My 8 Favourite Local West Coast Products
There are so many amazing local businesses on the West Coast – and specifically Vancouver Island! I thought I would put together a list of a few of my favourite local west coast products in the interest of shopping local and supporting small! From food to apparel to self care, here are some of the businesses and products I use and love.
West Coast Tees
Beautiful, happy, west coast apparel with high-quality fabric. Located in the Cowichan Valley, this small, local company has beautiful clothing and ever-changing designs. I was first gifted a T Shirt and have slowly built up a collection of cute clothing while supporting local. My favourite design right now is their Tree Wave – especially in the hoodie.
I have never been a big fan of salad dressings, but I love salad so I was always on the lookout for a great brand that I would love. A couple years ago I tried Yeshi Dressing – a nutritional yeast based dressing that is gluten free and vegetarian. There are several delicious flavours, mild chili, ginger sesame, smoky chipotle, and original. The flavour is smooth, creamy, and savoury – definitely try the mild chili! I have it on salads, stir fry, rice, pasta, and roasted veggies.
Fatso Peanut Butter
I remember trying Fatso for the first time at a health and wellness conference YEARS ago. It was AMAZING – peanut butter but with added Avacado, MCT, and coconut oil. Plus chia and flax seeds, and tapioca fibre. The idea was to create a healthy, delicious alternative to often very expensive nut butters (like almond or cashew). They have since expanded to three flavours (although original is still my favourite).
Strait & Narrow Gin Cocktails
I am a huge fan of gin cocktails and beautiful branding – the Strait and Narrow cocktails fit both of these! The cocktails come in three flavours (the best is definitely pear rhubarb) and the gin is from Victoria Distillers in Sidney – plus it’s delicious. The branding is stunning and has a very west coast vibe – try their starter pack if you want to try all three flavours.
Anián is a local Victoria company that aims to create transparency around the sustainability and footprint of their clothing. They use predominantly recycled, natural fibres and their clothing is really built to last. I bought Josh a collared wool shirt for his birthday and it was really an investment piece. He loves it and wears it ALL the time. On my list next is one of their toques.
Walking into sweet smelling soap shops is one of life’s great joys. Saltspring Soapworks has amazing loofah soaps and bath bombs for all your skincare & self care needs.
Claire Crowfoot Jewellry
I had the opportunity to photograph Claire Crowfoot’s beautiful shop in Cowichan Bay last year. The shop is filled with handmade local west coast products – and it is right on the ocean! Her jewelry is my favourite style, minimal and elegant. I love the timeless quality of each piece.
Abeego Food Wraps
I have tried quite a few different beeswax food wraps and the Abeego wraps are my favourite. They are subtle, they don’t have a strong scent, they are easy to clean, and they really do keep my veggies fresh. They have been in business for 13 years and it really shows – their branding and product are top quality.
Westholme Tea Farm in the Cowichan Valley is the ONLY tea farm in all of Canada that actually grows their own tea plants. The farm is nestled in the valley forest and the atmosphere is dreamy. They sell all kinds of teas and some of my favourites include Africa Tea, Black Lavender, Rooibos Chai, and ANY of their mint teas. (Also if you head to their website you’ll see some of my photos).
Bilston Creek Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is my favourite essential oil – I use it in my diffuser every morning. Bilston Creek is a beautiful lavender farm and venue in Metchosin and it is one of the most serene places I have ever been. The owners are incredibly kind and their west coast products are outstanding.
As Always, Belle