Like Artisans of Old: VC makes all their products by hand, and in small batches, like artisans from days gone by. The base ingredients are oils (coconut, palm, soy, sun flower, avacado, shea butter), lye, and fragrance oils. That's it. No chemicals, synthetics, phthalates, nitro musk or paraben. Nothing that's ever been tested on animals. VC uses only the finest of oils, and the soy is pesticide and GMO free. VC's products are completely vegan clean, but also luxurious.
Creative Scents: The VC Trio explained to me what sets their soaps and candles apart. There are, they say, three types of scents: Essential oils, fragrances from oils blended by man, and synthetics. Most bath products contain synthetic scents. Essential oils are very expensive and can be rare. So, VC creates their own scents by blending natural oils and other ingredients together, with a touch of their own creativity. VC also crafts perfume oils with their fabulous scents.
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A Clean Wash: Then there's also the laundry detergent. Okay - who gets excited about laundry detergent? Well many people want a laundry detergent free of allergenic substances and good for the environment. Your clothes ultimately touch your skin, right? So, the detergent matters. VC's laundry detergent is not only HE, but natural, non allergenic, and smells great! They tell me of customers whose lives were changed because this is the only detergent they could use without severe reactions. Wow.
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All About Soap: The soaps were selling, and Chris and Vinicio wanted to try making soap from scratch through cold processing. They signed up for a class to learn, but the class was cancelled. Not to be deterred, they taught themselves, bought the supplies, and started making the cold processed soap they craft now.
Taking Off: The team continued to improve their soaps and dream up new scents. VC eventually branched out from the shop on NE Alberta and sold their goods elsewhere, like farmers' markets and street fairs. A few years back, VC Bath and Body Treats joined the Portland Artisan's Coop as one of its first members. By 2012, VC was in 9 stores in the Portland/Vancouver and Silverton area, with over 60 different fragrances.
Sharing Artisans: The artisan coop started so local artisans could share a retail space to sell their products at a reasonable cost. The shop is located in the Hollywood District, and all 40 members share in the management and running of the shop. It's a brilliant idea and fun place to visit and shop!
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Get Pampered: Pamper yourself or friends and loved ones! Shop for VC Bath and Body Treats at the Artistic Portland's shop at 4042 NE Sandy Blvd in Hollywood.
You can also shop for their products and learn more about them at their website: www.vcbathandbodytreats.com.