Parker Street Soap Co. began in 2016 in a makeshift studio in the attic of an old East Vancouver heritage home on Parker Street.
That little corner with its slanted ceilings and tiny windows became a haven of experimentation, some failures and then eventually success at creating the first few batches of shelf-worthy soap. The studio moved to Galiano Island shortly thereafter where it thrived as a community staple for several years.
In 2021 the company transitioned ownership and moved back to East Van, setting up shop in a small attic studio once again – a return to its roots.
Developing self-care products has opened up a whole new world of exploration. Combining all-natural ingredients with the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils, the skin care boost of mineral clays, charcoal and medicinal plants, along with their ability to create vibrant colours and textures, provides endless creative possibilities. Sourcing recyclable and compostable packaging tops off the priorities of this humble business.
Taking over Parker Street Soap Co. has felt both terrifying and exhilarating. It has been a whirlwind adventure, but I have found a space where I can create. Where I can get lost for hours in the process. It's in this small soap studio that I make every bar of Parker Street soap by hand with love. I hope it comes through in the product you hold in your hands.
📷: Craig Regier