Welcome to the Duckish blog! This being our first post, we thought we’d introduce ourselves and our philosophy. Duckish is a new brand of natural skin care products. We use 100% natural ingredients (more on that below) and all of our products are handmade in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Let’s get right into it: the word “natural.” It gets thrown around a lot these days and is often misused. Some people like to point out that lots of things are natural, and not all are good. Hemlock is natural, after all. On the flipside, not all chemicals are toxic. Even water is a chemical! We get that. We’re not anti-science (Carolyn has a degree in Biology and is an unabashed geek. Josh has a BA, but he’s really mathy!) However, many of the ingredients in commonly used personal care products (even some branded as “natural”) are not what we would consider to be natural. By “natural,” we mean both “from nature” and “safe.”
We started Duckish in response to our frustration with the “natural” products we saw on the shelves. Greenwashing is rampant in the personal care industry, and we wanted to fight that trend with truth and transparency (not to mention style and quality!). That’s why we use ingredients like organic shea butter, organic olive oil and organic coconut oil to hand-make our soothing bath, baby and body products. We never hide questionable ingredients under the heading of “fragrance” or “perfume,” nor do we use parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.
We’ll be adding more posts as we go along dealing with specific ingredients, and the reasons why we use them or avoid them. On our mission to provide Canadians with truly natural skin care products, we believe education is key and we hope you’ll come along with us for the ride!