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Soak Essentials Marketplace is a lifestyle boutique in the heart of Downtown Parksville that showcases handmade local finds from clothing to home décor.

The Boutique also acts as a studio for owner, Kristy, to curate her Soak Essentials Bath and Body line.  She handcrafts an array of products including lip balms, bath salts, body butters, soaps, and bubble bath (to name a few). All products are made with love and in small batches so she can ensure freshness and quality in each item.

The focus of Soak Essentials is on pure, quality ingredients which are free of parabens and phthalates, and are sustainable and cruelty free.

How it all Started

Kristy started her business in 2009 with her signature bath salts.  Even though at the time many people were selling soaps etc., Kristy noticed that there was no one selling salts where potential customers could get up close and smell them.  So, she decided to create a salt bar at the markets where people could scoop up the salts, smell them, and enjoy the experience of choosing aromatherapy salts.  After filling a gap in the marketplace, and finding success, she started doing many markets while slowly adding to her line of products.

In 2012 she decided to take a leap of faith and open a retail location.  While she continues to do the odd market, Kristy now mainly sells out of her shop in Parksville. 

Kristy also teaches Beginner Soap-Making classes in the Studio of Soak Essentials Marketplace.  These classes are a great opportunity to learn how to make your own custom batch of handmade cold process soap. You get to choose the colour, scent, and additives, and the process gives you approximately 12-16 bars of soap!

Price Range

The average prices range of the Soak Essential Bath and Body line is between $4-$20.

Where to Find Soak Essentials

You can find Soak Essentials Bath and Body Products, as well as many other amazing locally made items, at Soak Essentials Marketplace located at #4-180 Craig Street in Parksville.


Facebook: @soakessentials

Instagram: @soakessentialsmarketplace

Twitter: @SoakEssentials

Callie will also be selling her Soak Essentials Bath and Body products at the All Decked Out Christmas Craft Fair, located at Tigh-Na-Mara in Parksville, from November 17-19.