For many crafters, it took a pandemic to find their path.
Adrienne Yee is one of them.
A business development manager by profession, Yee became a vegan soap business owner in November 2020 and hasn’t looked back since.
“I was actually making vegan soap for myself. I found it really therapeutic and fun to make and at that time Christmas was coming up. Things were slow and I was trying to find a new hobby and I thought I should make them for the holidays,” she said.
The 25-year-old planned to sell soaps only for Christmas in 2020 but continued into January then Valentine’s Day, Easter and now, it’s been nearly a year since she first sold vegan soaps by the name of Made by Yee.
When asked whether she saw a potential market in Ridge-Meadows she said, “I really didn’t see it as a business proposal locally. I have been super appreciative of people locally and I have had a lot of repeat clients.”
Her vegan soaps are free of SLS, gluten, potential sulphates and without any animal byproducts as she describes herself as: “careful about what she puts on her body.”
All soaps are made from coconut oil, shea butter, glycerin-based soap and are scented with essential oils and fragrance oils. She makes unscented soaps on request, too.
All ingredients used have been approved and registered with Health Canada and they are available for pick-up in Pitt Meadows. Soaps can be shipped provided the customer pays for shipping via Canada Post.