DEBERT - If all goes as planned, a local natural soap company will soon be making a name for itself in markets across the border and overseas.
Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company, located in Debert, has received a repayable loan of $70,950 from the federal government to help make that happen.
"Part of the project will be money spent on penetrating the export market - from attending trade shows to advertising in trade publications," said company president Rebecca Taylor yesterday. "It's to be spent on marketing development."
Today, Taylor leaves for a four-day fair in New York where she will be presenting her product in the United States for the first time.
Along with targeting international markets, Pearl & Daisy will use the funding to redesign and update its packaging and labels to conform to European regulations, increase productivity and purchase a weigh fill machine for the company's bath salts.
"We make 12 tonnes of bath salts a year made from sea salt and essential oils," explained Taylor. "To fill our packaging we have a tabletop scale and we use a tablespoon to manually measure the amount of bath salts. It's very tedious and there is a lot of jiggling of the product to get it right."
The weigh fill machine is programmable for three different sizes the company produces, eliminating the manual measuring.
"We're also developing a liquid hand soap over this winter, so we're able to purchase a machine to fill our bottles, because liquid isn't something you want to be measuring by hand," Taylor said. "Those two machines are critical for us."
Taylor started Pearl & Daisy out of her Londonderry home three years ago and the first product made was a bar of hand soap. Rapid growth prompted the move to the Debert industrial mall last year.
The company was awarded the Best New Product award at the 2011 Atlantic Craft Trade Show, as well as the 2012 Export Achievement Award sponsored by Nova Scotia Business Incorporated.
"They were also invited to sponsor the gift lounge at last year's Canadian Country Music Awards," said Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Armstrong, who made the funding announcement on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (ACOA).
"If this is a sign to come, then Pearl & Daisy will be a rising star."
Following the announcement, Armstrong picked out his favourite scent made at the facility - peppermint and vanilla.
"It's brand new and hasn't been out to the public yet," said Taylor.
ABOUT PEARL & DAISY NATURAL SOAP COMPANY
- Established in 2009 by Rebecca Tayor at her Londonderry home
- Manufactures 100 per cent natural bath and body products
- Products are inspired by the beauty and history of Nova Scotia
- The name, Pearl & Daisy, comes from Taylor's great-grandmother, Pearl, and Pearl's sister, Daisy
- Products use essential oils distilled from fresh flowers, fruit and plants
- Mountain Mist is the first of eight collections being sold in boutiques and gift galleries
- In addition to the bar hand soap, Pearl & Daisy offers sea salt and minerals bath soak, solid lotion body balm, natural lip balm, hand lotion and skin tonic
- Along with Taylor, Pearl & Daisy employs one other, with another soon to be hired