this year, if they have long hair they could use few scrunchies in their stocking this year.
Scrunchies for every hair type and occasion, handmade with love in the Okanagan by good friends Heather and Christine. They offer local pickup in Mission Hill or downtown Vernon, delivery to Vernon and Kelowna and international shipping if you'd like to send a gift to a loved one living far away!
As confident as I may seem on social media, sometimes I feel like I want to throw up before I need to make a phone call. For no reason! That's anxiety and it hasn't stopped me but dang has it ever been along for the ride. It also pops up when I am facing a new project or am feeling overwhelmed. It's become a part of my life, but I don't let it win and I use aromatherapy to help in those stress fest moments. HeadSpace Babes has recently opened up to new vendors, check out their soaps by Hygge Soap Co in Armstrong too!
Intentional handmade products for busy and anxious minds, made in the Okanagan. Essential oil rollers designed for everyday stress and bottled in a pocket-sized roller for aromatherapy on the go. Locally made soaps with a focus on natural botanicals and healing ingredients. Free local delivery to Lumby and Vernon area, free shipping in Canada on orders over $80.
USE PROMO CODE "kelpforestcombo" to get an essential roller and a Hygge Soap for only $15, includes free delivery to Lumby or Vernon area. Can be used on multiple combos in a single order, but only once per customer.
Naturals Glow Essentials
A few years ago I made the commitment to myself to stop buying products for my skin from big brands at the drug store. I've been focusing on local and naturally sourced products, and that is what you are going to find at Natural Glow Essentials. Whether for yourself or a loved one, treat yourself and them to better products for your skin and body.
Handmade and chemical-free products for your face, body, and hair. Blemish buster, beard oil, face toner, and face serums are just some of the natural products they have available in their online store. They offer free local pickup or delivery to Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Lake Country. You can find them in a few local markets, check out their social media for current details.
S&M Soap Co
A freshly lit candle and a new bar of natural soap are like the modern version of 'new car scent!' Locally made in Kelowna, owner Symphony focuses on creating all-natural soaps, body care and wood wick candles. Keep your eyes out for bi-weekly goodie bags with holiday saving in mind.
Simple modern soap and self-care products, made with natural quality ingredients, and over 99% plastic-free! Mostly Vegan and made with locally sourced honey. Their website currently under construction but you can message them on social media to place an order. They are offering free delivery in Kelowna on purchases over $30 and free shipping on orders in Canada over $100.
Three Temples Sensory Design
Personally, I am huge on intentional space, I really believe that my creativity and motivation is muddled when my surrounding space doesn't encourage positive feelings. I use music, candles, and a heater to set a literal atmosphere that is warm and cozy. So when I heard about Three Temples Sensory Design I immediately got it, intentional space is so important and now you can gift it!
Three Temples uses design to make a difference. As we’re all spending more time at home, it’s important those spaces are designed for our body, mind, and spirit. Lindsay uses multi-sensory design to improve mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing in your favourite spaces. Give the gift of a new room! Don’t give more things this year, give a healthy space for body and mind.
Valley Mystic Soap Co
I want to hang each of their products on the wall just to look at, each label is like a work of art! And behind the label is a product committed to pure and simple small-batch blends for the body and mind.
Pure and simple small-batch blends, made in Kelowna. Soaps, face and body, perfume, essential oils and gift sets. The labels on every product is a work of art that you would be happy to display on your vanity, and the products look delightful. You can shop their online store, get free shipping on orders over $100 using the discount code below. They offer local pickup in Kelowna and local delivery may be an option soon, keep your eyes peeled!
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Tis the season to spoil yourself and the ones you love with natural and organic skincare! Give the gift of better self-care, and support local while you do it! With a wide variety of products from detox masks to natural deodorants, Sakore Skincare is the one-stop online shop for everyone on your list.
All-natural organic skincare company specializing in face and body care. Made by local entrepreneur, esthetician and Okanagan mama Jess. You can find their products at Chickpeace and the Handmade Shoppe in Kelowna and they offer local pick up in Lake Country and free shipping online when you spend $100.
USE PROMO CODE "kelpforestco20" to save 20% off your online orders! Valid until December 15th, 1 per user, cannot be combined with other promos. Not valid on sale items or at retailers, online store only.
The first time I saw Michelle's products I gasped! Inside this tiny bottle of naturally sourced oils was a few dried blooms and I immediately fell in love (okay maybe I wear my heart on my sleeve.) But it wasn't just the beautiful dried flower aesthetic, Michelle focuses on using self-care to empower and encourage others to embrace themselves, and this is seriously a message I can get behind.
