Founded in 2000 by Bay Woodyard (a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design) and Gavin North (a gardener and foodie), the company creates natural products for the home such as soaps, lotions, candles, and teas. Welcoming me at The Gladstone were their bars of their Lavender Soap as well as a bar of Beeswax Moisturizer bar and Bay Conditioning Shampoo.
Made of natural oils (coconut, olive, palm, etc) as well as beeswax, lye, herbs, and oils, the shampoo bars are strange, to say the least, at first. I was a bit skeptical of a solid bar of shampoo but follow the directions ("just rub the bar onto wet hair") and voila, lather!
Besides being naturally and locally made (Woodyard and North produce the soaps in Prince Edward County in southeastern Ontario), the soaps have the major benefit of not being liquids, which sold me on them. The just-add-water design means they're perfect for the airplane traveler.
For a full list of products, visit honeypie.ca.
When not writing, Miyoko Ohtake can be found cooking, training for her next marathon, and enjoying all that the City by the Bay and the great outdoors have to offer.