The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs

Have you ever wondered what’s in your toothpaste or body wash? Have you thought about making your own body care products, but don’t know where to start?

Join one of our interactive workshops where we’ll show you how to combine simple natural ingredients to make gentle, yet effective body care products! All supplies are provided and you’ll bring home all of the products that you make. And if you have a little one who’s not yet crawling and is happy to be carried in a carrier or sit in a stroller, feel free to bring them along!

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 6:30-8:15pm

Location: Trout Lake Community Centre (3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver)

Products we’ll be making:

  • Nourishing facial moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • Healing hand and foot salve
  • Immunity essential oil blend
  • Body wash

Cost: $50

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:30-8:15pm

Location: Trout Lake Community Centre (3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver)

Products we’ll be making:

  • Lip balm
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath bomb
  • Sleepy time essential oil blend
  • Hand sanitizer

Cost: $55

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Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1:30-3:15pm

Location: Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch Street, Vancouver)

Products we’ll be making:

  • Lip balm
  • Hand and body salve
  • Immunity essential oil blend
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Shampoo and body wash

Cost: $60

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If you or your little ones have any allergies (e.g. nut), please let us know when you register and we’ll tailor the ingredients to suit your needs.


Private Workshops

Planning a baby shower or bridal shower? Make it a special one to remember by hosting a private body care-making workshop! We prepare everything for you. All you need to provide is the space. Contact us to get more info.

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Be sure to also check out the Past Workshops tab above to get an idea of the range of workshops that I offer and the testimonials below to see what past workshop participants have said about my workshops!

Learn how to make your own baby care products! At this workshop, we make:

  • Baby shampoo and body wash
  • Baby wipe spray
  • Diaper cream
  • Sleepy time essential oil roll-on blend
  • All-purpose / toy cleaner

All supplies are provided and you get to take all products home so you can start using them or give them away as gifts right away!

Past Workshop Date:
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – The Soap Dispensary and Kitchen Staples, 3718 Main Street, Vancouver.



All About Hair – Special Workshop

Learn the essential techniques to cut your child’s hair, and make your own natural haircare products!

Featuring step-by-step, basic instructions to help you understand the foundations of several common children’s hairstyles. This workshop will be a combination of technical demonstrations / breakdowns and hands-on experience in making all-natural adult and baby shampoo and conditioner.

All supplies included, and you bring home all of the products you make!

Past Workshop Date:
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.


The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs – Part I

Get instruction and hands-on experience creating these natural body care & household products:

  • Lotions & creams
  • Lip balm
  • Facial cleanser
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Hand soap
  • All-purpose cleaner & More!

Supplies included, and you get to bring home everything you make!

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 1623 E. 21st Avenue, Vancouver.
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Trout Lake Community Centre
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 – Killarney Community Centre

The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs – Part II

As with our Part I workshop, you get instruction and hands-on experience creating your own natural body care & household products, and then take them home with you. All supplies and a take-home recipe guide are provided.  In this workshop, we make the following five products:

  • Healing and nourishing facial moisturizer
  • Tinted lip balm
  • Repairing hand salve
  • Remineralizing tooth powder
  • Immunity essential oil blend
Past Workshop Dates:
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Suite 5 – 237 West 16th Street, North Vancouver.

Holiday Lotions & Potions: Intro on How to Make Your Own Body Care & Cleaning Products

Learn to whip up your own natural body care & household products, perfect for everyday use and as holiday gifts!

You see live demonstration of making all-natural shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, lip balm, facial oil, hand soap, all-purpose cleaner, & more. You also get to make & bring home your own natural facial cleanser & moisturizer!

Past Workshop Date:

  • Monday, November 28, 2016 – 1110-750 West Broadway, Vancouver.


Simple Ways to Reduce Your Baby and Family’s Exposure to Toxins

Being healthy and green doesn’t mean that you have to give up your current lifestyle or that you have to spend a lot of money. This workshop teaches participants simple steps that they can take to reduce their family’s exposure to toxic chemicals. It is perfect for expecting and new parents. Topics covered include air and water quality, food and nutrition, personal care and cleaning products, baby gear, and nursery design.

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Monday, April 25, 2016 – Childbearing Society, Vancouver
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – South Community Birthing Program, Vancouver
  • Monday, June 27, 2016 – Childbearing Society, Vancouver
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5:30-6:00pm – Echo Cafe, 116 E. 14th St, North Vancouver.
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10:00-11:30am – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.
  • Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 – Trout Lake Community Centre

Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Home

Learn how  to have a healthy mind, body, and home! This workshop goes beyond the introductory workshop, Simple Ways to Reduce Your Baby’s Exposure to Toxins, and provides even more detailed and practical tips that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. You learn how to easily reduce your family’s exposure to toxins and boost your immune system to better handle unavoidable toxins. We walk through recipes for personal care and household products, and immune-boosting foods, as well as stress management strategies and ways to incorporate physical activity into your life.

You get to see live demonstrations of many recipes, as well as handouts so that you can start taking action at home right away!

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Monday, September 19, 2016 – Circus Play Cafe, 1650 E. 12th Avenue, Vancouver.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Place Maillardville, 1200 Cartier Avenue, Coquitlam.

Top 5 Ways to Create a Healthy and Green Home for Your Family

This 30-minute free talk covers the top 5 things you can do to create a healthy and green home for your family. If you want a taste of what you can learn in my more in-depth workshops, this is the talk for you.

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Monday, July 18, 2016 – The Juice Truck, Vancouver
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 – Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society, Vancouver










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Workshop Testimonials

I attended one of Iona’s workshops and it was well organized with all the ingredients we needed being available and stations were set up ready to go for attendees. We walked away with the products we made which was great. My favourite so far was the tinted lip balm, I used less mica than recommended as I wanted a less dramatic look and the shade turned out great! I love how all the ingredients are all natural and I feel great about using it every day multiple times a day. The workshop was interactive and it was great that we got to bring the recipes home with us too. A big bonus is that all the products are baby and pregnant women safe. The only thing I wished was different was that we could have more time to ask the questions about things like the essential oils we were using. It’s easy to tell that Iona has a lot of knowledge and passion for the work she does and I’ll likely continue to try and make more of my own lip balm once the ones I made run out. If asked whether I’d sign up for this workshop again knowing what I know now, the answer is yes!

Claudia C.

The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs Workshop was simple, fun and best of all, sent me home with everything I needed to get started!


The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs Workshop was really well organized. Great that ingredients were pre-measured. Ingredients were explained well…benefits, tips, cautions. I smell fantastic! A great workshop for anyone who wants to make their own healthy products. Simple and easy. Iona is friendly and informative.


The DIY Holiday Lotions and Potions Workshop was very practical and informative. Iona is very knowledgeable.


The DIY Holiday and Lotions Workshop was a great introductory course on DIY all natural products used everyday! A must if you love hands-on projects or if you love all natural products!


Anyone who wants to live a healthy and informed life – whether you’re a parent or not – would benefit from time spent with Iona! Her sessions are informative and her style is approachable. Thank you for doing what you do!

Sawngjai Dear Bhokanandh

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