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Our Dream

Soap Sovereignty! We want to bring personal care back in the hands of common people. Our dream is to see a soapmaker in every neighborhood, to see parents teaching their children how to make balms and salves and powders and pastes, and to see children growing with intimate knowledge of the land and plants around them.

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Support Our Cause

Soap Sovereignty is the decommodification of personal care by two means: raising awareness on the issues associated with purchasing products, and restoring the foundation that sustains household-scale production. Our goal is to improve grassroots community capacity, ecological stewardship, and health empowerment. We are funded primarily by individual public donations and our “Skillseed Enterprise” activities (see below).

With your help, we can bring Soap Sovereignty to South Ontario and beyond. Read our blog to discover the Frothy Truth about synthetic and plant ingredients. Become a Frothy Friend, with benefits!
Make it Natural is the pilot project of Skillseed.

We are a Canadian non-profit organization with the express goal of seeding skills for social change. We develop and support skillsharing-based activities that improve grassroots community capacity, ecological stewardship and health empowerment. The main part of our work is to connect people who know life-sustaining skills with people who want to learn those skills. The purpose of this work is to improve local community capacity to meet basic needs like food, water, clothing, housing, healthcare, and personal care. We also perform regular research on the issues associated with market-driven solutions to basic needs.

The number of skillsharing activities in urban and suburban areas is growing rapidly. We believe every neighbourhood could have a soap-maker, a team of home-builders, a shared workshop with open-access tools, a healer in every family, and food growing on every lawn. Indeed, every community could have biodiverse wildlands where people steward and harvest the bounty from ‘outside the circle of fire’. Skillseed Enterprise has the capacity to create temporary financial livelihood for an organization while securing holistic livelihood for the community and its greater family of beings.

A “Skillseed Enterprise” is a new fundraising tool for nonprofits, activists, and social entrepreneurs. A Skillseed Enterprise aims to decommodify a basic human need within a defined community by restoring the community’s capacity to meet that need as locally, sustainably and holistically as possible. Hence, a Skillseed Enterprise has its own dissolution embedded its vision. This distinct quality addresses the deeper challenges of operating within fundamentally unsustainable political and economic systems. We believe this unique phenomenon represents a paradigm shift emerging in a context of destabilizing ecosystems, economies and communities.

Our Activities

Frothy Friends

Become a member to receive our newsletter, get discounts to our workshops, and access our Buyers Co-op – all for an annual fee of $15CAD!
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Tooth Booth

Search your personal care products on our toxicity databases. Watch a biochemistry experiment on clay detoxification. And, make your own toothpaste in less than 3 minutes.


Workshops

Hands-on workshops for personal care recipes and plant-ingredient gardening and harvesting techniques. Please contact us if you have skills or recipes to share, or if you have space to host events. (More..)

Research CoLab

Co-create a comprehensive public resource for DIY personal care. We research synthetic ingredients, plant ingredients, and the Frothy Truth about the personal care industry.(Email Us)


Make it Natural York

Join our club at York University or start a club at your campus to spread soap sovereignty through sudsy activities and events. (Email us)


Soap Farm

100% local recipes start here! Our nursery includes native and naturalized plants that improve biodiversity and soil, and are perfect for toothpaste, soap, shampoo, laundry, and other cleaning needs. (More…)

Our Recipes

The Frothy Truth

Coming Soon!


Our People

Rene Suarez

External Advisor
A relentless autodidactic polymath, Rene enjoys shattering misconceptions of reality…especially his own. After half-a-decade of living in forests, eco-villages and other intentional communities in faraway places, Rene and his wife Richa are bringing their experience, knowledge and skills of sustainable, holistic livelihood to the Ontario public. He makes: Toothpastes, shampoos, hair oils, body scrub soaps, laundry detergent, dish soap, lotions, ointments, home cleaning agents, tinctures, etc…

Richa Baghel

Richa Baghel

Boundlessly creative and perceptive, Richa has a knack for discovering wholesome and enjoyable ways to make things, like soap. She always brings a fresh and wholesome perspective, and offers unique creative direction.

Matt Render

Matt Render

VP Treasury
Hey, I’m Matt, I’m 20 years old and I joined this organization because I am passionate about environmentally friendly and sustainable products! I am also a big fan of making herbal teas! :)

 

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Avinya Uthayakumaran

VP Communications / Social Media: Bio coming soon.

Mizgin Yumusack

Mizgin Yumusack

Research Coordinator
Hello! My name is Mizgin. I am currently in my fifth year here at York University completing my English degree and the TESOL certificate. I have been working in the natural health industry for several years. I would love to help you learn about the various components involved in alternative medicine!
“Nature itself is the best physician” – Hippocrates

Mariam Alizzi

Vice President: Bio coming soon.

Jane Haddad

Headquartered at Seneca College, Jane is the director of the Non-Profit & Social Enterprise Leadership Graduate Certificate Program.

Swela Bashir

President

The Suds Buds

Our core team of volunteers are stationed at York University. Regular research and events happen on campus.

Contact Us

Feel free to email us, phone us, smoke signal us, carrier pigeon us, or visit us. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate the position you would like to apply for.

  • [email protected]
  • Student Centre York University

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