How It All Started...

Victoria Rutherford

A little about how it all started…

I started to study the art of soap making after being introduced to it by a ​good friend in her kitchen over ten years ago.  That evening was the start of something special, unique and ultimately became a life changer for me.

When my daughter suddenly started exhibiting sensitive skin issues from commercial products and after exhausting all avenues to help her, I decided it was time to start making skin care products for her that used only the simplest and finest quality ingredients.  Research has shown that approximately 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies.  

7+ years later and finding myself in a high stress career which seriously began to affect my mental and physical health, I realized I had to rethink the path my life was going down.   With the support of my family, I left my job to start the long road to recovery.

After several months, I was feeling the itch to do something with my time and the desire to earn a living again.  One day I was talking with a friend about the difficulty of figuring out what to do, because I didn’t want to just work a 9-5 job again although I didn’t know what else to do.  She, in her infinite wisdom, suggested I think about the things I love to spend my time on and try to picture myself doing that everyday.  What did I love to do? Hmmm….

Fast forward 5 years and I AM a full time Soapmaker and I love it!

On July 1st 2015 V.R. Sudz n’ Stuff was born selling my soap in the same friends store on Canada Day and it's been growing like a child ever since.  Baby steps, research, experimentation, recipe formulation, successes, failures (which are learning experiences so not really failures), and sourcing for reliable and ethical suppliers.  I love this adventure called life and working at something I enjoy and am passionate about makes it all that more special.

V.R. Sudz n' Stuff  uses only the finest quality, ethically sourced and sustainable cosmetic and food grade skin nourishing oils and butters which include but are not limited to coconut oil, olive oil, argan and jojoba oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, kokum and mango butters, as well as cruelty free locally sourced honey and beeswax.  I incorporate the finest essential oils and only premium phthalate and paraben free fragrance oils in my scented products.

All my soaps have their conditioning glycerin left intact, not removed for other applications as is done in many commercially produced soaps, thus ensuring you aren't left with dry, irritated skin.

At V.R. Sudz n' Stuff you can be assured that I am committed to producing eco-friendly, skin loving soap and other personal care products to help you make the right choices for your skin care health.