Bravve Botanicals is skincare for sensitive skin, plant-based, cruelty-free and all-natural. These products handcrafted by Michelle in Kelowna are beautiful and beneficial for your body.
USE PROMO CODE "LOCALBRAVVE" for complimentary local delivery in Kelowna.
White Aura Candles
Who doesn't love a big beautiful soy candle as a gift?! A candle is a gift that keeps giving and these ones are styled with a gorgeous crystal. Self-care is all about being intentional and these candles definitely inspire a feeling of taking a few moments to ourselves.
Hand Poured crystal healing candles, made with 100% organic soy and infused with essential oils, and embellished with a crystal. You can order directly from them for the best prices and they offer local delivery and pickup in Kelowna.
New Moon Tea
A big mug of tea is more than a mug of tea. It's a moment of comfort and a warm hug when no one else is around. Sometimes when I feel like I don't have time to take a moment for self-care or myself, I will make myself a tea and dedicate the time it takes to drink the tea to self-care (stretching, meditating, zoning out.) A cup of tea a wonderful self-care gift to find under the tree, especially one that is Okanagan local.
From farm to cup, these small-batch blends of tea are a steaming dream in a mug. Their primary focus is sourcing ingredients from local farms and minimizing waste - two things I can definitely get behind. Right now they have sampler packs and holiday blends that look like the perfect cuppa for Christmas morning. You can get free shipping when you spend $55 in their online store.
USE PROMO CODE "GIFT15" for 15% off online orders on their website.
I won a giveaway from Wildflower Beauty and had the pleasure of trying one of their soaps, lip chap, and candles. The candle has part of my morning routine in the home office and the soap has lasted quite a long time so far!
They has a wide variety of body care products, including soaps, bath bombs, kids soaps, face serum, and more. Made with organic ingredients in Lumby, and available for pickup in Lumby or delivery to Lumby or Vernon for an extra charge.
You can message them on Facebook to inquire, or check out all their products on their Instagram page!
Originally this business caught my eye when I saw their hidden gem bath bombs, it's such a wonderful idea for bath or gem lovers. A gift that gives twice! I followed and stuck around though because they are Female owned and operated and they work with all-natural products and all Canadian suppliers. Their products have no SLS, preservatives, or hardeners and these are all things that I look for in my products, especially things that I put on and soak into my skin.
Flury Naturals creates bath bombs and bath soaks that are ethically sourced with Canadian suppliers and pure essential oils. You can find Flurry Natural products in person at Chickpeace, Handmade Shoppe (Salmon Arm and Kelowna), Karmyc Bazaar, Anna's Vitamins, and Bliss Yoga Lounge. You can also shop their website online, and pick up is available in North End Kelowna, or in Oyama by special request.
Have you tried shampoo and conditioner bars yet? I recently converted and I will never go back to a plastic bottle again. It’s so simple to change those little habits in our life that make a big difference long term. My first shampoo bar and conditioner lasted for two to three months, and my hair and scalp feel amazing. Using natural ingredients really makes a difference inside and outside your body. Give the gift of a few months of plastic free showering, and keep an eye out for a special collaboration they are having with Gaia Smiles for the holidays.
Shampoo and conditioner bars that are good for you, good for the planet, and even better for your hair. Okanagan made and wellness education focused! You can find their product at The Room Collection in Vernon, Chickpeace Zero Waste Refillery, Burke Hair Lounge or the Airport Village Pharmasave in Kelowna. You can also see their entire stockist list in their website for other locations in Lake Country or pickup options. Shop online and receive free shipping to Canada and U.S. on orders over $75.
Homemade oracle decks are based on the flora and fauna found in the Okanagan and BC. Each card is beautifully hand painted by a local artist, and while pre-orders are closed already they will have a limited amount of decks available on December 1st. Follow on Instagram to stay up to date.
Wild Sister Herbs
Handcrafted bath soaks, oil blends, and skincare inspired by nature and made in West Kelowna, BC. I have tried their bath soaks before and they are such a treat! Packed with locally sourced dried botanicals and clearly made with intention.
You can find these delightful products online in their Etsy shop, and at The Paper Birch or The Safe Journey in Kelowna.
Sustainable Passion is a small business that offers a curated Zero Waste Store of hand made and sourced products, and also offers Earth-Based Spiritual Readings and Healings. I have been on a constant personal journey to reduce my impact and waste for many years, each year I adapt my life to a few more sustainable practices and each time I make a change I never look back.
Located in Kelowna they offer local pickup from downtown Kelowna, just message to arrange a time. Or you can check out their website or Etsy below!