Small Business Profile The Soap Dispensary

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The Soap Dispensary
If you’re just new to the blog this week, a feature during the holidays, and as a way of giving back this year, we are emphasizing the importance of supporting Small Business, and are running a series on small businesses we love from brick and mortar shops, online shops and studio makers. More than ever, it’s so important, we feel, to support small businesses, as we navigate unprecedented times. Businesses are really feeling the effects of the pandemic, and so we ask you to consider checking out the shops we’re featuring, along with local shops where you live. Many of them are opening up new webshops too, so be sure to follow their social media or sign up for their newsletters to keep abreast of what’s happening.

Today’s feature is The Soap Dispensary, (another favourite I like to visit here in Vancouver) which is Vancouver’s first dedicated refill and zero waste grocery shop stocking quality goods and fine ingredients. One of my favourite things I got there a few years ago (and continue to use everyday) is a good old-fashioned body brush, perfect for stimulating the lymphatic system. They also carry a vast array of natural DIY ingredients for making your own personalized products. I love all the essential oils and dried flowers and herbs. Photos by Let’s take a look!

The Soap Dispensary + Kitchen Staples 

Shop/Studio Address: 3718 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3N7 
Instagram: @thesoapdispenary 
Twitter: @SoapDispensary 
Facebook: @TheSoapDispensary 
Do You Sell Online? Coming soon! Visit
soap dispensary interior
Shop Description: 
The Soap Dispensary (est. 2011) is Vancouver’s first dedicated refill shop specializing in premium soaps, household cleaners, personal care products, DIY ingredients and fine foods. We also carry quality lifestyle goods that support zero waste living. In 2017, we opened Kitchen Staples, Vancouver’s first zero waste grocery store right next door. We have now grown to about 800 bulk products for refilling. As a small, independent shop, we feel lucky to work with so many socially and environmentally responsible businesses that are based right in Greater Vancouver. At last count, 65% of our suppliers are locally owned and 80% of our soaps are locally made. 
List 5 favourite/popular items 
1. House Brand Cedarwood Bergamot Hand & Body Soap 
Cedarwood bergamot hand and body soap

2. Acropolis Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil 

Acropolis EVO

3. Sapadilla Grapefruit Bergamot Dish Soap

Grapefruit Bergamot dish soap

4. Live for Tomorrow Dishwasher Powder

Live for Tomorrow Dishwasher powder

5. Bath Herb Epsom Salt Blend

List a favourite go-to gift ideas from the shop 
1. Sweater Stone 
sweater stone

2. Swedish Dishcloth

Swedish Dish Cloth

3. Scalloped Taper Candles (from Arbutus Candle Company)

Scalloped taper candle

The Soap Dispensary + Kitchen Staples 

Shop/Studio Address: 3718 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3N7 
Instagram: @thesoapdispenary 
Twitter: @SoapDispensary 
Facebook: @TheSoapDispensary 
Shop Coming soon! Visit
The Soap Dispensary interior

Jan Halvarson

Jan founded Poppytalk in 2005 while a student at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now ECU) to catalogue inspiration from typography to interior design. Since then she’s collaborated with Target (creating a limited edition glamping collection), a wallpaper collection with Milton & King, as well has written as a contributor at Wired, Martha Stewart and Huffington Post.