Meet The Team
We are a small-batch skin care company that creates kick-ass products with pure, all natural and organic ingredients
We are Josh and Liz adventurous entrepreneurs and parents to a beautiful black and white rescue cat named Kiwi. We are the owners of Civilized Sasquatch Artisan Products and we operate our business out of Kelowna, BC. We believe the old ways are still the best and we use this philosophy in every facet of our business.
Frankly put, this company was born because we are pissed off about the current state of the cosmetic industry and its detrimental effects on the environment and our health. We were both raised on sustainable farms in different parts of the world (Josh in Ontario, Liz in New Zealand), and our love of cooking led us to both train as chefs and work in industry leading restaurants whilst traveling the world. We met in Western Canada, as so many seem to do, and travelled to Australia shortly after, living off grid and working at the most progressive restaurants we could find. This helped shape and channel our views of the world, and gave us the insight to respect what it takes to live in harmony with our planet and people. We started this journey by tearing down our ignorance around the commercial soaps/conditioners/moisturizers we were using, and then developing recipes that utilized natural ingredients. Low and behold like everything else going on these days, the answer lies with what our ancestors already knew. We soon realized that going back to old traditions and the way we used to make cosmetics not only resulted in better and healthier looking hair and skin but it was safer for our bodies and friendlier to the planet.
Our age of industrialism has moved us forward in so many ways, but has also stunted us and reeked havoc on our planet. I hate saying that we are 'bringing it back' or 'reinventing the past'. We should never have moved away from it in the first place. But in a way we are, by utilizing old school recipes, yes some of the recipes that we use are over 300 years old and utilizing the ingredients found locally we have developed a line of botanic skin care products that are safe, artificial fragrance free and don't contain any nasty chemicals or harmful preservatives.
With Liz's education in herbal medicine and aromatherapy we concocted our first natural product Burnt Pine and Whiskey Beard Oil. It was so popular with our friends that we knew we had to share it with the world. Before long we expanded our range to include soaps, healing salves and dog products and now 3 years later we are loving life being knee deep in shipping boxes. Keeping our values traditional in this sense is the only thing that makes sense, and we strive constantly to make premium products that we are proud of!
We pride ourselves in using pure, naturally sourced botanical ingredients and using old school recipes to make kickass artisan products and all of our products are carefully handmade with only the purest ingredients available. With Liz's background in aromatherapy and naturopathy and my (Josh) background in the culinary arts we developed our recipes and thoroughly tested them on ourselves and willing humans first to ensure the finest quality . Our premium cosmetic products are 100% handmade by us and some select products have a base of grass fed tallow (you can read more about the benefits of using tallow on our blog) which we source from a local farmer in Chase. Each product is enriched with a special blend of high quality herb oils and tinctures, that we grow, forage and source locally. These botanicals are carefully chosen to hydrate, soften and condition your skin whilst promoting healing for the body and mind.
We love collaborating with artisans and we aim to source most of our products from local crafters. There are many benefits to buying locally produced hand-crafted products. Studies have shown that locally owned independent businesses —many of which sell wares produced by hand— return a higher percentage of their revenue to their communities than chains. That means the people who make money off sales at independent businesses, owners and employees, are more likely to spend their salary at places in the same area where they work. Work done by hand is always made at a higher quality and will last much longer than a product that is mass produced plus there is less of them so you will be able to enjoy a product that is as unique as you are.
We make our products in small batches with very high quality organic ingredients and careful cosmetic manufacturing practices. We never test on animals or do business with suppliers that test on animals. Our products do not contain: Parabens, Sulphates (SLS SLES), Synthetic Dye, Palm Oil, Mineral Oils, or Petrolatum. We believe that you do not need to use 40+ ingredients to achieve awesome results you just need simple, clean, pure organic ingredients.
Our packaging is minimalist, recycled, and as environmentally friendly as possible. We strive to make the best products possible so that you can enjoy them knowing that you are using the best for your grooming and skincare needs.
We know that we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you, our customers. We also know that you have many options when it comes to which company you choose to support, so we are forever grateful that so many of you have chosen us.
We're happy to answer any questions that you may have please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org