A Little About Be Clean Naturally
Be Clean Naturally is all about soap made with love and 100% natural ingredients, prepared by hand in small batches.
We use only 100% pure essential oils when scenting our products and we don’t use dyes in our soaps. Some of the soaps do vary slightly in colour, which comes from the different oils used, the exfoliants, minerals or honey added.
We avoid packaging whenever possible. Our bar soaps do not come with any paper packaging, they are stamped with a handmade, hardwood stamp to identify them. All liquid soaps come in a plastic or glass bottle which is always refillable (and you get a discount if you bring your bottles back to be refilled).
Why Do I Insist on All Natural Ingredients?
As a teen and young adult I suffered from severe acne. I tried many different approaches to clearing it including diet, medication, sunshine and vitamin A supplementation. None of them worked for me. In my early 30’s I met my soul mate who is allergic to many things including synthetic fragrance and dyes. When we began sharing a household he asked me to use natural products to launder his clothes and buy him natural soaps and shampoos for in the shower. I choose to use the same products as him so that I didn’t have to shop twice. Within a few weeks of using his soaps my acne had cleared up completely. Shortly after that I started playing around with making natural soaps and found that I really enjoyed it. That was many years ago and I still love creating new soaps!
~ Kirstin French, Founder of Be Clean Naturally Soap Products
What is the Difference Between Soap and Detergent?
Detergents are made in a lab, often from petroleum products. They are synthetic and can be damaging to the Earth and its inhabitants. Most laundry cleaners, dish cleaners and shampoos on the market today are made entirely or partially from detergents. Main stream detergents are very inexpensive to manufacture and easy to colour and scent.
Soaps are made from the chemical reaction called saponification that happens between a fatty acid and an alkaline. Some commonly used sources of fatty acids are vegetable oils and animal fats. We exclusively use vegetable oils. When making hard soaps sodium hydroxide, commonly called lye or caustic soda is used as the alkaline, and when making liquid soaps potassium hydroxide, another form of lye is used. Once the saponification process is complete there is no sodium or potassium hydroxide present in the finished soap. Soaps made with natural ingredients are biodegradable, not harmful to mother earth and help to nurture our bodies.
Who Are We? Meet the Team
Kirstin French - Founder and Soap Artist
I'm Kirstin, the founder of Be Clean Naturally Soap Products. I started making soap because my beloved Shone is allergic to EVERYTHING! I thought that a way to a man's heart was through his stomach, but it turns out in this case that it's through his skin, with a little jasmine.
I knew from my first batch of soap back in 2007 that one day I would start this wonderful career. I love my work for many reasons, some being that I get to work with and amazing team, I love our customers and I love creating new things!
My favorite Bar Soap is Hippie with french green clay, lavender & patchouli.
Pat Robinson - Master Organizer
I’m Pat and so grateful to be working alongside this amazing family making something that is so great for people and awesome for the planet. Can you tell I love my work?
Years ago when my children were little, I made my own handmade soaps and creams for MY family! Here I assist with mixing, packaging, organizing and preparing soaps and other truly natural products for your use. I love so many of the different soap bars and can usually be found taking yet another one home to enjoy.
ONE of my favorite Bar Soaps is Patchouli made with a touch of sweet orange. I love how it makes my skin feel.
During my off hours, I can be found designing and facilitating Expressive Arts workshops, creating wood art or making another collage to inspire my life!