Meet Kyla Mitchell & Natalie Affolter
In 2010 Kyla Mitchell and Natalie Affolter began gathering together with friends to make soap, healing salves and canned goods. When they signed up for a craft fair and sold out, Islandwise Essentials began. This success blossomed into a small home-based business that fosters and welcomes collaboration and the sharing of knowledge, experience and creativity.
Friends still gather on a weekly basis, through much of the year, to make soap and natural products such as salves, balms, creams and bath products. These gatherings involve children playing underfoot and end with the sharing of a meal. Throughout the year, Kyla and Natalie share the rest of the work involved in planning, stocking, marketing and servicing the stores that carry their products up and down the island. Islandwise Essentials is proud to be a means through which women can gather to share and learn from each others interests and experience.
Nurturing. Wholesome. Supportive.
Islandwise Essentials is a home-based operation known throughout Haida Gwaii for its natural, hand-crafted soaps, home-made healing salves, creams, lotions, lip balms and tints, as well as relaxing bath and spa products. They even create products for natural bug and sun protection.
All products are handmade in small batches using local and medicinal plants, healing oils and therapeutic quality essential oils to offer safe and effective care. Islandwise Essentials is passionate about health and well-being and hosts regular gatherings to share the art of soap-making and other natural products for the body and bath.
Kyla and Natalie can often be found at the Masset Farmers’ Market, community craft fairs and events like the Edge of the World Music Festival. Islandwise Essentials products are available at the Chown River Gallery, Green Gaia, The Ground Gallery & Coffee House , Crow’s Nest Cafe & Country Store, Isabel Creek Store, Sandspit Visitor’s Centre and as complimentary amenities in guest rooms at Toad Farm Guesthouse, and Jags Beanstalk.
- Masset, BC
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