Sometimes the best goods come from small companies, since the owners are able to give each product the individual attention it deserves. Fox Island Trading Company makes everything from scratch, hand-stirred in small batches at their location on a tiny island in Washington State. They locally source their ingredients, even growing some of the herbs on their own, organic land. Though Fox Island does offer vegan items, they include honey and beeswax in several of their formulas, produced on-site in their apiary. Be sure to check the labels. The products are never tested on animals, and all packaging is 100 percent recyclable.
Fox Island’s website, www.foxislandtradingco.com is clear and easy to navigate. Bright photographic images and descriptions clearly showcase the benefits of each product. The Muscle and Joint Therapeutic Bath Salt ($12.50) is manufactured from an aromatic formula of eucalyptus, arnica and peppermint to soothe muscle aches and pains. The relaxing herbs combine with seawater to clean pores and detoxify the body. This combination is especially beneficial for folks who suffer from conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
The Heritage Collection offers a variety of therapeutic soaps in a dazzling array of scents. Our current favorite is the Lavender Fields bar ($6.00). This soap is handcrafted with nine natural oils and butters and paired with fresh lavender buds. The lavender exfoliates, while the oil imparts moisture to the skin. This bar smells heavenly and soothing, and we feel confident you’ll love it as much as we do.
One of Fox Island’s vegan offerings is the vegan lip balm ($4.00). This lip-smacking product is soy-based and contains citrus and vanilla. Non-vegan lip balm is available, as well, for the same price, utilizing honey from the company’s beehives. Like all of Fox Island’s products, the balms are free from synthetic ingredients such as petroleum, GMOs, or silicone. The scent is delightful, and the texture smooth and satisfying. Your lips will thank you!
The warmth of summer may have you perspiring more than usual. If so, you want a deodorant that is free from aluminum, artificial scents, and other harmful chemicals. Summertime Zen ($9.00) is a pleasant concoction that helps you tame your sweat and smell wonderful at the same time. This product contains such aromatic ingredients as Sandalwood, Neroli, Tangerine, Oakmoss, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, and Frankincense, all bound together in a base of cocoa and shea butters.
When you purchase an item (or several) from Fox Island, you support a small company that has a passion for skin care and a lot of integrity. They love animals and are working on a line of pet shampoos. Meanwhile, pick up some of their products for yourself and your favorite humans!