Celebrities bopping around some of TIFF’s swankier gifting suites this year were able to sample some particularly lavish body products, courtesy of Perth, Ontario’s very own Perth Soap Company. The brand’s origins are slightly out-of-the-ordinary: it’s owned by The Shandex Group, a Pickering-based transportation and distribution company that bought the former Andrew Jergens soap manufacturing factory in 2011. Three years later, Shandex employees Jennifer Shannon and Becky Martinez decided to launch their own luxury line, born out of their obsession with argan oil.
Since then, the brand has grown from being solely for gifts for friends and family, to being sold in over 200 stores across Canada. They import the argan oil directly from Morocco, and it makes up a huge part of every single one of their products—a lineup which now goes beyond beautiful bars to include cruelty- and paraben-free liquid soap, oil cleansers and body lotion (they also sell 100 percent pure, totally natural argan oil). Of their 10 luscious scents, the sparkling champagne line has proven to be a popular pick among brides looking for celebratory-yet-practical party favours—with pretty packaging to match. Their golden crest is a nod to their Canadian roots, and they’ve already recruited some iconic north-of-the-border fans in Arlene Dickenson and Caitlin Cronenberg. Contact the company directly for large custom orders.
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