Airdrian promotes healthy living through homemade skincare products
Airdrian Isabelle Guilmette has developed her own business, Washboard Soapery & Such, surrounding organic, homemade skincare products.
“Being natural, eating and living healthy has always been a priority for me,” said Guilmette.
“I was making my own deodorant for about seven years before I started this.”
After encouragement from some friends interested in her products, Guilmette got straight to work figuring out the perfect formula.
“I wanted to stay away from all the chemicals, toxins, and aluminum in deodorants,” she said.
“That was a big thing for me because they are absorbed into the pores so easily.”
Some of the ingredients include organic coconut oil, 100 per cent cosmetic-grade beeswax, and pure essential oils.
“With deodorant being our main product, the quality and where we get the ingredients matter a lot,” said Guilmette.
In June 2016, she took 100 of her homemade deodorants to the Inglewood market in Calgary for the first time.
The business quickly took off after her husband, Shaun Martin, suggested that she try making soap as well, and the samples became the most popular item.
Now she visits three to four markets a week, including the Airdrie Farmers’ Market every Wednesday.
The process of making and preparing the deodorants and soaps for market can take quite a bit of time, since they need to cure for several weeks.
After melting all the oils and beeswax together, the dry ingredients are added.
Baking soda is a common ingredient used in her deodorants because it absorbs moisture and odours.
Lastly, the essential oils are added at a monitored temperature to avoid evaporation.
“You learn down the road that it’s all kind of a science,” said Guilmette.
She she also added a grooming collection to her line of products at Washboard Soapery & Such including razors, shaving mugs, and beard oils for men.
Being as hands-on as she is, it’s no surprise that Guilmette also has a background in woodworking, and she began hand carving the wooden handles and shaving bowls.
Her husband has since taken over that task in his spare time.
Over the last year, Guilmette has also developed lip balms, big spray, perfumes, shampoo and conditioner bars, pet products, and a line of different facial serums including an acne-prone and nourishing formula.
Her next project will be a natural sunscreen, once she can get it tested for SPF.
Eventually, Guilmette will also offer monthly box subscriptions including samples of her products.
“It’s nice to see how people are reacting to 100 per cent natural and homemade products,” she said.
She is also passionate about supporting other local businesses and artists through collaboration.
Willow ‘n Wool, a local yarn and pottery shop, crafts clay soap dishes for Washboard Soapery & Such.
In the future, Guilmette either wants to develop her basement into a commercial kitchen or expand to a location outside of her home.
As a stay-at-home mom, developing the business out of her house the last two years worked well.
However, now her house and kitchen counters are taken over fragrant smells and roll upon roll of freshly made soap, bins of lip balms, and trays of deodorant.
Visit washboard.ca to learn more or place an online order.